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23 May 2013 @ 12:14 am
Real Life Question Meme & Birthdays!  
Today is birthday #35! Holy crap. That seems so bizarre to me because I don't feel 35, you know. Do you guys have that too, where you feel much younger than you are? It is also liptonrm's birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABE! My sister is taking us out to Olive Garden for birthday dinner and Sunday ceitfianna is coming to grill out. And we might sneak in a movie.

Thanks for all the great questions you guys asked for the Real Life Question Meme!

1) I always want to hear about pets, past or present.
2) Have you seen much of the country, or the world? If not, where would you like to go?
3) If you could live anywhere in the world, under any circumstances whatsoever, where would you go and what would your house be like?
4) What's your favorite meal?
5) Who was the person you were most excited about meeting?


I always want to hear about pets, past or present.
Including childhood/family pets, I have had 4 dogs, 12 cats, and 2 hamsters (or one was a gerbil?), 2 parakeets, 2 finches, and my sister had some fish - (I remember because she named them John, Paul, George & Ringo). Names included Barney, Mackinaw, Tatum (Tate), Samantha, Midnight, Maize, Patches, Midnight II, Zippo, Audrey (Papa Bear), and Zippo & Papa's babies Muggins, Whispa, Roo & Krycek (Buddy), and Pippin, Kirk, Peter, Sandy (I swear my little brother named his hamster after Sandy from Grease!), Aurora & Phoenix. Those are the ones I can remember. Patches was my childhood outdoor-cat. Tate was my dog that basically saved my life from the awful depression that was my junior high years. And Papa Bear was my cat that was with me in my one and only solo apartment and got me through having to move back in with my mom. Now I have Roo and Buddy, who both turned 14 last month!

Have you seen much of the country, or the world? If not, where would you like to go?
I am surprised by how much of the country I have seen. A trip to Texas at 8, but all I really remember is Six Flags Amusement Park. When I was 10, we spent three weeks driving around Canada. I remember a few things from this trip; staying at a Bed & Breakfast and being baffled by this stranger cooking us breakfast, Maple Leaf Village having North America's largest ferris wheel which I rode, Old City Quebec where all the streets were made from brick and there was a legit castle, Niagara Falls being beautiful and deafening, and whale watching where I was freezing and miserable the whole time except for the ten minutes our boat was surrounded by whales which was AWESOME. I also remember being stuck in the car a lot with my family. At 18, my dad took me and my little brother to Tennessee to spend a week on a houseboat on Cumberland Lake. Best vacation I have ever been on! There were waterfalls, trees and rocks all along the banks, hidden pools and the bluest water I have ever seen. I've also been to Minnesota twice to a lake cabin, to Chicago, spent a week in New York City, been to Vermont, Virginia and many childhood vacations at the Great Lakes of Michigan.

So lots of the US, but other than Canada, no countries. New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and Sweden are all on my list, but New Zealand is probably the only one that might actually happen someday. Got to do that Lord of the Rings tour, right?!

If you could live anywhere in the world, under any circumstances whatsoever, where would you go and what would your house be like?
New Zealand and I would live in a hobbit hole. Think about it; easy access, no stairs inside or out, perfect for my height, adorable little house where your green grassed yard is actually your roof. Obviously with all the modern appliances and electronics though. And I know New Zealand can get cold but I have lived in Michigan all my life, so I can take it. I'd have to move my brother's family with me though - can't be parted from The Niece and Nephew. Really, a hobbit hole would just be cool to live in no matter where, though I have been told our house has a bit of a hobbity-feel to it. Also, I would not object to living on a houseboat.

What's your favorite meal?
I could definitely put together a #1 meal. Let’s see…my grandpa's smoked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy (a favorite since childhood but if I'm picking, let's go KFC), deviled eggs, olives, and pumpkin pie slathered in Cool Whip. Dammit, now I'm hungry! I'm also a big fan of my mom's chicken & rice casserole, my dad's fried fish/mushrooms/potato breakfast platter, my little brother's meatloaf and my grandmother's peanut butter cookies (which is really strange because I hate peanut butter!). Are you hungry yet?

Who was the person you were most excited about meeting?
My Real Life answer to this is...The Niece. When The Nephew was born, I guess I didn't know how it was going to be. My brother and I weren't overly close right then and I barely knew his wife at all. They were both young and they didn't live here in town and just lots of things that had me wondering how much of a part I would even play in The Nephew's life. I had no idea then that it would be this life-changing thing for me. Since I was so close to my cousin and his wife, their kids considered me an aunt, and I knew what that relationship could be like, but I wasn't sure it would be with The Nephew. But it is, in fact, even more than I could have thought it to be. Sometimes when people find out I don't have kids of my own, they say stupid things like, "Oh, so you're just an aunt?" and am I like, "There is no just about it." It can never come close to being a parent, but it is still an opportunity to have this connection and influence over another person and to watch them literally grow and it is amazing. By the time The Niece came along, I understood what this would mean, how important this would be for me. I mean, sure, all babies kinda look alike and she basically just slept and cried a lot when I met her, but I knew this was the beginning of something transcendent in a way and for that, and for her...I was excited.

My birthday picture for the year!
Me in toy glasses
I was always a bit of a dork!


Have a great weekend, you guys!
 
 
 
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dodger_sister: thank youdodger_sister on May 28th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was indeed a very happy birthday!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on May 23rd, 2013 11:39 am (UTC)
I'll have more to say after work (maybe tomorrow, tbh), but I loved reading this!

And durrrr....

HAPPY FREAKIN' BIRTHDAY, LADY!

Edited at 2013-05-23 11:39 am (UTC)
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on May 28th, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
lol It was actually a really fun birthday. I feel like as you get older, birthday celebrations become less frenzied and over-the-top important, so this weekend ended up being just the right level of fun for me.

Your RL question was the one about where I would live and what my house would look like..and I am curious what your answer would be.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 2nd, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Except that there is no ocean, the land we bought is a pretty darned awesome spot for a dream house - forest, meadows, and a river! I also really really like Monterey, CA for sheer beauty (though not for reasonableness of price, not at all). New Zealand would also be completely awesome.

As far as the house itself goes, I have a couple of dream-plans in my head. The first is a giant Roman-style single (or two) story house built in a massive square around a giant courtyard with a pool and garden plus landscaping in the middle; a place where you can shut the world completely out of the house, but still have your own private outdoors inside the safe zone. The problem with that, of course, is that the footprint required to build on is HUGE. The second is lots of blond wood and glass, with a mostly open floor plan (and that one, we'll probably DO).
dodger_sister: alison lohmandodger_sister on June 2nd, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
I wondered how close the new land came to your dream place! Pretty damn close. Rivers are very awesome as well and they don't make the temperature drop so low like living on the windy beach does.

The first is a giant Roman-style single (or two) story house built in a massive square around a giant courtyard with a pool and garden plus landscaping in the middle; a place where you can shut the world completely out of the house, but still have your own private outdoors inside the safe zone.

Omg, I want that too! Can you imagine how useful it would be in the apocalypse to have a closed off area where you could still go outside and get sunlight without being exposed to the world? Plus pool! (the only we don't have that I would want if we ever inherited a million dollars, is a pool). Awesome. (and yes, a dream house should have a contingency plan for the apocalypse. I love my current home, but the idea of being trapped in the basement for months on end while the zombies wither and die does not sound fun).
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 2nd, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
I would gnaw my own leg off rather than be trapped in a basement for months. (I'm a little claustrophobic.) And on the Apocalypse-ready note, the lower level of our home will actually be a big basement that opens onto a back deck - but I plan to induce my husband to install heavy metal shutters for storm season and the repel the zombie hordes. :)
dodger_sister: zombiedodger_sister on June 2nd, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
Our basement is a huge sized apartment, so it has all the trappings of a home, but the windows are quite small (which is good for easy boarding up, but not enough sunlight for my tastes).

the lower level of our home will actually be a big basement that opens onto a back deck - but I plan to induce my husband to install heavy metal shutters for storm season and the repel the zombie hordes.

Okay, a) that sounds lovely and beautiful and b) good planning for important things like weather and zombies!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 2nd, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a very nice basement! We have a crawl space. On dirt. It's very yucky. I look forward to a real basement one day!

Hey, you gotta protect the glass even when there are no zombie hordes, right? :P
wolfrider89: Lev - OT3 cutewolfrider89 on May 23rd, 2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I LOVE YOU! *throws confetti*

I'm sad I missed out on asking questions, but these answers were awesome and interesting! I'd love to go to Canada some day (and the US of course!). I also liked your pick of countries. For some reason, don't know why. ;)

New Zealand! Hobbits! I want to go on a LotR tour so bad I don't even know what to do with myself. I hear they have the Shire pub running like a real pub now. Like, the actual pub from the films, just sitting there, waiting for us. Want!

"Oh, so you're just an aunt?" and am I like, "There is no just about it."

This! I might not have any kids in my life right now, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't have deep connections with them just because they weren't mine. Ugh. Am I making sense? This flu is kicking my ass again, i feel like I'm not making sense. I agree with you! Is what I'm trying to say. :)

I have a birthday fic planned for you! I decided that it was OK to be late, because of reasons, so I'll keep writing on it and hopefully you won't have to wait TOO long. Hint in the icon on what it's about. Hope you approve, it's where my muse dragged me. ;)

Again, happy birthday! <3

Edited at 2013-05-23 12:09 pm (UTC)
wolfrider89wolfrider89 on May 23rd, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
Also, you are so fricking cute in that pic!
dodger_sister: childhooddodger_sister on May 29th, 2013 02:54 am (UTC)
Also, you are so fricking cute in that pic!

Awww, thanks, baby! I think so but I am a little biased. lol

Okay, so my post-birthday post has gone up and you HAVE to see the cake my sister had made for me and The BFF for our birthday. YOU HAVE TOO. This cake is supremely relevant to your interests, bb. Here is the link for your pleasure.
dodger_sister: leveragedodger_sister on May 28th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I LOVE YOU! *throws confetti*

I LOVE YOU TOO! ahahaha You throw confetti every year - it's all Misha Collins fault, isn't it?

I'm sad I missed out on asking questions, but these answers were awesome

Thank you! I almost poked you with an email pointing out the call for questions, but I know how super crazed school has been lately for you. So you liked my answer of countries I want to visit, huh? lol I wonder why. It's really aythia's fault because I remember her putting up pictures one day of the countryside around her home and I was like, "'Shit, yeah I gotta go there," but then you know, bonus!Wolfie to visit which is the main attraction the country has to offer. Right? ;)

You literally can get from my house into Canada in like three hours drive. Other side of Canada from Vancouver though, but like Toronto is only, uh, six hours from here. I know we got there in one day. Montreal, Niagara Falls, Quebec, all on my side of Canada - well, closer than Vancouver anyway.

New Zealand! Hobbits! I want to go on a LotR tour so bad I don't even know what to do with myself. I hear they have the Shire pub running like a real pub now.

I didn't know the Green Dragon was operational! How cool! You know after LotR they had to take down all the exterior sets because they weren't made to withstand the weather. But this time around, for The Hobbit, they made everything so it would be long lasting and they have left it up so now Hobbiton is still there and the front door to Bagend is up for the tours and everything! I want to go so bad!

This! I might not have any kids in my life right now, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't have deep connections with them just because they weren't mine.

Totally makes sense! Honestly, I feel the same way about the whole, "your just an aunt" comment that I did when I worked in child care and people would tell me "Oh, you're just a babysitter." Like not realizing, hey I don't just feed them dinner and send them to bed - I'm an educator and a role model every day for these kids!

This flu is kicking my ass again,

Oh, bb. You've been sick a lot lately. The Boyfriend didn't give you Mono, did he?! It's just been going on for so long now - you get better, dammit!

I have a birthday fic planned for you! I decided that it was OK to be late, because of reasons, so I'll keep writing on it and hopefully you won't have to wait TOO long. Hint in the icon on what it's about.

WHOOHOO!!! Fic for me! Also, yeah, it took me a year to write that threesome birthday fic for you so lateness is obvs not an issue for me! lol LEVERAGE?! I APPROVE 150%!! Now I'm all bouncey and happy! THANK YOU, BB!
Shireboundshirebound on May 23rd, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
What's your favorite meal?

Your answers made me soooo hungry!

I hope you have an awesome birthday.
dodger_sister: fooddodger_sister on May 28th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Your answers made me soooo hungry!

lol I swear by the time I got done answering that question, my tummy was rumbling!

I hope you have an awesome birthday.

It was an awesome birthday, indeed, thank you!
Kate: brothers with beerceitfianna on May 23rd, 2013 12:25 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I hope its a wonderful day.
dodger_sister: smiledodger_sister on May 28th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Obvs you now know it was an awesome birthday - thanks for coming for the visit!
hiyacynthhiyacynth on May 23rd, 2013 12:25 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, my friend! I love you!
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on May 28th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU, BABE!! I LOVE YOU TOO! It was actually a really great birthday, the insanely awesome cake included!
Deni: Sparkling rainbowdenig37 on May 23rd, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!!!

I hope you're having a great one :-D
dodger_sister: thank youdodger_sister on May 28th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was an excellent birthday! I hope to get a post up later showing how my crazy sister helped us celebrate with some awesome things.
lanie: happy birthdayprincesslanie on May 23rd, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
enjoy

what did you think about chiacgo fire last night lol
dodger_sister: chicago firedodger_sister on May 28th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I had a pretty good birthday weekend, I have to say.

Yes, I finally managed to watch the season finale of Chicago Fire this morning. Holy shit. Okay, a) Mills, seriously, she loves you, why do you need to know that she is 100% over Casey to accept that she loves you. Do you think he's going to be on Chicago PD now? b) OMG, the action was so exciting and everyone was so bamfey and badass! c) What? I fricking love Renee and Severide together but omg, the baby? Now what will Shay do? And is Renee moving back to the country or what? d) Mouch's girlfriend, awwwww! and e) As always, I love Herrmann so much it makes my heart hurt!
lanie: bad boyprincesslanie on June 1st, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
a) i think she's settling for mills. she's not even close to being over casey.
yeah i think he'll leave between him not making rescue and dawson.

b)i feel soooo bad for shay. i'm thinking by end of next season rennee will be gone and shay and him will have a baby together (or at least i hope)lol.

D & E sooooo squeeeee
rockstarpeach: party onrockstarpeach on May 23rd, 2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!!

Hope you have a great one :)
dodger_sister: 80s moviesdodger_sister on May 28th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you, it was a most excellent birthday!

OMG, your icon makes me so happy! God, their stupid faces!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on May 24th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
What a great picture!

New Zealand is high up on my list of places I'd like to visit, too. It looks gorgeous.

There is no way I feel as old as I am, something which I am immensely grateful for. When I do start feeling as old as I am, my life is going to be a lot less fun.

belatedbirthday

Edited at 2013-05-24 08:30 pm (UTC)
dodger_sister: thank youdodger_sister on May 28th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I always think I was a cutie but then again, I am biased. ;)

New Zealand looks impossibly gorgeous - sometimes I feel like I have to see it to believe the whole country isn't just a computer generated CGI place that doesn't exist.

Well, body wise I suppose i am old, but in my mind, idk, I still feel like 35 year olds are old adult people and then I realize - 'Hey. I'm one of them!' WTF. But yeah, the day I feel my age, the bottom is just going to drop out, isn't it?

Awwww, you made me card - thanks, bb!