1. What has been your greatest accomplishment? (Having children doesn't count: I think of them as a work in progress that will someday be my greatest accomplishment...don't you?)
Accomplishment, eh? Well, that word is kind of a tricky one for me. It implies both a) starting and b) finishing something. Frankly, I'm not all that great at either.
I really don't know what to answer. Oh, I know! It's not having children in the sense of having a family, but having David and then Aaron naturally when I have a very low tolerance for pain was quite a feat (understatement of the world). Although I admit I would never have done it if I'd had a choice.
2. What is one thing people can appreciate about you?
Hmm, let's see. I say what I mean. You will never have to wonder if I'm just saying something to be nice, or in order not to offend someone. Sometimes I don't say anything (rarely) but when I do say something it'll be something I really feel. So I'd say "people can appreciate [that] about [me]". Or they can hate it.
3. What is your favorite comfort food, and what is your strongest memory tied to it?
Well, I find brownies to be rather comforting. Apart from that, I really dig potatoes. Not literally, of course. I only ever get them already dug. But I like 'em quite a lot. We don't eat them all that often, though, as I just hate peeling them. And I don't do the kind from a box of any sort. So we eat a lot of pasta. Not as good as potatoes, but still kind of comforting and muuuuuuuuch easier to prepare. Oh, and when my tummy hurts I love mint tea. That's comforting. It's not a food, though. Plus I already mentioned three comfort foods when one was only wanted.
Oh yes, and a memory tied to potatoes. When I first got to Ricks College I thought, since I was in Idaho, I should learn to do stuff with potatoes. I ate them at least once a day, usually just in the microwave mixed with sour cream and cheese. Yummy. I think I know why I put on a bajilli or 15.
4. If you could meet anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
Sheesh! I would have to think about this one for a week or two. I'm not sure. I really love the founding fathers (I know, generic answer) and I could stand to meet any of them. Maybe Benjamin Franklin. Or possibly Tadeusz Kościuszko (not a founding father, but a close friend of Washington's. Plus he's Polish and helped us win the Revolutionary War. And my AP history teacher loved him, too).
5. What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Butter, milk, cheese, yogurt, ketchup, mayonaise. Okay, okay. We usually have pickled herring, which is LOVED by all members of the family except for me (yes, even Aaron). Because why in the world would you eat that stuff? You look at those silver scales or whatever it is shimmering there, and you smell that sour, bitter smell then you rip and tear to get a piece off because it's tough (I think). It's just gross, if you ask me. But we don't have any of that in our fridge right now.
One thing that we do have is 4 bags of carrots. Like real carrots. You know the kind with the peel on and the place at the top where the greens came out? Or have you forgottent that that's what a carrot is? (Just kidding, I'm only making fun of American produce. But really I'm just jealous that they don't have baby carrots in Poland.) We always have/need carrots. It's the go-to veggie if I don't have any other fresh vegetable to cook and serve with dinner. I just grate it up on the little side of the grater, squeeze on a lemon and a bit of sugar: SALAD! I know, lame. Well, often we run out of carrots and the last 4 times I went to the store I forgot that we had neither a) run out, nor b) almost run out and I bought some anyway. Again and again and again.