Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Let's Dig A Little Deeper

Red and I had an incredible Thanksgiving weekend. You can read about her take on part of the weekend here. I loved that we got to spend an entire 4 days together, even if I did have to sleep through a large portion of it. My favorite part of the weekend was the drive from her parents' house to my house on Saturday night.

We were almost an hour into our trip when we pulled into a rest area. I ran inside to use the facilities and when I hopped back in the car, I asked Red to tell me story about herself that I hadn't heard. She thought for a moment and told me a story from her teenage years in India. Of course, when she wrapped up her story, she asked me to do the same. For the rest of the trip, we intentionally pulled out stories about ourselves that had not yet been shared with each other.

Red and I have never had trouble finding things to talk about, but this was different. It really gave us more insight into who the other person was. We talked about our childhoods, past relationships, family connections, holiday traditions and dozens of other topics. It was a great trip and I really appreciated getting to know even more about her.

I enjoyed this so much, I decided to extend the idea here. Some of you are new readers and others have been reading for a while. A few of you have been here since the very first post. I try to share my life in my posts, but as the owner of this blog I select what does and does not get said.

I would like to open myself up further to my readers. Is there anything you would like to know that I have not covered? Have I addressed something in a post that you would like further explained? What questions do you have for me? Leave your questions in the comment section and I will start addressing them. I will be sure to link back to your blog (if you have one) when answering your question.

I do ask that any questions submitted be respectful. I also have the right to decide that a question may be too personal and not something I want to share. Also, if you are a blogger and would be willing to receive a question from me on your blog, please indicate so in your comment.

Some questions may be answered with short answers, so I may answer several questions in a single post. Other questions may require an answer of more depth and will require an entire post. I will try to give adequate attention to both.

I'm excited to start this.

46 comments:

  1. I like asking questions so I think I'll give you a couple. If you want to ask me a question next time you stop by my blog, go for it. I'm always looking for stuff to post about so maybe it'll inspire something.

    1) I don't know too much about how you and Red ended up together. I know it was a joke about an internet fiancé but I don't know how that started or anything. Would you give me one of those 'how we met' stories?

    2) Did you ever expect to have over a hundred followers?

    3) What is your favorite holiday tradition, for any holiday?

    4) I think you said you want to be a teacher? How did you know that was what you wanted to do? (That first question mark is because I'm not sure if I remember correctly.)

    5) You said that you've owned all sorts of animals (and eaten them). Are there any animals that you wouldn't own by choice or that you're scared of? Also on that note, what/who has been your favorite pet?

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    1. All good questions and I will address them all in future posts. The one about my favorite pet is being saved for the A to Z Challenge in April. I am not pre-writing those posts, but I am trying to decide what I will be writing about. My favorite pet was a beagle named SNOOPY, but that is all the info I will give on him for now.

      As for how Red and I met, she has a page dedicated to that very topic. Click this link to be taken to her page that explains the entire story and includes links to the pertinent posts where much of it happened. All questions on this particular topic will be answered there.

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    2. What is the A - Z challenge? Also, I'll be sure to check out the page.

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    3. The A to Z Challenge is a blogging challenge. Participants must post every day of the month of April (except Sunday)with each post themed on a letter of the alphabet.

      Day 1 - "A" is for Attitude
      Day 2 - "B" is for Beauty

      It's adds an extra little challenge to writing every day.

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    4. These questions have been answered.

      Click here and here for my responses.

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  2. I am married for two years to my husband. I love it when we have time to tell stories to each other that we don't know. This Thanksgiving my mom and sister decided to share some of my teenage stories, oh my. So much fun.

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    1. I still look forward to that. I have spent time with Red's parents on several occasions and have gotten to meet her siblings. She has only met my family once. Many stories have yet to come out. I love it.

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    2. Excuse me, twice, plus. The reunion, briefly, and I shared dinner with Kyle's family while you were sleeping on Thanksgiving.

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  3. How do you feel about death/dying?

    If you died this very second, what would be your biggest regret? Biggest success?

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    1. Wow. You went deep. I will have to think about those, but it should make for a good post.

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  4. Since our daughter's are about the same age, What is your greatest desire for her future after living with Dad?
    Also, if it won't cause trouble with her, what is one of your "OMG, they're just like me" stories about your kids?

    Hestia

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    1. Those are both doable. I have many hopes for my daughter and will have to think hard to decide on a greatest desire.

      Stories won't be a problem.

      I have posted a few about her already.
      Red Paint & Vomit: The Joys of Parenting
      Daddy's Little Girl
      MC Hammer is Black
      Crossing State Lines

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  5. Oh, good one. I've thought about doing this on my blog, but worry no one will have any questions for me :) I might steal the idea, at some point, though. And for sure you can ask me a question on my blog.

    I would like to know what you are afraid of, big and small. Also, have you conquered any fears in your life?

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    1. That will be a good post. I know exactly what my biggest fear is. I'll have to think about ones I have conquered.

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  6. This is an excellent method for finding new material to write about. I just write stories about my childhood and married life and I find it hard to believe people would be interested enough in my life to come up with questions. But in your case I'll scratch my head and try to think up a question worthy of your storytelling abilities.

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    1. Thank you. Writing every day this month has strapped me for ideas.

      I think anyone who has regular readers should have several questions thrown at them if asked. I know I have several people that I read who occasionally cause me to have questions in my mind.

      I welcome whatever question you throw my way.

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  7. Hmmm, this is interesting. I would say you could recipricate to me, but I'm a little fearful of what I would be forced to answer. Plus, with all the anonymity stuff, I have to be careful. But, considering all that, give me your best shot.

    My question: What was the exact moment you knew you were in love with Red? When and in what circumstance did it happen?

    Ok, another: If you found out you had 1 week to live, what events would you fill those remaining 7 days with?

    (P.S. Sorry I've been MIA recently. I'm finding it really hard to keep up with everybody lately).

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    1. I will send a question your way. Let me think on it. It won't be anything that would for your identity.

      I do know when the love moment was and will have to consider how to tell that story. It involves some details I am not comfortable sharing. She said something that really connected with me, but would require a story to explain why. The story will stay private.

      However, I think I will still try to tackle the question.

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  8. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. I've been reading your blog for a little over a year, but I wanted to know how you got started writing. You may have written a post about it before, but I'm not sure.

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    1. I believe that I have mentioned this in a post, but didn't really explain. I would be happy to do a whole post answering this one.

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  9. There are a few questions I like to ask everyone I run into, at some point.

    Have you ever eaten a grasshopper?

    Have you ever eaten anything, while it was still alive?

    Do you have a fear of picnic tables? If so why?

    When and what was your feelings, when you realized your younger siblings could take you down.

    Have you ever been so considerate of your neighbors, that you asked them to leave for the weekend, because you didn't want your party to disturb them?

    Have you ever gone to Six Flags while your brother sat in a hospital room awaiting surgery... on his birthday?

    Has your hair ever resembled the tsunami wave that hit the cost of Japan?

    Have you ever come home and found your household cabinets rearanged?

    What is your favorite family memory from your childhood?

    Just some standard questions, I think everybody asks. look forward to the responding blogs.

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    1. I am assuming the answer to all but 4 and 9 is yes?

      Hestia (Red's Sister)

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    2. I have answers for all of these. I just have to decide whether to tackle them all at once or post on them individually.

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  10. Have you ever ever been in a band or played a musical instrument? (roady for your son's band doesn't count)

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    1. I do have some musical background I could easily work into a post.

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  11. What was the motorcylce ministry really like?

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    1. I actually have that one on my list of blog ideas. I just haven't tackled it yet. I guess it's time.

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  12. I ask you all the time WHY you're with me! I'm such a dork! ...but that's rhetorical. We've kicked that horse so many times it is just unanswerable. I just love the quote you posted from Royal Flush:

    "They were so used to being alone that they spent the rest of their lives in perpetual appreciation of each other."

    I perpetually appreciate you.

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  13. Two more:

    What are your intentions toward my sister?

    When are you transferring these wonderful chapters into a full book?

    Hestia

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    1. Well, she already called me out on any intentions I may have had involving an axe, so we had to start over.

      She and I have just recently talked about intentions. I will have to decide how much I want to share here.

      The book idea has been floating around for some time. I guess I just need to do it if I am going to.

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  14. Hmmm, I got so wrapped up in reading everyone's questions that I can't seem to come up with one of my own, but I look forward to reading your answers.

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    1. Thank you. I have plenty to keep me busy for a while.

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  15. My question is one that has baffled scientists and philosophers throughout the ages. It's a question that transcends the boundaries of human understanding, and is one that has yet be answered satisfactorily by any academic. The question I pose unto you is thus:

    Who wears short shorts?

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    1. Back in the 80's that would have been easier to answer. I will have to look into it today.

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  16. Hi Brett,

    I've noticed , that on a few occasions, you've talked about writing a book. That's an idea that I also have in the back of my mind, although, I'm far from ready to do that just yet.

    Anyways, what would your book be about? Fiction or fact? Life stories? Sometime I worry that if it comes time to write my story, It might all have already been told in stories on my blog. What are your thoughts on this?

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    1. The book I have in mind would be based on life stories. It would be a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Using my life as a basis to tell a story. I figure if some of the stories cross over, it will be alright.

      I read Jenny Lawson's book Let's Pretend This Never Happened and there were plenty of stories that I had already seen on her blog, but it didn't make the book any less enjoyable.

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