Answer Me This – 6 (and a few Mumbles thrown in at the end)

I decided to link up with the lovely Kendra at Catholic All Year.

I threw in four Mumbles at the end because I like doing 10 things on Monday posts. 🙂

1. What do you still want to do this summer?

Is it still summer? Ha. Well, the kids go back to school one week from today. I’m not going to say I’m sorry about that. Ever since we’ve been back from vacation, they’ve been driving me nuts and been at each others’ throats as they’ve been around each other all day every day for just a little bit too long.

BUT — I guess I still need to move the buttons out on the jumper I have for Helen and also on the uniform skirt I have for Dani. I’m glad I got all the major shopping done this past weekend. All kids have the shoes needed for school, socks and underwear and all their school supplies. So moving buttons is probably enough. Oh and Sarah needs new volleyball shoes and knee pads. I guess I need to do that, too.

2. What is your favorite kind of pie?

I love a good chocolate silk pie. I actually like all kinds of pie. I love pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and Apple Pie at Christmas. But if I get to pick the pie at any ol’ time, I would probably pick a Chocolate Silk Pie.

Chocolate Silk Pie

3. How much sleep do you need each day? How much do you get?

I need about seven hours. I usually get about six and a half. And that is if I am being good and not staying up late watching a show with Sarah. I am a horrible hit-the-snooze-er. I don’t know why I don’t just get up when the alarm rings in the morning…but I have to hit the snooze about twice. So, I set that clock ahead about 10-15 minutes so I still get up when I need to.

4. Do you prefer to swim in a pool, lake, river or ocean

I prefer to swim in a pool. I don’t like the slimy feel of some things in a lake. I’ve never swum in a river, but I would imagine the same slimy, gross thing applies. I have swum in the ocean. I like it fine, but the unknown re: things like currents, sharks, jellyfish and such keep it behind the pool in preferences.

5. Do you know any poems by heart?

Not anymore. I should read some poetry. I haven’t done that in a long while.

6. Do you use the public library?

Yes! Actually just this summer I got into that. I started reading fiction for fun again over the past couple of years as I tried to keep up with some of the things Sarah read. I realized I didn’t want to buy the books I was reading and renewed my card at the library. I put books on hold that I wanted to read and when they became available, I read them and returned them. It was great. As I have a renewed interest in using the library, so do my children and now all three girls have a card of their own. Dominic likes to borrow books, too, but he just uses my card for now.

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For you regular folks who know I sometimes do Mumbles on Monday — here are four more little nuggets for you.

7. I took the boys shoe shopping Saturday. Dominic was so cute — he says that he needs “tie shoes” now that he is going to Kindergarten. Can you believe how hard it is to find shoes with laces these days? All the shoes have velcro!! We finally found some affordable Stride Rite shoes with laces that were in his size. He wasn’t even mad that they didn’t have any Star Wars stuff on them. He thought it was much more important to have “tie shoes.” Love that kid.

My boys and their “tie shoes”

8. When I took the girls for shoes later, Helen was insistent on having “tie shoes” because both of her little brothers had them. That was unexpected.

9. She also needed a new play outfit. That girl is growing and honestly, she wants to be comfortable. But she also wants pink. So, we found this outfit on the clearance rack at Target.

This is what I get when I say, “Give me a Sassy Pose”

10. So Vincent wanted his picture taken, too. And he also wanted to try and be “sassy” (i.e., hand on hip)

Still working on looking AT the camera these days…

Well, have a great Monday folks.




Answer Me This – 5

And, I’m late, but I’m doing it anyway this week. Linking up with the lovely Kendra at Catholic All Year.

1. Do you have a Smartphone?

I do have a “smart” phone. I have an iPhone and have had one for at least three years. I believe I got my first iPhone right before Vincent was born and he is about to turn 3. I love my iPhone. I take good pictures on it, I can connect to anything I want whenever I want and I find that I like that. It makes it simple for me to keep up with my oldest on Twitter and Instagram (she doesn’t want a facebook account — I guess facebook isn’t “hip” enough for her, haha).

2. Which is your favorite meal of the day?

I think I’m with Kendra. Breakfast. I could eat breakfast all day long. And I like ALL kinds of breakfast. Cereal, Eggs, bacon, muffins, bacon, bagels, bacon, hashbrowns, bacon, pancakes and….BACON! (Yeah, I really love bacon.)

3. Shower or Bath?

Shower. Hands down. Ever since someone equated baths with swimming in a tub of your own filth, I just can’t do baths anymore. I move my kids right on into showers as soon as I can, too.

4. Think of a person you love. How many days have you been in love with that person? (Don’t worry, this site will do the math for you…)

Well, I have been in love with Craig approximately 6210 days (I had to guesstimate the actual date I figured I was in love with him, because I didn’t, like, write down the day I told him “I love you” the first time or anything. ha!). Craig and I will celebrate 15 years of marriage this July. I’m not amazed because I totally expected to get here. But…it makes me happy nonetheless. 🙂

5. What’s the best church you have ever been inside?

Wow. I think it has to be  St. Martin of Tours parish in Louisville, KY. On a trip back from my Nana’s funeral in 2011, we ended up in Louisville in time for breakfast and Mass, so we stopped and went to Mass there. I was quite impressed with the inside and the outside. Beautiful.

6. Happy Feast of the Visitation (on Saturday). Has anyone come to help you?

Well, I have had minimal help over the years. The first baby, plenty of people offered, but I didn’t take them up on it because I didn’t know I really should. Then, we really didn’t need much help when the second child came. My mom came for a bit when #3 was born as she was the first baby I nursed for any length of time and that probably wouldn’t have happened without some help early on. #4 was a fairly easy adjustment and no help was offered or needed. Same with #5, although that adjustment was harder than #4.

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Answer Me this – 4

This week Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas is hosting the Answer Me This linkup for Kendra at Catholic All Year. Apparently there’s some European vacation thingy going on…wow, so jealous (okay, maybe not SO jealous. 🙂 ) Anyway, I enjoy Haley’s blog and am excited to participate this week and answer Haley’s questions.

1. What’s the scariest thing that has ever been in your yard?

Hmmmmm. We’re city and suburb living folks, so nothing too crazy. Probably a garter snake or, no, no….I remember coming home to see a HUGE preying mantis on my door — in my garage — it was horrible. I am a huge bug freak. I don’t like bugs of any sort and when I saw that darn thing just hanging out on the door that would go into my living room, I absolutely died really did a major freakout returned to my car promptly with my armloads of groceries and called my husband to awaken him to come and take care of it. Yikes!

2. Beards. Thums up or thumbs down?

Thumbs down from me. I like a clean-shaven, short-haired man. Always have. My dad currently sports a beard that makes him look like Santa Clause. It suits him, so I guess I’m okay with that. But any other beards…yuck.

3. If stuff breaks, can you fix it?

No. Sadly, my husband cannot fix most things either. It needs to be a pretty simple thing for us to repair stuff ourselves. I wish I were so talented, though. It would save me a lot of money.

4. What was your first car?

Well, the first car I drove was a Dodge Aries “K” car. My mom had purchased it as her first vehicle purchase after my parents divorced. She moved on to a minivan at some point and we still had that car and I drove it during high school.

The first car I purchased for myself was a 1983 Chevrolet Celebrity — blue. It was a decent car, until the transmission started going right before it got totaled from a wreck (that was not my fault).

5. How often do you eat out?

More than I should. At work, lunchtime is a networking opportunity, so fairly often I meet people for lunch. And then…with the kids, ordering pizza or hitting a kid-friendly restaurant happens more often that I’d like to admit. so maybe…once a week or once every two weeks, depending on how well we’ve planned with groceries and activities.

6. Why is your hair like that?

Well, as my regular readers know, I’ve recently opined about my hair and changed it up a couple of weeks ago. My natural is a dishwater blonde, but I’ve gone blonde for a long time with my hair. Highlights, etc. I also grow my hair out and cut it short at times. I had been growing my hair out since 2011 when Vincent was born, so it had gotten pretty unmanageable.

Recently, I cut it short (leveled bob) and dyed it red. I have thought about going red for years. YEARS. I just wasn’t sure I could pull it off. So, I finally just took the plunge and………….I LOVE IT! I have loved it since I had it done and every day I am happy with it. So, I think it’s here to stay (for awhile). 🙂


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Answer Me This – 3

Another installment of Answer me This…I’m late, I know it. Sorry. 😉 Linking up with Kendra at Catholic All Year!

1. Are you becoming your mother?
*sigh* Probably in some respects, and I don’t mind some respects. In others…I ask my husband to lovingly nudge me and let me know when I do certain things my mother does that kind of annoy me. I told him that as we get older, this becomes mor eand more of his primary job. 🙂
2. Coffee or tea?
Neither. I just don’t really care for either of them. I tried and tried to like coffee in college and never did. I try to like tea every so often and I don’t.

I stick to diet coke and water. Mostly water. A little diet coke for variety. I wish it were healthy and socially acceptable to sip Margaritas all day long. But…well, yeah.

3. What foreign country would you like to visit?
Italy. I want to go to Rome and Vatican City at some point in my life.
4. Do you cry easily?
It really depends. For most of last year, I would have said yes. Because I was going through some stuff…and if my daughter looked at me cross-eyed, I would start bawling. And then, I got control of all that stuff and it’s not as easy to start crying anymore. But then yesterday, as Helen received the Holy Eucharist for the very first time, the tears came. So, I guess if it’s a really big thing — I cry easily.
5. How often do you wear heels?
Never. I used to try to wear them because lots of women in corporate America do. But I swore off wearing anything uncomfortable a few years ago and never looked back. I don’t care how good it looks, if it hurts or makes me feel awkward while walking, I don’t wear it anymore.
6. Do you play an instrument?
I learned to play piano when I was a child. I can still pick out about half of Minuet in D by someone…

I also got pretty good at clarinet and recorder growing up. But I was always second chair in Clarinet. A girl in my class was a phenomenal musician and kicked everyone’s tail at the clarinet…so, I kind of gave up trying to be the best at it by 7th grade.
These are fun. I like answering these questions! Nice change of pace.

Answer Me This – 2

I started writing some other post and then I completely remembered I was gonna do Answer me This again this week! 🙂

1. Do you hate happy clappy church music?

I don’t hate it. But I don’t like it within the liturgy. I love attending Gospel music performances or participating in happy clappy music outside of the Mass. But it just annoys me when it’s used during the Mass. Was that the question? Oops.

2. What is your priority: eating or sleeping?

Hmm, tough one. I think I’ve grown into putting priority on sleeping. But for much of my life, eating has definitely been the higher priority. As you can see in my Weight Watchers Wednesdays posts…I have worked hard to put eating into its proper place.

3. What type of milk do you drink in your house?

Whatever is cheapest this week. I don’t drink much milk. But anyway, usually, I see 2% milk in the fridge. But lately, I keep seeing Whole Milk in the refrigerator. I can only surmise it must be the better deal lately. But…I don’t do the grocery shopping and I leave that to Craig (yes, it’s okay, be jealous).

4. What is a book that changed your perspective on something?

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. It was part of an Honors Economics Seminar my freshman year of college. I think that time of life is big for figuring out your perspective on things you probably hadn’t thought about before. I hadn’t thought much about why I was a Democrat and FOR a lot of things that I am not FOR anymore (since reading that book). But, now I’m unaffiliated with a political party and I have different reasons for being FOR things than I did when I was 19. Growing in my Catholic faith has changed the way I look at a lot of things. So has the fact that I’ve struggled financially and sometimes it’s been stressful to put food on the table and clothes on the kids. I’ve been thinking about reading The Wealth of Nations again so that I can see what 40-year-old me thinks of it. 

5. Who is your favorite saint?

Saint Pope John Paul II — now that he has been canonized. I am also fond of St. Gregory the Great. And Mother Teresa. And I’m very fond of our Blessed Mother.

6. Introvert or extrovert?

Extrovert, with some introvert tendencies. I’m not one of those extroverts who is overly excited and energized by a crowd of people or the life of the party or anything. But, I am an extrovert. And my introvert tendencies are things like, avoiding answering the phone (I hate talking on the phone except to a few select people), taking my “me” time by myself and loving that, and being rather bookish (I love to read — I would do that all the time if I could).

Linking up with Kendra at Catholic All Year today!

I leave you with a couple of pics of my boys. I got a day out with them yesterday and had a blast.

After shopping, I took them to Jason’s Deli for lunch
(Momma’s gotta get her salad!)
Oh and Dominic is cracking me up with the straw hanging
out of his mouth.
Dominic was playing and telling me how “fast”
his new shoes made him run

picture of said new shoes…
He was very happy to have new shoes. 🙂

Answer Me This — 1

1. What did you and your family wear to Mass on Easter Sunday?

Here is a picture of the whole family:

The Hughes family after Mass!

I am wearing a dress that came from…the back of my closet! Yes, it has been so long since I bought it that I’m not sure I can  remember where I bought it. I just recently realized I could wear it again (It’s a size 10, y’all!) as I have shrunk down from my size 16 self a year ago. And, I don’t know what you all think about dress sizes, but a size 10 dress is typically the same as size 6/8 pants and size medium shirts. Why is it that dress sizes are so jacked?

Okay, on for everyone else:

Sarah found this at Old Navy and it was modest and cute, so I approved.

Sarah in a cute number purchased the day before at Old Navy

Dani received this dress in a bundle of hand-me-downs over the winter. It matches her coloring very well, I must say.

Dani rockin’ the hand-me-down dress

This is the third year Helen has claimed this dress. Sure, it was a little long at first…but she sure loves it (and it’s not as long anymore).

When she likes it — she LIKES it. 3 years of wear for the win!

The boys, oh, the boys…shirts start out tucked in, but it isn’t long before they are out. Here they are in their cute little grandma-purchased shirts with their “church pants” (i.e., the pants that only get worn to church so they don’t end up with holes and rough edges)

Vincent MUST have his post-Mass sucker and Dominic just doesn’t “get” photos yet.

Bonus pics of the husband and me. He wore a suit, much like he does on a regular church-going day and I wore the dress I found in the back of my closet. It’s a great little number…the underneath can be worn as a sundress and the jacket dresses it up.

Full length photo. The Sandals were a find at DSW a year or so ago 🙂

2. Easter Bunny: thumbs up or thumbs down?

Thumbs up, but not way, way up or anything. We don’t go crazy in the Easter baskets as I mentioned yesterday. But, my kids do “believe” (is that the right word there?) in the Easter bunny — until they don’t.

3. Do you prefer to celebrate holidays at your own house or at someone else’s house?
I have been thinking about this a lot lately. We typically travel to Grandma’s, but Craig mentioned perhaps having Thanksgiving at our house this year. So maybe our days of driving to someone else’s house on holidays are numbered? I guess as far as preference…I’d rather not drive and I’d rather stay home — but I’m kind of a homebody in that respect. I just like not going anywhere on holidays.

4. What is your favorite kind of candy?

‘Nuff said #amiright

5. Do you like video games?

I am rather ambivalent about video games. The only video games I enjoyed growing up were Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man. To this day, those are the only games I will play with any level of enthusiasm. Okay, I like Candy Crush, too. I do play it with some regularity.

My kids like video games, though. I just don’t care. I’d rather spend my time reading or on facebook or something else mundane.

6. Do you speak another language?After 5+ years (between high school and college) learning German, sadly, I cannot speak it. I can read it. But I can’t speak it.

Linking up with Kendra at Catholic All Year.