Saturday, January 29, 2011

You're It

 

There’s a load half-wet in the dryer.

There’s a birthday cake waiting to be baked.

There’s a grocery list that won’t shop for itself.

And there’s a chick who needs a shower before venturing out.

But I thrive on pressure, so I’m abandoning my To Do list in favor of a game of tag :)

Saimi from Archie and Family tagged me a few weeks ago, and since I’m so timely and all…

I saw questions.  And places where my answers were supposed to go.  And I got that funny test-taking feeling in my stomach, so I’ll do the best I can, ha!

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1. if you have pets, do you see them as merely animals, or are they members of your family?

Considering that I am willing to brave the psycho hose to fill this girl’s water bucket , I’d say she gets treated like family…

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She is full of personality.  And I kind of sort of adore her.

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2. if you can have a dream to come true, what would it be?

A dream? Well, we’ve been waiting on a house for a few years now…

I drool every time I look at this picture.  The dream would be having family filling that space!

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3. what is the one thing most hated by you?

Bullying.  It has made my life miserable for two years now.

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4. what would you do with a billion dollars?

Billion?  Well, Mr. Daddy would be out of excuses to not enlarge our family Winking smile

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(We love Linny & DW – and that’s not even all of ‘em :)

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5. what helps to pull you out of a bad mood?

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6. which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?

It’s a trick question… because the answer is BOTH.  Our lives are so blessed. 

Truth be told… this was a tearjerker for me.  Because as I started to search through my photo folders, I realized just how surrounded by LOVE I am.  So grateful for my family and friends.

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7. what is your bedtime routine?

Eek!  Let’s just say that the answer to question #3 has led to some significant insomnia.  First Itty Bit crashes, then Mr. Daddy falls asleep at the computer, then yours truly finally tosses and turns on Mr. Daddy’s pillow.

Mr. Daddy’s pillow?  Why yes!  Because he stole my original pillow.  So I figured he liked the memory foam and graciously went and purchased another.  Then the man stole THAT one too!  I’m realizing that he’s a pillow thief and he’s NOT going to be one of those husbands that complains about too many pillows on the bed!

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8. if you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your partner?

Ahh, my “current relationship” consists of being happily married to this stud:

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Back off ladies, he’s all mine.

We met at work.  I found myself tongue-tied when a soot-covered welder said hello and grinned at me with those eyes like the sea after a storm…

(50,000 OnceUponaMiracle points to whoever answers which movie that’s from)

It was not unlike being greeted by Mr. Chimney Sweeper…

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Except, with less dancing… drat.

We were friends for 10 years.  I blame him for converting me into a hopeless romantic by quoting  The Princess Bride to me.

Anybody want a peanut?

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9. if you could watch a creative person in the act of the creative process, who would it be?

Easy peasy:  I’d watch Dana Suggs in action – furiously writing down which camera settings she’s using for each shot.  And shamelessly begging to use her precious girl to practice on :)

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(This is my alltime favorite of sweet Brooklyn – and I searched waaaay back to find it!)

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10. what kinds of books do you read?

I adore reading.  But often have to choose between sleep or blogging.  And y’all are just too much fun!  Let’s just say that the only non-kid book I’ve read lately has been my Bible.  Other than that, I can quote most Dr. Seuss books in my sleep…

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But this baby is sitting on my nightstand waiting for that opportunity….

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11. how would you see yourself in ten years time?

Wow.  Let’s say I’d love to have a couple more kids sitting at that kitchen island helping make cookies.  I’d love to have traveled across the sea to bring them home.  I’d love to be waking up next to my pillow thief.  And maybe read a couple of books just for me by then…

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12. what’s your fear?

My fear?  I had to face it when I was pregnant with Itty Bit and we received a possible “not compatible with life” diagnosis.  Did I trust God with my unborn son?

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And again, when my vehicle was totaled in a high-speed hit-and-run accident that Itty Bit narrowly escaped being involved in.

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Did I trust God’s plan and really LIVE this second chance I’ve been given?  Did I trust God to protect me from the fear of losing my child or leaving my child motherless?

Fear is a big thing.  He’s still working on me…

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13. would you give up all junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to visit outer space?

The thought of being so far out of my comfort zone kinda ties into the last question.  I think I’d rather sit on my couch with my Gardetto’s Mustard Pretzels and Mountain Dew and watch a shuttle launch…

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14. would you rather be single and rich or married, but poor?

What kind of question is this?  I’d much rather go through life with somebody who makes me laugh no matter our bank account balance (which is definitely laughable at times).

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What?  You’d have a double chin too if you were trying to escape someone intent on licking your nose.  And yes, I will be kicking myself for posting this picture for a loooong time.

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15. what’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

Easy.  I put in my hearing-aid.

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Then kiss my pillow thief.

No, I’m not bitter about the pillow.  Do I mention it much?

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16. if you could change one thing about your spouse/partner what would it be?

I wouldn’t change anything about him…

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But I would ask the Wildlife Department to please limit the hunting season to something less than THREE MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR.

(anyone else remember the comments explosion about Mr. Volcom?)

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17. if you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?

I would never ever want a different name.

My mother picked my name out when she was 12 years old.  And she loved it as much when she finally had a little girl to give it to.  I love that I was named after someone special to her.

Though my nicknames?  Pick which ones I feel like I could do without:

Ms. Vacuum Head

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Rache

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She-She

Snort Sister

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18. would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?

Eek.  Forgiving is different from forgetting.  I hope that I can forgive in the same way God has forgiven me.  But I don’t believe it is wise to “forget” some things, even after forgiveness.

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19. if you could only eat one thing for the next 6 months, what would it be?

At first glance, I’d be tempted to talk about my obsession (especially since I’ve been denying myself in an attempt to fit into pre-pregnancy clothes):

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(the famous Tuxedo Cake)

But I really have a thing for savory… as in pretty much everything that comes from a tiny little Thai restaurant that I only get to experience on rare occasions (because the menfolk in our family have no taste buds and whine when us girls want to go there).

See how serious we are about our Thai food?

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And my mother protecting her spring roll while saying grace?  Priceless.

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I’m gonna wrap this up because those pictures are convincing me that I’m starving… and because I’m afraid Blogger is going to revoke my account due to picture limit abuse…

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Thanks Saimi for tagging me!  And the unlucky bloggers that didn’t run away fast enough?  I tag these friends because I’d love to read their answers!

Julie at wifemomnurse

Heather at Reach In, Reach Out, Reach Up

HeatherOz at Oswald Cuties

Buckaroo Mama at Motherhood, Among Other Things

Dyannie at Listing Loquacious

GunDiva at Just Another Perfect Day

Saint Poopicus at Jerome’s Women

Bill & Juanita at It’s A Horse Life

King Julien at Foursons

Amy at Destination Life

Dana at Chaos to Grace

Michelle at Boytrapped

Shana at Blaze ‘N Crochet

Beth at A Work In Progress

There were a million more I wanted to add… but I know it can get annoying to those of you who always get tagged :)  I officially tag all of you readers, and would love if you let me know if you decide to play along.  I won’t get my feelings hurt if you don’t… but I might be willing to share some Tuxedo Cake if you do…

25 comments:

Heather said...

Yeah yeah! I love virtual tag!!! I will be taking a day or so to ponder my answers...and try to make them as funny as yours. Blogs are all about competition, no? ;)

Foursons said...

Oh my gosh, you love Gardetto mustard pretzels too?! I knew there was a reason why I liked you. :)

Great answers and of course great pictures. One day maybe I'll dive into this post too. 'Cause yeah, that test anxiety thing will get me every time.

Saimi said...

That was definitely worth the wait!!! I think I'm gonna go back and look at your pictures some more They're awesome!!

Thanks for playing!!

I wish we could ride our girls together, I think they would like each other...That is if mine doesn't splash mud on yours! HA!

BK said...

"eyes like a sea after a storm" is so PRINCESS BRIDE! Yes, hand over my points, thank you, thank you :)

Tina said...

Oh my, no wonder you put it off for a while. That's a lot of questions! I loved every answer and every picture, mostly the double chin picture!! And just so you know, I want you to bring some more babies to your home too!

GunDiva said...

Lots of questions, but since blog fodder has been kind of slim around here, I'll dive in. Wish me luck - it's been a while since I took a test :)

Mrs Mom said...

That was an AWESOME post Rachel! You and your Mom SO totally have the greatest smiles ;)

Loved the pix. Had to stop and seek out the tissues a time or three too cause dang it... you got me teary eyed too. But it is so worth it!

tattytiara said...

Our to-do lists bear an uncanny resemblance to one another's, and I'm glad I decided to read this charming post instead of tackling mine! That said, you've given me a furious craving for cake that I think I might have to do something about sooner rather than later.

Angie Vik said...

Thanks for the peek into your world. I enjoy your fun sense of humor.

Fire Wife Katie said...

*LOVE* Thai food!! :D

hilljean said...

Hey thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! I clicked over here to get to know you and this post was the most perfect way :) I was cracking up at the picture of your mom protecting her spring roll. So cute!
~hillary

Pam said...

What a really great post. That is so neat.

Buckeroomama said...

Oh, I so enjoyed reading and looking through your pictures! I can't decide which pic I love more: Your mom saying grace with a spring roll clasped between her hands or the one of you trying to avoid getting licked by Mr. Daddy.

You are so blessed with so much laughter (and love) in your life. =)

And because you asked nicely, I will play... ;p

Amy said...

You are the sweetest! I will play along, I promise.... just don't hate me if it takes a me a few days ;-) 2 sick kids has made me one busy lady! LOL

I loved reading your answers :-) I feel like I have known you forever yet I have never even met you. They more I read your blog the more like a friend you feel like to me. I just love it!

So message me for my address so you can send me some of that CAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Daddy said...

A pillow thief Eh!

can you blame me for wanting to rest my head on the same spot as my best friend and most beautiful women in the world had just laid hers????

just saying...

Rachel said...

Ooooh, nice save buddy :)

The arrangement works just fine as long as you've washed all the elk pee off you...

Life With the Crazies said...

Loved reading this :) My favorite picture is the one where you're dodging the nose licking.. :) My husband is a major pillow theif as well!

lifebythecreek said...

Haaahahaha... see? I KNEW that I needed to wait on my comment. And now I know why. Sister, if there was ELK PEE anywhere in da house, there would be living quarters set up somewhere OUTSIDE. Mr. Daddy...consider yourself EXTREMELY fortunate to share a HOUSE... much less a ROOM... much MUCH less a BED... much much MUUUUUCH less a pillow... if elk pee is even a REMOTE possibility!!! (and OK, fine, as much as it PAINS me to give you kudos or credit of any kind... that comment was reaaaaaaaaaally sweet. You may go now.... ). Heeee! Fab photos, gf... you have gotten to be quite the pro with camera, and I might be a little jealous if I didn't love you so much.........

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

When we were dating, my husband used to always lick my nose. It was his thing. Wait till I inform him his "move" wasn't original material.

I love that kitchen. I would love for mine to look like that!

Michelle said...

Dude! I totally had The Princess Bride answer all ready, but then you mentioned it! I love that movie!

Thanks for tagging me! Hopefully, I'll have a post up first. Not nearly as many pictures though! :)

"Amandier" said...

I loved your blog post... Made me wish my sister and mom lived closer to me....
Annnnddd let me guess-- Jimmy's Thai restaurant? Am I right? :)
Miss you dearly.

Michelle Pixie said...

I loved this! And I have to tell you that the picture of you, your mom, and your sister melts my heart! Oh and Rachel, you had the most beautiful baby bump I have ever laid eyes on. You look so cute in that shot!

WhisperingWriter said...

That horse picture made me giggle.

And I also abhor bullying.

Kirsty said...

ooo yes i want that kitchen too! hehe

Julie said...

hey! do i see you trying to draw me back into blogging?! :)

Soon...soon.

But, as you see...I am keeping an eye on the two of you :)

Love you guys!

~Julie (wifemomnurse)