The weekend and the beginning of this week have been so busy that I am copping out. I have tried writing a post about Baby Girl's birthday hi-jinks, or about the brave way The Boy sat to have his first round of blood drawn, or about the massive baby shower we threw for my sister-and brother-in-law, complete with a watermelon baby carriage carved by yours truly; but I am so tired that everything I write seems to turn out the same way: First we did this, and then, it was so funny, but the kids totally did that. And after that, we did that other thing that was so hilarious, but you had to be there. As you can see, I'm having a little trouble pulling it off.
But I have been tagged by Angie, and I like to answer my tags in the spirit of kindness and reciprocity. And also because they give me a little extra time to reset my brain. So this, my friends, is what you are getting: A piping hot dish of screwball answers to random questions. Enjoy!
Were you named after anyone? Hmmm... my middle name, Catherine, is my aunt's name. My first name was not supposed to be Aimee. It was supposed to be Kathleen, but when I was born, my dad looked at me and said, "There's my Aimee." My mom, taken by surprise, is the one who didn't want the A-m-y spelling, so they agreed on Aimee. I've always liked the way my name looks, but I've always felt that it sounds like a little girl's name.
When was the last time you cried? Believe it or not, I can't remember, and that is remarkable for a crier like myself. I cry about everything, because, as my mother always says, Better out than in.
Do you like your handwriting? Yes and no. If I am careful and I have the right kind of pen, I do like it. But if I am hurried - like at the doctor's office where you have to fill out seventy forms in triplicate only to be asked the same questions when the doctor finally comes in to see you - well, then I don't like it so much. I feel like it looks messy and childish.
What is your favorite lunch meat? I don't eat much lunch meat, but I guess roasted turkey breast, or black forest ham.
Do you have kids? Three, in all their glory.
If you were another person, would you be friends with yourself? Who came up with this question? If you say "Heck yeah I'd be friends with me. I rock at friendship!" - then you sound conceited. If you try to be humble and say something like, "Well, I'm not the best, but I try to be a good friend" - then it sounds like you are fishing for compliments. I guess I will say yes, because I have friends, so they obviously picked me for some reason.
Do you use sarcasm a lot? Ya think? Yes, I do, but I come off sounding nastier than I want to, and I end up regretting it.
Do you still have your tonsils? Yes, but my gall bladder is a distant memory.
Would you bungee jump? No, I'm afraid I'd dislocate something I might need later.
What is your favorite cereal? Anything with sugar listed as the first or second ingredient. Growing up, my parents did not buy sugary cereals for the simple reason that they are not good for you. That logic didn't sit well with us kids, so we lobbied hard for Super Golden Crisp or Fruit Loops every.single.week. On the rare occasions that sugary cereal was purchased, we confirmed my parents fears about our rampant gluttony by eating the entire box in a day.
Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? No, but the only "tie" shoes I wear are my sneakers when I am on the treadmill. They are so old that I can slip them on and off without untying them. Everything else I wear is a slip-on because it's summer and I'm allowed.
What is your favorite ice cream? Starbucks Mud Pie is ambrosia. I am powerless to resist it, therefore, I cannot buy it.
What do you notice first about people? If they are male or female, then their eyes, and then their mouths.
Red or pink? What?! Um, pink I guess . . .
What is your least favorite thing about yourself? The fact that I have a laundry list of things that I don't like about myself, and almost all of them are about the way I look.
What is the last thing you ate? Breakfast - left over pancakes with sugar-free syrup.
What color pant and shoes are you wearing? I'm not wearing pants or shoes. I'm wearing my nightgown.
What are you listening to right now? Revival by Gillian Welch
What are your favorite smells? lilacs, lily of the valley, baby powder, honeysuckle
Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Rob
What are your favorite sports to watch? college football
What is your hair color? A golden brown base with some dark auburn highlights. If left to its own devices, it would be gray.
What is your eye color? green
Do you wear contacts? No, and no glasses either.
Scary movie or happy ending? Happy ending - there's enough real scariness out there, I don't need to see it in the movies.
What is your favorite food? chocolate
What was the last movie you saw? In the theaters? I can't remember that far back, but we do get movies from Netflix. The last thing we saw was Thank You for Smoking, and we have had Babel sitting here for three weeks, but have not watched it yet.
What color shirt are you wearing? A pink striped nightshirt.
Summer or winter? That's a dead heat. I like winter because my birthday and Rob's birthday are in January. I am a hibernator by nature, but the summer has become much more fun now that the children are here. Plus, their birthdays are all in a row - June, July, and August - so we have a little something fun in each month.
Hugs or kisses? I've been known to enjoy both - occasionally at the same time!
What is your favorite dessert? Oh, it's so cruel to make me pick just one. I wish dessert was its own food group. I guess I will go with ice cream, since I have never met an ice cream I didn't like.
What are you reading? The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
What is on your mouse pad? Nothing, because I am boring like that.
What did you watch on TV last night? Nothing, I was too busy filling out paperwork for The Boy's upcoming appointments.
Rolling Stones or The Beatles? The Beatles
What is the farthest you've been from home? Houston, Texas. Not very far, globally speaking, but I have big plans for traveling in the future.
Where were you born? Abington, Pennsylvania
Now comes the part about tagging other people. I am not going to specifically tag anyone, because everyone I know is doing something fabulous and fun this summer, but if you want to play, let me know so I can come over and poke around your answers. I'll even promise to leave you a comment that is wittier and more coherent than this post. Tall order, but I think I can manage.