1. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
That's an easy one - Haagen Daz Coffee Ice Cream.
When I was at the end of my pregnancy with my twins (age 20 and 85 lbs, at the beginning) I couldn't fit much more than a teaspoon of food in my stomach an hour. (The twins were huge, 7lbs and 5lbs 14oz. I was a little bitty thing with the largest watermelon you ever laid eyes on protruding horizontally).
So, I ate a pint of Haagen Daz Coffee Ice Cream every day just for the much needed calories. And the dairy. Oh, yes the dairy too. It was such a sacrifice, but I managed to force it down.
After giving birth, I weighed 75 lbs. The twins were very healthy.
My theory is that Coffee Ice Cream saved our lives.
So I pick coffee ice cream. After all, I owe it a favor.
2. What's the most nerve-racking "close call" you've ever had?
When my twins were 17 months old and I was 7 months pregnant with my son, we went on a family vacation during the winter. I was pushing the twins on a sled down a very small incline in front of our cabin in an attempt to get them tired before their nap. I told them," one more time, then it's nap time". As they gently glided down the tiny slope a terrible thing happened. The sled took a sharp turn at the bottom of the incline and started picking up speed on a patch of ice and headed for a ditch. The ditch was about 100 yards away and I ran as fast as I could yelling for them to fall off the sled. They just turned to me and started laughing thinking that it as so funny to see their mom running after them as they were going faster and faster.
What happened next was God's intervention because they hit a tree that was growing up from the ditch before they careened over the ditch into the rushing water.
They both had bumps on their heads, Jen hitting the tree and Dave hitting the back of Jen's head, but if they didn't hit the tree, I can't even imagine what would have happened.
Just thinking about that incident, which happened over 25 years ago, makes me all panicky.
3. Name five features your ultimate dream house would have.
Ice cube dispenser on the outside of the refrigerator. I'm an ice cube freak. I even drink milk on the rocks. To just hold a glass under the thing and have the ice cubes fall is a heavenly thing. Oh, and being able to ask my company 'would you like your ice crushed or cubed?' in a Julia Childs-like accent always cracks me the heck up.
Fireplace. I love the way a fire in the fireplace lights up a dark room.
Master bathroom. I like to have my own bathroom because sometimes I just have to go and waiting for someone else to get out is not an option. Enough said. Your welcome.
Skylights. So I can see the sky from the comfort of my home.
Hot tub. For too many reasons to list.
4. Who has been the most influential non-relative in your life?
I would have to say a woman I used to babysit for when I was a teenager. She ate healthy foods, traveled all over the world, lived within her means and treated her children like they were the most important people in the world, because they were to her. She was caring, loving, tender and kind. If her children were afraid of something, she would comfort them.
I ran into her last year and now she is a grandmother. The little girl I used to babysit for is in her 30's.....ouch. She is a wonderful grandmother to her grandchildren and I could see from their interaction that they respect and love her dearly.
5. What one non-physical feature would you most like to change about yourself?
My insecurities. I think I hide them well, but they are still there, every day, in the background, holding me back from being all I could be.