Answer Me This: Summer!

Answer Me This: Summer!

1. Any big plans for the summer?

Well, we just got back from spending a week with the youth group at our church doing service work, which was our main “vacation” this summer. It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Fortunately we’re going on some smaller trips too! We have some weddings to attend, we’re going on a mini-vacation with my brother-in-law (to Hannibal, Iowa City, and the Amana Colonies), and I have a weekend planned to visit Tara and her adorable family in August.

Other than traveling, I’d like to paint our living room, can a gazillion jars of salsa and pizza sauce, set up some service opportunities for our parish youth group, and plan a St. Louis area Blessed is She meet-up. (Let me know if you want to come!)


On the “free day” of our service trip in MN

2. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

I believed a huge number of weird things as a child. I’m sure this is just a small subset.

I thought that toilets worked by filtering the water when you flushed and would then reuse the water inside. When I found out how basic toilets actually are (sometime in elementary school while helping my mom fix a running toilet), my mind was blown.

didn’t believe that my mom could possibly have had freckles as a child because her face freckles had faded. You know, just like mine have now.

I thought certain colors were boy colors and others were girl colors. This is probably normal for little kids, but the way I drew the lines was probably weird because I used family members’ favorite colors to delineate. Blue was mostly a girl color but couuuuld be a boy color, because it was my mom, grandmom’s, and papa’s favorite color. Also for girls: pink (duh), red (aunt + gram), and purple (me). Orange (dad), green (granddad), and yellow (to round it out?) were for boys. I also literally did not believe there was a difference between dark brown and black (as in M&Ms and my dad’s hair) until I was something like four years old.

I thought that if people saw my brother and me when we waited in the car in the grocery store parking lot that we’d get in trouble. Which totally would not have happened at all in the 90’s where I grew up and every kid waited in the car all the time. We used to “hide” in the car, like lie down flat on the floor. I don’t even understand any of this as an adult. Maybe I just knew the future on this one?

And lastly, I was pretty sure that crossing your mind, lips, and heart before the gospel at mass was for some select group of people that I didn’t belong to, since nobody had ever told me to do it. And that I should definitely NOT do it until I was part of the group. Like when I was little, I thought it was maybe for people who had taken their first communion. And then once that happened and nobody had mentioned it, I thought it definitely had to be for confirmed people. Fortunately, my parents eventually set me straight.

3. What is your favorite amusement park ride?

I love almost all amusement park rides, but my favorite would probably be just a regular, not-too-crazy roller coaster. The scrambler-type rides are a close second. I haven’t been to an amusement park in a LONG time though!

4. What’s on your summer reading list?

SO MUCH. Hit me up on Goodreads for more information because that list is crazy.

5. Have you ever fallen asleep in public?

I’ve slept on planes, on busses, during free periods and after most tests in high school, and probably for a minute in one or two 8am engineering lectures during college, so…definitely yes.

6. What is your favorite smell?

Probably lilacs.  But also: fresh bread, rosemary, garlic, ice cream, oranges…I enjoy food smells, basically.

And it’s certainly not my favorite smell, but the smell of skunk doesn’t bother me at all and is fairly pleasant! My brother feels the same way. We’re weirdos.


The lilacs in our yard that bloom around our anniversary every year. Much better than skunk.