- Are you a good dancer?
I'm okay at home, but I have issues dancing in public.
- Are you a good singer?
I'm all right, but I'm no Streisand.
- Are you a good cook?
The James Beard Foundation isn't going to come knocking anytime soon, but the rest of Team Odette seems pretty happy with it. When I'm manic, I bake and cook enough for an army. It used to be great when Hubs had an appetite. Now I have to be careful not to be wasteful.
- Are you a good artist?
I'm just half-decent, and that's all. Sophia, my 10-year-old, is forever artsing and crafting, though. She does some pretty cool stuff.
- Are you a good listener?
It's not my finest attribute... :\
- What's your favorite clean word?
I couldn't think of anything in English, so I'm saying this instead: My husband loves to drink an Arnold Palmer (half-iced tea, half-lemonade). I can't say this man's name to save my life. It's the worst tongue-twister for me EVAHHHH. I can't even say it properly in my head. So when I run to the Racetrac or whatever, and I offer him one and say it right? Major cause for self-praise.
- What's your favorite swear word?
When I'm feeling really emphatic, I like to throw out a whole conglomeration of curse words. George Carlin would've adored me.
- What's your least favorite word?
Any kind of derogatory term for someone's culture, heritage, race, creed, you get the picture. I hate slurs.
- What was the last film you saw?
- What football team do you support?
Gotta support the alma mater!
- Have you ever been bobbing for apples?
Once. I was eight or nine years old, and my step-family's friends had a Halloween party. I had forgotten about that rare fun moment during that decade of my life.
- What's your most expensive piece of clothing?
Honestly, the name brands I wear are, like, Crocs and Old Navy. I do have a few designer items like Calvin Klein and DKNY or whatever, but I got them secondhand from thredUP. For what it's worth.
- What's the last thing you took a picture of?
Sophia begged me to turn her blond hair red. I didn't wanna! Hubs said she could. We discussed. End result: blondie is now a ginger. I ♥ it!
- What's the last thing you drew a picture of?
I don't do a lot of drawing these days, but mostly I doodle botanical things, like ferns and daisies, when I'm on the phone.
- Have you ever bought anything from eBay?
Oh, yes. Sophia (this is a Sophie-heavy post, huh?) is obsessed with all things Littlest Pet Shop lately, so my latest find was a "rare" (she says, and I did not verify, but awesomely inexpensive) LPS from either Taiwan or Hong Kong, I forget. It took 17 days to get here. She hounded the postal carrier daily for that package. Oh, the squeals, when it finally got here on Thursday!
- Have you ever invented a fairly unique meal or drink?
Hubs says I create great, unique meals all the time (drinks, not so much), but I didn't know what he was talking about. He specified the foil meals I mentioned in yesterday's Saturday 9 post! Cooking en papillote is fantastic. (Psst, Country Dew - They're great in the oven as well as the grill, and I swear to you, you can't mess 'em up. I generally use heavy duty foil instead of parchment paper, though.)
- Do you have any secret family recipes?
I don't think so. My grandmother was a great cook, but she died before I could get any recipes from her. I don't remember my mom's cooking at all, except for two things: Pumpkin pie, which I'm certain was the Libby's can recipe my home-ec teachin' mamacita-in-law swears is the only one to use, and Chicken a la King, which made my sister and I feign many an upset stomach. To this day, I have never eaten that.
I swear by the Nestlé Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe, incidentally.
Welp, that's all for the Smellyann Sophia and Cooking Show for today.
Enjoy your day, all ye dads!