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"
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!