1. What do/did you call your grandparents? If it’s something unusual tell us the story behind the name. If you’re a grandparent what do your grands call you? Who chose your moniker?
On my mom’s side, Grammy and Grandpa. On my dad’s, Mema and Papa. My mom is very northern and my dad, southern. I feel like that probably accounts for the difference. My kids call my parents Gramma and Papa.
2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? What’s one tourist attraction along the coast you’d add to your must-see list?
No, and the only time I have been in Cali was at the LAX airport. i think California gets a bad rep for being uber liberal but I also think it’s probably beautiful country and I’d love to take a wine country train ride.
3. What are three things you don’t know how to do?
OMG, so many things but let’s go with: play the guitar, drive a stick, change my own oil.
4. Tom Peters is quoted as saying, ‘Celebrate what you want to see more of.‘ If that’s true, what and how will you celebrate?
I think this is a quote along the lines of “Smile and you will be happy.” I take this to heart when dealing with my kids. If they’ve been particularly bad but then do one good thing, I make sure to make that a big deal so that they’ll do it more.
5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds? Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaron? What’s something you make that calls for almonds?
I like them alright. They’re good for you, I know. I prefer an Almond Joy but mostly for the coconut. I don’t think I really make anything with almonds. 😦
6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?
I think this deserves a list:
I wake up around 6ish because I can’t sleep in; the Keurig goes on and I slowly make that first cup of coffee; chances are the kids are already up. I start making bacon and then biscuits. When those are almost done, someone goes in to wake up my husband so he can make eggs. We eat together. If it’s one of the three or four months when we don’t have a sport, we putter around, watching movies or cleaning. If we are in a sport season, we prepare for games. We usually go to Sonny’s afterwards because kids eat free. We nap in the afternoon and if weather is good, we play outside. Saturday evenings are for relaxing.
7. Share with us a favorite book you’ve read this winter.
OK, don’t judge but I recently read Marriage Games by CD Reiss. It was… amazing.
Basically, Adam used to live a life that Diana didn’t know about. DISCLAIMER: if you read or even know about 50 Shades this is a million times better and done right. That book is trash. ANYway, Adam gave up the lifestyle for her but then he sort of felt like something was missing. Diana also felt something was missing but had no idea what it was. They make a deal that he gets 30 days at a Montauk cottage to repair their weird and broken marriage. It’s all about him learning to balance his proclivities and her discovering hers. I cried at times, it was so damn intense. Even if you aren’t into the whole master/sub lifestyle, I still think you could enjoy the romance in this one.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I am slowly beating this sinus infection. I took some time off to rest and try some hippie remedies: essential oil steam vents, neti pot multiple times a day, a gazillion gallons of water. My face still hurts today but I think I am on the mend. These are seriously the worst. Mostly because when you get sick sick, you feel bad all over. This is basically all in my head so I think I can go on when the rest of my body feels fine. I even ran two miles yesterday!
On that note, Elliot ran with me because we’re going to run a 5k in early March. He and I sometimes butt heads – more than I do with my other kids – but we’ve been getting on very well lately. In fact, we’re doing the book club at his school this month, which is essentially where they pick a book, both the kid and parent read it, then we meet with other students/parents to discuss it. I think this is really good for us to do together and I’m excited that he even wants to. I know some day my kids will want to be more distant and I’ll probably be sad about it!