1. Post the rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself along with 11 random facts.
3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger's post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag new people to answer them.
5. Visit the people you tagged to let them know.
|Before the haircut...|
1. Once upon a time, I was a violin player, and I wasn't half bad. (I wasn't really good though, either.) And ever since having kids, I've wished that I'd kept up with playing because it feels like it would be the perfect outlet from our crazy household's pull on me. I adore playing. I miss playing. I will play again. When I can find the time.
2. I rather enjoy cleaning toilets. There is something so satisfying about scrubbing a toilet (when it's my own, anyway); I imagine the brush is a lawnmower, plowing through invisible germs and guckyness before the magic whirlpool whisks it all away. A clean toilet is nearly as satisfying to me as clean sheets.
3. Which would lead you to think that I'm a very meticulous house cleaner. I am not. This place is a jacked-up mess, yo.
4. When I was a teenager, I actually heard voices in my head. Wait, that's not really accurate; it was more that I felt an unknown someone else's emotions in my head. At unexpected times, there would seem to be a panic of feeling that I could hear. Raging somewhere in my head, but separate from my own feelings. I really can't describe it well and you're probably about to click away to read something less insane, so I'll stop now.
5. When Mia was a baby, I broke out into cold sweats when she started to cry. With my third baby, I smile and admire his well-formed vocals. Time heals all freak-outs. Maybe experience helps a little.
6. There is not much I find more terrifying than crickets. Their jumpy, hairy, crooked legs are an ABOMINATION in an otherwise beautiful world. *shudder*
7. Breastfeeding might be my favorite past-time.
8. I think I'm hooked on dystopian literature right now because it makes me feel strong. I read gutsy characters with myself in their shoes; I suddenly gain strength of will and body that aren't usually mine; I feel as if I could protect everyone I love because I am on the side of good. So when I go back to that mountain of laundry, I imagine it as the man and I am REBELLING against it by not folding it. I am full of righteous strength and the will to take control of my own circumstances. I'm quite tough.
9. My eyes are more gray than blue. More icy than floaty. More steely than flowery. I think they're one of my details that I will always love.
10. I sleep curled up on my right side, with one leg thrown out of the covers though never NEVER hanging off the edge of the bed. That's far too dangerous.
11. When I was little, I would stare into the mirror for hours. The room behind me seemed like an unexplored territory: mysterious and always cooler than the one I actually lived in. I made up stories about the room -- secret passageways and rotating closets -- and created a character just like myself to live there. But she was a mirror-version, too. Much more interesting and mysterious than me. She was poised and confident. I wanted to step into the mirror and live there instead.
|And after the haircut!|
1. If you had to live a homesteading kind of life (i.e. planting all your own food and raising cows and chickens and pigs, etc.), how do you think you’d do? I'd probably fail miserably for several years until I learned some things (mostly gumption and anti-laziness) and then I'd succeed, but very grumpily.
2. How many boyfriends (or lovers!) did you have before you got married (not counting your husband)? Um, maybe, two boyfriends? I didn't date much, though, and I wouldn't call them boyfriends so much as 'boys I hung out with or met at parties and kissed for awhile.' Justin was my first serious boyfriend. My first everything. I feel very lucky to have him.
3. If you could drop everything and take a one-week vacation all by yourself somewhere, where would you go? What would you do? I have a mental fascination with northern beaches. Like coastal British Columbia or Maine in the summertime. I think of them as wild and rocky and aggressively peaceful (is that a real thing?) without the heat of southern beaches. So I'd go to a northern beach, I think, with several books, and I'd read until my neck got sore, and then I'd wander around the town (which would be small) by myself to explore. It's a quiet vacation.
4. What chore do you hate the most? Cleaning out the fridge of its old food that we've forgotten about. Gag.
5. What do you wish more people would know or notice about you? That I put on a positive face most of the time because it helps life go by easier. But it doesn't mean I'm simple-minded or ignorant about the hard truths. I merely try to be joyful instead of dwell on negatives. One of the only times I express my negatives or fears is through writing; it feels safer.
6. Do you prefer heat or cold? I prefer a happy medium! Heat is unbearable, cold is irritating, seventy degrees is just right. Though if I were pressed, I think I'd choose cold; hot days make me cranky.
7. Red or white wine? I wish I knew -- I don't drink much wine, and if I do, my only preference is for it to be sweet. Dessert wines (which, I hear, aren't beloved by true wine connoisseurs) are the best.
8. What are some of your go-to, easy dishes to cook at home? Soups, stews, chilis -- they are quick enough to be thrown together easily, but simple enough that I can leave them simmering all day without ruining them. And Taco Tuesdays make everyone happy.
9. Favorite way to unwind? Reading. While nobody touches me. I need space, man.
10. What’s your love language? (i.e. do you communicate love through: words of affirmation, acts of service, physical touch, purchasing gifts, or quality time?) Does it match your husband’s? I really need to look deeper into this -- read the book or something -- because I'm so interested in knowing more. I think I communicate love by giving words of affirmation and doing acts of service. My husband communicates love with physical touch. (Ahem.) We do not match here, precisely; more than physical touch at the end of a long day, I would rather know that the dishes are being done (or something) than get a good snuggle. (See number 9...)
11. What is one skill you wish you had learned? I wish were a better dancer. Seriously, I'm HORRID. I have wonderful rhythm but terrible coordination. I can memorize a routine well enough, but when it comes to just dancing? Like in a living room dance party? Let's just say I'm SUPER GLAD that my family loves me enough to see past the wonky moves I throw down.
1. Do you always read the entire book once you get started, or have you ever stopped halfway through a book? If so, what was it, and why?
2. Which would you prefer to spend an afternoon doing: painting with a room full of preschoolers or painting with a group of adults?
3. Is there a television show on right now that you try to never miss? What is it?
4. What is the most adventurous food item you've ever tried?
5. If you could have as many children as you wanted without fear of discomfort (either physical or financial) or social judgement, how many do you think you'd have?
6. What foreign culture fascinates you the most?
7. When you're grocery shopping, what snack item has the greatest ability to tempt you into an unnecessary purchase?
8. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you succeed?
9. If you could go back to school and get any degree, would you choose differently than you did the first time?
10. You have a $500 gift card to the closest mall: what will you spend it on?
11. You are headed into a party full of people you've never met before and where mingling is expected. What one word describes your mindset as you open the door?
Melissa at Peanut Butter in my Hair
Kam at Nap Wars
Sarah at A Line at a Time
Brook at Redhead Reverie
Robin at The Not-Ever-Still Life
Sarah at The Unwrapping
Kate at Watercoloring on the Table
and anyone else who's interested!