I have to copy off AEOT a little here, and say that I would LOVE to have our whole family together for the summer at our lake house in New Hampshire. Mornings spent taking hikes, afternoons on the dock, nights spent having cocktails on the front porch with the occasional trip to Fun Spot for mini golf and go carts :) What is your greatest fear? That either myself or Mr. Pit will die while Little Pit is very young. I have nightmares about it.
Which figures do you most identify with? Definitely hourglass figures. I am back to my pre-baby weight, but things have shifted and everything fits differently...I've never been skinny and I've always been fine with my weight and body, but this new shape takes some getting used to!
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Definitely my judgmental-ness. I am far from perfect but my snap judgments about people still come out more than I'd like. I was also kind of a mean girl in high school, and there really was no reason for it.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Name dropping and bragging. I probably do it too and don't even realize it, but some people can't get through a conversation without it and it drives me batty.
What do you most value in your friends? Their ability to pick right up wherever we left off. My best friends who don't live near me (read: MOST of my bridesmaids) are so awesome about this. No matter if I see them in person or talk to them on the phone, it's like we just talked yesterday. It is SUCH a good feeling knowing you can just fall back into step with people.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Seriously, that's cray-cray (my version of that's crazy), Oh Goober! And there are probably a lot more, I'm not very creative, and I always repeat my stories as I can't remember who I tell what. So, sorry people I repeat stuff to!
What is your favorite journey? Again, I agree with AEOT on this, Motherhood, by far. My life is SO different than it was a year ago, and WAY different than it was 2 years ago, but I've never been happier.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Patience...just kidding, well, not really. I'm really an instant gratification kind of person, but again, I'm working on that too.
What is your favorite occupation? I love being a Mom. It's more work than I ever thought possible, but I am also pretty amazed at how I've taken to it and have really enjoyed watching Little Pit grow up and learn. My old job certainly paid better, but I love being at home with Little Pit at this point in my life.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? My stomach for sure. I've NEVER had a flat stomach, EVER, but one day I'd really like to have one!
What is your greatest regret? This sounds superficial, but really, it started a downward spiral...I cut my own hair when I was 10...so then to fix it I had to get a super short cut and I got CONSTANTLY made fun of for it. The mean boys on the bus used to call me "Pat", the character from Saturday Night Live and tell me that I shouldn't wear my kilt (my school had a uniform) because I was a boy...it was awful and it took SO long to grow out and I think that entire episode was not helpful in my childhood and it all started because I cut my own hair because I was bored...I was such a dummy!
What or who is the greatest love of your life? Definitely Mr. Pit. No one else in the world could put up with me like he can (seriously, all my ex-boyfriends would second this). I am a lot to handle at times and can be a complete pain in the ass. I used to be super jealous and possessive too, hence the downfall of many a relationship, but Mr. Pit has put me at ease since the moment I met him. I trusted him from the second we met, and it has made ALL the difference.
When and where were you happiest? Pretty much anytime I am at our house in NH, my birthday is always a happy day, Mr. Pit proposing to me in August of 2005, our wedding day, our entire honeymoon, signing our closing papers on this house in 2007, finding out I was pregnant, seeing her on the sonogram for the first time, holding Little Pit for the first time, pretty much anytime Mr. Pit is home and we can hang out as a family.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Superficial yes, but I would have myself lose all my midsection weight.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Hands down, Little Pit. Every time I look at her I cannot believe that we made her. It is absolutely a miracle. You hear it called that all the time, but then you have your child and you realize how true that statement is. Actually giving birth to her was a miracle as well, I can't even believe I want to do it again, but I do! Thank God our brains are wired to not remember the pain part, otherwise everyone would be an only child!
What is your most treasured possession? Hmm, this is hard. My engagement ring and wedding band, our wedding photos, my Grandmothers gypsy rings that she gave me the last time I saw her. I think if our house were burning down those would be the first things I would grab, after of course Mr. Pit and Little Pit were safe.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Thinking about all the what-ifs in my life. What if I had transferred out of my university when I was miserable that summer after my freshman year? What if I had broken up with my idiot boyfriend at the beginning of my senior year in college like I should have instead of making my entire senior year a living hell? But then I think that everything happens for a reason, and if I did anything differently I wouldn't be here now living the life I live...but I hate thinking about it.
Where would you like to live? Oooh, I know this one! In a 5 bedroom classic center hall stone colonial at the end of a cul-de-sac with a huge back yard and a pool. I want a white kitchen with black counter tops, and a 6 burner stove. I want it to be a cozy house where we can have friends over and I want our kids to have friends over all the time too. I want to be that house where people LOVE going. As far as where that house is...I am pretty stuck on staying on the Main Line, but I would consider other states, I love Colorado, and Boulder has an amazing amount of sunny days (we could have solar panels on the roof!) or maybe Sun Valley, ID. I like the idea of San Diego as well for the weather, but I think I like seasons too much for me to last long out there. I would also consider Switzerland, and definitely Australia or New Zealand.
What is your most marked characteristic? My voice I think. I HATE how I sound when I hear myself, but at least I know it's unique!
What is your greatest extravagance? Our closet. We converted an entire bedroom into a walk in closet. It was kind of an insane expense, and now we're kind of kicking ourselves because if we have another even littler pit the kids might have to share rooms because we don't have enough closet space if we take it out and convert it back to a bedroom. And yes, I am well aware of the fact that I could just downsize our clothing amount, but that's WAY easier said than done. You know the theory that you fill whatever space you are given...yeah, we've done that and then some.
What are the qualities you most like in a man? Kindness and loyalty. Being generous doesn't hurt either.
Who are your favorite writers? Barbara Kingsolver, Dave Barry (always good for a laugh)
How would you like to die? Quickly and without pain. I would NOT like to drown. Or die in a fire. No no no.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Urm...no clue. I'll get back to you on this one.
Who are your heroes in real life? My parents, and Bill Smith. He runs Main Line Animal Rescue and is SUCH a champion for animals.
What is your motto? Everything happens for a reason.
Hope everyone has a great weekend! It's crazy windy here today, not sure we'll be outside much! Too bad too because yesterday was 70 and gorgeous!