Friday, February 19, 2010


You asked.  I promised to answer.  I did mention that I would be honest and truthful, but seriously?  Some of the questions beg for a smart A** response. 

I'll answer them in the order they were received:

From Tiburon -
Q.  How do I love thee?
A.  I don't know, how DO you love me?  I hope as much as a fat kid loves cake.  As for my love for you?  It's as big as the sea.

MommyJ -
Q.  Have you always lived in Utah?
A.  Since I was 5 years old.  We lived in Las Vegas before that, while my dad attended UNLV, and then moved here.  My parents grew up in Utah County so it was really just moving back home for them.
Q.  What started the love for the Yankees?
A.  My dad.  He was a huge baseball fan.  I remember watching it on TV and following what he taught be about the game.  It was when Reggie Jackson was big and the Yankees were in the spotlight.  They were his team, so they became my team.  Not until my boys came along did I get back into them big.  Now, I have my own Yankee room!!

Glittersmama -
Q.  How did you get into running?
A.  I liked to run a little bit when I was in high school.  It was a quick way to lose weight and get rid of the cookies I indulged in too many times.  After my third son, I took it up again for awhile until my knees wouldn't take it anymore.  Life came at me fast and hard and not until I had gained a significant amount of weight, did I get back to the gym and rediscover my love for it.
Q.  Do you really love it?
A.  Yes I do.  I know that is hard for many people to understand.  Splenda thinks it's just plain boring.  But there is something about being outside, ipod in my ears, and just running.  Even though I am in a serious exercise funk right now, I'll never completey give that up, I don't think.
Q.  Where did you meet Splenda?
A.  On a blind date if you can imagine.  My senior year of high school, my best friend and her boyfriend set me up with him.  He scared the crap out of me at first because he looked so OLD!  I was barely 17 and still in high school.  He was a freaking grown man!  But his mullet and porn star mustache won me over.  Once I met him.  That was it.  No more other dates for me.  And now, 25 years later.  I am still twitterpated.

Anonymous -
Q.  What is your full name, date of birth and social security number?
A.  Really?  Do you think I am that stupid?  Okay, my full name is Tweedledee, I am wicked old and I don't believe in Social Security.  Happy now?

Cherie -
Q.  What is the most sinfully, delicious, no-no- food that you love?
A.  There are two many to list.  The only food I really like is the no-no food.  Maybe I could just answer with Tiramisu.  A GOOD Tiramisu.  My favorite is from the Olive Garden.  But one slice is over 1200 calories.  Yikes!
Q.  Will you go see Eclipse when it comes out in June?
A.  Nope.  And since so many of my blogger friends are fans, I have made a committment to not mock.  Openly anyway.

Pedaling -
Q.  Why Mormon?
A.  Why not?  No seriously.  Let's see if I can answer this without making it into a whole post about my religion.  I was raised LDS.  Left for awhile as a teenager.  After my first two kids were born, I wanted a religion.  I wanted something.  Naturally, I turned to what I had already been taught.  I had looked around at other ideas and other denominations, but nothing struck with me like the LDS faith.  I love the gospel principles, the family values, but most importantly the doctrine rings true for me.  The idea of Jesus's church here once when He walked the earth.  His apostles all killed off so the church and His priesthood are gone.  Makes sense to me that there has to be a restoration of Christ's exact church.  It also makes sense to me that just as prophets existed in bible times, we should have prophets now.  Someone who can tell us what God wants us to know.  So does this mean that are all the guidelines easy to follow?  No.  But I also believe religion should stretch a person.  You should have to work to be found worthy to be in God's presence, and so the things that are asked of me, make sense.  The final kicker?  We have additional scripture in the Book of Mormon.  There is a promise that if a person reads that book with pure intent on finding an answer, they will.  You take the challenge, you find out for yourself, and that moment, that memory, never leaves you.
That being said, I honestly have respect and love for anyone who finds a faith, a religion, a way of life that makes them truly happy.  That's what it's all about anyway.
Q.  Why only 3 kids?
A.  I wanted one more.  Believe me I did!  We had to use fertility medication to get my youngest, so when I felt the need to have one more, that was going to have to be our option.  After careful consideration, Splenda and I decided to just take it as it came.  If Heavenly Father had one more in store for us, it would happen naturally.  It didn't.  However, now looking back on my family, and the blessing of Sissy, our family is exactly what is was supposed to be.
Q.  Do you wish you had a daughter?
A.  I dreamed I had a daughter.  I saw her in my dream and everything.  I was convinced.  And while Sissy is not my daugher, but my granddaughter, she fills that void nicely.  As do each and every one of my Young Women.  I feel like I have MANY daughters.  I'm a lucky woman!
Q.  Why run so much?
A.  Fastest way to burn calories.  And there is a sense of power, and freedom in your own legs.
Q.  What do you picture yourself doing in 10 years?  What will be different?
A.  My hope is that my kids have finished their schooling, are happily married and more grandkids for me to spoil.  I also hope that I am either retired or dang close to it.  Motorhome for traveling and hopefully a different house!
Q.  Favorite color?
A.  Anything that I think looks good on me and that I feel good in.  I'm particularly fond of red, black and pink.
Q.  What is your favorite kind of blog to read (answer truthfully - not trying to worry about feelings)
A.  Anything that is real.  I'm not especially fond of just silly, fluff stuff.  While they may be entertaining.  I can watch tv to be entertained.  If  I am going to sit at the computer and read, I want to read about REAL people, REAL issues, REAL stories.  Sure I love sarcasm and mocking of wordly things, but a little bit of that goes a long way with me and blogs.
Q.  Shall we meet up for little red?
A.  Abso-freakin-lutley!  I will be sad if we don't.  Tib and I have a hotel room for Friday night.  Come crash with us!
Q.  Why not Donald Trump? (could it be his arrogance, his hair, his appetite for beautiful women? i think he's kinda funny)
A.  His hair.  And his lips.  I just can't get past them.  However, he is a brilliant business man.
Q.  Lunch?
A.  Abso-freakin-lutley! Just say when and where. 
Q. Do you watch survivor? if so are you watching the current season? if so who's your fave?
A.  Sadly, no Survivor.  It comes on the same time as The Office and I don't know how to use the dvr.  I get dirty, pity looks when I ask for help from the men in my house.

Mae Rae -
Q.  Is there a deep dark secret in your past that even Splenda doesn't know?
A.  Nope.  Weird huh!  I'm a very open book.  Maybe a little too open.
Q.  If you were to ask yourself a question that you really wanted answered, what would that question be?
A.  Ooh Mae Rae - this is a tough one!  I have had to think over this one.  Hard.  I think I would ask myself why I let my thoughts tend to wander a negative path.  I'm always thinking the worst case scenario, imagining horrible things, and playing out awful outcomes in my mind.  I would like to re-train my brain.  Ideas?

Sher -
Q.  Do you dye your hair?
A.  Yes.  I have since Sun-In became big in the 80's.  I get bored with my look and that is the easiest thing to change.
Q.  What's your take on plastic surgery?
A.  Not a huge one for the liposuction.  I could see a tummy tuck, breast work (either augmentation or reduction, or lift), and definitely some botox.  I would LOVE some botox on my scowl lines and I would totally dig a nose job.  I think people can get carried away, but if there are minor things you'd like to adjust, I'm all for it!  (hint hint Splenda)
Q.  If you could have a free pass from the hubs to have one night alone with any hot celebrity you choose, with no strings attached, would you do it?  If so, who would it be?
A.  Okay, I am going to be honest.  1.  I would never get a free pass from Splenda.  Never.  And I wouldn't ever give him one.   2.  Can there ever be a situation where no strings are attached?  As handsome as Derek Jeter is, I just can't see myself doin the deed with a stranger.

Countess Laurie
Q.  What is your favorite holiday and why?
A.  I'll be boring and say that Christmas is.  Family, traditions and the smells.  After that would be mine and Splenda's wedding anniversary.
Q.  Do you know someone who irritates you just by knowing them?  What do you do about it?
A.  YES!!!!  Oh my heck YES!!!  I have become a good one at creating boundaries and I tend to let those people go by the wayside.  What if they are family you say?  Boundaries, boundaries, boundaries.  And always have a buffer person with you.  (Does that help in your present situation?)
Q.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
A.  Hard one.  I love Cancun and could be happy living there the rest of my life, but only if I had my kids with me.
Q.  If you were to be stranded on a desert Island, what two things (besides family) would you take with you?
A.  Cell phone.  Computer.
Q.  Book or eBook?
A.  Real book.  I love the smell of ink and the feel of pages between my fingers.
Q.  What would Splenda say is your most endearing trait?  Your least endearing trait?
A.  I asked Splenda for his answers:  Most endearing - "The way you can talk to people and make them feel comfortable.  You make friends whereever you go."  (aaawwwww)  Least endearing - "The way you criticize your body too much."  (he is a friggin saint)

Veronica -
Q.  When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A.  I always played school.  I think I liked the idea of being in charge and being the boss.  As a young adult, I toyed with the idea of being a lawyer.  Then a nurse.  The biggest problem was that little thing called school.  Me - not so good at it.

Becca -
Q.  Since you're ready to head out of town - one piece or two?
A.  Definitely 2 piece.  But modest ones of course!

Loralee and the gang -
Q.  What kind of pie is your favorite?
A.  Mmmmmm.......pie.  Not a fan of apple, coconut or cheesecake, but I likely wouldn't turn down anything else.  Chocolate pudding is right there at the top of the list!
Q.  Why do you HATE cheese SO much?
A.  Where do begin?  It's sour, it smells and it tastes nasty.  A big gooey cheese mess on top of anything starts my gag reflex.  Sometimes, I can handle a little bit of cheese in something just as long as it's extrememly mild and is completely covered by something else so that I can taste it or feel it in my mouth.

Patricia (where is your link darling, I can't find you!!)-
Q.  If you could live in any time period what would it be?
A.  While some time periods seem exciting like the wild wild west, or the days of knights in shining armour, people's body hygeine back then wasn't the best.  I can't get past the idea of people not brushing their teeth or showering.  I think I'll stick with now, and my modern conveniences.

Annie -
Q.  What do you do for a major health care provider?
A.  I work in the IT department.  Which is hysterical because I know nothing about computers.  Ask me about our specific software program and I might be able to come up with something.  I worked in the clinics with direct patient care for many years before, and sometimes I miss that.  The people interaction.
Q.  What is your blood type?
A.  O +.  Just don't ask me to donate.  I used to.  Last time, the phlebotomist missed my vein and hit my tendon.  I was crying in pain and the idiot wouldn't take it out, but made me wait until a supervisor showed up.  I am terrified to try again.

A Musing Mom (Taylorclan6) -
Q.  What is your bank # and your pin.
A.  If I only knew.  Splenda keeps that information secret from me.  He knows it would be devastating to our family finances.  Not even kidding.
Q.  How do you control sarcasm?  Seriously I need some pointers.
A.  Is there a way?  I don't think I want to know.  I love sarcasm.  I wish I could develop that trait a little more.

Vanessa -
Q.  How fast have you gone in the Mustang?  Don't even lie.
A.  I'm a big fat chicken.  I think I topped her out at 90 once.  And then I started to shake and hit the brake.

Sarah -
Q.  What made you want to be active in the Mormon church again?
A.  Funny.  Having my boys kinda spured me into wanting something.  But then I hurt my back.  Herniated some disc's and was flat on my back.  Couldn't lift my babies - couldn't do anything.  I had a lot of time on my hands.  I picked up my Book of Mormon and decided to read it and put it to the test.  I haven't looked back since then.
Q.  Are you interested in driving up to Layton for a blogger get together any time in the next few weeks?
A.  Of course!!  Bloggy friends + lunch = good times!!

CG -
Q.  What's the craziest place you ever did it?
A.  Did it?  Let's see...... do you mean read my scriptures?  Eat dinner?  Paint?  Talk on the phone?  Or do you mean be romantic with my husband?    Since my YW read my blog - they need to remember that I am a boring woman, and no one needs to be grossed out by "old people love".  However, I am jealous of a story I heard from a bloggy bestie that she once gave her husband a black eye on a jetski whilst being romantic.    I would pay money to have seen that!
Q.  What makes your good boob, the good one?
A.  That my friend, cannot be answered in  a public forum.  If I were to give away my secret, I might not be able to use it as leverage anymore.

Lene -
Q.  Paper or Plastic or bring-your-own
A.  I enjoy leaving my carbon print whereever I can.  If I am at Macey's grocery store, I request bread and chips in paper.  At the Wallyworld, you are stuck with plastic.  I do recycle them though - does that count?

And that my friends, is this edition of ask the M-Cat and see what she answers.

Thanks for playing, it was sure fun for me!!


Scrappy Girl said...

I really really enjoyed reading these BUT I am bummed that I missed asking you a question.

Loralee and the gang... said...

It was fun to read all of your answers. I was thinking about hijacking the idea on my blog, but I am afraid that no one would want to know anything more about me enough to put in the effort to comments and ask! No prob there, with you. You are one of the most interesting people I have ever met, IRL or Blog-Land. And I mean that in a GOOD way, of course!


It was fun for me too and all I did was read!

DeNae said...

That was awesome!! I'm so glad SOMEONE knows how to ask questions so I could learn all this cool stuff about you!

MommyJ said...

NO kidding! You scored some awesome questions. I was thoroughly entertained and feel like I learned so much. :) Must be cause you're so gosh darn interesting. I especially loved your answer for WHY Mormon... hope your young women read that one. :)

Natalie said...

Well reading this was the most fun I've had all day! You are so cute!

wendy said...

Man, I entered a whole post, and somehow it didn't get entered. So, I'll try again.

I am bummed that I missed this whole ask you a question thing. I try and keep up. Really.
WHAT --botox on your scowl line. That is against the rules (j/k)

Since you mentioned you were on your way to get a massage, my hubby gave me a gift certificate for a hot stone massage for valentines day. Was wonderful. I love massages. I love being pampered
If you were to choose any type of pampering for a day....what would it be.
you were the one who introduced me to the Brazlian....I am a believer now.

and...I am glad you were layed up that led you to reading the Book of Mormon.

Merri Ann said...

Great post ... very fun to read ... and I second your comment on what blogs you like to read ... they are hard to find.

I was at the wedding of a friend who's brother is a Priest ... I was seated next to him at dinner and he asked me if I was Catholic. I told him I was raised Catholic but didn't go to church now ... He responded by saying "Well that's okay ... you'll find a need to come back to the church when you have children." And he was right ... in fact I'm always surprised at how many people follow this same path. I think it is a huge gift our children give to us without even knowing ...

Pedaling said...

great answers...

your family is just the perfect size and i love how you have cute little sissy on the end...things work out.

i am so with you on the blog preferences....the only difference i think between me and you is that you are more patient in reading some of the longer posts on a regular basis. but, out with the middle school humor overload, OUT!

i will be there for little red-i've got 2 friends coming with me- where are you staying?

we'll have to plan lunch soon, very soon!

i love your endearing true

2 piece whew, whew!!! work it mama work it! hey, if you've got it you've got it! way to go!

Shawn said...

Loved reading these----I'm sooo excited to meet you on MOnday!! I wish that I would have been able to ask you one or two----just have to do it in person, I guess.... :)

Devri said...

LOved it!!!!!!!

sorry I missed out! If you snooze ya loose...

I had fun reading this. and btw- I hate cheese with a passion! ewwwwwww

Patricia said...

Loved the post and all the answers.I don't have a blog so that's why you can't find me.


Mae Rae said...

wow...i read these yesterday and commented yesterday and then just realized that I didn't remember putting in a word verification...yeah like 12 hours later...but anyway, loved the answers.

CountessLaurie said...

Love that you are refraining from mocking the Twilight series :-)

Great answers!

Erin said...

That was AWESOME to read. (And to get to know you better.)

tammy said...

That was a fun read. You got some goodies. I am scared to do this on my blog.

kado! said...

that was fun to read!