Questions, Questions, Questions

Today I’m taking a break from doodles and will be answering some questions that were asked as part of a blog award deal.

First off — thanks to Eric at All In A Dad’s Work and Katherine at Welcome to the Nursery for nominating me for the Liebster Award. And thanks to Steve at Steve Still Standing for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. It is much appreciated, and if you aren’t following these blogs already, then I suggest you click those links and do so. 🙂

I don’t usually do blog awards these days — although I definitely appreciate the thought — but I do have fun answering the questions. As such, I’m going to ignore all the award rules and focus on the questions that were asked.

First, the questions from Eric.

1. How do you re-energize?

I’m an introvert, so I have to find some time to myself to re-energize. Going out and being around people is draining — hell, being around my two children who talk incessantly is draining — so I need to find a quiet space and be alone with my thoughts to get back to normal.

2. What yearly salary would you consider “living comfortably”?

Hmm. Probably around $110,000. We can and do live on less, but hitting that number would give us the bump to pad our savings and to not have to worry about much of anything.

3. If you met Mother Theresa, what would you ask her?

“How do we get people to have more compassion?”

4. What ice cream flavor do you think your personality is like?

I never know how to answer this question, so I’m doing an ice cream flavor quiz to find out. Feel free to join me on this one.

I got vanilla. You’re tried and true, but far from plain. It’s the little things in life that make you happy — a good book, a nice day, or just spending time with the family. Yours is a life of utter content. I’d agree with that.

5. If your car had a super power, what super power would you like it to have?

To get to school on time, regardless of when we leave, so that my kid isn’t always getting tardies.

6. Do you have a plan for your blog for the long run?

Mostly just keep building it. I’d love to take some of the experiences I have with my kids and make a book out of it one day.

7. Is there a word you avoid using? A word you don’t like?

I don’t like words that are used for the sole purpose of being hurtful to someone.

8. Do you have a favorite word?

I love “fuck.” I don’t use it much on this blog or around most people so as not to offend (hey family members who read this blog — see the sacrifice I’m making?), but I love using it. It’s so versatile. I’m also a fan of most other curse words. Again, I try to be careful depending on who I’m around. And for anyone who might be inclined to say that cursing must mean someone doesn’t have anything to say or has a low intelligence, I’ll leave this right here. 😉

9. If we communicated by playing musical instruments, what instrument would you communicate with?

A kazoo. They’re so much fun!

10. Is there a time when something didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to, but in the end you were glad that it didn’t?

My life, I suppose. I was supposed to teach several years, get my master’s, and then have kids, but I ended up getting pregnant quickly after graduating from college/getting married (I graduated on week and got married two weeks later). The first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, but it made me realize how badly I wanted a kid and we got pregnant soon thereafter with Little Man. Sometimes I wish that things had gone according to original plan so we would’ve gotten off to a better start financially and so I’d have had a career (instead of just one year teaching and a bunch of freelance stuff for several years). But I wouldn’t be where I am now with the kids that I have now, so NO RAGRETS.

11. What’s the best piece of advice you would give a new blogger?

Find your voice. It’ll make you stand out from the crowd.

Now for the questions from Katherine.

1. What would you say you are best at?

Making people laugh. Sometimes it’s intentional and sometimes it’s not, but I can usually get a chuckle out of people.

2. What are you worst at?

Sticking with things. For reasons, I’ll start a project or work on a personal goal and be all gung-ho about it, and then that interest completely drops off and I’m done.

3. Say you can move anywhere in the country right now – where would you go?

Ashville, North Carolina. Mountains, close enough to the coast, only a three-hour drive from family, and — most importantly — it’d be cooler and less humid than where I am now.

4. Say you can move anywhere in the world right now – where would you go?

Sticking with my “cooler and less humid” mindset, northwest Spain. A quick Google search for “best climate” says that the summer temperatures rarely get outside of the 60s and 70s and that winter temperatures are usually in the 40s and 50s. This sounds like perfection.

5. What’s the longest piece of writing you’ve done? What was it for?

I have several half-finished books on my computer. (See question #2.) Outside of personal writing, I’m pretty sure there was a long paper — maybe 15 pages — due before graduating. That was 11 years ago, so my memory is fuzzy on the details.

6. Can you stand on your head? Your hands?

I can barely stand on two feet at times, so standing otherwise is out of the question.

7. If you could be an Olympic athlete, what sport would you choose?

I should probably go with something like gymnastics or swimming, since that’d mean being fit and all that, but I’m going with Ping pong. I’m pretty good at it, but the last time I played with my husband, he beat me and gloated about it. If I were good enough to be in the Olympics, then I’d surely kick his ass every time we play.

8. Ghosts – real or figments of our imagination?

I don’t believe ghosts exist in the traditional sense.

9. What’s in your heaven?

My family, books, good food, and no humidity.

10. If you were only allowed two condiments from now til death, what would you choose?

Ketchup and soy sauce.

11. Would you rather live in a desert or a rainforest?


Since I’m only doing the questions, I won’t be listing any facts about myself (I can barely think of five interesting things to say about myself, let alone 29 in total!), nor will I be nominating anyone. I will, however, invite anyone who made it to the end of this post to pick a couple questions from above and answer them below.


Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

30 thoughts on “Questions, Questions, Questions”

  1. I have no issues with using curse words on my blog because I would be “containing” myself and I don’t want people to get super polite and ladylike me if I’m nothing like that in real life. Of course I don’t use that kind of language around strangers or in a formal situation but, If I’m familiar with you I won’t spare you. Also, the blog is my way of self-express and sometimes you can’t get the message across without the word fuck lol.
    I will answer 3 questions, to keep you company:
    What yearly salary would you consider “living comfortably”?
    Here in Portugal, we usual consider salaries monthly and never yearly. The mister has a pretty good salary so I think that, if I worked part-time and took care of the house, laundry, garden, food, pet and eventually kids and earn about 500/600€ a month, we would be fine. I have no intention of becoming rich lol
    What would you say you are best at?
    Being kind, taking care of people, dealing with difficult situations. I’m a typical mom, despite the fact that I have no children yet. I’m also good at organizing and making plans and being productive. Typical mom material.
    What are you worst at?
    Giving me a break. I have this habit of pushing myself too hard, doing too much, feeling responsible for everyone. I’m the wants to do it all type of person and that is extremely unhealthy. I’m also unable to control myself around food lol
    Thank you for this post. Loved to get to know you more. You’re such a cool girl 🙂 ❤

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    1. I hear ya! On my personal blog, I let usually let loose with the exception of a couple of words 😀 I do curse as I please around my close friends, but in my conservative neck of the woods, you’ll raise eyebrows for uttering “shit,” so I try to tone it down. It’s a pain in the ass, though.

      Thanks for sharing your answers! It’s hard not to overdo it for sure. Very tough to learn to tell people “no,” and not stretch myself too thin!


  2. I got mint chip, which is cool, cause some of my favorite people love that flavor, and I’m the perfect ice cream friend.
    My comfortable income is probably around 70k.
    If my car had a superpower, it would be like my oldest daughter sitting in the front seat like a driving assistant. “Can I get right? Is the lane clear? Let’s listen to 90’s rap. Get my debit card out. Hand me my sunglasses.” Man, I had her all kindsa trained and then she grew up and left! lol

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      1. Well our old van didn’t have an airbag on the passenger side, and by the time we got the new one, she was 13 and weighed about 100 lbs, soooo… yes, training has its benefits. But then you gotta stay on the younger one. I’m training Moo now… lol!

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      2. It’s funny how things change. I used to ride up front when I was 6, but Little Man just got out his booster recently (poor child is apparently stuck at 62 pounds, has been there for two years). If I could get him to put on anything other than KidsBop I’d be happy. Haha!

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      3. Moo got out of her booster at 11. Sassy was out of hers at 8. Bubba and Sissy never had half this stuff. My Neon came with a 5-point middle seat, and that’s where Sissy sat until the van.
        My little ones only remember vans. When I finally got my new car, they were deeply fascinated by rolling up and down the windows. It was mildly embarrassing. lol
        I can remember being between my parents in the front seat, pushing big silver buttons to move the radio dial, and they divorced when I was four, so I half wonder if our kids’ kids will have helmets and a safety cage 😉

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      4. South Carolina *just* changed their booster law so that kids have to sit in them until they’re 8. Almost everyone I know had their kids out of them by age 3 or 4. After years of people telling me that I’m too overprotective, I felt rather vindicated.

        Hahaha! I’d love to stick my kids in a car with the roll-down windows and see their reaction. They don’t know the struggle!

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      5. In vans, the windows don’t open like that, so those buttons were high tech shizz! lol

        I don’t keep up with the laws anymore, cause I am free of that burden! Wooooooot!
        Overprotective with physical safety is mother tested and doctor approved!

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  3. I got vanilla ice cream too… I was expecting something more exciting but hey I guess these little quizzes don’t actually lie? 😀 I like everyone else enjoyed being nosy and learning more about you! I never pinned you as the F- word lover, I try to avoid it on here but I think it slips out somethings. Sh*t definitely does. By the way, I feel you on the frizzy-hair problem.

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  4. Well-deserved awards! 🙂 Yeah, I was stumped when you chose rainforest over desert as well – but yeah, sand sucks. I think it’s right up there with humidity as hellish. NW Spain sounds ideal!!! I keep telling my husband that I want to live somewhere with that climate, but I bet we’ll be leaving this place feet first.

    Ain’t nothing wrong with swearing!!! I have so toned it down now that we have kids (and my husband very rarely swears), but it’s much less fun. Pain in the ass is right!!!

    I love that you have novels in progress! I too am a bit of a quitter, I admit. Sucks, right? Are those novels worth finishing? I have one completed and one 1/3 way done … but I do want to finish it. Can we co-promise to finish ours? For motivation??

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    1. Haha! Ditto. I’ve tried to convince my husband to move, but he’s not having it. Our parents and other relatives live here, so it looks like we’re stuck for now.

      It’s tough! Baby Girl referred to herself as a “heathen” today (I jokingly call them that), so I’m certain that if she hears me curse that she’ll repeat it in the worst place possible.

      One of them is — it’s a YA novel. My husband absolutely loved it, and even printed off pages to show my friend to try to get her to help him convince me to finish, but I don’t see that happening. When I get in my writing mode, I usually write everything in the span of several days, and after that energy bottoms out, I have a very difficult time picking up on it later. It’s so hard to get back in the right voice; it always seems like the writing styles never match up. I’ve been writing some short stories that are all related, so I’m thinking that would probably be the best way for me to finish something.

      That’s probably more info than you needed! I’ll commit to finishing up my short stories, though 😀


  5. I like all your answers. Question number 6 has been on my mind from the time I found your blog. I would and will be in line to get my copy when you do. I enjoy the fact that you talk about real life in a real home.There is no cutting to fancy anything. As we raise our children, we Indeed go through crazy beautiful moments that come with laughter, tears, being overwhelmed and more. I like that you write real life in the raw. I love you my dearest sista.💞

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    1. Aw, thank you! I’m definitely going to have some raw moments to write about when I get back, with these two crazy kids on vacation 😉 Really, though, I appreciate it. Eventually I want to write about some of the grittier stuff, if I can keep it somewhat light. Love ya! ❤


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