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!

Eleven Answers

So the other day my friend Christi (whose blog is hysterical, by the way–check it out!) was feeling sorry for what a hard life I lead, so she decided I needed an easy blog post to do and included me in the following challenge.
Here’s the deal:
1. post these rules.

2. post a photo of yourself & 11 random facts about you.

3. answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.

4. create 11 new questions & tag new people to answer them.

5. go to their blog/twitter & let them know they’ve been tagged.
Here we go!

(Posting a picture of myself is not perhaps intended to be challenging, but since I take most of the pictures, and run from people holding cameras, finding an acceptable one wasn’t easy!)
1. What is your least favorite chore to do around the house, and why?
Cleaning bathrooms.  Perhaps not an original answer, but true (as a quick look in any of them right now would attest).
2. What part of motherhood has been the most challenging, so far?
Teenage boys.
3. What was your high school experience like?
Disgustingly wonderful.  Best-years-of-your-life material.  I was the co-editor of the newspaper, starred in plays, was valedictorian, won awards for Mock Trial, had a wonderful group of friends, had a supportive family, was a good girl who never got in trouble . . . I suffered my share of teenage angst, naturally, and bemoaned the fact that I did not have a boyfriend, but as far as high school experiences go, I’d say I did pretty well.
4. What’s the maddest you’ve ever been?
This is a hard one because I don’t hang on to anger very well.  I forget fairly quickly things that infuriated me terribly at the time.  Probably, but only probably, it was at my husband, but I can’t even be sure about that.
5. How would you spend your birthday if money was no object?
I’ve already experienced this particular birthday treat three times, and it really cannot be improved upon.  I hope we will have the money for me to do it again this year.  What I do is stay downtown in a nice hotel all by myself.  I write, go one walks, go to the library, shop a little, hang out in Market Square, go to nice restaurants–ALL ALONE.  It is bliss.
6. What’s the most annoying thing your husband does?
I’m not going to say it explicitly but it has to do with him being sloppy about little things around the house.  He thinks he’s some kind of neat and organized person but really he can be kind of a slob.
7. What would your husband say is the most annoying thing you do?
Thinking I am always right, probably.
8. What’s your favorite movie and why?
Moonstruck.  There is the sentimental reason that John and I saw it together on our first dating anniversary, but it really is a perfect movie in every way.  The humor, the family stuff, the love stuff, the acting . . . we watch it together at least once a year and annoyingly recite all the lines.
9. If you could change anything about your wedding day, would you? And what?
Only one thing:  I wish we had had enough money to provide some hors d’oeuvres at the beginning of the reception while people were waiting for us to get back from having our pictures done.  People got hungry waiting.  The wedding, however, was absolutely perfect, and that’s the important part–as so many people nowadays seem to forget.
10. What is something that scares you?
Dying and leaving my children.  Or the fact that as they grow up there are so many things I cannot protect them from.
11. What is your favorite part of the day and why?
When I go in my bedroom and close the door and get into bed with my book.  I have a sense of sanctuary in my room that I did not have before moving here.
Now it’s my turn to dream up some questions and tag some unsuspecting folks . . . <evil laughter ensues.>
1.  When did you first get online and what did you do back then?
2.  What faith do you practice and why?
3.  What have you or will you do differently with your own kids, compared to how you were raised?
4.  If you could relive one day in your life so far, which would it be?
5.  What is your favorite piece of furniture in your house, and why?
6.  What is your favorite vacation you ever took?
7.  Do you like the city/town you live in?  Why or why not?
8.  Who is your oldest friend?
9.  Share a childhood memory featuring a grandparent or an older relative.
10.  If there was one thing you could get your children to really understand, what would it be?
11.  Is there anything about you that you think other people consistently don’t get or misunderstand?
I am going to tag Julie, Emily, and Dwija.