Answer Me This {Still on Vacation edition}

 1. What’s currently on your To Do list?

Absolutely nothing. #StillOnVacation
(Unless reading books counts)

2. Better type of superhero: magic/radioactive powers? Or trauma/gadgets/hard work?

Ummmm……Basically Superman or Batman? I really don’t have a favorite superhero or superhero type…. so…. since Batman is a current favorite around these parts I’ll go with option number two: trauma/gadgets/hardwork.

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3. Finding out if baby is a boy or a girl before birth: Good idea? Bad idea?

Good idea. All the way. We’ve always found out with all the kids. I could give the usual reasons:

* Can’t stand surprises
* Want to be prepared
*Etc….

But I really just can’t wait to find out. We usually have a name settled by that point in the pregnancy so I like to be able to call the baby by his/her name.

That and it helped a certain little girl be prepared for a brother instead of a sister (as was the case when Zachary was born).

4. Have you ever appeared on a stadium jumbotron?

Not that I’m aware.

5. Are you more book smart or more street smart?

I think that depends on the situation.
In Motherhood and all things household related: Street Smart.
In anything else: I probably lean towards Book Smart.

6. Have you had that baby yet? (Feel free to skip this one if it’s not applicable to you.)

🙂

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~Ruth Anne

 

Answer Me This summer

Linking with Kendra @ Catholic All Year

Answer Me This {summer #3?}

 

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This week’s answer me this is brought to you by #insteadofEdel. {Edel for those that aren’t in the know is a Catholic women’s conference started originally for bloggers, but I don’t think they’re too strict ;)…. link to their info site} This year it was in Charleston, SC and we were *this* close that I very seriously considered going, but….. just didn’t work out. Maybe next year it’ll be even closer and it will happen? New England? Yes Edel planners? Or even New York or somewhere Mid-Atlantic and I could probably swing it…..

Anyways…. instead of that, we’re hanging out in Georgia with family 🙂

If I could switch gears for one minute though and ask prayers for some very sweet friends who are having a memorial service this morning, for their baby boy, Desmond, who was born into heaven on Jul 3. I grew up with Ethan (the dad) and while I don’t know Nicole (mom) as well, it’s still weighed very heavy on my heart. If it’s hit me this hard, I can’t imagine what it is for them. Prayers for them would be so greatly appreciated.

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1. At what temperature do you keep the thermostat set? Summer, winter, day, night?

We have only heat in our house (no AC, except for a window unit in our room, which I’ll get to…) In the winter it’s kept no higher than 66 (gas is expensive!) during the day and it’s 62 at night (can’t go too cold with the babies). In my experience 66 is on the chillier side and I would LOVE to have it set higher (like in the 70s) but, it just eats up too much gas… I mean we already can have gas bills in the winter upwards of $400. So multiply that by four or five months of winter-like temps and… yeah, just won’t happen over here.

Summer: in our room we have an AC because Jared can’t stand being hot and sweaty, especially after being outside working, which he does on occasion. That’s just an old window unit kept on “HIGH COOL”, no fancy thermostat for that 😉 I usually run cold so I’m always under a comforter.

2. What is your favorite frozen beverage?

I usually don’t drink frozen beverages. See above statement about me always running cold. Very, very occasionally I will get a coffee frap drink at Starbucks or something, but I hardly ever do that because I’m not really a Starbucks addict, only when someone I’m with insists on going…

And grown up drinks: I don’t go for them either. That’s more because I don’t really drink (anything: frozen or not) though.

3. Where do you keep your keys?

Well, we have these nice little pegs right near the back door which are supposed to be used for the keys. About half the time I get half my keys there. A while back I took the van key off the main ring once the mechanic told me I could do some damage to the ignition switch because of all the weight dangling off. So the van key usually goes straight in my purse/diaper bag. Which totally works until it’s time to go somewhere and I can’t remember which bag they’re in.

(And we have two van keys and they’re both usually in one of my bags)

4. Have you ever really been lost?

Probably not. I’ve not known where I am exactly. But I usually have some idea, so it’s not a hopeless situation.

I can’t give you directions because I don’t pay attention to things like street names or exit signs, but I can pretty much get where I need to go.

Jared has Providence Rhode Island figured out like the back of his hand (complete with street names, etc…) and I still can’t tell you anything more than the main roads. He’s lived there 6 years compared to my 20+…

5. What is the last movie you saw in the theaters?

I feel like I’ve answered this question here before? Maybe? Or was it about TV shows? Either way: I don’t remember.

I know for sure we went to a movie right before Karl was born (in 2012), and it seems like we should have gone to something since then, but *shrugs shoulders*

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Now to feed some children who *insist* on getting food by 8:00 AM….

~Ruth Anne

 

Answer Me This summer

Linking with Kendra @ Catholic All Year

Answer Me This {summer #2}

Answer Me This summer

1. What’s the best thing about your dad?

His love of music, and artistic ability. The fact that he’s willing to sit there and take late night phone calls when I have a need to have a question answered RIGHTTHISVERYSECOND!!

Pretty much, I know if there is anything that I ever need, I just have to call him and he’ll be there to fix it.

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2. If you’ve got kids, what’s the best thing about THEIR dad? (If you don’t, feel free to substitute your grandfather or another father figure.)

That he can walk into a meltdown home situation and take care of it without loosing his cool. Especially when mine is gone. 🙂

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This is the best we got this year. It was approximately 1329% humidity and no one had taken a nap, so we were all a bit on the grouchy.

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3. What’s the best advice your dad ever gave you?

That my baby was a happy thing, and NOT the mistake (story of our pre-marriage pregnancy here).

He also taught me how to manage money, which {probably unintentionally} turned me into a money nazi…

4. What’s something you have in common with your dad?

This is something I’ve only come to figure out in the last few months, but we both really enjoy reading biographies and memoirs (of different types of people I’d say, but still in the same book genre)

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My dad, with my baby (eating cake before he’s one year, but I guess that’s a 4th child perk)
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5. What’s the manliest thing you know how to do?

Um…. Nothing? Like I can’t change a tire, or mow the grass.
I can hang pictures and curtain rods… does that count?
Oh, I know, I can set up cribs and toddler beds, and move furniture around. 🙂

Or, there’s always the old standby:  I can manage money till you’re sick of me

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6. Who is your favorite fictional dad?

I’ll be honest I’ve never really thought about a fiction dads. I’m usually paying attention to things from a mothers perspective… Since it’s super late for this post (Monday evening), and I’m having a hard time thinking up something right now, I’ll think on it this week and if I come up with something I’ll post real quick in next week’s answers.

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Going to squeeze in my: summerstitchingsaintaffairs6

Post as well. I haven’t made tons of progress on things since my last update two weeks ago.

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I did manage to make the inner flower and the petals…

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This is how they’ll look once I get them on. I’m contemplating making another petal (even though it’s not part of the pattern) because it just doesn’t look quite right…. but I haven’t sewed it yet so I have until I get there to make that decision.

I also didn’t get the inner ruffle done (which will go around the “open” part and is a repeat of the outer ruffle). I had been hoping that maybe Katherine would like it without that ruffle (because there were so many stitches to put in that particular sequence), but nope. She said she wanted it to “look like the picture”…

Anyways, while I was getting around to asking her if she wanted that inner ruffle I started making a snowflake (on the same white thread). So I finished that up last night and will start in on the ruffle…. soon….

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Linking with Kendra @ Catholic All Year and Erica @ Saint Affairs for the Stitching blast

Answer Me This {summer #1}

Answer Me This summer

1. Any big plans for the summer?

Road Trip!!!!!! Heading to Georgia in a little over four weeks. Spending nearly three weeks with family there. Topping off with my youngest brother-in-law’s wedding. Jared and I are both in the wedding, and so are my other sisters- and brother- in law. Between us we have five children (5 and under) who will be in care of….? I guess my mother-in-law during the actual ceremony. So that should be interesting.

High tailing it back to RI for my brother’s wedding the following weekend. Katherine and Karl are in that one {she is SO excited}.

In and around all that, I signed up to take an iconography class at our church. You guys. This will be the first thing I’ve done on my own/for myself (like legitimately) since before Karl was born. To say I’m excited would probably be an understatement!! 😀

2. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

For the longest time we believed that our airport was named after and was the home to the tooth fairy. (T F Green for those interested.)

Other than that I was a horribly practical no nonsense child. So very short on the weird childhood beliefs.  

3. What is your favorite amusement park ride? (can be a specific one at a specific park or just a type of ride)

I stopped liking amusement parks somewhere around age 14. Don’t really know why. I don’t like roller coasters of any style, and any other thrill ride just isn’t my thing.

Ok, ok… if I have to chose something: A ferris wheel. Even though I’ve only been on one once.

4. What’s on your summer reading list?

ummmm…..

My June list is tacked onto the end of my What I Read in May 

My July list looks something like this:
* Style, Sex, and Substance
* 10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of a Child
* The Little Oratory
* The Three Gifts of St Therese
* Voyager (Outlander, book 3).
* Any random books that pop up on the library hold list

That actually will probably hold me through August, because I’m feeling overly ambitious. Somehow I think I will have loads of time to read while we’re away in July.

5. Have you ever fallen asleep in public?

If buses count then: Yes.
Otherwise: No.

I spent three years of college commuting 45 minutes by bus (each way). Some of those, one semester in particular were super early. So, when you’re not in the habit of waking up before, say… 9:00 AM, and you have to be downtown by 6:00 AM in order to make the bus, then…… you fall asleep on the bus.

Oh, to be able to sleep till 9:00…

Did I ever tell you guys about the time when I realized, while pregnant with Katherine, that I wouldn’t ever be able to sleep in again? No? Ok, it’s short:

I woke up one morning, well along in my pregnancy. It was about 7:30 AM. I rolled over, looked at the clock, had some choice words for the hour of day, and stopped. Suddenly I realized that I was doomed to never sleep until 9:00 ever again.

My mind kept trying to come up with solutions like: Yeah, but there will be some time, like on vacation? “Nope” my evil rational mind said.

I ate breakfast, pretty much in despair.

But… I was right. I haven’t slept until 9:00 pretty much since that day. And you know what? It’s OK. I’ve gotten used to it. Still don’t like anything before 6:00AM, but I can live with that.

{sorry for the rabbit trail}

6. What is your favorite smell?

Just after it rains // freshly cut grass // new baby

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Answer Me This: Rooms, Magazines, the Peace and lots of thoughts on my lack of TV watching

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I started this last night, but it got a little too late to finish, plus we decided to watch Divergent (which I can’t say that I loved, but it wasn’t horrible – at least I finished watching it).

Also we’ve been dealing with a weird round of sickness. First Katherine got a little cough, then Jonny got it two days later. Sunday morning Karl woke up just a little bit coughy/runny nose-y and Jared and I had a sore throat. By the time Mass was done both Jared and I were flu-like achy and exhausted. Thankfully the kids don’t seem to be feeling achy, but it basically wiped the two of us out. And just for good measure we decided to share it with the rest of the extended family. I’m feeling a little better now (not achy), but Jared’s still dealing with it.

Anyways, onto the questions of the week:

1. What is your favorite room in the house?

I think that really depends on my mood/time of day. I enjoy the living room (especially since it was rearranged last fall). But if there’s a lot of commotion I really enjoy escaping to my little tiny reading nook in my bedroom. (I’m sorry I can’t seem to find a photo at the moment, but it’s basically an easy chair with a little table against one wall in the bedroom – real simple.)

2. Do you subscribe to any magazines or other periodicals?

Not at the moment. We used to subscribe to National Geographic, but then reading them to the point where it was worth it to spend $37… So, since the cash is just a teensy bit in short supply around here, we’ve let that one go for the time being.

I do have a gift subscription to Southern Living (thanks mamaH.) and I totally love that! Especially the recipes. 🙂 Now I just need to find the month that had the recipe for blueberry pie so I can make some more with the fresh (now frozen) blueberries that we picked several weeks back. {Update on Monday: found the recipe, now I just need to unthaw the blueberries and get myself worked up into making the pie….}

3. How do you feel about the sign of peace in Mass? Enriching? Awkward? Overdone? Just right? Some combination of the above?

Please give me one minute while I go read the article that was referenced (it’s here if you’d like to read it).

Alrighty I’m back. Honestly I didn’t really know that the location of the sign of peace was being questioned until I read the article.

So, how do I feel about it? I think it’s probably  one of the more important things we do at Mass (well, they’re all important, but I happen to really like this particular part). Mainly for the reason of:

Matthew 5:23-24: “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

Now, I’m not intentionally trying to get into a debate about the location of the Peace during the Mass, I’m mainly pointing out the act of the Peace. This is how I first understood it when we first began attending a Liturgical church that practiced the Peace.

As for how I feel about it, mainly I feel that it’s enriching. Everytime I give a sign of Peace to my kids and my husband I feel that I am letting go of all grievances and frustrations of the previous week and “clearing the air” so to speak. Maybe that’s not theologically correct, but that’s how it makes most sense to me.

As far as walking around and greeting all friends and acquaintances with a sign of Peace, I don’t particularly go for that (unless of course there’s something that needs clearing up), I mostly just give Peace to those immediately in front of and behind me, our parish doesn’t really allow for much more than that.

4. What is your least favorite sound?

I tend to not like a lot of noise in general. Picking a least favorite….. whiny kids? I can get pretty irritated with noise in general though, so sometimes it’s as small a thing as the TV being on. Maybe I’m just weird. I don’t even like to have music on constantly.

Oooo, finger nails on chalkboards (or kids trying to “write” on chalkboards). That’s probably my least favorite.

5. What was your favorite TV show (or shows) growing up?

Ok:

1) we didn’t have a TV until I was about 7 (and that one was a teeny tiny – and I mean SMALL). That one picked up maybe two snowy channels.
2) we weren’t allowed to watch TV (barely even movies).

So, that left us with the Cosby Show and Batman the Animated Series when I was really young. A few random movies once we got a VCR when was about 10 or 11 (we still weren’t allowed to watch much). We started watching some more shows on PBS at that same time, but I don’t remember loving them, more just watching them because we were finally allowed to watch something.

By the time we got cable (when I was somewhere around 14 or 15) I had basically stopped watching TV shows.

6. What are your favorite TV shows now?

So, if you’re sensing any themes here: I barely watch TV. I enjoyed binge watching Downton Abbey. I enjoy 24 when they randomly put out a new season. I also don’t mind Game of Thrones (but I enjoy the books more). And I think that’s pretty much it. Oh, I can also get sucked into some TLC shows, but I don’t know if they would be considered “favorites”.

Mostly I’ve decided that I don’t want to watch TV because it takes up too much time. I have way too many hobbies that don’t mix well with TV, plus Jared relaxes by watching TV (and has it on a lot), so I get tired of the background noise.

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