1.What’s something you wish you knew how to do, but feel like it’s too late to learn?
Play an instrument. I tried to learn the drums in high school and it was difficult. I think now it might be just too time consuming and I don’t have the patience. I eagerly await one of my kids being interested enough to pick one up; I think learning young is the key.
2. Your least favorite thing to shop for? Why?
Either jeans or bras. I hate trying stuff on and hoping it looks ok with other clothing items. Plus, neither of these things seem to be made for people my height or size so it’s just an aggravating process.
3. How has the celebration of Thanksgiving today changed from when you were growing up?
I feel way more stressed about it now! But that is like most things that are kid vs adult. Growing up, I was not in charge of anything. My duty was to hang out and then eat. Now, I have to thaw the turkey days ahead of time and gather ingredients and make sure it’s all in the house before stores are closed. I have to finagle when to cook what so the oven isn’t over-booked and then try to get it all on the table at the same time. Though I always have help, it’s still kind of crazy. And sometimes, I am not even hungry by the time it is ready!
4. What’s something that when other people see it, reminds them of you? Explain.
5. If you could guest star in a TV show, what would it be and why?
You know my answer: Sherlock. I’d kill to be in it for a day. Just to hang out with all those people. Maybe I could be, like, Molly Hooper’s friend or something. She needs someone in her life like that.
6. Have you ever farmed or spent any time on a farm? Are there farm stands in your little corner of the world and do you make it a point to shop there? If so, what item do you particularly like to buy from a roadside stand or farm shop?
I have been on farm-like land. My uncle has a lot of cattle in Alabama and I have done some work. I would say I haven’t done any hardcore farming but I’d like to. We have a farmer’s market that sells produce and local sausages and cheese products and I love it.
7. What’s something you’ve experienced recently that made you feel a sense of awe or wonder?
A couple years ago, when I was training Elliot up for his very first 5k, it was an interesting experience. He would whine and complain and not want to go far. I would push him and say, “Ok, we’re going to the very next lightpole.” and then we’d get there and keep going. It was a really nice bonding experience for us and I loved how he got so much better. But now, he is amazing at it. We went for a quick 2 miler the other morning and the tables had turned: he was pushing me. His average pace is a good minute to minute and a half faster than mine. He pushed me in the exact same way and I realized that he did what all parents want: he surpassed me. It was a truly humbling moment when I realized it and I looked at his graceful form and his speed in total awe.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I was originally going to work a half day today but yesterday, my body engaged in a full-fledged war against this ick and chest congestion I had been experiencing. I felt ok most of the day but by mid-afternoon, I was running a fever, had those awful chills and temp sensitivity all over my body. By 6 I was taking a bath and I was in bed from 7 on. The weird part is during that time, whenever I woke briefly, my cough was dry. This morning, I feel pretty normal but my cough is back to being gross. I don’t know what that was but I commend my body for taking it upon itself to try and fight this thing.