Every Sunday, Kendra hosts a round of Answer me This, the internet's favorite virtual cocktail party. I've finally decided to stop being a wallflower and rub elbow's with the other party goers, as it is.
1. How did you get your name?
The same way every Kayla born in the 80's did. My mom was an avid "Days of Our Lives" fan and Kayla and Patch were THE 'it' couple. So, naturally when my mom found out she was having a girl, she knew she'd name me after one of the most popular stars on daytime TV. Give her a break, she was 19.
My middle name is Leigh and that is also my uncle Kevin's middle name, whom my mom was closest to growing up.
2. Do you have a set time for prayer in your day?
I'm working on it. Every morning, Lucy and I sit down for breakfast and I read the morning offering out of her little Golden Book of Prayers. We just started this about a month ago and more days than not, we (I) remember. I'd like to add in The Angelus at lunch time. Mostly though, it's pretty sporadic. I like to sing hymns while I'm cleaning (currently working on memorizing How Deep the Father's Love for Us. Um, did you know that Owl City does a version of this?? Love them.) and I have a rosary in the pocket of the nursery rocking chair for those extra long nursing sessions.
I'd love to pray at least one Hour and I am downright awful at getting in "quiet time" with my bible and Jesus. AWFUL. It's one of those things that I always say to myself "Kayla, today, you're going to have a quiet time" and then it never ever happens. I think I make it bigger in my mind than it needs to be. Like, when I sit down with my bible, I need to have my Catechism and various guides, plus colored pencils because ain't no bible study like a manuscript bible study, right?
3. Did your mom work, or stay home, or both?
Both, in their time. When it was just my brother and I, my mom worked full time. Once my mom started on her next round of babies, she stayed home because that made sense. She's been home ever since.
4. Do you vote?
Yes. Well. yes, but not often enough. I'm fairly oblivious and even though there were those pointless roadside signs littering the streets, I didn't realize that North Carolina was holding an election for anything in May until I heard someone talk about voting the day of. Oops. But I have voted in the last 2 presidential elections, which was about as useful as hoping to catch a goldfish in the ocean, but at least I can say I voted conscientiously. This is another one of those areas where I'd *like* to be more active and knowledgeable. Let me just fit that between folding laundry and changing diapers.
5. What's your favorite drink?
Non-alcoholic? In the morning, I prefer black tea with a lot of milk. Water is my go-to daytime drink, and I try to have at least one green, kefir based smoothie. But the drink that I reach for on special occasions? Sparkling white grape juice. It's what my mom would let us have on New Year's eve, when everyone else was drinking beer and it's just stuck with me as a "special" drink even though I'm perfectly old enough to enjoy a good beer.
Alcoholic? Anything with sugar, pretty much. The less it tastes like alcohol, the more I like it. I only started liking beer during my pregnancy. I actually craved beer and cigarettes at one point. While I didn't indulge the smoking craving (where did that even come from?! I don't smoke but once every other year or so and only cloves. I've had one tobacco cigarette in my whole life), I did sip from Ryan's beer. Guinness, so good. Lucy has good taste. Since then I've been opening up to other beers: Leinenkugel mostly but also Yuengling and whatever else my husband puts in front of me. He's finally not embarrassed to drink with me in public.
6. How are your photography skills?
Horrid. We have a DSLR which I use pretty much like a point and click. Just add "learn how to use my camera" on to my to-do list, please. Ryan did teach me about the "rule of thirds" so I try to remember that but it's safe to say I will never even pretend to be a professional photographer.
Ryan is really great at photography, if you will allow me to brag for him a bit. He's going to hate me for this, but I still like to go to his old Deviantart page and look at his pictures. I wish he'd still pursue photography as a hobby and not just photographing Lucy, though she is a very fun subject.