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.

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

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.)



~Ruth Anne


Answer Me This summer

Linking with Kendra @ Catholic All Year

Answer Me This {summer #3?}



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.


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*


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.


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. 🙂

fathers day
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.


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)

fathers day-2
My dad, with my baby (eating cake before he’s one year, but I guess that’s a 4th child perk)

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


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.


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.

doily progress-2

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

doily progress

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….



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?


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

Linking with Kendra @ Catholic All Year

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 🙂