Saturday, January 18, 2014

The ABCs of Me

I am often so enamored with the delicious recipes my friend Leslie Limon is concocting over at La Cocina de Leslie that I forget about her personal blog, La Casa de Leslie, which is equally interesting. But you know... food speaks to me. You can keep up with both of her blogs on my blog roll on the right hand column. As an American woman who moved to Mexico willingly, I really appreciate her perspective and am inspired by the life she has made for her family here.

She posted this survey on her personal blog and I was quick to jack it because I am a sucker for surveys. They're so light and fun and always transport me back in time. There is a small part of me that refuses to let go of AOL and MySpace and surveys remind me so much of those good old days.

The Letter A

Are you available? I'm happily married but always available for new friends. I love to meet new people.

What is your age? 29.

What annoys you? Negativity and people who resign to the fact that life just "is" a certain way and that they don't have the power to change their circumstances.

The Letter B

Do you live in a big house? That depends on your perspective. I think it's big and feel beyond blessed. It's bigger than many houses I've seen in Mexico, but to a lot of people I suppose it's just a modest 2 bedroom.

When is your birthday? August 31st.

Who is your best friend? My husband. I have fantastic friends but he is definitely the best friend I've ever had.

The Letter C

What's your favorite candy? Almond Joy.

Who's your crush? Jaime Camil.

When was the last time you cried? Tuesday, while watching The Butler. It was the best movie I've seen in a long time.

The Letter D

Do you daydream? All the time. Lately most of my daydreams happen in line, imagining what it will be like when/if my husband can cross legally into the US for the first time.

What's your favorite kind of dog? The kind that loves me eternally! My min pin and pom do a pretty damn good job.

What day of the week is it? Saturday, is there any other day?!

The Letter E

How do you like your eggs? Scrambled in bacon drippings. #FatGirlProblems

Have you ever been in the emergency room? Yes. Once when I cracked my chin open running around at an AA meeting as a little girl, once when I had a miscarriage, once after a domestic violence attack and once for the toothache from hell.

What's the easiest thing ever to do? Give up.

The Letter F

Have you ever flown in a plane? Yes, but guess who hasn't? Raymundo! That's definitely on his Bucket List.

Do you use fly swatters? Yes. But a little 565 Plus XLO works much better.

Have you ever used a foghorn? No, but if I ever start a door-to-door business in Juárez that sounds like a great way to announce my presence.

The Letter G

Do you chew gum? Rarely.

Are you a giver or a taker? I hate to admit it but I'd consider myself a taker. I'm quite selfish.

Do you like gummy candies? No, after years of smoking meth, my teeth are way too fucked up for those kind of treats.

The Letter H

How are you? Fantastic.

What color is your hair? Light brown.

The Letter I

What's your favorite ice cream? Sweet cream. And I don't mind a little caramel. Or nuts. And fudge ripple never hurt a girl.

Have you ever ice skated? Yes although I always preferred roller skating. When I was in the 2nd grade I was determined to make roller-figure-skating a professional sport. I used to practice everyday in the parking lot next to the convent across from my house in Rockford, Illinois. My favorite song to request at Skateland was Good Vibrations.

Do you play an instrument? Does the recorder count? Three Blind Mice? I can play Chopsticks on the piano. Okay so maybe just part of Chopsticks. Stop judging me.

The Letter J

What's your favorite jelly bean brand? Whichever brand is 75% off at Walgreens 2 days after Easter.

Do you wear jewelry? Yes. I always, always wore a silver, motivational necklace but my chain recently broke. It read "Never give up, have no fear, leap." Several things I needed to be reminded of regularly when we first came to Juárez. Until I get my chain repaired I'm just sticking to my wedding ring and some small hoop earrings.

The Letter K

Who do you want to kill? No one, but I wouldn't mind getting in a fist-fight with Jody Claman ever since she banned me on Twitter for asking her to admit that she used a gag-gift vibrator. Come on Jody. No one is too cool to masturbate.

Do you want kids? My husband and I each have one from a previous relationship and ideally we would like to have one more child.

Where did you go for kindergarten? Christ the King in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Letter L

Are you laid back? Hell no. I am the most uptight person I know.

Do you lie? Probably every day. What? Did you expect me to lie?

The Letter M

Whats your favorite movie? The Breakfast Club.

Do you still watch Disney movies? Yes. My favorite is Beauty and the Beast. I can recite it word for word from beginning to end. Thank you Ariel.

Do you like mangoes? Nope. Sorry Mexico.

The Letter N

Do you have a nickname? I prefer Em to most. Simple enough. And when I was little my dad always called me Emi, which was picked up by many of my friends from I2US because it's my user name there, taken from my old AOL screen name from the late-90's.

What is your real name? Emily. Do people normally use fake names on their blogs? If so, you can call me Tits McGee.

Whats your favorite number? 428

Do you prefer night over day? Night. Facil.

The Letter O

What's your one wish? To make people laugh.

Are you an only child? No. I have 5 sisters. Although we aren't what most people would consider a tight-knit family, I cannot imagine being an only child.

The Letter P

What one fear are you most paranoid about? Car problems. It's a ridiculous fear, but it's the one that brings me the most paranoia. Leave me alone.

What are your pet peeves? Negativity, people who don't know the value of hard work, and writing with markers or pencils.

What's a personality trait you look for in people? A sense of humor, positivity and an interesting perspective that can make me question what I think about the world.

The Letter Q

What's your favorite quote? "Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." - George Addair

Are you quick to judge people? No. I am a person who people are quick to judge and I would never want to do that to someone else. And I am always excited when someone shows me that they are more than what others perceive them to be.

The Letter R

Do you think you're always right? No. Unfortunately, I am almost always wrong...

Are you one to cry? Only at awards shows, America's Next Top Model, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and on days that end in Y.

The Letter S

Do you prefer sun or rain? I used to love the rain until I got in a car accident during a storm. So I reluctantly have to answer "sun." But I definitely prefer the cold to the heat.

Do you like snow? As long as the roads are properly plowed and salted, yes.

What's your favorite season? Fall.

The Letter T

What time is it? 12:36 pm

What time did you wake up? 5:20 am

When was the last time you slept in a tent? In 2010 when I went camping in Payson with one of my besties, Vanessa. It was my husband's first and only experience with camping and we had so much fun. I can't wait to go again. There aren't any camp grounds in our area but I still have high hopes.

The Letter U

Are you wearing underwear? Yes, although I rarely wore underwear in 2005 and it was quite possibly the most liberating time of me life.

Underwear or boxers? Boxer briefs.

The Letter V

What's the worst veggie? Mushrooms. For dinner or for fun. No thanks. I never did like hallucinogens anyway.

Where do you want to go on vacation? San Salvador.

The Letter W

What's your worst habit? Fixating on situations where I worry about how I've made others feel when generally, they would never do the same for me.

Where do you live? Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México.

What's your worst fear? Losing my husband or son.

The Letter X

Have you ever had an x-ray? Yes.

Have you seen the x-games? Briefly on TV.

Do you own a xylophone? Negative. Who would have guessed that "X" would be such an easy section? Me.

The Letter Y

Do you like the color yellow? I love it. And it's my step-dad's favorite color!

What's one thing you yearn for? Touching the lives of others and leaving a valuable mark in this world.

The Letter Z

Whats your zodiac sign? Virgo. I just barely made the cut-off on that one. Phew! Here's to over-achieving and over-analyzing?

Do you believe in the zodiac? I believe in believing. In something, anything.

Favorite zoo animal? Elephants!


  1. You got your Letter O because I laughed several times. And you're right, Come on Jody. No one is too cool to masturbate.

  2. Love your blogs, you're so honest! look forward to reading them every week:)

  3. Jaime Camil is sexy as hell!

  4. Dave stole my comment! I really shouldn't read your blog at work because it is very hard to stifle my snortling.