Answer Me This {5}

Another week’s edition of Answer Me This. I wanted to put a nice random piece of something here, but then everything I could think of would probably be better not smooshed into this post. So……….

1. How did you get your name?

My name is officially spelled as two separate names: Ruth + Anne (the “e” at the end is very important!) and that’s my “first” name

I am named Ruth after one of my grandmother’s middle names. I am named Anne after the other grandmother’s middle name (although come to think of it I think her “Anne” is spelled without the “e”?!? – please grandma if you could clarify?)

I also overheard my mom explain to someone once that they wanted to follow tradition and use the parents name in their children’s names, but I always thought that that tradition was to use the parents first name as the child’s first name. Anyway, I hold my mom’s name as my middle name: Elizabeth.

Which makes for very long spelling out in all the legal forms where you have to have ALL. YOUR. NAMES. listed. But, that totally didn’t stop me from turning right around and doing it to my daughter, she even holds a form of both her grandmother’s names as her middle name.

2. Do you have a set time for prayer in your day?

Usually during the week I use the morning right after I get my coffee for prayer time, which includes one decade of the Rosary along with private prayer and reading the Bible time. This works a lot better if I get up early enough. Ideally I get up at 6:00 (or just after), have my prayer time, and get Jared off to work. But, if I get up too late I usually have to get other things done first and the day just gets later and later and then the kids get up, which makes it really hard to sit down quietly.

I also try to have a short prayer time with the kids after breakfast. I try to do the daily readings while they’re finishing up breakfast, then we try to do a short “pray for ____” right after that. They’re still so young that I don’t feel like they “get it” most days, but I figure here’s as good a place to start as any.

3. Did your mom work or stay at home (or both)?

While I was growing up my mom did not work outside the house. Actually, she didn’t have a “for pay” job inside the house either. But she raised all six of us and once I was in my mid-late teen years she ended up as a neighborhood mom of quite a few “strays” as she called them.

She only got an “outside the house” job once I was past 20.

4. Do you vote?

I try to. I don’t always make the primaries, occasionally my excuse is I forget the primaries are being held, but more likely I’m not eligible to vote in them because I live in a mostly democratic state (and I happen to be registered republican), where if there is even a republican running then they often don’t have an opponent. But those are the primaries, I try to make it to the other elections.

Of course, if the polling place has the same problem it had last presidential election (I waited in line for over an hour – which I’ve never had happen in all the times I’ve voted before here in the same state), I will probably rethink going. Not that I don’t believe in the process, I just don’t know if I can take out nearly two hours from my day to do it (and I’m definitely not taking the kids with me if that’s the case).

5. What’s your favorite drink?

Alcoholic – ummmmmmm *blank face*. Jared could probably tell you what I like better than I could. I’m basically not a drinker. I enjoy some of the heartier beers, stouts and craft beers and things like Frambroise, but I don’t know if any of those are a “favorite”.

Non-Alcoholic – ummmmmmmmm *blank face*. Drinking, just like eating is not something I do because I enjoy it. I like some of the Goya drinks such as Tamarindo. But on a day to day basis, maybe, Lemonade?

This question is definitely more answerable in the negative: I don’t like milk (but I make myself drink at least a little), I don’t care for water (too boring, again, I make myself drink it), and I don’t like light beers of any sort (tasteless).

6. How are your photography skills?

Moderate I’d say. Probably the technical term would be Advanced Amateur. I never studied professionally, but I have a pretty decent DSLR and a few good lenses that I can use in full manual mode. It probably helps that I learned using my mom’s only manual Pentax from probably the 1970s when I first started about 10 years ago.

My sister-in-law was happy with the pictures I took for her and my brother’s engagement.

I say there is most definitely room for me to improve, but I’m happy with where I’m at right now. I’d love to do more studying in the area of photography, but I’d probably have to get involved in at least a photography certificate course to move beyond what I already know. Trust me I have my eye on one that’s offered at RISD, but there’s absolutely no way we’d be able to afford something like that. So for now I just snap photos of my kids and occasionally I do some still life things. It’s hard to get really involved at the moment because there’s not a ton of additional time in which to do it.

I’ve gone so far as to make a photography blog, but have not been brave enough to publish it. Maybe soon 😉


Here’s a bit of not AMT: On the left a selfie in the bathroom in which I tried to not include the toilet (photobombed by Katherine getting a drink). On the right I had Katherine take a photo of me to try to get a little “better”, all I heard from her was “oops”, and it was photobombed by Karl. Guess we don’t get a real winner this week.

Answer me this {4}

Joining in again with Answer Me This from Kendra’s blog… My attempt to get back in a slightly more regular blogging routine.

1. Have you ever walked out of a movie?

Yes. But it had to have been close to 15 years ago now, and honestly I can’t remember what it was called. The group I was with though all dutifully followed me out of the theater. They were mostly confused as to why we left. I don’t suppose it was probably a great movie to begin with, but I remember I was getting so frustrated with the main character so I decided to leave.

Weird feeling. Most definitely.

I’ve walked out on movies at home though too many times to even name them all here. Pretty much I’ve almost given up trying to watch movies (at a theater or at home). I find I can use my time much more productively if I don’t even attempt. I guess movies just don’t mean much to me. Most of the ones I happen to watch leave me feeling like “I just spent the last two hours watching that?” So I decided maybe better to just not watch any.

2. Do you abstain from meat on Fridays?

No. Well, yes, I make every effort during Lent. But during the rest of the year no. I have often thought that I should abstain from something else on Fridays, since I don’t do the no-meat thing, but that idea is honestly more theoretical than actual, even though I know we’re supposed to give up something.

3. What do you most often use for blogs and blogging: desktop, laptop, tablet or phone?

Multi answered question.

For reading blogs, I most likely will use my phone. The reason being, most blogs that I read I have to sign up for an email subscription or I’ll never remember to check in and see if there’s a new post. I know, there’s these readers out there that you can use to subscribe, but I haven’t had much luck figuring them out (or getting them to work on all devices)… so email it is. And I can get that on my phone.

For writing blog posts I prefer to use hubby’s laptop. Most of the time that’s what I use, since it conveniently works faster to edit photos too.

4. Have you ever had anything stolen from you?

I’ve been thinking and thinking about this question {I started this post last night and totally intended to finish it this AM, but didn’t quite make it, so now it’s evening again and I’ve had all day to think about these questions}. Anyways, been thinking about this question and I thought the answer was “no”. But then I remembered a pair of black “dress” shoes I had when I was probably about 6-years-old. I liked to wear them when we went outside to play in the sprinkler, somehow I thought they “went together”…. *shrugs shoulders*. So, one day we were playing outside, and when we finished with the water we “laid out” on our towels and I placed my shoes right next to my towel… Well I promptly forgot about them in a rush to go inside for some reason or other, and when I remembered them some time later and went out to get them, they were gone. The place we lived at the time had lots of neighbor kids, who we played with all the time, so I imagine it was one of them. I never found out. And I can almost hear my mom saying something to the extent of “well, you shouldn’t have left them out there”.

And I think that’s it. Unless you count things borrowed with the intention of being returned, but never quite being returned?

5. Do you identify as a member of a particular ethnic group?

Short answer: not really.

Long explanation: Both of my parents grew up to American parents outside of the US (in different countries from each other). Each of their parents is from a different cultural background (Swedish, Southern, New Englander and Latin American). Both of my parents then moved to the US when they were in college, got married and decided to live here, in a culture they knew to some extent, but weren’t necessarily a part of. So, there we have so many different combinations of cultures and not any of them more or less predominate than another, which left me growing up with bare minimum of cultural identity. Eventually we did make some of our own traditions, but those were few and far between.

I think another thing that played a part in minimal cultural identity was the fact that up until I was about 16 we were in a non-denomination church, after that we switched to a more liturgical church. So we didn’t even have the church calendar to “guide”” our traditions.

This is, I think, a big reason why I want to start traditions with my own kids. I really want them to know that on St. Nicholas’ Day we always get a little book as a gift. Or that we always do an Advent Wreath. Things like that (obviously we’ve only really gotten traditions in the Advent/Christmas seasons, that’s as far as I’ve gotten so far… baby steps). Katherine already asks for the sweet bread for Saint Lucia’s day, which makes me smile.

6. Seen anything weird lately?

Well, if you define “weird” as “out of the ordinary” then yes, a few things:

There was this covering our porch roof on Sunday morning, on account of all the fireworks shot off on Saturday night:


It’s to be expected in these parts on or around July 4th, but it’s still a little out-of-the-ordinary to see that much debris all over. (As a side: it was also covering the driveway, and entire street).

And there were the round-ish rash things all over Karl, which I later found out was Lyme Disease. And while that was unusual, I didn’t bother to call the pediatrician until about 10 days after I first saw them…. I just figured they’d go away by themselves, but they didn’t and they kept spreading so I eventually called. She still said we caught it “early” though. I don’t have a picture for that.

There was also the burned out car in the mall parking lot. That was a little more freaky than weird.

mall fireAnd just because I thought he was adorable:


He loves being a part of anything that’s happening around the house, including getting his nails done. Maybe slightly on the “weird” side, unfortunately not really on the the “out-of-the-ordinary” side. But he’s still cute 🙂

Well, I think this post has become long enough, must make an attempt at the kitchen before we start “24” which leaves me approximately 11 minutes.

Good night all 🙂





Answer me this! {3}

Time for another edition of Answer Me This. This week, the linkup is over at Carrots For Michaelmas. I was debating whether or not to do one this week, since yesterday kinda fell apart on me (or I fell apart on it, however you choose to look at it). In the end, all was well, even though I did have a minor breakdown in my midwife’s office. But a wiggly baby on ultrasound combined with correct measurements of *stuff* finally got me calmed down. I do thank everyone again for the prayers that were offered.

See? Nice healthy baby
See? Nice healthy baby

Onto the preguntas!

1. What’s the scariest thing that’s ever been in your yard?

For the most part I have a pretty unscary yard. Probably the most worrisome to me on a daily basis is this guy:

Complete with his real, mini-hoe given by Papa just over a week ago. Heads, faces, bare feet, etc… are what worry me. That and this guy is all of three (3) years old and just doesn’t think about how close or far someone is from his swinging merryment.

I know, he's got a helmet on.... that's not normally the case
I know, he’s got a helmet on…. that’s not normally the case

The only other thing I can possibly think of is, last summer, one of our “neighbors” (behind our house and few over, so not technically someone I know) decided to try out some sort of gun-thing in his back yard. Not like a HUGE gun, but something like an air-gun. Wouldn’t have bother me so much if he hadn’t been shooting into the side of a garage directly behind our yard. Our yard doesn’t have a solid fence so I was worried about stuff ricocheting off the garage into our yard, possibly hitting one of the littles. But glad that another of our neighbors decided to go tell him he needed to stop because there were kids in our yard… Hopefully there won’t be a repeat this summer…

2. Beards. Thumbs up or thumbs down?

Well….. Thumbs up if they work on the guy. The guys in my life who have attempted to grow beards (my hubby, my dad, and one of my brothers), all have kinda scraggly/scruffy beards, not really full thick beards. They do however look pretty nice with goatees, so, that counts, right?

3. If stuff breaks, can you fix it?

For the most part, yes, I can get things functional. But, it’s limited to things like: books, clothes, stuffed animals, small repairs to stuff, or very minor household maintenance. If there are electronics or motors involved: no.

4. What was your first car?

A very, very basic 2008 blue Mitsubishi Lancer. No frills, no extras. Very small. It wasn’t big enough to hold my cello (back when I had it), in the back seat, never mind the trunk. Funny thing was, I got it specifically because it was a 4-door and therefore in my mind “was able to hold a cello”….. it also didn’t quite work for rear facing car seats when I got to that point. Well, it did, but whoever sat in the passenger seat had to sit a little scrunched forward because otherwise the car seat didn’t fit. Live and learn I guess.

5. How often do you eat out?

Probably about twice a month. I’d like to make a regular weekly date of Friday nights when my dad watches the kids, but we don’t always pick the cheapest places to eat (and I don’t mean really expensive, but we don’t always pick the Chinese buffet for $25) so that makes it a little tighter to fit into a pretty bare minimum budget. One day…..

6. Why is your hair like that?

My hair is at its current length because I haven’t gotten it cut in over a year. Which is WAY. TOO. LONG. I don’t normally keep my hair any definition of “short”, but currently it’s just too long. I’m pretty boring when it comes to my hair. I hardly do anything fancy with it, mostly because besides being really long, it’s also really, really thick, like the kind that doesn’t dry if I put it up right out of the shower. Mostly it just ends up like this:

20140520-133130.jpgBoring old bun. I do have plans in the near future to take advantage of a gift certificate to a hair salon, but have yet to make that appointment…

And looky there, I’ve used up all my self-imposed internet time. Linking up over at Haleys (link way back at the top). Off to get dinner started and do some organizing of toys because I just don’t know how to take things easy and rest (per recommendation of my midwife).

~Ruth Anne

Guest Posting, obligatory Mother’s Day reference, and Answer Me This {2}

Here I go, mashing a whole lotta stuff into one blog post. But I have a few minutes, because my little ones are “napping” and the dishes are ALL DONE!!!!!! and I should go switch the clothes in the washer, but that will distract me and I’ll find something else to do on my way back to the computer, so I’ll save that for later…

First up, I’ve done my first ever guest post! It’s on the topic of veiling. I was thrilled to be a part of the veiling series, but it is a little weird to see a post I wrote up somewhere else, kinda like hearing a voice recording of yourself…. You know it’s you, but it’s just sounds different. I dunno.

It was a really difficult post to write. Not the content, but the actual sit down and write it part. Every single time I sat down to write, something would come up that needed attending (breaking up fights over sticks, placing phone calls to the police about noisy neighbors, you know, just stuff…).

Anyways, the post is up over at Emily’s Blog. Link Here. The post is part of an ongoing series of women’s veiling stories. I don’t know how many stories are still left to be told and posted, but there are quite a few up there already, so be sure to head over and take a look around.

Our Mother’s Day turned out to be a very special day, even though we I had a rough start. We had a cookout with my family, the weather was nice. And I don’t think I ended up with one single picture. But it was overall, very special. 🙂



Now onto this weeks Answer Me This because I really enjoyed doing it last week.

1. What’s for dinner?

Ummmmmm, I have no idea. Really, I should be getting on that though, seeing as how it’s after one o’clock in the afternoon and I have nothing thought of. I usually am a little better at planning dinner or at least making a menu so I have some options. But, somehow today’s meal plan just didn’t happen (probably because I didn’t bother to look at the paper I wrote it up on).

I think the options are chili (may be too late for that, and I’m really not feeling like chili tonight) or chicken something. I’ll figure something out. If all else fails we can always just have pancakes or something 🙂

2. What’s the last thing you borrowed from someone?

I really try not to borrow things, mostly because things tend to get lost or destroyed when they are left here too long. {Yes, that’s a hint to all my IRL friends, probably better not to let things come into my house…}

Other than library books, I think the last thing I borrowed was some muffin tins from my mom. I honestly don’t remember why I NEEDED to borrow them. Obviously it was to make muffins, but that doesn’t sound quite right because I do actually have a few smaller muffin tins which can handle making muffins just fine. I will blame this one on mommy brain. *Shakes head in confusion*

3. What is your favorite prayer?

The prayer to Saint Michael. I don’t know many prayers by heart. But this was one of the first ones I learned when I first entered a liturgical church. I think right now the reason it’s most meaningful:

Right before I found out about Baby4, I was very much desiring to have another child, and whenever I heard about another pregnancy either online or real life, I would get upset. Not necessarily at the mom/baby, but because for whatever reason it wasn’t happening for us. There was one time in particular where I got very, VERY upset. I ended up just going to take a shower to try and “cool off”. While there (being very upset), I thought “Why am I THIS upset?” It struck me almost instantly that I was being attacked and I started the prayer to Saint Michael, almost without thinking about it. And the intensity of my feelings was instantly gone. I was still sad, but I wasn’t crazy upset anymore.

Since then, this prayer has been very special and not one that I’ll ever dismiss in it’s ability to “work”.

{That answer seems way too serious now that I’ve read it… oh well}

4. What is the oldest thing in your house?

Probably this icon of Saint Nicholas, or one of the books to the right of it

20140513-134511.jpgBoth the icon and the books belong to Jared. The books are old Methodist, commentaries on various books of the Bible. They belonged to my father-in-law who was a part of the Methodist Church before joining the CEC.

The oldest thing I own, personally is probably a set of silverware given to me by my grandmother. I forget the details of who owned them first, but I think it was her great-aunt? She reads this blog, so maybe she’ll correct me if I’m wrong.

5. What is the best concert you ever attended?

The best concert was probably one of the concerts I attended while I was a part of Community Music Works (where was a student/mentor/substitute teacher for my cell0). We went to some pretty amazing orchestra concerts, probably the most amazing was the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra.

It’s been so long since I’ve been to a music performance of any kind. I was never really into going to “contemporary” music concerts. For all my love of music, it just wasn’t something I ever enjoyed doing. My brother did take me to a Breaking Benjamin concert way back, I don’t remember if he bought me a ticket or if he bought one for someone else and they couldn’t go…. Most memorable about that was we had a tornado warning a few hours before the concert (in RI of all places). But, yeah, not something I really ever did.

6. Do you have a nickname?

Yup. It’s: Fan. (Just like those things that turn around on the ceiling, or go in windows, however you use them… 🙂 )

I think it was my youngest brother who started it. Here’s the progression:

Ruth Anne {my name} –> Ruffan {easier for preschoolers to say} –> Fan {easier for toddlers to say}

And apparently it’s easier for everyone else to say too, since I get called that by almost all my family members (immediate and extended) and anyone who is or ever has been close to my family. I’ve had it for so long that it doesn’t bother me.

And that’s a wrap. Kids are “up” begging to watch a show, and dinner still hasn’t presented itself, and the clothes still need to get into the dryer. Oh, and I need to skype my mother-in-law, it’s her birthday!!!!