OK, so I have been blogging in my head constantly for the past two weeks, and then when I get home I can't remember one single thing I was thinking about. I blame it on the lack of rain; my brain dries out in low humidity. This is why I get all my best ideas in the shower, and why I have to remain living on the Third Coast.
But, with some help from thecranewife , I am now going to post. Yay for memes!
Here be the rules:
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.
1. Life with teenagers? Hard as everyone says?
Well, my answer to this is colored by two factors: 1) Middle Daughter is pretty mellow and more like a five year old than a teen, and 2) I am a serious slacker in the parenting department, so things that good moms find difficult don't even register on my radar.
That said, teen parenting has its challenges, like dealing with boyfriends who stay for dinner four nights a week (which honestly I don't mind but is a running joke in our house right now) and scraping up the money for car insurance for underage drivers and remembering to actually sign your kid up for driver's ed since after all she's 17 and should have had a permit two years ago but jeesh it's not like I don't have a zillion things on my mind at any given moment and besides am in complete denial that my baby is now legally able to hurl herself across town at 65 miles an hour. Um...what was the question?
2. do you ride horses? Would you want to?
Despite being Texas born and bred, I have never really been a rider. Horses are tall, and I'm scared of heights. Yes, even horse heights. However, I have ridden occasionally and even fell off a horse while attempting to ride bareback at a full gallop, but mostly my riding has been limited to the occasional trail ride or rented horse at the beach. In my head? I am an amazing equestrian.
3. An expensive (doesn't have to be) gadget that you would be interested in having? (my explanation? I have the GIMMES)
Is there a gadget that would suck out all my belly fat and remove my jowels? Because I'd be interested in that gadget.
4. What do you like to read?
I love adolescent lit, but I read a bit of everything. Everything but mysteries. I just finished a really horribly delicious 1970's gothic romance, and I'm currently reading A Walk with Love and Death which according to the back cover is "A cooly sensual, calmly violent romance." Which makes it sound like I read a lot of romance novels, but I really don't. I do like things based on fairy tales, like the Datlow/Windling anthologies, or the Fairy Tale series that reworks fairy tales for adults.
When I was younger I devoured science fiction, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Anne McCaffery, and Poe, but haven't picked up anything like that in ages. Oh, and I've read absolutley everything by Madeline L'Enlge, including her early romance stuff. (again with the romance?) Right now if you asked me what my favorite books are, I'd probably list The Phantom Tollbooth, The Book Thief, The Stolen Child, and The Two Princesses of Bamarre. Pretty much anything starting with "The". Always a good sign.
5. Ideal family vacation? Ideal solo vacation?
That's a really tough one, because right now I am mega stressed and any vacation would be ideal. As a family, we are big on cheese and touristy stuff, so our trip to Branson was perfect. Solo? I would head off to Great Britain and spend a couple of months tooling around Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. I'd like it even better if I could take Husband, as long as he promised not to complain about the food and the fact he can't understand anyone.