Answer Me This . . . Hold the Mayo

First, some updates . . .

I have a very special giveaway and a very special request, both ongoing. If you have a moment, please check them out here.

Whatever my mystery itchiness is, it has subsided almost completely, which is just awfully nice. There's nothing like being itchy to make you value NOT BEING ITCHY. So that's great. But, despite multiple visits to multiple doctors, the mystery itching remains mysterious. I'm meant to have allergy skin testing done next week. It had to be put off until I could take a course of steroids to repress my dermatographism, which is a big fancy word for the fact that if you scratch my skin, it makes a welt that stays there for a bit. Good for playing tic tac toe on a desert island, not so good for scratch testing.

Still, I'm kind of fine with not knowing what was causing it, as long as it's gone!

I have SO MANY barely started posts swimming around in my brain! I wanted to share the trip, and do the giveaway, but other than that I've been swamped with all these doctor visits, and making the yearbook for our homeschool group, and Jack's 12th birthday party (Clash of Clans!), and trying to get school planned and curriculum ordered and our affairs in order before we leave for two months in Chicago . . . in less than a week!

But rest assured that posts answering all the questions you asked about trips and trip planning, responses to pop culture phenomena of the past month, thoughts on potty training and introducing solid foods and following manufacturer's instructions, an update on our Nissan NV, plus that birthday party and reviews of all the movies I watched on the planes are all coming. Someday.

But for TODAY, here's Answer Me This!

1. Do you have a land line?

Yes and no. We HAVE a land line, but we don't have a plan on it. It's active, and we can accept calls on it, but we just pay per use for outgoing calls. So, we mostly only use cell phones for outgoing calls, but it's there if we need it.

It took me FOREVER to remember to stop making outgoing calls on it.

2. What is your least favorite food?

I tend to have strong preferences for particular foods in the moment, but don't tend to dislike particular foods in general.

However . . . mayonnaise is gross and pretty much ruins an otherwise tasty sandwich. I also do not like chocolate ice cream. And I've never tried any, so I guess I can't be sure, but I have a strong suspicion that I don't like anything in the genre of spreadable or potted meats.

3. What's on your summer reading list?

I'm really excited to read the second and third books in the The Last Policeman series by Ben H. Winters.

I read the first book and really enjoyed it. The premise is clever: What's the point of solving murders if we're all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace reminds me a lot of Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle, which is a very good thing. The writing is smart, the characters are interesting, the mystery is mysterious, what more could you ask for?

I've got book two, Countdown City , on my desk right now, and the good folks at Quirk Books are sending me over the third and final book in the trilogy, World of Trouble , any day now. I'm really excited to read it. It's available for pre-order now, and will be released on July 15th.

I've also got two interesting looking books in iBooks that Ignatius Press sent me that I'm planning to read over the summer:

Tobit's Dog is a Depression-era retelling of the Biblical story of Tobit.

and The Rising is the story of nine-year-old C.J. Walker, who can raise folks from the dead.

Both have great Amazon reviews and are from a publisher I know and love !

As I prepare for homeschooling next year, I was blessed to get to read Teaching From Rest by Sarah of Amongst Lovely Things.

It's an excellent resource for any homeschooling mama, whether you've been around the block a few grades or it's your first time to the rodeo.

Sarah has keen insights, presented gently, on how to make homeschooling a success for you AND your children.

Also in the stack are The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene for my Ladies' Book Club, Brideshead Revisited for Haley's Carrots Classics Book Club (I'm late but I'M GOING TO READ IT!), and whatever Jane Austen is up next in the Motherhood and Jane Austen Book Club. I should find out. (typey, typey, typey) It's Emma .

4. Is there something that people consistently ask for your advice on? What is it?

Ever since baby number four or so, I've gotten a lot of questions about pregnancy and childbirth and baby-raising. One of the reasons I started ye olde blog was to be able to dispense that advice more efficiently.

5. What's the most physically demanding thing you've ever done?

Well, I ran a marathon and have given birth sans-medication to all the babies, but lots of people have done those things. I wish I had a better story. Like surviving a shipwreck or escaping from the Nazis through the Alps or holding my hand on a truck for a really long time. But I don't.

6. How do you feel about massages?

I really dislike them. I would rather do any of the things in number five than have a massage. Including the Nazi one.

For next week I'm tagging:

Elizabeth from A Mom on Wheels. Post to check out: Mom on Wheels and Papa Bear - The love story endures tragedy


Ann-Marie from Ulczynski Update. Post to check out: My attitude towards helpfullness. . .

Next week's questions for them and for you are . . .

1. What’s something you intended to do today, but didn't?

2. What's your favorite grilling recipe?

3. What movie did you see most recently?

4. Would you say your tendency is to over or under react to medical situations?

5. Do you squeeze the toothpaste tube or roll it?

6. What are you doing for Father's Day?

Next week's installment will go live at 10pm Pacific Saturday night, and will be open until 10pm Wednesday night.

So, please, answer this week's questions for yourself in the comments. If you have a blog, answer the questions there, link back to this post, and link your blog post up below. Thanks for playing along.