Sunday, June 28, 2015

Answer Me This: Home Sweet Home . . .

Welcome to another edition of Answer Me This. It's like a bloggy cocktail party where we can all click around and chat about six totally random topics of my choosing.



1. How long have you lived in your current home?

This question was a plant. Last week, when I was writing the questions out, I was JUST SURE our bid on a new (very old) house was going to be accepted. But, alas, it was scooped out from under us by an evil developer with an evil moustache.*



*winning bidder MAY not actually have a moustache, or be evil, or be a developer. But I'm pretty sure . . .

So now the search begins again. All over. Our realtor actually already found another place this week and took me to see it, and he thinks it's a great neighborhood and a great deal for the square footage. I'm sure he's right, but the problem for me is that the house we didn't get reminded me of this . . .


And this new one is almost exactly like this . . .


Except it's two stories and doesn't come with Alice. I'm not really feeling it.

So, sigh, to answer the question . . . we've been in our current home for about eight years. And it's still our home going forward, at least for the time being. It's been a wonderful home for us for many reasons, and is not at all a bad place to be stuck.

2. How do you find out about news and current events?

Mostly Facebook. If enough people I know share or comment on something, I figure I'll click over and see what the fuss is about.

If something really important happens the husband will usually send me a text. But I never watch the news and we don't get the paper and I don't subscribe to any magazines or check any news sites regularly. I kind of try to avoid the news as much as possible.

3. Would you be able to make change for a twenty right now? For a dollar?

No, I could not. I very rarely use cash, and so I can almost never make change. As for coins, if we're in the house I can because we have a change dish. But the wallet I've been using ever since I got pick-pocketed at Fatima doesn't have a change part, so I don't carry any change around when I'm away from the house.

4. What's the craziest food you've ever eaten?

We are pretty adventurous eaters. My dad would always come home from trips (he was an international pilot) telling my sister and I about all the crazy foods he had tried at various roadside food carts. And when we traveled as a family we always tried to eat local.

When we travel with our kids now, we try to eat like the locals do, mostly. (But not usually from food carts.)

But the craziest thing we have eaten LATELY, were these Locust and Wild Honey Sundaes that we had for the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist on Wednesday.


Yep. Those are real. But, don't worry, I did not just fish them out from under the basketball hoop out back. I found these packaged actual bug snacks at a crazy candy store in Maryland while we were on our D.C. trip last month.


The kids all ate them, some quite enthusiastically, some very grudgingly, and really only to get the ice cream. Lulu really liked the cheddar cheese larvae.


Earlier in the day we hit up the water park, which seemed appropriate to the feast.

But wait . . . what IS this terrifying thrill ride from which the good people of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Hurricane Harbor must protect me, for the well-being of my helpless unborn child?

It's the Lazy River. 


And since the lazy river is water that is moving forward slightly . . . I went anyway. And since it was over ninety degrees . . . I went two more times. I'm such a daredevil you guys.

Baby survived.

5. Which of the commonly removed parts have you had removed? (tonsils, wisdom teeth, appendix, etc.)

I have nearly all my original parts. I'm only missing my gall bladder, which I had to have removed when I was in college.

But I'm in my original packaging, which is a big deal on Antiques Roadshow.

6. What's your favorite sport to watch on TV? 

We watched a lot of sports in my house growing up, but were most committed to college football. I still really like football, but with all these kids in sports of their own in the fall, it's almost impossible for us to sit down and watch a college football game as a family.

We've actually found it pretty much impossible to really follow any team, college or professional, for a whole season.

But, somehow, what's ended up being our big family sporting event the last few years . . . is the NHL playoffs. They begin just as school and sports are winding down, so we're able to watch most of the games. I love how few commercial breaks there are, and how easy it is to just fast forward through them on the DVR or just mute them if we're watching online. And for the past few years the husband's hometown team, the Chicago Blackhawks, have been really good.

This year they won the whole shebang. 

Plus you can't help but dance along to their goal song.





Want to play along? Answer THIS WEEK's questions in the comments, or on your blog and link it up below! Please include a link to this post on your blog. The linkup will be open from now through close of business Tuesday.




Now for NEXT WEEK's questions, to answer NEXT WEEK . . .


1. How did you celebrate the 4th of July? (Or, for you international types . . . Do anything fun this weekend?)

2. Do you sunburn easily?

3. Hot dogs. Yay or nay?

4. Have you ever personally set off fireworks?

5. Have you ever jumped off the high dive?

6. Do you do anything weird in your sleep?





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8 comments:

  1. You are funny! Thanks for the morning chuckle. Like the Brady bunch house reference, certainly no comparison to Cinderella's chateaux!

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  2. So why the move? And, more importantly, is the zip line coming?? We moved into our house last September, and it wasn't the house I was looking for but when I saw it, I had to have it. And I still love it. It's also walking distance to our church, which worked out pretty well when we left at 8:12 for the 8:15 Mass this morning.

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  3. I love your humor. That is all.
    (Except, good luck with the house hunt. That too!)

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  4. So glad I'm not the only one getting my news from Facebook. :) And I noticed that the lazy river ride also bans clogging. That must just break the hearts of all those frilly-skirted dancers out there... ;)

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  5. Ha ha... I like how pregnancy's classified as a medical "condition" on that sign. No wonder everybody thinks that pregnancy and birth are horrid medical events that much be hovered over by hospital personnel!

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  6. 1) We;ve lived in our current house for almost 19 years. It's over 100 years old with a lot of character - which means nothing we need to fix or replace is a standard size and always requires a special order. It's too small in many ways for our family of 13 (only 3 bedrooms so some sleep in the TV room and the crib is in the dining room) but the thought of moving all this stuff makes me hunker down and vow never to leave. It's easier now that older children are going off to college - there's actually an empty bed at times!

    2) Usually news comes from websites like Drudge, BBC, and Fox - also some blogs. I watch local news stations sometimes and buy papers rarely.

    3) I would not be able to make change for a dollar or twenty right now. I don't spend much cash as I don't like to carry much with me. And my toddlers love to rip apart my purse right now, so I'm wary of having money they might throw around and loose or ingest.

    4) I don't eat crazy food - I have the palate of a picky toddler. I did try a mint protein smoothie recently - blech (all mint-flavored food tastes like toothpaste to me).

    5) I have not suffered the removal of any body part, common or unusual. I did have two c-sections, but the children thus removed were only temporary inhabitants, not original parts of me!

    6) My family is not into professional sports, so we don't watch much on TV. We will watch the Superbowl (mostly for the commercials and so my kids will have a clue when their friends start talking about it at school). Baseball is too slow, and basketball has too many commercials. Actually, the commercials put us off watching much TV at all. I'd rather watch my kids play soccer or basketball than the pros.

    Thank you for hosting this link up - it's great fun reading the answers!

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  7. I understand completely about the comparison between the two houses. The one I fell utterly in love with was built in 1895 and was breathtakingly beautiful. We didn't get it. The one we did get and are currently living in was built in 1972--so NOT beautiful--shag carpeting and all. It is, however, entirely functional and comfortable for our family. It is a blessing. It just isn't beautiful. :)

    I understand.

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  8. I am sorry that you didn't get the house. I hope you find the right one soon.

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