2.) 5 Random facts about you and your family. (inspired by Nice Girl Notes)
I picked up my husband from his school, and we started heading toward home, which is 23 miles away. Plenty of time for conversation, right? Our usual routine involves monosyllabic mumbles while we decompress, followed by short, simple sentences. By the time we pick up our son, we are usually coherent. I had something different in mind.
"What advice do you have to offer women?" I'm a rip-the-band-aid-off-quickly kind of woman, but I tried to sound nonchalant.
"What?!?" I had surprised my husband by asking him a question instead of just my usual mumbling.
"Mamakat said that husbands could write an open letter offering advice for women. You know, since last week we got to give men some advice."
Larry wasn't buying it. He even laughed out loud.
The man had a point, but I had a blog post to write, so I went with Plan B.
"What are some random facts about our family?"
The rest of the car ride went downhill from there, although Larry did come up with a couple of ideas.
2. We are actively looking for Bigfoot. After every episode of Finding Bigfoot, we have a map out, and we are locating the state where the episode took place, and where that state is in relation to our house. When the team went to Australia, we did the same thing, and we discussed that Australia is a different country and how things there might be different from here. On one episode, there was a visually impaired woman and her guide dog, so we talked about why she needed to have a dog helper. All these opportunities to talk about travel, culture, diversity...We love that stuff. Plus, if we do find Bigfoot, Zane will be the coolest kid on the planet for at least a day.
3. We are into soccer. I know, I know--coming from two of the most sedentary people on the planet, that's just plain crazy talk. Except that our son is very...energetic. He likes to run. So we let him, and we put a ball in front of him. Being nerds/geeks, however, we don't just let Zane play soccer. We joined him in his enthusiasm. My husband joined the board governing our particular soccer league, so that we would have some say in how our son learned his skills. Larry then became a commissioner, setting up the teams, finding coaches, calling parents, etc. Larry also decided that he wanted to coach, so he went and obtained his 'D' license, whatever that is. In addition to all that, we watch soccer on television and try to keep up with the English Premiere League.
4. We own more books than the population of Liechtenstein. I made that up. Maybe not Liechtenstein...how about the population of Monaco? No? The point is that we have a lot of books. We have bookcases that go from floor to ceiling. We have books on the floor, books in boxes in the closet, books underneath the bed, books in the bathroom, books in the garage...you get the idea. Anyplace that we can stuff more books, we have. If it weren't for the kindle, the house would be bursting at the seams with books. We just love books, and once that attachment has formed, we can't let our favorites go.
5. We offered amnesty to our cats, trying to get them to reform. Pounce is insane. I love her, but she still won't acknowledge or accept Zane being here, and he's been here for five years. I have warned her that she will go before Zane, but does she listen? Zena is our little serial killer, often showing up at the door with various critters that she has found. All they have to do is move, and she's on them, stabbing them with a claw and flinging them about in the cat version of Unforgiven. We've tried keeping her indoors, but she is faster than us.
How about you? What are some random facts about your family?