Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Answer Me This: Windows, Zoos, and St. Maximilian Kolbe

I started this on Sunday, and here it is Tuesday night. I finally find myself in a quiet house with three sleeping boys. At the same time, which really is the miraculous part. The older two have been going to bed at 7:30ish because we find they then sleep until at least 7am and are a lot less grumpy. How bout that?!
Adrian, however, finds himself needing LOTS of mama cuddles in the evening hours, so typically every time I try to lay him down, he wakes up and complains. Life's hard when you're a 2 1/2 month baby that also happens to be one little chunker. I believe he is competing with Dwija's baby.

So, with this quiet moment in my life, I present to you a lil Tuesday evening Answer Me This.

1. When driving, are you more likely to listen to the radio, to CDs or an iPod, or nothing at all?

Typically the radio. Only when it starts playing ads, do I turn to CDs. As I never have a great selection in the car (being as my main source of music these days is Spotify at home), they're always my 2nd call.
My iPod is 6 years old and hasn't been updated in forever. I actually don't know where it is. So not that.
And nothing at all? Only if I have a migraine, which if that's the case, I should probably be in bed and not driving.

2. Do you prefer window or aisle?

Window, always window. The looking out and enjoying the view. The not being hit with drink carts, suitcases, and the like. The not being climbed over.

Adrian thoroughly enjoying his window seat.

On my plane flight to Texas last weekend I did experience that one time where I hate the window. I had an infant in my lap, and I was in the window seat. The guy in front of me put his seat all the way back. And the lady next to me was on the larger size, which I usually wouldn't mind except that her left leg and left arm were well into my seat area. I'm not claustrophobic, but I am about one step away, and this whole scenario was starting to make me feel smothered.

3. Do you fall asleep on your side, back, or stomach? What position are you in when you wake up?

Side. I love stomach sleeping, but nursing and being pregnant a fair amount of the past 5 years has taught me what my chiropractor was wishing for all along. I can't fall asleep easily on my back, but once I'm drowsy and in the stage of actually falling asleep, I sometimes can sleep that way. I very rarely wake up in the same spot I went to sleep in. You're thinking of my husband. Which could be construed weird.

My sweet boy, Blaise, takes after me, I must say. The kid is snugly as all get out but kinda painful to sleep in the same bed as.

4. When is the last time you attended a zoo, circus, carnival, county fair, or parade?

Zoo- 5 days
Circus - 17+ years
Carnival - 5+ years
County Fair - 2 years
Parade - last St. Patrick's day, so 4.5 months?

Is it sad that I vividly remember each one? So many good things have happened at each though. The Zoo is a frequent haunt of our family's because the membership is cheap, it's a great way to get exercise year round (they salt like no one's business when it is the Arctic months), and there's animals and who doesn't like animals?

Couldn't find a picture of us AT the zoo, so here we are going to the zoo.

Fairs and carnivals are always fun; however, I am a lover of rides, and my husband, although a great fan of rides, isn't convinced that the set up/take down kind of rides are actually engineered to be safe, so yeah.We don't go to many carnivals.

Parades totally a toss up (I always want to type 'throw up' there, and then I do, and think about it…). Dominic was scared of the loud honking the fire trucks make and only recently has he been able to move past it. Thus making this last parade we attended the first we actually enjoyed as a family.

5. Do you have a favorite quote or inspirational saying?

Many, oh so many. I am presently kinda in love with this one:
"Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving. Let's remember that not everything which is good and beautiful pertains to genuine, essential love, because even without those other things love can be present, indeed a perfected love. Without sacrifice there is no love. Sacrifice the senses, taste, hearing, and above all, the mind and the will in holy obedience. I wish for you and for myself the best appreciation of sacrifice which is the unconditional willingness to sacrifice" (Letter of S. Maximilian to Fr. Konstanty)

6. What's the best thing about summer?

Barefeet. Summer is typically my least favorite time of year. Even here in western NY we usually get some fierce temps. This summer I am going to put as being "abnormal" in the books. We've only had a few super hot days here and there, so overall I have been able to enjoy it.

Every other year, I'm the one counting down the days until summer ends. Perhaps when my children are old enough to warrant a membership to a local pool it will be more fun?

And that makes it a wrap for this humid Tuesday night. (In case you were interested, humidity is the worst thing about summer.)


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  1. Yay! Thanks for linking up. I want to come live at your house. You guys do ALL the fun stuff.

    1. That's funny. *I* want to live at YOUR house. ;)


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