Sometimes on a blog, you can get lost in your writing.
For the most part, the reader can get a good sense of who you are through your writing; yet, there are a lot of little things that make you up, on top of the big ones. Sure, we homeschool and have a bundle of kids…but we aren’t the only ones who homeschool with a bundle of kids. Are we doing Waldorf? Classical? Eclectic? Secular? Virtual? Charter? What do we do and why have we chosen our curriculums, exactly? I make all of our meals from scratch, but what does that mean in real life? Am I one of those neurotic women who obsess about food, and use buzzwords like kale, local or organic? Or is it just an interest? If I do make all our meals from scratch, and we homeschool, and we have a bundle of kids, why aren’t I writing more articles on organization or couponing? (this is not going to happen) I have been married for over 15 years, and together for over 20…why aren’t I writing about healthy relationships?
I like punk music, so why am I wearing mom jeans? (I’m not really wearing momjeans. I’m really wearing green plaid pajama pants.)
I drink endless cups of black coffee every day…how is this possible?
I like Science Fiction, and shun the Twilight series. Am I a snob? (yes)
I hate 99% of chick flicks, and I only watch a small handful of musicals. Am I simply opinionated, or am I a hater? (debatable)
There are so many things that make up a person,
In person, am I really an altogether groovy chick, or are you going to feel incredibly awkward when you meet me?
Who am I, really?
This question plagues me, and it is definitely the fuel that keeps this fire under me going. I have grown and changed so much in my adult life, that I wonder if I am even the same person I was. Yet, when I look back…I have kind of painfully been the same person this whole time. Some little things have changed, but the big ones haven’t.
I thought I’d break format a little today, and answer a few “Getting To Know You” questions from GoodReads.
3. What is your favorite subject in school?
English, obviously. I loved reading literature, analyzing the material and writing amazing essays in the end. It was like finishing a puzzle for me. Very satisfying to complete.
4. What is your favorite flavor of jelly beans?
I am very particular with jelly beans, actually. I like the bags of assorted jelly beans, but I eat them two at a time: coconut and lime, popcorn and cinnamon, apple and cherry. I love mixing the flavors, but it takes forever to eat a bag when you are just eating them two at a time.
5. Which flavor of ice-cream do you prefer?
I am not an exotic ice-cream aficionado, but I am particular about what I enjoy. The absolute best ice cream is Ben&Jerry’s Vanilla Caramel Fudge Swirl. It is the perfect balance of creamy vanilla, and the perfect caramel and fudge texture. This ice cream got me through quite a few pregnancies.
6. What do you think is your very best feature or characteristic?
I can adapt to just about anything. Long term is a little harder, but short term is no big deal. Snow? Water? Heat? No problem. Need and event organized? Got it. Need some ideas? I got your back. However, this makes “settling down” pretty tricky.
9. What do you usually do when you have leisure time on your hands?
I know this is going to sound crazy, but if I have free time I am either reading or writing.
14. What is your favorite home cooked meal?
Probably my rosemary and garlic roast lamb. It’s pretty phenomenal. Also my stroganoff. It’s kind of out of this world.
17. How many siblings do you have?
2, and I’m the oldest. I have “first child” syndrome in a big way. Something is happening? Here, let me take over. No, I got it…no, no, I got it give it to me, I got it. I’m learning how to back off. Sometimes.
22. What kind of vehicle do you usually ride in?
I refuse, with all of my being, to buy a minivan. I just can’t do it. It feels like giving up something…so we have a Crossover with 3 rows of bench seats, and we can fit everyone in our car. We just can’t fit anyone else in our car.
23. Do you have pets?
1 dog, 2 cats, 3 chickens.
24. When was the last time you visited a park and what did you do while there?
Last week I took the kids to the park because it was sunny, and I was talking to a grandma there about her little granddaughters, and then a mom of 2 under 2 who was losing her mind. She was just tired, and she’s going to be fine. Ah, all this experience with being tired.
27. What do you usually do when you meet someone for the first time?
I generally lead the conversation because I have found people will open up when the environment feels familiar, so I just treat people as old friends, and it is better for everyone. Which is a total INTJ response to conversations. But it works, and that is what I am going for.
30. Do you plan to go to college?
I went to college, and our kids are planning on going to college. Glenn has already told me that when he is in his office, I can call him at lunch, but not before. Because he is working. #melt
31. What job do you think you would most enjoy as an adult?
I would love to either be an editor, or go back to teaching in university…actually, I kind of like that idea better. I love the classroom. Give me a chalkboard and a projector, and I’m a happy camper.
33. What was the last item you cooked and ate?
Baked chicken with chickpeas and roasted tomatoes. It is the bomb for quick meals.
34. How many books did you read last year?
I….have no idea. But let me put it this way: I have packed my kitchen, and I have 3 boxes. I have packed all of our books, and we have over 10 boxes (I lost count). So, there ya go. Also: Kindle.
40. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?
Maybe 5. Or 7. (counts on fingers) 2 tennis shoes, a couple heels and jellies.
41. Which one fashion accessory do you like better than others?
Earrings. Hands down.
52. Have you ever been horseback riding?
Yep. I love horseback riding.
53. Have you ever been water skiing?
Yes. I freaking hate water skiing.
54. What do you most like to do in the snow?
To stay in the car.
55. What is your favorite all-time movie?
The Philadelphia Story, with Kate Hepburn
56. Can you change a tire?
Yes. But make sure your jack can actually lift the car off the ground. Otherwise it WON’T WORK. #experience
57. Is your room more clean or more messy?
The house is okay. My room is a disaster. I feel bad about it.
58. Do you prefer a bath or a shower?
Shower. You can’t wash this hair in a bath.
81. Do you like drinking from the cup or a straw?
I kind of prefer a straw, because I have less of a chance of spilling anything on myself if I use a straw. I am a little very clumsy.
82. Do you like ice in your cold beverages?
Sure, but only a couple.
83. What is your favorite sandwich?
Hands down: squaw bread, sprouts, provolone, thinly sliced tomatoes, spicy mustard, sliced turkey and avocado.
85. Where is the farthest you have ever traveled?
Beijing, China. I would go back in a heartbeat.
91. Have you ever won anything? If so, what did you win?
I notoriously win the body lotions at bridal showers or baby showers…and I can’t stand body lotions. I don’t really like rubbing stuff all over my skin, it just feels gross. I also have trouble smelling, so they just don’t do much for me. However, I will win them most of the time. And give them to someone who really likes them.
97. Have you ever been in a musical drama or play? If so, what was it?
Baby, I write the plays.
107. Do you know how to iron your clothes?
108. Can you sew a button on your clothing?
Buttons are easy.
109. Have you ever cut your own hair?
I have been not cutting my own hair successfully for the past million years (as in, I just don’t get it cut. Just let it grow forever. It’s getting pretty long at this point). I do trim my bangs by myself, against all good advice from serious hairstylists.
You made it! Cheers!!