Hey there, hi there, ho there, thieves! I'm watching the documentary series "Diagnosis" on Netflix right now - and of course, now my husband and I are going, "You need to get on that!" regarding all of my health issues - so forgive me if my answers become disjointed from distraction. I have a habit of going back later and finding I've done that!
I trust you are all well.
Link up here if you want to steal some shhhh--- today! Let's go:
1 What are your plans for August?
Well, August is kind of a big month. We bought this big, beautiful, modern house last June. It's in a very small town in nowheresville, Idaho. I love the house. I do. I love my freakin' house. But I hate where it is. I've tried for 14 months to just be okay here for the sake of everybody else, but I just cannot do it anymore. I've got to GTFO of this state.
So, four of us are moving into an extended-stay hotel in Boise on Monday. Chloë, who will be 19 next month, is moving out into a place of her own and staying here. (Not gonna lie, I'm having a very hard time with that.) Rob's hiring movers that will come in and pack us up, then we'll have a move-out cleaning, and then the realtor who sold us the house is going to put it back on the market for us.
The average time for a home in our area to be on the market is 9 days, so I'm crossing my fingers for good luck like that. (Please cross yours, too!)
As soon as that happens, we're paying off the remainder of our car loan and gifting the car to Chloë. Then we'll hop a plane to Maryland.
Watch for what happens next...
2 Review the first half of 2020:
🔼🔼 There you go. 🔼🔼
3 A place you’d go if money were no object:
Oh, I'd definitely go on a space flight and realize my childhood dreams.
4 Who was your childhood best friend?
Well, it seemed like in elementary school I had a different best friend every year. Victoria... Thea... Shannon.... Ellie... different Shannon...
But from 6th grade on, I had a group of friends that pretty much stayed together. I count two of them (Lisa & Shana) as my best friends to this day. I'm lucky to have them. ♥
5 The city or town you love most?
Can I just say the entire Miami-Dade County? There are soooo many things there that I love, I couldn't pick just one municipality! Of course, I love my alma mater in Coral Gables. Then there's South Beach, of course. Then Coconut Grove... the quick drive to the Keys. I love everything about Miami!
6 How do you spend hot days?
That depends... am I still in Miami, or am I stuck in Idaho? Is it a COVID year, or just an El Niño year? Given my druthers, I'd be at the beach every day, all day.
7 Are you a skilled cook or baker?
Well, I'm no expert, but I do all right. I used to have a baking business when we lived in Virginia Beach, but after one exceedingly frustrating disappointment on an order I worked terribly hard on, I kinda just... stopped.
8 One thing you wish you could currently do:
Hmm... Speaking of Virginia Beach, I wish I could go to the Oceanfront there right NOW! Where's King Neptune when you need him?
9 A time when you learned your lesson:
Oh, I definitely learned my lesson from buying this house here in Mountain Home: no matter how much you love the house, if you hate the town, it's not the perfect house. There are some things you just can't compromise on. So now I have my eye on this house (center, foreground) in Maryland...
10 What consistently makes you laugh?
My husband, an old sailor, has an endless supply of filthy jokes. I try to act shocked, but he knows I'm amused.
11 Routines that bring you calm and peace:
Communing with nature
12 Who annoys you the most?
It's definitely this husband of mine - but I'm sure it's mutual!!
13 Describe some of your favorite household items.
Last September, we drove up to Washington to visit Great Wolf Lodge for Chloë's 18th birthday. Here are our three kids' wristbands from their first visit to Great Wolf Lodge - in Williamsburg, Virginia - over a decade earlier. ♥ (Our orally-fixated pup, Tapioca, has since eaten one of them.)
Here are all the pet tags from all the dogs and cats we've had who are no longer with us. ♥
Here is the tape of "Wonderful Tonight" that my friends from graduate school, Heather and Mason, rearranged and did on guitar and vocals. They gave it to us at our wedding reception. I have got to get it re-recorded digitally! ♥
And finally, here is just a small fraction of the pennies we've pressed over the years. We press pennies everywhere we go and have many books full of them! ♥
14 What have you gotten better at?
I mean, what was the starting line? I've gotten a whole lot better at walking and talking since I started about 43 years ago, I'll you that much!
15 Share a random memory.
When I was very young, probably under three years old, my family visited a zoo of some sort. We stopped at a kiosk somewhere, and my mother bought herself a drink. She was carrying me on her hip, so when she took a sip, I begged for a sip, too. It was delicious!!! Today I might describe it as sort of a virgin piña colada. When Mom got near the bottom of the cup, she said I could have the rest of her drink. I was so excited. Then, as soon as I had the cup in hand, Mom pivoted away from the camel pen we were standing right next to. I had the cup in my hand, and then suddenly it was snatched away from me! I looked back in shock to see the camel not only finishing my drink, but eating the cup to boot! Oh, how I sobbed. That is the only thing I remember from that day.
16 How many pairs of shoes do you have?
Oh, maybe about a dozen, give or take. I'm really not sure. I do know that more than half of those are Crocs, though!
(I need those green and turquoise pairs!)
17 Who do you go to for encouragement?
It depends on what I need encouragement for. I have a team!
18 References you make that others don’t get.
Well, if I told you about them, you would get it, and then they wouldn't really be inside jokes anymore, right?
19 What are 10 things you consider essential for you?
a Erin Condren Lifeplanner
b colorful Tul pens
c Versace prescription glasses
d Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
e Mint & Argan lip balm from Grove Collaborative (it's seriously the best)
f inhaler, definitely
g lotion, always gotta have lotion
h hairbrush, especially now that Sophia's making me grow it out long
i some kind of hard candy, because I go hypoglycemic fairly often
j jewelry - always have a necklace and hoops of some sort on at least!
20 Is there any accent you wish you had?
Australian. I tend to pick up accents and languages fairly easily, but I cannot for the life of me do an Australian accent. I just can't!
Okay, I'm posting this really late because I was at the ER all morning, so no one will probably read it. But if ya did, thank you and have a great week!