Saturday, November 8

Q&A with... Me!

My sweet friend Andrea tagged me!  I'm not sure what a Leibster Award is my friends, but apparently I've been asked to answer some fun questions so I'm doing it!

1. What are you reading now?  And what is your favorite book of all time?
At any given time, I have about six books on my nightstand- more or less. :-)  Right now I'm actively reading Searching for and Maintaining Peace (by Father Jacques Philippe), The Discernment of Spirits (by Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV), and Beyond the Birds and the Bees (by Gregory Popcak).  I think I might need to read something light next!  
My night stand last fall.  Oops, I'm still reading Beyond the Birds and the Bees... But for real this time!
I can't say I have a favorite book of all time.  I don't really have a favorite anything- color, song, animal... Those questions always stumped me!  In recent years, the book that's had the biggest impact on me was A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot, because that book sort of molded the way I live my life by helping me create a routine that allows time for everything that we need and want. 

2.  What CD or album would define your high school years?
Ugh, high school.  I listened to a lot of things but had only a few CDs; Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch, and Vertical Horizon were probably my favorites!  But I have to say that every time I hear Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, or Symphony No. 5 by Shostakovitch, I'm transported back to some of my happiest days in band, where I was a part of something bigger than me.  I still get lost in those two pieces of music.

3. Which do you enjoy more: cooking or baking?
I enjoy both!  I still don't feel like I totally understand gluten-free baking, and usually baking makes a bigger mess, so I'll say I enjoy cooking more.  I definitely feel more at ease with cooking because I'm an excellent multi-tasker: I move swiftly, time perfectly, and can arrange and present a yummy plate of food.  It's like a dance.  Most days that's not what happens because, you know, life!  We love to entertain and host events so that's when I have the opportunity to really enjoy cooking, baking, and entertaining.  I love sharing meals with family and friends, that's one reason I love December so much!

From Christmas a couple of years ago.  I love it.
4. What is a personal goal you have over the course of the next year?  Next 5?  Next 10?
I have to say this is the hardest question for me to answer, because "personal" is difficult for me.  I haven't really thought about goals that I have for myself- family goals, yes, but personally?  I guess I should think more about this!  I would love to run another race to lose this last bit of baby weight and get to a point where I feel strong and happy about my health again.  I want to do something musical (see question 8).  Recently I've considered becoming a certified lactation consultant.  I'm always seeking to be a joy-filled, peaceful woman of God, but how do you measure that?  Other than that I don't really know.  What are some of your personal goals?

5. How do you preserve your precious family memories?  (Scrapbooks, photo albums, the blog, etc?)
So far, this blog is the bulk of our preservation.  I do keep my photos backed up, and I used to be good about making photo books based on the text and photos from my blog.  That was back when I had time to search the internet for free coupon codes!  These books are very well-loved by my children, I blogged about the books a couple of years ago.  I should really create some more books so Caeli will be included!

6. What do you do when you legitimately need a mama break?
Hmm this could be a long answer... I didn't realize I had characteristics of an introvert until a year or two ago.  The truth is, in a group of close friends I can be very loud and outgoing, but when it's just me and the kids I definitely crave my alone time.  I used to get touched-out pretty easily when they were younger, but now that they're older it's the constant NOISE that usually drives me to my closet to seek a moment of silent peace!  We utilize a daily rest time, where the kids are expected to be quiet upstairs for an hour and a half, so I can be alone to either get some work done or rest.  (This doesn't work out so well with a baby who doesn't necessarily nap when they rest, but it's better than nothing.)  
This is me, literally hiding in the closet with my feet up.

I've also recently come to understand that I have to use my time in a manner that leaves me feeling recharged, and so I'm trying to figure out what that is for me.  I know that it's NOT social media.  It's not walking around Target aimlessly alone and without intent.  I don't really watch TV so I don't waste time with that during the day.  I'd love to say that reading recharges me but usually I wind up dozing off!  But I hate to nap during the day because chances are high that one of the kids will wake me up, and I turn into Super Grumpy Woman when I am awoken from a mid-day, five-minute nap.  So it's better to not even try!  
Staying active at my gym helps me keep my peace, as does my doula work.  I also crave date nights with my darling husband for a chance to re-connect after a busy month or two (we don't get out enough!).  I desperately want to attend another silent retreat- it's been 6 years since I've been on one- and my spirit really needs to be recharged like that again.  Girl's night outs definitely don't happen enough either.  But, I'd say the absolute fail-proof way to recharge for me is to meet the Lord in Adoration at a local church.

7. What is your favorite way to spend quality time with your children?
Cuddling in bed or on the couch, one-on-one.  I don't do it often enough because I am usually so tired in the evenings, but I find that's where some of our best conversations take place.  I just let them lead the conversation and talk until they're talked out.  Sometimes they ask questions but usually they just talk and talk and talk... It usually gets pretty silly too!

8. What is a skill you don't have that you'd love to learn?
I'd love to learn to play the piano or take voice lessons.  I've considered doing both over the past three years and when we finally enroll the kids in music lessons, I hope to join them.

9. What's your favorite side dish to go with Turkey on Thanksgiving?
My mom's sweet potato casserole!  There's nothing healthy about that dish but it's so good!

10. Christmas cards: yea or nay?
We send out cards every year and we love to receive them!  The kids love checking the mail during December!  Last year though, I didn't send out Christmas cards because I was waiting for the baby to be born so we could do a Christmas Card/ birth announcement combo.  I noticed we didn't get as many cards last year- I'm guessing we were on a lot of people's "B" lists, and since I didn't mail them a card, they didn't mail us a card!

1 comment:

Andrea said...

I picked questions that I really wanted to know answers to - this is great. :-) I love your closet picture. Also, I was just telling Charlie the other day that we need to get a piano so I can teach myself how to play. I think I could, up to a point, since I can basically read music and I had enough lessons when I was younger to remember basic mechanics. I loved seeing that as one of your answers!
As far as personal goals, I'm always interested in what other mamas think about this.
It's tricky.
That's a long conversation. hahaha
Thanks for playing along! :-)

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