Friday, April 16, 2010

It's RAD!

Waaaaaay back when I first discovered blogs one of my favorite bloggers would occasionally hold a Reader Appreciation Day wherein she would answer any and all questions from her readers for a 24-hour period of time just to show how much she appreciated every single comment she received with each post.

It was awesome.

In fact, I can't believe I never thought of borrowing that idea until now.

From now until tomorrow morning at 9:00 am I will gladly answer any questions you would like to ask.

Ready?

Ask away!!

37 comments:

Gerb's Blog said...

Hey Gerb - it appears that no one wants to ask you anything. You know why? You already talk too much. Everyone already knows everything about you.

Gerb said...

Hey Blog- it appears that you may be right. Don't you have anything you want to ask me?

Gerb's Blog said...

No.

Anonymous said...

How do you discipline your kids? Seems like you have a lot of fun in your home, but I imagine you also establish some ground rules.
Also, I just got called to be the Primary Chorister. Any ideas?
Thanks

Gerb said...

Anon- Discipline is something I still have yet to master. It's something we do on more of a case-by-case basis. I guess the best way to sum it up would be to say that if they do what's expected then they are given privileges. If they don't, they aren't.

Primary chorister! That's one of my favorite things to do. I've subbed some but never been called to it. I think variety is what really keeps the kids' attention. Especially in junior primary. I have used sock puppets, science experiments, dressed up as different characters, used fun posters... the ideas are endless. If you're really interested in specific ideas I'd be happy to email you a list of what I've used as well as great online resources I've found. You can email me at gerbdonna at gmail dot com. Thanks for commenting!

Amy said...

Do you spank your kids? Do you ever yell? How much do you weigh? What is your daily schedule like? Do you miss interpreting? What do you see yourself doing when all of your kids are old and out of the house? What is your biggest regret in life? What is your favorite junk food? Do you think you could ever write a novel? What makes you instantly sad? Who do you get parenting advice from? Do you think you're a good person? Is there anything from your childhood do you wish you could give your children that you can't? Who is your favorite sibling? Will you ever sing at pizza joints for money again?

All I can say is that you asked for it! ha!

Anonymous said...

Exactly what does one do at a Hootenanny?

Kristi said...

My question is: do you ever lock yourself in your bathroom and cry when your kids are driving you crazy?

Anonymous said...

How do you keep your house clean with such a big household of kids making messes? When do you get time for yourself? What's your favorite things to do when you have some free time?

Cara said...

I like Amy's questions and forget hootenanny, what is a shindig? lol.

Shannon said...

I don't have any questions - I'm too busy laughing my butt off right now! I love your blog Gerb!!

Amy said...

I have more questions. I want to know about your blog. In order, please list the reasons blogging is so important to you. Also, what you hope to accomplish with your blog. What you predict with happen with your blog. And so on and so forth...

You're right! This is fun!

Michael said...

Why do I find you so amazing?

HallettFamily said...

How are you so happy all the time. Have you ever had a time when you didn't want to be married anymore and any advice on how to overcome that or dealing with a crappy husband.?

Richard & Natalie said...

I want to know the story behind your name. I guess that isn't really in question form so...Is there a story behind your name?

Anonymous said...

Do you think you will have more children?

As part of a large family myself, I remember as a child thinking "I'm just another kid" do your kids ever feel that way?

How much does it cost to feed your family each week/month?

Where did you learn to write so well?

Are you a journal writer or is this your journal?

Do your older kids have to/want to approve any stories about them?

Do your children know sign language? Did you use sign language when they were babies?

How tall are you?

Do you secretly have a favorite child?

Do you get to go to the bathroom in private?

Do you think you would ever do a reality show? What would you call it if you did?

If you and all your family could travel anywhere, where would you go?

If you and your husband could take a trip alone, where would you go?

What do you miss most about your childhood?

I have so many more questions that I can't think of right now, will you do this again soon?

Gerb said...

Sorry I'm late in responding... I was distracted form my computer yesterday (which is a good thing!).

Thanks for all the questions everyone!

Amy-
(Do you spank your kids?) Sometimes, but rarely.
(Do you ever yell?) Believe it or not, this is my greatest weakness. I yell way too much, but I'm working on it.
(How much do you weigh?) 115
(What is your daily schedule like?) On a typical school day we try to wake up at 6:00 am. We read scriptures together and eat breakfast. I make sack lunches for everyone who leaves for work/school. Throughout the day I do laundry, dishes & vacuum. I also blog, read blogs, check the news and read updates on FaceBook. I pick the younger kids up from school around 3 and help them with their homework and chores. Make dinner. Have downtime with the family, do some stuff on the computer, then go to bed. Ideally my bedtime would be 9:30 or 10 but it's usually closer to midnight. Weekends are a lot more flexible.
(Do you miss interpreting?) Absolutely, all the time. It's part of me, part of my identity.
(What do you see yourself doing when all of your kids are old and out of the house?) I'll be interpreting again. I'll be helping at their schools as much as they'll let me. Actually, if they are old and out of the house I will hopefully be doing a lot of babysitting! One thing I would love to do is travel. There are so many places I have never been to for a good, long stay - like New York and San Fransico - and foreign countries I would LOVE to visit (Australia, England).
(What is your biggest regret in life?) That we did not hire a photographer for our wedding. We only have a few snapshots of that day because the family member who took pictures for us somehow lost them. I also wish I had signed to all of my kids from birth.
(What is your favorite junk food?) It changes all the time, but eclairs, ice cream and popcorn are definitely some steady favorites.
(Do you think you could ever write a novel?) Yes. In fact, that is one of my lifetime goals. Maybe I'll have more time for something like this once my kids are older.
(What makes you instantly sad?) Certain songs that bring back memories of sad events. Also hearing about people who are bullied. Remembering my toughest elementary school years. Being laughed at (in the mean sense). Hearing of others who are sad. I'll stop with this list, although it could be much longer.
(Who do you get parenting advice from?) My amazing mother-in-law, my husband and a few close friends.
(Do you think you're a good person?) Yes, I do.
(Is there anything from your childhood do you wish you could give your children that you can't?) I wish they could go through the same awkward stages I did and learn from them like I did only without the heartache, solitude and sadness. I wish they could grow up in the Deaf world in the same way that I did and gain a love for Deaf culture.
(Who is your favorite sibling?) I love them all but Chip and I are especially close. We've been best friends for most of my life.
(Will you ever sing at pizza joints for money again?) If they would have me, I totally would. Best. Job. Ever.

Gerb said...

Anon 2- I picture lots of singing and dancing at a hootenanny. Music played on acoustic instruments. Hootenannies produce plenty of positive, happy energy. If you'd like, you can even bring some refreshment to share.

Gerb said...

Kristi- I actually lock myself in my bedroom closet for this. I lock my bedroom AND bathroom door (which leads into my bedroom) and then retreat to the inner sanctuary of my bedroom closet for a good cry. Either that or I go 'run errands' and get it all out in the car.

Gerb said...

Anon3-
(How do you keep your house clean with such a big household of kids making messes?) One day at a time. I hold them responsible for their own messes, too.
(When do you get time for yourself?) Usually on weekends. Allen and I go out a lot. Weeknights and after school I can leave if I need to. Running errands and grocery shopping, although not my favorite chores, do give me a nice break with some solitude.
(What's your favorite things to do when you have some free time?) I love eating food that I didn't have to prepare. I love spending time with Allen and good friends. I love attending plays - but especially musicals. I also love surprising people with little kindnesses.

Gerb said...

Cara- I picture a shindig as being more formal than a hootenanny. There may be music, but not everyone there is involved in producing it.

How's that?

Gerb said...

Shannon- Thanks for leaving a comment anyway - now go put your butt back on.

Gerb said...

Amy- I love all the questions!
(In order, please list the reasons blogging is so important to you.)
In order? I'm just going off the cuff here... Blogging is a way for me to have adult interaction without leaving home. It is a way for me to express who I am and what I think. I'd have to really think this one through to give a more organized answer. To me, a blog is a way to record my past and present life events, thoughts and feelings - but I love getting comments on these things. I think the interaction is a huge part of why I love to blog.
(Also, what you hope to accomplish with your blog.) I hope to have a good record of important thoughts and events in my life, along with others' ideas and thoughts on what I've said. It's sort of an online journal but with friends adding to it as well.
(What you predict with happen with your blog.) Um... I predict that it will serve as a creative outlet for me for a good, long time. It will help me stay in touch with current friends and family as well as finding me new online friends. And I hope that my kids' kids will read it and love it someday, too.

Gerb said...

Michael- Only you can answer that question. (Feel free to do so...)

Good to see you here!

Gerb said...

Hi HallettFamily! Long time, no see!

Well, I am happy (most of the time, I don't think anyone is happy ALL of the time) because I choose to be. I try to look at the good side of things. And honestly, I have a good life. I think happiness is a choice and it's one I make.

(Have you ever had a time when you didn't want to be married anymore and any advice on how to overcome that or dealing with a crappy husband?) Wow. First let me say that no marriage is perfect, and then let me answer your question with this... There are many sources you can go to for advice who are much more qualified than I am. I know a lot of people hate Dr. Laura but I read her book "The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage" and loved the perspective it helped me to gain. I think it could be a great help if you read it with an open mind. Other books on this topic that I have read and would recommend are: The Act of Marriage; His Needs, Her Needs; Love Busters; Between Husband and Wife (by Brinley) and The Love Dare (you can watch the movie Fireproof to go along with this book). Also, LDS.org has some great talks if you do a search under 'marriage'. I hope you don't think I'm evading your question - and I hope these can help. Feel free to email me if you'd like. I'd love to talk with you in a non-public forum: gerbdonna at gmail dot com.

Gerb said...

Natalie- The story goes something like this: My parents wanted to name me after my dad, Herbert, because I was his firstborn. My being born a girl complicated this. There was no Herbie Jr. in their future! But thye made the best of it. They changed the 'H' to a 'G' (for: Girl) and my name was Gerbert. Luckily, a nurse suggested an “a” at the end to give it a feminine touch. And there you have it.

Gerb said...

Anon4-
(Do you think you will have more children?) If it were up to Allen and I we would be having another one but so far that does not appear to be a part of the plan. It makes me sad some days but I'm not giving up hope yet. I can see the good things in Little O being our last child but those far outweigh the happiness and sweet feeling of having a baby to love. I have debated writing a post about this but so far it's too personal and I worry that many of my thoughts on the topic would not be well received by some.

(As part of a large family myself, I remember as a child thinking "I'm just another kid" do your kids ever feel that way?) I hope not. I don't think so. They all ask (longingly) when we're having another baby. They all love being in a large family. I try to make sure they each feel important and loved, but I do worry that there could be one or two who feels like this and just keeps it to themselves. I guess I'd have to ask my kids to get you the best answer for that.

(How much does it cost to feed your family each week/month?) I spend $300 every 2 weeks on groceries but that includes diapers, toilet paper, shampoo, laundry soap, etc. so I'm not sure how much I spend just on food. I would guess it is somewhere between $450-$500/month. I always plan a menu and write a shopping list when I buy groceries. I plan my menu according to the sales ads, too.

(Where did you learn to write so well?) First of all, thank you. I suppose I have learned by doing. I love words and early on realized that the more words I had in my arsenal, the better I could express myself. Written words express what's inside me much better than speaking. I have always liked to think things through before saying them and writing is the perfect outlet for this. Mr. Spade, my English teacher in high school, also influenced my love for writing when he complimented me on the voice in my words. Does that answer your question?

(Are you a journal writer or is this your journal?) This is pretty much my journal. I used to write one but after Coolister was born I got terrible at doing it consistently anymore. I have another (private) blog where I write my more personal thoughts and feelings. Some things just should not be aired out in public, you know?

(Do your older kids have to/want to approve any stories about them?) They love when I write about them on here. If it's something they may be embarrassed about then I do ask if it's okay - but I have never had them say they didn't want something posted.

(Do your children know sign language? Did you use sign language when they were babies?) Some of them know some sign, but that is largely thanks to a teacher at school who has taught it to them in the classroom. They all know a few basics but that's it. I signed with Coolister as a baby but not consistently. Curly and Little O I also sign with sometimes - this is one of my biggest regrets. I wish I had signed with them all from the time they were babies.

(How tall are you?) 5'7 and a half.

Gerb said...

Anon4 (continued)-
(Do you secretly have a favorite child?) Of course not! (I totally do. But it changes all the time based on how cute or funny or insightful or clever they are in any given moment. And sometimes they are all my favorite. Most of the time.)

(Do you get to go to the bathroom in private?) If by 'in private' you mean without any kids in the bathroom, then yes. If by 'in private' you mean I can do my business without having notes passed under the door or the doorknob being wiggled or someone laying and peeking under the crack in the door to see if my feet are really by the toilet or if I'm just in there to sneak a treat, then no.

(Do you think you would ever do a reality show? What would you call it if you did?) Nope. No reality show for us. I wouldn't do that to my kids. If we did have a reality show, though... hmmm. Allen and Gerb's Life in the Suburbs? 1+1=11? Eight Is Not Enough? I don't know. Maybe I should do a post and ask for people's ideas. That could be fun. What would you call a reality show based on my family?

(If you and all your family could travel anywhere, where would you go?)
If this was an option (to travel ANYWHERE) I would want to sit down and have a family powwow to discuss where they wanted to go.
It would be more meaningful if it wasn't based on something that only I wanted to do.

(If you and your husband could take a trip alone, where would you go?) If it were up to me, New York or San Francisco or Australia. If it were up to Allen, probably a cruise to the Dominican Republic. We have never been on a cruise and just the stories I've heard of the food on board makes me want to go.

(What do you miss most about your childhood?) Being in a world where sign language was used by everyone. Having no responsibilities. Being with my little brother all the time. Making up song and dance routines. Watching Sesame Street and Electric Company and Land of the Lost everyday. Knowing every commercial jingle by heart. The stairwell and front porch from the house on 5th Avenue. Trips with my family in our VW bug.

(I have so many more questions that I can't think of right now, will you do this again soon?) If you really want me to... I'll do it again sometime. This was a lot of fun.

Shannon said...

Now that my butt is properly reapplied, I just wanted to come back and compliment the eloquence and grace in your replies. You amaze and inspire me more and more each day Gerb - I am ever so glad I found your blog when I did.

Gerb said...

Shannon- Your kind words are truly appreciated. I, too, am glad that you have found my blog and am glad to count you among my bloggy friends.

Rebecca said...

Gerb's Life in the 'Burbs! I love it! You've got to use it as the title for something, if not a reality show.

Sarah said...

Gerb, you are awesome. I LOVE the q & a, and my question is rather personal...I think I'll have to email it to you.

You.Are.Amazing!

Teachinfourth said...

Wait, is it too late to still ask questions? Has the coupon expired?

Curses.

I guess I could just ask away anyhow see if it gets validated or not.

So, the question:

Would you rather fall off of a four story building and catch your eyelid on a nail, or eat your weight in dandruff?

I've been dying to know for years...

Handsfullmom said...

How fun to read your answers! I don't think I've left you a comment before, but I wanted to tell you I enjoy your blog and will probably be back. =)

Rebecca said...

Hey Teach,

That reminds me of another question. Which would you rather put in your mouth: a booger from your own nose, or A.B.C. gum?

(Or, according to my word verif., would you rather "getlyce"?)

Gerb said...

Bec- If only it wasn't too late to just change the whole name of this blog. "Life As I Know It" isn't exactly unique. But "Gerb in the 'Burbs"?! I could kick myself.

Sarah- I'm looking forward to an email from you. And thanks!

T5th- So tough to decide. Can I mix the dandruff in with other stuff and eat it over a long period of time?

Handsfullmom- Thanks for the comment! You're welcome back anytime. Congrats on the upcoming new addition!

Rachel said...

Dang it! This is what I get for being busy for a few days and not on task reading blogs!

So Gerb! How DO you do it all? Do you have super human powers?