Interview with The Boy – 2013

Once again, I’m late in conducting this annual interview, but at least I’m remember to do it! Actually getting him to sit down and answer questions while I have my computer on is the hard part. Usually, my laptop stays closed until after he goes to bed, mainly because that’s the only time I’m able to get any writing done.

But without further ado, here’s this year’s interview:

(Interview conducted at approximately 1:05PM. Answers provided by The Boy. Commentary from Eileen follows responses in italics.)


1. What is something mom always says to you?

Stay on my heels.

Yes, because he has a horrid habit of walking on his toes.

2. What makes mom happy?

Kissing you. (When I kiss you and when you kiss me.)

Yes, this is true.

3. What makes mom sad?

Crying. Snakes.

Interesting that he thinks snakes make me sad, if by “sad” you really mean “freaked out.”

4. How does your mom make you laugh?

By tickling me.

This is also true.

5. What was your mom like as a child?

I don’t know because I wasn’t alive.

He’s got a point.

6. How old is your mom?


Wrong! He missed it by a year. But if you’re rounding up, I guess he was correct.

7. How tall is your mom

[He took out the tape measure for this.] It looks like you are at 60. So five feet.

He totally cheated.

8. What is her favorite thing to watch on TV?

The news. The Roku box.

He could have answered anything. I don’t watch a lot of TV.

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?

Go shopping.

Uh, no.

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?

I have no idea.

Really? He met my literary agent and he has no idea?

11. What is your mom really good at?

I have no idea.

Same comment as above. [sigh]

12. What is your mom not very good at?

I have no idea.

I don’t think he’s trying.

13. What does your mom do for her job?

She makes money and listens to music and stuff like that.

Um… Okay.

14. What is your mom’s favorite food?

I have no idea.

I really thought he’d say something like “salad.” No such luck.

15. What makes you proud of your mom?

Cuddling me.


16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?

I do not know.


17. What do you and your mom do together?

We cuddle together, we go shopping together.

What’s with the shopping thing? I don’t like to go shopping.

18. How are you and your mom the same?

By our faces and also the height.

It is true; he’s almost as tall as I am.

19. How are you and your mom different?

That you’re a girl and I’m a boy.

He went for the obvious. That’s my boy. =)

20. How do you know your mom loves you?

She cuddles me. She tickles me. She kisses me.


21. What does your mom like most about your dad?

That he’s a good cook.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I mean, yes, Daddy is a very good cook.

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?

Mostly the mall.


23. If you would change one thing about mom, what would it be?

I have no idea.

I suppose it’s better than saying I could be nicer. Still… [sigh]


My poor, neglected blog…

I feel like a bad friend. It’s not that I haven’t been writing. Quite the contrary. I’ve been writing a lot. And while I’ve updated my writing blog a few times this month, I haven’t done much to update the personal blog.


And it’s not like there hasn’t been anything worth writing about, either. Time is just getting away from me. I realized this morning that The Boy’s birthday is in 15 days. FIFTEEN DAYS. That’s crazy.

So please forgive me. I’ll try to do better. I won’t make promises that I may not be able to keep, but I can at least try. Like, once a week try.

Almost a “Grader”

I received an email from The Boy’s teacher this morning:

On Thursday, February 21st, we will have an open house from 7:45 am – 8:30 am for parents of kindergarteners to visit the first grade classrooms.

What?!? First grade already? How did my little boy grow up so fast?

It seems like just last week that I took him to his current school for his interview and beamed with pride as my then three-year-old painstakingly wrote his name on the application form. And it wasn’t long before that visit that I fretted he would never master potty-training.

Now he’s only about a foot shorter than I am, uses the potty like a pro (to the point that I send him into the men’s room by himself while I wait outside), has almost memorized “The Star Spangled Banner” on the guitar, and reads some books at a third-grade level.

And today, he’s touring the first grade classrooms at his school. Cute Husband and I are very excited for him, and we can’t wait to hear what he has to say about spending a few hours today as a first grader. We are both so incredibly proud of him.

But all the same… Who took my tiny baby and left me with this grade-schooler?

Where has January gone?

It’s been busy in my world.

Okay, that’s true of everyone’s world, but I’m offering that as my excuse for not writing much this past month.

So, what has happened in the Caines homestead?

We’ve moved guitar practice to the mornings instead of the evenings. The reason is twofold: One, taking privileges seems more effective when he loses out for the entire day, and two, it frees up time in the evenings for The Boy to unwind with Cute Husband. And as The Boy is generally more agreeable in the mornings and practices while I’m making his lunch, it seems to work out fairly well for us.

My sister bought Skylanders Giants for The Boy (among other things) for Christmas, and it is one of his favorite things to play now. My living room has been taken over by Legos, too, though, so it’s not like it’s all about video games. It should be noted, though, that The Boy raced to write his thank you note for everything she sent because he was so excited to play it.

And I’ve been writing more, which is the real reason I haven’t been blogging. I have pictures to put up from my January craft with The Boy’s class, after all. But my NaNoWriMo novel has kind of taken on a life of its own, and it’s occupying a lot of my time. I’m hopeful that something will come of it, and an agent will read my book and declare that s/he absolutely loves it and wants to represent me. But in the meantime, I’m still busy researching agents and the industry, and it’s a whole lot to learn.

Wishlist Wednesday: Marshall Fridge

Okay, it’s true. Sometimes I want things because they’re just so über cool. It doesn’t mean I need them, or even that I should have them, but this just looks so awesome.

Yes, it is a refrigerator that looks like a Marshall amp. And I so want one.

The product website says the fridge won’t be available until October, but you can enter to win one just by supplying your email address.

Again, I don’t need one, and if I got it I would have to figure out where to put it. And since Cute Husband was the one who told me about this little refrigerator, anyway, maybe that means he’d help me find a spot for it.

Because it just looks so cool!

Wishlist Wednesday: The New iPad

Okay, like this isn’t a no-brainer.

Apple released info on the New iPad, going on sale on March 17 and boasting a Retina display. (That’s what I’m excited about.) And, yes, I want one.

It’s also going to be a 4G-compatible product, blah blah blah, which only means something if you don’t think Wi-Fi is sufficient. For me, I don’t do a whole lot in areas that don’t have Wi-Fi. I can connect to Wi-Fi at home, at work, at most of my friends’ homes (where I probably shouldn’t be on my iPad, anyway), and most of the hotels I would visit have Wi-Fi available.

See? I really don’t have need of a 4G subscription, let alone a 4G device.

Anyway, the real reason I’m salivating over this is that I’ve recently discovered all these children’s books for the Kindle that are occasionally free on Amazon. And that means I can have The Boy reading on an iPad (in color) instead of lugging books to and fro. (Not that I do that presently, but he also is still in the early stages of reading.)

So today’s Wishlist Wednesday is really a no-brainer. I’m already salivating over the prospect of having one.

The Boy’s birthday is coming up. I may have to get myself a present. I mean, I did all the work; I deserve something, right?

Kicking off another year

One of the benefits of having a birthday so close to the start of the year is that I get an extra day or two to decide what changes I’d like to make in the new year. In that respect, it’s like I get a couple extra days before my resolutions really kick in.

I don’t have many resolutions this year. One thing I’d like to do is write every day. And by “write”, I mean both blog and creatively write. We’ll see how it goes. So far, so good on the blog bit. I’ll get to creative writing tomorrow.

I was incredibly remiss in writing the entire month of December. Work seemed to get busier, the house seemed to need more attention, and, well, the truth of it is that writing took a bit of a back seat to other projects. I’m not saying that won’t happen anymore; I’m just admitting the truth and putting it out there.

Tomorrow marks The Boy’s return to school, and he is so excited. When I asked him tonight about his day, he told me he had a bad day (despite hanging out with Aunt BK and Uncle Doug for a few hours) because he really wanted to go to school, instead.

I can’t make up this stuff.

It promises to be a bit cold tomorrow, so I’m glad I fixed the hem on his uniform pants. I had been inwardly cringing each week as I noticed his pants seemed to have inched up ever so slightly. When I finally re-hemmed them this weekend, I found that I had to lengthen his pants by about 3/4 of an inch! And that’s just from August!

The other thing The Boy is doing – and doing well – is reading. Now I’m checking for comprehension to make sure he understands the words he reads.

He keeps me on my toes, and I have a feeling there will be far more of that this year.

Today’s puzzle: _ET

“It’s an airplane!” The boy excitedly exclaimed this morning when he unfolded the day’s puzzle.

“That’s right! But what’s another name for an airplane?”

I watched him carefully study the paper. “Jet!” he finally replied.

“Very good!”

“Why does the plane have a hat?” he asked after a moment of studying the picture.

“You’ll have to ask Daddy,” I said in response. (Cute Husband hadn’t yet left for work and was still in the kitchen with us.)

“Daddy, this plane has a hat!” The Boy said, showing the drawing to Cute Husband.

“Yes, that looks like a hat, but it’s really the tail wing,” he replied. “It’s hard to draw things sometimes.”

Today’s puzzle: _OUSE

“I know what this is!” The Boy exclaimed when he opened his puzzle in the car this afternoon. We were running a bit late this morning, so I grabbed the last easy puzzle Cute Husband made for him.

“Oh?” I asked.

“Yeah! It’s a house!”

“Does it look like anyone’s house? Or is it just a house?”

“It looks like our house!”

From the corner of my eye, I could see him in my mirror, opening his tiny box of crayons.

“Um, Mom? What color is the door?”

“You know, you can color that house any color. It doesn’t have to look like our house.”

“I know. But I want it to look like our house. What color is the door?”

“Dark blue,” I replied.

He pulled out all the crayons and frowned. “I don’t have dark blue,” he announced.

“Sure you do,” I said. “I put one in the box.”

He held up the darkest of the three blue crayons I packed for him. “This one?” he asked.

I glanced in the mirror. “Yes.”

He began to color, then frowned. “It’s not dark blue, Mom. It’s darker, but it’s not dark blue.”

When he finished with the door, he held up another blue crayon, the lightest of the shades of blue I packed. “Um, Mom, our house is all this color?”

“Yes, that’s right.”

“Even the garage?”

“Yes, even the garage.”

He began coloring the page furiously. After a few moments he paused and said rather dramatically, “Ugh! I’m so tired coloring this whole house!”

Finished puzzle from Monday, 11/14/2011

Today’s puzzle: _AT

I didn’t give The Boy many choices for today’s puzzle, but I’ve also noticed he usually picks the paper on top. Today was no different.

When he unfolded the paper, he said, “Oh, Mom, it’s a hat. It has A-T; it’s an -at word!”

“Yes, that’s right.”

“I know a lot about -at words. We talked about them in school.”

Finished puzzle from Wednesday, 11/09/2011