Linking up with Kendra at Catholic All Year for her fun Answer Me This series. Edited to add: was going to link up. It is now closed. Sigh.
1. What's your favorite grocery store splurge?
We very rarely do this, as it really is a true splurge. Occasionally after going to the vigil Mass on Saturday, I don't really feel like cooking. It's after 5, I haven't had time to prep a meal, and we are all hungry. So we stop by the grocery and pick up prosciutto, black pepper salami, crackers, and a good cheese, usually a brie or camembert. If we are feeling really fancy, we will get a bottle of champagne, too. It's sort of like a "date night," only we don't leave the house and have to wait until the baby is in bed before we can enjoy or antipasto and watch a movie. It is a rare treat, and one we truly enjoy.
2. How's your penmanship?
My penmanship used to be lovely. In middle school, my friends said I had a "mom signature" and would try to get me to sign the field trip permission slips they forgot to give to their mothers. I took pages and pages of notes in college, all very legible and organized. During my years as an elementary school teacher, my handwriting was ideal; I taught handwriting, for goodness's sake! I used to have to write in large letters on the white board and put a lot of effort into this. Now, however, after a year of mommyhood, my handwriting is just not the same. I live in a constant hustle, and that is reflected in my handwriting. It's rushed, unsteady, and certainly in no way matches the nice, neat models you see running along the border of the classroom wall. For the longest time, I couldn't understand why peoples' signatures always looked so messy. Now I understand that it's a gradual evolution as you move through life.
3. Do you have a "Summer Bucket List?"
I just finished throwing not one but TWO first birthday parties for baby girl. Now that they are over, I feel like a burden has lifted. I also resolved to have her weaned by 12 months and only went over that target by two weeks. Though I did experience an emotional reaction, it was the right thing to do, and ultimately I feel so much less stressed. We finished the front garden, painted the front door a beautiful blue, and put on new hardware. These things would not have been my "summer bucket list" 10 years ago. In fact, I might have felt sorry for someone whose life was so seemingly boring! But now I feel very satisfied.
4. What's the best thing on the radio right now?
I don't listen to popular music stations. Now that my mother is keeping baby girl a couple days a week, I am able to meet with my boss and do quality work. This means that I have a 45 minute commute. I love listening to WWOZ, the local jazz music station. They play all kinds of jazz, blues, and old school R&B. I always hear something amazing and vow to look up the song or artist when I get home. Hoping to one day actually do it!
5. Ice cream or frozen yogurt?
This is a funny question, as my boss just treated me to frozen yogurt on Friday. I enjoyed it, but not as much as ice cream. Nothing can replace ice cream. Well. . .maybe gelato.
6. Have you had that baby NOW? (Again, you can skip this one if you want.)
If all goes according to plan (do you hear God laughing right now?), I'm thinking this question probably won't apply to me for two years. We shall see.