Would you rather live in the country or the city?
Absolutely a city mouse here. I grew up on a farm in a tiny town in Iowa. I know the joys of a country life and the hardships of it. I prefer the city. I like visiting the countryside, but I like to be close to a 7-11 too. I like going to the movies at all hours of the day. I don't mind the hustle and the bustle. Christmas in the city is a lot prettier to me than Christmas in the country.
Would you rather have a big noisy family or a small quiet one?
I grew up in a family with three sisters and two parents. Until my Da died and then there was just the five of us. But, there was always family around, so I suppose the truth is that I came more from a large noisy family. I much prefer a quiet one. I asked Liv if she ever wished that she had brothers or sisters and she said no, that she had friends and she kind of liked the way our home is our refuge, a quiet, happy place. I agree. I like peace and quiet.
Would you rather read a book or play a game?
Reading always wins. Always. But, I do enjoy a game of chess now and then. Liv has never beat me at it yet; Bing has beat me several times. I also like playing Monopoly about twice a year. But, that's it.
Would you rather eat a juicy steak or a well done one?
Juicy. Bloody. Rare. Mmmm.
Would you rather go to a chick flick or an action movie?
A chick flick. I don't care much for action movies. Unless Matt Damon is in them. This is a common tug of war with Bing and me. She likes action movies. I like, not necessarily CHICK flicks, but I like movies that make me think, feel and not feel like I am going to be sick. Often action movies are violent and I would much rather watch a cheese ass love scene than someone get water boarded.
Would you rather study alone or study in a group?
Absolutely, positively ALONE. I have always detested study groups. No one studies the same way and there is always someone in the group who brings everyone down. Bing argues that with a study group, you can divide up the work...have each person study one thing and then report on it to the rest. The trouble is that I am always suspicious, always sure that they did not study everything and that there will be a question on the test that wasn't covered by the person who was in charge of that section. Plus, everyone needs different things to study. I need absolute quiet. Bing likes music playing. Liv has NO problem studying in front of a television. We would make poor study partners.
Would you rather look at the stars or watch the sun rise?
Look at the stars. I am NOT a morning person, don't fully wake up until about 9 a.m. When that alarm goes off every morning at 6 a.m., I just want to cry. Even if I was in bed the night before at 8:00 and have had plenty of rest. There is something cruel about being all warm and relaxed in soft sheets and then wake up to a loud alarm. I don't care how beautiful a sunrise is, I would rather google it.
Would you rather be hot or cold?
It always stuns me when someone says that they'd rather be cold than hot. I don't get it. I can handle being hot. I can drink something icy cold and feel better, take a cold shower, etc. When I am cold, all I can do is huddle under a blanket and know that eventually I have to feel my toasty tootsies go icy again. I HATE being cold. I DETEST that first five minutes in the car when it is icy cold, my fingers are stiff and cold and my teeth are chattering. I am the person you see huddled at a stop light with my fingers splayed against the heating ducts with the big fur hat on.
Would you rather eat cake or pie?
Cake. Red velvet please. Or angel food with pink icing dripping down the sides.
Would you rather do the cooking or clean up the mess?
Neither. But, if I had to choose, I would choose to take turns. By this, I mean...that when it is my turn to cook, I also have to clean up the mess. This is because Bing is the sloppiest cook I have ever known. She has no understanding of the concept of CLEANING AS YOU GO. She makes huge messes. If she cooks, I do NOT want to clean up. I am a very neat cook, always have been. I was taught by a mother who insisted that every drip of gravy, grease...whatever...be cleaned up immediately with a paper towel. It is just a habit with me now.
Would you rather write a letter or talk in person when you have something important to say?
Write a letter. I am better on paper. Always have been. Ask Bing. Ask my family and friends. Ask my blog readers who have met me in person. I come across as much more savvy, funny and kind on paper than I am in real life. I am really, really good at expressing my feelings on paper. In person, I get very uncomfortable with lovey dovey sentiments. I can write Bing a scorching hot love note that I would NEVER say in person.
Would you rather listen to opera or rap?
Probably opera. Unless it is Eminem. I really, really like listening to him. He is poetic and I often am just amazed by his finesse with word usage. It is like listening to a really gifted poet.
Would you rather draw a picture or build something with legos?
Draw a picture. My daughter has been a legos freak since she was 3. Even now, her Christmas list asks for a lego rocket building set. She has always loved them. When she was about 5, she went through a phase where she would beg to buy those small legos kits in department stores. I kid you not, there was ALWAYS a missing piece. At least one. And I found that infuriating. I also had no talent with putting them together and would watch in amazement as my FIVE YEAR OLD child beat the snot out of me at building with legos. But, I am a pretty fair artist. Not a Picasso or anything, but I once drew a picture of Liv that was so good that someone thought I had paid to have someone do it. So...draw. I would rather draw.
Would you rather sing in public or dance in public?
Neither. Because, the honest truth is that I can do neither with any smidgeon of talent. But, if I HAD to choose, it would be sing. I can carry a half tune but I can't dance without looking like Elaine Benes.
Would you rather be a night owl or a morning glory?
Again. Neither. I LOVE to sleep. I am often tucked up in my bed by 8:30 at night during the week. I love laying in bed and feeling my eyes get heavy as I read. And on the weekends I am seldom out of bed before 10, no matter how early I went to bed the night before. I used to be able to stay awake until midnight easily. Now, both Bing and I have trouble staying up to watch SNL on Saturday nights. If I had to pick, though...I guess it would be a morning glory. At least if I am awake early, I can get some housework done. At night, I am just too lazy to do anything but watch stupid television shows.
Would you rather watch football or basketball?
FOOTBALL. I love football. And I know the rules, know exactly how the game works. With basketball, I sort of get the rules, but not much. Liv plays on a basketball team and I kept wondering why a girl on her team kept getting fouls. Bing told me that she had stayed for "more than three seconds in the key." I was absolutely bewildered. I also didn't get traveling. So...it helps if you know the rules to enjoy the game.
Would you rather die fairly young but painlessly or die of old age but have the last ten years of your life be pretty brutal, healthwise?
Duh. Early. What is the sense of living to old age if I can't enjoy it and am a burden on my family? No brainer.
Would you rather kiss someone with bad breath for five minutes or sit next to someone with horrible body odor for two hours?
Probably the kiss. Just to get the bad odor over with faster. Of course, when I was younger, I sucked face pretty easily with people that I barely knew. Now that I am older, I am much more discriminating. But, still...two hours is a long time to have to endure olfactory torture.
Would you rather pet a dog or a cat?
A dog. Especially our dog, Socks. I just like dogs better than cats. Cats have always troubled me. They seem so cunning. And I know that they are smarter than we are. Dogs just seem sort of blessedly loyal and clueless. Like, I heard once of a cat smothering a baby by sitting on it's face, but I could never picture a dog doing that. Cats always remind me of characters in Stephen King novels. Like they know something terrible and will show you when you are vulnerable, like when you just get out of the shower and don't have your glasses on. And they always seem like they laugh at you behind your back. Kind of like squirrels.
Would you rather walk in the rain or in steamy, hot weather?
Rain. Spend an August on the plains. You will know what it feels like to wear your air. Rain is kind of pleasurable. As long as you aren't wearing cashmere.
Would you rather see a ghost or witness a robbery?
See a ghost. I've already seen one. A little startling, but not jarring. A robbery would leave me sick. I should probably stress that the ghost be just a ghost and not a poltergeist. Two different animals.
Would you rather tell someone you like a lot that their partner is cheating or that they've lost their job?
That their partner is cheating. In this economy, it would be really, really hard to get a new job and it could easily dead end their life. A partner cheating is horrid, but it isn't as traumatic as losing a job. Maybe that is just my head talking instead of my heart and as Bing just told me when she walked by and read my answer, "That sounds sort of callous, honey!" But, to be honest, if I lost my job, I would be terrified of not being able to support my family. If I lost my partner, I would be mad as hell but I've lived on my own before and know that I am fully capable of doing that.
Would you rather mow the lawn yourself or pay someone 20 bucks to do it and have an hour of "me" time?
Pay the 20 bucks (and we have a huge back and front yard, so 20 bucks would be a steal.) I have not mowed a lawn since high school. And once when Bing hurt her back and she asked to please pull the cord and get the mower going for her...I COULD NOT DO IT. No upper body strength. Our neighbor, Tim, ended up doing it and now teases me every single time he sees me about being a "lightweight."
Would you rather climb a rock wall or swim a lap?
Neither. But, since I am not allowed to put my head under water (I have Meniere's syndrome), I would have to pick the rock climbing.
And just because all of you are so damn smart:
Anyone know how I can get some weight on my daughter? She is 5'4 and only 98 pounds. Her BMI is also low, so at her check up last week, her pediatrician told me that while she has always been on the low end of the scale, she is now considered to be underweight and could stand to put on about 5-10 pounds. The problem is that my hand to my heart, she eats a LOT. She must have a crazy metabolism because she eats plenty at the table. She has always been a very smart eater, rarely indulges in cookies, etc. She is one of those kids who would rather eat a pear than a bowl of ice cream. She doesn't even like potato chips or most junk foods. When she comes home from school, she grabs an apple or a slice of bread with peanut butter. She's never been much of a milk drinker, although she likes yogurt. She is also very, very active, is on her school's basketball team. In the summer, she swims daily and is a star on her swim team. She was never even a chubby baby, ever. When she was a newborn, she had these little frog legs that she kicked out exactly like a frog. I've always figured that as she neared adolescence, the weight would even out, but so far, it hasn't. She hasn't started her period yet, but I didn't start until I was almost 15, so that might just be in her genes.
I SWEAR she eats. She just doesn't pig out. Bing and I are discussing how to bulk her up a bit without turning this into an issue. We NEVER want her to feel that there is something wrong with her body. And I am a little nervous about even starting now. She isn't anemic, etc. Just very, very thin. She's always been my bony child. But even I can see that her hip bones jut out in her basketball shorts.
Any ideas on how to bulk her up without making an issue out of it?