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I never mailed off chain letters either

I got tagged in a couple of chain posts this past week and well don’t you know that I really needed something to write about, and what better than to write about myself? I do so love to answer random questions. Plus one of my taggers was my dearest of dear, never met in real life friends, Leighann from Multitasking Mumma. We have a) the same awesome name; b) awesome little girls who are the same age; and c) the same mother freaking awesome couch! Can you believe that? I’m telling you, there is someone living your parallel life in another place.

So on to Leighann’s questions that I’m supposed to answer:

1. There are $3 cupcakes in the supermarket but you have everything to make them at home. What do you do?

Make ‘em at home. The girls are way into making cupcakes these days, and it’s fun to get them involved. Not so fun? All of the sweeping I end up doing afterwards. But what good are cupcakes if you don’t get to taste the batter?

2. How many pairs of jeans do you own?

FOURTEEN! I know! But in all fairness, I wear only wear 4 of them: 2 regularly, 1 semi regularly, and 1 for dressy casual. So I have 10 pairs of jeans sitting in my closet. BUT! Had I decided to donate them, they would have been in the back of Christian’s truck when it rained, so there you go. I saved them.

3. Can you pass up a sale?

For me? Yes. For kids’ clothes. Absolutely not. I just scored this awesome Tea Collection top and jumper on clearance for less then five freaking dollars at a consignment store. Quite the steal, since I’m sure I can resell it for more than that.

tea collection pink blue girls dress

4. When is the last time you stood up for a stranger?

I have no idea. I tend to keep my mouth shut (but give dirty looks, cause I’m passive aggressive like that), and I’ve never been in a situation in which I witnessed someone truly getting hurt.

5. What is your pet peeve?

Vaguebooking — random, cryptic Facebook status updates that tell you nothing. Like “Grrrrrr! Life is so unfair!” And when you ask, it’s “Oh, nothing that I can really talk about on here.” WTF? Write it in your diary then, don’t publicize it, you attention whore! Ahem.

6. What is your favourite quote and what does it mean to you?

I’m giving you three.

“A well spent day brings happy sleep.” — Leonardo DaVinci

It means make the most of your day, combining what you have to do with what you want to do, and you’ll have peace at the end of the day.

“Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them…” — Alan Watts

It could be a pretty pattern or bold color, or it could be a moment in your day. What are you overlooking? I had a brief love affair with some Starbucks cardboard sleeves a few years ago during Christmas time because they had pretty patterns on them.

“Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.” — Andy Warhol

I love me some enigmatic Andy Warhol, but all in all, I think he was full of you know what. Words can hurt. But I still love this quote.

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1986

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7. Have you ever had a speeding ticket? Did you try to shamelessly get out of it?

I don’t remember the last time I actually got a ticket. I’m good at getting warnings. I got pulled over in front of my own house, and the officer lectured me for pulling into my driveway instead of pulling over onto the side. I apologized genuinely, and he ended up giving me a warning, but I think that had more to do with the 2 carseats he could see side by side in my backseat (before #3 came along) than it did my groveling. He had a child about the same age and couldn’t imagine having two. Twins for the win!

8. What fashion DON’Ts did you participate in and STILL secretly love?

Big sweatshirts and shorts. I can deal with my legs being cold, but my arms have to be wrapped in something warm. Probably from cold weather soccer/softball days. Oh, and I DID wear overalls as an adult. Well, a college student. It was the 90s. Probably why I didn’t have many dates that didn’t involve alcohol.

9. How many keys are on your key ring?

Twelve. I’m guessing. I’m too lazy to go count.

10. Why do you blog?

I don’t know anymore. Started off for documentation, then I found a revived love for writing, and now it’s about making a connection with my readers. I just know that I don’t want to quit. Besides, if I wasn’t blogging, you wouldn’t get to read all of this random stuff.

11. What is your sign and do you fit it’s description?

libra scales

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I’m a classic libra. Diplomatic and urbane. Romantic and charming. Easygoing and sociable. Idealistic and peaceable. Actually I am not romantic at. all. On the flip side, I’m also indecisive and changeable (like it’s a problem, I’m so indecisive), gullible and easily influenced, flirtatious and self-indulgent. Or at least I was flirtatious when I was single, had a few drinks in me, and still knew how to talk to adults. But I don’t think I’m all that self indulgent unless eating cookies counts.

 

So because I’m lame, or because everyone and their mother has been tagged in this meme, I’m going to leave it up to YOU to answer these questions, either on your blog or in the comments.

I never mailed off chain letters as a kid either, and I pissed off some old coworkers from home when I was in college for asking them to stop flooding my inbox with chain emails. Because apparently that was their idea of keeping in touch.

So what about you? How would you answer these questions?

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Leigh Ann Torres
Writer, artist, wife, cook, maid, bookkeeper, mom to twins plus one...all around genie in a bottle, except you only get one wish, and it has to be reasonable.
13 Comments
  1. #5 YES!!! Grr. I actually had a Facebook intervention for a close friend of mine that has been doing that. I told her (very lovingly) YOU ARE 35, NOT 16. STOP IT.
    She didn’t even realize – so I consider that my job well done. LMAO.

    And kids’ clothing sales? OMG, I’m all over that shizz.

    • Dude, it’s annoying. But I’m too chicken to say anything. Besides, then who would I roll my eyes at?

  2. You’re a Libra!!! That’s why we are friends!
    Brian’s a libra too.
    We are ultra compatible!!

  3. I love the term “vaguebooking”. Has that been around or did you just coin that? I agree. So annoying. I’m also so with you on that cupcake batter!

    • I wish I had made it up! Hubs was complaining about one of his friends doing it one day, then he opened up the Urban Dictionary and he word of the day was “Vaguebooking.” Hilarious!

  4. Vaguebooking is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. I complain about it (on facebook) all the time. 14 pairs of jeans???

  5. Oh those ever so annoying vaguebooking posts! Love that term. It’s very appropriate!

    • Isn’t it? And I hate it when people then claim not to be able to talk about whatever it is they’re talking about.

  6. A woman wearing overalls as an adult is a don’t?

    Don’t tell my husband, unless you want to get in an argument with a viking. :) He thinks it’s hawt.

    (I’m sure someone has stated the rule that women shouldn’t wear kilts, but I’m ignoring that one, as well.)

    I have no jeans that quite fit. I’m sure I have a positive number of jeans in my closet, but none of them are quite wearable, so that’s at least as bad (if not *infinitely* worse) than your 10 that you don’t wear but plan to donate.

    As far as standing up for a stranger — does it count if it’s someone who participates at least vaguely regularly on a mailing list, but you haven’t actually met them? If so, um, Sunday morning (because it was after midnight Saturday night).

    I think most of my favorite quotes are from The Princess Bride. I’ll spare you.

    • If I took all the clothes out of my closet that I can’t wear….I’d be embarrassed at how little is left!

      • Almost 2 years ago, I started going through my closet. A number of things didn’t fit or were unflattering. (Many of the unflattering things had been gifts from my mother or my mother-in-law.) I modeled stuff for my husband and a female friend, and almost everything that both of them looked stricken about left, plus everything that was too small somewhere or was just uncomfortable.

        I still have more clothing than I wear, but at least I can find things now. (The cleanout was prompted partly by not being able to find 2 pairs of shorts I wanted for a campout, leaving me to buy more shorts. The missing shorts turned up, wedged so tightly between other things that it had been impossible to get to them without knowing exactly where they were.)

        (I donated a lot. I think I filled an 18-gallon Rubbermaid bin at least 6 times, which means I donated over 100 gallons’ worth of clothing. I also sent a bunch of socks I no longer wanted, along with socks my husband no longer wanted, to friends doing prep in Nevada for Burning Man that summer.)