Monday, February 16, 2009

Late Night with Lula!

***Sorry to those of you who hate word verification, but I got 33 spam comments yesterday. I'll turn it off in a few days***

Have y'all met Lula yet?? If not, you need to go visit her. I promise, you'll be happy you did! I always get a good giggle out of her and her Jason Statham obsession. Do you think she'd disown me if she knew that I'd never heard of him until I starting reading her blog? And that I still haven't seen any of his movies??

When she offered to interview me, I jumped at the chance to answer her questions!!

Except that she sent me the questions two weeks ago. But that's just how I work people. Have I ever mentioned that I'm pretty much always ten minutes late for everything?

So to avoid further delays, I'd better get started and just answer the dang questions before I find another excuse to put it off!

Everyone is blessed with a talent of some sort. How are you gifted, and do you use your talent often?

Gee, I don't know! There's so many things I'm good at! **Name that movie**

God gave me one of my talents--singing. I tried to find a way to actually upload some of my singing from back in the day, but I don't own a VCR or a cassette player. It's only been ten years since I've had any recordings done, but the technology is so outdated! Someday, I'll figure it out and get some put up for those of you who've asked.

I only sing for fun these days. I sang 24/7 in college and then spent five years as a Church Choir Conductor and Director of Music. I also sang in three different choirs during that same five years. Quite frankly, I'm glad to be away from all the drama that always seems to accompany singing.

My other talent came from my Daddy--my rapier wit and wicked sarcasm. A HA HA HAAAA

And that, my friends, I use pretty much every day.

Here's my favorite picture in the whole world of my Dad. Make sure you click on the picture to enlarge it. You need to see the look on his face in detail.

I'd never seen it until after he died in 2004 and we were looking through pictures for the photo boards. I laughed and cried and laughed and cried some more. The world became a less funny place when he died...

You have an entire day to do whatever you'd like, by yourself. Explain your perfect day scenario.

First of all, can I pleeeeeease just hang out with someone?? I get enough alone time as it is and I am a major extrovert. You're surprised that I'm an extrovert, aren't you? There. I've used my sarcasm for today.

So that being said, I would grab my brother Rusty and head down to Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. He's the only other person I know that loves roller coasters as much as I do and they have SO many great coasters! We'd ride the roller coasters all day long and eat disgustingly delicious fattening food. Then we'd meet back up with our families and our other siblings and Mom (because in a perfect day scenario gathering people from all over the country is easy) and have dinner and stay up late talking and laughing.

Name three people, living or dead, you'd love to invite to a dinner party at your home, as well as what you'd serve for the meal.

That's easy. Jesus, Ronald Reagan, and Bette Midler. I think those three would make for some lively debates and lots of giggles!

Do I really need to explain why I'd invite Jesus? He's, by far, the most influential person that has ever lived. EVER! I'd love to learn from him firsthand! Not to mention, through his death, I will achieve everlasting life! What a cool guy!!

Oh Ronnie, what happened to good old conservatives like you? All we're left with are RINO's and whiners. You are, and always will be, my political hero.

What can I say about Bette? She's an amazing singer and a fantastic actress. Plus, I'm pretty sure she's loads of fun! I'm willing to risk one of my choices to find out!

For dinner, I suppose I'd need to study up and make some crazy Jewish food since Bette and the J-Man are Jewish and I'm not sure if either keep kosher. For Ronnie, I'd be sure to have some Jelly Bellies handy, but I'm pretty sure he'd eat whatever I made for him. He's just sweet that way!

You've been given a time machine, specifically for the purpose of going back and talking to yourself at the age of eighteen. What would you say to yourself? What advice would you dispense?

You really should flaunt your body a little bit more. I know you think you're pudgy, but you aren't. It's the last time you're going to be skinny for ten-plus years. And that's about it...

Share your favorite childhood memory.

Have I ever told you about the joke we played on my brother when I was six or seven?

My sister, Ellie, had a friend over and we concocted a plan to scare my brother.
Ellie and I pretended we were fighting and she threw me over the stairs. Her friend caught me just a few steps down, but I rolled down the stairs and pretended like I fell all the way down.

Then I played dead. I was a fantastic actress, you know! Just like Bette!!

Ellie called my brother over and told him she'd killed me and we needed to have a funeral before Mom and Dad got home or they'd be mad. My brother was only five at the time, so he was devastated and scared about getting in trouble.

Ellie and her friend picked me up and we all went into the chapel. Yes, it was connected to my home and yes, there were caskets in my basement, just like in the movie My Girl.

They laid me on a casket holder and covered me up with artificial grass carpet (not sure why we had that in particular, but that's what they used).

Ellie stood up at the podium and said a few brief words. "God, we're so sorry we killed Carrie." She went back and got Rusty to bring him up to say goodbye to me. She also told him that he had to kiss me goodbye, which he didn't want to do.

When he leaned over to kiss me, I jumped up and screamed! I've never seen my brother run so fast! He went up and locked himself in our parent's room until we could convince him that it all was a joke.

He probably still has issues from that incident, but it was so funny!

And that pretty much sums up the world of children that grow up living in a funeral home...

Sooooooooo...Want to be interviewed by me??

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me." Make sure I have your email address!!
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Come on! Give me a chance to grill you!!! I'm pretty sure you'll have at least two weeks to prepare. hehe


Lula! said...

This is chock full of delicious goodness...

First of all, you must let me know the movie quote. It's KILLING me that I can't think of it.

Second, your Dad? Oh my stars! Best picture ever. He is PIMP DADDY! (And I mean zero disrespect--that's the highest form of Daddy flattery from me. I tell my dad one day he'll achieve perfect pimp status--thus far, it hasn't happened.) I love that picture. And his rockin' plaid pants. Love it.

Um...yes, please. Ronnie Rules. I have a close friend who puts his hand over his heart whenever Reagan's name is mentioned. Which is approrpiate...he is to be reverenced. But not above Jesus. Amen!

Your story about Rusty and your "death" cracked me up. Mostly because he didn't seem to be too broken up over it..."God, we're so sorry we killed Carrie." The end. Nothing more. He seemed to be at peace, leaving you in a casket, giving you over to Jesus.

Loved it all.

BRILLIANT, Carrie! Worth the wait!

p.s. May I recommend "The Italian Job?" Not only is it a really good, really entertaining flick, but it's also the movie that introduced me to Jason. Almost 6 years's been pure love ever since.
p.s. Um...the word for verification? "Porno." Appropriate since I just mentioned Jason. Bwahahahahahaha!

Brandy said...

Your answers are so, so great. What great stories you have! Did I know you grew up with caskets before now??? Uhhhh.

I love that pic of your Dad.

Lula is fab and I completely the Italian Job and then the original Transporter.

Dr. Wifey said...

AWESOME! love your answers and your rapist wit LOL
"interview me"

Michaela said...

Ok - Love, Love, love the picture of your dad!! The expression on his face just cracks me up!
I have to say... now I wish I could go to Cedar Point... I was there once or twice... like 20 years ago - good times... whenever I see a Radisson Inn I have to think of Cedar Point (it's where we spent the night).
I loved the death story!! That was great!!!
I'm game for an interview too!!

Deanna said...

I am surprised your brother hasn't pushed you off a roller coaster for torturing him like that. That was tooo funny!

That picture of your Dad is hysterical. His whole body posture is so serious, but his face just betrays his true character! Love it. What a treasure.

I hope you can find some way to upload a sample of your singing. Would LOVE to hear it. You need to find some place to keep singing. That gift is too special not to be using it.

mommaof4wife2r said...

ok, i actually feel sorry for your brother now. poor kid! but absolutely hysterical on your sister/you part!

ok, you can do it...interview me. but be nice. there's no playing dead here!

Aubrey said...

By far one of the best bloggy interviews I've read! LOL Good stuff.
I love that pic of your daddy!

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

I just did my Lula interview on Friday! Loved your interview. you definately should watch the Italian Job. I tisi one of my favorite movies! So good! Loved the story of the funeral! HA!

Amy @ Finer Things said...

Fantastic pre-dinner entertainment. Thankyouverymuch.

Amie said...

These are great stories! I want to be intereviewed! INTERVIEW ME! What a fun thing to spread around the net!

LadyStyx said...

Awesome share!

Driving me nuts as to the movie that line's from. It's right here at the tip of my tongue...

theArthurClan said...

Your brother speaks to you? You horrible, horrible girl. ;) No wonder you think my hubby is so funny!

I would so love to hear you sing. I hope you figure out a way to add a video to your blog of you singing. That would be super cool! And, I'm so glad you included your "wit" as one of your talents. You crack me up everytime I come over here!

Live.Love.Eat said...

OK, you are NUTS for doing that to your brother when he was just 5. Holy cow!! But great interview. I have yet to do mine.

Anonymous said...

Whoa, that joke on your bro was intense...poor kid; I feel for him!

And yes, I'd never guess that you're extroverted. ;D

Christian said...

I don't want to be interviewed, but I do want to say that you should look into MIKE HUCKABEE, if you haven't already. You would probably be pleasantly surprised, there is a movement swelling, growing, hopefully going to explode with us real conservatives and he is a front runner for it! Also the FairTax, read up on it, again, if you haven't already!

Christian said...

AND...I love your interview! Between the opera singing and the growing up in a funeral home thing, I have to say you are the most interesting person that I sort of know!

Dot O said...

I love that photo of your dad - I zoomed in and cracked up. Wonderful that you came across it and will now have it forever....

I will stop back. Your blog looks like fun!

onawa said...

You are AWFUL!!! Being your lil' bro's WIFE, I'm the one paying for all the past torture you put him through... the therapy, nightmares, split personalities... it's costing me more than just financial pain CARRIE!!! He's a wreck... and it's all your fault!!! He's practically retarded now! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!?

No that's funny stuff. he always tells me stories of the crap you guys put him through. SO MEAN and DEMENTED!! ... but funny non the less.

I think he'd spend his PERFECT day with you too... kidless for a day... having a blast with YOU... playing and eating and prolly drinking! We'll hook it up one day for yas! but the next time I get to tag along too!!! and JOHN!

you crack a girl up sister....we miss you!