It’s time to answer your questions! Two days ago, I opened up the floor to all of you to ask me anything you wanted. I got a few questions so I’ll do my best to answer them now.

Karin asked: I still haven’t seen a single episode of Doctor Who… If I were to start watching it, which season would you recommend to begin with? Would it be OK to skip some of the earlier seasons?
I was introduced to Doctor Who by a friend of mine who was obsessed with season 2 at the time so that’s what I saw first. After that, I watched some of her favourite episodes from other seasons completely randomly. Only then, when I was completely hooked, did I start from season 1 and watch them in order. The seasons do make more sense (and you’ll start to understand a lot more hidden things) when you watch them in order but episodes or seasons when watched out of order can also make sense unlike with other shows I know. Seasons 1&2 and 5&6 are my favourites.

SassyRay asked: What are the top 5 places/countries on your “must see before I die” list.
Five places I’d love to visit are Switzerland, England, Egypt, Germany, and I’ve always wanted to see the Grand Canyon. I change my mind all the time, though. I really love travelling and I’d love the opportunity one day to be able to see as much of the world as I can!

Amanda asked: What is/are some of your irrational fears?
I have a bit of an irrational fear of uncooked meat. I have a hard time dealing with it at times. The germs, the source, the… gross. I don’t like to touch it and I wash my hands a million times after I do. Not having to touch uncooked meat is one of the main things I miss about being vegan. Wow, that sort of feels good to say if not a bit pathetic. I guess everyone has their quirks.

What is something you really want to do, but always put off doing?
Take up playing an instrument again so I can accompany myself when I sing. Piano or guitar will do.

Do you think that having money (enough to not have to worry about it anymore) would change how you act or what sorts of things you do?
I like to think that it wouldn’t except that it would augment the type of person that I already am. In other words, I like video games so I might buy more of them. I like certain foods so I might buy better quality ones. I would be able to do the things that I already do but I would do them in an augmented way. That’s what money does. So no, it wouldn’t change the sorts of things that I do but it would sort of change the way that I act slightly because I’d go about doing those things with a bit more gusto (and gusto doesn’t necessarily mean greed). Lets be realistic.

Kristie asked: What is your absolute most favorite thing to eat/drink currently?
burger
Well, Josh made me this burger tonight and it was amazing. I’ve still been trying to be healthy and I have been loving Yoplait’s Lemon Thick N Creamy Greek Yogurt since I can’t get Chobani over here. For lunch I eat carrots and hummus with rice crackers and some sort of sandwich. For a treat once in a while I indulge in a meat pie which I have come to adore. My favourite is mince and cheese.

Which age group do you enjoy and are most comfortable teaching? Little kids, middle school, high school?
I am certified to teach intermediate and secondary so I’ve never taught little kids before. As far as the other two are concerned I like both for their own reasons. I think middle school kids can be really sweet and not as hard to deal with disciplinary wise. I also love teaching high school too although I haven’t done it as much. I prefer teaching high school subjects because I find them more interesting and I think my own love for the subjects shows in my teaching and it becomes more interesting for my students.

What is your favorite brand of laundry detergent?
We are using one here now called Fab. It works fine. I’m not too fussy about laundry detergents. I usually buy whichever one is on special at the time that I run out. As long as my clothes smells nice and look clean, I’m happy. We wash our laundry and hang it outside to dry.

It’s time to get interactive up in here.

I know there are always some things I wonder about the bloggers whose blogs I visit each day. Sometimes I wish I had the opportunity to ask them whatever I wanted and sometimes the opportunity does arise. Well, today is your lucky day. I’m opening the floor to you to ask those things you’ve been wondering again. I’ve done it once before but I think that it has been long enough that it is time for another round. My life has changed a lot and I have accumulated a lot of different blog readers too.

surprise!

If you missed the first post, you might want to check that out so you don’t ask something again or perhaps it will spark your interest about something else that you think may have changed!
Ask me anything! I’ll answer all your questions in 2 days.

In the meantime, here are 10 random and interesting facts about me that you may or may not know depending on how well you know me and how long you’ve been reading my blog.

  1. I am adopted.
  2. This is the second time I have lost 60 pounds. I also lost 60 pounds when I was a senior in high school.
  3. Pretty much my entire wardrobe consists of blue, black, brown, and white. I am so boring.
  4. I am terrible at knowing what is going on in the celebrity world but I don’t really care. Actually, I’m so bad that I actually don’t even know who is who. Ask me an actor’s name and I will look at you with a blank stare. I feel quite stupid when trying to talk about pop culture even on the simplest of levels most of the time.
  5. I have developed quite a sick obsession with the British TV series Doctor Who.
  6. I can play the piano, viola, and flute. I also took guitar lessons and I try to convince myself that I can play guitar but I really can’t even though it’s the instrument that I want to play the most. I never really pursued any of these instruments either – I sung instead.
  7. I attended an all girls Catholic school for 6 years during middle school and high school.
  8. I used to do extra credit projects for fun in high school. I was one of THOSE students.
  9. My name was almost Melissa. My dad lost that battle. Twice. My sister’s name is Corinne.
  10. My name is Caitlin. I actually used to hate it when people called me Cait or Caity while I was growing up and I used to yell and scream at them. Only in late college/university did I decide that I actually liked it.

I do not know if I have ever mentioned it before, but I absolutely love my Sirius satellite radio. I guess technically it’s Sirius/XM now but I don’t care. I had it when it was Sirius and I had it before it was cool. Also, I’m writing about this because I feel like it and not because anybody told me to. I hate how I always feel the need to clarify whenever I talk about something now because I sound like I’m making a sponsored post. Does anyone else feel like that? I was giggling at Rose the other day when she was talking about her new shoes and how the company should pay her because she was doing such a great job talking about how much she loved her new shoes. I agree with her because I’m actually thinking about getting a pair.

But that’s besides the point. I’m talking about my radio. Well, actually… I’m not even really talking about my radio. I want to tell you a story about the other day when I did one of the most spontaneous and awesome things I’ve probably ever done. It is indirectly related to my radio, though.

Day In The Life: 7/10/2009

I was driving in my car singing like I do about 99% of the time I’m in my car alone. I’m a singer and I love music and even if you’re not a singer I bet you like to sing in your car, too. Well, I was singing my heart out to a particular song I happen to REALLY love. I was stopped at a traffic light which everyone hates because it’s one of those traffic lights that are really long and you’re often stuck at it multiple times while the other 6 ways take their turns going.

I’m singing my heart out rather dramatically and I look to my side to see an older guy in a really nice car dressed up in a suit just staring at me. My gut instinct was to just stop, immediately stop eye contact, look straight ahead and remain like a statue until the light was green.

I grabbed my cell phone, which became my microphone, and this man became my audience. I looked right at him and continued singing my song even more dramatically than before. His jaw dropped and he smiled at me. I think I made his whole week.

The light eventually turned and we eventually went and I kept singing my song. I told myself that I had made this guy’s whole day. I made up a story that he probably was on his lunch break and he came from a horrible meeting all morning which was why he was wearing a suit and driving such a nice car and that he was going to go back to his meetings and WIN (or whatever business men do in meetings) and that his day would be significantly better because of my epic performance.

What probably happened was he went back to his job and told everyone about the nutcase in the crappy old silver Impala at the horrible intersection on Vets highway and they all made fun of me and made up stories about me for the rest of the day.

But you never know.
It made me really happy and I loved being spontaneous.

What is the last spontaneous thing you did?

I have gone to the gym for an entire week! I am so proud of myself! I have done so many things this week that I wouldn’t have believed I would be doing even a few months ago. I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me I would be waking up early to be going to pilates in the morning and that I would be looking forward to it – that’s for sure.

More progress pics.

Amanda asked me if I would share how I get so motivated to go to the gym. Well, I wouldn’t consider myself an expert yet by any means but I will share my thoughts so far. I think that all of this is working for me so far right now because it’s something that I truly want for myself. I’m not doing it for a specific occasion. I’m not doing it to look good for anyone else. I’m not doing it out of spite or even out of some kind of hope for acceptance. As incredibly cheesy as it sounds, I am so motivated because I am doing it for myself. It makes me feel great. More on this later, I think… because it is important. I would also like to add that lately I have been motivated by my amazing friend Leah. I would not have gotten through this first week of the gym without her.

A new outfit?

Speaking of my amazing friend Leah, we went shopping today instead of going to the gym. I think I deserved a day off (and so did my body) after seven straight days of the gym. My uncle gave me some gift cards and money to get some new clothes and so we were off to search for some. I found this dress which Leah says fits me very well. I also got a really nice sweater and this great wristlet/purse.

I think it was well deserved after such a great first week at the gym. I’m excited to keep it up. Only more good can come. This week I have an appointment with a trainer which is complimentary with my new gym membership. Hopefully I can get even more tips to make my workouts and gym experience even better than it already is!

I bought Josh a card today to thank him for being so awesome lately. I’ve been going through a lot and he has been nothing but supportive and helpful through all of it. I just wanted to say thank you.

Kitty Card (by caitysparkles)

The inside of this card said, “Damn, we’re cute.”
I added a whole bunch more, of course.

Do you ever just get people cards for no real reason in particular?
I’m sure sometimes you just want to say “thanks for being awesome” or “I think you’re pretty swell!”

Yesterday, I had such a horrible ear ache at work that I could barely walk in a straight line! It was interfering so much with my balance that I was just unable to perform the tasks that I needed in my workday. I tried desperately to make it through the day but the longer I waited, the worse it got. I waited so long that by the time I asked to go home early, I had to ask Josh to come pick me up because I couldn’t even drive. I fell asleep in the car in the parking lot waiting for him and my mother to come and get me and take my car back.

I always feel so helpless when I have to do things I like that. I found myself in the nurse’s office calling home from the little phone in there. Whenever I feel sick I feel so vulnerable like a small child. Why is that? Working in a school and sitting in a nurse’s office around other children probably didn’t help much either.

I hate feeling vulnerable. I am the type of person who always needs to feel like I’m in control of everything and when I am sick I just don’t feel that way. I know a lot of people who enjoy the time off and like that people cater to them when they are ill (though obviously they don’t enjoy being sick).

When was the last time you felt vulnerable? What are your thoughts about feeling that way?

I still have this wicked, horrible sinus infection. I wish it would go away and leave me alone. At least it’s getting better. Work was pretty normal. I think the kids could tell that I wasn’t feeling well by my random coughing fits. I got to teach math today and it was one of my favorite topics – graphing! It was fun and the day flew by even though I wasn’t feeling well.

A drawing for Josh. (by caitysparkles)

I drew a picture for Josh today because I am a huge dork. Do you like it? I’m not the best artist in the world but I had to stick with it… get it (haha)? I wanted to put a quote on it but I couldn’t think of a good enough quote. What quote would you put on my picture?

I gave you all the opportunity in my last 2 entries (though only one person only saw the opportunity the first time) to ask me questions. Well, here are those answers! I hope that you are happy with what I have to say! Brace yourselves for a whirlwind of Caity!

    Shellie asked:

  • What is Moko’s favorite toy?
    She goes crazy over these particular mouse toys that we buy her. She rips them apart and we have to buy more for her.
    Lissy asked:

  • um… if you could be … um … any type of … um … squash … yeah, squash … what type of squash would you be?
    I suppose I would be yellow squash because I eat it most often.
    Ashleenah-Page asked:

  • If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?
    I am a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason and the events in your life make you who you are. For that reason, I probably wouldn’t change anything in my life at all besides a tiny little desire to already be in New Zealand, of course. ;)

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I know there are always some things I wonder about the bloggers whose blogs I visit each day. Sometimes I wish I had the opportunity to ask them whatever I wanted and sometimes the opportunity does arise. Well, today is your lucky day. I’m opening the floor to you to ask those things you’ve been wondering.

365: 59 (by caitysparkles)

Ask me anything!
I’ll answer all your questions on Saturday.

I must have the worst immune system ever. I was home sick again today. Sore throat. Runny nose. I went to the doctor and he gave me lots of super doctor things to help me feel better.

While I was home sick, I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day anyway! I reveled in the fact that my name is Irish (my name is Caitlin, if you didn’t know) and I pretended that I was Irish. In reality, I don’t know what I am so I can pretend whatever I want. I’m adopted, if you weren’t aware of that either. My adoptive parents have a lot of Irish in them, though, so I have every right to celebrate.

I made a pretty St. Patrick’s Day boutonniere, too. Don’t you love it? You can make one yourself here.

MY BOUTONNIÈRE (by caitysparkles)

So, you learned a lot about me in this post, huh? Why don’t you ask me some more questions. That’s right. I’m doing the whole “ask me whatever you want” deal. So, lets play “Ask Caity!” I’ll answer all your questions on Saturday. Well, all those that I deem appropriate, but I think that’s a given.

Josh just came over to me with a hair-tie in his hand and a pout on his face and handed it to me.

“What to you want me to do with this?” I asked. My hair was already tied up.

He kept pouting. I realized he wanted me to tie up his hair. I laughed as he knelt down in front of me and I giggled as I tied up his hair.

Tied up! (by caitysparkles)
He even let me take a picture!

His hair is so long now and it gets in the way when he does things like do the dishes.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair in a partner?

Tonight I felt like soup, so I made soup! On Tuesday, my friend Laura blogged about a broccoli soup that she made and it looked absolutely delicious so I’ve had the recipe open in a tab in my browser because I knew I wanted to make it this week and tonight was the night!

I even had plans to take a picture of it but then I realized that I forgot to charge my camera battery. It’s so not like me. I’m usually a photo snapping, uber blogging girl! I am going to go ahead and blame the weather for my general laziness and horrible mood lately. Yeah, that’s it… the weather. *whistles*

Anyhow, you should all go look at her broccoli spinach soup because it was absolutely fantastic. I actually made a mistake and used curry powder instead of cumin like the recipe calls for but the soup was still amazing. I guess the two spices are fairly similar anyway (plus they are my two favorite spices) so it didn’t really matter to me. Josh recommended that I make it again this weekend and make even more of it and try it with the cumin this time and add a couple of our own special touches to it. I’m excited.

Have you ever messed up a recipe and had it actually turn out pretty awesome too?

Josh and I are actually eating pretty well. I hope we keep this up!

I worked all day on a new layout and getting all my content back up! I would love some opinions and also I’d love if you poked around to check for errors and spelling mistakes. It would help me out a ton. I typed up most of it from scratch, even a lot of my blogroll links… so make sure your link works! Also, if you’re not on the blogroll and you’d like to be just speak up! I am just overwhelmed and I’m not trying to intentionally leave anyone out!

Josh and I were talking about last night’s sushi adventures today and we were talking about how my friend Emily is allergic to crab. We started talking about allergies and how they are strange and random sometimes. I said how I’m not allergic to anything that I know of and Josh’s response was:

The only allergy I’ve ever had is to not being awesome, so obviously I’ve never had a reaction.

I burst out laughing. It dawned on me today that Josh says the most hilarious, random things all the time and they really keep me going. Josh sends me random text messages all the time, some relevant to the conversation we are having but still hilarious and some just out of the blue that just really give me those much needed pick-me-ups to get me through the day. I really am lucky to have that.

What was the last random funny thing that someone said to you?