I'll confess. I'm the world's worst at answering email questions. I also get tagged in fun quizzes from time to time and never seem to get around to doing them. There are several possibilities for this, most of which boil down to my dingy forgetfulness. Anyhoo, I went through my emails from the past few months and wrote down some questions and attempted to answer them here in quiz form. So please, everyone, consider this my formal apology.
1. You've been married for a long time, when are you going to have kids?
OK, I get this question a lot. From family, friends, the little old man that sweeps the sidewalks in front of my building. Yes, we've been married a little over seven years and no kids. For a while we were unsure as to whether we wanted children, but now we're leaving the possibility in God's hands. A lot of my peers seem to be sweating bullets about the 'ticking clock.' I shrug it off. My mom didn't have her first child (me) until she was 31, and her last child came ten years later. Also, adoption has always been something close to my heart. But, I would like to say that we should all be sensitive when asking questions like this. I wasn't offended in the slightest, but I do have friends that struggle with fertility issues, and questions like this (while well meaning) can be upsetting.
2. What kind of camera do you use?
It's a Kodak C743, my trusty old point and click.
Once upon a time there was a little black schnauzer named Elvis. His elderly owner was going to a nursing home, so Elvis paid our house a weekend visit to see how well he and Mabel might get along. I was sure Mabel would love having a little brother. Instead, Mabel's bark turned into a very shrill screech whenever Elvis sat in my lap. She also stood between Elvis and his food/water bowl so he couldn't eat.
Elvis left and Mabel lives happily ever after. She's an only child.
4. How old are you and when will you have children?I'm 28. See question #1
5. What is your day job?
I'm a personal assistant. I arrange lots of travel, manage the office, schedule meetings and sometimes get to talk to senators on the phone. Once I spoke with Hilary Clinton's assistant. My bosses are important, I am not. I also write books. But I don't get paid for that.
6. Where do you go to church?
We currently attend a non-denominational Christian church that we love.
7. What, no kids?
8. What made you choose to buy a 50's ranch?
Mabel's House won me over with its yellow brick exterior and pink tile bathroom, a total throwback to my grandparent's home. When we walked inside, it just felt right.
(Chuckling into my sleeve) Uh, no. I can, however, send you a list of the ones that have rejected me.
14. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Cannon Beach, or anywhere on the Oregon coast (where these photos were taken). It was the most breathtaking place I've ever seen.