Jul 26, 2010

What's that, you say? You want to know even MORE about me?

My friend Paige, who unkindly moved to England a year ago six months ago three years ago I can't remember when, recently posted some Ask Me questions on her blog and I thought I'd follow suit. Because even though she didn't tag me, I am a total rebel and don't care. I'm stealing them anyway.

What experience has shaped you most and why?
I will have you know that giving birth with a failed epidural vs. giving birth with a successful epidural is like the difference between camping outdoors and staying at the Ritz. The two births during which my epidurals wore off were, shall we say, off-putting. I'M A RITZ GIRL ALL THE WAY, INTERNET.  And while
I wouldn't say that having children defines me, giving birth to and raising three children has definitely redefined the filter through which I see my life. I view taking risks differently now, I worry more now (about myself and them), I weigh all of my decisions based on how they'll affect my kids, and I know the value of an epidural.

If you had a whole day with no commitments, what would you do?
Sleep and scrapbook. Those are the two things that get pushed aside most often by everything else in my life, and the two things I probably enjoy the most. That's why the weekend scrapbooking retreats that I attend twice a year are so great: I get to do those two things for two whole days without work or The Three Short People I Love More Than Life Itself interfering with either activity.

What food or drink could you never give up?
Chocolate. There is no substitute. I mean, I can substitute iced tea with Sweet & Low for sweet tea. It's not as good, but I can deal with it. I can endure drinking Coke Zero instead of Coke. I can eat Baked Lay's instead of regular Lay's. But I can't think of anything that takes the place of full-on chocolate. Nope. NOTHING.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
Although there are literally THOUSANDS of places I've never been and never WILL go, if I could pick up and go anywhere for a week, it would be back to Kauai, Hawaii. I fell in love with the island when we went for our 10-year anniversary five years ago, and I'd love to go back. I'm a sucker for the familiar, and when "the familiar" just happens to be one of the most drop-dead beautiful places on the face of the planet AND is the site of my only encounter with live sea turtles, it's no contest.

Who do you have a crush on?
Jakey. I swear, he's just the cutest little thing.

If you were leader of your country, what would you do?
Institute a reasonable tax at all income levels on:

  • rudeness
  • audibly passing gas 
  • annoying Tweets
  • bad wallpaper 
  • not watching So You Think You Can Dance
 And said taxes would be used to help pay for my childcare expenses.

Give me one savory recipe that doesn’t include cheese.
Does cream cheese count? Because I don't know if it's Southern or what, but I seriously cannot think of a single recipe worth passing on that doesn't include cheese. WHO CAME UP WITH THESE QUESTIONS?

What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Originally I thought I was going to be a veterinarian, until one day my dad told me that vets actually have to put animals down sometimes. THAT WAS THE END OF THAT DREAM. Then I thought I wanted to become a teacher, until I realized that kids drove me nuts, particularly in a classroom setting. I couldn't stand my own FRIENDS in class most of the time (they were either goofing off or kissing butt, and I had patience for neither, especially since I was busy brown-nosing and those butt-kissers were treading on my territory), so I eventually figured out that teaching probably wasn't a good career choice. Ultimately it wasn't until the Summer after my sophomore year of college that I switched majors to Journalism and chose writing as a career path.

If you could spend just one day in someone else’s body, who would it be?
This is quite a creepy question, but I guess it would be a successful interior designer. Do you get to keep their brain matter when you come back to your own body? Because that's the only reason I'd choose to be an interior designer, so I would have that knowledge base when I came back. That, and most of them seem to be thin, and it would be great to be able to see my toes again for an afternoon.

Which woman writer, living or dead, do you admire most?
First of all, I never paid that much attention in school (hence, the brown-nosing, to make up for the lack of focus). So I couldn't even tell you a dead female writer's name if I tried. (Is Sylvia Plath dead? Was she admirable? This question is a mean double-whammy for us unstudious types.) I'm going with Janet Evanovich, just because she makes me laugh and I bet she's wealthy because all those Stephanie Plum books are best-sellers.

What character trait inspires you the most?
Sense of humor, hands-down. Humor kind of rubs off, you know? I'm funnier when I'm around funny people. Conversely, I feel stupider when I'm around smart people. That's not inspirational.

What is your favorite kind of music?
Current country, contemporary Christian and top 40. It's a tie. Those are my go-to stations on my radio pre-sets.

What is one fact about you that most people who know you wouldn’t guess?

I failed two classes in college and had to re-take them in Summer School (and I got Cs the second time around). Although considering my answers to some of the previous questions, perhaps this fact isn't so surprising, after all. Also not surprising: the subjects in question were Economics and Accounting. To this day and from this day forward, BLECCCCCCHHHH. Of note, once I met my true academic love, journalism, I achieved a 4.0 GPA in my major. Full disclosure: I also once got a D in Old Testament. I have a feeling that if I were to take that class again today, I would achieve a D or worse.

Now I get to add a question: 

If money were no object, what's one thing you don't own now or can't afford to do that you'd like to have or do?

I'm not going to go to the trouble of tagging anyone, but if you're reading this and have a blog, consider yourself tagged. Go!


paige said...

Well, I would have tagged you (and considered it) but didn't think this was your thing. Of course, now I can't START tagging you because you'll just think it's because you said. What's that? We're not 12?

Anyway, your fact was something I would NEVER have guessed about you, so well done for question understanding and answer execution.

See, I love these things because you find out all sorts of stuff about people you think you know. FUN.

You had to not have an epidural to know that you really, really want one? I've given birth to exactly zero kids and I'm here to tell you that I will most certainly be taking the strongest drugs they can legally give me. I'm not one for pain. NOT EVEN FOR A BABY.

Good question. I should have asked you before I added mine. The most obvious thing would be travel but if not that then a house for my parents (and I'm not even saying that to seem like a good kid). They need a new one and can't afford it and never will be able to. That'd be the first thing I'd buy if I won the lottery. Which I totally play sometimes, btw.

Lacy said...

I have a crush on Jakey too... ;o)

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Paige, OH NO HONEY, I knew I wanted an epidural well before one was necessary. Make no mistake about THAT. It was just an unfortunate turn of events that two of them wore off before I started pushing, is all.

Lacy, he gets under your skin, doesn't he? TOO CUTE. ;)

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