Do any of you read my friend Kaly's blog? You should. She is funny. She was originally my sister's friend, but now she is mine. All mine. (This is what happens when you move away, Sherri. I take your friends and make them love me more. Hi, Jeana!)
Anyway, Kaly and I started our love fest in 2011 when we were pregnant with Annie and Charlie, respectively, who were born within weeks of one another. I initially liked Kaly for her sarcastic, self-deprecating sense of humor, but grew to love her when she started asking me for advice and recommendations on baby-related items. God, I loved it. Save for the occasional restaurant suggestion, no one ever asks me for advice or recommendations, so this was awesome. I was drunk with power.
But, alas, all good things must end. And end they did, when Kaly nominated me for some sort of blog award called a Liebster. Despite the grudge I will insist upon holding against her, if only because according to item 10 on her response it is her biggest pet peeve, I am going to go ahead with this little charade, because I, too, want to be famous. And because I need every little nudge I can get these days to blog. Writing slumps are real, my friends.
So here's what I have to do:
1. Answer 11 questions posted by the person who nominated me.
2. List 11 random facts about myself.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers.
4. Crate 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
And here are the 11 questions Kaly tasked me with answering.
1). Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging right after my nephew Brennan was born in 2007. I was obsessed with the boy and since Sherri was doing a piss poor job of keeping me awash in Brennan updates and photos, I wanted her to start a blog about all things Brennan. To show her how easy it was to do, I started Team Botanical. And Sherri never blogged. Instead, I just took care of the Brennan updates for her. She's crafty, that one.
2). If you could do any job other than the one you currently have, what would you do?
I would organize closets. Not build the closet organizers, but actually go in and get that business in order.
3). You can travel anywhere, regardless of expense, without your kids, where would you go?
The Czech Republic and Budapest. Don't ask me why, I just want to go. And I really want to take Chip to Iceland. It is a magical place with tiny little ponies, puffins and a stark landscape that is still beautiful. Iceland was my first international trip, which is probably why I am enchanted with it.
4). Same as #3, but with the kids.
So lame, but I would pack them up and head to Hawaii. Maui, Kauai and Lanai, to be exact. When Chip and I were planning our honeymoon, I distinctly remember saying, "Oh, no. Not Hawaii. I mean, that's somewhere we can go when we have kids." Because obviously I thought having kids would make us rich and able to travel at the drop of a hat.
5). What's the most embarrassing thing you have written about on your blog?
Even I have some limits as to what I share. But probably the most embarrassing item to date was when I shared that I drove off with the gas nozzle still attached to the tank. Because it wasn't the first time I had pulled this little stunt.
6). To which Sesame Street character do you most relate?
Bert. See No. 2.
7). What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas. Not only was Mary Clare born on Christmas, but I love everything about the holiday. Now it's just all the more magical, albeit stressful. Thankfully Chip is as pro-Christmas as I am.
8). What is one food you will never eat?
White Castle. It's just not happening, folks.
9). Tell us a little bit about your family (siblings, parents, in-laws, etc).
Obviously, my TB family is the best. Chip is such a great husband and father. He is just a solid good guy. Mary Clare and Charlie make my heart swell with love and pride daily. My parents could not be better role models. I admire their kindness, energy and work ethic. My sister Sherri is funny, and our relationship is funny. It entertains me to no end that two people can be so alike in some ways, yet so terribly, terribly different in others. And of course I love Brennan, Alexandra and that dude they call dad. (Brian is the strong silent type. Except when he's on a roll.)
10). If you could spend 48 hours with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?
I would totally spend it with my Grandpa and Grandma Klostermann (deceased). Take everything I wrote about my own parents and multiply it by 10. That's how amazing they were. While I think they knew how much I cherished them, the touchy-feely thing did not really jive with their German Catholicness. So I would spend the 48 hours eating Little Debbie oatmeal cream pies and star crunches and tell them everything I loved and admired about them, and how now that they're gone and I'm older and wiser, I admire them even more. And miss them. I really still miss them. (Please note, my Grandma Thole is equally amazing—and going strong at 94—but if I tried to spend 48 hours with her or even dreamed of telling her everything I love about her, she would have me committed. My grandparents do not do feelings.)
11). Would you rather have to shop only at
7-11 for the next six months, or relive a socially awkward moment every
day for the next month?
Kaly, you are absurd. Of course I would pick the socially awkward moment. In these tough blogging times I need all the fodder I can get.
And now on to the 11 random facts about me:
1. The top of my right ear is fused to the inside portion of my ear. It's as strange as it sounds. The left ear is normal.
2. I have a minor in political science.
3. I went to Eastern Illinois University my freshman year before transferring to the University of Missouri.
4. When I was in first or second grade, I put on a baseball batter's helmet (the souvenir kind) and hit myself on the head with a bat to see if it worked. I broke the hat.
5. I have never eaten at White Castle, Jack in the Box, Long John Silvers, or any other fast food joint that specializes in fish or chicken (except for KFC, natch).
6. In third or fourth grade I used one of my mom's razors on my hair. My hairdresser noticed, obviously. It took years to grow out all the different fine little layers.
7. After college and before Chip and I got married, I lived in the same apartment in St. Louis Hills for seven years. I loved that apartment. Chip still tells me I can go back whenever I like.
8. My first car was a white 1980 four door Ford Tempo.
9. I love doing the laundry and ironing.
10. I dust the chest of drawers in our bedroom twice a day.
11. I wanted to be a cake decorator when I was little. Ironically, I suck at cake decorating.
Now I am supposed to nominate 11 other bloggers. Hmm. Yeah, I don't know 11 other bloggers. I would love to nominate Leslie Stiff because I do so terribly enjoy her tell-it-like-it-is parenting tales, but seeing as she just had her third baby a few months ago, I feel it's probably not my place to ask yet another thing of her. (If you are up to the task, Leslie, let me know and I will get those 11 questions right over to you.)
So, there you go. A grand total of 22 random things you probably never wanted to know about me. Let's just hope that this little trick worked and I can get back to posting on the regular.