Battery acid, brussel sprouts, and a game of tag.

Happy Wednesday, friends! I was tagged recently by Brooke of Inside Out Design and Maury of Life on Mars (thanks, ladies!) in a fun Q&A bloggy game. I was given 22 questions between the 2 of them, but had a sneaking suspicion that nobody would stick around for that much drivel about my life, so I picked 6 each of the questions that they came up with. I’ve tagged 11 other bloggers at the bottom of this post, and included 11 new questions for them to answer!

But first, my own answers.

1) What is one thing you can’t live without?

There’s plenty I could live without, but one thing I wouldn’t like to live without is my own bathroom. I like camping (mostly) with the exception of not having my own shower and sink and toilet. Something about how daddy longlegs aren’t generally a part of personal hygiene. If I could vacuum pack my bathroom into my suitcase for every camping trip we take, I would.

2) What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

Um…plain Shredded Wheat? No seriously. I am not an exotic eater. I haven’t, for instance, ever eaten goat tongue or leg of porcupine. (Gross?) The most unusual thing I’ve eaten in the past week is roasted brussel sprouts. Rick said they tasted like battery acid and I was not quick to disagree.

3) What is in your purse right now?

Garbage. Junk. Dirt. I need to attack it with several Lysol wipes; it’s probably swarming with bacteria and is seriously grossing me out. As far as non-microbial objects go, though, there are bobby pins, paint swatches, old receipts, older receipts, expired coupons, really expired coupons, and maybe my cell phone, keys, and wallet, if I remember to put them back in there after I use them.


4) What is one of your pet peeves?

I’ll be honest here: comments about my size from people who don’t know me well. “Do you ever eat?” Yes, I do. I’m petite. It’s genetic. What’s more, I’m in a healthy weight range for my height. But I don’t even waste time responding with those facts anymore. I’m not sure if sometimes people think they’re being nice, but suggesting to me that I have an eating disorder is not a compliment. It is insensitive to just how serious an eating disorder actually is. And it especially makes me sad and uncomfortable when they ask me that question in a jealous tone.

5) How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

I clock in at a little under an hour from the time I get out of bed to the time I get in my car. This includes breakfast and other necessary morning activities like petting the cats and trying to find my cell phone.

6) What is the greatest gift you’ve ever been given?

My salvation. No other gift can compare.

7) Do you have a "Monica's closet" aka a hidden space in your house that's either a total mess or completely undecorated?

Of course not! I am perfect and my house is pristine. See?


 8) What made you decide to start a blog?

I discovered the world of home blogs when I googled “how to paint furniture” a couple years ago and found myself on this page at Young House Love. I’ve always liked to write, but hadn’t, until blogging, done much in the way of “personal writing” since high school. After a while of hemming and hawing over whether or not to start a blog of my own, I caved. It’s been an enormous stress relief for me and a hobby that I have truly come to love.                             

9) What is the best decorating tip that you've learned from another blog?

Carol of The Design Pages left a comment on another blog saying that she gives her clients the following advice: “Finish the vision before you start over.” I am guilty of wanting to start over so many times, especially because my vision is blurry at best when it comes to my plan for a room. But waiting to see how it will all turn out will, ultimately, save me a lot of time and money. I don’t think I’d ever finish anything if I started over every time I started second-guessing myself.

10) What is your favorite movie?

Well, you all know the answer is Enchanted…but in terms of other movies that I have also watched repeatedly, I’d have to say…Hairspray. The Emperor’s New Groove. Legally Blonde. August Rush. The Sound of Music. Never Been Kissed. The Aristocats. Mrs. Doubtfire. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Phantom of the Opera. I can’t think of the others…


11) What is your favorite food?

Pasta. Bread. CARBS. I’m also a fan of my fruits and veggies, unless they taste like battery acid. Basically, I could never, ever go on the Atkins diet. I also like shrimp. Oh, and chocolate…

12) What is your all-time favorite blog post?

Oh gosh. I don’t know. I have fun writing every single one. But one that’s old and many of you probably haven’t read is this one from my old apartment blog—it contains my thoughts on what I predicted “closing on a house” would be like. It involves Barbara Streisand and snow angels. Since we closed on our house just a little over a year ago, I thought it would be a timely post to include. :)

I’m tagging the following bloggers who I haven’t passed things on to before AND who I haven’t seen already get tagged. These lovely ladies now have to answer MY questions (buahaha…if they want to…)

Gail @ Sophisticated Steps

Laura @ The Butlers

Michelle @ D├ęcor and the Dog

Kelly @ View Along the Way

Ashley @ Attempts at Domestication

Lyndsay @ That 70s House

Karen @ Strictly Simple Style

Carrie @ Hazardous Design

Megan @ The Remodeled Life

Melody @ Elisabeth Jean

Katie @ Wildwood Creek

Skye @ Neathering Our Fest



1. You’ve been forced at gunpoint to sing karaoke. What song do you choose?

2. What color is dominant in your wardrobe?

3. What is your all-time favorite flavor of ice cream?

4. What was the first thing you ever wanted to be “when you grew up”?

5. What is your most memorable high school experience?

6. If you could go on any TV game show, what would it be?

7. What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

8. How far have you traveled from home?

9. If you could win a gift certificate to any store, what would it be?

10. What’s your favorite season?                                     

11. What are your thoughts on brussel sprouts? (baha.)

That’s it! Who can relate to any of my answers? Who can’t? I’d love to hear from you either way. :)


***If you were tagged, these are the rules!***

1. You must post the rules.

2. Answer the 11 questions the tagger posted for you and then create 11 new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.

3. Tag 11 people and link them in your post.

4. Let them know you have tagged them.


  1. hahaha! You got me! I will play, but how could I come up with creative questions for my tag-ees? You wrote the book!

  2. It seems as if my standard comment to you is: "Haha! You crack me up! I love your posts. Blah, blah, blah." Apparently, I'm your cheering section. You seriously are one of my faves. Never dull around these parts.

    I am also convinced we were separated at birth. I nodded ecstatically to pretty much every single one. Except the petting of the cats part. I have a dog. A very hairy, sheddy, needy, time-consuming puppy...who is a beast (but the prettiest beast ever.)

    And, just for you, I'm going to have to do carve out time and fulfill my tag duties. ;) Should be fun! Woohoo!

  3. Love it! You are too funny!

    #4, while it's very difficult to feel too sorry for you, I think it's completely weird when anyone comments on someone else's weight. Since when is that ok?

    #6 - Amen!

    1. I certainly don't want anyone to feel sorry for me! No way. It just is frustrating to me because anorexia is as serious and harmful as being at the opposite of the weight spectrum. I often wonder what it would feel like if I really DID have an eating disorder and people just casually suggested it to me like they were jealous. How would that feel? What would that do? Makes me more conscious of what I say to people, because I never can be sure about what they’re going through.

  4. This was hilarious! I love the way you write! Amen on the carbs, I don't understand people that "don't eat them". I would rather "die". Anyways, thanks for tagging me! So fun!

  5. This was such a fun post! I loved all your answers and so glad you decided to start blogging. You always make me laugh!

  6. Great post! Love finding out the random facts about people. I am with you on the weight thing. I am also genetically petite and people constantly comment on it. Would it be okay if I asked how they got so fat? I don't think so- so why is it okay the other way around?

    Rant over- lol. And with you on the carb thing too. My fiancee is currently on the Atkins diet (aka- no carbs for him). It's killing me a little inside although I still eat carbs whenever I can get them! Although I try not to do it right in front of him... Call me Mrs. Supportive.

  7. So fun to learn more about you! I have been living in shame all these years, thinking my purse was the only one with dirt and MESS on the bottom. Now I know I'm not alone. Thank you for speaking out.

    Thanks for tagging me! I'm going to try to respond on my blog Friday, and I LOVE your questions!!

    1. I wish my purse just had mess on the bottom. My purse has mess EVERYWHERE. Mess is oozing from its pores.

  8. Haha! I love your questions! I'm definitely going to have to respond... probably next week! Thanks for the tag! ;)

  9. Great post! I ate Calamari today. The taste wasn't too bad but I just can't get past the texture. Plus the plate was a combo of tentacles and whole mini-squidwards. Too much I say, too much! Someone pass the Saltines (turns green and passes out.)

    1. hahaha omg ewww...mini-squidwards....I'm trying to picture it but don't want to...you're braver than I!

  10. Anonymous2/29/2012

    Hi Erin and Rick! I love your blog and I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award!

    Here is the link: http://doublethedecor.blogspot.com/2012/02/liebster-blog-award.html

  11. Oh my. We have so much in common. It's scary. The scrawny comments, the picky eating, the carbs... I guess we just have food and the fact that we both might have worms in common. :P

  12. I always love to learn more about you and as always, you have me lol'ing. I just bought my daughter (aka the carb lover) a cute mug that says "No Carb Left Behind". Sounds like I need to get another one for you. Thanks for the shout out. I'm glad to know it resonates with someone because the paying clients surely don't heed the advice:)

  13. I watched The Sound of Music just the other day.

    Never. Fails. To. Make. Me. Happy.

  14. I think you're just about the coolest person I know. I just spent forever on your old blog and especially love the pharmacy pillow you made Rick...that's true love. (Do you still have it??)

  15. I did my tag post today! :)


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