Because You Asked

February 1, 2010 at 8:45 am 21 comments

First thing is first. Apparently the Contact Me tab isn’t always allowing you to contact me. Which, umm, what’s the point? Word on the street is that a few of you have contacted me multiple times to get the address for the book swap but haven’t heard back from me. That’s not me. I check my email approximately 73,927 times each day and respond almost instantly. So (this is very important) if you haven’t heard back from me and still want the address for the swap, leave a comment in today’s post and I’ll send it to you. I’m so sorry about this and I plan to do some research with the WordPress people to figure out what the heck is going on. We’re pushing the date back a week so everyone gets a chance to get their book in.

Okay then. Moving on. Time to tackle a few of your questions!

What kind of car do you drive? What kind of car would you like to drive one day?
From timlinzrowland.

I used to drive a Chrystler Concorde but it passed away last January so we had to pick out a new car. We debated between an Altima and a Murano. We went back and forth a bit but decided on the Murano because we’d never had an SUV and thought it would be fun. We really like it. In the future, I’d like to have sort of big truck that looks very tough and Texan.

What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?
From Vanessa.

Hmmm, this is tough. It depends on my mood and the season. I love the white chocolate mochas with a nice sprinkling of cinnamon. I also love love love the java chip frappachino with peppermint even though it’s about 17,000 calories. During fall I love the pumpkin spice latte and during Christmas I like the gingerbread latte. So yeah, in sum, I can’t decide.

What’s you favorite thing about blogging?
From Vanessa.

Favorite? Sheesh! These favorite questions are tough. Honestly, I love having an outlet to write about whatever I want. Sometimes it’s a challenge since I’m a psycho who has committed to post everyday. But the challenge forces me to be creative. A verrry close second is the relationships I’ve made. I had no idea that you could actually get to know strangers through blogging. It’s been a very pleasant surprise. So thanks to those of you who aren’t just lurking, those of you who chime in and share your stories and allow me to get to know you as well.

How did you come up with Roots & Rings?
From Southern Gal.

The story is on the About Me tab. But I’ll share it again. A very short two days after Stephen and I bought Hurst Castle, we had a small, um, flood. A friend of ours was staying with us to help us move. While Stephen and I were at work, he hung out at our house watching movies. Apparently in the morning he went to the bathroom and then went into the living room and watched a couple movies. He didn’t know that the toilet was clogged and it was still running. A long while later, he figured it out. After I had a bit of a melt down and severe case of buyer’s remorse, we learned that this was caused by a giant root in the toilet pipe. And by giant root, I mean… giant root.

So that’s where the root comes in. The ring is my wedding ring. In essence, this blog is the stories (both bad and good) that Stephen and I experience. Get it? You may all go hurl now.

That’s a good start. I’ll tackle a few more at another time. If you have more to add (like “Holy cow, did Stephen have a beard for a long time? How do you feel about that?”) then ask away.

ToT questions will be posted sometime today.


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  • 1. Southern Gal  |  February 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Yay! You answered my question even though it was in your About Me section. I told you I knew it was around somewhere I just hadn’t found it.

    Now about that root…

  • 2. Bec  |  February 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Yeah, I sent 3 message to you via “Contact Me”. I thought you were trying to give me some kind of hint.
    Anyway, I have a book to contribute to the swap.

    P.S. that root is DISGUSTING, but my husband would probably say it looks like the hair I leave in the shower

  • 3. Kyla Roma  |  February 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

    AH! I knew the story about the roots but that picture makes me want to pass out!! So scary, and SO potentially expensive!

    /passes out

  • 4. John  |  February 1, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I didn’t know the story about the root… and let me just say, I saw the picture without reading the text around it.

    Words of Advice: NEVER EVER look at this picture without an explanation.

    John from Fatherhoody

  • 5. Samantha  |  February 1, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Ewwww! The root!

    As disgusting as it is, I don’t think the story would be complete without the picture. If I had heard only the story, I doubt I would have pictured something that horrendous in my mind!

  • 6. Alyssa  |  February 1, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I like the beard! I tried contacting you about the book swap AND a post while back. Let me know where to send the book.

  • 7. johnalism  |  February 1, 2010 at 11:22 am

    The root? Disgusting.

    It looks like a cross between a python and a muskrat.

  • 8. Pippy  |  February 1, 2010 at 11:51 am

    How on earth did he get that thing out of the toliet pipe? And how did it get in there?

    I had read the story before, but the picture was needed for the full effect.

  • 9. Debbie  |  February 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Phew! I tried contacting you twice and just thought I wasn’t cool enough to be in the swap. Glad we got that sorted least the messaging thing. The other is left to be determined. 😉

    I’ve got a book and I’m ready for the address!! 🙂

  • 10. Rachel  |  February 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    That root still makes me throw up in my mouth a little. I think mainly because it looks like a ginormous hair ball.

  • 11. abby  |  February 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Glad to hear that there was a problem with the comments tab and not me:) I thought maybe you didn’t like me:) hehe! Anyway, i’m in for the book swap! Let me know your address.

  • 12. jenferlouise  |  February 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I sent used your Contact form a while back too. Just figured you were super busy drinking wine with Lauren, so you didnt have time to answer.

    I kid, I kid.

    I asked – how do you track followers / subscribers on WordPress?

  • 13. Stephany  |  February 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Ugh. I knew the story behind your name but that picture is so disgusting. How could you NOT have it as your blog title? It’s so fitting!

  • 14. Clare  |  February 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I find the comments on this post just as entertaining as the post itself. Giant hairball. GAG!

  • 15. Nora  |  February 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Yes, definitely count me in for the book swap. the extra week (Feb 15th, right?) helps a lot too =) Excited for the book swap.

    Ummm, that root!? How gross. That’s insanely crazy. I’ve never heard of that happening!!!

  • 16. timlinzrowland  |  February 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Oh I know I have already asked a question but I like the question Jenfer lousie asked.
    How do you track followers on WordPress? And how do you know what people search and your blog comes up?

  • 17. John  |  February 2, 2010 at 12:59 am

    That reminds me of a story… *disclaimer: this is gross* Not too long ago, my boss (a very high ranking military officer) was away on business travel and I was tasked with calling the plumber and escorting them through his basement to find out why it smelled so bad.

    I called the plumbers and they came out and told me that this is a common problem with the bosses plumbing because a root had grown through the pipes and was causing a backup. They snaked out the pipes with this huge chain thing that is designed to break up the roots while I was told to stand over the septic tank to see if it comes out. (There was a metal lid they removed from the septic tank outside) I stood and looked in and heard lots of clanging noises and GUSH, out came about 500 gallons of the bosses backed up excrement. It was the nastiest most foul smelling thing I have ever experienced in my life. Funny thing though, the windows to the bosses house were open and the scent made its way inside… wonder how he felt about that when he came home?

    Army life… blech.

  • 18. Bec  |  February 2, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I have more questions regarding the root…
    Did you pull in up through the toilet?
    Was it heavy?
    Did you ever think of contacting a professional?
    Why does the root look hairy?

  • 19. Courtney  |  February 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Ok, at first, I thought that was one massive hairball. GROSS! Thank goodness it’s only a tree root.

  • 20. Kristin  |  February 2, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I drive a Murano too! I love my baby! And omg dude…that root. That’s crazy!

  • 21. Vanessa  |  February 7, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I’m so behind in reading so I just saw this today. Love your answers! Pumpkin Spice Latte is love. I never knew how wonderful it would be to get to know others via blogging. I love it.

    As for that root? Uhm, ew. I would have cried. It looks hairy and gross. I love how you transitioned it into the blog title! 8)

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