Thursday, March 8, 2012


I was tagged by Carol at The Design Pages in a Q&A blog thingy. I’m really quite horrible at following through on these tags.  I don’t want to be the girl that everyone keeps inviting to the party but then she never shows…because that’d be me in real life and blog Michelle is much cooler.  (I’ve also been tagged by Erin at His and Hers and Cassie at Primitive and Proper but Carol was the most recent and I’m too lazy to find the other tags.  Visit their blogs though…after you read my nonsense.) 

Here are the rules...

You must post the rules
Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you; then create 11 questions to ask the people you've tagged
Tag 11 people and link them in your post
Let them know you have tagged them

1.  What's the one thing you can't resist ordering when you eat at a restaurant

Depends on the type of restaurant.  My friends joke that they have to choose a restaurant that has chicken nuggets/strips or I won’t go.  It’s about 98% true.  I have learned to eat things like steak or fettucine alfredo at fancy restaurants.  I really do prefer chicken nuggets.

2.  What's your biggest blogging accomplishment?

Is it weird that this is the hardest question for me to answer?  The first thing that comes to mind is our headboard being featured on Apartment Therapy


I’m proud of that project but not necessarily of that post. Part of me wants to rewrite it.  The other part of me thinks I should leave it for history’s sake.

I think my biggest accomplishments are more the relationships I have developed with fellow bloggers and the fun opportunities that have arisen from the blog. Examples: free lights from Barn Light Electric, working with the DIY Network, working with Glidden on My Colortopia, etc.

3.  Skinny jeans, boot cut or wide leg jeans?

I’m a boot cut girl.  I have a pair of skinny jeans.  I kind of like them.  I feel like people look at me funny in them.  It’s probably not realistic.  It’s just how I feel.

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4.  What's the one thing you'd like to improve on your blog?
I think I need to work on my photography.  My photos are pretty decent when Nate takes them.  They are all crooked and weird when I take them.  Baby steps.

5.  What kind of car do you drive?

A 2006 silver Jeep Liberty. I will drive this car to the ground.  I like nice things but I really don’t care about cars.  It’s nice but has no fancy features.  I think if I had to find a car that described me.  It would be this car.

via Ross Premier Motors(I can’t find a picture of my actual car but it looks just like this)

6.  How many hours do you sleep at night?

I usually sleep from 10PM-6:45AM.  I’m one of those people that needs a lot of sleep.  I do not function with anything less than 8.  Seriously.  My heart stops.  I also check your mother’s/father’s/grandfather’s medications all day.  You do not want me to be sleep deprived.

7.  What one word would your best friend use to describe you?

My dog best friend would use the word “awesome” to describe me.


As for the human best friend, I waver between “responsible” and “funny”.  Beings I can only choose one I’ll go with “responsible”.  My friends are all crazy (good crazy).  Someone needs to be the voice of reason, right?

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8.  What is the architectural style of your home?

Iowan?  I’m really horrible with design/architecture terms.  I really know nothing about design.  I just like to pretend I do.  You all can educate me.  What is the architectural style of my home?  It’d probably be good for me to know.


9.  Is there a blogger that you try to emulate?

Nope. I’m me.  I write what I feel like writing.  There are times that I worry that people will stop reading this nonsense.  And then more people read it.  So I’m sticking with me.  I guess if I have to actually answer the question I’d like to be a mix of Ree Drummond, Katie Bower, and Erika Powell.  The first two are witty and the last has this classy design/personal style.  Good combo.

10. What is the one thing you regret not having learned?

I really wish I knew how to play the piano.  I don’t know why.  It’s just one of those things I’ve always wanted to do.  Maybe if I have children I will force them to learn so I can live vicariously through them.  That’s what good mothers do.  Add that to my “pros” list for having children.

11. Do you work out regularly and if so, what is your routine?

Yes, I do.  Working out is my Zoloft.  It keeps me sane.  In the summer I walk for about an hour every night with Nate and the Ike man.  During the winter I use the elliptical for about 20 minutes and then 15-20 minutes of pilates.  As a medical professional, I strongly encourage physical exercise.  *Steps off soap box.*

Now it’s my turn….11 Questions (I’m cheating.  Answer the questions above because they are good and because I am lazy). 11 Bloggers.  (Pick yourselves.  The first 11 to answer the questions are the winners.  Woo hoo!  Let me know if you answer them!)


  1. Nice I drive a 2005 Jeeep Liberty! It has been so good to me. I do have to say so unfortunately I can't fit our whole family in it and I wish they would make a 8 passenger Jeep.

  2. my car is a 2005 escape and it has 107k miles on it- also driving til it dies! and i don't wear skinny jeans because my unskinny thighs do not work in them. eew!
    and i have taken the winter off... only walking my hilly walk in the morning with jake, granted i was going 5 days a week for 45 minutes, but it wasn't enough and i have gotten soft. i started running last week again and have added some weights or yoga to my routine a couple days a week. am with you on your soapbox though- make room for me up there! exercise keeps me sane. when i don't do it i am edgy and mean!

  3. I feel weird when I wear my skinny jeans too! I am definitely a boot cut girl!

  4. I almost always get chicken strips at restaurants - i'm like a little kid! lol. actually come to think of it, I usually do get handed the kids menu, because I look like I'm 12...

  5. I am up for the challenge! I was having mental blog block this AM and this is just what I needed!

  6. Funny as always and I would expect no less. ps don't bother trying to force your kids to do anything. The little ingrates just do what they want. Both of mine quit piano amongst many other things I was trying to force them to do:)

  7. I dont know technical terms either, but your house is awesome! It looks so beautiful! Love it! And also, I want your car! I'm in love with Jeeps, but my husband wont let me have one.

  8. I drive a silver Jeep liberty, too! TWINSIES!!! And I also require a lot of sleep. 8 almost doesn't feel like enough most of the time . . . I'd love sleeping like a toddler. A 12 hour night sounds pretty great!

  9. YAY! I'm in the topsies!
    1. What's the one thing you can't resist ordering when you eat at a restaurant? sweet potato in any form (fries, baked, mashed, love 'em all)
    2. What's your biggest blogging accomplishment? Going self hosed on my own (still working out the kinks, but whatev)
    3. Skinny jeans, boot cut or wide leg jeans? None of the above. I like straight leg
    4. What's the one thing you'd like to improve on your blog? More D-I-Y projects, more reader feedback/participation.
    5. What kind of car do you drive? Silver Honda Civic. Nothing fancy here, I need a reliable car and nothing too fancy in case I hit our garage door again ;)
    6. How many hours do you sleep at night? 8-9 hours
    7. What one word would your best friend use to describe you? Happy-Go-Lucky (wait is that 3 words?)
    8. What is the architectural style of your home? Raised Ranch
    9. Is there a blogger that you try to emulate? I'm me. Weird, hungry, messy, & creative. I love the photography on This Is Glamorous, the transformations on YHL, and I love the wittiness found right here at Ike's house ;)
    10. What is the one thing you regret not having learned? Another language
    11. Do you work out regularly and if so, what is your routine? Yes! I weight train and I love sprint intervals and the stepmill.

  10. I regret not learning french. I also regret not making a career out of figure skating. I wish someone had told me that I could be a coach. I thought if I wasn't going to be an olympian I might as well quit. I totally agree about being active. It's so important! I'm doing turbo fire right now. I find having a schedule someone else has made for me helps me stick to a routine.

  11. I think your house is considered a Contemporary Colonial...

  12. I don't care about cars either (I think it's a guy thing?), and have been pondering skinny jeans. I feel like they look best on tall skinny people. I am a short skinny person and feel awkward. We'll see. :P

    And I WISH I got that much sleep a night. I feel like a zombie most days but can hardly ever sleep until my alarm goes off on work days. Boo. :(

    P.S. Thank you for being a responsible medical professional. ;)

  13. I'm def a boot cut girl. I tried to get in on the skinny jean trend, but I was too self-conscious. Like I'd been caught wearing only tights out in public. Awkward.

  14. I never thought I could pull off the skinny jean thing. BUT (after much coercing from a much cuter/more stylish friend) I tried some on. To my surprise, they looked MUCH better than this 5'5" fuller-hipped girl thought they would. Infact my two favorite pairs are now skinny jeans. I think the key is finding the fit and brand that work best for your body type. Both of mine are from Banana Republic (and I got them on sale for $17 a piece...true!) They fit but aren't tight; a fine line in jean wear. When I try on my bootcuts again it's like a completely different silhouette (re: bad). For my body type, these skinny jeans do wonders. Don't be afraid to try them. You just never know.

    (pause...go take a bathroom break, get a snack)
    As if that little diatribe weren't enough...I hear you about the sleep thing. I need 8-10 hrs a night to function well. I get laughed at all the time but I KNOW MY BODY. Leave me alone people. Sheesh. No one gets a medal for only "needing" 3.75 hrs of sleep a night. Give me a break.

  15. I drive a silver Jeep Liberty too! 2004 though. She (mine's a girl) only has 55,000 miles on her, and I am going to drive her into the ground as well. I'm hoping to get 10 more years out of her. I live in Nebraska, and she has been there for me in some rough weather.

  16. I'm a boot cut girl too, but I've jumped on the skinny jeans bandwagon because I can't resist peer pressure because I forget I'm not in high school anymore. However, I'm eagerly waiting for this terrible trend to pass. Does Ike use the word "awesome" often? I was worried that I'm still using that word past its prime, but if Ike still says it, it's still okay.

  17. I know the feeling about wishing I'd learned the piano. The cheap keyboard I got from target is alright for the job, but I wish I'd gotten the one with the light-up keys. Despite all my years in band, I never actually learned to read music, so it's always a bit of a challenge.

  18. I like the question about what you order at the restaurant. Anything, but vegetables. ;)

  19. We've got the same wheels :) mine is the khaki green-gray-brown color that's impossible to describe


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