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Liz's musings on life – mostly her kids though.

The Proust Questionnaire October 28, 2009

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Thomas & I have a new friend, Denae, who posted the Proust Questionnaire on her blog. Apparently it’s at the end of every Vanity Fair magazine … which I would know if I actually read the subscription I had for the last year. I only ordered it for the awesome poster that is now on my home office wall! Anyway, different stars and artists will answer the questions for each issue. Denae thought it would be an interesting exercise and I’m more than willing to exercise if it doesn’t include physical exertion!


To my six friends: copy the questions and answers to your blog or Facebook page. If you do, post a comment and we can learn more about you! (Some of the preceding text was blatantly stolen borrowed from Denae’s blog)


“The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlour game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. Here is the basic Proust Questionnaire.”


1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Somewhere quiet and warm … it doesn’t really matter where. Oh, and with Thomas, maybe the kids.


2. What is your greatest fear?

Dying without anyone knowing.


3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My inability to lose weight. Is that a trait?


4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Unkindness towards others.


5. Which living person do you most admire?

Maria Shriver.


6. What is your greatest extravagance?

Art supplies, especially since I rarely use them.


7. What is your current state of mind?

I am dual- minded at the moment. I am thinking about work (because I am at work …  yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m taking a break) but also thinking about Thomas’ and my business.


8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Political correctness.


9. On what occasion do you lie?

If I have to, to spare someone’s feelings but it’s not usually a ‘lie’ it’s more of a redirection. We lie about Santa to the kids.


10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My weight.


11. Which living person do you most despise?

Wow, despise is a harsh word. I’m not overly fond of GWB or the people on Fox News.


12. What is the quality you most like in a man?

Spriritualness (That’s not really a word)


13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Genuineness (is that a word?)


14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Dude …


15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My husband, Thomas.


16. When and where were you happiest?

I have had a lot of ‘happy’ moments but to pick the ‘est’ one … naturally my mind goes to the day Thomas & I got married. I’ll stick with that one.


17. Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to really remember what I read. Seriously, I can re-read books because I never remember the endings!


18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would be thinner.


19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Getting my degree at the age of 41 and my two children.


20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

Oh, I’d love to be a loved house cat with a warm place to curl up.


21. Where would you most like to live?

Near a moving body of water … the ocean or a river, but not a lake or pond.


22. What is your most treasured possession?

My backup hard drive for my computer. (my husband and kids aren’t possessions)


23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Loss of hope and/or faith.


24. What is your favorite occupation?

I think teachers are amazing, not that I have the patience to be one. There are reasons I am an accountant!


25. What is your most marked characteristic?

I am direct. There are other adjectives you can add but that is the most … um … direct one.


26. What do you most value in your friends?

The willingness to put up with my most marked characteristics!


27. Who are your favorite writers?

Harry Harrison, Robert Heinlein, Lillian Jackson Braun, James Clavell


28. Who is your hero of fiction?

Wonder Woman! I wanted to be her (or maybe Linda Carter) when I was 12!


29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Golda Mier


30. Who are your heroes in real life?

Fire fighters.


31. What are your favorite names?

Samantha, Sarah, Elizabeth, Christopher, Victoria


32. What is it that you most dislike?

People who suck.


33. What is your greatest regret?

This is hard because everything that has happened in my life brought me to today.


34. How would you like to die?

Quietly without being a burden.


35. What is your motto?

This too shall pass. Whether good or bad things continually change so enjoy the good and know that the bad will subside.


Preschool October 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 10:57 am

Christopher starts preschool on Monday. I sort of can’t wrap my brain around it. He’s more than ready, don’t get me wrong. But this super smart and creative kid who is kind of the prince of day care (I think he’s the oldest of the “little” kids) will now just be a fish in the pond of Pre-K. He’ll have to talk respectfully, listen, and wait his turn … three things he’s not very good at right now. He is very excited to go and really liked it when we visited there a few weeks ago so I am hoping for the best. I am going to take a long lunch on Monday to drive back to town, pick him up, and take him for his first day. After that it’s up to Daddy & Grandma to shuttle him around.

Christopher keeps asking if today is Halloween yet. Last Saturday was “Pumpkin Day” because we went to the pumpkin patch and picked out pumpkins. I keep reminding him that it has to be Jonah’s birthday first (Monday), then a few days later it will be Halloween. He doesn’t have a great concept of time. We’re going to make him be Thomas The Tank Engine again for Halloween because that stupid thing still fits and I paid $20 for it! We went to the thrift store last night and found a cute ballerina costume for Sarah. It was only $7! Big score! Now all I have to do is remember to take pictures.

I need to do something with all of that extra pumpkin puree I have. Now that I know Thomas doesn’t really care for ginger all of my fall baking would be for nothing. Bummer …


Seventh Anniversary October 19, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 10:32 am

As you may or may not know, last Monday was Thomas’ and my seventh wedding anniversary. On the off chance that you’re not one of my six regular readers, here are pictures of that lovely day (scroll to the bottom for the wedding and reception pictures).

 About a year and a half ago we tried this restaurant, Bates Steakhouse, and really liked it. It’s in an old house with lots of funky rooms. Naturally the decor is very western but there are some fun elements they’ve done. The first time we went they were having an outdoor barbeque where the special was choosing the thickness of your ribeye steak. The guy doing the grilling cooked them to perfection! The dinner comes with a yummy vegetable soup in a cast iron spider. You get salsa and black beans to add to it and it is really good! Then you get a small salad. The salad isn’t much but it makes you feel like you got some vegetables. You get your main course and it comes with a cast iron skillet of rice pilaf and potatoes. Then you get either a rootbeer float or an after dinner liquor.

Their drink specials were Mango Margaritas or Mango Mojitos. Yum! I love mangos, really love mangos and tequila, and actively dislike mint! So of course I had a margarita!

Mango Margarita!

Mango Margarita!

Thomas ordered the prime rib and I ordered a ribeye (my favourite steak cut!) with a skewer of grilled bacon wrapped shrimp.

Ribeye steak with grilled bacon wrapped shrimp!

Ribeye steak with grilled bacon wrapped shrimp!

I suppose I could have taken pictures of the soup, potatoes, and the triple chocolate cake we had for dessert but I didn’t. I almost forgot to take a picture of the steak!

We were so full after dinner that we didn’t even bother to wander around downtown like we normally do if we have a babysitter (thanks Jonah!) So we just went home. (burp)


ABC’s of me October 15, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 11:12 am

Two women whose blogs I read posted this meme (what is a meme?) and it looked like it would be fun to post here. With my own answers of course … uh well most of them are mine, I stole a couple from Carmen 🙂


A – ADVOCATE FOR:  Coffee every morning and a public option for healthcare.

B – BEST FEATURE: I don’t know anymore. I used to love my feet. How about my lips?

C – COULD DO WITHOUT: The kids fighting, our crushing debt, global warming.

D – DREAMS & DESIRES: Not having to go to work any more, being debt free, having an amazing marriage, moving back to California, children that are sweet and adorable all of the time (hey, it didn’t say “realistic” desires!).

E – ESSENTIAL ITEMS: Medicated chapstick, Kleenex tissues, coffee every morning.

F – FAVORITE PAST TIME: Crafting, watching TV, reading, hanging out with the family.

G – GOOD AT: I’m a good cook and baker. I make a mean Excel spreadsheet.

H – HAVE NEVER TRIED: Bungee Jumping. Parasailing. Hang gliding. (Carmen said these and they apply to me too, so I just kept them)

I – IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS: Pay off everything. Take my entire family on a really great vacation together. Buy all of those fancy ketchups.

J – JUNKIE FOR: Popcorn.

K – KINDRED SPIRIT: I don’t think I have one.

L – LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Um, er, uh, I can’t think of anything.

M – MEMORABLE MOMENT: The birth of my kids.

N – NEVER AGAIN WILL I: give birth to a child – and this is not a bad thing!


P – PROFESSION: Accountant.

Q – QUOTE: “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” -Max De Pree.

R – REASON(s) TO SMILE: Micah will be home tonight. Sarah’s infectious laugh. Christopher’s funny stories.

S – SORRY ABOUT: Oh, so many things.


U – UNINTERESTED IN: Car racing. Horse racing. (I stole these two from Carmen also)


W – WORST HABITS: Keeping in touch with people one-on-one. Thank goodness for my blog and Facebook so they know I’m not dead. See, posting this proves I’m not dead!

X – X MARKS MY IDEAL VACATION SPOT: I really enjoyed Yelapa Mexico. If not there then Hawaii.


Z – ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius

WHAT ARE THE ABC’S OF YOU? If you do this, comment here and link back to your post.


Pumpkin! October 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 12:16 pm

I had planned to write this blog post on Sunday but, as any of you with kids can understand, things just got in the way. On Saturday we took the kids to a different playground near the Amazon Pool. They had a blast. I don’t think Sarah stopped running, except when she pooped … which she did twice! Unfortunately she woke up from her nap with a 102+° (that’s Alt-0176) fever. All she wanted to do was to either snuggle with one of us or lay down. 

Poor kid. But by Sunday she turned whiny. Her fever was gone by mid day on Sunday but it is Tuesday now and she’s still whiny.

 Somehow I managed to type on this stupid keyboard where the spacebar mostly doesn’t work …oh no wait, that’s not what I was going to say … I managed to roast two small pumpkins (She talks about sugar pie pumpkins. I don’t know what those are so I just asked Thomas to buy two pumpkins that were about the size of my head.) (I forgot to take a picture of the roasted pumpkins, so here are the skins from the compost bucket),

 make pumpkin the puree (see link above),

and roast the pumpkin seeds.

I also found this recipe for no-kneed bread from the same website and made it too. When I took it out of the oven it smelled good, it had that “hollow” sound when I tapped the bottom, and it tasted really good, but I wrapped it too tightly so by Sunday it was a little weird.

Oh, and I made chicken and mushroom risotto for dinner. By the end of the day I felt like one of those women I read about on-line who seem to be able to do a zillion creative things *and* deal with their kids.

 Lest you wonder why I made pumpkin puree, I had a plan. I found a recipe for Starbuck’s pumpkin scones on the same website where I got the other pumpkin info and really wanted to make them. So I did.

And they were (still are) awesome! Unfortunately my favorite type of baking (the fall) involves things with ginger and Thomas isn’t fond of ginger. So he’s had one bite of one scone. Yesterday I found a recipe to some awesome looking pumpkin muffins that I want to try. Oh, and something called Pumpkin leather too.

For those of you who know Christopher’s godparents, Butch & Lynne, they could use some prayers. Butch has been going through some health issues and any “extra” help we can give I am sure is appreciated. Hell, even if you don’t know them a prayer for two of the neatest people you could ever meet would be nice!!!