March 16, 2009


This is meme from MIR and let me SAY…There are some questions in life that you do not TRULY want answered. If you have kids, you can try this meme at your OWN RISK. Basically you interview your kids…about YOU. Yikes. My son is 12. My daughter is 6. Both have been raised to be hideously honest, a fault I intend to correct.

1. What does your mom always say to you?
Son: Do not butt into other people’s conversations. Say WEXCUSE ME like you were raised to HAVE A MANNER!
Daughter: Peace, Peace, be still.

(HA! Her answer is from a song – an OLD TIMEY GOSPEL SONG. It’s about Jesus calming the storm and sometimes when my children start TALKTALKTALKETTY TALKING like tiny Word-filled machine-guns, I sing the chorus really loud until I can’t hear them.

2. What makes mom happy?
Daughter: When I do what you say!
Son: The Good Cat

(The Good Cat is my orange Saturn Vue. He is called The Good Cat because he is the same color as BOGGART-Kitten, who is DEFINITELY the BAAAAAAD cat.)

3. What makes mom sad?
Son: When someone dies?
Daughter: When there are no new LOLCATS up.

4. What does your mom do that makes you laugh?
Daughter: *accusing tone* You are a tickler!
Son: You tell really good “someone walks into a bar” jokes.

(Of COURSE I do, son. I’m Irish.)

5. What was your mom like as a child?
Daughter: I bet you got your way a lot.
Son: Cheerful and happy. Not a care in the world.

6. How old is your mom?
Son: 40
Daughter: 41

(I always secretly liked him better!)

7. How tall is your mom?
Son: I’m not sure – like 5’6” (He is CLOSE – I am 5’7”)
Daughter: I don’t know. About…some inches. I think you are about the size you are when you are 41 and you are a girl.

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Son: Write books and hang out with your family.
Daughter: Play World of Warcraft with Daddy and Watch Mystery Science Theatre 3000 with me and Sam.

(Outed as a total old school geek! ACK!)

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Son: Maybe work, but probably you play World of Warcraft.
Daughter: You sit and miss us.

(No, wait, I always liked HER better, I meant.)

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Daughter: Writing books!
Son: Being the world’s best author.

11. What is your mom really good at?
Son: Getting involved in church stuff – you love Church activities.
Daughter: You’re good at writing books, but I already said that, so I will say you are good at smiling.

12. What is your mom NOT very good at?
Son: Staying calm when high pitched beeping noises happen. You hate them! You verbally explode!
Daughter: One time you were on the phone and I hid in the dining room and you must have let out the crazies on somebody because as soon as you hung up you called Miss Karen and you said, “I shouldn’t have let out the crazies! I let the crazy out!” SO you must not be good at not doing that.

(WOW. Little pitchers. Big ears. BIG SNEAKY EAVESDROPPING EARS. Note to self: Go outside to talk on the phone when daughter is home.)

13. What does your mom do for her job?
Daughter: Writing books
Son: Write books.

14. What is your mom's favorite food?
Daughter: Broccoli
Son: Sushi

(HEE! See also: Chocolate. I think she thinks it is broccoli because I am such a VEGGIE CHEERLEADER trying to encourage her to eat a NIBBLE of a healthy substance.)

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
Son: I really admire you and look up to you because you’re a good influence and you are nice, and you’re my mom.
Daughter: She presses on to the goal to finish her book on time and she does not let her book down!

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Son: Ben’s Gramma from Ben Ten – she’s smart. And she is actually quite pretty for her age. (ACK!)
Daughter: You’d be a pretty good Vicki the babysitter for looks, but you aren’t that good at torturizing. You are too nice. Maybe you could be that powerful one who makes storms!

17. What do you and your mom like to do together?
Son: Game night. Also, I will like it when like it when you take me on a trip to New York when I am 15. Right?
Daughter: We like to sing together.

18. How are you and your mom the same?
Son: I have your eyes, and we both yell a lot.
Daughter: We are both girls and I have a uterus which is where to grow a baby!

(Guess what we just recently discussed…)

19. How are you and your mom different?
Son: I’m a bad driver. Well, wait. You are a bad driver, too, but I don’t know how. So, you at least know how. *he sees my face* Wait. Maybe I should just say I have short hair and you have long hair.
Daughter: You are 41 and I am much younger.

(Now I am not sure WHICH is my favorite…maybe the dog.)

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Son: You express it with what you say and how you treat me.
Daughter: You let me have candy. Also you let me go to do the sports and activities I want to go to. And mom? Can I have horseback riding lessons?

21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Son: Church.
Daughter: Starbucks!

22). Where is your mom’s LEAST favorite place to go?
Son: On long car trips. Last time you were chanting BOREDBOREDBORED and dad said he should drug you like a pet before long car trips.

(I have more than one EAVESDROPPER, I see…)

Daughter: You do not like to go to that food place that quit making the good dumplings because now they have stupid dumplings like everyone else’s, exactly alike, when it used to be special.

(She means PF CHANGS. And she is exactly right about them ---they STOPPED making Shanghai Street Dumplings and now they have the same kind of crap dumplings you can get ANYWHERE. *sigh*

Posted by joshilyn at March 16, 2009 6:14 PM

Haha this was great Joss! I think your kids must have gone to the same Precociousness School that Mir's did ;)

Posted by: Heather at March 16, 2009 7:44 PM

You know they nailed #10, don't you? Well, and the rest of them too, I'm sure, but #10 absolutely!

What a great meme!

Posted by: Fran at March 16, 2009 9:17 PM

LOL- those are great. You comment to the first one reminded me of this quote from (I pink puffy heart with sparkles her blog):

"I love my kids so much and I normally never want to get away from them but this month it’s been too much and I want to pull out my eyes and stick them in my ears because oh my god dudes, stop saying words."

The post was entitled: "Why am I eating raw cookie dough? Because they don’t make hard liquor dough." Heh.

Posted by: Jill W. at March 16, 2009 11:06 PM

Love the answers! Getting them out of my seven year old son was like pulling teeth.

Posted by: Heather Cook at March 17, 2009 12:19 AM

I don't know if I dare try this with a 4-year-old! Too funny.

But in my geekiness, I'm obsessing: what channel is still airing MST3K? Or is it on DVD? ;-)

Posted by: Brigitte at March 17, 2009 5:12 AM

MST3K is on DVD.
The above is true.
I should stop there.

HOWEVER in the interest of oversharing and exposing my SUPER-GEEK-FULNESS (instead of just the regular kind) I will tell you Scott and I have MANY MANY MANY VHS tapes of our favorites recorded.

Posted by: joshilyn at March 17, 2009 7:43 AM

But not, please oh Lord, NOT "Manos, the Hands of Fate." Please.

(We're kind of torn between Attack of the the Eye Creatures and Cave Dwellers...)

Posted by: rams at March 17, 2009 8:32 AM

I love that Scott realized that drugging you for trips might be advantageous. You could be like BA on The A-Team, and before any long trip Scott will have to slip some drugs into your milk. (I know, I know, you don't drink milk. Okay. Into your Starbucks or sparkling mandarin orange seltzer!)

Posted by: Mir at March 17, 2009 8:39 AM


I like the goat leg guy BEST and I am still not sure if he exploded or just ran off? I like how the wife does that FAKE BRADY BUNCH CRYING.

AWESOMELY bad, from stem to stern.

Posted by: joshilyn at March 17, 2009 9:09 AM

Manos Hands of Fate is sooo dreadful! I hurt myself laughing at that episode -- "you want crazy bread with that?"

Posted by: BethR at March 17, 2009 10:18 AM

I love Maisy's answer to #5...You should cut her off from the talks with the relatives before things get really out of hand.

Posted by: Tammy at March 17, 2009 10:42 AM

Manos is good.....Riding with Death is better. OR, dear God--A Touch of Satan.


Posted by: Molly at March 17, 2009 11:09 PM

MST3K!!! I'm not the only one who remembers this! I made a reference to MST3K in a meeting recently and I got a room full of blank faces (mind you, some of these claim to be engineers). The only one who knew what I was talking about shushed me so, he said, I wouldn't embarrass myself further.

Great post, now I must ask my nephews about my sister.

Posted by: JenniferG at March 18, 2009 1:08 PM

1) Mystery Science Theatre 3000 is still on?

2) Crazies...ha ha love it

3) now I'm hungry for lettuce wraps

4) your kids have a good mom, it shows in their answers

Posted by: Cele at March 20, 2009 12:19 AM