Ask Me Anything – The Answers (Part 2)

I am a little late with my Reader Request Friday responses to the questions put forth by my treasured readers, two days late in fact, but I was assured by my dearest Heather over at https://www.hopelesslyheather.com that my readers would understand me not meeting my deadline, after all, it is Thanksgiving weekend.

Reader Request Friday was created by fellow blogger, the fascinating and intriguing https://www.bottomlesscoffee.007.com, who invited me to interact with my readers by encouraging them to ask me anything. I was happily overwhelmed with a lot of questions, which in the interest of brevity, I elected to answer in two parts, in case you missed part one of my answers you can find it at Ask Me Anything – The Answers (Part One)

Without further adieu, let’s get on with part two (Hey; that rhymed…Ha!).

The illustrious author, James, over at https://www.myplace3187.com asked the following:

Q 43. Do you have Netflix? Yep. Doesn’t everyone these days?

Q 44. Do you eat beef liver or pork liver? Beef liver, yes, and I quite enjoy it too.

Q 45. Do you ice skate?

About a decade ago I decided I wanted to learn how to ice skate so I actually paid for a round of ice skating lessons.

I paid for a half a dozen lessons and was in the middle of lesson #2 when I fell down so hard on the ice I couldn’t get back up. It took 3 instructors to help me back up. The pain across my lower back after that fall was so intense that I couldn’t even finish lesson # 2. It took me at least 2 weeks to properly heal and feel like myself again. The pain was so severe every time I walked I felt the fall all over again. That was it for me…I never went back to the lessons and I never got my money back either.

I quickly deleted “learning how to ice skate” off of my bucket list. Not everything is for everyone and I painfully learned that ice-skating wasn’t for this island girl. πŸ˜’

Q 46. What is the best icing for cakes?

There are so many but if I could only pick one I would say chocolate fudge icing. Yummy!

Q 47. What is the best place to get a pizza you like?

So many places especially here in NYC, which is known for having some of the best pizzas. My husband and I like to head over to Harry’s, in Battery Park, for their brick oven pizza.

Q 48. Would you love to have a vegetable garden on the roof of your building? Nope.

Q 49. What is your favorite car to drive around to show off?

I’m not much of a show-off. However, if I had to choose to drive around in a car to show off in it would be a flashy, red, 2 door sports car; something like a Ferrari, although I have never driven one myself. I would opt for one that looked like this

20181125_1117088555415215569300551.jpg

My girl, River Girl, over at https://www.riversworld.live, a one of a kind travel blog I discovered here at WordPress had me thinking really hard about this one –

Q 50. You seem like a woman who has it all together. Strong, smart, independent. So what’s your deepest, darkest, irrational fear?

Firstly, River, thank you for such compliments – strong, smart and independent. I’d like to think I’m all that but we all have insecurities and unwarranted fears.

My biggest fear is that I won’t live much longer. This irrational fear surrounds dying before my son becomes an adult before I can live to see what he makes of himself before he gets married and has his own children. I would love to see the kind of woman he would choose to partner with for the rest of his life, I’d also like to see what kind of parent he would be but I’m not sure I’ll be around for it.

I am afraid of dying.

My friend (in real life), wedding photographer extraordinaire, Carmen at http://www.carmenrubiophotography.com, who I am surprised didn’t ask me something about the movies since we both share a love for the movies asked the following…

Q 51. Who (living or dead) would you like to meet and have a conversation with? And why?

I’d like to break bread with Oprah Winfrey and share some laugh out loud girl talk.

Everyone knows Oprah’s story, she came from nothing, born in poverty, she was dirt poor growing up. Talk about a self-made woman, she was fired from one of her first gigs in broadcasting and demoted yet she was able to come back from that to build a multi-million dollar production company and has been named Forbes first black multi-billionaire. Yes! Multi-billionaire, that is a billionaire (not millionaire) several times over.

It doesn’t matter how you feel about Ms. Winfrey one has to put that respect at the end of her name. She is one of the most influential people in the World. I don’t have enough words to express the sheer joy and excitement I would feel meeting and having an actual conversation with her. I bet I would leave a lasting impression too.πŸ˜‰

Q 52. What is your dream car?

Let’s go with the flashy, red Ferrari above. See Q & A 49.

Another real-life friend, Alicia, a couples’ therapist and published author, Alicia’s book, No More Fighting: The Relationship Book for Couples: 20 Minutes a Week to a Stronger Relationship, will be released on December 4th and can be pre-ordered on Amazon right now. You can also find more of Alicia’s words of wisdom and valuable tips for re-igniting the passion in your marriage at http://www.aliciamunoz.com.

Alicia asked the following question…

Q 53. How do you think writing your bestselling book is going to change the important relationships in your life, including your relationship with yourself?

Damn, Alicia! Could you think of a harder question…Hahaha.

Alicia, my darling, I am honored that you think I will one day write a bestseller. I love the way you believe in me, love the way you always encourage me. Let me see if I can do some justice to your question.

My relationship with myself probably won’t change much. Yes, I’d be more confident in my writing. I’d be encouraged to write more, tell more stories and I’d certainly feel more accomplished but I honestly feel like my humility and authenticity would remain the same. I like who I am and I am pretty sure I’ll remain the same. I would never be the self-acclaimed pompous author, I can’t stand those.

My relationship with my husband – I can only imagine how much greater this would be. Writing a bestseller means more disposable income for our family; which translates into more money to do whatever we want; more vacations, more adventures, even more, grand memories; our marriage would swell and expand with more happiness. It is said that money doesn’t buy happiness, but Greg and I would certainly like the chance to disprove this theory.

My relationship with my son – Like he needs another thing to live up to. Having a Mom, who is an attorney already puts a tremendous amount of pressure on him. Since the generation that follows is expected to outperform the current generation, my expectation of him would be even more than it already is. I am pretty sure me writing a bestseller would result in more tension between me and my teenager since my expectations of him would be even higher than they already are, especially regarding his academic performance.

My Mom, yes you read that correctly, my Mom who reads my blog weekly, asked the all-important question…

Q 54. If you could go back to your childhood and change anything, what would you change and why?

This has to be a trick question, right?! My childhood was perfect and I wouldn’t change anything.😁

Seriously though, my honest answer to that would be that your husband (my Dad) was way too strict, like seriously, there was no need for all that. I would make my Dad more lenient and a lot less rigid in his rearing and discipline. I am 100% sure we would have still turned out alright despite all the rules.

Q 55. My favorite Avon Lady, Heather, over at https://hopelesslyheather.com asked me what’s my favorite joke/funny story to tell.

Believe or not, I love lawyer jokes. One of my favorites goes something like this –

20181125_1547364634382945554553268.jpg

Q 56. Laurie over at https://www.meditationsinmotion.com wanted to know what my favorite quote is…

Feel the fear and do it anyway!

While DM, the master of thought-provoking questions, at https://pointlessoverthinking.com asked the following –

Q 57. If you could sell years from your life with ten thousand dollars each, how many years would you sell and why?

Ha! Good one! I prefer living over money, I’m not inclined to sell any years off of my life. I figured once I’m alive and healthy I have the potential to make money.

Kimberley, my real life friend, asked the following –

Q 58. How did you find the courage and enthusiasm to continue dating as you moved closer to 40?

I met my current husband when I was 39 and I was a 42-year-old bride but it was so worth all the years of dating to finally come across my ideal and to have my feelings reciprocated; see My Guy.

Kimmie, I’m not sure if I’d call it “courage and enthusiasm”, I’m a relationship type of girl, I like being a part of a committed, monogamous relationship, more than I like being by myself so I was willing to do and give what it takes until I found someone I was compatible with. I knew deep down that “he” was out there and I never gave up on the hope of finding “him”.

The seemingly kind and sweet Charlie, our import from across the pond, over at https://charliecountryboy.com asked

Q 59. If your house was on fire what is the one item you would save?

Since you said item and not person, I guess I would grab my laptop, the very one I’m typing on right now.

While my new buddy and incredible long-distance runner PK Adams, who blogs over at https://www.eatthesky.com asked the following…

Q 60. How did you choose your career?

It’s more like my career chose me…All my life I was told that I argued like a lawyer, ever since I was a little girl. I guess I was contentious; I’m not anymore though πŸ˜‰.

Wow…I’m up to question 60 and I’m still not done with all my questions yet. I guess there’ll be a part 3 to this Reader Request Fridays because this blog post is already way too long. I appreciate all the questions though and I promise to answer all of them, someday.

I’ll leave you with the colored version of my current WordPress profile picture, a photo I took last month while attending the Bruno Mars concert, which was one of the best concerts I have ever experienced. How come no one asked me to describe the best musician I have ever seen in concert? I would love to have answered that one. 😊

20181010_2004127857575820465680467.jpg

42 thoughts on “Ask Me Anything – The Answers (Part 2)

  1. This was a good read! πŸ˜‚
    I laughed so hard at some of your hilarious answers… especially the one about your strict dad. I laughed because, well, I can relate. If I could change something in my childhood, it’ll be how strict my dad was.

    Just one post and I feel like I’ve known you for a long time. πŸ˜‚
    Can’t wait to read the next part.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hello Rakelle I really enjoyed your answers as they came from your heart and soul. You are a plain simple person when it comes to owning things. I wish you nothing but happiness in your life with your husband until the end of time !!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Your biggest fear is actually one of mine – I never told anyone that out-loud though! Just something I always thought/feared. But we’re going to live to see our kid’s graduate school, go to college, have awesome careers, get married, have kids, get old and we gonna love on those grandbabies…..

    Liked by 1 person

  4. So much fun to read! And finally a question(s) to ask came to me – a fun and contemplative question: What would you wear if you had that red Ferrari to drive for a day and what would it feel like if you had no fear of dying? xoxo

    Liked by 1 person

  5. 1. Sadly, I must be the one person on earth who doesn’t have Netflix. Our internet speed out here in the boons is too damned slow to support good streaming.
    2. No roof top vegetable garden? Don’t blame you, who needs all that on your knees weeding when Whole Foods has perfectly good weed free produce?
    3. When you get that Ferrari? Come pick me up!
    4. I can’t say I would call my site a travel blog…. although lately, with my endless vacation photos, I can see why you would think so. It’s just that I take too damned many pictures every time we go out of town. But thanks for the shout out all the same!
    5. Fear of dying is pretty common I would think. Me? I fear my husband dying. I’ve been with him longer than I was without him and it would be like losing half of myself…..
    6. Ditto Oprah. Imagine what a cocktail party that would be!
    7. LOL at the lawyer joke!
    8. Great picture. I love Bruno as well!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Damn! No streaming service! No wonder you’re out of town so much.

      I kinda figured you weren’t a travel blog because the initial posts I had seen from you were more general stuff…Fun an interesting blog, nonetheless. Would you like me to go in and change the description? I don’t mind doing so.

      Like

  6. I love lawyer jokes too – and I’d already heard that one! A classic and fave: What do you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.

    Only one of your responses surprised me – your expectation for your son to outdo your accomplishments. While I’d love for my kids to outshine my own accomplishments, it’s not an expectation. I expect them to be good people (they are), to find their passion and seek joy in their lives – they both are working on the last two.

    I loved the B&W version of the photo, but I absolutely adore the technicolor version – BAM!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes; that is my unapologetic expectation for my son.

      There is another lawyer joke that I love about a crazy lawyer bombarding a witness on the stand with a series of silly questions without properly listening to the answers. I couldn’t remember the joke verbatim though and I would have ruined the punchline so I went with a classic.

      Regarding the photo – Thanks much. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Oh, I’m not asking for an apology – just pointing out that we differ here. We’re so similar in many other ways, I’m always surprised when we differ. πŸ™‚

        I’m not good at remembering long rambling jokes either, but I think I’ve heard the one you’re talking about – or at least a similar one. πŸ™‚

        6 days, girlfriend!!

        Liked by 1 person

  7. This was so fun to read! The ice skating accident, ohhhh, sounds horrible. I think you made a wise decision. Red sports car, yes to the Ferrari, or Maserati, or Lamborghini or heck, I’d take a Lexus! Love the lawyer joke. X) and I can see you being that smart, logical, argumentative girl as a kid. Hope you had a great weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Girrrlll, I was reliving the pain from that accident from just typing that story. πŸ˜‚

      Yassss to all those cars. Guess what? I drive a red Lexus. πŸ˜ƒ

      I had a really good weekend, hence the reason I was late with my blog post. πŸ˜‰

      Like

      1. Yeah, all I know is my parents did more for me than their parents did. No offense to my grandparents. So, I must do more for my kids, so they have an even better shot.

        Hopefully it will be perpetual. One day my grandkids or great grandkids will be successful. Who knows what will actually happen, in any regard it’s worth a shot.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Precisely!!! Same here…My grandparents did less for my parents than my parents did for me…One can only hope for perpetuity in this regard. It’s a lot of pressure for our children, we can only hope that they won’t disappoint us. πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

      3. I don’t think it ends though once they head off to college. It continues with being a grandparent to their kids and being there for them and helping them with their kids.

        I think it’s all about showing them the model of family. Then they will know what is required of them when their children grow up.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s