- Are you an innie or an outie?
I'm an innie too!
- Have you ever worn bell-bottoms?
Hmm...kind of, do flares count?
I don't know. What are flares? I don't think I've ever worn any... even in junior high music shows.
Just pants that are wider at the bottom, go great with my boots.
- Have you ever written a song?
Um no, but I do write some peotry, I should write more often than I do. I'm fairly faithful with my journal writing though.
Several starts, no completions.
I didn't know that. That's so cool, you should try to finish them.
- Can you make change for a dollar right now?
Not unless I can get my purse...I could count it out...but I might not have that much change.
At home, on my desk, I have a jar full of coins, also a Tootsie Roll bank full of pennies.
You have a lot of change honey!
- Have you ever been in the opposite sex's public toilet?
Probably at some point or another; most likely encouraged by another girl, and with the door well guarded.
Yes... during Junior High musicals for reasons I can't really describe here! I've also been in the girl's locker room, but that was during electrathon at night when the school was empty and the other pop machines were out of mountain dew.
Another story huh?
I honestly can't think of anything besides the fact that we used one or the other for makeup. I swear it's nothing more insidious than that!
- Have you ever smelled your own feet?
Sure, they stink!
Quite. I mean mine!
- Do you like catsup on or beside your fries?
Beside, I don't use much catsup.
Ditto. Never nuke anything with causup either. It gets nasty.
I agree with the not microwaving thing.
- Can you touch your tongue to your nose?
No, but I look pretty silly trying.
If I use my fingers to help, but I usually end up pulling my tongue muscle and it hurts.
Why would you pull on your tongue silly boy. Hehe...I think that I've done that before too.
- Have you ever been a boy/girl scout?
I was a brownie for a little while when I was little; only about a year.
Never. Wish I was.
At this point you can make sure that your kids have the opportunity to do stuff like that instead.
- Have you ever broken a mirror?
I'm sure that I have; although so many mirrors were broken at my house, that you never really kept track of WHO actually broke it.
I honestly don't ever remember breaking a mirror.
I don't really remember breaking a mirror either.
- Have you ever put your tongue on a frozen pole?
Um no, but I think my sister (Theresa) put her tongue on the metal of the cold bus (on the inside). Theresa would also tell stories of the bus ride where I pulled her shirt off of her (I would think that I did it accidentally while fighting with her, but that's not her story of course.)
Nope. Got scared away from it by watching that Christmas movie.
- What is your biggest pet peeve?
Hmm...I don't know....I know yours though (I SEEN you today :-P)
Maybe to you :-) I do have plenty when I'm driving a bus though. I guess if I had to sum it up, my biggest pet peeve would be stupid people.
You sound like a country comedian, Bill Engvall, "I just hate stupid people....."
- Do you slurp your drink after it's gone?
A little...it's kinda fun to do sometimes.
Only very efficiently to get as much drink as I can.
Efficiently huh...I guess you could call it that.
- Have you ever blown bubbles in your milk?
I loved to do this when I was little. Chocolate milk is the best!!
I do it more with glasses of pop. You can blow once, have the ice jump up about an inch, and then it fizzes a lot. Cool!
No way...blowing bubbles in milk is so much better. Maybe the raw/whole milk makes a difference. The bubbles get really big.
- Would you rather eat a Big Mac or a Whopper?
I don't know, I usually go for chicken at fast food restaurants.
You know me, I'm a picky eater. They both have too much junk on them for me.
Yeah, I know. My picky boy.
- Have you ever gone skinny-dipping?
Absolutley not...I don't even like wearing a swim suit, why would I wear less?
I've taken off my trunks underwater, but that's about it.
Why wouldn't that be considered skinny dipping, did you have a t-shirt on? Did the shorts go right back on immediately? If not, then it was something akin to skinny dipping anyway.
- When you are at the grocery store, do you ask for paper or plastic?
Plastic...paper always rips on me.
They don't even offer me a choice anymore. Always plastic.
That's true, what a travesty!!
Nowadays plastic is evil...
- True or False: You would rather eat steak than pizza.
Absolutely true....nothing like a good steak.
Unless it's a good steak, it tastes no different than hamburger or chicken. Gimme pizza any day!
I didn't realize this; pizza is good but come on, steak is good. But I'd admit that steak can taste bad and pizza almost always tastes good.
- Did you have a baby blanket?
My mom was a couple blankets that are my "baby blankets", but I never drug one particular one around. I had a pooh bear that I always had with me; therefore, my nickname that my mom and sisters still use "Pooh."
Never a blanket, but I was told my stuffed dog, named "George," was my constant companion and sleeping buddy.
So we both had stuffed animals, rather than blankies.
- Have you ever tried to cut your own hair?
Maybe when I was really small, but not recently.
When I get tired of a section standing up, I get mad and cut it off...
Do those hairs bother you Sweeties :-P
- Have you ever sleepwalked?
No, but I've been told that I talk in my sleep; of course that was a long time ago, maybe I really don't.
I think the whole process of going to class each day is just an elaborate form of sleepwalking.
- Have you ever had a birthday party at McDonalds?
No, my birthday cakes usually came at home. I remember for years my birthday was of course a warm summer evening with my godfather and his family coming over and my godmother and her family(all happen to be my favorite aunts and uncles) and we would all have a wonderful meal (maybe grilling out) but always with strawberries and shortcake...hmm YUMMY!
I think the only time I had a birthday party at a restaurant was at Godfathers. Don't think it was ever at McD's.
- Can you flip your eye-lids up?
No I don't think so, I can't do a lot of weird things like that. I can't even whistle or blow bubbles, which aren't so weird.
No, but I can whistle. I whistle all the time.
- Are you double jointed?
Not that I really know exactly what this is. I can snap my jaw, which people used to tell me meant I was double-jointed, but I don't really think I am.
I don't think that you are either, but that's just from my observation of you.
- If you could be any age, what age would you be?
This is a question that the answer would definitely change over time. Right now I feel like I would like to be thirty or so, or at least old enough to be married with some small kids.
60 and retired/relaxed with a big, happy, extended family.
Kinda like your parents huh....except that they aren't that old yet. Are they?
I don't necessarily agree with my previous response. Obviously, I'm over 30 and although when I turned 30 we were still living in Wisconsin; and our eleven years in Wisconsin were some of the best years of my life - for sooo many reasons. I still think that the best is yet to come, but I am even more undecided about how I would answer this question.
Always a little older, eh?
- Have you ever gotten gum stuck in your hair?
I'm sure that I did, but I remember getting gum on clothes better. And things like stepping on bees and mice, and being itcy from walking in the corn field or in the grass.
Not that I can remember.
- Have you ever thrown up after a roller coaster ride?
No, I generally avoid coasters, but I'd have to admit that I haven't ridden a coaster on more than a couple occasions.
We'll see this summer! I can usually do tons of thrill rides and not feel queasy. I think once I didn't feel so good, but I think I was probably sick heading into the day.
And almost every ride makes me somewhat queasy. I won't be easy to go to a theme park with. Hopefully it'll be more fun than not.
- What is your dream car?
I don't really think that I have one. But I do like the look of muscle cars.
Big, red truck!
Chevy or Ford? Both would be pretty.
- What is your favorite cartoon of all time?
I always liked Popeye. I don't know if I really have an absolute favorite. I grew up with so many good ones like the Smurfs.
I used to love roadrunner when I was little. I think there were probably several others on Nick, but I don't remember anymore.
My tastes have refined. Now I'd have to say Futurama!
- Would you go swimming in shallow waters where, one year earlier, a shark had attacked a child?
- Have you ever eaten a dog biscuit?
I don't think so, but I saw some at Petco that looked really tasty. So I might try one if pursued to do so.
Lol. I'll have to remember that. No, I don't think I have eather.
Oh no. Please don't. :-P
Wow, this quiz is bringing up some interesting ideas!
- If so, would you eat another one?
Doesn't apply ;-)
- If you were in a car sinking in a lake, what would you do first?
Try to get out...open the window...break the window....scream....unbuckle.
What?!? Would you really? That's kinda nuts.
Who says I don't censor anything before putting it out on public internet? Nah, there are some things that are between me and my wife!
- Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
No, but too many of my family members have ridden away in them (Dad, Theresa, Ben, and Jarad)
I think I was in one at a fair once, but I've never taken a ride in one. Actually.... maybe I was in a parade in a hospital float, but I don't remember.
Huh...never considered that as an option, but your dad did work for a hospital huh.
Yes. Probably shortly after I took this quiz I hit a deer and was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital. I wasn't badly hurt, just a few scratches. But then I went in an ambulance with my first child when she was one and hurt her finger, and I freaked out and had an ambulance take her to the hospital.
Amanda reminded me that I, too, have been in an ambulance myself... we won't talk about that here.
- Can you pick something up with your toes?
Absolutely...it's like a third hand when you are picking up toys and things at my parent's house. It's a very handy thing to be able to do.
Yup, great for picking things up without bending over. Also pretty good for taking off clothes!
Taking clothes off?!? Socks or what else?
- How many remote controls do you have in your house?
Hmm...only 3 I think (stereo, vcr, and tv)...I know you have a lot more...hehe.
Dorm... Stereo, CD Player, TV, VCRx2, Computerx2
So what's the grand total??
Way more these days, despite the invention of the smart phone which is supposed to be used for everything. (Holy cow, that's right... the smart phone wasn't even invented yet when we first did this survey... now I feel old)
- Have you ever fallen asleep in school?
Yes...Moleculare Biology lecture hall is WAY too comfortable not to, but the first time and the only time that I totally zonked out was in Physics in High School, and we were watching a movie/show of some sort.
I think maybe once in high school, but that was it.
- How many times have you flown in an airplane in the last year?
None, never flown in a plane ever in fact.
Only time I ever flew was to Germany in high school
A few more lately for work
Several times since we've been married. To Canada / Alaska for our honeymoon, Italy for our dream vacation, Hawaii, Seattle and Phoenix, too. I feel like quite the world traveler.
- How many foreign countries have you visited?
None, I've only been to a handful of states even...I've been pretty sheltered. Not that I didn't try to travel abroad, I tried at least 3 times unsuccessfully in college. I was always told that I didn't have the money, and had all the time in the world to do such things later. Yeah right!
Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany on the high school trip. Actually London too, but only in Heathrow airport.
You stink...I'm jealous.
A few more lately for work (including at least one trip with Amanda!)
Canada and Italy (although Canada hardly counts). Italy was totally awesome. Benjamin and I took a sabbatical trip to Italy while he still worked at Epic. They paid for air travel and lodging - awesome! We spent 11 days there - saw Rome, Venice, Tuscany, and Assisi, plus more.
- If you were out of shape, would you compete in a triathlon if you were somehow guaranteed to win a big, gaudy medal?
No, I would never run that far just for a stupid medal. Maybe I would do it to raise money for a good cause or something, but I would have to be able to walk.
I tend to lose medals.
Nice answer Benjamin!
- Would you rather be rich and unhappy, or poor and happy?
POOR AND HAPPY! No doubt about that one. Money doesn't get you anywhere.
This is a very important one to agree on, otherwise we'd be in big trouble.
- If you fell into quicksand, would you try to swim or try to float?
Float I hope. According to some movie you can't struggle in quicksand...and I can't swim!
You can't sink in 99% of quicksand.
How did you know that you can't sink in most of them? You mean that all quicksand isn't like in the "Princess Bride"? I'm shocked....Hehe.
- Do you ask for directions when you are lost?
Usually not, I like to figure out how to get unlost. If I'm really seriously lost, yes I would probably ask for directions.
I'm a guy. What do you think? :-P
Being lost can be fun, that doesn't bother me any.
Once upon a time there wasn't a thing called GPS...
- Have you ever had a Mexican jumping bean?
I don't think so.
I think I saw a bag of them once. That's about it.
I don't even know what they are.
- Are you more like Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland?
Definitely Cinderella. I am the oldest child who put up with a lot of stuff from her siblings, and I've always been a hard worker. And hey...my prince will come...right?
I'd say probably Alice in Wonderland. This is a strange world to me.
- Would you rather have an ant farm with no ants or a box of crayons with broken points?
A box of crayons, I like to color, and you can still color without points.
What's the point of an ant farm with no ants? a bunch of sand??
Seriously. What kind of ridiculous question is that?!
- Do you prefer light or dark bread?
Dark bread, tastes better.
Honestly can't tell the difference.
There's a difference.
I swear I'm not old; but have only eaten high-fiber wheat bread for YEARS.
- Do you prefer scrambled or fried eggs?
Hmm...I usually eat fried eggs, but scrambled are really good too; just harder to make.
Only really ever had scrambled.
I must have you try fried eggs, they can be good too.
(Narrator) She did. And he found them to be awesome.
- Have you ever been in a car that ran out of gas?
No, but my sister has and she is always riding the empty line.
I came really close once. Started stalling about a block from the gas station. Pulled in, and shut it off, only to find out the pump was out of order. I had to push the car forward to the next pump!
That must have stunk huh?
And since then, I have purchased an unneeded gas can on the highway ONE TIME. A Good Samaritan picked me up and drove me to a nearby gas station. A few years later, I was able to pass it on forward by helping out another stranded couple.
- Do you talk in your sleep?
Hmm...I already mentioned this above. I've been told that I do, but I don't know if that was from a credible source.
Not that I know of.
- Would you rather shovel snow or mow the lawn?
Mow lawn. I love being outdoors in the summer. Although there is something refreshing about snow, as long as you don't have too much to shovel.
I like both in moderation. But when you shovel snow, you get warm in the cold. When you mow the grass, you get hot in the heat.... Shoveling better!
- Would you rather be bitten by a poisonous snake or constricted by a python?
Neither, I don't like snakes. Bitten, I think, because at least that would be over quickly.
This is kindof a gruesome question. Actually, you could live if bitten by a poisonous snake, if you cut out the snake bite and sucked out the blood.... and get medical help! But I don't know how willing I'd be to do that. Probably enough to save my life or someone else's...
Gross...sucking venom out doesn't really help...I don't think it does.
- Have you ever played in the rain?
When I was little. But I wish that I would learn to "dance in the rain" more often. That is the stuff of fun memories.
We should do that sometime.
(Narrator)They did, actually, on a date once. It was awesome.
- Which of these do you think is more dangerous: an angry bear or a hungry white shark?
A bear, although I wouldn't want to meet either one.
You can run away faster than you can swim away. Granted the bear can run fast, but the shark can swim fast too...
Good point again. I can't run very fast either though.
- Would you climb a very high tree to save a kitten?
Maybe, but I don't have much experience with climbing trees.
If it were climbable.... yeah probably.
Especially if there were a geocache
next to the kitten!
- Can you tell the difference between a crocodile and an alligator?
Yes, I think that I could, because I always wondered when I was younger, and so I learned how to tell the difference. Not that I've ever met or ever want to met either one in person.
- Do you drink pepsi or coke?
Hehe...I drink regular Pepsi AND my favorite is Diet Coke. But you know that already. :-)
Whatever's available and cheaper.
- What's your favorite number?
, because that is the number of the day that I was born. But is pretty good too. Seven is a good number as well.
I used to say 5, but I think I got that from someone else. 9 is a fun number too.
Any reason for the nine?
When I was 9 years old, I was also the 9th sudent in my class and had locker #9. At least, I think that's the significance. It's been awhile, you know.
- If you were a car, would you be an SUV or a sports car?
A sports car; pretty, slick, and fast. Convertible would be nice too.
Oooh, tough one. How about a sporty SUV?
- Have you ever accidentally taken something from a hotel?
No, but I always make sure to take the soaps and lotions that they leave out for you.
I think once we got a towel by mistake. My mom always takes the soap and shampoos.
- Would you blow your nose at the dinner table?
Sometimes, but that's pretty gross huh?
I don't blow. I just sniff a lot.
You need to learn to blow your nose rather then sniffling a lot.
I almost redacted my answer out of embarrassment. I promise I've grown out of this. Now to just get my kids to stop sniffling all the time.
- Have you ever slipped in the bathtub?
Probably, who hasn't. Besides, I'm a klutz.
Yes, but probably not for the same reasons most others have ;-)
Benjamin! You are too easily encouraged.
- Do you use regular or deodorant soap?
I don't know. Regular I guess.
Soap is evil.
Why is soap evil again? Did you have a bad experience with soap?
- Have you ever locked yourself out of the house?
Yup...I've locked myself out of my dorm building and I called DPS to let me back in.
Once or twice....
Bought a house with a Schlage keypad - installed it on every house since then.
- Would you rather make your living as a singing cowboy or as one of the Simpsons voices?
A singing cowboy. I like to sing and country music is some of the best music out there.
That would work for me, too!
I'd like to change my answer. I think I'd make a bit more money doing a Simpsons voice... (have seriously considered voice-over work anyway...)
- If you could invite any movie star to your home for dinner, who would it be?
I was gonna think about this, but it was stalling the rest of the survey.... So No idea here either.
Maybe you should think on this one. Maybe Julia Roberts...is that weird?
- Have you ever gotten a truck driver to honk his horn?
I think so. I've had people honk there horn at me, I've been whistled at; and I'm sure when I was younger that I got a truck driver to honk too. Plus once I rode in a semi, and I'm sure that driver did some honking for my benefit. :-P
Only when I was litte. Apparently they don't think I'm as cute as you are.
I like being cute sometimes; although I don't always think that I'm cute.
- Which would you rather live with: a huge nose or crossed eyes?
A huge nose I think, but I've never had a problem with my nose, so I don't know.
I already have a huge nose. My had crossed eyes and many bad surgery experiences.
- Would you hang out with someone your best friend didn't like?
Sure, it's been done.
- Would you hang out with someone your best friend liked, but you didn't like?
That's been done too.
Same as before...
- Have you ever returned a gift?
Hmm...not that I recall, unless it didn't fit or something.
No, they usually just end up in a box somewhere.
- Would you give someone else a gift that had been given to you?
No, but Shari told be about a game that she plays that her whole family does just that. Sounds like a lot of fun. Or like sending cards to the people who sent them to you, only years later.
What do you mean by that?
- If you could attend an Olympic Event, what would it be?
Hmm..I always thought that ice skating was cool, but hockey is interesting too.
I think the only thing I've ever watched was ice-skating and the bars thingies....
- How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Thirteen or fourteen...It's a lot I know, but some should be thrown out.
Actually probably 3 or 4. Maybe 5. Regular ones, 1 or 2 old pairs, Brown and black dress shoes..
I have 10 more shoes than you. That's crazy!
Answer remains the same...
- If your grandmother gave you a gift that you already have, would you tell her?
Probably...I'm a really honest person.
My grandma's dead. But if she did, I'd probably just enjoy having two... I suppose.
I'm sorry honey.
- Do you sing in the car?
Always. I love to sing, and the car is my favorite place to do it.
I used to sing to my walkman when I had headphones on in the car. Probably drove my parents nuts. Now I sing with the radio all the time.
I bet your parents loved to hear you sing.
- Would you rather jump into a dumpster or into a vat of honey?
Hmm...a dumpster is stinky, so the vat of honey; but that just !
But you know the right answer :-D
- What is your favorite breed of dog?
I don't have a favorite, we've always had muts of some sort, and they are just as good as any specific breed.
I used to "collect" dalmatian stuff, but I hear they're actually not very good pets. I loved my two sisters' Maltese and Shi-tzu. Both very high-energy, very small, very happy dogs.
Love breeds that don't shed!
- Would you donate money to feed starving animals in the winter?
No, I don't think so; there are humans that are starving too.
I'd probably donate to any good cause... if I had money.
- If you were a bicycle, would you be a stingray or a mountain bike?
I don't know what a stingray is, so I guess I would be a mountain bike. Besides that I really do like to hike, so that kinda makes sense.
Stingrays are fast I think, but I also think I'd be the mountain bike too.
- What is your least favorite fruit?
I don't like kiwi much. All fruit is pretty good otherwise.
Would you believe I like kiwi bread? Since I don't like many fruits, if I had to pick one.... Probably pineapple. No one liked those pineapple dum dums.
Kiwi bread....never heard of that.
I wonder if I meant zucchini bread?! But I still stick with pineapple. Oh; and mango. I love orange but hate getting bamboozled by mango-flavored things.
I love all fruit.
- What kind of fruit have you never had?
I don't know. Passion fruit maybe.
You should try some more.
- If you won a $5,000 shopping spree to any store, which store would you pick?
Maybe a book store or a craft store. But with that amount, clothes would be really fun to buy too....so how about Kohls.
EASY. Best Buy :-)
Was Amazon not around back then?! True story - I did actually win $5,000 at Amazon once. It lasted for something like 2-3 years.
- What brand sports apparel do you wear the most?
None...I don't think I have any sports brand clothes. I guess I have Nike shoes, at least an old pair.
I don't think I have any either. Not even Nike shoes.
- Are/were you a good student?
Yes. Always the smarty pants towards the top of the class.
Ditto! Well, until this semester...
You'll do fine this semester Benjamin...just work hard to get the grades you want.
- Among your friends, who could you arm wrestle and beat?
Most of them probably.
- If you had to choose, what branch of the military would you be in?
Hmm...I always heard that the Air Force was the best branch; and not because my sister Abby is in it now either.
I'd say the Air Force because I always wanted to fly.
You can't be a pilot, because you have glasses; doesn't that stink?
- Would you ever parachute out of a plane?
Hmm...that would take a lot of convincing that my parachute would actually work. But otherwise I think that it would be fun.
Absolutely. Would love to go bungee jumping too. :-P
- What do you think is your best feature?
No really...my curly natural hair that a lot of people want. :-)
My smile.... I mean grin.
It's so cute.
- If you were to win a Grammy, what kind of music would it be for?
Probably for country or blue grass.
Your answers sound good. Country, but my harmonization is probably more like bluegrass.
- What is your favorite season?
Spring...because it's starting to get warm, but not too warm and all the plants are turning green and the whole world is waking up again.
In Summer, I say winter, and vice versa. Spring's pretty, but I kinda like Fall. Lots of colors, and piles of leaves!
I don't think that I've jumped in leaves since I was really little.
Still love spring, but I do agree that Fall is pretty amazing. One of our best family vacations was in October - the leaves were so beautiful.
- How many members do you have in your immediate family?
Twelve, but it was thirteen for a short time.
Well, what's immediate when you're born with a niece already? Traditionally speaking, 6 I guess. Half of yours!
- Which of the five senses is most important to you?
My sight...because I fear that that is the one I am most likely to lose, and I would hate to miss the chance to see all of God's beautiful creations, and I especially would hate to not be able to see the faces of my children.
If I had to choose between sight and sound, I'd lose my eyesight in a heartbeat. Music is my first love, and I would probably go crazy if I could never hear it again.
That's a very good point; your music is especially beautiful Benjamin.
- Would you be a more successful painter or singer?
Singer...I can't paint a thing, although I wouldn't mind trying.
Singer. I'm good at drawing stick people though!
(I'm really not. Is that sad?)
I have tried painting in the last couple years - I'm not great, but it was fun, and I wasn't horrible. Success!
- How many years will/did you end up going to college?
I was in college for only 4 years.
I hope only 4!!! Though there's always talk about that master's degree.
Benjamin finished in 4. No extra degrees, yet...
- Have you ever had surgery?
I've had my wisdom teeth extracted which is considered a surgery, but nothing more.
I think that's about it for me too.
Four Caesareans. Ugh!
- Would you rather be a professional figure skater or professional football player?
A figure skater. I would be great to learn how to do all of that stuff, and I would like to learn how to dance, and skating is very close to that.
Never really played football. Plus I'm not athletic, so my only hope would probably be in figure skating.
I'd like to see you figure skate. Maybe we could skate together...wait we plan on doing that next weekend. :-)
- What do you like to collect?
I used to collect Porcelain dolls, but now I think I'm pretty good at collecting books. It must be collecting since I rarely read many of them.
Used to be dalmatians, now not so much. I have a small old coin collection. Old as in, I haven't touched it in years.
Collections are interesting things.
- How many collectibles do you have?
I have about a dozen or more dolls, and lots of books. I wouldn't want to count all of them.
Oh, I thought this was the same question!
Got rid of the dolls. Just collect books now, and a small collection of teapots and porcelain tea cups.