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Five Question Friday

I am the proud owner of a traction machine. I am old. I’m old because my nearly 60-year-old business partner also owns a traction machine. I am not nearly 60 (in the same way Liam is not nearly 7, even though that’s what he tells people; no sir, you are 6 + 2 months, or 6 and 1/6th if you must). Any who… I went to PT today and came home with my very own traction machine, my kids are going to get quite the kick out of watching me use it. [Side note (again): The first time I used this machine I was out in the middle of the PT office, laying flat out on a table, traction machine encasing my head with a nice strap across my forehead – it’s pretty sexy is what I’m saying – and this older woman was interested in checking it out and so she comes over and stands over me to investigate, not bothering to talk to me, and instead asks the PT if it’s okay to check it out. Thankfully, Liz is awesome and said, “You might want to ask her, not me.” Which was moot since she was already standing over me and what was I going to say, “Don’t look at me!”?] I rather love the traction machine, I had realized that my neck was so screwed up (though headaches and an inability to sleep on my back with out soreness and pain for two years might have given it away) but now that it is getting better, it’s amazing to notice the difference. It’s also nice being two inches taller again. Lesson learned: Don’t be me. If you get headaches from doing something you used to be able to do, you don’t have to accept it, you can take care of it.

1. What album/cd/download are you embarrassed to admit you have?
If I was truly embarrassed I don’t think I would admit it. I’m slightly chagrined to tell you I have Justin Beiber’s latest, but I enjoy it. Everyone has some questionable, out-of-character music they like. I also have enjoyed the Dixie Chicks, Eminem and Kid Rock.

2. What’s the one thing your spouse does better than you?
Remembers things… if he says he’s going to do something 99% of the time he remembers to do it. My intentions don’t always match my results – I intend to remember I said I would do something and do it but I’m more like 60% for remembering to do it. [He does lots of other things better than me: falls asleep at the drop of a hat, cleans the minivan, does the dishes, mows the lawn and trims the edges, cleans before company comes over.]

3. When do you start buying Halloween Candy?
I’d say at the start of October but not with the intention to stockpile it for Halloween or to hand it out. We’ve had a tradition since having kids of spending Halloween with some of our besties and their kids at their house. We eat dinner and the guys take the kids trick or treating while the moms stay at home and hand out candy. Perfect. When we did stay at home we didn’t get too many kids at our house, we are on a stretch of road that doesn’t lead to many more houses so we often get skipped. The first year I lived there, a middle schooler rand the bell and she wasn’t even dressed up (though she was with friends who were) and she was smoking and I was so sad (and annoyed) to see that – ten years later it has stuck with me.

4. Family closets – Yay or nay?
Does this mean sharing all closets? Or like a hall closet with everyone’s stuff in it? I think it would be a pain to have all the boys stuff upstairs in our closet. But I do have a hall closet with all our jackets in it and that is handy. We still have all Jack’s clothes in the dresser in his old room (our now guest room), if the boys shared a dresser I’d imagine they’d try wearing each others’ clothes pretty often – they aren’t attention-to-detail types and Liam will just put on Jack’s pajamas if they mistakenly end up in his drawer, even though their being inches to short everywhere should give it away.

5. Which home/cleaning chore do you hate the most? Why?
Mopping the floor, it just seems like a pain to get everything set up and within minutes of being done someone always gets it dirty. My favorite thing is cleaning the fridge with stainless steel cleaner – it’s so pretty afterwards.

Linking up with Mama M for Five Question Friday.


Five Question Friday

I have the most wishy-washy, rambling answers this week… apologies all around.

This morning Liam told me I was fired because I wouldn’t wipe his bottom, something he has no problem doing for himself most of the time but this morning it was a THING. We also had to go to school early because he forgot his homework folder last night and he had homework to do as he had “promised my teacher that I would do it and I can’t break my promise” [cue tears]. So that is the sort of morning we have had. The bright spot was his teacher telling me how polite he is always and what a sweetie he is, wonderful, apparently he doesn’t scream at her to wipe his butt otherwise I’m sure she would be of a different opinion.

1. Do you prefer to drive to your vacation spot or fly?
Before I ever flew to Texas I would have said road trip all the way but when you can reduce a 2-day, 20-hours worth of driving trip to 3.5 hours on a plane, you learn that flying has its perks. But I do still love a good road trip when time is not an issue. But for a one-week trip, I prefer to fly. I like to fly in theory, but in practice I rather hate all the little details and hassle of flying.

2. If you could live any where in the world, where would you go and why?
Um, I believe the obvious (and perhaps right answer) would be Australia. Imagining that we could love there and in Michigan equal parts of the year without school or cost being a pain, that would be ideal. But since we don’t have unlimited funds and I’m not into homeschooling, I think we’ll have to stick to Michigan for now. I love this state, despite the winters, it’s a wonderful place to live and it’s close to so many people we love.

3. Should grown women wear leggings?
If you have the legs for it, absolutely… For myself, not so much. Though I have worn leggings with a dress – that’s allowable (for me). Leggings with a crop top – not okay, unless of course you are a dancer, dancing in a studio and not going out in public. Because leggings are just slightly thicker tights without feet and you look ridiculous in them with a crop top – yes, you do. /opinion

4. If you could change your name to any other name, would you? And what would it be?
If I could change my name and take on that person’s life then perhaps I would consider a name change (though really, I wouldn’t give up my boys for anything so probably not). But it is sometimes appealing to be a movie star or powerful woman in business – but mostly for the perk of flying first class. In reality, I like my name and wouldn’t want to change it.

5. What magazines to you have subscriptions to?
Entertainment Weekly, Better Homes and Gardens, Rachael Ray Everyday and sometimes Cooking Light. I also get my college’s alumni magazine and The Banner which is a publication of the Christian Reformed Church – the denomination I grew up in (my mom signed me up).

Linking up with Mama M for Five Question Friday.

Five Question Friday

Welcome to Friday everyone! I am on the final day of the juice/raw food detox and I don’t feel too awful – I’m not sure how I am supposed to feel but I was prepared to feel awful. So I am happily surprised. Maybe my Diet Coke/coffee “addiction” isn’t as bad as I thought. I have had zero tummy issues on the detox so I am little afraid of what will happen when I eat dairy or gluten as I fear I might have a sensitivity to something (perhaps not one of those things and just bad/greasy/acidic food in general). We shall see – I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime… Five Question Friday, anyone?

1. How long did it take for you to find your wedding dress? (Wedding dress pics anyone?)
First store, first time out. I found two dresses that I liked, but one of them I really loved. Of course the one I loved cost quite a bit more than the other one but in the end, we went with the more expensive one and I am glad because I felt like a princess and didn’t have a moments pause the whole day over my dress (or my hubby). Thanks, Mom!

2. Someone in your general vicinity releases a NASTY smelling fart. Do you say anything or blow it off?
If it was a stranger, I’d scrunch up my nose a little but probably avoid eye contact. If it’s someone I know, I totally call them on it. I typically* own up to my “windies” (as my mom had me call them growing up) and I expect others to do the same. Now if I am out with my kids, they will say something out loud if they smell something offensive so all bets are off then – strangers, you have been warned.

* I say typically because if I am holding an infant and pass gas, I will most likely blame it on the baby. Only because it seems in poor form to own up to farting while holding some else’s sweet bundle.

3. What is the scariest thing that happened to you or scared you recently?
Recently… nothing too big. We did almost get side-swiped by an Illinois driver who was merging onto the highway and just came over into our lane without even glancing over their shoulder to check for traffic. I honked and had to switch lanes. But it’s at a spot I am always prepared for drivers to merge over so I was partially prepared, but it’s the first time it’s actually happened. It made me a little bit mad and a whole lot scared because had I not been diligent at that particular spot, we would have been hit.

4. Favorite brand and flavor of ice cream.
My favorite, which they don’t make any more, was Ben & Jerry’s “From Russia with Buzz.” It was their “Coffee, Coffee, Buzz, Buzz” ice cream mixed with White Russian flavored “From Russia with Love.” What’s not to love.

Another favorite, which they also no longer make, was Haagen Dazs’ Sticky Toffee Pudding (blogged about here).

5. Are you able to sleep well in hotels?
It’s a 50/50 shot. Often the first night of a trip I have a hard time falling asleep, I supposed because I’m excited about the fun that is to come. But sometimes I have zero problem at all. In general, I have a difficult time falling asleep, I have to be very tired with nothing on my mind. I am not one of those people who falls asleep while watching TV or a movie, I have to make a conscious decision to fall asleep. And then there’s my husband who could sleep anywhere, including in a room filled with people, as long as he’s slightly reclined. I wish I had that gift.

Linking up with Mama M for Five Question Friday.

Five Question Friday

1. What is your favorite fall family tradition?
Does eating donuts count? Probably not since that’s a year-round tradition 🙂 I’d say going to Schwallier’s Country Basket, north of town. They have cider, apples, pumpkins, a corn maze, a wagon ride, goats to pet and feed, bunnies for cuddling, a corn box (a sandbox with corn) and a giant tube slide (and also, donuts). We love going there – though it’s a little crazy on the weekends, still super fun for everyone!

2. If money weren’t an issue, how many kids would you have?
I’d like to say three or four, because if money weren’t an issue, then I’d stay home full time, but our reality is such that both of us work and I can’t imagine a) the cost of daycare for two more kids or b) my husband wanting to take care of two more small children when he’s not at work and vice versa, my having them while he is at work – tag-team parenting as we do it, works for two or less children (at least for us).

3. If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be and where would you put it?
I have a tattoo, it’s the Chinese symbol for happiness on the inside of my left ankle. I got it when I was 22 with my two [then] roomies – Jenny got one on her back and Kara on the outside of her ankle. Jenny and I went first and totally lied to Kara about how much it hurt, knowing that if she really knew, she wouldn’t go through with it because she was a bit of a wimp about pain. Sorry about that, Kara. 🙂

If I were to get another one, it would either be a quote… something short, sweet and meaningful or my kids’ names or initials with a heart all intertwined.

I’m trying to convince my hubby to get one, either a Southern Cross (constellation they see in the southern hemisphere which is also on the Australian flag) or the same Chinese symbol as mine, because the double happiness characters mean marriage.

4. What condiment is a must in your house?
Mustard and barbeque sauce share equal rank in our household with ketchup left in the dust.

5. How did your spouse/fiance propose?
My tricky husband had a big surprise set up for me but to get his plan to work, he had to get me out of the house on that particular Sunday morning, normally this wouldn’t have been a problem as I would be going to church, but I had been sick with tonsilitis that week and wasn’t really feeling up to going to church so he enlisted the help of my BFF Kara (the aforementioned pain wimp) and had her call and arrange for us to go out for coffee after church – ensuring that I would get out of the house for church so I could meet Kara and go for coffee. I knew something was probably up then but I was also feverish so I didn’t think too hard about it. When I got home my surprise was waiting for me (my garage is at the back of the house and on the same level as my basement so when you enter the house, the basement stairs are the first thing you see)… so before me, on those steps, was an array of candles and rose petals and at the top of the stairs was Simon, waiting with a big grin and beautiful ring. I walked upstairs, he proposed and I said yes! And then we ate lunch, which he had picked up from Panera – where we had our first date. And then we called a bunch of people and told them the wonderful news! Happy day (see below)!

Five Question Friday

Oh good golly, TGIF. And a Friday kicking off a long weekend before a very big week of starting school! Fall is coming and I am (nearly) ready.

I love the randomness of the questions this week… who doesn’t want to know how I eat a taco? [If you are raising your hand you are probably reading the wrong blog because this here blog is just that kind of random, with occasional meaningful insights.]

1. What do you enjoy doing the most with your spouse?
We’re going to ignore the obvious, blue humor answer on that one. Just not going to go there. But, when we get to have time together, just the two of us for DATE nights, we like going out to eat, watching movies and listening to live music (though we don’t always share the same tastes, thankfully we have friends to go see AC/DC and Sara Bareilles with each of us).

2. How do you eat your taco? From the top or from the side?
I start at the side and work my way across, biting where there’s a narrow piece each time. Funnily… this question has inspired me to make my fave carnitas style beef tacos, a recipe I first found on The Pioneer Woman… get thee some chuck roast and make them yourselves!

3. Have you ever shut off the basement light and ran like a fool because you knew someone was down there and would get you?
I have done this many times, much more often when I was younger. The house I grew up in (where my parents still live) is all windows across the front where the living room is and when I was younger, my mom just had sheers hanging in the windows so when it was nighttime and the lights were on in the house, you are on display to the outside world. This didn’t bother me, but when I turned the lights off to go upstairs for bed, I would often drop to the floor and sneak over to the stairs or fun like mad… not really thinking it was much harder for people to see me once the lights were off.

4. If you could change one thing about you what would it be and why?
I procrastinate. I’m a procrastinator. It’s only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older, I think because I’m the one in control of my life rather than having my parents influence, or teachers and professors having expectations. I wish I wasn’t that way, or that there was a pill I could take to make it go away. Any tips for dealing with this? I’d welcome them! I already make lists, I love lists… I just still procrastinate.

5. What age do you think is appropriate to have the “bird and the bees” talk with your children?
I will be open and willing to have the talk (or talks) with them whenever they are asking the questions but for sure by 4th/5th grade. I’d much rather have them hear things from Simon and I than get mis-information from the kids at school (though I also hope they aren’t the ones spreading information to their fellow students once we talk about it). But I prefer to be open and honest with them about things so the lack of information doesn’t gain a power of its own. The only reason words like vagina, penis and testicles (hello search engines and sketchy key word searchers) are taboo is because we let them be – but they are just body parts, albeit private ones, and sex is a natural thing that happens between two people (Dear Children: Preferably, for our family, between two married adults who can bare the consequences of having sex… you are not ready for children at 16, trust me and your dad on this one. And don’t be stupid enough to think that accidents don’t and can’t happen, I know plenty of people who weren’t trying to get pregnant and did. Love you, Mom)

Linking up with Mama M for Five Question Friday.