Thursday, January 15, 2009

Interview With The Karate Mom

Kind of like Interview With the Vampire, right? Only without Brad Pitt! And blood! And breasts, because I distinctly remember breasts in that movie and there will be none of those in this post. Nor any other post in this blog. We are a non-nudity blog here at Karate Mom, and for that I'm sure you are supremely thankful!

Anyway, here's how the whole interview thing went down.
My friend Flea, smocker of dresses, blogger of blogs, and a generally fantastically fun and creative wonderful person did a thingy on her blog wherein she was interviewed by another blogger and then she threw out the lure to interview other bloggers and I took the bait! The rules, so to speak, are posted at the end of this post, so stay posted (hee hee!) and you too can be interviewed!! By ME!! The Karate Mom! Yippee!

Alrighty then! Here goes!

1. How did your Honey ask you to marry him, and did you say yes the first time?
Well, let me preface this story by saying that my hubby and I both came to know Christ about two months before our wedding, so we were very different people back then. (I should also preface this whole interview by saying that I have an insane ability to take a very simple story and make it about ten times longer than it needs to be. Sorry.)
Troy and I were living together in a little duplex and one night he came home from work, woke me up, sat me on the end of the bed, and asked me to marry him. In the middle of the night. Now, one interesting thing about this is that we had been dating for about two years, but had never ever ever talked about getting married. Ever. So it was completely out of left field. The second interesting thing about this is that about three hours earlier, I had been journal ling on our computer about how much I loved him and how I really could see myself marrying him. So apparently it was on both of our minds, we just weren't discussing it with one another! I said yes right away, and we got married about six months later and will celebrate 13 years next August 10th.

2. I keep wanting to ask this: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? 2,397 1/4 licks if you have a tongue that is 4 inches long, weighs 7 grams, and has 2.3 ounces of saliva on it per lick.

Alright, seriously: How did y'all wind up at FBC? (For those who don't know, FBC is the church that I attend, and is where I met Flea for the first time!)
We decided to leave our other church, an Episcopalian church, when I realized that they didn't really do a whole lot of actual Bible teaching. Sure, they did a lot of Bible reading, because in the liturgy you have the Old Testament, New Testament, Gospel, and Psalm reading every Sunday. But you could not really be sure if the ten minute sermon was going to teach anything about what was read. Or, heck, have anything to do with what was read. I remember one Sunday, the priest got up and read a kids book for his sermon, for cryin' out loud. What's that all about?
Anyway, we knew this family across the street went to FBC, and they were really nice, so we decided to go with them and check it out. We weren't going to commit, though, because we wanted to try a lot of other churches. But actually, we ended up loving it so much that we didn't end up going anywhere else!
(See? I told you I could drag out an answer!)

3. What is your favorite thing to do to relax? Oh, this one is easy! And I can actually give a short answer to it! To relax, I love to read, mostly books, but I read blogs to relax. too. I also watch movies with Troy and The Kids.
(That one wasn't so bad, was it?)

4. I like Daryl's question: If money were no object, where would you live and why? Truthfully, I don't think I'd live anywhere but where I am, because 95% of my family is here, plus all of my wonderful friends and I have very deep roots here because I've lived here for my entire life. So, if money was no object, I'd just build a really awesome house, probably out on some land like my friend Shelley so I could be out where it's quiet and you can see the stars. And I'd build a house at the lake, and then I'd buy a jet and commission a pilot so I could go and visit my cousin in Atlanta and my brother in St. Louis and my aunt in Ohio whenever I wanted!

5. Who influenced your musical and artistic tastes growing up and in which direction? Well, my musical tastes are just all over the board!! Growing up, my mom played all sorts of folk music for us on her guitar, and played Abba for us in the car, so I have a special affinity for Take a Chance on Me and Puff the Magic Dragon. (And, yes, I adored the show "Mamma, Mia!", as well as the movie! Nothing better than Broadway and Abba combined!) I'm an 80's kid, so I do love me some hair bands like Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and White Lion, as well as the electronic sounds of 90's of The Pet Shop Boys and Yaz and Erasure. Oh, I do love me some Erasure!
The thing is, though, I couldn't really say that I was influenced by that music because when I became a Christian, my philosophy about what I listened to kind of changed. While I really love pulling out some of my old CD's and rocking out sometimes, on a day-to-day basis I want the music that I listen to to be something that is both edifying to me and glorifying to God. And when I have a song stuck in my head, which I often do, good heavens sometims I wish I could find the volume control knob in my brain, I want it to be a song that is honoring to my Creator. So I choose to listen to music that fits that bill. Most of the time. Every so often I'll rock out to Erasure or Scissor Sisters for fun! (OK, Scissor Sisters isn't from my childhood. They're a new find from my brother!)

And that's it!! Thanks for reading!
Now, here's how the rest of it works!!
The RULES:1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.


Flea said...

Way cool! i love your answers! Especially the proposal in the middle of the night. :)

Heather the Mama Duk said...

That was fun to read. I love your incredibly drawn out short story long stories.

Interview me :)

Anonymous said...

Man I would so say Interview me!! But me no blog, but I do so love being able to read others!! You are so much fun and make me laugh sooo much!! Keep up the good work!!
PS Love the proposal sooo romantical!!

PSS We love to rock out to those BIG HAIR GUY bands we call them just not too often

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