Sunday, February 01, 2009


A few years back, my sister gave me a book called The Book of If, intended to be a journal-prompt. Well, I stopped keep a journal a while ago - but I figured I could still get some use out of the book here.

Five questions, chosen at random:

If you could program the perfect evening of television shows, which ones would you select and in what order?

This is hard - are we talking about current shows or favourite shows of all time? Let's go with current shows... Well, let's start out with something funny:

8:00 How I Met Your Mother
8:30 Good Eats
9:00 Chuck
10:00 Battlestar Gallactica / True Blood

Okay, I know I am cheating a little with that one, but BS only has a finite number of episodes left, and by the time it ends, True Blood will be back for season 2. So there. If we were doing favourite shows there would be a whole pile of Buffy and Angel in there.

If you had to name the one area of your life that you are the least self-disciplined in, what would it be?

I am an emotional eater. And not so much when I'm sad, but more of a I'm pissed off and I instead of gnashing my teeth I am just going to chomp on something salty and crunchy. I'm trying to get better at it - but there are definitely times when only tortilla chips will do. At least I try to mitigate the damage by buying Trader Joe's Flaxseed Tortilla chips instead of Doritos.

If you could enact one law that applied only to your own family, what would it be?

Everyone has to pick up the house for 20 minutes before they get their dinner. We have a constant battle with clutter and recently because of the time constraints of work, the clutter has been winning.

If you could relive any single family outing in your life, what would it be?

Twenty-two, almost twenty-three, years ago, a little shindig called Expo 86 came to Vancouver. My family had a pass that let you go 3 or 5 times (I can't remember exactly), but I remember one of the times we went my grandpa (my Mom's Dad) was there with us, and for some reason, that memory sticks with me. I remember all the different pavilions from the different countries, getting my 'passport' stamped in them, trying different foods. They also had some cool new roller coasters and I remember my Dad taking us on this water roller coaster and I was scared sh!tless!

If you could eliminate one hereditary characteristic from your family, what would it be?

The distinct lack of height. I have two sisters, and only one of us broke the 5 foot barrier (and just at that). Oddly enough, we have all married men over 6 feet tall, so I am assuming there is some kind of genetic imperative here to normalize the height of our children... Willow is already nearly shoulder-high on me and she is only six. Her pediatrician with her statistics she will be at least 5'6, most likely taller. Yay, Andrew's genes!

Okay, play along if you like. Let me know if you do so I can see your answers.


Disco said...

Isn't 'if' a poem by Kipling?

I'm only 5'2" and my husband is 6'2" - funny that height thing. Both my boys are over the 95th percentiles on height - I better watch out :0)

Nell said...

Neat! What a cool journal. I think I often forget to write things down or don't know how to start. Prompts would be so helpful.

Bezzie said...

Oh man, yeah I'd kill to e 5'4". My sisters are both taller than me though. But that's OK, I got the bigger boobs.

Suna said...

I have all the "If" books and really enjoyed them.

And, I must say that I am glad both my sons are above average in height--one almost 6 feet and one just over. People often ignore short folks. My dad used it to his advantage, but I have seen all sorts of subtle "height" issues.

Lee said...

My grandmama was 5'1' and my granddaddy was 6'6" and could lift a truck. But I still remember her spewing German and poking him in the belly button while he steadily backpedaled. So I wanted to “grow up to be big and strong like Grandmama.” (I never knew my mother’s parents.)