Tuesday, November 16, 2010

You Know You Want Some Random

A few odds and ends:

1. Thanks for the blog love, Homies! I am thrilled with it. My faithful, uber-talented designer may or may not have immediately institutionalized herself following its installation. She deserves a medal. She deserves a coronation.

2. Several of you asked about my Shamago boots. It cracked. me. UP. Said boots were procured roughly six years ago at Payless. Glory, glory, hallelujah.

3. For whom it may concern, my denim skirt was procured two Summers ago at GAP. I think I may have paid full price for it, which is an event in itself. But it is screamingly difficult to find a denim skirt that is both appropriately-lengthed and un-dowdy. I snatched it up.

The rest of the outfit, in its entirety, came from my soul sista, TJ Maxx. The boots, purchased five years ago, appear to be made of some form of synthetic, pleather-like material. The sweater is American Eagle, scratched out in black permanent marker, the grey shirt came to me just this past Summer, and I still have a crush on it. The socks? Well, everyone knows that the best socks come from TJ.

4. I forgot a funny Shamago story. It involves Calvin and his irrational fear of escalators, a phobia we were not aware of until the moment that it mattered most. Leaving the Lego store on Saturday night, Ruby and I hopped right on, while Calvin tried, and then stopped. Tried, and then stopped. Tried. Stopped. He could not get the rhythm. He was a fish on land. He was flailing. At last, he mustered up his courage, began his safe decent, and instinctively shouted out, "The city is not for meeeeeeeeeeee!"

You can take a boy out of the country...

And finally, because this post isn't quite long enough nor inane enough, I will channel my inner 10th grader and fill out one of those very self-involved surveys, because if you're anything like me, when faced with one, you are incapable of looking away.
1. What time did you get up this morning?
We have the controversial rule in this house that small persons are not allowed to come downstairs until 7 a.m. The glitch with this rule is, the digital clock has come up missing. Fishy, right? Consequently, Calvin and Ruby have taken to waking before dawn, meeting up in the hallway, crafting a make-shift bed and giggling wildly. Sometimes they venture into the upstairs bathroom. Sometimes the toilet ends up clogged. Sometimes they do gymnastics. Sometimes they sing. Sometimes I secretly think it's all really cute. Sometimes...not. Regardless, they have received strict instructions that until it is "day" outside, they must remain in their own beds.
What was the questions?
Ah, right. Today I was up around 6:15. Boo. I know many of you over-achievers had already run miles, read chapters, flipped pancakes or nursed a cup of joe by then, but in my world? If the sun isn't up, then I shant be up.

2. How do you like your steak?
Medium, baby. Maybe medium-rare, because you know those steak joints always overcook. Now also seems as good a time as any to tell you that I consider A-1 sauce blasphemous. Unless the steak is painfully overcooked, but I really don't want to even think about that.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The Social Network. Fantastic flick, although I spent the first 30 minutes somewhat preoccupied by the creepish/loner guy sitting in the corner to my right. I had a bad, bad feeling about him, although nothing nearly as bad as the feeling I had about the guys across the aisle from me on a flight to Chicago. But I'd really rather not think about that right now.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Friday Night Lights! And Dateline Mystery. And 30 Rock.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
In a cozy home, bunked up with my 4 peeps. Ideally, this cozy home would receive more than its fair share of natural light and have a fireplace, but who am I to nitpick?

6. What did you have for breakfast?
A double-fiber English muffin with peach jam. The muffin tasted oddly like rye, of which I am not a fan. I also had two large spoonfuls of vanilly yogurt, because I'm a tad bit like the family dog when it comes to "cleaning up" after my littles. (Am I the only one mysteriously hard-wired to type "vanilla" as "vanilly"? I do it all the time and I do believe I just officially decided to roll with it. I blame Vanilla Ice. And Minilli.)

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Mexican food 4 days a week, Asian food 2, Italian 1.

8. What foods do you dislike?
Well, I am currently training myself to tolerate green olives, so that leaves only radishes and rye.

I also positively, emphatically detest all types of soggy, bread-like substances. NO crackers in your soup, please. It pains me just to look at it. And if you value your life, you will never, ever taunt me with stories of bread soaked in milk (just gagged a bit there) or doughnuts dunked in coffee.

9. Favorite place to eat?
M to the A to the Z to the A to the T to the L to the A to the N.
(In hindsight, that cheer may have worked better with a shorter name...)
Also - Sarah's house.

10. Favorite dressing?
Balsamic vinaigrette with garlic and dijon. Never, ever creamy anything.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
I drive the Pink Wonder - a 1995 Ford Explorer.

We are just beginning to look around at mini vans and recently saw one that was a 2000. I remarked to Cory, "It's practically NEW!" then we both realized that it's actually over a decade old, and we dissolved in a heap of laughs.

12. What are your favorite clothes?
This shirt. Duh. I also rather fancy my cowboy boots, the one pair of jeans that actually fits me, anything pinstripey and, let's be honest, a tinge manly.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Greece and Italy.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
I'll take my life brimming over the rim, thankyouverymuch.

15. Where would you want to retire?
Somewhere warm, with my Honey and my Babies and my Bees.

16. Favorite time of day?
I am most fully acclimated after 9 pm. It is something I wish I could change, but it appears that I cannot. I blame my upbringing for this, specifically, my mom.

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Is reality TV considered a sport yet?

19. Bird watcher?
Not at the moment.

20. Are you a morning person or a night person?
See #16.

21. Do you have any pets?
I do not have pets. Calvin has three cats: Ralphie, Ed, and Helen Girl. It seems the pet-loving gene skips a generation. I will admit, I am somewhat fond of the cats, in theory. I am relatively concerned for their well-being. I would never want harm to come their way. I display my fondness for them through the use of nonsensical nicknames and personalized (does that word apply to cats?) songs.

22. What do you want to be (someday)?
An author.

23. What is your best childhood memory?
"Singing. Our house was full of music growing up, and given our Mother's encyclopedic knowledge of music, we eventually developed the ability to "turn anything into a song." We still sing while doing just about anything, a trait that has befuddled and bemused many a houseguest."
This is the verbatim answer of my friend, Claire, who originally sent this enthralling time-waster my way. I could not have said it betta. It sort of freaked me out a bit, if I'm being honest.
24. Are you a cat or dog person?
See #21. Please love me, still.

25. Are you married?
Am I ever.

26. Always wear your seat belt?
Yes. There have been two times in past years when I did not click-it, since my destination was less than one mile away (totally lame, I know). Not once, but both times, I received a ticket.

28. Any pet peeves?
"Ekspecially", and the grossly cliched Dirty Socks on the Floor.

29. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Pepperoni, Mushroom, Banana Peppers, Onions.

30. Favorite Flower?
Peonies! No, Dahlias! Wait...Delphinium! Or was it...Lilacs! Perhaps...hydrangea! Scratch it all - English daisies. The wee ones.

31. Favorite ice cream?
DQ Chocolate/Vanilla twist in a chocolate dipped waffle bowl with hot fudge sauce. Hey - you asked.

32. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Taco Bay-ell.

33. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
Nada. Although I didn't take the test until I was 17 because I was entirely happy having my friends drive me around.

34. From whom did you get your last e-mail?
Checking now.... Jaymsie "Marty" the Coop Keepa Fizzle Schnizzle. Ain't that fittin?

35. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
J Crew, and it wouldn't take long.
Incidentally, we are not a big credit card household. As in - we really don't have one. Just last week Ruby yelled at her big brother, "You're a Credit Card!"
It doesn't get much worse around here. Although just when we thought she couldn't top it, she did. But I really can't talk about that right now.

36. Broccoli?
Heck yes.
37. What was your favorite vacation?
(Honest to goodness, Claire, how long is this stinking thing???)
Dominican Republic, two years ago, on a dime, with Cory's brother and his wife, and a big stack of books. It was utterly fantastic, until the flight home, on which I was very certain I had lived my last day. (See # 3)

38. Last person you went out to dinner with?
Cory's sister, Jamie, her husband Matt, and my crack-up nephews, Evan, Jacob and Colin. And, of course, Cory and the 3 shorties. God bless our waitress.

39. How many tattoos do you have?
Two. I have the traditional butterfly on my inner ankle, and a small constellation of stars on my right shoulder blade, representing the astronomical appropriations of both South Korea and Malawi.
All of that was a lie. I am un-inked.

40. Coffee drinker?
Not one single bit. And, might I add, this was a very weak closer?


  1. Love it all! And I agree with Calvin, escalators are kind of scarey... my son got his shoelace stuck in a HUGE one at Universal Studios when he was 8, he still avoids them.


    By the way, my new car is a 1999 Toyota 4Runner that we bought brand spanking new 12 years ago AND I still think of it as new!

  2. Okay the escalator story - hilarious! Sorry Calvin but it was!

    Loved the random facts...all FORTY of them! I could comment on all 40 but #22 - uh, yes please! I'll buy a copy of whatever it is you write! I pinky promise!

  3. Oh my girl we need to convert you to coffee. Someone did me and it's the best thing evah. I eat a double fiber english muffin for breakfast every morning...with my coffee of course!

  4. i am very delayed in saying this, but i do... i love your blog. the new look. it's so professional and chic! and you have a designer? wow... sigh. one day. :) i loved learning more about you through this. i too love medium steak. xo

  5. i was all 'what-what?' on 39, and i think landon told me about the topper on 35. STILL laughing. (which reminds me that i need to write you on what miss ruby said in children's church.)

  6. Ack! The ek-specially is one of my biggest pet-peeves ever!!! Does nobody realize there is absolutely no "c" "k" or "x" before the "s"??? Get it right people! :)

  7. Okay. It's my firm policy to NEVER trust someone who doesn't like dogs sooooo... But I guess I can like you but not trust you, right?

  8. Oh my word, you had me on 39! I can't believe I fell so fast into the trap. I was reading and thinking no way, no way.

  9. I totally love you girl, except the cat thing, but I do love the names....so funny! And the breakfast thing...totally me too. I am always cleaning up the last bites...maybe thats where the extra ten pounds came from...hehe!!!! Love knowing more about you, love that I am so much in common with a bloggy friend, and love that you don't let your kids get out of bed til 7:00, us too! Have a great evening!

  10. I love reading these things and finding out new stuff, your 3 shorties sound like they would be so much fun to be around!!!!! Love the new blog look :o)


  11. What do you think is more gross: Cake à la mode or the guy who recently sat by my friends at a movie theatre...and spent most of the film diggin' for gold & wiping the discoveries on his sleeve?

    Yep, I definitely have to agree with you on the soggy bread thing.

    : )

    Julie M.

  12. Wow...I feel like I have missed out on an evolution of sorts. Love the new look and what makes it --- is the family photos....so stinking adorable. I am forever a fan and loyal stalker...I mean friend. :)


  13. ~*Lol!! Loved your post!! Hugs, Rachel ;) ~~*~

  14. Seriously, the escalator fear is REAL! I got stranded at the top of London department store scary stairways as a child on a regular basis throughout the entire 1970s!! They still raise my pulse but I am extremely brave! I do get a bit of vertigo generally, so I think it is a type of vertigo which makes those steep, moving heaps of metal so freaky! So please be patient with the wee fella, he's probably just vertiginous!!xx

  15. Can I just tell you how much I love my memory of pj clad littles waking me up in the Fox Room. Oh my goodness...could eat them with a spoon. But I don't tell that to children anymore after frightening one that took me literally---loved this post, cause I always like an extra dose of random. I however easily delete these surveys in me email box cause I feel guilty when I fill them out (timewise) although I have found yours ekspecially delightful. My how I would love to read Claire's! Ha! I can't tell you how happy I am that you have adopted shant. My Aunt Jean would love to know you - and know that you are using it. I could go on - but I shant. It's 4:22 in the am and I need to go run, and flip things and read a chapter. I bet Cal and Ru are all up and confused with the time change....just wait til we spring ahead. You'll have peace. Gosh - just eat up those little sounds - how I miss them all.

  16. You are a credit card haha - I love that! By the way dearie... you are an author. I love learning about you. This post made me happy. The city is not for meeee! Priceless!!
    PS 2 of my fav things: coffee and dogs... still love ya though you freak!

  17. Ummm.
    A. I would retire with you anywhere and live happily ever after.
    B. Don't you ever say a word against your Mama. She is perfect.
    C. A credit card? That is awesome! I gotta hear the rest of that story one day.
    D. Calvin and Emma really are 2 peas in a pod. She is not comfortable in the city whatsoever. She clings to me and can't wait to get home. Maddie on the other hand is in heaven.

  18. LOVE the new header!
    LOVE that you answered these questions.....
    lets us know you just a little more.

    I was honestly trying my best to imagine the constellation of stars on your right shoulder blade when you said it wasn't so. :)

    If it makes you feel better, I was having a VERY HARD TIME imagining it!!

  19. #22: may i suggest.... YOU ARE!!!

  20. u r the best and go be an author, u will delite my soul! I am glad ur uninked too.

  21. #29, 30, and 31, we are right there together. #40, I may need to convince you. Also, we are the same in #1, 2, and 1/3 of #4. And sadly #33, but it isn't because I had friends to drive me around. We're both married too, so that counts. Heck, we're practically twins! (you just have that extra "n" at the end)

  22. All I can say is FNL!!!
    My Favorite show in a long, long, long time! I am so sad that this upcoming season is the last one (they say...I hope that "they" are wrong). I have loved every season and -almost- every character!
    We also have the same taste in flowers. :)
    This was fun way to get to know a lot more about you!

  23. Loved your answers, especially the tatoo one. You had me convinced. Your blog is a delight to read. Jackie

  24. "You're a Credit Card!"

    Haaahaaa!! Perfection! This is fun! I know sooo much more about you now!

  25. You don"t drink coffee? Oh nooooooo. This is terrible. I wonder if there is a correlation between night people and not liking coffee. That's my husband right there. I always tell people it is the one sorrow of our marriage that he doesn't drink. Then I pause. Then I say, "Coffee, that is." Haha, cracks me up every time...

  26. Two things that really stuck out at me on here. One - I was in COMPLETE, i mean TOTAL, Shock that u had two tattoos!! I was like #)$(*#*@&# seriously?!?! you really had me girl! hahaha... i'm still grinning about it! ha.

    secondly, i just cannot believe you are a mom of 3, who is sometimes awake before 7am, and you don't drink coffee. i am uber impressed!! and your teeth are probably whiter and brighter for it too! me on the other hand, i adore coffee, and my morning just cant be without it!

  27. Yeeessss! I always wanted to retire somewhere warm!
    Good choice Farmgirl.
    Will there be a pool? (Please say yes!) Will there be a beach? Will the Keeper be vacuuming sand?

  28. I read it all. I was slightly floored that you sported a tattoo or TWO but then I realized you were lying and the world made sense again.

  29. Make me laugh on a Wednesday!

    I woke up at 5:32 and decided to go back to bed. Then I had two terrible dreams and woke at 8 - unable to get out of bed until 9 due to the weariness the dreams caused. Oh to have two little schemers clogging my toilet and keeping me from those dreams.

    I do also love the new look.

  30. Shannan, do you ever get in a bad mood?

    I really don't think you do and if you tell me you do I won't believe you.

    not one little bit.

    The escalator cracked me up. Big time. I could picture the poor thing and that catch in his stomach that he must've felt, like almost slipping on the ice but then catching yourself just in time... Poor guy...

    Even still, I giggled. He's so cute.

  31. *love* it all!! amen to the a-1 blasphemous sauce and to friday night lights!! ;0)
    btw~ have an everlivin' fear of escalators!! just ask my mom who had to extract her child's foot from the stupid things!!
    we country people have to stick together!! :0)

    prairie hugs,

  32. Wonderful! All of it! Howevah, # 39 in the survey made me laugh out loud! Really!

  33. 1. hurrah for payless boots!

    2. hurrah for un-dowdy, appropriately long, jean skirts

    3. boo for not finding said skirt in gap stores currently : (

    4. calvin must be the cutest escalator-phobic kid on the planet. (i have a vague memory of my daughter going through something like this at that age...)

    5. helen girl is about the best name i've heard for a cat in a looong time

  34. I was totally trying to visualize your ankles as I was reading and thinking...I don't know my friend at All!

  35. Just love your posts and am coveting your blog design. I have bookmarked the designers webpage. thankyouverymuch

  36. Love learning more about you!I think you are the wittiest person I know. Calvin and Ruby are such cards!! (credit cards-she's funny!)Do you have something against #17? I secretly fill out these self-involved surveys in my head, never on paper because a.too time consuming b.it takes me forever to sound witty c.I don't want people to not like me if I answer something truthful like Not An Animal lover.

    P.S. (there always has to be a ps) Missed you in SS.

  37. I check in on you and your sweet family EVERYDAY. Love your blog!
    I have really narrowed down my blog reading and I just have to tell you how much I enjoy clicking on one of my very favorites... FPFG! :)

    Great new header! Cute stuff!

  38. I just want to say that you WILL, most definitely, be an author someday. You are just too clever for words. About as funny and clever as I would love to be, but know I never will be. Just love, love, love you and your sweet little blog. Don't go changin'!

  39. oh your blog looks fabulous...really fabulous!!!...love the question and answer you just did...you soooo need to convert to coffee...you'll never look back:)

  40. I'm catching up here.

    2 things. You are an author! I was just thinking today, I wonder when you are going to write a book. You have a gift, my friend!

    And, have you ever heard of Teavana? We went to a store this past weekend when we were in Oakbrook and they sell so many many delightful teas. They also brewed us a cup then and there and my goodness it was heavenly! I do love coffee too but I am a big believer in Teavana! now! As we walked out of the mall, I couldn't help but raise my glass and shout "teaVANA" every now and then. My sister and hubs were slightly embarassed I do believe! :) That's the way I like it!

  41. I love, love learning tidbits about you! And your new look is fab, my friend...really suits you.

    The family portrait is wonderful...says it all.
    (((((((((((((big hugs)))))))))))))))

  42. OK when you said two tattoos I was thinking - who knew - how very unlikely - I can't picture this - I am gullible! You need to come to my house and hang out with my littles who also call each other names, but unfortunately sometimes they are worse than credit card & I'll feed you real steak & absolutely no sauces - Yum. Again - what's with you and food before lunch every day - you are responsible for my dramatic weight gain!

  43. LOVE the new blog look! I finally got a real look today at it (because I'd been looking at it on my phone and it just doesn't work well that way). Beautiful! Mad props to your designer! Ok, I have to say --- I feel like Claire stole my thunder, I feel like I'm going to have to postpone our Q&A. You are such an open book, I don't know what Qs I can come up with that your readers don't already know. THE PRESSURE!
    ps. remember when I had Rohde totally thinking I got a tattoo and how we got into a big debate about it.

  44. ps. Thanks for the shoutout in Q.9!

  45. "You're a credit card"

    That totally cracked me up. I hope you don't mind but I had to share that little story with a group of folks going through a D. Ramseyenite class. ;) last evening.

    I thought that was so adorable. I might have to even use that one for my own arsenol. ;)

  46. First of all,"Thank you Jen". Now where was I? I am concerned about the animal issue, but am tickled pink my grand kiddos are making the connection. I need to know what the River did to top that one. I am sure little C got the message loud and clear. And about the soggy bread issue, I could never stand the word."sop", it is too close to slop for me. Keep my food textures on the straight and narrow,thank you.

  47. While reading this, I nodded my head and thought, "Mmm hmm. Mmm hmm. Sounds pretty normal." Until I read the part about... NO... coffee. Seriously? How can you do it? I think it is the one beverage (other than water, of course) that I might die without. I love it so.

    But, different strokes for different folks, huh?

    Just kidding around here. (Other than the part about loving coffee. I'm dead serious there.) It was fun to read your answers!