Who am I and how did I get here?

You guys gave me some great questions so I’m really excited to start answering them. Hopefully, this helps you learn a thing or two about me. And hopefully, this is some stuff you actually want to know. Without further ado…

The first set of questions are from Michelle, my best friend from high school. I suspect she knows darn well the answers to some of these, but here goes anyhow:

  1. What is your favorite kind of chocolate – milk, dark, or white?Milk, probably. And I know that’s a generic answer because most people do prefer milk chocolate. Dark is growing on me (which helps because it’s supposed to be healthier for you) and I just don’t really dig white that much and never have. It’s definitely missing something.
  2. Do you like the changes George Lucas made to the DVD versions of SW Episodes 4-6?Heh. Some, yes. Some, no. I don’t like the song done in Jabba’s Palace in Episode 6. Are those the changes you’re talking about? The special edition versions? Because (believe it or not), I don’t have the DVDs. *ducks* I KNOW. It’s just not right. But some changes are good. Most of the new stuff in episode 4 is good. But I think sometimes you gotta be careful when you mess with perfection, you know?
  3. If someone were to knit you a scarf, what color would you want it to be?Purple. Or pink. I dig purple and pink. Or maybe combinations like pink and black or pink and brown. Those are classy together. I’d just be impressed if someone could actually knit a scarf since I don’t think I could knit my way out of a paper bag.
  4. What is your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?Oh, this is easy. Mashed potato casserole. OMG, it’s so good. Mashed potatoes mixed with cream cheese and green onions and then baked? SINFUL. And so, so good. That said, I love sparkling cider (good thing, cuz it’s all I get to drink this year). I also love the turkey itself because turkey sandwiches afterward are FABULOUS.
  5. What is your favorite board game?Hmm. Tough one. I always enjoy Monopoly for a good, old fashioned board game. We have a couple of Scene It games that we really love (DVD games are a big hit around here). I also LOVE playing Phase 10 but it’s more of a card game than a board game and totally not what you asked.
  6. If you won the lottery, what would your first shopping splurge item be?I was just thinking about this the other day. I would get myself some new, freakin’ glasses. I haven’t gotten new glasses in over 7 years. I NEED new glasses. And after Christmas? I’m getting me a pair. I also want to get an Xbox 360 and Halo 3. 🙂 Oh, and I need a new pair of boots to replace my beloved pink boots. But seriously, if I had BANK (which would never happen because I’m not that fortunate, post on this very subject to follow later), I’d be getting something fabulous like a new car or a new house or something ridiculous.
  7. If you could go anywhere for a fancy schmancy vacation, where would you go?Oooh, also something I’ve thought of many, many times. I’d LOVE to go to New Zealand and do the Lord of the Rings tour. I’d also like to follow the path of Easy Company in Europe (England through France, Belgium and then into Germany and Austria). Though also? I really, really wanna go on a Disney Cruise.

Susan from Fly on the Wall submitted a VERY timely question that I just must answer because… well, because I said I would.

What baby names are you considering this time around? You mentioned before that you didn’t have any more boy names on your list, but what about girl names?

Very good question! Normally, I wouldn’t reveal anything until after the child is born (because I can be a stinker), but I’m in a good mood right now so what the heck. For ever and ever I’ve wanted to name a girl Evelyn. Since around the time I was pregnant with Jackson, I think. A LONG time. I just love that name. There was an Evelyn (played by Kate Beckinsale) in “Pearl Harbor” and I loved the romantic old-fashioned-ness of it. Then there was Evelyn (played by Rachel Weiss) in “The Mummy” and everyone called her Evie and I thought that was just the cutest thing ever. I sort of like old fashioned names, if you haven’t already been able to tell. It’s harder coming up with a middle name though, as we’d like to honor family we’re just not sure which name to pick (and which would sound best with Evelyn).

As for a boy, we do have a few we’re kicking around. Last time, with Liam, we were considering Nathanial at the same time. Now, I’m glad we chose Liam because it fits him like a glove. But I still like the name Nathanial. The nickname, of course, would be Nate. And how awesome would that be on a baby boy? We’d like to use James too, either as a first name or as a middle name with Nathanial. It’s a family name that we’d really like to use if given the chance. Plus, I’m still sussing out exactly how I’d like to spell Nathanial as I don’t really care for the way I’m spelling it right now.

Here are some great questions from Shawna over at Compartment 14B. (If you aren’t reading her then you need to start.)

  1. Have you ever worn braces?Yes, I have. I had them put on when I was in the 8th grade and wore them clear through my sophomore year of high school. I had them removed over spring break, right around the very same time I got my driver’s license. I wore my retainer until my first day of college when I took it out and never looked back. I still have the lower retainer glued in behind my bottom teeth and I have NO idea when it’ll come out. My top teeth are already starting to separate again, darnit. And I sort of wish we’d gone ahead and broken my jaw to move it back because the work we did with rubber bands to place it back seems to be disappearing as well.
  2. What was the reason for the first trip you ever had to take to the Emergency dept of the hospital?Ooh, good one. Well, this is one that has been answered here on the blog. But only sort of. The first trip I remember for myself (or for anyone else, now that I think of it) was when I broke my ankle on the ice back in January of 2005. I think I was taken to emergency when I was 4 and my sister put me on the back of her bike and told me not to put my feet down. Except that I did and my foot and ankle (what is it with my ankle??) got all mangled in the spokes. I don’t remember much about that though. I do remember laying in a bed with rails on the sides and screaming in pain while a bunch of people with a bright light did something that felt like they were pouring boiling water on my foot. Yikes!
  3. Do you have a favoured “cause” (like the environment, or women’s rights or something) and do you support (if even only morally) a specific charity?Goooooood question. There are many different causes that stir my heart. I think it’s a close one between pregnancy loss awareness (there are so many studies out there, support groups and education programs) and animal rights. There was this humane society commercial they played the other day. It used Sarah McLaughlin’s “Angel” and showed images of animals in shelters. Then it started showing animals in shelters that had been abused. I swear, you need to warn a pregnant woman before showing her something like that. At the end of the commercial they ask for support and at that point, I’d probably give the world.
  4. Where’s the most exotic place you’ve ever been? How many states have you physically been in, even if it was only passing through?Exotic? Probably Florida or Southern California. Sad, huh? I need to get out more. And no, I don’t consider Tijiuana exotic. As for states… that could take a while. It might be easier to mention states I haven’t been in. I haven’t been to Arizona, New Mexico (was in Texas for a layover once), Oklahoma, South Dakota, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Delaware, and Vermont.
  5. Do you prefer boxers or briefs on men? What about swim trunks vs. speedos?Oh this is easy. Boxers. And swim trunks. Some things are better left to the imagination, you know? Besides, the guys who wear speedos all the time are exactly the people who should NOT. What is up with that?
  6. When you were little, let’s say, under 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?Yay, another easy one! For a while I said things like teacher (what little girl doesn’t?) and radio DJ and veterinarian. But by the time I was 10 (actually, starting in 2nd grade), I wanted to be a writer. Being a writer is pretty much the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be ever since too.
  7. Did you think dirt/worms/frogs/etc. were icky when you were a kid, or did you love to get dirty?I wouldn’t say I loved to get dirty, but I didn’t mind so much. And it depended on the style of dirty. I didn’t like to get sticky and I generally stayed as neat as possible when eating because I didn’t want to have to get scrubbed up afterward. This is why I still don’t like syrup on my pancakes and waffles to this day. But that said, I didn’t mind things like worms, frogs, snakes, caterpillars, etc were that bad when I was a kid. I didn’t understand silly girls that squealed over that sort of thing either. I thought stuff you could find outside was pretty dang cool.
  8. Comfort or fashion? Where do you draw the line as going too far in your preferred direction?I’m far more a comfort sort of person. Which I’ve been trying to get away from. I mean, I still want to be comfortable but I’m trying very hard to be more fashionable too. Still, nothing quite beats fluffy fleece pants and a stretchy, soft cotton t-shirt with a bathrobe on a cold day. Let’s not forget the fluffy, terry slippers either.
  9. Practical gifts or fun gifts? To give? To receive?Ooh, this is tough. I am a terribly practical person and I have a special fondness for practical gifts. But then again, it’s fun to get fun gifts and to give them too. Fun gifts are best for kids, by far. Who wants clothes when there’s so many cool toys?
  10. What’s the relationship you’ve had to work hardest for? Is it still in existence? Why or why not?Good question. I’ve had it pretty easy with relationships. Anything that’s terribly hard, I generally don’t have much interest in. Because if it’s a good relationship, it shouldn’t be so hard, right? Or maybe that’s naiive of me. I have to work pretty hard with my current friends. They’re a lot more touchy than a lot of the women I’ve known in the past. I have to watch myself a lot more. But my family and my husband? Pretty much piece of cake so far. Knock on wood!

Last but not least, we have some questions from Lawfrog. Thank you!

  1. In your heart of hearts, do you want this baby to be a girl?I’ll just go ahead and say yes. Why? Because this is my last child and I would love to have the experience of raising a girl. It would round out my parenting experience and I would feel fulfilled, as though I weren’t missing out on anything. Not that having boys isn’t absolutely wonderful, but it would be nice for changes sake. I might be a little sad if it’s not a girl, but only because I’ll be losing that experience. Still, I would be gaining the experience of this new little boy so it’d be hard to be too sad for too long. 🙂
  2. How many children would you have if it was easy to have as many as you wished?You know? Probably three. I guess I’m lucky in that regard, huh? Three has always felt like such a natural number of children to me. Its how many children everyone in his family has and I’ve always just assumed that’s how many we would have too. So now that we’re going to have that, I’m very happy.
  3. What was your worst heartbreak and how did you get over it?You know, I don’t think I’ve had a “worst heartbreak”. I’ve had it pretty good. I didn’t have any boyfriends in high school (that darn all girl’s school of mine) and in college, the relationships were pretty casual. And whatever I thought was serious at the time, has only been proven to be casual to me with time. Plus the fact that I wasn’t very upset when they ended. I’ll have to talk about this someday. Interesting topic!

Thank you, to the four of you, for submitting such awesome questions. I wish I had some fabulous prize to send you all as a thank you for making me feel like there are people out there who are interested in knowing more about me. And I hope the rest of you enjoyed these answers!