Accent: Growing up in Washington State, I don’t have one. Pretty generic American, I guess. Though I pick up accents, especially when I’ve been watching a lot of BBC. Noah could always tell when I’d been watching Monarch of the Glen – he said I talked like Lexie.
Breakfast or no breakfast: Definitely – and I must have protein. I like the low-fat breakfast Lean Pockets with eggs and sausage. Or toast with peanut butter. And coffee, though I’m not supposed to have it because of my GERD.
Chore I don’t care for: I’m with Meg – any type of housework is low on my list of favorite things to do.
Dog or Cat: Neither – I’m not much of an animal person. And, we have a small house and four kids…
Essential Electronics: Laptop, MP3 player, and PDA.
Favorite Cologne: I used to wear Nokomis, but I don’t wear any perfume any more. On men, I like Cool Water – but my hubby doesn’t wear cologne, either.
Gold or Silver: Silver.
Handbag I carry most often: Burgundy purse. Usually accompanied by a tote full of books.
Insomnia: Occasionally – usually hormone related.
Job Title: Just one? Homeschooling mom, freelance writer, chief cook and bottle washer.
Kids: One daughter: Natalie, 11. Three sons: Noah, 10; Jonathan 8; and Josiah, 6.
Living Arrangements: A very small house that we’re trying to sell so we can move into something bigger.
Most Admirable Trait: Compassion. I’m also a good listener, I think.
Naughtiest Childhood Behavior: Most of my naughtiness occurred after I was no longer a child, at least technically. I did skip school once, but I got caught. Oh, and once I got my driver’s license, I used to sneak the car out at night for junk food runs with my sisters. My parents slept through just about anything. Oh, and I got drunk on champagne at a wedding at which I sang – but it wasn’t my fault. That’s enough true confessions for now.
Overnight hospital stays: Five days for Natalie’s birth, but I was only considered a patient for two. I stayed three more nights in a “parent room,” because Natalie was in the NICU. I can’t remember if I stayed for one night or two with Noah’s birth. Four nights with Jonathan’s birth – an emergency cesarean. One night with Noah when he was 17 months old and had croup. Three nights with Josiah’s birth – a repeat c-section and tubal. One night for gall bladder surgery.
Phobias: Spiders, crossing old bridges in the car. Oh, and I’m not so hot about heights, either.
Quote: My favorite, or something I say? One of my favorites is on the header image above. I say “crap” more often than I should.
Reason to smile: My kids can always make me smile.
Siblings: Three younger sisters: Andrea, Debra, and Marni.
Time I wake up: On a weekday, 6:30 or 7. On weekends, I like to sleep in until 9.
Unusual Talent or Skill: Unusual? Hmmm… I can alphabetize words really fast.
Vegetable I Refuse to Eat: Peas. Shudder.
Worst Habit: Procrastination.
X-rays: My ankle twice, but it was just sprained both times.
Yummy Stuff: I’ll go with Meg’s answers: Chocolate, Cheesecake….
Zoo Animal I Like Most: Like I said, not much of an animal person.