(Thanks, Sandy, for the questions!)
1. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
My temper — my husband and I are both “hot heads” and I wish in the face of his irrational anger about stupid things I could just take it in and calm him down, instead I get offended and my anger flashes and escalates the situation. I’d love to just be able to say, “I’m sorry honey, that stinks” and move on.
2. Write about a time when you got lost.
When I lived in Chicago we went to IKEA quite a few times – for apartment things and because every time someone came to visit, that was one place they wanted to go. The first time we went there, I had a pretty good idea of where it was and had been there before but I wasn’t driving. Somehow I missed the exit and we ended up driving past the big blue building with very sad faces. unfortunately we were also on a toll road so we couldn’t get off the highway right away and then didn’t want to have to pay to get back on for a few minutes so we decided to just try and find it (this was in the pre-GPS days – remember those?). 20 minutes later we retraced our steps and paid to get back on the toll way to try and get back to IKEA. We drove by it again, missing the exit but on the third try (without getting back on the tollway this time) we finally arrived at the lovely little mecca.
3. Camping or 5 star hotel?
I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in an actually five-star hotel but I know I would love it. As long as I wasn’t the one footing the bill. Otherwise, camping all the way – I grew up spending weeks during the summer sleeping in a camper and running around outside all day long – best memories ever!
4. Have you donated blood?
No but I should. There is just something about where they place the needle that freaks me out. On a related note, I was a little over gleeful when I learned that my blood type is B+ – you know, like “be positive.” What a nice little reminder for life!
5. Do you have a budget or do you ‘fly by’ most months?
Theoretically, we have a budget, but nothing set it stone. This is something I’d definitely like to work on. We have too many friends who have had great success with Dave Ramsey and the whole envelope system. I don’t know that I could ever do that and we don’t have huge debt issues (or any, aside from car and house) but it would be nice to be more diligent so we could retire EARLY!