Thank you so much for coming out of the dark internet shadows and showing yourselves!  I wanted to think about my responses for a few days so I could give really great answers (or maybe I just didn’t feel like writing over the weekend?).

Up first is the lovely Laurel.  She asked:

What was your favorite outfit in 8th grade?
When I think back to the things I wore in junior high I just cringe (as I’m sure most of us do). I don’t know if I can narrow it down to just one outfit. I had lots of winners. Ones that stick out include:

  • A neon pink, oversized Harvard sweatshirt that was worn with tapered leg jeans, matching neon pink socks and white Keds.
  • A white thermal bodysuit with a hood and baggy navy blue jeans.
  • A blue and white striped babydoll dress under an oversized white sweater that had a collar.

Eighth grade was apparently the year of things that were oversized, because I also remember wearing many baggy t-shirts tucked into tapered jeans and a lot of my dad’s flannel shirts.  Um, he’s 6’2″.  I really don’t know what I was thinking.  I’m heading to Hometown this weekend for a baby shower so I might have to dig through old photos and provide some photographic evidence.

Question #2 comes from Awesome! Audrey:

If you do decide to get a tattoo, what are you thinking it might be? And where would you get it?
If you had asked the Anna of 10 years ago, her answer, without question, would have been a butterfly on the lower back. Oh yes, I wanted a tramp stamp (back before I knew what that was, of course). I sincerely loved butterflies though and still do, just not quite as much. If I were to get a tattoo RIGHT NOW I would likely choose a small, pretty heart with TTO’s first initial in it (FYI – it’s not T) just below my left hip bone. Don’t ask me why I’d choose that spot because I can’t explain it. Sidenote: I was thisclose to getting a tattoo on my 21st birthday and J was adamantly against it. He told me if I got a tattoo not only would he have to break up with me, it was possible that we could no longer even be friends. It probably said a lot for the state of our relationship that I wanted the tattoo EVEN MORE after he said that.

Dynamic Danielle wanted to know:

Do you have any piercings anywhere besides your ears?
Sadly, no. I do have two holes in each ear and I had a cartilage piercing for a while (it’s closed up), but I’m pretty tame when it comes to piercings. I went to a slumber party in junior high where all the girls pierced their belly buttons. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I felt like a wuss, but when they all got nasty infections a few days later I was really glad I’d chickened out. My mom and my sister both have their noses pierced and it looks great on them, but I don’t think I could ever pull it off. However, I’ve been really intrigued by eyebrow rings lately…

Enigmatic Erin asked:

How do you feel about cheese?
You can’t grow up this close to Wisconsin and not love cheese. I have no less than 5 different kinds in the fridge at any given moment. While it’s lovely to eat, did you know that cheese can also be used as an effective revenge tactic?

In high school my best friend really liked this guy. Said guy was a complete jerk to her for no apparent reason. Said guy also kept his sunroof open during the school day. One afternoon while talking with Mamacita about the general jerkiness of said guy she suggested pulling a prank. We racked our brains for ideas until Mamacita came up with the perfect one. We drove to the deli, purchased the stinkiest hunk of cheese they had and then made our way to the school. When we got there we were really close to backing out of our plan, but Mamacita had come along for the ride and wasn’t about to let us give up. She grabbed the cheese, threw it in the sunroof and we sped off. The cheese melted and from what I hear it took several professional cleanings to get the smell out.

I feel really guilty about this now because jerky guy has turned into a decent human being. Save this one for someone you REALLY despise.

Lurky LS inquired:

Would you rather wear a Christmas sweater with spandex pants and leg warmers everyday but have great hair and a beautiful face or have the latest and greatest in expensive trendy clothes with a frizzy perm, thick glasses, and a full set of braces?
Because I have so been there with the frizzy hair and thick glasses, I’m going to have to go with the Christmas sweater outfit on this one. I just hope the sweater will be long enough to cover up my spandex-clad hips and rear end. My hair was completely crazy for a good 10 years and I don’t ever want to go back to that if I can avoid it. Again, I’ll have to provide the photographic evidence next week.

Mysterious Miss Squirrel asked a tough one:

What’s the best gift you have ever received?
I have to divide this into two parts. My favorite gift as a child and my favorite gift as an adult. My favorite childhood gift was a wooden kitchen set that my dad made completely by himself. It was awesome. There was a metal bowl for the sink and plexiglass behind a hole provided a window into the oven. My mom spent several months saving up cereal boxes and other various containers so my kitchen would be stocked. Unfortunately, my play kitchen was one of the casualties of the flood of 1998. I was really sad that it had to be disposed. I’m hoping that if I ever have a daughter I can talk my dad into making another one.
My favorite adult gift would have to be my engagement ring. TTO picked it out entirely on his own and did a fantastic job. It is 100% me. Even after almost four years I look at it every day and smile. And the ring meant that I got to spend the rest of my days with a guy that makes me smile every day.

Sweet Suzanne is a mind reader:

What are your future career plans? Have you made any headway on that front?
I have a final interview for an awesome opportunity in about 2.5 hours. I don’t want to jinx anything so I’ll tell you more about it later this week – good or bad.

Radiant -R- made me sad:

What is your favorite song right now?
Why does this make me sad? Well, there was a time when I was really into music. I loved finding new artists and songs. I even tossed around the idea of pursuing a career in the music industry. Those were the days of downloading songs for free. These days my musical exposure is pretty limited. I got an iPod Nano for Christmas that is still in the box. I am so excited to have it, but it scares me a little too. I could really use some recommendations for artists to check out. However, that doesn’t really answer your question does it? Currently the song that I’m most excited to hear on the radio is Realize by Colbie Caillat. I like it much better than her first song.

Rule-breaker RA asked TWO questions:

What is your favorite form of potato?
I firmly believe that every little spud goes to bed dreaming about becoming a hot, crispy, salty McDonald’s french fry.


Would you describe yourself as a country or a city mouse and why?
This is a tough, tough question for me. I grew up in a very small town, but never really felt like I fit in. Then I went to college in a bigger (not huge) city and that felt a lot better but it still wasn’t a perfect fit (probably due more to the school itself than to the city). I guess I probably lean towards city mouse. I like the variety of people and convenience of having everything you need nearby. TTO is definitely a country mouse so we split the difference and bought a house on the far edge of an outer suburb. It works for us.

Thanks for playing along everyone! It was fun.