It's fun to discover the interesting details of people's lives. Here's some of mine...
Dessert: Anything chocolate
Snack: Fresh fruit
Type of Food: Tex-Mex, especially beef enchiladas with red chile sauce
Low-Fat Food: Garden Salad with lite dressing only, please
Recent Books: Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise
Classic Romance Novel: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Movies I could watch again and again and again… The Family Stone, Catch and Release, Becoming Jane, The Devil Wears Prada, The Jane Austen Book Club, Sweet Home Alabama, Because I Said So, 27 Dresses, While You Were Sleeping, Juno, Hope Floats, Heartburn, Postcards From The Edge, Something’s Gotta Give, A Lot Like Love, Griffin and Phoenix
Classic Romantic Comedy: Any movie with Doris Day
Actors: Josh Lucas, Jon Tenney, Ashton Kutcher, Harry Connick Jr., Kyle Chandler, Jack Nicholson, Hugh Dancy, John Krasinski
Actresses: Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Kyra Sedgwick, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Peet, Ellen Pompeo, Jenna Fischer, Connie Britton
Soap Opera: General Hospital
TV Shows: The Closer, Gray’s Anatomy, The Office, Dirty Sexy Money, Men In Trees, 30 Rock
TV Characters: Deborah from "Everybody Loves Raymond"; Sydney from "Alias"
Exercise: Exercise bike (because I can watch tv while I’m on it.)
Hobby: Gardening, specifically tomatoes
Canine Companion: Regan, our golden retriever
Family Vacation Spot: Disney World
Romantic Vacation: Charleston, South Carolina
Place to shop: Talbot’s, Eddie Bauer
Things to Get in the mail: Magazines and Netflix movies
Gift: Chain-hung swing on my back deck
Activity with family: Family game night (Beyond Balderdash, Loaded Questions)
Child: A three-way tie between Julie, David, and Sarah
Discipline that proved not so effective: My husband and I made a rule that for every minute a child was late past their curfew, those minutes were subtracted from their curfew until further notice. Before we knew it, one child had to be home before she even left the house because she was late so many times. (Take it from me: save yourself some trouble and take away their car keys!)
Ultimate College Move-In Day: When our family drove our daughter 220 miles to college and she refused to get out of the car because she was 'not ready' yet.
Medical Emergency I knew nothing about: One child came home from a day of river rafting with a towel wrapped comically around his head. After secret discussions with a sibling, behind closed doors, and one loud scream, both refused to go to an outdoor concert. My husband, youngest child, and I returned several hours later to find both older children sitting (too?) innocently on the sofa and wearing matching white headbands. I thought it was a joke until I realized one of the headbands was made of surgical gauze, not cotton. It turned out my son had hit his head on a rock, needing several stitches to the back of his head, and didn't want my husband or me to find out, because he didn't want us to miss our concert, or freak out about "so minor" an injury so he had his sister take him to the emergency room instead.
Medical Emergency I knew about: I received a frantic call one day from the school nurse while I was making lasagna. My fifth grade daughter had hit her forehead on the reading loft at school and most definitely needed stitches. She was the only one to ever get seriously hurt in the school library.
Husband: Charlie, the guy I base all my fictional heroes on…
First Meeting: When a very cute boy in high school came up to me and said, "Hi, you don't know me but I am a friend of your brother's." I told him, "A friend of my brother's is no friend of mine." He not only eventually talked me into dating him, but also marrying him.
Funniest Memory: My husband,Charlie, began describing to my two daughters and myself the unusual cash register (complete with animal sounds) at a new barbecue place. As he demonstrated the mooing, oinking, and cock-a-doodle-doo noises coming from the cash register, our dog, only eight months old at the time, jumped up, leaping over my daughters and the breakfast bar (a good four feet tall), and into his arms. Rest assured, we don't make too many animal noises around my house any more!
Sweetest Memory: The nurses at the hospital could not get my newborn to stop crying so they brought her to me. The second she heard my voice, she smiled and stopped crying.
Piece of Advice: Given a little bit of time, things have a way of working out (so don't panic).