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16 Aug 2014

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For those of you who’ve known me and my blog for a while, you also know that I haven’t posted a Flawless Saturday Question in years. Well, here it is (and most of you will be reading this on Sunday.)

How do you feel about gift certificates as gifts? 

Personally, I freaking love them. I rarely spend money on myself because it makes me feel guilty. So, giving me a gift certificate to one of my favorite stores is like giving me an anxiety-free trip to fun town.

I know a lot of people, my husband included, who think gift certificates are cop outs and lazy gift-giving. Although I sincerely think his mind has changed since the advent of the iTunes gift card. So maybe he just didn’t like them until they made one that made sense for him.

What do you think? Lazy? Awesome? Lame? PERFECT?

I really need to know. I have a couple of very important birthdays coming up.


06 Nov 2011

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It’s November, kids. Thanksgiving is upon us. Every year a haunting melancholy falls over me at this time. It always has, because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I am always aware of it’s all-to-fast coming and going. I feel such a bounty of joy on Thanksgiving that sometimes it is too much to take. And then, in a flash, it’s gone. And another year with it.

Last year I posted my “Thanksgiving Schedule”, which I will again follow in 18 days.  It hasn’t failed me yet! But I thought I’d see if any of you have fun, silly, or interesting Thanksgiving traditions that might be good to include in our celebration. Any wild side dish or hilarious game you play? Any new way of saying what you’re thankful for?

What is your favorite, or wackiest, Thanksgiving tradition?

If I incorporate yours into our evening, I promise I’ll post about it the next day.

30 Oct 2011

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Do you now, or did you ever, have a nickname?

I never have had one, and it makes me sorta sad. The only nickname I ever had was “Lisa Kushell” or “Lisa Arch”. What? (You’re asking), but isn’t that your full maiden name followed by your full married name?

Yes. For some reason people never really call me Lisa. They always use my first and last name. “Lisa Arch” is how I am frequently greeted by my friends. In high school some people called me “Koosh”, short for Kushell. But I’m not really sure that counts.

So, allow me to live vicariously through you as you share your nicknames. And come up with one for me, if you so desire.

22 Oct 2011

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Do you keep your promises?

One thing that always gave me great security growing up was the fact that my parents never broke a promise to me. Seriously. Never. If they used the word “promise”, it held great weight.

Russ and I are raising G the same way. If we make a promise we keep it. If we’re not sure we can deliver, we don’t promise. We say, “We’ll see”, or “Maybe”. But a promise is a guarantee.

I realized, however, that I promise things to other people that I don’t always stick to. It’s not purposeful. As a matter of fact, I always think I’m going to do what I say I’m going to do… But I don’t always. So I’m trying a couple of things when it comes to the promises I make outside of my family:

A. Promise only when it’s something I know for a fact I’m going to follow through on, just like I do with my son.

B. Make fewer promises

I promised a teacher at G’s school that I would try her family’s new restaurant a couple of months ago. I meant it, but I never followed through. When I saw her the other day, I told her again that we would be coming by. Tonight, we did. I felt good about it because I kept my word. Our kids see everything. And even though G didn’t know I made that promise, he does know that we supported a friend of ours.

Several months ago, we visited an amazing animal sanctuary and I promised (I PROMISED) I would help the woman who runs the place raise some money by having a charity event. I don’t even know where it came from, but I was so overwhelmed by the work she does… I just wanted to help. I absolutely have to keep that promise, and I will. And I feel like I have to do it soon.

But I need to think before blurting out a promise. I need to make sure it’s something I can follow through on, or I need to make it clear that I’m going to try to do my best.

So, do you keep your promises? How much does it matter when people keep their promises to you?

16 Oct 2011

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What is the last ridiculous thing that made you cry?

I booked a job on a new Disney show this week. It was something I had auditioned for several days before, but they didn’t let me know I had the job until 14 hours before I was due on the set.

Five years ago, they could have let me know about the job 14 MINUTES before I was to work, but now I have a son (in case you didn’t know), and this son of mine requires care, and I had no one to provide said care at the moment.

In addition, I had several appointments I would now have to cancel, grocery shopping that wouldn’t get done, and a lost driver’s license that would have to wait to be replaced. Oh, and I had barely slept in three days.

I spontaneously combusted. I started sobbing and I could not, for the life of me, stop. Garrett was sitting at the table eating dinner and stared at me. He’s never seen me cry like that. I mean, he’s seen me cry. But I’ve never been that tired and irritable and unable to STOP crying in front of him.

“Mom! Stop crying! I’m a really good finder. I’ll find your driver’s license.”

“That’s not why I’m crying, buddy.”

“Well, why are you crying?”

“I can’t explain it. I’m very frustrated.”

“Well, take off your glasses and wipe your tears. Then take a deep breath. You’ve got to calm down.”

Yes, that is exactly what he said. I took a deep breath.

“Are you calming down?”

“Yes. I’m calming down. I’m sorry I cried like that.”

Here are all of the reasons my crying was absurd:

1. I got a JOB. I know about 30,000 people who would kill for even a week of work right now, and I was given just that. That’s good news.

2. I was crying about getting a job in front of my four-year-old son.

3. My four-year-old son had to calm me down.

4. I could move all of my appointments to other days. Frustrating? Yes. Cry-worthy? No.

5. I need to start getting to bed earlier.

So, the week is over and the job was an absolute blast. My mom was able to handle picking G up from school and taking care of  him until either Russ or I got home. G even went home with a friend one day and had a five-hour play date which made him very happy. It all worked out.

I’m more than a tad mortified that Garrett had to take care of me in that moment. But I guess it’s good for him to know that I’m human and that I cry sometimes just because I’m hungry or tired or frustrated. And it was amazing for me to see how good he is at caring for a person who needs help. I’d like to think Russ and I had something to do with that.  (I’m just trying to make myself feel less stupid here.)

So, do me a solid and let me in on a recent time when you cried for a really stupid reason. (This is my second time in recent memory. Remember how I cried when I ruined the mac and cheese?) Oh my god. I really need to start sleeping.

08 Oct 2011

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Today is Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday otherwise known as The Day of Atonement. With that in mind, I’m curious:

Is there anyone you need to forgive? Anyone who you wish would forgive you? Or… Is there something you should forgive YOURSELF for?

Yom Kippur tends to be a sort of New Year for me. Which, in fact, it is anyway. Last week was Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. To be honest, I don’t celebrate these holidays as heartily as I used to, but I do still get something out of them. Yom Kippur is not only a day of forgiving, but a day of deciding to do better. And there are certainly many things I could do better.

This year I’m going to try my absolute hardest to work on my patience. I feel sick to my stomach when I yell at someone who just cut me off in traffic, and G-Man is sitting in the backseat. I need to let that stuff go. He sees me do things along those lines way too often, and I do not want to set that example.

I also need to be more patient with people, including G-Man, my husband, my mom, and myself. I expect things to happen too quickly and I get very frustrated when they don’t. And sometimes I forget G is only 4, and he can’t help but be a giant goofball when I only have five minutes to get out of the house. (By the way, I love that my son is a big goofball.)

So, I am going to forgive myself for my transgressions this past year, and promise to do better in the coming year.

I’m also going to forgive myself for dropping the ball on blogging and tweeting the last couple months. And try to do better.

Now, LAY OFF!! (And answer the question. Please. If you don’t however, I’ll forgive you.)

03 Sep 2011

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When I was a kid, school was like a prison to me. Not a high-security prison, but I guess more like jail. I felt like they had the wrong guy. Whatever they thought I did to get in there, I didn’t do.  I had a 13-year sentence.

Of course there were aspects of school I enjoyed: Drama, English, History, making fun of cheerleaders… And, even though Back to School commercials in August left me nauseated and trying to claw my eyes out… I LOVED Back to School Shopping.

I remember walking up and down the aisles at Thrifty, and picking out the things I wanted:

The perfect Ticonderoga #2 pencils

Pencil sharpeners

Bic pens

A pencil holder

Peachy Folders (How AWESOME were these?)

And my absolute favorite. The only thing that cushioned the blow of having to walk back through those prison doors:

College-Ruled Paper Spiral Folders

To this day, I have an obsession with lined-paper folders. I love them. It’s hard for me to pass them up. When I finally graduated, I wrote every sketch and monologue I was ever in on a college-ruled folder. I still use them for to-do lists, grocery lists, and to write the occasional treatment for a show or movie I’d like to write.

What are your favorite memories of back-to-school shopping? Or am I the only one that has them?

27 Aug 2011

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If you had one month to do whatever you wanted, with WHOMEVER you wanted to do it with, what would you do?

If I had a month with no obligations, and money was no object, I would grab my husband and son and rent a tricked-out tour bus. I’d hire a driver and we would drive across the country. We’d stop at every cool diner we could find, visit museums and amusement parks, see the sights in every city, meet new people, and have a damn good time. I so desperately want to see more of our country, up close and personal. And I want to do it with my boys.

So, if I had a month to do anything I wanted that’s what I’d do. What about you?

20 Aug 2011

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What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re sick?

This weekend was apparently not made for going out and having fun. My son and I are both under the weather and my mom needed some TLC today, too. So it looks like this weekend is pretty much shot.

When I was a kid I craved two things when I was sick:

Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie and store-bought chocolate cake from the refrigerated section. With the hostess-cupcake-looking frosting? You know what I mean? I think it usually came in a foil pan.

Those two things were all I needed.  Well, those two things and some magazines. It’s been years since I’ve had one of those pot pies. I think reading the fat grams cured me of that craving. And I never really crave that cake anymore.

Now when I don’t feel well, I usually want some very brothy soup, toast, and maybe scrambled eggs. But nothing really gives me that warm feeling that I used to get when I was on the couch with my parents eating fattening, processed foods.

Tell me what makes you feel all warm and fuzzy when you’re feeling all sick and yucky. Maybe I’ll get some good ideas.

13 Aug 2011

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At Blogher ’11 there was a pretty hilarious reading at the Voices of the Year show about what people saved when their houses caught fire. Noa Gavin’s post is called, “Oh Good. You Saved Your Bullshit”. And you can see it here.

It got me to thinking what I would save if I needed to. And besides my family, pets, and pictures, I honestly can’t think of anything else. Oh, maybe the millions of dollars I keep under the mattress. In cash. Small bills.

I bet as I go on with my day today, I’ll think of one or two other things.  But I have somewhere to be.


What would you save if your house caught on fire, and why?


How much money do YOU keep under your mattress in small bills?

While you’re thinking, here’s where you can find all of the Voices of the Year posts. They were wonderful. Jenni Chiu made me pee my pants. Others made me cry my eyes out. Enjoy them all!