Friday, February 27, 2009

Ellen DeGeneres called - She wants to interview ME on her talk show!!

Okay, not really but how cool would that be??!!

Karen at A Peek At Karen's World was interviewed on her blog by another blogger this past week and it was a lot of fun to read her answers (if you ever need a good laugh, read her blog...she's a riot)! Karen offered to interview others and I screamed "ME, ME" because we all know I have issues about feeling left out so here are the questions she sent me:

1. I'd imagine you sometimes get strange reactions from people for having 2 sets of twins. What has been the most memorable?

I don't know that there has been one particular strange reaction that has stood out but we do get the same comments/questions over and over and over again. Here are just a few (with my responses, depending on my mood):

**Do twins run in your family? (They do now OR Yes, and sometimes they even walk)
**Were you trying for twins again? (Yes, haven't you heard about the new sex position that pretty much guarantees you'll get pregnant with twins OR Yes, we had sex twice the night they were conceived)
** Did you need help getting pregnant? (Yeah, my husband helped for about 5 minutes - I'm assuming they must mean "medical help" but some people never quite come out and ask that so I figure why not have some fun with such an odd question, especially because I just LOVE to see the look on their face after I say that because I'm evil)
** Wow, I thought having 2 sets of twins was rare? (I guess not as rare as you thought)
** Are they ALL yours? (Last time I checked OR -with a shocked look on my face- what do you mean ALL...Oh My Gosh, where did these other two kids come from? I have no clue who they are!)
** How do you do it? (Two shots of vodka in the morning and a huge glass of wine in the evening)
** Are they twins? (Yes) Were they born at the same time? (Um, yeah, like I said, they are TWINS)
** (pointing at Garrett and Landon) Are they twins? (Yes) (then pointing at Cole and Bella) Are they twins too? (Yes) So you have two sets of twins? (Wow, you can do math!)
** Do you have a lot of help with them? (No...why, are you offering your services?)
** Are they very similar in personality to one another? (Yes, as similar as you are to your brothers and sisters. They are two separate human beings, not clones.)
** Which twin was born first? (Baby A was born first...will you be able to sleep better at night now that you know the answer to that?)
** You sure have your hands full (Yes, better to have my hands full than empty arms and a broken heart OR I'm glad you noticed....can you give me a hand with my shopping cart?)

When I just had Cole and Bella, ironically, is when I got the weirdest questions/comments, like one little old lady telling me they couldn't possibly be twins because they weren't the same size. I assured her that they were both in my belly at the same time and that twins are not always the same size. She just shook her head and walked away, as if I was missing out on a major bulletin somewhere on this very subject. Some people would ask if they were identical and I'd say, "of course not, one's a boy and one's a girl". I actually had a few people stare at me as if I had a 3rd eye in the middle of my forehead and then say, "Yeah, I know they're boy/girl twins but are they identical?" or "Yeah I can see that but how do you know they're not identical?".

2. If you had a day that was 100% for you with no husband kids or laundry to worry about, how would you spend it?

Well, I'd start the day off pinching myself because surely it would have to be a dream. When I finally realize it's not a dream, I'd run around the house naked (because I can). Then I'd take a super long hot shower and become reacquainted with what it feels like to shave my legs. I'd spend at least 60 minutes blow-drying my hair, putting on make-up, and getting dressed. Then I'd hit the grocery store and buy tons of junk food and stop by the video store and pick up a bunch of chick flicks. Then come home, put on my comfy clothes and pig out, while watching my kinda movies...with no one constantly interrupting me or grabbing at my Oreos. After I'd have my fill of movies and junk food, I'd take a ridiculously long nap. Now, this is just if I had the house to myself....but if I had to leave the house, I'd definitely hit a day spa and spend my day in total relaxation!

3. What is one of the nicest things your husband has done for you?

This may not seem like a big deal to some but if you know my husband, than you know he's not very romantic and sometimes not very thoughtful. A few years ago, we were shopping and I happened to pass by a gorgeous winter jacket that I just fell in love with. He encouraged me to try it on and when i did, I fell even more in love with it but when I saw the price tag ($200), I just couldn't justify spending that kind of money on myself. A few months later, at Christmas, when I opened my gift from him, there was my beautiful jacket!! I was completely surprised and so touched that he had remembered how much I wanted this specific jacket (he even got the right size!)

4. Oprah just called you! She's desperate for a new Book Club selection. What do you recommend?

First, I'd ask Oprah how the hell she got my number and then send that person a huge bundle of roses! I personally happen to love anything by Jodi Picoult. I've loved every single one of her books so I'd recommend anything written by her, particularly My Sister's Keeper or A Change of Heart. Both are great stories that will keep you guessing until the very end (and I can pretty much guarantee you'll find yourself in tears)!

5. (I know, I'm reusing this one, but I had to come up with a lot of questions today.)Surprise! I'm actually a genie. What are your three wishes?

Wish #1: I would wish for my family to always be happy and healthy, as well as financially secure (hopefully all that doesn't qualify as my 3 wishes!)

Wish #2: I would wish that my husband and I could find some way to reconnect again....our marriage has taken quite a beating in the last 6 years, from infertility to becoming a family of 6. It would be the greatest thing to feel those same butterflies for him now that I felt in the very beginning and to fall in love all over again.

Wish #3: I would wish for a personal cook and a maid so I could focus solely on my kids without all the worries of housework and cooking meals. Oh my Gosh, that would alleviate so much guilt right there!

Now...I would love to interview you and you and you. So here is what you do:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions - make sure I can reach you by e-mail or leave your e-mail in your comment).
3. You then update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

So come on--let's get to know each other better. And do not fear potential questions--I promise to play very nice. Good times!


Christy said...

Interview me, Helene! I'm the mom of a precocious almost-three-year-old daughter and 4 1/2-month old triplet boys.


HarryJack's Mom said...

People just do NOT get twins, including my SIL who has a fraternal twin brother. The worst for me were the people who argued that they were identical, with me...the mother! I should have had some of your answers in those early, nosy days. I'd love to do an interview but am terrible at it, so I'll just read along and enjoy the others :-) Happy weekend!

MamaHenClucks said...

Your answers to the twin questions just cracked me up. I have a friend with twin girls, who are fraternal and not the same size and OMG how often does she get asked some of the same questions. Or get expected that they should act the same and like the same things. I love your response - they aren't clones!!

Rebecca M. said...

Interview me! I'm 36 weeks pregnant with my first baby - a boy due on March 26. I promise to interview someone else.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I loved your interview, especially the twin questions!

Now, interview me!

Lisa said...

Do me! Do me!

Christina said...

You always make me laugh so hard! Im sure ellen would LOVE to interview u!

Christina said...

You always make me laugh so hard! Im sure ellen would LOVE to interview u!

The Mother said...

Love your snarky answers to #!. I got the "are they all yours" frequently, and my answers were pretty much the same, but probably more snide and less funny. Never did suffer fools well.

Are you sure we didn't know each other in a past life?

I'm in. Interview me.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I love people. Especially ones I don't know that ask incredibly dumb questions. Here is my suggested response for your next encounter with stupidity:

Stranger: Are they all yours?
Helene: No, no they are not. I just let them live in my home and devote all my money and every waking moment to them as part of my public service to humanity.

Let me know how it goes.


Anonymous said...

Okay, here's another questiion for you. Does one set of twins look like the other? Do they all look alike?

Tracy said...

I don't know if I'm ready for an interview, but I enjoyed reading yours. :)

You know I went private, right? I sent you an invite to view my new blog, but I don't think you've been by since...I have another friend who didn't realize that Google Reader wouldn't update now that I'm private so didn't realize I've been posting...just an fyi!!!

Karen said...

Aw, thanks for the kind things you said about my blog!

LOVED your answers! You always crack me up! I'm going to check out Jodi Picoult just because of you.

Dianna said...

I'd love the interview!
I'm the mom of 4 ... ages 14, 2.5, and 9m old twin boys.

LOVE reading your blog!

Jen said...

that was the best inteview I loved your answers to the 1st question, I have gotton alot of those same questions. Some people.....

Jaime said...

While I don't have twins, I have an interesting answer for a question about them. My Sis-in-law had my daughter and her son together at the grocery store. A little old lady walked up and asked her if they were twins (this is about the 10th time that question had been asked that day). Her answer? "Yes, and she's 2 1/2 months older than him." Then she simply walked away to leave the poor woman confused.

Veronica Lee said...

That was such an awesome interview!

Musings of the Mrs. said...

Love your blog. Not sure how I got here, but I'm glad I did. The post about your son's surgery was really fantastic.

AP said...

I absolutely love you rblog!! great answers!!

FoN said...

Interview me! I have to raise three kids and work full time. I live in Saskatchewan where it's -40 four months of the year. I'm grouchy. I need ideas for posts so this is perfect -

screamish said...

oh yes!!! imagine a whole day to yourself...I had no idea how lucky I was before the twins!!

Morgan said...

I like your response when they ask if you have a lot of help!!!

Interview me!

Lani said...

Those are great answers to the common questions! I get them all the time too! I have to give myself a little pep-talk before I go out with my crew to remind myself to be patient and friendly, because even though they may be a little obnoxious at times, most people don't mean any harm:)

Sharlene said...

Every stinking day I get the "You've got your hands full" and i only have one set. Oh and of course the oh so clever "Double Trouble". Don't you think its weird that people want to know which twin was born first. Cuz that ten minutes really makes a difference in life. I still get the "are they identical?" question. No you stupid morons. One has a penis and one doesn't. I swear. People do not think before they talk. Okay. Enough of my rant. said...

Ok, that title was so NOT Right! I had jealous feelings for nothing. I love Ellen ")

When I read your posts I have a comment for every thing you have to say, but when I get to the bottom of the post, I am too weak to type...from laughing!

I just love your attitude.

Chris said...

Great interview! You are a riot. I love Ellen and I think you would be great on her show. ;-)

mrsbear said...

The question about the identical twins was too much. Identical means identical...even gender, hullo? And your day without the family sounds very similar to my ideal day without the family. lol. No interruptions during the movie, what a fantasy. Cookies all to myself, woo hoo. Glad you enjoyed my "things I'll never say" list, thanks for letting me borrow it. I'm open to an interview too if you feel like one more...

Quiskaeya said...

LOL you are a riot. :) They dish and you dish it back in the right quantity. Good for you!

Btw- I'm following you now. I am a MBC member too. Thanks

Morgan said...

How far along were you with your losses? Do they know what caused the miscarriages? I'm sorry you had to go through that at all, let alone more than once.

Lana said...

When I had custody of my 3 nephews, I was aked all the time if the two youngest were twins. Ben was 5, and Alex was 3. Once, while shopping, a little old man said, not asked, but SAID "Ah, you have twins." I said "No, they're not twins. He's 5 and he is 3." The old man looked at me and said "I think I know twins when I see them deary. I'm not a fool. Are they identical?"
I couldn't help but stare at him in disbelief.
I only had to deal with that sort of ignorance for 7 months, not a lifetime.

2SetsOfTwins4Me said...

I have 2 sets of twins also and have had some of the same questions asked. LOL
Your kids are beautiful, hope you dint mind me putting you on my blog list, its nice to read about someone who is going through the same thing

Kate said...

I remember in junior high when somebody told me that you get twins when you have sex twice in one night. I was like, "No WAY??!" Ha.
Oh, and I have asked that question to people before when they have ten kids trailing behind them. I always think that maybe their kids invited some friends along and that's how they ended up with ten kids for the day! I guess I always think, it can't be logical that someone would actually have ten kids, is it???

Corrine said...

i am always up for an interview however i see you have a ton of you decide...I am game...

i wrote a post once on the "all they all yours" I once told a man that they were actually have a sale on kids on aisle 8 and I decided to pick up a few.

have a great day!

and good luck rekindling the love, have anyone that can take the kids for a weekend for you?

Peace said...

I am high fiving you over here girl, as a mom of two sets also -having successfully achieved the eldest ones surviving to adulthood (not necessarily responsible adulthood, but we all start somewhere, right?) I too am always stunned by the questions people ask. I actually told one of those "Are they identical?" folks (on a stressy day) "yeah they're identical, she has a penis. Duh." at a grocery store once.
Keep it up, it only gets better...and worse, and better again, and sometimes just confusing, but always interesting. :OD

Rebecca M. said...

Oops - sorry about that! Here's my email:

Cynthia said...

I'm totally late on this but I'd love for you to interview me. :-)

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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