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A Fun 5QF Mar 11

Friday blogging fun! If you would like to play along with 5QF, head over and visit Mama M at My Little Life and link up!

1. Do you know what your REAL hair color is?
Yes, because I’ve never died my hair. Ever. Unless you count the Halloween spray paint-ish stuff, and I definitely do not because it was gone the next morning. Although darker than it used to be, I am still a redhead!

2. Do you plan ahead for summer, or fly by the seat of your pants?
I’m not a huge fan of summer. Living in Florida it is H-O-T and everyone in my fam has very sensitive skin. So we plan our outings for early morning (HA! Like we do mornings…) or late afternoon/evening and hide when the sun is at it’s highest and hottest. Afternoon thunderstorms also typically get in the way of afternoon activities.

I guess the short answer is, fly by the seat of our pants.

3. What is your favorite meal to cook?
Anything that involves pasta. It’s so versatile. I also really enjoying baking, especially specialty cookies. Like Red Velvet Whoopie Pies… YUM…

4. Do you get offended by not receiving thank yous?
No. Not at all. I wish more people would write thank you notes just because it’s so nice to get something that’s not a bill or junk in the mail. I also know that life gets in the way and well intended notes don’t get written. Like the ones for my daughter’s birthday party almost 2 months ago…

5. How did you meet your best friend?
Well, my bestest friend in the whole wide world is my husband, and we’ve known each other since elementary school, although we weren’t really friends til high school. After that, my closest friends were met at work (in the before kid time) and one is the girlfriend of one of my husband’s good friends. They each bring out a different piece of my personality. 🙂

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5QF! Feb 18

1. Have you worn the same outfit more than one day in a row?
No. I wear a lot of very similar outfits, but to my knowledge, I have never worn one two days in a row.

2. If you had to choose any LARGE city to live in, which would it be?
How do you define large? I already live just 20 minutes from Orlando, FL, and generally like it here. Does San Diego count? I’m curious how it would be to have beach, mountains, and desert all within driving distance.

3. Fly or drive with the kids on vacation?
D.R.I.V.E. It might take longer, but you see so much more in the process, and you can take more things with you. If you get sick or antsy, you don’t have to worry about disturbing anyone else.

4. What is your idea of “spring cleaning”?
I don’t really do this cleaning stuff. I do dishes and laundry mostly, with a little vacuuming thrown in for fun. Wipe counters and Swiffer floors when they get too gross to tolerate. But two or three times a year I decide to get rid of old clothes, organize closets, and get the carpet cleaned. So I guess that’s what I call spring cleaning.

5. What is the best book you have ever read?
Ummm… What? I’ve read a LOT of books, most of them in the romance or mystery categories and you want me to pick the ONE BEST book I’ve ever read? Impossible! I mean, come on, I have three favorite authors. I stalk websites to find out when Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts and Elizabeth Lowell will be releasing new books. Not only that, what I read depends on my mood for the day. Do I want suspense? Romance? Comedy? All of the above?

I’m freaking out over this decision. I’m also a Harry Potter and Twilight fan. But is one of those the best book I’ve ever read?

Ok, let’s answer the question this way. The book I most frequently read is Birthright by Nora Roberts.

Wow that was stressful. 😉

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A New Year 5QF Dec 30

Link up with MamaM and join the fun!

1. How long does your Christmas tree stay up?
This is an ongoing disagreement in my house. If I had my way, the tree would stay up until Jan 6th, if not later. My husband prefers it to be down before the new year. He won this year, because I was too sick to fight the take down.

2. Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve?
Not this year. I think I like it? I’m not sure though, I’ve really come to like hosting all the holiday get togethers.

3. Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
Not really. I’m going to extend last year’s weight loss goal and try again this year. I definitely made progress (which I’ll talk about in an upcoming post), but I need to get back to a healthy weight.

4. How did you spend New Year’s Eve when you were younger?
ALWAYS at home because my mom always said there were too many crazies on the road to be out. I might have spent one at a friend’s house, but I can’t remember clearly. At home, we’d always make nachos and our last batch of Christmas cookies for the season and watch Dick Clark.

5. What was the best way you’ve ever spent New Year’s Eve?
Wow, that’s a tough question. New Year’s has always been a quiet holiday for me. Maybe the 2008/2009 celebration? It was an impromptu party hosted here because I was VERY pregnant and didn’t want to travel and no one else had plans, so they all came here. If I remember correctly, we almost missed the ball dropping because we were too busy playing Rock Band. 🙂

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A Christmas 5QF Dec 10

Link up with Mama M!

1. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Christmas Day. Although I have a friend who opens everything Christmas Eve, I never understood why Santa got to some houses so early, but never mine until Christmas Day.

2. What is your favorite Christmas cookie (or candy)?
Everything. Most recently requested at Christmas has been Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, and since I love them too, I’m more than happy to make them. 🙂 Due to my weight issue, I’ve had to be a little more selective in my sweet treats, but they still get eaten.

3. What’s the worst Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
Nothing stands out in my mind as the WORST Christmas gift. I used to hate clothes as a kid, especially socks and underwear. I also hated the plain brown box of Salvation Army clothes my grandmother brought over every year. They weren’t pretty or cute or cool.

4. Christmas song that you love?
All of them? Traditional Christmas hymns or “rockin’” holiday tunes.

5. How many trees do you put up?
Just one, but one day I’d like to have one BIG tree in our main living space and little (2-3 ft) ones in the bedrooms and office. Maybe even in the kitchen if you can’t see the big tree from there. They just look so festive and happy.

Holiday 5QF Dec 02

Since I have yet to be able to wrap my head around a post detailing our epic Thanksgiving road trip, I figured I’d amuse myself (and hopefully a few others out there!) with Mama M’s 5QF. Just click the link to join the fun!

1. What’s on the top of your holiday wish list and why?!
Ummm… I don’t know… I have a wish list with quite a few items on it, but I’m not sure there’s anything I MUST have. The DVD of Eclipse perhaps? The iPod to make my car even cooler than it already is? The World of Warcraft Cataclysm Atlas that I probably won’t need by the time it’s released? The TomTom that I have yet to choose because there are just TOO MANY options?

I could live without everything on that list and still be a happy and content person. I just want to watch everybody else’s faces light up. 🙂

2. What is your favorite Christmas gift from the past?
The laptop I’m typing this on was a good gift. The desktop computer that preceded this was also a good gift. However, the one gift that I still have a zillion years later is a jewelry box my dad gave me somewhere in my early teens. My dad is a horrible gift giver and always a last minute shopper, he has since changed to just giving out cash for Christmas and birthdays. But that jewelry box has stayed with me through the years.

3. If you had life to do over, what would you be when you grow up?
A physical therapist, an orthopedist, or a registered dietitian. One of those will happen eventually.

4. When do you put up your tree?
We used to put up our tree after Thanksgiving dinner was cleared away. Now that we get the 3 cousins born within 3 weeks together for Thanksgiving, it’s one of the first things we do when we return home, or return to normal scheduling if we host.

5. What is your favorite Holiday?
Christmas, no doubt. I love the cold (even though there is very little of it in Florida), the decorations, giving gifts, baking until I collapse, and how the majority of the world just seems happier in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

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5QF Randomness Nov 11


1. What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you?
C-section. ‘Nuff said.

2. How much sleep do you get at night?
Depends on what I do during my free time and how the babe sleeps. Usually 7-8 hours.

3. How long did you believe in Santa Claus? How did you find out that he does not exist?
It was some time in middle school, and I don’t remember how I found out. I know it wasn’t traumatizing, and might have had something to do with an odd family ritual a good friend has.

4. What was the last movie you saw in a theater?
Life As We Know It. Great movie, but I cried FAR too much. Before that I saw Easy A and before THAT, I saw Vampires Suck. I’ve seen three movies since August! WooHoo! 😉

5. What do you wear to bed?
It depends on the weather. Usually a t-shirt and undies, more as necessary. I watch the weather eagerly starting in December for Florida’s “cold” nights so I can wear my flannels. I <3 flannel. And I've been lucky enough this year to already have an opportunity to wear them!

Yep, I Did It Again Oct 22

It’s been a week without blogging, and 5QF is here to give me a swift kick in the rear. I swear I intend to blog, but right now, the babe’s and my schedule is far too busy for that. I don’t like that, but until swim lessons are over, there isn’t a whole lot I can do to change that. Unfortunately, lessons don’t end until December, so these will be interesting times. This post is already off to an interesting start, because I’m not sure I’ve ever used the word “that” so many times in such a short span of text.

The only remarkable event of the past week is my daughter’s nose meeting the carpet at school and getting a nasty rug burn. It’s gross and I feel so bad for her, but it doesn’t seem to bother her at all. In the mean time, I find myself cuddling her more, and my husband is buying her fave foods and toys, to make her feel better. She feels fine, we’re the ones who feel bad. Such is the life of a parent…

On to the main attraction.

1. Who is the better cook, you or your spouse?
I really don’t think either of us is better than the other. I cook more often, which can lead to frequently repeating recipes, and I prefer sweet things, so it can be difficult for me to find dinner inspiration. My husband enjoys creating complicated menus, or “discovering” a meal by digging through the pantry until inspiration hits.

2. How often do you talk to your mom?
Almost every day. Wait, do you mean literally talk to my mom? If so, probly three times per week, but my mom and I text nearly every day.

3. Are you adventurous in the kitchen or stick to the recipe?
I don’t seem to know how to follow a recipe. It almost pains me to do so. There’s always an ingredient where I’m like, “Oh! I prefer this to these.” Or, “Wow, that’s a lot of fat, let’s trim that down a little.”

4. Is your second toe longer than your big toe?
Yes, and people think I’m a freak for this. I don’t care.

5. Do you dress up for Halloween? (Bonus question: What will you be this year?)
Generally, no, I do not dress up for Halloween. If there’s a themed party, sure. Otherwise, not so much. I prefer fall decorations and family Thanksgivings to trying to scare the crap out of people and stuffing ourselves with candy.

It’s That Time of Week Again! Oct 14

It seems like I really only feel like writing when 5QF rolls around. No, that’s not right. I’m so surprised that time goes by as quickly as it does that before I know it, it’s Thursday night and the sneak peek is showing up in my Reader.

We’re still in our routine of 5 days on and 2 days off, which keeps us pretty busy. Since there wasn’t Story Time at the library this week, we took a trip to the beach instead. It’s amazing how relaxing the beach is, even when if I don’t glop on sunscreen I turn into a lobster. The babe is still afraid of the water, but we get a little better every time.

We also did the hour plus drive without toys for the babe. I’m trying to prepare her for the super long car trip we have planned to NY for Thanksgiving. I’m hoping the ride itself will amuse her for awhile, then we can start the DVD player or open up a coloring book. If any one has other suggestions for amusing an almost 2 year old in the car, they are greatly appreciated. Also, if you know any great places to stop just off the highway from Florida to New York, those recommendations are appreciated as well.

Enough of my rambling, you’re here to see my responses to Mama’s 5QF!

1. What is your favorite Halloween candy?
I love most candy. There is not a Halloween candy that I would want that I can’t get at another time during the year. My favorite sweet treat to eat during the Halloween season is the home made treats I make. Candy corn cookies and pumpkin tea cakes were a hit this year, and I still have another trick or two up my sleeve before I switch to Thanksgiving treats.

2. Do you fold your socks?
I always fold my socks. That statement is a little misleading though, because I generally don’t wear socks. I wear socks to the Y. So folding one or two pair(s) of socks is cake. My daughter doesn’t wear socks very much either, so hers aren’t a chore. My husband’s annoy the crap out of me. He used to have a thousand pairs of socks that were all different kinds so they all only had ONE match. This has improved, but folding his socks is still the most hated moments of my laundry time.

3. What is something that you wish you had been warned about?
Exactly how many changes my body would make after pregnancy. I’m sure the other moms out there are nodding their heads with me. They tell you things won’t be the same, and they mean it, in every way possible. You just don’t realize how many ways there are until it happens.

4. What is the most significant difference between you and your significant other?
Ummm… I don’t know. Our spending habits? He buys every thing he can come up with a solid reason for, and I don’t buy anything over $20 without a mile long list of reasons that it’s a good idea. Even with a mile long list of reasons, I don’t always make high dollar purchases. Hell, I’m having a hard time filling up the gas tank in my new SUV without feeling “bad.”

5. What are three words you would use to describe yourself? (And, just for fun…if your significant other is around, ask him/her what 3 words they would use to describe you!!)
I hate these questions. Caring. Loyal. Well, those 2 were easy, now a third… I’m trying to be positive… Friendly.

Caring, loyal, and friendly.

Really. 😉

A Very Very Late 5QF Oct 11

No, today isn’t Friday, nor is it even within the McLinky time frame, but since EVERYTHING today has been behind schedule, I’m going to go ahead and post my answers to Mama’s 5QF. It’s kind of a if you can’t beat’em, join’em mentality for me today. Enjoy!

1. What do you listen to while driving?
The radio. Mostly the local mix station, but I also listen to oldies, top 40, and country on occasion. The only thing I don’t listen to very often (and especially not with the babe in the car) is rap music with controversial lyrics.

2. What is your least favorite thing about Fall?
The sun setting earlier. Now that the weather is finally nice enough to enjoy, it’s getting too dark to take a toddler outside and enjoy it. 🙁

3. What does your dream house look like, inside and out?
Like a slightly larger version of the one I own. 😉 Open layout with a huge kitchen, a den for my husband to use as a home office, at least one guest room, good sized patio for entertaining, and a whirlpool tub in the master bath. Of course this means I also want a master bedroom and one for my daughter and any future children

4. Would you ever own a minivan?
I can’t say never, cuz it might happen, but I’d REALLY like to avoid it. I just got a Mazda CX-9 which seats 7 and has as much storage as a minivan, but it’s labeled an SUV, so I should be able to avoid the mom van *cheer*

5. Do you wash new clothes before wearing them?
Usually. On occasion I either forget to wash something, or bought it because I need to wear it in the very near future and don’t have time to wash it. I’d prefer my new clothes be washed first. 🙂

A Lil Bit of Inspiration Sep 23

I love when 5QF with Mama M over at Five Crooked Halos gives me inspiration for a post. Things have been so routine around here that posting just didn’t seem worthwhile. My daughter is continuing to improve at school, but other than that, not a whole lot is going on. We will be going camping again next month, and have decided to take a road trip to NY to visit with family around the holidays. I have not yet started my fall baking, nor do I think I’ll be tackling any craft projects this year. Like I said, things have been very routine.

Now, on to what you’re here for!

1. If you could speak with a different accent, what would it be (i.e Australian, Scottish)?
Probably Irish, since my name is Erin and I do have red hair. It’d be fitting. 🙂

2. Can you fall asleep anywhere? (i.e floor, couch, deck)
As long as I’m tired, I can sleep anywhere that I NEED to sleep. If the option is available, I’d prefer my bed or the couch…

3. Do you use public restrooms? If so, do you sit on the toilet?
I do use public restrooms, and I paper the toilet, although recent studies have shown this doesn’t keep you from getting any germs that might be on the seat, and that there are actually less germs than we believe.

Given the choice, I’d rather use my own bathroom. I’m sure this question is more than you ever wanted to know about me. 😉

4. If you were stuck in an elevator for 24 hours, what celebrity would you most want to be stuck with?
Ok, I can’t even begin to think about celebrities because within an hour, I’d be passed out on the elevator floor. I’m claustrophobic and HATE elevators. I don’t use them whenever possible. This means that I have taken my daughter out of her stroller, folded it up, and carried it up an escalator with me. Yes, I have a problem.

5. Where did you & your significant other go on your 1st date?
Um, that’s a good question. To keep a long story short, we didn’t notice we were dating until we had already become a unit. The earliest time I can recall was a sub picnic at a lake near the mall. I remember wearing a jacket, which means it had to be in the “winter,” so that has to be pretty early in our relationship.