Answer Me This, #4

Here’s this week’s Answer Me This, courtesy of Kendra at  Catholic All Year.
1. What’s the scariest thing that’s ever been in your yard?
That’s hard.  Can I do more than one?  (Yes, I can, because this is my blog and I do whatever I want here!)
Yard #1  This was our little house on Lake Shore Drive in South Knoxville, our first real house.  I’m going to vote for Jake being the scariest thing in that yard, considering that he drove my car (at age 3) into the side of the garage, set fire to the grass in several places (always carefully stomping out each little fire before setting the next), and almost hanged himself by tying a rope around his neck and trying to jump out of a tree, among other things.
Yard #2 This was our decaying 120-year old Victorian home in North Knoxville.  This wasn’t exactly scary, but it was upsetting to come home and find a woman sitting in our yard, sobbing, hiding from the boyfriend who had just beaten her up.  We called the police and waited for them to come help her.
Yard #3 This was what we now call the burned-down house, and I’m going to say the house itself (it’s in the yard, right?) since it was basically a ticking time bomb and thank God we weren’t home when the worst happened.
Yard #4 Here in our current tame little corner of suburbia the scariest thing we’ve encountered is skunks, who come up on our porch to eat the cats’ food.  To which they are very welcome.  They can do whatever they want.  Because they are skunks.
2. Beards. Thumbs up or thumbs down?
Depends!  I wouldn’t want my husband to grow one, but I don’t mind the ones my boys have.  I think a beard can improve some men’s appearance.
3. If stuff breaks, can you fix it?
I’m not big on fixing things.  I usually try to find someone else in the house to do it.
4. What was your first car?
Spring Break my Senior year in college, I came home and did a lot of things to get ready for my upcoming August wedding, including finding and buying a car all by myself!  I was so excited and proud.  I bought a repossessed 1984 Toyota Corolla from the bank where my uncle worked.  It had a sun roof, and it got 35 miles a gallon.  When it expired of a burned up engine caused by a sudden loss of oil, I cried.
5. How often do you eat out?
Ummm . . .  can I just say too much and leave it at that?  It depends on the week, but probably at least once.  We are regulars at the Japanese/Chinese restaurant a couple of miles away, and at the Korean restaurant, and at the Indian restaurant, and at the Thai restaurant . . .
6. Why is your hair like that?
Hmmm . . . it’s this color because I am waiting until closer to my upcoming Georgetown Reunion to deal with it.  I am coming up on a time where I am going to have to commit to having it colored professionally or to giving in.  The semi-permanent Natural Instincts stuff I have always used just doesn’t cut it any more.  For years I have listened to people compliment my mother on her beautiful white hair, which she has had since her 30s, but somehow I just don’t feel ready for that.
As for the cut, John likes it long, so I keep it as long as feels stylish for “someone my age.” (And yes, I know that there is no real reason that a woman of any age can’t have long hair if she wants.)  The curl is natural, but did not appear until after Teddy was born.  It would have been nice to have from 1983 – 1994, when I spent much money and time on curly perms.
And there you have it!  Please click over Carrots for Michaelmas (hosting this week because the blogger at Catholic All Year is in France!!) to check out the other blogs in the link up or to add your own!
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