Sunday, April 13, 2014

Answer Me This? What Did I Wear Today?

Last Sunday, Kendra was kind enough to tag me in her Answer Me This  post. 

So, I'm going to be kind enough to answer them!

1. What time do you prefer to go to Mass?

I prefer to go at 9 AM....that is the perfect time to go to Mass in my opinion.  Not so early that you can't eat breakfast first, but not so late that it is running into lunch time or cooking Sunday dinner.  Unfortunately, the closest church to us, where we usually attend Mass (ironically enough, not the parish to which we belong, it is better but further) only has Mass at 8 AM and 10 AM in the morning.  So, we sometimes attend the 8 AM and sometimes the 10 AM. 

2. Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

Depends on what I'm doing.  If I'm exercising, sleeping or eating...too cold.  I hate exercising, working or even just walking outside in the heat.  And, I hate sleeping when it's super hot. I hate eating when it's hot (unless I'm eating ice cream).  However, if I'm just sitting around, I prefer to be too hot...because I don't like sitting around in the cold. 

3. How many brothers and/or sisters do you have?

I have two brothers and two sisters.  I am the second oldest.  My oldest brother just finally, successfully defended his dissertation on Friday, so he's going to get his PhD.  Yay for him!!!  Then there is me, and you all already know everything about me.  Then my sister, she is a Capuchin Sister.   Then there is my younger brother.  He is working on getting his PhD and is getting married in May!  Yay..we are so excited for that!  My youngest sister was adopted from Jamaica when she was six.  She used to own a flower shop

4. If you were faced with a boggart, what would it turn into?

It's a toss up between a rat and a cancer cell. Maybe a cancerous rat. 

5. Barbie: thumbs up or thumbs down?

Thumbs sideways?  I really don't have an opinion on Barbie.  I know...shocking..usually I have an opinion on everything.  My girls don't play with it.  They just never got into it, I never bought them any and no one ever gave them any. I wouldn't really care if someone did give them Barbie though.  They did have the odd Barbie-type doll over the years that usually did not make the cut for either a move or a toy purging.  It never really occurred to me to get them Barbie, I guess I think of it as an 80's toy.  My kids don't watch any TV (just Netflix) but nothing with commercials, so they basically have zero clue about "cool toys" or "fad toys" and they have never really asked for Barbie.  

6. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?

Just one? I guess, I would say learn to peacefully disagree and don't hold grudges.  I'm Italian, so my family can have some rip-roaring arguments (it's fun for us!), but we never hold it against anyone and those arguments don't cause family strife.  At the end of the argument, everyone is still friends and loves each other.  It wasn't until I was older that I realized that not everyone is like that...that there are people out there who will actually never speak to you again if you get into an argument with them.  Don't be like that. 

Annery also asked some I'll just go ahead and answer all the questions now!

1.  How many siblings do you have?  (I have 8!)

I answered this above. 

2.  What time of day works best for your prayer/alone time?

Night time...because my kids have the mom alarm and get up as soon as I get up, no matter how early it is. 

3.  Have you endured the Winter Without End too?

It's been super spring-like and warm here in VA the last few days, so I guess it did end. But, yes it was a very, very long and tiring winter.

4.  If you live somewhere warm, how do you feel about me visiting?

Come on down (although VA was pretty cold this winter and next winter we will possibly (probably) live someplace even colder (IN). 

5.  Do you sleep under blankets all year?  Even in the sweltering summer?

Yes, because I am a firm believer in air conditioning. 

6.  Do your kids (or you) eat sugary cereal? (Or am I the only one that lets that happen?)

No, we really don't eat cereal at all, except I occasionally buy Joe's O (like Cheerios) at Trader Joe's.

7.  Do you have any food allergies in your family? What helped you best in learning to cope?

We do not have any true allergies.  Gluten makes me depressed and anxious and makes Greta more anxious.  I think it also affects Heidi.  We stay away from it, but it's not a true allergy.  Our reaction also seems to be dose-dependent....we can eat small amounts no problem, but eating it very frequently does cause a reaction.  I avoid it all together.  The girls only eat it when they are at a party or something. The only gluten we keep in our house is bread, which Ben and John use for sandwiches.  We eat all gluten-free pasta and I buy big bags of gluten-free flour blends to use for baking and make my own bread, pizza, cakes, cookies, muffins, etc., etc.  Occasionally I buy Udi's bread, but it's expensive so we try not to eat too much of it.

8. What's your favorite blog post of someone else's?

This one from Sarah.

9.  What's your favorite blog post of your own?

Hmm...probably this one. 

10.  What would be your ideal birthday present?

An all expensive paid adult-only vacation to a cabin in a tick-less  mosquito-less woods that I could take with my husband and other friends or family member members (but NO kids, so it would include free babysitting from trusted family members (like my parents)  Of course, my birthday is in Nov and frequently over Thanksgiving, so it also has to be someplace that's not too cold then.

I'm not holding my breath on this one. 

11.  Would you rather be surrounded by others without a break or alone all day?

Depends on who the "others" are.  There are some "others"' I would not want to be around all day, however, generally, I prefer to be surrounded by others.  The happiest time in my life was the summer I was a camp counselor in Appalachia with Christian Appalachian project. I was always surrounded by others and loved it.  I also loved living in the dorms in college and being surrounded by others.   Don't get me wrong, I like my alone time as much as anyone, but I only like alone time in small chunks....I would get very lonely with an entire day of being alone.  

12. What did you wear today?

To be honest, neither Annery nor Kendra asked this question.  But, I know your Sunday is not complete until you find out what I wore. it is.  I'm linking up with Fine Linen and Purple

Shirt: New York and Co. (thrifted) can't really tell from the picture, but it actually has a small black/white stripe pattern.
Skirt: Old Navy (given to me)
Shoes: given to me
I'm wearing a belly band under the shirt.  I find those bands so useful for wearing under this style shirt, way more useful then for their intended use (during pregnancy, I never actually used them on my belly when I was pregnant) but they work great for wearing under shirts that are a bit more low-cut.

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  1. Belly band for low cut shirts is brilliant! I have the new mom *all the shirts that used to be modest enough now aren't* problem, and my usual go-to camis don't help (because same problem) and I don't want to buy all new clothes. But I do have a belly band that I don't need for my belly now!

  2. My kids have that same alarm! That's why I have to stay up so late.

  3. The whole belly band think is pretty brilliant. I'm filing it the back of my brain as "didn't I hear that this is a cool thing to do?" information for the future.

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  5. Love it! I can't seem to ever get up early enough either :)


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