I've Got No Heat To Keep Me Warm

Good Morning/Afternoon Blogstalkers!

So right now in Chicago it is 4 degrees outside.  And I have no heat.  We haven't had heat since yesterday afternoon.  We made it safely through the night with three space heaters, two small dog sweaters and a lot of whiskey and the heating dude is here now...though he does not seem to be doing much other than going out to his van every three to seven minutes.

But anyway, right now I am pretty much stuck in my bed since the bedroom is the only semi-warm place in the house thanks to the aforementioned space heaters.  So I figured today would be a good day to revisit live-blogging.

So ummm...ask me anything?  Either in the comments or via email to LaurenRaeGallagher@gmail.com or Twitter @FilingJointly or Facebook to Lauren Filing Jointly and I will answer it all right here live as the questions come in.

Ready?  Aim.  Fire.

Since you're freezing... Let's take your mind off of it. Tell us about your favorite tropical vacation locale.

I'm not a very traveled individual yet so I shall just say...the first place I get to hold a monkey.  Which means Costa Rica, site of my honeymoon is firmly out.

Cocoa, coffee, or tea?

Depends on what sort of liquor I have on hand.  Bailey's - Coffee.  Peppermint Schnapps - Cocoa.  It also depends on what movie I'm watching.  Pride and Prejudice - Tea,  The Santa Clause - Cocoa.

I lived in the Chicago suburbs for a good chunk of my life and never took as much advantage of the city as I should have. What's your favorite thing to do in the city?

I've lived in Chicago my entire life so I've pretty much done it all as far as museums and aquariums and the like go.  And they're all wonderful and fabulous and smell like fish but my very favorite place in the city is the Harold Washington Library.  It smells like old books and is gigantic and I can get lost there for hours.  Plus it has the most amazing Owl-Gargoyles which are like normal gargoyles but obviously wiser.  Sometimes I think about trying to stay the night a la Claudia in The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  There are night security guards though so it would be tough.  I've tried to make friends with one of them by playing the game "Make An Owl-Gargoyle Noise" but I clearly won and then he was all bitter and now we just nod coldly to each other when we pass in the halls.


WHOOOORRRRGGH
I remember a few of your past blogs talking about how you're wanting to delve into the wonderful world of parenthood! Which is freaking magical, let me tell you (I say this as my 8 month old just totally tried to bite my tail bone... I don't know...). ANYWAY. Do you have baby names already picked out and are you willing to share? :D 

Boys names: No though we will probably use some part of Ryan's late parents' names (they were Gale Lynn and David Thomas.)  Girls: Totally but for now it's a secret.  And also Ryan hasn't completely agreed to them yet, though I'm getting better at talking him into it.  Right now for example I've got him convinced that if I have girl twins that I am going to name them Primrose (Hunger Games) and Valentine (Enders Game).  So now the actual names I have in mind seem less odd.

I know you love to read, as do I. Can you name 5 of your favorite reads and maybe a little about why you liked them.

Off the top of my head: 

The Stand - I'm not generally a big Stephen King fan and END OF THE WORLD stuff scares the ever-loving crap out of me but for some unfathomable reason this book rocks my socks.  OJ is reading it now for the first time and I keep getting random texts from him that are all "WHAT!!!?"

Pride and Prejudice - Love me some Mr. Darcy.  I actually read pretty much every single unauthorized sequel that is written as well.  They all suck a lot.  I still read them.  

One Thousand White Women - This book is just really different than any other book I've read.  The premise is that a powerful Indian chief promises peace to the 'White Man' in exchange for one thousand white women to help them propagate their tribes.  And the government totally agrees to it.  And then asks for volunteers from mental institutions and jails and such.  This is the story of the women that volunteer.  

The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls' childhood was highly disturbing but it makes for a un-put-down-able book.

Gone With The Wind - Love me some Rhett Butler.  The unauthorized sequel to this - Scarlett, also sucks a lot.  I still read it.  Twice.

What do you do at approximately 3:00 on a Saturday?

Hmmm...last Saturday at that time I was taking another shower because I literally wet my pants a little bit from laughing too hard after Ryan made some comment about how our dog Daisy (not his biggest fan) only gives him "bottom of the barrel kisses" and then I was like "Huh?"  And he was like, "She always either burps or sneezes when she kisses me."  I don't even know why it was so funny, but it was.

What was the worst injury/accident you have had?

Hmm...there's been quite a few but I would say probably either the time I got hit in the face with a softball or the time I fell off the climbing rope in gym class.

What's your favorite kind of hot sauce?

Sriracha, fo sho.  I may or may not have gotten a bottle of it confiscated at the airport once.  I suppose though, that it could be used as a weapon if you were creative.

What accomplishment(s) in life (besides marrying Ryan) are you the most proud? (I was going to say embarrassing moment, but you already have that covered. Ha Ha!)

I'm irrationally proud of the fact that I can still do a back bend from standing (I just checked to make sure I could in fact still do it and yes, I can.)  I'm also insanely proud of the fact that I just got hired for money to write for another website.  Sure it's definitely less than I was making as an accountant but this is what I really love to do.


What are some 'off the beaten path' spots in Chicago people should visit? Eat, shop, see, etc?

This is a tough question since Ryan and I are total homebodies but I'll give it a shot.  Piccolo Sogno for really good Italian food.  Their homemade pasta is to die for.  The Spice House and Old Town Oil for all sorts of delicious and obscure cooking ingredients.  (I also love to wander around the shops in China Town for the same reason.)  The Celtic Crossing is a tiny Irish pub with a cantankerous Irish bartender that remembers everyone.  And this isn't obscure but I highly suggest going to The Signature Room (restaurant at the top of the Hancock) not to eat but rather to go to the womens' washroom which has, unarguably the very best view of the city.  Sorry dudes.

What shoe do you put on first?

I think I was asked this before and could not figure it out since I was concentrating on it too hard.  So I just tried again and somehow accidentally ended up with two shoes and ONE sock on and no idea which came first.  I sort of forgot why I was doing it because my feet were so cold.

Do you have a favorite dinosaur? And do you agree that Earl Grey tea is gross?

First, I think that most tea is gross.  But I really like Snapple Diet Peach Iced Tea or really good English Breakfast Tea.  And my favorite dinosaur, very specifially, is Ducky from The Land Before Time.  When Ryan and I first got a dog I actually wanted to name her Ducky but Ryan said that it is a rule that you can't name animals after other animals so I suggested Daisy and he agreed.  Later he realized that logically, this meant that our dog's last name is Duck.  Haha stupid Ryan.

How do you feel about toe socks? You know, the ones with the individual toe cubbyholes?

This is a topic I've actually spent a lot of time on.  I feel like I should LOVE them because they're weird and I'm weird but they're not that warm and they're sort of uncomfortable.  That being said.  Here is a picture of some of my favorite socks ever.


Monkeys!
What's your favorite classic video game?

I'm pretty old school when it comes to video games.  Mainly because all of the new-fangled ones are entirely too hard for my non-existant hand-eye coordination.  So I still really love the original Super Mario Brothers.  Although I never could beat level whatever it was on that stupid ship with those stupid cannons and the stupid cannonballs with their stupid faces.  Also if I'm being honest, really I can only beat levels one and sometimes two.  One of my fondest memories from childhood though is my mom and my sisters and my brother and I sitting on the couches in our family room and watching while my dad sat on the ground in front of the tv and beat the entire Super Mario Brothers game.

If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?

This is an excellent question!  One that I can't answer entirely honestly because it would give too much away about my future childrens' names.  But recently I was reading an article on The Bump (don't ask) and it was about Winter Inspired names and one of the suggestions was 'Branch' and I was like, I am so fucking glad my name is not Branch.  (I apologize if your name is Branch, I just seriously could not pull that off.)


If you could be a super hero, what super power would you possess?

Simple, Super Speed trumps every other super power ever.  You can not win this argument with me.  Flying?  Psssh, that sounds cold and slow and sure you could fly over the oceans and maybe catch a glimpse of a whale or two but if you had super speed you could just run really fast on top of the water and maybe touch a whale, which everyone knows is better than just seeing a whale.

Did you title this post to be sung to the tune Pinocchio sings in the movie that starts with "I got no strings to hold me down"? 

I did indeed.  I'd also like to take this moment to apologize for my sometimes extremely cryptic titles that make sense to no one but me.

And if so, which it so has-ta-be, what is the next verse of the song?


I can't believe I'm getting asked this!  I tried to extend the title of the post when I wrote it but I couldn't think of what the next verse would be....

Maybe...I've got no heat to keep me warm, to thaw my toes, (which are misformed).  I had heat but now I freeze. Ryan loves chickpeas!

That was terrible but seriously that boy can not get enough chickpeas.  He's even starting to look like a chickpea a little bit.

If you had to go on Shark Tank, what product would you pitch?

I don't know!  I'm still trying to figure it out!  I would love a house-cleaning robot so maybe that?  Ryan says that's stupid and why wouldn't I just get a maid (hypothetically, he wouldn't actually let me get a maid)?  Because robots don't judge RYAN.
 
What do you picture your life will be like in 50 years? 


Sounds like round three of babies to me, great-grand-babies.  Which means Ryan had better get on the baby train pretty soon or my grandchildren will be having babies extremely young.  It's your fault if they're all on the show 16 and Pregnant RYAN.

You and Ryan come to Maine. You buy 2 lobsters to eat. How many do you give Ryan? Hah okay forget it. I know the answer. NONE.

There's really nothing else for me to say here.

When reading your favorite books do you create a character for yourself and consider how they could be inserted into the story? If so, what are some of your favorite types of stories to "Character Bomb" and why?

OHMYGOD I totally never even thought about doing that.  I have so many books to reread immediately.  Starting with Harry Potter.  My name shall be Ruby.  I am excellent at illegal FireWhiskey summoning charms, have extremely long eyelashes and am really nice to Neville because he gets hot later. 

Also, do you read any webcomics and if so, which ones?


I read The Oatmeal, does that count as a webcomic?  Any others that you recommend?  

What is the best way to sneak in a nap during the work day when you share an office?

That's really tough...I would probably go with bribery.  Or alternatively, I can connect you with my sister's friend that literally sleeps with her eyes open.  She might be able to teach you how to do it.  

I know you love cheese because who doesn't but if you only had one more day to live what would be your last meal?

Appetizer: Tomato Bread from Momma & Me in Homewood, IL

Main Course: Homemade pasta in spicy vodka sauce with shrimp, side of steamed broccolini with lemon and garlic.

Dessert: (From Girl and the Goat) bittersweet chocolate 
toffee . shiitake-caramel gelato . shiitake gastrique

Are you watching the superbowl? What snacks are you making/will you be eating?

So usually Ryan and I host a Superbowl party and I go totally overboard with dips and drinks and such but last year we had to cancel our party since Ryan's father had very very recently passed away suddenly.  This year we didn't restart the tradition because Ryan just wasn't in to it.  We will be watching the game for sure and I will at least be making Buffalo Chicken dip for Ryan,probably lamb and chickpea chili too.

What was the one time you were truly psychic?

The day Ryan proposed.  I was doing my hair in the bathroom and he made and brought me a drink and I was like, Yep, he's proposing tonight.  Then I went and changed into my lucky green underwear. Which are lucky because once when I was wearing them I found five dollars which I then used to purchase the most spectacular purple feather boa, not for dirty reasons.


52 comments:

  1. Since you're freezing... Let's take your mind off of it. Tell us about your favorite tropical vacation locale.

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  2. I lived in the Chicago suburbs for a good chunk of my life and never took as much advantage of the city as I should have. What's your favorite thing to do in the city?

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  3. I remember a few of your past blogs talking about how you're wanting to delve into the wonderful world of parenthood! Which is freaking magical, let me tell you (I say this as my 8 month old just totally tried to bite my tail bone... I don't know...). ANYWAY. Do you have baby names already picked out and are you willing to share? :D

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  4. I know you love to read, as do I. Can you name 5 of your favorite reads and maybe a little about why you liked them.

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  5. What accomplishment(s) in life (besides marrying Ryan) are you the most proud? (I was going to say embarrassing moment, but you already have that covered. Ha Ha!)

    Hope you get some heat soon!

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  6. what are some 'off the beaten path' spots in Chicago people should visit? Eat, shop, see, etc? (I was just in Chicago from Minneapolis Wednesday and Thursday- missed the 60+ day, and came back home to -14!)

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  7. Do you have a favorite dinosaur? And do you agree that Earl Grey tea is gross?

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  8. This isn't a question but I LOVE ender's game and I'm glad you do too. Also, I second the 5 favorite books question

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  9. How do you feel about toe socks? You know, the ones with the individual toe cubbyholes?

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    1. toe socks creep my out because when I look down I feel like I have hands for feet!

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  10. What's your favorite classic video game? And I'm interested in the toe sock thing too--they kind of creep me out.

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  11. If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?

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  12. If you could be a super hero, what super power would you possess?

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  13. Did you title this post to be sung to the tune Pinocchio sings in the movie that starts with "I got no strings to hold me down"?

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    1. And if so, which it so has-ta-be, what is the next verse of the song?

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    2. I was thinking it was to the tune of "I've got my love to keep me warm." LAUREN! What is it?

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    3. Ok totally being a showoff: To make me fret! To make me frown! I just want the world to know, there are no strings on me!

      And I sure hope I'm right. Otherwise, I look stupid. Or drunk. And that would be bad since I am at work.

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  14. LOVED The Stand as well, SO GOOD!!!

    If you had to go on Shark Tank, what product would you pitch?
    Or, what do you picture your life will be like in 50 years?

    When I was in 8th grade, my plane was to invent the hover-board (the thing MJF used in Back To The Future II?), so I assume in 50 years we'll actually have one. And so that's the product I would pitch on Shark Tank, and in 50 years I see myself rolling around town on one. What's crazy is that when I asked those two questions I had no idea that my own answers were deeply intertwined.

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  15. When reading your favorite books do you create a character for yourself and consider how they could be inserted into the story? If so, what are some of your favorite types of stories to "Character Bomb" and why?

    Also, do you read any webcomics and if so, which ones?

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  16. I know you love cheese because who doesn't but if you only had one more day to live what would be your last meal?

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  17. Are you watching the superbowl? What snacks are you making/will you be eating?

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  18. What was the one time you were truly psychic?

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  19. Ryan and I are in a fight. I had a turtle named Kitty and he was the awesomest turtle ever.

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  20. I have no question just wishes that the stupid heating guy stops messing around in his van and fixes your heat. If not, please move into a hotel. This is what I do when my AC stops working here in Miami. xoxo

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  21. (1) if you were to write a novel, would it turn into a thinly veiled autobiography, and then OJ would sue you as his character would be so obviously him yet you have no proof of asking for his permission, and Ryan would try to countersue then realize he isn't a lawyer when he tried to self-appoint himself (as is cheap (I mean frugal)), but by then time had run out to hire a real lawyer, so OJ wins the case, but uses the money to buy a mansion for you to all live in together but then is broke so becomes your Manny? (2) how far will you go to pressure your children into agreeing with your choices for how they spend their extra curricular time (3) question two repeated (as I know you are lovely and would love anything your kids do) but now with added "BUT ... now they hate all things Disney?" NOW WHAT??!!??

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  22. One more as read your updates: what if, rather than you being superfast as your power, you could make everyone/thing so slow you seem superfast in comparison? Do you know enough physics to know if that would translate into you being able to walk across the ocean still? ' cause I don't. Straight 'A' student in every subject but physics. And French. And you would think "and math, as you can't add APPARENTLY!" but you would be wrong. I did great in math.

    And also I live in Ontario and 4 degrees is our summer. That does not mean I think you don't have the right to complain about your lack of heat, but rather am pointing out why I am skeptical the Canadian army really was " all that" in holding back the American troop invasion back in the day, as opposed to, for example, the rampant igloos and snow and polar bears everywhere.

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  23. Shannon S.2/01/2013

    As a total magazine junkie, I'd love to know if you subscribe to any magazines and, if so, which ones?

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  24. Regarding webcomic suggestions: Girl Genius and Gunnerkrig Court are two of my favorites. I've also recently gotten into Unsounded and The Specialist. All have amazing art and storylines, though Girl Genius does like to drag out the plot...:)

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  25. If you could live one movie, which one would you pick and which character would you be?

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  26. The Glass Castle is one of my all-time favorite books, too! The prequel to it, 'Half Broke Horses' is also a great read. :-) I hope you're staying warm!

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  27. What if OJ had a wife/ girlfriend? Would you automatically be besties by extension of the bromance? Has this happened before?

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  28. When you were in college, what was one strange reason for skipping class?

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  29. Would you rather have a child who was a clean-freak or a cooking bug?

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  30. Oh and my favoritest question ever.....

    You can invite any 4 people to dinner, past or present. Who and why? (Whom and Whym?)

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  31. ANd I am still waiting on the "Today in the History of Lauren" posts.... ;P

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  32. Shannon S.2/01/2013

    Another one...

    What is your favorite kitchen appliance?

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  33. If you like the concept of character bombing, read the bizarre Thursday Next series, starting with
    The Eyre Affair. Strange but if you can do fantasy-based-in-books, you'll like this.

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  34. Whats your favorite british curse word?

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  35. What do you usually eat on your tacos? Hope your heat is back on soon! Brr!

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  36. Did you teach yourself how to cook the amazing dishes that pop up here and on cookbooksy?

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  37. Would you want to meet any of your blogstalkers in real life? How do you imagine it will be like?

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  38. I just started the Glass House! More excited to read it now that you've recommended it. (sorry not a question)

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  39. Did you ever read Rhett Butler's People? not as sucky.

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  40. You being without heat is a lot like the Ingalls situation in The Long Winter, but minus all the really bad stuff, like having to grind the wheat all day so as not to starve. Question: what is your favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder book?

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  41. Is your home finally warm again? If you want to read a good Jane Austen spin off, I HIGHLY recommend The Lost Memoir of Jane Austen by Syrie James. Not an unauthorized sequel of any of Ms. Austen's books but a mock-diary of her own love story. I'll say no more. Other than you. must. read.

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  42. When Brian and I were last in Chicago, we stayed at the Blake Hotel which is caddy corner to the Washington Library, and we had floor-to-ceiling windows and had such an awesome view of it!! The view was the best part of the stay! Then, on the last day we were there, we went inside the library, and I was SO EXCITED, and Brian said, "We spent hundreds of dollars on touristy places, and this is your favorite. Of course." It was magical.

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  43. I have one! I'm currently watching the Showcase show, Shameless. It's fantastic. And it's set in the South Side of Chicago.. which is made out to be a pretty rough area. I've never lived anywhere where the divide is so obvious. Is this true, or did they make it up to make the TV show better?

    Also - the episode where we got to see most of the city would've been much better if you'd been in the background, dressed as Mrs. Claus, with Mr. Claus, the Gingerbread man, and the elf. Just sayin'. You should get in touch with the producer and make sure that's in there for their Christmas special!

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  44. Ha! I work at a dog day care center and two of our regulars are a pair of jack russells named Daisy and Duckie!

    Also, I would definitely recommend checking out the webcomic Hyperbole and A Half. Allie cracks me up, just about every post makes me snort-laugh. Her stories are great but the drawings put it over the top!

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  45. Stephanie Appel2/11/2013

    I just read 1,000 White Women on my trip to San Fran, after reading your blog post. It was.... interesting! I am probably in like the .2% that totally thought Memoirs of a Geisha was real (hello, missed the "Arthur Golden" on the book cover?) so this time around I was more prepared for fiction. I was actually disappointed to find out that the trade didn't happen - wouldn't that have been crazy!?!?

    Overall though, we are total GWTW soulmates. I have read it at least 7 times, and yes - Scarlett sucked big time. Still read it 3 though. :)

    More book recommendations please!!

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