On another note, Debby at Inspired Design tagged me (my 1st tag! Thanks Debby!) for this Q&A session. So here you go:
1) What is the most interesting trip you have taken?
It would have to be my 1st trip to Bali, Indonesia when I was introduced to the Monkey Forest. Brad & the kids and I were walking through the forest with darling little monkeys everywhere. We had peanuts to feed them and they'd just come get them out of our hands. The next day we went in with bananas and they jumped right on me and snatched the whole bunch. Brad, being the guru of all-things-nature that he is, got a new bunch of bananas and told me to "watch how it's done". He secured a banana between his hands and held his hands high above his head. He would give the banana to a monkey when he was darn good and ready to. 10 seconds into the forest and a HUGE monkey jumped up to his shoulders, climbed on top of his head and hissed, baring his teeth ... Brad yelped and gave the monkey the banana :)
2) What is you favorite item of clothing? Why?
Not counting PJs? OK ... it's gotta be my flower skirt. So comfy and cool in the summer!
3) What is the funniest thing that you have experienced?
This is a hard one because my life is filled with FUNNY. But here's one: When we lived in Alaska we had pet ducks. Two of the ducks flew away leaving one by herself. Ducks hate being alone, so we headed to the lake where there was a plethora of ducks, to catch one and bring home. My daughter and I were alone on this caper and we both have a propensity for getting the giggles. Especially when together. We found it was way too hard to catch a big duck - they look slow, but they're not! So we targeted a mama duck who (we rationalized) had so many babies she wouldn't miss one. One was sort of lagging behind, so we thought we could catch it, no problem. Even with it getting stuck between rocks while waddling to the lake, Brooke and I were unsuccessful. This is because we both started laughing so hard we had to cross our legs and hold still. (Most of the time when we get the giggles it's WAY more inappropriate, ie: funerals, weddings, church)
4) If you could speak to one type of animal what would it be?
Either a bear or a duck. We also had bears in Alaska. Well, WE didn't have them, but they'd come through our yard. Some bears have such kind looking faces ... if I could talk to them, I'm sure we'd come to a good understanding about them eating our garbage if they would just put what they didn't want back into the trash can.
5) What would you ask said animal?
Oh - didn't see this before answering the question above. Well, if I were talking to a duck we'd just have a little chat. They're such content little creatures.
6) Who has made the biggest impact on your life?
Hmmmm. Good question. I'm going to change the question a little because as I ponder on all the people who have influenced me, I can't pick just one. So, of all the people I have never known personally, not including Diety, I'd say that Sir Thomas More wins. He was an amazing person whose integrity surpassed any I know.
7) What was your favorite childhood tradition?
Another one where I've got to change the question because there are way too many to list just one. Instead, I'll tell you about when I was 7 or 8 and we lived in southern California. We had a huge field of boulders behind our house and spent hours and hours playing on them. Kids have great imaginations, so my siblings and I named the rocks. The elephant rock was a favorite, but I also remember spending hours on the "house rock". It was really big and flat on the top .. on the side, there was a natural ramp that would take us down among smaller boulders. Good memories. We used to catch lizards like crazy in those boulders. But I think I actually ended up with way more lizard tails than whole lizards :)
8) What was your biggest decorating faux pas?
Hahahha .. this is awful. speaking of "faux", I got way into HGTV at one time and decided to do a faux finish on one of our living room walls. I learned from HGTV to not be afraid of color (I'm afraid of it again) Anyway, being the sensible shopper I am, I bought mis-tinted paint at the local store and went home to work on my masterpiece. I thought the wall would be a soft gold, and that I'd sponge it on. It came out bright yellow and looked like we were hosting a Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet. So thinking I did what any non-decorator would do. I grabbed my bottle of Old English, dumped it on sponges and covered the wall in that. The wall stayed that way till we sold the house.
I'm passing these questions on to:
Brooke at S&B
My friend (whose name I don't know) at Wandering Thoughts of a Scientific Housewife
Deb at Sparkling Scrapbooks
Tiffany at Dancing Branflakes
Alfie at Coffee and Silettos