Remember how I said it’d be quiet around here this week?
Without further ado, RANDOM STUFF Y’ALL HAVE ASKED ME RECENTLY THAT I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE ANSWERED AT THE TIME.
Q: What do you put in your green smoothies?
A: I’m not at all methodical about the contents. Which, have we met?, is surprising. I basically add the following items to my grocery list on Sundays: 3 apples, a bag of seedless grapes, a big bag of “tender” spinach (I don’t know why it’s tender), a bag of frozen mixed berries. I throw a random combination of those items into my Magic Bullet cup every morning. (Although, to be honest, I usually cut up the apple the night before and stick it in a baggie with the spinach, and sometimes do two and three baggies at once so my weekday mornings are a bit less hectic.) The great thing is that you can use whatever. Some people swear by bananas, some people use mango or pineapple.. whatever floats your boat. The spinach is REALLY good for you, but with a mild taste of “greens”, so it’s easily masked by the fruit.
Q: I have sensitive skin/skin prone to allergies. Would Birchbox work for me?
A: Dude, I have no clue. Everyone is different, right? BUT I will say that when you sign up for the delivery service, you answer a long list of questions regarding your skin type, coloring, preferences, etc so that you get the right “blend” for your buck. While I can’t remember a specific question about skin allergies, I am 99% sure I answered a question regarding my skin’s sensitivity. (Which, seriously, all the way to eleven.) To be fair, I also chose a Preference for Natural and Organic Products, so a lot of what I get is something that wouldn’t flare my skin up anyway.
Q: Have you seen The Hunger Games trailer?
A: OhEmGee, did I ever. And yes, I am totally stoked. I saw the “sneak peek” trailer .. whoop-dee-doo, look at her run through the unscary forest .. and wasn’t really impressed. But the full-length trailer? DUDE, I cried. I volunteer! I volunteer as Tribute! Oh, tears. I am ready to really, really love this movie. (Mockingjay, however, is a different story altogether.)
Q: What do you think of your homemade laundry detergent?
A: This totally deserves its own post, but the short answer is: I’m glad I did it. It made a BUNCH – I filled a 2 gallon cookie jar and still had enough to give Jenni and Courtney Ziploc-gallon bags – and it’s kind of cool. I think all of the materials, total, cost me less than $20 and I even got some extras. I did add the remaining of my Downy Unstoppables for added scent. Were I to do it again (Bryan’s not sold on it yet), I would add more OxiClean to it .. it’s not quite as effective as a cleaning/brightening solution as I’d like. It cleans well, but for things like Socks of Boys .. they look a bit drab. Clean, mind you.. just drab.
Q: What do you think of your homemade liquid soap/body wash?
A: I think that was so insanely easy that I don’t know why I didn’t do it years ago. Tony uses castille soap (I have a soft spot for Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castille Soap) for his sensitive skin, but the big bottles are really expensive. A bar of it, however, is only $3. One bar of $3 soap, and 10 cups of hot water got me a refill of the original bottle (a 16 oz, I think) AND an empty milk-jug. I didn’t use glycerin, as all the recipes called for, because I had none on hand. Next time, I will though.. the soap currently solidifies somewhat in the bottle. (A quick shake fixes it right up.) But I think the glycerin will fix that.
Q: What’re y’all doing for Tony’s party this year?
A: HA! Remember my grand aspirations? Yes, they were grand. And had we more time and money, they would be SO MUCH FUN. However, we looked at the calendar, realized he’s only turning four, and said, “Let’s all get together and have a pizza party instead with the family!” Because when you’re four, you just want to be around the people who will coo all over you anyway, right?
Q: Are you going to The Blathering 2012?