Monday “Monkey” Minute with Ian

I am joining with Ian (and a whole slew of others) this week for a Monday Meme. It’s pretty much like the Five Question Friday with Mama M that I do, except it’s not Friday, It’s not Mama M but it is five questions. I fell in bloggy love with Ian a while back when he became my first male reader and the first man blog I have ever read. (Disclaimer: Ian can be a little rough around the edges and I don’t always agree with his language choices, but he is an awesome writer, produces thoughtful blog content and is an amazing advocate for others)

Ian has been working diligently to bring the story of “Monkey” to every corner of the blogosphere and I applaud what he is doing for this family, for Monkey. Monkey is a a beautiful little girl who at 16 months old was diagnosed with cancer. Head over to Ian’s blog to see the fundraiser and other posts that he has to help out Monkey and her family.




* Have you ever peed in the shower/bath/pool?

When I was younger and went to a pool party there was a sign hanging that I will always remember. “We don’t swim in your toilet, please don’t pee in our pool.” If that alone wasn’t a deterrent, the rumor that there was a special chemical added to the pool that would react to urine by producing neon colors was enough to convince me to never pee in the pool.
Peeing in the bath? Um…that would be like bathing in Pee Soup. The Soup Nazi would have a stroke.
Peeing in the shower…it’s happened. I am not proud and I can’t believe I am even answering this question, but when it comes to plumbing…pipes is pipes.

* What is your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve would be timing considerations. I am obsessed with being on time, I think everyone else should be obsessed with being on time. If I tell you that I will be somewhere by 7pm, I will be there 5 minutes early, but never after. If I am going to be late, I will call and let you know that. I am so obsessed with timing that I have successfully predicted each child’s birth within a 20 minute window many hours ahead of time. That’s just how I roll. I have very little tolerance for lateness especially coupled with no phone call.

* What’s the story behind your blog title?

The story behind my title came around about 2 years ago, although it took me a little while to change from my original title that I had for almost 3 years. I was coloring with my oldest daughter and she kept getting it outside the lines and refusing to use the appropriate colors for each outlined object. Thinking I was teaching her best, I continued correcting her and it eventually led to a huge meltdown. It wasn’t that she couldn’t color inside the lines or know that a tree is green and an apple is red; she wanted to define it herself and with her own interpretation of what it should look like. Huge lesson for mom. I added the “and sometimes on the walls” because anyone who has kids has experienced the wall art that only a toddler can do.

* What is your definition of success?

My definition of success is having all that you need and not being able to think of anything that you want.

* If you were famous, what would you want to be famous for?

There are a couple of things that come to mind…
Being the oldest person in the world with the most grandchildren
Being the oldest living married couple
Having the lowest amount of body fat for a mature woman
Writing something that actually changed someone’s mood when they didn’t want it changed
Having the most sought after “secret family recipe”
Disproving Al Gore on all accounts

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11 replies

  1. Amazing answers! Love them! And I was told the same thing about pee turning a different color in the pool so everyone could see it. LOL

  2. LOL! my kids talk about pee turning colors in the pool!Can we collaborate on the last one? 🙂

  3. Your answers are fabulous! I love them. 🙂

  4. So I read over at Steph's that you are also a Nashvillian! Me too, West Nashville…woohooo always great to see neighbors in the blogosphere:)Happy to be a new follower

  5. These are great answers! I loved reading the story behind your blog title, it IS a good lesson as a Mom for sure.

  6. Gotta tell you, one of the best blog titles out there!You on twitter?

  7. I love your answers and especially how you got your great titlekim

  8. What a great post! I really enjoyed your answers and learning a little about you. I love how you came up with the newest name for your blog!!!

  9. Coloring outside the lines is a good thing. Just as thinking outside the box is too. Hope the move goes well. check out my anniversary give away.

  10. If you disprove Al Gore I'll do everything in my power to ensure you're famous for it!

  11. I love your answers! but I have one question that I can't get out of my head, when you made the “arrival time” for your babies, did you get upset when they didn't think of giving a call if they were gunna be late? hehehe hahaha kiiidddiinngg 🙂

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