Thursday, June 11, 2009

An Answer For Everything

So you asked and I have answers. In fact, I usually have an answer even when you don't ask. Really, you're welcome. Sometimes I have the answer but choose to remain silent, and other times my mouth works faster than my brain and you get an answer in the form of a somewhat smart alec comment.

For instance, I make it a point to never talk about work on my blog. It's the most sure fire way to get yourself fired, but this is a darn good example. I was in a meeting the other day and a few co-workers got a little tense with each other. My inner(sarcastic) self told me to push away from the table and state, 'I see we have a pissing contest about to ensue, so I'm going to back away to keep from getting wet.' It would've surly cut right through the tension and since I work with all guys, they may have found it quite amusing. But the professional side of me begged the inner (sarcastic) self to please refrain. So I did. (But rest assured, there are plenty of other times where I share my incredible rays of wisdom with my co-workers.)

Anyway, let's get to the questions.


My young friend and mom-extraordinaire(who also rocks a mean mike) Beth asked:

Hmmm...questions...questions...other than Mexico, have you traveled outside the country? If so, where and when?

Yes, I have traveled extensively to other countries. I've been to Iowa, Kentucky, Arkansas, Northern Florida...Ok, just kidding and no offense to those who reside in those great states. Actually, the only other country I've traveled to is Canada, eh? The first time when I was 17 and on a youth mission trip with our church (that I still attend) and then when I was a lumber broker, I traveled to Kewlona for a conference/meeting with our suppliers. Both trips to Canada were pretty cool and I saw some really awesome sites. And I kinda dig the accent, eh?


Tony C (who has an awesome picture on his blog and it's really worth checking out) asked this:

What was your initial thought about your husband the first time you met him (good or bad)?

This is actually a pretty funny story. My kids and I had just moved back from Big Horn, Wyoming(this was in 2003) and I had a 24' U-haul truck with a 12' trailer attached to the back. (I was NOT leaving Wyoming without my snowmobile and BBQ.) I called a friend, who happens to be a pastor, asking if he knew of any 'muscle' that could help me unload my truck o' stuff. He said, 'I know just the guy you need to call.'

So, I call this guy named Jon, we make small talk and decide on a time the next day when he will come over and help unload the truck. The next day while waiting for Jon to show up, I'm standing in the driveway with my brother, next to the U-haul when this guy in a big ol' black (lifted) suburban pulls up. I looked at my brother and said, 'holy mackerel, I'm going to marry that man.'

Ironically, Jon had recently ended a relationship and sworn off women for good(because we're nothing but trouble) and was going to just focus on raising his kids. Jon told me that when he first laid eyes on me what popped into his head was, 'I'm screwed.' because that whole swearing off women thing... well,

Two weeks later we were dating, and the rest as they say, is history.


My awesome Hungarian sister Helen, who will beat you up if you mess with any of her friends, posed the following question:

What advice would you give to parents out there? What is one thing you wish all parents knew?

I guess I would answer this with 'you will never really figure parenting out.' I mean, we go into parenting with all of these dreams and expectations that we will raise kids 'who arise and call us blessed', we'll spend our afternoons doing finger painting and playing basketball in the driveway, every dinner will be a happy family sitting around the table, the kids will always say 'please' and 'thank you' and those kids that throw themselves into a tantrum on the floor of the Piggly Wiggly will never be yours.

Unfortunately, parenting is messy, disappointing, frustrating, infuriating and down right exasperating. But it's also rewarding, fun, tears of joy and laughter, exciting and the ride of your life. You get the good with the bad. At the end of the day, if you just do the best you can, your insecurities and faults aren't really that big of a deal. If you love your kids and they know it that is what counts.

Oh yeah, and one of the biggest things, always apologize and tell your kids you're sorry if you did something to them you know is wrong. It's a good lesson of forgiveness for kids and it builds a strong relationship. (And be their parent, not their friend.)


If you don't know Katdish you are really missing out. I can tell you that when we finally meet and get together, it's going to be sarcasticpalooza. I hope someone brings a video camera because there is going to be some good material. So Katdish wants to know:

What is the flip thing?

I did a Q & A, where I asked Jon questions about me and he had to answer, truthfully. In one of the answers, Jon made reference to 'that thing with the flip'. Unfortunately, there is no flip. It is merely an inside joke between Jon and I and I don't even remember how it came about. (Possibly after one-too-many LeBatt's or something.) But if there were a 'flip', I'd be darn good at it.


If you've never met a true Redneck and want to know one that happens to be pretty cool (yes, he really drinks moonshine and I bet he flies a Confederate flag on his house), I suggest you go visit Billy. He's an awesome writer who has a knack for finding God's little lessons in every day life. And he doesn't hold it against me that I like my tea unsweetened. Anyway, Billy asks:

My question is this: you live in Oregon, but you've lived in Virginia. Which one's better, and why? Not that I'll yell at you if you say Oregon.

Well, Billy, I have to say that the part of Oregon I live in is better than the part of Virginia I lived in. I was in the DC area, which is unfortunate, because I have traveled all through Virginia and I really like the Virginia countryside. Big city is not for me and I don't think one can judge the true Virginia by the DC area. I love the history of Virginia and that wins hands down compared to Oregon. Let's just say that I am sure I could be happy in either place and I have enough hick in me that I could probably fit in. Plus, I'm not a fan of Jeff Gordon. Dale Earnhardt is where it's at.


If you want to visit another country and find it's true colors, I suggest you visit Amrita. Amrita lives in India and I am continually amazed by her. She has a huge heart for others and shows us her life, literally in living color. You really need to check out her blog. You will be blessed. Amrita wants to know:

What is your fave dessert?

Well, honestly, I'm not much of a dessert person because I'm so addicted to carbs (like chips and salsa, bread, that sort of thing). But, if I'm going to indulge, I either want some of my mom's Strawberry-Rhubarb crisp or homemade ice cream (with fresh strawberries or peaches). And while it's not necessarily dessert, I dig Peanut M&M's. A lot.


As a bonus, I'm just going to throw out some random stuff you probably didn't know:

* I've traveled to almost every state except Alaska, Hawaii and the ones way up in the northeast.
* I have a temper(like so mad I could spit). It's the extremely large part of my genetic makeup that is Hungarian/Romanian. Eastern Europeans are kind of known for that. Sigh.
* I am extremely protective of my family and friends. (See, that Hungarian thing again.)
* When I was 5 I ended up in the hospital with a nasty concussion from falling off my bike.
* I remember precisely the moment when I accepted Jesus into my heart, as a kid.
* I grew up in the Nazarene church and went all Foursquare when I was 16.
* Ethan Allen (yes, Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen) is an ancestor of mine.
* I hate watching sad movies with Jon because I always cry and I don't like him to see me do that. In fact, I cry at pretty much anything. Tough on the outside, soft on the inside...
* My favorite movies as a kid were, The Russians Are Coming, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and The Sound of Music. Oh, and anything Hitchcock.
* I love suspense novels.
* I watch all things FoxNews and I dig Hannity and O'Reilly. Probably because they rock the sarcasm.
* I love waking up in the middle of the night and hearing the rain on the roof.
* I secretly hope Laura from Pete Wilson's blog shows up here. How fun would that be?

Ok, it's late and I gotta get the coffee ready for tomorrow. 4:45 am shows up way to quickly, and I am darn tired, so it's definitely time to hit the fluffies. See ya when the coffee's ready.


Helen said...

Tough on the outside, soft on the inside...another Hungarian characteristic, honey. When I was a child, I had chronic bronchitis. My Godfather, a man who got in fights (PHYSICALLY!) constantly, cried when he saw how often and hard I coughed. He even begged my parents to change doctors. Until then, we were going to his doctor, a Hungarian who until then could do no wrong. Us Hungarians are an odd bunch of bananas.

Are you sure that "flip thing" isn't that thing we Hungarians do when we're....nevermind.

Annie K said...

Helen, do you actually flip? And odd bunch of bananas? I guess you could call us that.

Nick the Geek said...

There was a lot there so I may have skipped it by accident, still it seems you didn't answer the important question everyone wants to know. Why are so many people searching for your boobs? Seriously they are now going to my blog looking for them and I don't have a clue why. I don't think I've ever directly mentioned u or boobs so I'm real confused by that.

Also, I wanted to say that I live in the rural DC area. We are about 30 minutes from Manassas which is where the city starts. I find it is a pretty good life except that everyone seems to think that it isn't a long trip till you have to drive an hour. I hate that. This is probably my 3rd or 4th favorite place I've lived though.

Annie K said...

Nick, in response to you 1st questions, I blame it on Katdish. She started it and she has some strange followers, so one can only imagine.

Last year when I was in DC driving around in a 15 passenger van with a bunch of neices and nephews, a lady in a minivan behind me started honking and throwing down swears. When she pulled up next to me I did what any friendly Oregonian would do and gave her the peace out sign. She flipped me off. I've never laughed so hard in my life. Gotta love city folk.

Helen said...

Annie, as a "city driver" myself, I have to mention, we are not all like that, though I will admit that when I drove when we were vacationing in South Bend, IN (I know, who vacations in South Bend, IN? Apparently we do. Long story...) I felt like I was the crazy driver on the road.
I do not honk my horn unless there is a danger of a car hitting me because they are doing something unusual and I fear they may not be paying attention to the fact that I am there. I have been known to put my head out the window and shout at a driver honking at me while I wait for a pedestrian "IF YOU ARE THAT HORNY, JUST PULL OF TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND ****OFF!"

Nick the Geek said...

I use to be able to drive in the city, but having kids and living in a more rural place (the entire county has 50k population, before that I have never lived in a city with less than 100k) changed me. I was in Baltimore for Acquire the Fire and nearly had a breakdown trying to find parking for our van the first night. The Orioles were playing the Yankees and I think half of NYC came down. Just before the breakdown my rage kicked in. Suddenly I'm moving the van through the crowded streets like its a friggin bike. People see a big cargo van coming they make a hole. Fortunately this particular church van doesn't have the church info anywhere on it.

Nick the Geek said...


wow that's the second time today you've left me speechless.

Helen said...

NtG, When was the first?

Yeah, I also yelled out a window once when someone honked at me for waiting for an old man with a walker crossing the road....


My husband doesn't like it when I do these things. Let's just call it "another twitchable moment" to him...

Amrita said...

Hi Annie thanks for the personal Buzz, really liked it. Thanks for answering my q.

Billy Coffey said...

All things considered, I'd take Oregon over the DC area any time. I can't blame you for that one.

And as far as movies go, I'm with you on Hitchcock. There are few movies in the world better than Rope. You seen that one?

katdish said...

Oh, man! I can't wait till we all get together! How freaking awesome is that going to be?

We're gonna tear it up!

Nothing I read here surprised me, except maybe Helen dropping the f-bomb. But she's full of surprises, isn't she?

katdish said...

And I actually do have a flip thing. Just wondering if yours was the same...

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love your blog glad that I found it.
Had some time to do some blog hopping...

always enjoy finding new blogs!
Hope you will visit me. This month I am posting on our Disney trip.

The Homefront said...

I'm late to the party, but I had to comment on Ethan Allen being an ancestor: one of my *favorite* Rev. War Heroes, and the first biography I ever read. I'll always have a special place in my heart for the Green Mountain Boys. How cool that you're related! :)

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