I read a beautiful blog called “An Inch of Gray” which is authored by a mother who lost her 12 year old son a couple of years ago in a freak accident. Weston was the exact same age as her son, Jack when the accident happened, and the horror of that event really stuck with me. Anna has handled the whole experience with more beautifully honest and raw grace that I could have mustered in the same situation.
Today she linked up with this blog to do some:
Since I am feeling too lazy and perhaps still anesthetized from my procedure yesterday, I decided to play along.
What is the last thing you watched on TV?
So embarrassing, but it was “The Real World: EX-plosion”. Yes, I am in my mid-forties and still watching reality television on MTV. The premise is so good, though! They did the whole, “seven strangers, picked to live in a house…” and let them do their thing over a 6-week period. Just as they started to bond and of course – hook up(!!) – the producers brought all of their ex-girlfriends/boyfriends back into the house! DRAMA! Just as the title promises, when you put a bunch of horny 20-somethings with limited brain-power and penchants for making bad decisions together in one house….EX-PLOSION. My life is pretty mundane – I gotta live vicariously somewhere. Might as well be on MTV.
When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
Big shock – I was going to pick someone up and drop someone off. Specifically, Kellan from school and Eliza at gymnastics. My actual exposure to the elements is limited to the small space of open air between my back door and my car.
What is on the walls of the room you are in?
I am in the kitchen, sitting at my little nook. Right in front of me is this:
My desk area isn’t really “mine” at all – everyone in the family dumps all of the stuff they are too lazy to put away right on my counter top. You do not want to see the wreckage below this photo. This is a colored pencil drawing that I did in art therapy when I was undergoing treatment for my prenatal depression. The assignment was to draw a representation of ourselves and our family using inanimate objects. Everyone’s finished products were so telling (and often so sad!) depending upon what stage of their treatment they were in. It was a picture I drew right before they deemed me “finished” with the program. I am the happy peapod with my four (at the time) babies held in my embrace. I adore this picture. Of course, you can’t see that much of it because random things have been stuck into the frame – there’s a coupon for peanut butter, a winning lottery ticket ($2.00 – woo!), a strip of pictures from the photobooth at a friend’s recent wedding, our Christmas card, a polaroid of me and my friends from high school, some photos of Eliza and a business card that shares, “The Way to Happiness”. It’s controlled chaos – kind of like my life.
If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
It’s a little bit funny that being a just plain millionaire isn’t that impressive anymore. You have to have multi-millions before you can really start fantasizing about the good stuff! I would buy a house on the beach – nothing fancy, just a little cottage near the shore. I would travel as much as I wanted to…nothing exotic, but the freedom to just be able to pick up and go without worrying about how to afford it would be great. A tricked out RV would make that even better as I love a good road trip! Of course, I’d make sure all five kids could afford college, and I’d set aside enough money to put myself in a kick-ass retirement home. If I leave that decision up to the kids, they would probably forget all about me and I’d end up a shriveled corpse in my own basement.
Tell me something about you that most people don’t know.
I am really good at word puzzles: crosswords, word searches, word scrambles….I can look at that stuff and just “see” the answers. My kids tell me I should try out for “Wheel of Fortune” but I would totally bite it under pressure and end up looking something like this:
Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
Walgreens. Again. To let me know that my prescription is STILL ready. Oops.
If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do?
I would put in an in-ground pool and I would change the layout of our house. The entire upper floor of my house would be kids only. The master bedroom would be downstairs, and I would get rid of our useless “front room”, merge it with the kitchen and make one enormous kitchen/hang out space since that is where I spend most of my time.
What was the last thing you bought?
I got cocky today and bought myself a summer maxi-dress. I’ve probably extended the length of the polar vortex by another month, but boy am I anxious to ditch my winter coat.
Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
Hard to say – I find myself super wimpy where risk-taking is concerned now that I have kids. I feel like I’d be that 10:00 news story, “Suburban mom dies in freak accident,” — doomed to an afterlife plagued with guilt over orphaning my kids just because I thought bungee jumping sounded fun!
If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
This is a hard one. I feel like I’d be disappointed. I would think Jennifer Lawrence would be a riot to hang out with but then we’d just sit there in awkward silence…or, I’d find out that Alec Baldwin (my celebrity crush) is just as awful over lunch as he is when he’s screaming at paparazzi. I’m guessing that the best lunch would be with someone that is secretly funny like Brian Williams from the Nightly News.
Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
I’m not much of a shopper. I find it painful trying to shop for myself. That being said, it would have to be somewhere pretty benign like TJ Maxx or Target – where I could get a shirt, but also some really nice bedsheets.
Is the glass half empty or half full?
There is no regular answer for this because personally my viewpoint changes day to day (sometimes minute to minute!) Let’s just say the glass has stuff in it. (probably a gin & tonic)
What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been?
Colombia in South America. It’s where my mother was born and raised. I have to be honest, I don’t really like foreign travel. Some people long to see Paris, I’m pretty happy seeing the Hoover Dam.
What’s under your bed?
Name it. It’s a treasure trove under there. One thing I know for sure is that our “Elf on a Shelf” kit is under there. I suck at EoaS, so it was no surprise that I totally forgot he was supposed to depart after Christmas. I had to hastily shove him back in the box and stow the box under my bed when my kids pointed out that he was still creepily lurking around well after New Year’s.
What is your favorite time of the day?
Bed time. For the kids, not me.
This is pretty much what my clock looks like anyway…..
What Inspires You?
I love when I read a really good book or a great piece of writing. I think that’s what draws me to certain movies too. While the acting can be amazing, I’m more impressed by the fact that someone thought up the story and all that dialogue.
Laughing also inspires me. It inspires me to laugh more. Laughing is good.