Category Archives: Answer Me This

Answer Me This #6

This appears to be the only consistent thing on my blog lately. *sigh* If only you knew what has been going on lately… Your prayers would be most welcome. Thanks!

1. What do you still want to do this summer?

All.The.Things. Alas, I will likely not get to do them all. I really want to make it to Lake Michigan. Not sure if that’s going to be possible. I want to clean up my house, which will likely happen, as I will be having people over sometime in September to help me do some yard work.

2. What’s your favorite kind of pie?

I like pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust, and lemon pie sans meringue.

Leafy Greens and Goat Cheese Pie
A friend of a friend has a pie business called Sister Pie. It is as delicious as it looks!

3. How much sleep do you need each day? How much do you get?

Not quite sure how much I need… I usually get about 5-6 hours of sleep. Although I tend to overschedule myself and end up going to bed 3 hours before I have to wake up to get to work. I can usually squeeze another 30 minutes of “sleep” in by continually abusing my snooze button. Then, I have other days when I’m not feeling so well and sleep like crazy. Like the 14 hours that I slept last night. I don’t think I even took my shoes off when I got home — directly into bed for me!

4. Do you prefer to swim in a pool, lake, river, or ocean?

Pool, then ocean, then lake, then river. Why? Pools are cleaner and fish will not nibble at you and there is no seaweed or icky stuff in pools. That and I can float on pool noodles to my heart’s content, hopefully without being splashed (which is why I need my own in-ground pool). I love the ocean and I dream of having a house on an ocean. I love the waves and the salty scent to the air. I like swimming far away from shore. But, then things live in there and it kind of creeps me out when they touch me. Same goes for lakes, although I tend to view lakes as being dirtier than the ocean. Less water, more algae. I haven’t really swam too much in rivers, so I left that one for the end.

Beautiful Surf
I could look at this all day

5. Do you know any poems by heart?

I don’t think so. Maybe a few really simple nursery rhymes, if they count. I remember being okay at poetry when I studied it in the 9th grade, but I prefer people to just come out and tell me what they mean. Or I’m bound to come up with an interpretation which is anything but what you meant. On the other hand, this has come to my aid quite a bit when trying to defend my questionable choices in music to my priest/best-friend:
Me: “He’s not talking about doing immoral acts with a woman who is not his wife. He’s talking about auto body repair.”
Fr: “Um… No.”

6. Do you use the public library?

All the time. The problem is that I don’t go often enough. So when I do go, I try to pick up all the books that I remember wanting to read, plus whatever catches my eye, and I end up with almost more books than I can carry back to my car. Then, my ability to read them in the time allotted is grossly insufficient and I end up renewing my check-out. Then, I run out of renewals, but feel compelled to read them before turning them back in. I mean, at this point, I’ve had them for NINE WEEKS. It would be like admitting defeat if I didn’t read them already, right? So, then there’s the actual deadline for returning them. You don’t actually get a fine if you manage to return them to the library before the library opens on the day after they are due. See what I did there? Another night to get the book read! I will admit to more than my fair share of fines, but sometimes it’s out of my control (like when I was in the hospital for meningitis). And all of this reminds me… I have a book to read by tomorrow….

Please visit Kendra’s blog, just because she’s rather awesome.  And take a peek at others’ answers to these questions

Have a great week and God bless!

Answer Me This #5

1. When driving, are you more likely to listen to the radio, to CDs or an iPod, or nothing at all?

I have seasons of listening. I will have a period of time where I listen to audiobooks during my commute, then it will switch to listening to the radio every commute (lately Sirius XM, occasionally a playlist from my phone), then it will switch to listening to podcasts streamed over my car stereo from my phone (mostly Catholic Answers, with some talks from my priest for variety). Each “phase” lasts about 2-3 weeks, then rotates.

2. Do you prefer window or aisle?

I used to like the window seat, to be able to watch during take-off and landing, but when I flew a lot, I developed a preference for the aisle seat. I have to get up and move around the cabin a lot and it’s much easier if I don’t have to climb over people or ask them to stand up for me. Plus, I can get to my carry-on faster. After someone nearly took off with my luggage and the flight crew did nothing to help me get it back after I pointed the man out, walking away with it… I like to get my hands on my stuff as soon as I can.

3. Do you fall asleep on your side, back, or stomach? What position are you in when you wake up?

I usually start the process on my left side, then switch to my back for the actual sleeping portion. When I am waking up (and usually hitting the snooze way too frequently), I move to either right or left side and tend to switch sides.

4. When is the last time you attended a zoo, circus, carnival, county fair, or parade?

I went to the 4th of July parade that our neighboring city puts on every year. I didn’t have any digital camera batteries charged and ended up spending $65 to get 4 rolls of film developed. Yikes!

The parade honored police and military, which makes sense, but then there were a lot of politicians, which is stretching it a little for me, and some local businesses and other interests. It was not as exciting of a parade as I recall from when I was younger, but I am still glad that I went.

5. Do you have a favorite quote or inspirational saying?

My favorite quote is from the Didache:

“You shall not hate any man;
but some you shall reprove,
some you shall pray for,
and some you shall love
more than the breath of life that is in you.”

6. What’s the best thing about summer?

I love the warmer weather because I *may* get the opportunity to go swimming — which I love. I also am happier with my commute, since summer means that I don’t have to worry about black ice or snow causing accidents on the highway, or having to shovel my driveway.

It’s a big driveway to shovel, and I’m not really supposed to be doing things like this…

For more answers to these questions, check out Kendra’s blog!

Answer Me This #4

1. What’s your favorite thing on YouTube?

Currently, this 8 second video.

I work in IT and support this application, so it’s kinda funny that someone made a YouTube video about blowing it up. It’s actually a pretty good program and I love being a part of the project. I was sent the link by one of our interns.

I don’t really watch anything on YouTube all that often unless someone sends me a link. I do, however, subscribe to a few channels and check in on them periodically.

My parish has a YouTube and every month my priests make a new video. I watch these as soon as they come out.

There’s a girl named Alejandra with a Home Organizing channel which fascinates me – probably because I’d love my house to be this organized, yet know that I’ll never actually get around to doing it.

Arturo Trejo is just hilarious. If you want a laugh, check him out.

And I find ASAP Science to be informative and amusing. I haven’t watched one of their clips in a few months, so I don’t remember if they are kid-safe or a little off-color, so use discretion and pre-screen before showing them to kids. (That’s probably true with all videos….)

[We will see if I’ve finally figured out how to embed video on this blog…]

2. Who taught you to drive?

My dad taught us the basics growing up, and made sure that I knew how a car worked and had some basic maintenance skills before I got my driver’s license. Then, I went through the Driver’s Ed program offered by the public school system. (Remember Mr. Canjar?) My mom supervised most of my “in training” hours. She was pretty relaxed about it, which was good. I was a good student, but I remember really worrying about passing. In high school, it was a point of pride to drive EXACTLY at the speed limit and follow all the rules of the road, no matter how much my friends wanted to get somewhere just a little faster. And this in a bright red Firebird.

3. What’s your favorite thing to cook?

I have a recipe for lasagna that everyone seems to love, so I like making that when I have people come over.

4. Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? Why?

I’m a pretty huggy person, although I tend to hold back if I’m not sure if *you* are a huggy person.

5. Where do you pray best?

In a chapel. I prefer to be by myself when I pray. It tends to get uncomfortable for me sitting for long periods of time, but I feel weird about walking around when there are other people trying to pray.

6. When is the last time you saw/spoke to your grandparents?

My last grandparent died in 2009, and I hadn’t really seen him all that often prior to that. I saw him in the hospital that year, but I can’t remember the last time I really talked to him. He wasn’t really the type to have a conversation with us. So, probably my other grandfather, shortly before he died when he was staying at my parents’ house. I was in college, but had come home and he was awake — I think pain was keeping him up. My parents were asleep and I went into the living room and talked with him for a while. It was really hard to see him in pain like that, but I was glad that I could spend time with him and talk about it.

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My paternal grandparents

Head over to Kendra’s link up to see how she and others answered these same questions!

Answer Me This #3

More questions from Kendra at Catholic All Year! (She must know that I love answering questions!)

1. What’s something you’ve won and how did you win it?

The first thing that pops to mind is this orange Tide go cart. At least, I remember it being a go cart. I was fairly young and I won it from the local Farmer Jack grocery store. I was so excited to have won it. I think I was either a little too big/old for it or I outgrew it and we ended up giving it to my Uncle Jim.

2. Do you save old greeting cards and letters, or throw them all away? Why?

I tend to save them. After a few years, if the card is just a generic card, or if I’m not particularly close with the sender, I’ll eventually get rid of it, but the ones with pictures or personal greetings — those I save. I cherish my friends and these are reminders to me of the relationship. I wish that I took more time to write people letters and send cards. There’s a level of caring that you just can’t get with an e-mail or post, and I’d like to show the people I love that they are worth the time.

3. When you’re at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

I usually wear shoes. If my feet are badly swollen, I’ll walk around in socks. But I never go barefoot unless I am actively in the middle of some sort of foot spa treatment or something like that. And usually as soon as I’m done, I’m right back in socks again. I sleep in socks. I love socks.

4. Who’s the most famous person you have ever met?

When I was a teenager, my first job was at Kerby’s Coney Island. One evening, I served dinner to Guy Gordon from the local news station.

When I was living in Orlando, we had a little interaction with Shaq, who was playing for Orlando Magic at the time. Although we had our music turned up pretty loud, when we were at a light (on I-4? International Drive?), our mirror was being vibrated by the bass of the car behind us. As the car came up behind us, Schuster asked the other guys what kind of car it was (Mercedes Roadster, wait. A Mercedes Roadster with a Superman logo on the rear that lit up when he braked). Then, all of the guys started shouting, “Shaq! It’s Shaq!” [There were 6 of us in the car. 5 guys and me.] We were stopped together at a light when we snapped this pic. [We had a camera because we were on our way back to base from a trip to Disney.] We also got another one of him flipping us off, because Johnson had yelled at him, “Go Bulls!” So, somewhere out there, there is photographic proof that Shaq flipped us off once.


5. What has been your best work of art?

Well, I have a number of photographs that I happen to like a lot, but I usually categorize photos a bit separate from “art” for some unknown [to me] reason. Again, what popped in my head right away was my “famed” stick figures from high school. Now, don’t get too excited. They aren’t as awesome and Mama H’s drawings from Mama Knows, Honeychild, but they have been epic in my eyes. 🙂

Bob was one of my favorites. Bob was the protagonist of my Physics I and II classes in high school. See his awesomeness?

Bob in and out of a spacesuit

Bob being mischievously inappropriate

6. What’s your strongest sense?

Um. My color vision, I suppose. I worked in photography/printing for about 8 years or so, and my discernment has grown. I’m not particularly gifted with phenomenal sight, hearing, taste, touch, or smell, so this is the best I can do. 🙂

Or maybe my sense of compassion/empathy/intuition. This might be my strongest “sense”.

I think these questions are best answered by what first pops into my mind. I’m sure I can come up with some more famous people whom I’ve met, or think up more interesting replies, but I think it’s more honest to give you whatever comes up first, just as if it were a face-to-face interview. No time to make myself seem more important or my life more exciting. 🙂

I hope you play with Kendra and I! I look forward to seeing your answers!