Linking up again with Catholic All Year for Answer Me This!
1. What’s for dinner?
God only knows. Seriously, y’all, after almost 25 years I am tired of making dinner.
In the beginning, it was fun. Like playing house. The second and third years I got ambitious–clipped recipes, made monthly meal plans, made my own little cookbook of the success stories. There were fancy dinner parties. There was china and elaborately folded napkins (to be fair, John did that, not me.).
Then it became routine, but not a hard routine, just what I did and what we did every day. And for a long time it worked.
But then came John working odd hours, and football schedules, and driving everywhere just at dinner preparation time, and me working at home, and pathologically picky William, and a house with no air conditioning . . . and before I knew how it happened, family dinners were a thing of the past.
Yes, you heard that right. I am ashamed to say it but it’s the truth–we don’t all sit down together at the same time to eat any more.
That doesn’t, however, mean I am not feeding people. I don’t feed all of them every day, but I still do a lot of cooking. But it’s more of the short order variety. I’m not happy about this, and I’m hoping to get back on a better routine at some point, but right now that’s how things are.
2. What’s the last thing you borrowed from someone?
I borrowed $20 (I think–but I’m sure she will remind me) from Emily a couple of weeks ago. I can’t remember why. I probably left my debit card at home or something.
3. What is your favorite prayer?
I know the Prayer to St. Jude by heart and I say it all the time. Probably that’s overkill, but there it is.
4. What is the oldest thing in your house?
When I first read this I thought I was going to have to get all depressed because fire. And I thought that my answer was going to be something like, “Everything in my house is less than three years old.” But then I remembered that just because something is new to me doesn’t mean it isn’t old. And since there’s no point in dwelling on the family heirlooms that are lost to me, I should remember how happy I am to have this beautiful art deco bedroom set that belonged to John’s grandmother and it about 70 years old.
(My oldest personal possession is probably my Lands End hiking shoes, which for some forgotten reason were in the basement and survived the fire. I can’t remember when John bought them for me but they might be as much as 15 years old and I’m very happy to have them still.)
5. What’s the best concert you ever attended?
I haven’t been to many but I’m going to say the first Billy Joel concert I attended, in D.C. in 1987. We did have an awesome time at the Jimmy Buffet concert a couple of years ago though!
6. Do you have a nickname?
Not really. Some family members shorten Leslie to “Les” from time to time. (That’s LEZ, not LESS.) John has had various pet names for me. My baby sister still calls me “Sissy” occasionally.
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