Here they are, the answers you've been waiting for... my answers to this week's round of One Question Wednesday! (Haven't had a chance to play yet? It's not too late, leave a question in the comments section. I'll answer it and update this post!)
1. From Bozo - What is your favourite dessert and how do do you make it?
Choosing one favorite is difficult, since I love ALL kinds of deserts... cakes, pies, cobblers, cookies, puddings, etc. Some of my favorites are Italian Creme Cake, brownies, chocolate cake with fudge frosting, banana pudding, chocolate chip cookies, and blueberry pie. I enjoy baking but do very little of it anymore, since if it's in the house we will quickly consume it. Better to eat one piece of whatever when we are away from home! German Chocolate Cake is John's favorite, and I do make it for him from time to time. I also have a wonderful recipe for a seven-layer refrigerator dessert, and one for fruit pizza that I make to take to special events.
2. From Kristy - Where is your favorite place to be?
Truthfully, my favorite place to be is with my husband, where comes secondary to that! I am a hermit by nature and actually love to be at home. I could happily stay there forever with John and my furkids if I had unlimited Internet access and someone to deliver supplies as needed. If I could go someplace fun next week and had the funds to do so, I would choose a secluded beach, a cabin in the woods, or a few days in Las Vegas. I also love to visit places I've never been, so does John. Work keeps us from doing much of that, but we try for four-day weekends whenever possible, and dream of being able to retire (or work part-time) - hopefully before we die!
3. From Kristi - Do you cook often with it being just you and John? What do you like to cook and do you both take your lunch?
Fantasy answer - Yes, I cook healthy, balanced dinners for us each night and pack nutritional lunches for us to take along to work. :-)
Real answer - No, we both put in long days and by the time we get home neither of us feels like putting more time and energy into cooking. I would say we eat at home about half the time, and this often includes something such as a crock pot soup/stew, or hamburgers on the George Foreman grill. More often we eat out enjoying sea food, ribeye steaks, Mexican food, and Italian food. Delicious - yes, nutritious, not so much. John eats lunch at the run, usually whatever one of his staff pick up from a local fast food joint. Packed lunches often get overlooked. I've stopped eating fast food lunches for the sake of finances and health, and have started bringing a Pure Protein shake and a granola bar to work for lunch at least four days a week. This way I can use my lunchtime for blogging! I feel better and my budget appreciates the dollars saved! I would eat a packed lunch, but am usually not motivated enough to put one together the night before. We don't keep a lot of food in our fridge, because it often spoils before we get around to eating it. We have improved greatly in cutting back on sweets and bedtime snacks, opting for fruit instead. It's a start, and better late than never! At my job we start a new "Biggest Looser" contest every two months, and weigh in every Monday morning... knowing that's coming up is a strong motivator to be more conscious of what I eat!
4. From L - What was your worst impulse buy?
I actually do very little impulse buying, L, largely due to often being in difficult financial situations in the past. We live on a budget and my main indulgences are cat food and books! I really detest large stores and malls - with all the people, noise, and commotion, and all the eye incentives to buy things you really don't need. I shop when I need something and try to avoid looking at all the things that might be fun to have, that I can actually live just fine without. The older I get the less interest I have in acquiring more stuff!
The only impulse buy that comes to mind was the purchase of a cellphone and phone service plan for a friend who intended to leave her abusive partner and her current cellphone was on his plan. I put down the deposit and paid for a really nice phone, and of course she promised to reimburse me. In the end, they didn't separate, the phone didn't get put to its intended use and in fact her son ran up a bunch of extra fees by downloading songs and games. I ended up eating the bill and the expense of cancelling the phone contract. Good lesson learned. Being helpful is great, but when it comes to loaning friends money and things... think twice, and be prepared to forgo the cost expended!
5. From The Ranting Monkey - Who was your first crush?
My first real crush was on a boy in my grade that I had the pleasure of sitting next to during "Release Time" classes - which were once a week religion classes at our local churches that we were released from school to attend. I'm pretty certain those don't exist anymore! R was friendly and cute in a cuddly way, but what I liked about him most was his sense of humor. He always kept me laughing with under his breath comments and notes on his paper as our very old and quite boring instructor rambled on! I asked him to a Sadie Hawkins Dance once, but he declined. Probably because of peer pressure - I was known as rather "weird" back then. (I know - big surprise! :-) Wouldn't you know, he ended up marrying a girl who was my closest friend when I was in the early elementary grades. She lived around the corner from us and came from a large Catholic family. My parents stopped me from playing with her because the didn't feel she measured up to their standards. The pain their decision caused me is a lesson that I've carried with me for the rest of my life about not judging people. She went on to graduate from college, as did R, and they have a good life together. I am happy for both of them, yet, I still wonder how differently my life might have turned out if he had turned his attentions toward me. :-)
6. From Jo-Anne - Do you drink tea or coffee or neither?
I am a tea drinker - hot with honey (as learned from my Grandmother) for breakfast, and iced (sweetened or unsweetened) for the rest of the day. I love the aroma of coffee, but have never been able to drink it because it makes me instantly nauseous. My doctor tells me that means I am allergic to it. John is a coffee drinker, along with tea, so we put our much-loved Keurig one-cup maker to good use, with both of us taking travel mugs on the road to work in the morning! John likes the occasional Dr. Pepper (which he was once addicted to). I used to drink Diet Coke for breakfast - with a donut or a Hershey bar no less!! I don't drink any carbonated beverages now, they give me problems. We both love an ice cold beer with Mexican food, or on rare occasions a Margarita, and we've found that a glass of Wild Turkey American Honey is the best bedtime nightcap ever on weekends. It's by far the smoothest whiskey I've ever tasted and enjoyed drinking straight up!
7. From Trusting Poet - What is your favorite memory?
Having lived 58 years, I have many truly wonderful memories, so it's really hard to choose just one! Obviously, the births of my two children, and my beautifully simple marriage to my husband stand out as all time great memories. In addition to that, there are the very rare times when I have both of my children together with me in the same place, and the time Dad joined all of us in San Antonio just months before he died. Add to that some of the beautiful places I've visited and lived... the ocean, the mountains, Tennessee, and Germany. But if I had to choose one week of my life to live over again, just for the joy it brought me, I'd have to choose the first time I spent a week at Red Cloud Indian School with all the children in the first and second grade classes who had become special friends thru the phone calls and letters we regularly exchanged. I have never met a more awesome, loving bunch of kids in my life! Their ability to persevere despite some extremely difficult living situations and the harsh rez environment amazed me, and I was humbled by their desire to give when they had so very little to call their own. Along with beautiful gifts of beadwork and quillwork, and even a quilt pieced together from squares of cloth decorated with their handprints, one particular present stands out in my mind - a well-worn much loved stuffed animal gift wrapped in many feet of paper by small hands - accompanied me home and stayed proudly on the bookshelf by my bed for years, until he finally fell completely apart. Often he would "pose" for pictures and I'd send them along with stories of his adventures back to the little girl who gave him to me! Many of the friendships forged with those children remain strong today as their near high school graduation, and I'm certain will last a lifetime. I've learned far more from them about life and love than they've learned from me!
Well, I think that covers all the questions I've received this week. I've had a wonderful time working on my responses, and will be around to read your answers this evening. I encourage you to check out each of the blogs linked to the questions above, I'm sure they'll have some interesting things to say!
If you've enjoyed what you've read here, join us next week for another round of One Question Wednesday, anyone can leave a question, and get one in return! :-)