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Excessively Informative

Snagged this meme from Jen @ Stuff Jen Says who stole it from someone who stole it from someone else, etc. Who wants to steal it from me?

  1. Are your parents married or divorced? divorced from each other, both remarried
  2. Are you a vegetarian? No but I’m not a huge carnivore either
  3. Do you believe in Heaven? It sounds nice. I don’t know, I’m not saying no, but I’m not saying yes either
  4. Have you ever come close to dying? Close enough!
  5. What jewelry do you wear 24/7? just my wedding rings and small (tiny small) hoops in my ears
  6. Favorite time of day? 8pm or so, the monkey is in bed and hubby and I are often watching a favorite tv show or working on a hobby and then afterwards I get to READ!
  7. Do you eat the stems of broccoli? sure but I only like cooked broccoli so that’s probably why
  8. Do you wear makeup? Nope. Like seriously, almost never.
  9. Ever have plastic surgery? No and I probably never would unless I was seriously disfigured by some accident. Cheery thought, I know.
  10. Do you color your hair? I have before but not in a long time.
  11. What do you wear to bed? usually pajama pants or capris and a t-shirt (or tank top or long sleeves depending on the weather)
  12. Have you ever done anything illegal? Can I plead the fifth?
  13. Can you roll your tongue? I could say yes and you’d never know.
  14. Do you tweeze your eyebrows? No, I prefer them bushy
  15. What kind of sneakers? I really only like Pumas and the like, and would prefer to not wear sneakers at all, but I’m wearing this ginormous Keen hiking sneakers for arch support or something. They help. But they’re ugly.
  16. Do you believe in abortions? Yeah I’m pretty sure those happen.
  17. What is your hair color? brownish brown
  18. Future child’s name? another boy I would probably name Matthew or Nicholas; A girl would likely be Rachel or Addison
  19. Do you snore? I don’t know, you’d have to ask my husband. He says no, not that he’s aware of.
  20. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? I’d probably go to Washington State to meet my mother
  21. Do you sleep with stuffed animals? no just my teddy bear of a husband
  22. If you won the lottery, what would you do first? Buy a HOUSE – and I’d say “HOUSE” a lot
  23. Gold or silver? white gold, just to be difficult
  24. Hamburger or hot dog? hot dog, unless it’s one of those freak skin hot dog things, then I’ll take a cheese burger
  25. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? well the five year old in me wants to say COOKIES but it should probably be something healthier if it’s all I’m getting. I think bread would be a safe stand by. If prisoners can make do on it, so can I.
  26. City, beach or country? country but close to a decent sized town
  27. What was the last thing you touched? my glass of water?
  28. Where did you eat last? in my kitchen
  29. When’s the last time you cried? I teared up a bit this morning watching this video.
  30. Do you read blogs? Would you even believe me if I said no
  31. Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex? you mean wearing pants and a shirt? Yeah I guess.
  32. Ever been involved with the police? No my grandmother told me I wasn’t allowed to date cops. Engineers, luckily, are okay.
  33. What’s your favorite shampoo, conditioner and soap? I’ve been using those Aussie shampoos but I’m sort of in the market for something new, ditto for soap – which I’m using a Method body wash right now. Love Method but not crazy about this soap. I want to try LUSH but they are so expensive!
  34. Do you talk in your sleep? I don’t think so, hubbie says only if you count when I say I’m awake but go back to sleep.
  35. Ocean or pool? ocean
  36. Who would you take on a ménage à trois for a dirty weekend? I’m so not even going to answer that, sorry.
  37. Window seat or aisle? WINDOW! I will trade you for the window seat if I have to
  38. Ever met anyone famous? sure
  39. Do you feel that you’ve had a truly successful life? I think so, but I’m far from finished
  40. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it? twirl, but I break it in half before it goes into the pot, so it’s a bit smaller than full length – you know, like, half length
  41. Ricki Lake or Oprah Winfrey? Ellen Degeneres
  42. Basketball or Football? football
  43. How long do your showers last? less than twenty minutes
  44. Automatic or do you drive a stick? automatic, me driving a stick shift is not pretty. There are tears, usually mine. And not much in the way of driving.
  45. Cake or ice cream? Can you have one without the other?
  46. Are you self-conscious? Only completely
  47. Have you ever drank so much you threw up? lmfao oh lord. Um. Yes.
  48. Have you ever given money to a beggar? sure
  49. Have you been in love? I am in love!
  50. Where do you wish you were? in a home that I owned in another state
  51. Are you wearing socks? no I try to avoid it
  52. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? nope
  53. Can you tango? no but I like chimichangas, is that relevant?
  54. Last gift you received? Um. My dad gave me a half used gift card to Texas Roadhouse a few months ago?
  55. Last sport you played? extreme dating?
  56. Things you spend a lot of money on? groceries, diapers, health insurance, rent…
  57. Where do you live? in an apartment which is not a house – funny that, right?
  58. Where were you born? in a hospital
  59. Last wedding attended? a woman who thought my name was Jessica
  60. Most hated food(s)? peas
  61. Can you sing? Sure but not extremely well, at least probably not well. You know I have my moments. But it’s probably all in my head. You won’t find me hurting people’s ear drums on American Idol.
  62. Last place you went on holiday? New Hampshire or as my son calls in Shampies
  63. Favorite regular drink? What makes it regular? How often I drink it or the chemical makeup of it? Or something else silly? I like DrPepper like too much
  64. Current favorite song? I really have no idea. Like my brain hurts trying to pick one. But it’s probably by John Mayer – ohhh I really like his song, Out Of My Mind, from his new albumn – soooooooo good even though dh hates it
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More Political Yammering: Now With Fist Bumps and An Explanation On That Whole Canada Thing

Thanks to Jen @ Stuff Jen Says for posting this. It made my day.

So did these:

Obama’s Acceptance Speech & McCain’s Concession Speech

Anyone who hasn’t seen them yet – do it now! I’m not posting the videos directly because I loved watching them directly on the New York Times‘ website with complete transcripts and topic outlines right there to follow along with. Both speeches were very moving and brought tears to my eyes. Some of you might have read my previous post about immigrating to Canada and I hope you all realize I was mostly kidding about that. I’m proud of my decision and that of the majority of America and have a lot of hope for the future. But, last night my husband was feeling cranky cause he had to drive to New York with his boss and blah blah blah and kept talking about the Gestapo and even though I don’t know what that means, he seemed concerned and I told him, “Hey, if this all goes South, we’ll go north, to Canada.” You know, in a teasing way because it’s clichéd and unlikely.

But then the nerds that we are, we had to research all the ins and outs of doing such a thing because we’re laaaaame and needed to know. Then it got exciting, because we really want to move and suddenly it seemed cool because it involved moving and the enormity of the concept awed us and we were like, “and when the world is about to explode (because by now in our silliness, this was an issue), we can find all our favorite family and friends and be like, come with us to Canada,” and we joked about the people that we accidentally on purpose wouldn’t tell. And it was great. But then I got all quiet and serious and was like, “I don’t want to move to Canada. I want to move to Pennsylvania,” and he was like, “Me, too.” And that was pretty much the end of it.

And so we’re now totally professionals on immigration to Canada (okay, not really, but I was impressed with our research) but still planning to move to Pennyslvania instead, like we’d already planned. Really, guys, we just want to move. I don’t really care where. But this whole Obama thing? Heck, y’all, I voted for the man so you know I’m excited and hopeful and that his speech moved me beyond words and brought tears to my eyes and it was beautiful man. I can’t help it that my husband is a paranoid little Republican wanna be. Blame him. But don’t tell him I said that, cause if he really does move to Canada, sorry but I’m going with him. I’m romantic like that.

But seriously, did you check out that fist bumping awesomeness at the top of this post. Awesome.

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Thursday Thunks: Random But FUN

This week’s Thursday Thunks was brought to you in part by Berleen @ StraitJacket Mom.

  1. The election is over… what do you think? A lot of things and not much at the same time. I’m hopeful for the future and proud of this moment in history, but thanks to my dh I’m also cautious and planning for the future. I voted for Obama, dh voted for McCain – time will tell who made the right decision. Best case scenario – I’m proud to be an American and looking forward to lunch. Worst case scenario – I researched the requirements for immigrating to Canada last night. It’s surprisingly easy – a lot of work, but still, easy. And no, I’m not really seriously planning it, it was just a random discussion we got into over a joke, but then the nerds that we are we had to go and figure out the proccess and research so that the next time someone makes a joke about moving to Canada we can be all, “Oh there’s an immigration office in Buffalo, have you filed the paperwork yet?”
  2. Tell us about a snowman. We built our first family snow man this March. It was very cute and dh and MM had a blast building it. We put dh’s baseball hat on it and took a picture. It was gone within days.
  3. What brand of ketchup do you buy? Either Heinz or Trader Joes brand, depending on what store I’m in when I need ketchup. I love the easy squirt bottle by Heinz. But I also love Trader Joes in general.
  4. Do you use a cookbook? Cookbook, online recipe searches, magazine recipes – I get my recipes from a lot of sources, but try to print anything not in a cookbook for my personal files. Admittedly, I’m not the most organized of cooks – I kind of have eight different set ups for things and have a hard time following through with any of them.
  5. Do you blow-dry your hair or let it air dry? Air dry – I don’t think I’ve blow dried my hair more than five times in my life. Except at the salon, they do it so well, why fight it.
  6. When was the last time you were sick? Like Ange, it seems like I’m always sick, but rarely sick enough to get anything out of it. I just get to say ::cough cough:: I’m sick ::cough:: and then go about my day.
  7. What is the strangest letter of the alphabet? I’d have to go with W because sometimes it’s an M and when my 2 year old son says it out loud it could also be an elephant or apple juice. Pretty strange.
  8. Who was the last person you bought a present for? What was it? Will you buy me one? Well tie between my son and my brother in law because I bought them on the same day, same place. A bit of early Christmas Shopping – we got MM the Shrek trilogy on DVD and my BIL a make your own rootbeer kit. I know that might sound lame but it looks very cool and it’s right up his alley. And when he opens it, I’m probably going to say, “Why is he drinking all that soda?” and I’ll laugh and laugh and you won’t understand why unless you are my husband or one of my sisters in law, but trust me, it’s hysterical. Will I buy you a present? Sure, but by *buy* I mean, I will give you this: If you have voted anyway. Otherwise, hands off. Sorry bestie.

  9. Why are we ending at 9 questions? Don’t we always end in nine questions? I haven’t been doing this long and I have a terrible memory sometimes, but I’m pretty sure. Let’s see. There are eight letters in Thursday so that probably isn’t it… Um maybe whoever made this decided 13 was too many?

Regardless, for more Thunking Good Fun, head over to Thursday Thunks and thunk your little heart out.


Being Kreativ Makes My Happy, So Does Winning Awards…

I was just awarded the other Kreativ Blogger Award – not to be confused with the Kreativ Blogger awards I got last month, this one comes from Tasha Via @ Afraid of Falling. The rules for this award are different, too. Upon receiving it I get to name 6 things that make me happy and then pass the award on to 6 bloggy friends. Ready? Let’s get started…

6 Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Weekends with my son and husband, taking it easy, embracing quality time as a family without the chaos of the outside world.
  2. Moments of brilliance that my son gives me – those little bits in the day where you think, “My gosh when did you learn that?” or “How did I get this lucky?”
  3. Similar moments with my husband – he’s the best man I’ve ever known and makes me happy just by being in my presence.
  4. Finishing a good book or twelve.
  5. A warm, beautiful, unexpected day – like lately, now in November, when you step outside not sure if you should be wearing a winter hat and gloves or shorts – I love the days when shorts win, or even just a light sweater, and the air is crisp and the world is calm.
  6. Traveling – visiting new places, getting away from the mundane, experiencing new cultures and realizing how big this world is, and how small you are in comparison.

And now the 6 Kreativ bloggers that I’m awarding

Six fellow bloggers who make me very happy…

Jean @ Working Momma 247, Scrappy @ Four Seasons Farm, Amy @ Thoughts From The Mrs, Jessica @ Farm Fresh, Sues2u2 @ My Musings, Jen @ Our Daily Big Top.