Random is as random does, and I'm feeling random today. I first saw a 48 Things post at Bunkers Down, and I wondered: Why 48 things? Why not 50 things? I tried to think of the numeric significance of 48. (All I can come up with is that there are 48 continental states. Poor, poor Alaska and Hawaii. Must be hard being outliers.)
1- WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
No. Unless a bird counts. I do have a spring birthday, after all.
2- WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
This is a tough one. Does crying out after stepping on a Lego in bare feet count? If so, earlier this week.
3- DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
I used to love my handwriting. It was tight and delicate and could substitute for a font: 12 point Robin Sans Serif. Now I type much more frequently than I write, and my penmanship has drastically deteriorated.
4- WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
I've never been a huge fan of lunch meat, but if I was held up in Subway and had to make a swift decision, I'd go with turkey.
5- DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
6- IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Absolutely. I'm charming. And humble, too.
7- DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
What kind of a question is that? Actually, not much.
8- DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes, but not my gall bladder.
9- WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Probably not. Not because I'm adverse to adventure, but rather because I have these three kids who I'm responsible for (see question five) and a husband whom I love dearly. My presence on this earth and in their lives is more valuable than seeking thrills.
10- WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Cracklin’ Oat Bran. Or a store brand of Cinnamon Life. Or, when I'm down and out, Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
11- DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
If they have laces, yes.
12- DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Have you seen my muscles?
13- WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
A good mint chocolate chip.
14- WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
If they're smiling.
15- RED OR PINK?
Is this an early nod to Valentine's Day? I guess red, especially if I have to wear it.
16- WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I could point out physical or personal flaws, but since I know how dearly God loves me -- a life-changing realization, really -- I dwell more on this than what I don't like about myself.
17- WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
Well, Martha Speaks no longer is on the PBS line-up at the typical time when my girls watch TV, and I'll admit: I miss that talking dog.
18- WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
Crimping a pie crust? Tap dancing? Come to think of it, I haven't brushed up on the Heimlich for quite some time.
19- WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Right now, no shoes. Earlier this morning, tall brown boots.
20- WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
A chocolate-covered pretzel. Before that, more respectfully, an apple.
21- WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The sound of my fingers deftly flying across the keyboard.
22- IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Periwinkle. Just because that's a cool word.
23- FAVORITE SMELL?
Cut grass in the summer. Wood stoves in the winter.
24- HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS TO YOU?
I can agree to disagree with others, and I think honest dialogue is more beneficial than heated debate.
25- MOUNTAIN HIDEWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
26- FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Don't judge me, but golf. On a lazy Sunday after church, as those announcers speak in hushed voices and the camera pans over the back nine of Augusta National in an aerial view, everything seems right in the world.
27- HAIR COLOR?
28- EYE COLOR?
29- DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Every day. Except when I once contracted pink eye during an especially severe upper respiratory illness while I was pregnant. Looking back, I'm glad that I don't have any photos commemorating those few weeks of my life.
30- FAVORITE FOOD?
Just one? As much as this makes me sound like a college student, I'd have to go with pizza.
31- SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings. No contest on this one -- my threshold for fear is strikingly low.
32- LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
A few weekends ago my husband came home with Iron Man from the Red Box. Robert Downing Jr. has some acting chops.
33- WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
I'm wearing two shirts: a goldenrod tee underneath a tan cardigan, and they're paired with dark skinny jeans. (And they were coupled with my high boots, as you knew from #19.)
34- SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer. But if we could bypass the humidity, I'd thank you.
35- FAVORITE DESSERT?
Cherry pie. Or molten lava cake. Or Key Lime pie. Or a peppermint milkshake. Or peanut butter cookies topped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. (Can't seem to narrow this one down.)
36- STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Knock 'em out together.
37- COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
If I didn't have access to a computer, I couldn't do my job. If I didn't have access to a television, I couldn't watch HGTV. I'm keeping rights to both.
38- WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?
39- WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Our mouse is pad-less.
40- FAVORITE SOUND?
My kids laughing. On some days, utter silence ranks pretty high on the list, too.
41- FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC?
Music that sounds good. And yes, I recognize that I cannot be any more vague than that.
42- WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
43- DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Do I have a special talent? I can type with impressive accuracy on a numeric keyboard. I can make the sound of a train whistle by blowing into my cupped hands. If one of my children asks for the location of a random object ("where is the scrap of paper where I drew a picture of a unicorn?"), more often than not, I can point them in the right direction.
You may not believe this, but I've never gotten an award for any of these skills.
44- WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
In a hospital. (Weren't you?)
45- WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
In a house on the side of a mountain (which, realistically speaking, is just sort of a large hill, but it sounds cool to say that I live on the side of a mountain.)
46- WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
Funny that you asked. It's white with black shutters and a red front door.
47- WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
Right now, it's a slush-and-salt sprayed dirty, grayish hue. Incidentally, this is also the color of my children's jacket sleeves, since they enjoy brushing against the doors each time they enter and exit the minivan.
48- DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 48 QUESTIONS?
You bet. Hope you enjoyed reading them.