Tom Asks Great Questions!

What is the one thing that you did as a kid that you wish it was still okay for you to do now, at your current age?…

This is a great question posed by my buddy, Tom Baker over at The Morning Erection, and since I’m up way past my bedtime, cranked full of caffeine, I’m all for the challenge of answering it! My first mental response was flagrant nose picking. Then I remembered my time spent in charm school where Mrs. Miles, my Uber-polite teacher, reminded me time and time again that nose mining is not an activity befitting of a lady. Now, after a few pleasant moments of revisiting the simple pleasures of childhood, I realize that there is nothing that I did way back then that would be forbidden for me to do now.

In my youth, I loved the outdoors. The majority of my free time was spent biking, swimming, and playing games of make-believe in the woods behind my house. These things are all still feasible. I have a perfectly lovely 10-speed in my shed, and while I may not have the same stamina, the same carefree schedule, or the same quick access to a pool and wooded area that I had in my childhood, a quick drive to a nearby park could easily fix that. I have no doubt that I could out bike and out swim any porky little kid who normally spends most of his or her time on a sofa, in a supine position, playing video games and eating endless sleeves of Chips Ahoy for dinner. And, when it comes to imaginary play, I’d have all of those little suckers beat! Look out park patrons, Sprinkles is playing Army just like she used to when she was ten! I might look a bit silly in the woods stalking my husband with a toy rifle in the same way that I would have hunted my brother years ago. I might even get questioned by the park police, but I’m sure, after a short explanation of how I’m revisiting my youth, I wouldn’t be banned from the park, taken to a psychiatric facility for observation, or placed on a terrorist suspect list, at all.

So, there you have it! My answer is a big old nothing. There is nothing I can’t do now that I did way back then (except touch my brain with my index finger via my nostril). No matter how old I live to be, my inner-child is always ready to pop to the surface for an appearance. What about you, dear readers? What activity calls to you from your youth?

Putting up Fences, Making Commitments, and Not Finding Spiders

Today was such a gorgeous day! My family and I erected (yes, I decided to use the word erected) a new split-rail fence in the front yard. (Gotta have something to keep those stray neighborhood kids from trying to pretend that they belong to us.) We had a blast building and painting together, and then going to our favorite Italian restaurant for an early dinner. Now we’re all stuffed, stiff, sunburned and slightly soused (well, at least I am). It was a truly fabulous, Leave it to Beaver kind of day!

Speaking of erections, Tom Baker over atThe Morning Erection is doing a 31 Days of Blogging Honesty challenge. All you have to do is commit to posting your answer to each of his 31 questions for 31 days. I’ve decided to participate because I have serious commitment issues; not so serious that I’d cheat on my husband or abandon a child, but let’s just say I’m not going to be the first one to raise my hand when someone says, “Who wants to be on the refreshment committee?” I’m pretty sure that committing to blogging honestly for 31 days is bound to reform me. Hop on over to his blog and check it out!

Despite the fact that I’m the proud owner of nearly graduated biology major, we have yet to determine the correct species of the three mysterious arachnids that have met an untimely death in said biologist’s bedroom. She seems to think that they are in the recluse family, but she also seems to think that she has pneumonia when it’s just a cold and bubonic plague when she merely has a mosquito bite. Whatever these spiders were, we haven’t seen any more of them. I have, however, armed my youngest daughter with the camera and have offered her a full five dollars for a clear, postable, shot of one of these little monsters. It is a well-known fact in our household that my youngest will do anything for five bucks, so I expect to have a pretty good shot if a spider shows up. Perhaps someone in the vast blogosphere can identify it.

I hope everyone has had as wonderful of a day as I have! Enjoy the remaining weekend! 🙂