Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Getting to know you....2009!

I received this in an e-mail the other day and thought it would be entertaining.

1. What is your occupation right now?
Mommy, Wife, Cook, Chauffer, Personal Jungle Gym, Nose-wiper, Butt-wiper, Maid, Wrestler, and She Who Remembers Very Important Dates (such as birthdays, anniversaries, kids' day off from school, etc, etc)

2. What color are your socks right now?
I'm barefoot right now (but thankfully NOT barefoot and pregnant)

3. What are you listening to right now?
Nothing...nada....zilch....total silence. I can actually hear myself breathing. Imagine that? The house is so quiet that I can hear my nose inhaling and exhaling. The kids are in bed.

4. What was the last thing that you ate?
hahahahahah....me, have time to eat? Okay, seriously, I think I might have wolfed something down that resembled a salad at one point. I dunno...it was pretty wilted by the time I got to inhale it.

5. Can you drive a stick shift?
Nope! My ex-husband tried to teach me once. That's why we got divorced. No, I lie...that wasn't the reason but we came pretty damn close to divorcing after just 2 driving lessons.

6. Last person you spoke to on the phone?
My friend, Tori. Which is actually kinda funny, considering I wasn't intending to call her. I was trying to call our mutual friend, Bonnie, who has a very similar cell phone # and when Tori answered the phone, I said, "Bonnie?" and she said "Helene?" and I said, "wow, you sound like Tori". Rack that one up to "duh moment #23 of the week".

7. Do you like the person who sent this to you?
Of course! I like everyone....well, except, for that lady at the grocery store who took one look at me with all 4 kids and scowled and said, "enjoy them now...it only gets worse as they get older". Hmmm, sounds like someone who is lacking maternal instincts and her children are adults now who strongly dislike her and never visit her at Christmas.

8. How old are you today?
45. Really. Do you believe me? No? Truth? I'm 39....I'll be 40 in April but I figured if I said "45" people would say "Oh.My.Gosh. you look really super for your age" and I'd blush and say "really? awwww!"

9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
No sports....just reality tv, thank you. Oh and Nip/Tuck, which starts again tonight!

10. What is your favorite drink?
Bailey's on ice or a Mudslide or a Margarita or a glass of white zinfandel but I usually settle for Diet Snapple.

11. Have you ever dyed your hair?
Who hasn't?

12. Favorite food?
Sushi...I could live off that stuff and never get tired of it. But then again, I'd pretty much eat anything these days if it meant I got to sit down and taste it, without 8 little hands grabbing at it.

13. What is the last movie you watched?
7 Pounds with Will Smith. Not actually WITH Will Smith, as in him sitting right next to me in the theatre, holding my hand, although that does sound nice. My mom and stepdad babysat the kids and Tim and I couldn't get out of the house fast enough. We were pretty much tripping over one another as we ran out the front door.

14. Favorite day of the year?
It's a toss-up between Halloween and Christmas. My tummy says Halloween but my heart says Christmas.

15. How do you vent anger?
Yelling at Tim. Or crying. Or both.

16. What was your favorite toy as a child?
I don't remember having one specific favorite toy, although I always wanted a Baby Alive and I think I still harbor resentment towards my mom for never buying me one. And a Easy-Bake oven. Maybe she thought I'd let the doll piss all over her beautiful sofa or that I'd burn the house down with the Easy-Bake oven. She refused to buy me either of them. Bitter, party of one?

17. What is your favorite season?
Fall. I just love all the colors and the crispness in the air. Oh and yeah, it's when the kids go back to school.

18. Cherries or Blueberries?
Cherries. Blueberries stain my teeth.

19. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back?
Heck yeah, because then I may get all paranoid thinking they don't like me anymore.

20. Who is the most likely to respond?
Everyone. Because they know I'll get paranoid if they don't respond and who wants to deal with a worried, anxious, paranoid friend.

21. Who is least likely to respond?
No one. Because they know I'll get paranoid if they don't respond and who wants to deal with a worried, anxious, paranoid friend. Oooops, I already said that, didn't I?

22. Living arrangements?
In Hawaai, in a huge mansion on the beach with 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and 3 maids and 1 personal chef. Oh wait, that was the dream I had last night. I live in the middle of the valley in Northern CA with my husband, 4 kids and our cat who doesn't hunt down mice.

23. When was the last time you cried?
A more appropriate question would be when was the last time that I did NOT cry. I never used to be a cryer but I cry often now, more as a way of letting off steam. And when I'm praying to God on my bathroom floor at 3:00 pm, saying "I know they say You don't give anyone more than they can handle, but COME ON...what were You thinking??!!"

24. What is on the floor of your closet?
Shoes and various clothes that I've tried on but decided I didn't want to wear them but never bothered to put them back up on hangers because I'm just lazy. Lazy with 4 kids....now isn't that one hell of an oxymoron?

25. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending to?
As I just stated, I'm lazy so I'm not sending this via e-mail to anyone. But Jen, if you're reading this, consider yourself tagged.

26. What did you do last night?
You mean, after I cooked dinner for 5 people who don't appreciate my cooking, washed the dishes, bathed the kids, read them bedtime stories and then begged and pleaded with them all to go to sleep? I sat my ass on the sofa and zoned out until 10:00 when I went to bed.

27. What are you most afraid of?
Something tragic happening to anyone in my family. And the Boogeyman who apparently lives under Cole's bed.

28. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers?
Cheese, especially if it's hot when I eat it. And that I actually get to taste it instead of wolfing it down or having to share it with my kids.

29. Favorite dog breed?
Probably a Norwegian Elkhound, since we had one for many years while I was growing up. She was the sweetest dog ever. Plus, she was never one of those dogs who scoots along the carpet, wiping their ass. And she never once humped anyone who visited our home. Honestly. Not a lot of people can say that about their dog.

30. Favorite day of the week?
Saturdays for sure! When Tim is home from work to help me with the kids!!

31. How many states have you lived in?
Only 3....New Hampshire, Florida and California. I'd love to add Hawaii to that list...a girl can dream. But I'd settle for anywhere in New England. I absolutely LOVE New England! No one on the west coast even knows what a lobster roll is.

32. Diamonds or pearls?
Definitely diamonds. But I wouldn't hold it against Tim if he bought me pearls. I'm no fool.

33. What is your favorite flower?
The sunflower best, but I also love irises. Are you reading this, Tim? Hint, hint. Oh and while you're at it, go back and re-read #32. My birthday IS coming up in a couple months.


Oh Boy...Oh Boy...Oh Boy said...

this is great. going to go use it on my blog

Chris said...

I have never tried sushi.

I used to watch Nip/Tuck obsessivly but missed the last season. I saw it started up last night. Maybe I should give Christian and Sean another try.

Amy said...

I loved this! I didn't know you lived in NH, where abouts? You DO look fantastic, I would have never guessed 39!

Supermom said...

I am going to do this just for you!!!!!!!

I was a Nip/Tuck fan until the stupid Carver season. I watched a couple when they moved their practice and then quit. Thought I'd rather sleep instead of watch it.

Well, last night I was up folding laundry and watched the first show of the season.

Wasn't too bad. You'll have to fill me in on last season. Didn't Matt and Kimber have a baby? What happened to Connor? I thought Julia was gay? Who's the woman that stabbed Sean last night????

I hope you have a great day! I am off to do your ? thingy.

Michelle :)

Amy said...

oh and I've had that same conversation with God so many times from the time I was pregnant until well it keeps coming up...

Creative Junkie said...

Oooooooooooh, I love these kinds of questions!

I'm going to have to answer them in a blog post soon.

And I'm with you on the crying thing ... I never used to be a crier but man, I hit 40 and now it's like Niagara Falls over the littlest thing.

ParentingPink said...

HaHa! Love this post! I was one of those kids who had an easy bake oven, and I can tell you from personal experience that it's not all it's cracked up to be. The batter tastes yucky. So, now you can feel better!

I'm also mad at our Target lady who said something similar to me when I had my 3 little monkeys with me. Whatever. LOL

Thanks for this "get to know" you post. I always love learning new & funny things about my blogging buddies!

Anonymous said...

What a terrific survey....

baileys on ice


May borrow this one in the future!!!



eight helping hands said...

I just watched Nip/Tuck for the first time in two years last night! I can't believe that I ever left it. It was a fantastic episode.
BTW, I get e-mails like that all the time, I may use your idea and post one in the future. I think it's a fun way to get to know a person better.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Terrific post, Helene. Made me like you even more.

Sushi...I could live off of it too.
Quiet...Absolutely. I used to be someone who needed the radio or TV on for "background noise." Then I had kids.
Favorite holiday...How can you decide between Halloween and Christmas? They are on top of my list for sure.

Such fun!


mrsbear said...

Very nice getting to know you a little better. We share the same occupations. Also I had an Easy Bake oven, they were highly overrated, you didn't miss out on much. I don't know how many times I burned myself on those tiny metal pans. Not to mention those tiny cakes were hardly worth the trouble, then I had to split them with my sister!

Morgan said...

Helene- I'm glad you're inspired to start journaling regularly! Let me know what kind of journal you end up with and if you like it.

I was searching the mom blogs site and went to leave comments on a couple blogs. When I started writing my comments in, I realized you had been there too! On both blogs I was looking at! How random!?!

Your entries are too funny! It takes a lot of work for me to be humorous, so it's cool to meet people who are like that naturally!

Veronica Lee said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing.

Lori said...

I can relate to so many things in your answers! As I was reading them, I heard my son tell my husband "no! you stop it!. He totally got that from me along with "you piss me" (You piss me off....I really have to be more careful.) Thanks....I needed a good laugh. :)

Kate said...

I love these kinds of posts. If I had a whole bunch of children I too might have my crying moments. I don' handle stress very well. Bu you, you're a MOMMY rockstar!

Jen said...

Of course I am reading it! (Now that I know you have started it back up - I do have to catch up on some of your old post's from last year - we have got to talk more).

My favorite drink - white wine...

And of course I knew you would choose cherries - (although for most people 1 pound in one day would keep them from eating them ever again).

These were fun questions, I'll have to copy it and send it to some people.

Lana said...

*Pssssst.....Oh Helene, you might want to check out what I posted yesterday for my wordless Wednesday....*

twinmama said...

Great list! I like diamonds, too, of course! But jewelry is jewelry!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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