Organic whole milk, cheese, and fruit
Favorite family recipe:
Grandma Vance's chocolate waffles
Favorite junk food:
Movie theatre popcorn
I'll do anything to avoid:
My secret cleaning weapon is:
Vinegar and water (nontoxic, cleans everything, and I actually like the smell!)
Before company arrives, I hide:
Kiddie toys and the pile of mail on my desk
I love to shop for:
clothes for the girls
I hate to shop for:
Jeans for myself
Procrastinating on grading
I just learned:
Peaches are the ovaries of the tree. (This came up in a discussion of T. S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" when a biology major in my class was commenting on whether or not Prufrock would eat the peach.)
Stuff I can't live without:
Burts Bees lip balm, nursing tanks, girlfriends, and the power of reverse psychology on stubborn two-year-olds
Weird housekeeping compulsion:
I always keep the toilet lids down when not in use. I got a massage one time at a crunchy/hippy spa and they had a sign in the bathroom asking people to put the lid down after use because it helped with feng shui. I don't know much about feng shui, but I figure it can't hurt and now it's a thing--it drives me crazy if the lid is up.
On bed making:
I love when the bed is made. It feels soooo much better to be in a room with a made bed, and better to climb into those sheets at night. And it only takes about 45 seconds to yank up the duvet and toss pillows on top! But if Coco is having a clingy morning, I'd rather skip making the bed than put her down and make her cry for 45 seconds. So basically her moods decide whether our bed gets made or not.
I wish I could tell my younger self:
Chill the eff out.
Do you put down the lid to the toilet? Do you let your baby dictate whether or not you make the bed? What's always in your fridge? What advice would you give your younger self? Spill it.