Ahoy, you landlubbers! And a very warm welcome to Answer Me This . . . the internet’s favorite virtual cocktail party* in which I ask six totally random questions and we all answer them and get to know each other a little better. 
Isn’t that nice?

*this statement may not be true.

So, here goes this week’s edition:

1. What’s something you’ve won and how did you win it?
I once took first place in a “modeling contest” at the mall. I won a (partial) scholarship to the Barbizon School of Modeling, which is, as you can probably guess, TOTALLY legit and not AT ALL a money grab.
And . . . look what my mom found. And you guys thought Kelly was the only one with the guts to put embarrassing photographs of herself on the internet. I see your award-winning DEVO picture, Kelly, and I raise you: headband, slung leather jacket, smolder, crazy dangly airplane earrings.
Moving on. 

I won some track and cross country races in high school.

And my dad built some really exceptional dioramas and science projects that I won some awards for in school. But I was THERE when he built them. It’s just as well my kids are homeschooled otherwise that shoe would probably be on the other foot right now. 

Update: I almost forgot to mention my Sheenazing Award for Smartest Blog 2014! Not very smart, that.

2. Do you save old greeting cards and letters, or throw them all away? Why?
I am a thrower awayer of all the things. But especially mail. 
If you have ever mailed something to my husband and didn’t receive a response, it’s because I threw it away in a fit of cleaning. Probably because we were having a party. Probably because I scheduled a party to make myself clean off the counter tops, but then it got away from me at the last minute there.
I keep Christmas cards for the entire Christmas season, all the way through Candlemas, but then I toss ’em. I have a couple of sweet cards from the husband stashed away, but that’s it. 
3. When you’re at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?
We don’t have any shoe-related policies at my house. No, that’s not true. We don’t have any shoe-related policies that would apply to ME.
I prefer to be barefoot or in socks at home, but if I have shoes on already, I don’t usually bother to take them off.
4. Who’s the most famous person you have ever met? 
I met Richard Nixon on an airplane once. I was eleven.
Wow, my crack research team (my mom) is really tearing it up this week.
Bobby took his first steps in a Pottery Barn at the Galleria Mall to Jimmy Kimmel. 
I was in a hotel elevator with Coolio, who told me he’s got more kids than I do. About which I shall assume the best and not look him up on Wikipedia.
I know documentary star Blythe Fike, her brother Kenny of The Head and the Heart, and Hope and Justin of The Hope and Justin Band (who should definitely be more famous than they are.)
And I’ve met James Fulton Engstrom, miracle boy. More than once!
5. What has been your best work of art?
Hmm, that’s tough. There’s my book. I do like it. (And so does Julie of Happy Catholic*! Although we disagree about some parts of it.)
And I really like making birthday cakes. This one, for Anita’s 3rd birthday, is probably the most detailed one I’ve ever done:

Or there’s these guys (plus Jack, minus Venerable Fulton Sheen):

Each one a work of art. Each one, just look at lucky number seven.

6.  What’s your strongest sense?

Smell. I can smell all sorts of crazy stuff that the other people in my family claim doesn’t have a smell. Squished ant, for instance, has a kind of sour spicy smell that only I notice.

For next week I’m tagging two more of my fellow Blessed Is She writers:

Gina at Someday (hopefully) They’ll Be Saints. Post to check out:

And Jacqui at Mexican Domestic Goddess. Post to check out:


Next week’s questions for Gina and Jacqui and you are . . .
1. What’s your favorite thing on YouTube?
2. Who taught you to drive?
3. What’s your favorite thing to cook?
4. Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? Why?
5. Where do you pray best?
6. When is the last time you saw/spoke to your grandparents?

Next week’s installment will go live at 10pm Pacific Saturday night, and will be open until 10pm Wednesday night.

So, please, answer this week’s questions for yourself in the comments. If you have a blog, answer the questions there, link back to this post, and link your blog post up below. For bonus points, you can even tag a couple other bloggers so THEY can play along too! So fun.

But always remember, in Answer Me This . . . there are no rules, and the points don’t matter.