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Answer Me This3A long break just to rev up for another session of Answer Me This!

1. When driving, are you more likely to listen to the radio, to CDs, or an iPod, or nothing at all?

I prefer the radio in most circumstances. I switch between CBC Radio 2 (classical, mostly) and The Others (which vary between ‘all the same new music, all the time’ to ‘never repeat’s). I try to keep it to classical in the car during the hours that there is classical playing, because I am not likely to play it at home, unless it’s Christmas. Then you can’t get me to turn the Nutcracker off. Just ask Andy.

Andy usually likes silence in the car. Unless Katy Perry is playing. Then he has to join her and belt out a song (or at least the portions he knows). "Smurfs 2" - Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

2. Do you prefer window or aisle?

Window. If it is a long-haul flight (which mine aren’t, if I fly at all) I’d likely prefer the aisle with the kids. Easier to access facilities and stuff. But I really only fly to Vancouver with any sense of regularity (we’ll say two times in 4 years) and from Saskatoon, that means a stop in Calgary. So my flights are only about an hour each way (Saskatoon-Calgary; Calgary-Vancouver), which doesn’t really require moving much.

2014-07-24 05.38.26Felicity and I airporting it back very early to Saskatoon from Abbotsford (super close to Vancouver)

And I really enjoy watching the take off and landing views. And occasionally the clouds and stuff.

2014-07-24 10.03.59(It’s like they knew they could do some advertising from the pictures taken from the window…)

And sometimes I’m super duper lucky and get a whole aisle to myself. Or myself and a baby. Comme ├ža:

2014-07-20 09.00.223. Do you fall asleep on your side, back, or stomach? What position are you in when you wake up?

I usually end up falling asleep on my stomach, though if I stay that way overnight, I’ll wake up with a pain in my neck (literally). I feed Felicity during the night, so I usually wake up on one of my sides if I’d been feeding her then had fallen asleep. Ideally I’d prefer to fall asleep on my back because it doesn’t make me wake up hurting (ah, the joys of getting older), but it’s not as comfortable, unfortunately.

4. Do you have a favourite quote or inspirational saying?

Why yes, I do.

tumblr_l2gb2m5MGE1qzn0jzo1_400This is a Galaxy Quest quote, which is one of the bestest, star-studded spoof movies out there. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out on life. I doubt this not.

galaxy-quest-deluxe-edition-dvdAnd, while it’s not a true quote per se

funnyI really hope you get it. Because if you don’t, I just…there’s not…well, you’re not cool enough, I guess. It encompasses everything cool: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Star Trek. All in one smack-you-head meme. I need a poster of this. Or a t-shirt.

I suppose one day I might answer this question with something that isn’t funny and more serious, but alas – today is not that day.

5. When was the last time you attended a zoo, circus, carnival, county fair, or parade?

Well, we can definitely count the county fair out, as those don’t exist in Canada. Last summer Spencer and I went to the Exhibition, which makes me feel like I’m in a circus. Does that count? In Cincinnati in January the kids and I went to the aquarium, which is like a zoo…

6. What’s the best thing about summer?

IMG_3355Kicking the kids outside and watching them revel (and complain) about everything they should be reveling at and complaining about at their age. Like how hot it is. And fighting over who goes down the slide next. And spraying each other with water. And prancing through the sprinkler. And spraying everything they can with a hose (though I do get angry when it’s my tomatoes that the boy starts hosing down full blast). Basically, just being outside. We don’t get that freedom in winter, so enjoying it while it lasts, in whatever way that takes form (backyard adventures, splash pads and outdoor pools, biking, walking, etc, etc.)

IMG_3285Troublemakers. All of ’em.

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Wow, has it been a week already? Craziness. Well, here we go:

Answer Me This31. How often do you take public transportation?

I don’t take it often anymore. When we lived in Ottawa, I used it all the time. The city was set up for public transportation and when the bus drivers went on strike for 3 weeks, the city basically shut down. I wish more cities had accessible public transportation like Ottawa does.

2010.02.01-2010.04.01 087El Canal and the Fairmont in Ottawa. This is the way we worked the public transit in Ottawa.

Andy, however, takes the bus most days to work. I have to admit, taking the bus with 3 kids by myself, at this point, feels like it might traumatize me. Maybe in a few months I can entertain the thought. The kids love taking the bus, though.

2011.07.09dDoes this count as a bus? It’s full of crazies. (Montreal with family). So glad to be related by marriage to these folks!

2. How many cousins do you have?

On my maternal side I have 11 cousins, on my paternal size I have 4, though I haven’t had contact with them for years. We used to have big family reunions when we were younger on my mom’s side, and those were great. I’m the oldest cousin on my maternal side, which meant I babysat more than hung out with cousins. I don’t think anyone ever really got over that, but whatever, it’s always a good time when we get together now (which isn’t often anymore).

2009Munros153This is where I get my crazy from.
2009Munros094You know it’s a good time when…

The kids have 3 cousins on their paternal side, which they get to see relatively often. One set visit from Ontario a couple times a year and the other lives close to us, so we are lucky to see them more often. They also have 2 cousins from my side of the fam, whom they have never met.

3. Have you ever fired a gun?

No. And I have no desire or inkling to ever do so.

4. Do you ride roller coasters?

Love, love, LOVE roller coasters! !! I could ride them all day and be content. Unfortunately Andy does not share my love of roller coasters, and I usually have to drag him on one or maybe two, which he freaks on every time. But I am thankful he’s at least willing most times to freak out on them to help keep me happy (when we are at such parks). I think the craziest one I went on was when I was visiting a friend in San Francisco area. It was a drop-ride that I had to build up my courage to consider. Felt I could see the whole of the bay area from it (it was at California’s Great America amusement park).

2009Munros088This was at Disney, but just as epic cause I was with the crazies mentioned above. Family is like a roller coaster, right?

5. What’s your favourite flower?

Though I can’t get it as a flower in a bouquet, I love magnolias. Their scent is heavenly. magnolia-rustica-rubra

6. Are you allergic to anything?

I have hay fever, but that’s about it. And it’s the least-worst living in Saskatchewan than it has ever been, which is lovely.

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Answer Me This31. When’s the last time you got a new bathing suit?

Either when I was pregnant with Spencer or Cassia. I can’t remember which. It was near the end of the pregnancy, at any rate, and I bought it because I was starting to snap the elastic fibers in my regular swimsuit. Oops. Oh well. It’s a sweet two piece halter that has an empire ‘flair’ to it – after the ’empire’ waist the rest of the material kind of loosely flows down and is long enough to cover a stretching belly or just a post-partum belly. I like it a lot, though I haven’t had an occasion to wear it for awhile.

IMG_5096Cassia makes some interesting choices, though.

2. Who made the last incoming call on your phone?

That would be Fr. Colin calling Andy about church-stuff. Something RCIA-related, I believe. But truly, nobody really calls us except the telemarketers. That was a strange and not common exception.

3. If you receive communion, do you receive it on the hands or the tongue?

Definitely the hands. For me, it helps signify that Christ became human, in all our messiness. I am sanctified because of his sacrifice. My hands are sanctified. I am accepted as I am into the salvific love of the trinity. I’ve experienced a lot of hurtful conservative theological thinking in the past that has also contributed to this decision. I’ve seen all too often people of the opinion that we are not being respectful of Christ’s presence if we receive holy Eucharist on the hands, and other such nonsense (we aren’t Manichean here, folks). The way I see it, which I know to be in line with our faith’s teaching, is that there is no right or wrong on this one. It’s all about preference. For me, it affirms that Christ is human too and that my human form is made holy through his. It affirms that my hands are Christ’s hands here on earth, just like my feet are also his feet here. This choice affirms who I am in in relation to Christ and our Father. And I like it. So it works.

4. Do you have a tattoo?

Nopers. Never plan on getting one.

5. How many dinner plates are in your house?

We have seven. We used to have eight, but then that crazy thing happened way back when and *poof* we’re down to seven. I blame it on Andy. And mostly, I can’t remember what happened.

6. Do you have an accent? Canadian_Flag

Well, no. Does anyone ever think they have an accent, though? You can bet that I definitely don’t speak Newfie. I was made fun of in California for some of my Canadian-isms (‘eh?). Yes. Yes it’s true. We do say that one. And a few others. I find it an endearing characteristic, though. I might be biased on that.

And some cute pictures just because:

IMG_5268 IMG_5267Uncle Darryl and Chloe came to visit after the baptism.
IMG_5309This is often what she does when she’s awake during the day. IMG_5284But she’s growing!
IMG_5320You have no idea how completely this captures Cassia…
IMG_5326Cute sisters pose. I find this picture incredibly sweet. And they’re wearing the dresses I made them this week.

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Answer Me This31. What’s something you intended to do today, but didn’t?

Make ice cream. I had made homemade chocolate mint ice cream for Felicity’s baptismal party, which went like wildfire. Andy later told me that he only got a tablespoon full of it. So I have had every intention to make another batch of it for us so that he could have more than a tablespoon (and me too, to be honest). I just haven’t made it yet. Apparently it doesn’t trump sitting on my butt watching the World Cup.

2014-06-14 11.34.37 Blurry, but you get the idea. Inspiring another generation of footy players.

2. What’s your favourite grilling recipe?

It’s not actually a recipe, really. Oil, some salt, and nearly any vegetables. I love grilled vegetables. Fullstop. It’s not that I don’t love other food grilled up, but grilled vegetables just make everything better, no matter what else you have.

3. What movie did you see most recently?

The Croods. We watched it Sunday together as a family to celebrate Father’s Day. It was pretty good.

4. Would you say your tendency is to over- or under-react to medical situations?

My tendency is to over-react, but I know that it is my tendency, so I try to compensate. If you experience me in a medical situation, you will likely experience me in my compensating-under-reacting mode. Though if I’ve had experience with something similar before, I’m likely to naturally under-react (eg. kids falling down … well, anything under 6 feet. Will check over now to make sure nothing is broken, but otherwise will mostly ignore).

5. Do you squeeze the toothpaste tube or roll it?

Combination? Generally I squeeze until I get towards the end, then I use my toothbrush to press all the toothpaste towards the opening. But strictly speaking I don’t roll.

6. What did you do on Father’s Day?

We went to Mass, came home, ate food. Watched the Croods in the afternoon with popcorn, had burgers for supper, then after the kids were in bed, watched Star Trek: The Next Generation (thanks Darryl for lending us your collection!). Nearly a normal day with the exception of the kids giving Andy some gifts and watching the movie together. Pretty good, really :).

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Answer Me This31. What’s for dinner?

I’m hoping it will be my mom’s cooking. She’s finally arriving today, just in time for baby’s arrival. I’ll be honest – we’ve been eating off paper plates for the last week cause we are just not. getting. things. done. The kids are sapping all my energy these days and to even get food on the table is a miracle, let alone cleaning up after it. Blah. I’m done with being done.

2. What’s the last thing you borrowed from someone?

Oddly enough, a pregnancy dress. One of the moms in my moms’ group had a dress she really wanted to share with moms who were pregnant. I was the first one who claimed a pregnancy for this year (now there are 4 or 5 of us), so she offered me the dress. Yay clothes!

3. What is your favourite prayer?

At this point in my life, I would have to say the Gloria. Spencer has always love, love, loved the Gloria, and now after having sung it for him for what feels like millions of times over the past 2 years, I feel really attached to it. I love the way it expresses our faith in God while giving glory to the Creator, Redeemer, and Spirit so poetically.

4. What is the oldest thing in your house?

I can name some old things, but I don’t know if I have an ‘oldest’ item that I can name. Possibly the sewing desk that I inherited from my grandmother (that we use for a computer desk currently). Andy may have some keepsakes from his family that are older

5. What’s the best concert that you ever attended?

Cecilia Bartolli. Opera singer. While I was taking music lessons in high school she was the one whom I’d be listening to in order to hear what the piece sounded like. Love her stuff, and her concert in Vancouver was absolutely amazing. And classy.

6. Do you have a nickname?

Not really. I used to imagine that I had nicknames, but that was a long, long time ago in a world that revolved around a Disney musical by the name of The Newsies. Throw in some high school obsession-ness, and a whole world of imaginary things happened. I thought I was pretty cool though.