Wednesday, May 14, 2008


I stole this from Missy and decided that it was as good as anything else for the EPIC 200th post. Then I can get on with the business of blogging since I've had 100 things I've thought of posting over the last couple of days :)

My life would be simpler if...
I had a wife. Like a June cleaver kind of wife. Or unlimited amounts of money to hire people to do the distasteful jobs like cooking, cleaning, etc.

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Just myself? Under 15 minutes. Myself and the kids? Closer to 30, if it includes feeding us all.

If you suddenly came into $1,000 in spare cash, what would you do with it?
Pay off my student loan. Then take the rest and do something fun with the kids.

What's the quality you least like about yourself?
I'm a perfectionist (in some things) and I expect other people to follow suit. I frustrated and angry when they don't.

What's the quality you least like in others?
Late-ness. It drives me bat-shit crazy. Evan nearly missed our first date because he was 5 minutes late picking me up!

What are you most proud of?

My kids

What was your mother right about?

Many things.

Current obsession?

One Tree Hill. I never watched it when it was on TV but I've been watching the DVDs and they are AWESOME!

What makes you laugh?
My kids. They say the funniest things. Lizzie stayed with my friend Quigs for a bit this morning and when she was talking about going over there she said "I like Quigs. She cracks me up, just like an egg" ROFL Also brainless comedies. Think Wayne's World, the first Austin Powers, etc

What did you want to be when you were little?
A chemist, until I figured out that I would need to know a whole lot of math. Then I decided on lawyer because I like to argue and why not get paid for it. Then I figured out how much school I would need and nixed that idea too. Eventually, I settled on teacher. I started out wanting to teach high school history but switched to preschool once I had my own kids.

Bath or shower?

Shower. I've never much liked baths because they seem like they take so much time and I get bored easily

When do you feel most beautiful?
Unknown. Beautiful isn't a word I would use to describe myself and it hasn't ever been.

What scares you?

My kids. So much can happen and it terrifies me.

Simplest pleasure?
A good book and trashy tv

Guiltiest pleasure?

I don't feel guilty about any of my pleasures. If I didn't they wouldn't be pleasant and would defeat the whole purpose.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Only one, because seriously, there are so many? Probably 1993. No not the whole year, although close since I was 13 LOL My dad was in the National Guard and they were stationed in Kinderhook, IL during the Mississippi flood. We went down every weekend to visit him and one time while we were there, there was a bunch of young guys in the parking lot at the bottom of the hill. I thought I would be super cool and run down the hill and jump over the little rope barrier at the bottom and impress them. Sadly things didn't go as planned. As I jumped over the rope, my foot caught on a loop and I sprawled face first in the gravel. Not only was that bad enough, but I hit palms and knees too and ended up having to be taken to the medic to get the gravel that was embedded in my knees, palms, and cheek (fortunately, I had the good sense to turn my head before I hit the ground so I didn't break my nose in the process) removed.

What's the one thing about your younger self that you'd like to reclaim?
I think my figure. I'm pretty happy with me now.

What's your favorite item in your wardrobe and why?

No real faves. Some things I wear more than others but just because those are the things I grab first.

How often do you weigh yourself?
A few times a week. More often now that I'm working out.

Who was the naughtiest kid in your elementary school and what did he or she do?

Nobody was too bad in elementary school. We had some bad kids in jr high and high school and some real scum after the fact.

If I had a free hour, I would....
Read. I read every chance I get so this is a no brainer.

How do you get yourself out of a funk?
I rant and rave and then I move on.

What is your motto?
I don't have a motto. I should though. Any suggestions?

My first kiss was...

Like real kiss? 15 with Justin, my first ever boyfriend

What's your favorite feature?

A year ago it was my hair. Then I cut it off, colored it funny colors and generally messed it up. Once it grows out it will be fine again.

Before I die, I'd like to...
Visit all 50 states

What are you really good at?

Getting my way. This could be seen as a bad thing but I think it is a super trait.

Favorite junk food?
Ice cream!!

Most useless invention?

There are so many, I can't even begin to pick one :)

Would your rather be a little smarter or little sexier?

I think I'm fairly smart, but I wouldn't say no to being smarter still

Beauty product you couldn't live without?

Chapstick. Seriously, I don't wear make-up or fuss with anything much

Red or white wine?

I'm not a huge fan of wine. When I drink, I like fruit wines. The apple wine from Galena Cellars tastes like cold apple cider. It is super stuff and made only in limited quantities.

How many pairs of jeans are in your closet?

2 pairs. I have a couple of pairs of capris and some shorts but only 2 pairs of jeans

How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Several but most aren't worn very often. I have a bunch of old shoes that I don't ever wear but I haven't gotten rid of. Most of them don't even fit me anymore. The shoes I wear are my Birks, my slip on tennis shoes, my regular tennis shoes to work out in and my Airwalk, Croc knock off flip flops.

What's your favorite place in the world?

With my family. Not thrilled with the location (been here my entire life and haven't like it most of that time) but I'm happy with the people and that is what counts.

What's your favorite possession?

Maybe my laptop. That is kind of lame but I couldn't think of anything else.

If you had an "I'd rather be_______" bumper sticker on your car. What would it say?

I wouldn't be caught dead...

I can't even answer this. I have done SO MANY stupid things that I can't say I "wouldn't be caught dead" doing something because it is likely that I either have done it or might still do it.

What was the first concert you ever went to, and what do you remember most about it?

I went to a couple of concerts with my parents when I was young but my first concert that I went to by myself was Boys II Men at the Assembly Hall. I got the tickets for my 15th birthday and then I had to beg my best guy pal to go with me since he was older and that made my parents feel better about letting me be alone in Champaign for the evening.

If you could change careers now without any consequences or financial loss, what would you switch to?

I wouldn't. I'm happy with my current job (mom) and my paid career choice (preschool teacher) makes a nice alternative.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

I had 2. First was Mrs Sigler in 2nd grade. She was the first teacher that understood that I was bored and not a trouble maker. She let me read when I was finished and continued to loan me books for years after. The other was Mrs Krecji (I totally think I botched the spelling on that name. April, confirm?) my high school history teacher. She was the reason that decided to become a teacher because her class was actually fun and interesting

Biggest waste of time?

Sitting in traffic. You can't read or watch Tv or anything because you have to pay attention but you just have to sit there. How boring can it get?

High Road or Low Road?

Too often the low road although I try to do better for my kids

What's the best song ever?

Ever? Can't say, I'm too fickle about my music. The best song right now is Jump Around by House of Pain. Ask me again next month and the answer will have changed.

What's the item most likely to break your budget?

Items? Stuff for the kids. Also, anything in the dollar section because "Hey, it's only a dollar" It's when you buy 30 of those dollar items that it becomes an issue LOL The real deal breaker though is food out. We eat out ALL THE TIME and it needs to stop.

How often do you check your bank balance?
Every day. 2 days at most. I'm a little OCD about it since I don't balance or even keep a check book register

What is the superhuman power you'd most want to have?

Telekinesis or flight. Either would be cool and useful

Craziest fashion trend or hairstyle you've worn?

I was a youngin' in the 80s so I caught the tail end of that decade when I was too young to know any better

What celebrity crushes did you have as a teenager?

Johnny Depp, Jonathan Brandis, Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt (but only when he wasn't dirty and scruffy), there is seriously someone I'm forgetting and I can't for the life of me think of who it was.

What is something that no one knows about you?

I'm at 200 posts, there isn't much that people haven't read about me yet LOL

If you could change places with anyone, living or dead, for one day, who would it be?

I dig who I am. I wouldn't switch

What's the perfect age?

25? I don't know. I think it is so individual to each person that you can't say one age is better than another.

What's the nicest thing that anyone has ever said to you?

Not too me but about me "I have fun doing things with my Mommy"

What amount of money would make you feel you were set for life?

A few million. Although Evan and I were talking about what we would do if we won the outrageous Lotto jackpot that is currently up. Fun to dream, even if we don't actually play the Lotto :)

What's your idea of the perfect meal?

Something someone else cooked

What's the one thing you refuse to eat?

Any cooked veggie. Blah

Favorite movie moment?

More than I can count.

What's the one thing you'll never understand?

Again, there are just so many things.

How many books have you read in the last year?

This year, 37. Since this time last year, a bunch since I read 70 some last year

What's your favorite book?

Julie of the Wolves and Johnny Tremain

How many hours of television do you watch per week?

Too damn many. I usually watch during Lizzie's nap and then a couple of hours each night after the kids go to bed. That doesn't count the hours of kid's TV that I watch regularly

How many cups of coffee do you drink a day?

0-1. None in the summer. I prefer tea. Now, tea I drink a lot of. 3-4 glasses a day, especially during the summer since I drink it iced generally.

How often do you exercise?
2-3 times a week. Trying to do better and I'm actually liking going to the gym now but who has that kind of time.

How many phone calls do you make a day?
Make or take? I try to make as few as possible because I hate talking on the phone if I can avoid it. I usually take 2-3 a day because other people in my life don't hate talking on the phone like I do.

How much time do you spend on the Internet?
Again, too damn much. I'm usually on the net the same amount of time that I watch TV

Morning person or night owl?

Night owl. I HATE getting up early but could stay up half the night if needed (and my kids weren't going to drag my lazy ass out of bed at some unGodly hour the next day). I used to work nights when I was in high school and it was awesome. When I wasn't actually working overnights, I would get off at 10, spend some with my bf and then go home and stay up until 6ish, when I heard my mom get up for work. Then I would go to bed and pretend to be asleep so she wouldn't realize that I had stayed up all night.

How many hours of sleep do you get?
Between 6-8, generally. I can do with less for a few nights in a row but not permanently.

What's the messiest spot in your home?

My whole house. Actually the worst spots are the "blanket cabinet", the top of the entertainment center and the bar in the dining room.

What's your main source of news?


How often do you see a doctor for check-ups?

Every couple of years. Right now, I have no insurance so check ups aren't high on my priority list.

How many times a week do you cook?

As few as possible. I don't like cooking but I know I need to do more of it because eating out is too expensive.

How much candy do you eat in a week?

As much as I want. I don't eat a lot so it runs about 2-3 pieces a week

How often do you entertain?

As infrequently as possible. That would mean I would actually have to clean my house and maybe even cook something. Blah. When we do, it is at my parent's house and usually only for the kid's b-days

What surprises you most about your adult life?

That I would be married, have kids, be a preschool teacher and a stay at home mom

1 comment:

Misc said...

Cool! Congrats on your 200th post, Carrie!

I hate talking on the phone, too. :-)