Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Musings: 20 Questions

Do your kids play 20 Questions?  More like A Billion Questions, amirite?  They are always asking me, "Why?" and, "What's for dinner?" and, "Are you eating candy?" (expert answer tip:  no, it's broccoli).

Today I want to share the answers to questions that I decide to ask.  I would love to hear your answers to these questions as well!

1. How do you take your coffee?
At work and at home, I use coconut milk and Stevia.  I like my coffee pretty strong, and close to black.  Starbucks order is Venti coffee with room, then I add half and half and two Splenda packets.  During the holidays, I do splurge and get a Pumpkin Spice Latte or Gingerbread Latte.

2. Where are your favorite places to shop for yourself?
J. Crew (and Factory), Ann Taylor, Nordstrom, Target, and Amazon.  I have store cards for each, and religiously search for coupon codes, sales, rewards, etc.  I almost never pay full retail price for anything.

3. What are your favorite TV shows?
Football (technically not a show, but my absolute fav thing to have on TV), Chicago PD, Cutthroat Kitchen, Project Runway, and Real Housewives of New York (they're my favorite group of housewives).  My DVR sits at about 70% full.  I start deleting shows if it gets any higher than that.  Not totally related, but worth mentioning, I think.

4. Do you try something new at restaurants or stick to your favorites?
I usually stick to my favorites, but I will try something new on the rare occasion that I am feeling adventurous.

5. What's on your nightstand?
Lamp, baby monitor, and water bottle.  Sometimes a TV remote.  My husband had a pen on his nightstand, and one of the girls used it to draw on the nightstand.  Neither of them will ‘fess up to who did it.  I keep it really simple right now.  Vases would get broken, books would get ripped, and chap stick would get eaten.  Even a cup of water would get spilled.

6. If you could live anywhere in the world besides your current city where would you live?
I would love to live on land in the middle of nowhere.  Grow our own food (produce, dairy, and meat), be out of the city.  It sounds peaceful and fulfilling.

7. What's one thing motherhood has taught you?
That I have zero answers about life.  Having a tween teaches me that every day.  Having two girls who are very close in age but very different in personality teaches me that every day as well.  Flexibility and being open to learning are the keys to being successful in life.

8. What are your favorite websites (besides blogs)?
Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and above mentioned shopping sites.

9. What is your favorite exercise?
Yoga.  I love that it challenges my mind and my body.  And I do get out of breath when I do it.  Does that make it good cardio?  Or does that make me really out of shape?

10. What is one cosmetic item you can’t live without?
EOS chap stick.  I’m obsessed.

11. Are you a morning person or night owl?
I used to be a morning person, but ever since having my third child, I am a night owl.  Part of that is some insomnia caused by my husband working nights and some anxiety.  I enjoyed being a morning person much more than loathing the morning.  I hope one day I can get back to being a morning person.

12. What is your favorite breakfast meal?
Avocado mashed on toast, add salsa, and an over easy egg on top, with a side of plain Greek yogurt and a huge mug of fresh, hot coffee.

13. What is your favorite color?
My younger, feminist self would hayyyyyte me for saying this, but the answer is PINK!!!  There, I said it.  I.  Love. Pink.  My favorite color to wear is black.  But my favorite color in the whole wide world is pink.

14. What is your favorite planner accessory?
A mechanical pencil with a good eraser.  The Target dollar section pencils have THE best erasers.  And cute designs!

15. What is your astrological sign?
Aries.  And it fits.

16. What is your dream car?
A Bugatti Veyron.  Vroom.

17. What is your biggest weakness?
My lack of confidence in my decisions.

18. What was your favorite house growing up?
I do not remember much of my childhood, but I do remember this one house we lived in had a tree house.  It was painted gray-blue, and I think it is so cool that I had a tree house.  That house also had a persimmon tree, and I remember my mom used to make bread and muffins with them.  There was an orchard nearby, and I remember it as a magical forest.  My Very Best Friend In The Whole Wide World (I don't even remember her name now, ha!) lived across the street.  We didn't live there for very long, but I was devastated when I found out my My Very Best Friend In The Whole Wide World would not be across the street from me anymore.  I also rode my bike into a mailbox and had to get stitches in my hand at this house.

19.  Have you ever been electrocuted?
Yes, but only mildly, like from an electrical outlet.  And I didn’t hate it.

20. Have you ever been to a therapist?
HAHAHAHAHAHA.  If you know me at all, you certainly know that I NEED therapy.  Yes, I have been to a therapist.  I am certain I kept one employed from 2003-2005.  I wish I could afford the time to go now.  Maybe that’s what I will do in retirement.

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