1. Where do you live? And why do you live there?
I live in Fillmore, California. A little (for real little) agricultural town about 40 min north of L.A. I live here because we were getting kicked out of student housing and needed to move, we couldn't afford anything desirable in the valley, we wanted a change of scenery, but we still wanted to be near friends and family, and we still loved SoCal, but we kinda hated the sprawl, and we met friends (through Jim and Kendra!) who evangelized us to this funny little town that hardly any one that's from Los Angeles even knows about. We have kept living here because it's a great little town, tucked into a valley filled with citrus and avocado groves, up against a mountain range that gets GREEN in the spring, there is a foggy ocean breeze that rolls in in the mornings, there are no billboards or helicopters, and we have an amazing local community. It's affordable (cheap) and raising our kids in a sleepy little town has proven to be awesome. Come live here!
2. What are you currently watching/reading?
I am currently not watching a million things. I seem to have fallen out of my nook of possibility for watching anything. I'm not sure how I can get back into the nook but when I do, I will be catching up on The Walking Dead, Sherlock, Downton, House of Cards (although I might be done da done done with this show as it is getting increasingly raunch), and Pretty Little Liars don't judge, ok go ahead and judge.
I feel like I've been out of a reading nook for a long time, too. At first I blamed it on being at the end of a harder than usual pregnancy and then having a newborn but now I blame it on my phone! I think I waste all the time that I could spend with a book in hand on my phone, wasting time! Bad habit, must quit. I would like to read the third installment of one of those end-o-the-world teen drams (Allegiant), I would like to finish reading A Landscape with Dragons by Michael O'Brien and I would like to re-read Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck because it reminds me of the summer. On my phone I am currently reading Friends of God by St Josemaria Escriva.
Why? Because this:
"Well, late one afternoon, during one of those marvelous Valencian sunsets, we saw a boat approaching the shore. Some men jumped out, swarthy looking and strong as granite, dripping wet, stripped to the waist, so weather-burned that they might have been made of bronze. They began to haul in the net that trailed behind the boat. It was laden with fishes, all shining like silver. Their feet sank into the sand as they pulled with amazing strength. Then all of a sudden a little boy appeared, all sunburnt too. He came up to the rope, seized it with his tiny hands and began to tug away with evident clumsiness. The tough, unsophisticated fisherman must have felt their hearts soften, for they allowed the child to join in, without chasing him away, even though he was more of a hindrance than a help.
And I thought of you and myself. Of you, whom I did not know as yet, and of myself; of our daily tugging away at the rope, and of many things. If we come before God our Lord like that child, convinced of our weakness yet ever prepared to second his plans, we shall more easily reach our goal. We shall haul the net onto the shore, bursting with an abundant catch, for the power of God reaches where our strength cannot."
3. What kind of Catholic are you: cradle, convert or considering?
d. None of the above! I am an ex-evangelical Protestant Christian turned Catholic which is technically a "catechumen" (just learned this fun fact) but who wants to tell people they are a catechumen?? Pretty obnoxious/confusing if you ask me. So, I just call myself a convert. Ok, there, convert.
4. Can you point to one moment or experience that made you want to be a practicing Catholic? (Or want to be?)
I can point to a million moments. Every time I walked into a Catholic Church. Every time I went to mass. Every time I had a conversation about history, Sola Scriptura, birth control or miracles. Every time I watched a documentary on Mother Theresa or Padre Pio. And there was that one time that Kirby and I went to Assisi and to Avila and to Rome. Then. Then, I wanted it all.
5. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
13! Two pairs of sandals, one pair of black ballet flats, two pairs of booties, one pair of tall boots, one pair of combat boots, one pair of clog heels, one pair of black wedges, one pair of converse, one pair of ratty gray nikes, one pair of moccasin booties, and one pair of no-name sneakers that used to be vintage roller skates. You were dying to know, I'm sure. How many pairs of shoes do you have? These seems excessive all written out and all.
6. Are you a good dancer?
Pretty good, I think. See #11.
7. Who usually drives, you or your husband?
This question has two answers. Who technically, actually, physically drives? Kirby. Who mentally drives? Me. Obnoxious habit, I know. I'm trying to remember to work on it.
8. What's your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it?
Definitely, definitely Christmas.
We celebrate like this.
And food and wine and wiiiiinnnnne.
And we keep celebrating it until this.
9. Which is the proper way for the toilet paper roll to face?
I honestly had to check both bathrooms for me to figure this answer out. It must a. not matter to me or b. be totally second nature to install the roll with the hangy part closest to the wall. So, that's my answer. Hangy part closest to the wall.
10. Do you have any scars?
Yes. My most notable scar is slashed right across my throat. I had my cancerous thyroid removed in 2000. I wonder what my neck looked like, all agape... Gross. Fascinating.
11. What's the most famous thing you've ever done.
I choose to answer this question 5 ways.
Way 1. (And most favorite way.) Being a sister to my brother.
Way 2. Taking a picture of Tom Hanks holding my baby. This is technically my baby's most famous moment, but I'm stealing it.
Way 3. Taking a picture of Caleb from Pretty Little Liars holding my other baby. Again, stealing.
Way 4. Filming a YouTube segment for Have A Little Faith (which I guess is technically pre-famous since it hasn't aired yet.)
Way 5. Being in a pop girl group in the early 2000's with a record deal and a non-album and a song on this beloved record. No, this is not a joke. My most famous moments in a said group were going to Jay-z's birthday party at a roller skating rink in Northridge, riding in an SUV with Ja-Rule (I am seriously laughing out loud as I type this) and flirting, more than once, with Justin Timberlake. No, this is not a joke.
Ok. I did it. You did it! Thanks, Kendra, for a fun way to spend my time while my children play with 3,000 of my brother's old beanie babies. Check her blog to get to know the other bloggers she tagged in her post! They are all awesome and deserve your lurking.