My Real Life

March 30, 2012

Five Question Friday

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1. What giveaway would you like to do on your blog?
I’d love to give away an iPad.
How awesome would that be?
Read my blog, win an iPad.
Sorry.  Not happening.
2. If you had to choose between natural artistic ability and natural athletic ability, which would it be?
Natural artistic ability.
With natural athletic ability, if I got hurt, I wouldn’t matter how much natural ability you had, you’d be outta the game.
With natural artistic ability, it could be with me forever, barring some strange hand accident.
3. Do you ditch the coat the minute it becomes “spring” or are you a holdout for more cool temps?
I don’t buy “spring”… particularly early “spring.”
So, this year, in particular, I haven’t been believing the hype.
And, then, finally, I busted out my spring dresses.
I got two days out of them.
And then it was back to the 40’s.
Shame on me.
You’ll never fool me again, spring.
4. What would you do if you won the mega millions lotto of 1/2 billion dollars?
I believe I’ve covered this in a previous post, but I’ll play along.
Buy an Audi R8.  For me.  And only for me.
Put away enough money for all the monkeys to go to college (or help buy a home if they decide college isn’t in their plan).
Repaint the inside of the house and build a sunroom in the back.
Buy a riding mower, a shed for garden tools, a playset for the monkeys.
Buy a generator.
Give a bunch away to charity and create an endowment at the local library.
Put the rest away and spend the rest of my life traveling with Real Man and the monkeys and just enjoying the heck outta every day.
5. You are at a hotel by yourself…what do you do?
I’ve actually been at a hotel by myself, a few times, while I was presenting for the Techspo conference, a few years in a row, in Atlantic City.
I took a long bath and read while I was in the tub.
I got out of the tub, put on my jammies and crawled into that huge bed and read some more.
And fell asleep by 8:30 pm and slept until 8:30 am.
It was very, very nice.

March 15, 2012

Car Girl

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I am not a car girl.

I’ve never been one for knowing about all different kinds of cars.

For me, generally, if it runs and gets me from point A to point B, I’ve been good to go.

My first car was a used 1985 Nissan Pulsar.

Totaled it one snowy afternoon at college in Ohio, after having just driven back from New Jersey.

Everyone was fine, but the thing crumpled like a tin can.

My next car was a used 1992 Oldsmobile Achieva.

Her name was Isabella and I loved her.

Sold Isabella and bought a new 1997 (? Real Man might have to help on the date for this one) four-door Honda Civic.

Loved that car.

Then we got married and had Monkey Girl and man-oh-man did my back ache from bending over and putting the car seat in and taking the car seat out.

So, we bought a minivan, and then I inherited Real Man’s Ford Expedition.

My life has not been a string of luxury cars.

Practicality has led the charge.

However, yesterday, this car passed me on the road.

And I was smitten.

I can tell how smitten I was by the mere fact that I bothered to look at the make and model of the car and look it up when I get home.  (It’s an Audi R8)

It took my breath away as it drove by me, and for the first time in my life, I decided I must have a car.

I could imagine myself zooming down the road, felt the smooth ride, and dreamed about hugging the curves of the road.

I. Love. This. Car.

Then, it turned up in a book I was reading, and reading about the characters driving it solidified my love.

So, considering the almost $200,000 price tag, I’m forever amending my answer to the question, “What would you do if you won the lottery?”

My first answer was always “Make sure we have enough money put away for the kids to get through college.”

However, now I’m thinking the kids can fend for themselves.

I’ll be buying this car.

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