Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Q and A's revealed....

From Bigos to Louboutin to Veneers and everything in between. My classy readers amazed me with their awesome questions.



What is your most favorite thing about each of your children?

What a beautiful question, Jen. I love Jay's compassion, Lola's confidence, and Fifi's giggles.
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How do you keep your skin looking flawless?

Oh dear God, Kim. Flawless it is not. I take pictures with my nice camera, a lens and edit with my $200 software. Now, if only I could convince myself to spend that much on my skin.
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How in the world do you really make it through your days in stilettos?

Dearest mommytime, I get incredible foot massages from the husband.
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Do you really do EVERYTHING in stilettos?

Oh, Wendi. Not everything, you silly. I sleep barefoot. Although I am sure Mr. OHmommy would fancy them in bed.
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What do you connect with most strongly from your Polish heritage?

My fellow Polish sister, Mamawise, I connect most strongly with the sense of identity. It is so comforting to know exactly who my ancestors are. I have walked the same streets that they have. Prayed in the same churches they have. Eaten the same meals on Christmas Eve they have. Speak the same language. I have admired the same literature, music, and arts. I am comforted in knowing who I am and where I belong. I am a pure bred, born in Poland, 100% authentic Pole.
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In 20 years, when your children are grown, what do you hope your blog will tell them about you?

Jay will be 25, Lola 23, and Fifi 21 and my sweet Lattemommy I hope they will understand how head over stilettos, crazy in love I am with them.
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If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Hands down CHICAGO. I puffy heart that city, Nat, more the witty words can say.
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If you were going to write a novel about your life, what would the title be?

Okay, laskigal, you have me stumped. I really would consider "Classy Chaos." Or perhaps "Ate. Loved. Prayed: A Journey through the Trenches of Motherhood."
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How did Mr. Ohmommy and Mrs. Ohmommy come to meet?

Oh, zoeyjane, I tell my kiddos we met in college, shook hands "Hello", and got married. Somewhere inbetween is a story to be told. I will tell it soon, but it is not so PG-13.
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If they can make children's toothpaste that effectively brushes teeth, and tastes good, why can't they make that for adults? I vote for Cheeze-it flavor.

BAM!!!! I think the egel nest just made us millionaires. We will be checking into copywriting THAT idea. BAM!!! I would like to start producing Swedish fish toothpaste myself. BAM!!!
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When are we going shopping?

Sweet Jesus, Amy. You name the place and time and I will be there. If shopping was considered a sport, I would be the gold medalist .
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I want to know all about your favorite handbag. Designer, color, and how you came to own it.

How did you know I had a favorite handbag, Amy? LOL. My Gucci baguette in the classic print with red stitching and a gold buckle is hands down my favorite. I even have cute stilettos to match in the same print. Imagine the quintessential black dress paired with matching shoes and bag.
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What are the 3 languages that you speak and are you teaching them to your children?

Cutie patootie Girlymom, English is my third language. Polish was my first. I attended pre-school in Austria and spoke German as a child. I can barely teach my children to feed themselves, so I consider teaching them English a big accomplishment.
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Who are your children named after? How did you pick their names?

Well, Sarah. All of my kid's blogging names are fake. Jay's real name was my most favorite boy's name growing up. We had trouble naming Lola and actually legaly changed her name at eight weeks old. And Fifi's name was simply just too beautiful to pass up. I needed my third child to be a girl to bestow this name upon her.
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With all you do for your family, what is your favorite thing to do for yourself?

Oh, sweet Gomommy, how I love to take baths. I have always been a shower kind of gal until my husband taught me the fine art of bathing. You can find me in the bath and my kids in front of Noggin.
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My question (from one ametuer photographer to a professional one)" How did you come to be a photographer? Do you own a studio?

I have a photo journalistic style, Stephanie, and I can't imagine ever doing forced studio poses. I came to be a photographer because I wanted to capture my son's every moment. I wanted to preserve the memory. My obsession began there and soon a hobby evolved. Thereafter, friends started to ask me to take their pictures and a career was born.
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What are 4 classy things you do everyday?

Classy pregnant Crystal, everyday I apply soy milk lotion all over, slip on my Tiffany's pearl earrings, some Hanky Pankys, and a little Bond #5 on the neck. With these 4 things I feel like a million classy bucks in my twenty dollar Old Navy sweat suit. Funny how a pair of nice underwear paired with pearls makes you feel so good in sweats.
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How did you get involved in having your children model? Do they enjoy it? Do you enjoy it?

Oh yes, Carrie. I do enjoy the adult connection in the creative world. Lola loves it. Fifi had her first job ever yesterday for Little Tykes, and Jay has dropped out due to boredom. Someone approached me when Jay was 15 months old and we have been actively modeling since then. I mean "we" as in the kids. I don't model.
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Did you ever think you might have as many kids as you have?

There was a time, Karen meg (mommy of 2), where we sold all of our baby items after our second child. We were counting our profits and I felt then that I needed the third child. I just didn't want to live life with any regrets and imagined myself sitting home with grey hair wondering... "What if we had a third child?"
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When you lose your temper, in which language do you scream? My mom is Polish, and boy she could let loose a sting of consonants!

LOL. Jenni, you probably know some awesome Polish words. Will you share? When I loose my temper I send everyone to their rooms. They have not witnessed an angry Polish mama. Yet.
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At what moment did you know Mr.Ohmommy was the one?

After about six months of dating, my posh Don Mills Diva, we traveled Eastern Europe together. I knew he was the one after a long day of walking the cobblestone roads of Budapest in stilettos, letting loose a string of consonants. Mr. OHmommy silently hailed us a cab, even though we were starving students. I knew he was the one.
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When piecing together the perfect outfit, which is more important, the shoes or the purse?

The shoes, Lisa! Shoes are the first thing I notice in a person. You could be so well put together and wearing crummy shoes. Shoes tell all.
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Does the dentist scene in Little Shop of Horrors make you and Mr. OHmommy cringe or laugh maniacally?

It makes Mr. Ohmommy laugh. Yes, Robin let it be known that I did not marry the man for his humor.
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Being married to a dentist myself.... my one and only question is how do you get him home and leave the work behind?

Oh my, Meg. My sweet sweet Meg. Does he bring patients home with him? That is a little kinky, yes? I tell him to keep the patients at work. Cause when he gets home, his work has only begun.
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Co bys w Sobie smienila?

What Dzaidek, would you like me to change about myself? I am happy with whom I am. Are you hinting at something?
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You write often about the vast differences in your children's personalities. What do you think has been the most important lesson you have learned from each of them?

Awesome question, pregnant Wordygirl. Jay has taught me how to love. Lola has taught me patience. Fifi has taught me to slow down and patiently love all three of them.
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Tell us who you think would make a better president - YOU or your HUBBY? Why?

Dearest, around the funny farm. The HUBBY would make a better president. I can barely lead my children to cross the street to Target.
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What is your fav brand of stilettos? I would live for nothing more than a pair of classy Louboutins, but until I can swing negating a months mortgage for a pair, I love BCBG's.

Oh, swanky Smart a$$ mom, we could be the best of friends. I just scored my first pair of Louboutins this weekend. I have a mommy that happens to have a stiletto obsession too. I love my mommy.
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What attracted you to your husband?

I was immediately attracted to his butt. Yes, Amy, I know. But, at that time in college, I was really into working out and I noticed his butt at the gym. Mama liked!
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What classy woman inspired you most?

That is an easy one, Lisa. Jackie O. I am obsessed with everything Jackie O and have read just about every biography written about her.
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What are two things "classy" about your life that changed once you had your kids?

Ohhhh... good question Kristen. I no longer have weekly scheduled waxing appointments and my eyebrows frequently resemble my fathers. And, I often let my leg hairs grow more than they should. Bushy eyebrows and hairy legs aren't very classy I think.
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How do you get your hair so shiney! I want!

Awww, thanks Miss. I straighten my hair with the Farouk CHI Turbo Ceramic Straightener and could not live without it. My sister convinced me to splurge and my hair has been shiny ever since.
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Okay, my favorite of my MIL's Polish recipes is her version of Bigos. What are your favorite secret Polish recipes and can you share them?

Oh Flea, how I love Bigos. Probably one of my most favorite Polish dishes. So time consuming though. I have the science of making stuffed cabbage down. I would love to share the recipe, wanna come over?
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How do you whiten your teeth? Does your husband do it at the office?

Oh, Maria. My real teeth aren't this white I drink massive amounts of Earl Grey tea everyday. I have veneers! Yes, my husband "did it" at the office after hours.
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Are there any OHsisters or OHbrothers?

Yes, Tara R there are. I love them both, a sister and a brother, very much. We are a close knit family that loves heated debates. -
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How old were you, when you came to the USA?

Suchsimplepleasures, my friend, I was my son's age when I arrived. I started kindergarten not knowing a word of English and Sesame Street taught me Spanglish. I have been confused ever since.
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How about a tip on taking "classy photos of kids." I seem to never get any good ones that don't look to posed.

Momof3crazykids, you are a mom of three kids... taking pictures is hard to do. Try squatting down at their level while they color, read, or play. Armed with a camera, try to be a fly on the wall and observe them at their level. I am sure you will love what you snap.
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You showed us a picture of yourself in a bikini from a few years ago and you had amazing abs. What do you do to keep in shape?

I am sorry to let you know, Lizzy, that the picture was taken exactly 10 years ago when I met my husband. I needed that body to secure a proposal. Soon after our wedding and three kids later, my abs resemble more of a wrinkled mess. I posted that picture for motivation and sadly it is not working. I am still a wrinkled mess.

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What's the most unexpected thing you've discovered about yourself since you became a mother?

Mommy Bits, that is an awesome question. The most unexpected thing I have discovered about myself is the amount of energy I have. Before children, I selfishly allowed myself to sleep in and wake up naturally when my body intended to wake up. Running after three kids on five hours a sleep is exhausting, yet somehow I manage to do it day after day.

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How do you keep your teeth so white? You have a beautiful smile. I want that smile!! ha! Any recommendations from Mr. OHmommy he can share? For someone who is looking into doing some cosmetic dental work, veneers or lumineers?

Annon: My real teeth are not white. But as a wife of a dentist, I am his walking ad campaign. Last year, I got a mouthful of veneers and love them. I am constantly look at myself in the mirror and smiling.

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What is your one guilty pleasure? The thing you do just for you that doesn't involve your hubby or kids?
Oh man, Amy. I didn't get THAT memo. You mean I can have have a guilty pleasure? And not feel guilty? I can't even sneak away to the spa without getting a phone call from the hubby, "Where are Fifi's shoes?" "When did she have her last bottle?"

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Will you share your story about leaving Poland?

Yes, Holly. I will in the future. Writing about poop, kids, and snotty noses is so much easier and less time consuming. It takes me about 30 minutes to write each post before I go to bed. The leaving Poland post requires a lot more thought and energy. Both of which I am lacking this winter season.

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I assume you have an accent - so what's it like?

I don't think I have an accent, Mommica, my BBF. However, yesterday at the grocery store the butcher asked me where I was from. "Chicago." I answered. He said, "No, that doesn't sound like Chicago. Sounds more foreign." Why don't you call me and find out for yourself? I would love nothing more.

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If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

Besides living in Chicago, Jessica, I would like to live in Chile where I could ski and sun bath all year round.

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If you could take your family anywhere in the world, to introduce them to culture and diversity while still having fun, where would it be?


Nice question, Grandy. I love to travel and introducing my children to culture is one of my top priorities for them. I plan on taking my children everywhere in the world. Jay has been to three countries already. Lola has been to two. And Fifi to one. I want to hold their hands as we walk across the Great Wall. I want to ski the slopes of Chile with them. I want us to dress up for Carnival in Brazil. I want to scuba dive with them in the Australian reef. I want to skip together through the streets of Italy. I want to sit together in a sea side cafe off the Baltic. I want. I need to see the world with them.

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I would like to know (Are) how you (you even) chose your names (open to the possiblility) for your children? I mean, are they family (of making) names or did you (out) always know you'd name them, or did you find them (with me) somewhere?

Thanks, Mr. Lady, for the question. You always manage to make me blush. I have always know what name to give my son (Yes). Naming daughters has proven to be more difficult. I (it is) choose very traditional names for all three of my children (very possible) that will forever be timeless and classy.

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Do you take your kids photos?

Yes, Karen. I take about 500 photos a month. I print only about a 1/4 of them in a photobook and store the rest on a portable hard drive.

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Having three kids under the age of 5, how do you manage when you're out with them?
Dear, anon. I always pack a bag full of snacks and juices. They are constantly snacking on every field trip we take. I have been known to rip own a bag of goldfish in the middle of Target too. I am sure they have me on camera.

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Do you speak fluent Polish?

My sweet cheesehead, Kathryn. Yes. I speak fluent Polish and sometimes even think in Polish. Spanlish, English, Polish.... I tend to loose a lot in translation.

54classy comments:

Kelly said...

Sorry for not asking a question. But wanted you to know that I puffy-heart you as much as you love those heels! Awesome post!

Kristen said...

What a great post! Thanks for taking the massive amount of time this must have taken to answer so many questions. Now we all feel like we "know" you a little better!

Sorry you didn't get entered for the prizes last weekend, I promise to do it again soon!

:-)

Kimmylyn said...

This was awesome.. and I cannot live without my Farouk CHI Turbo Ceramic Straightener either.. It is my best friend!! LOL

This seriously was awesome!!

Karen said...

Sooooo fun to read!!! :)

Karen said...

How fun! The things I've learned...

Amy said...

Loved this!! Love getting to know more about you! And I'm holding you to our shopping date! I'm thinking the Big Apple this summer?

The MomBabe said...

Fabulous. ♥'d reading it.

Stephanie said...

Love it!! Thanks for sharing so much. I feel like I know you so much better!

Do your kiddos like to shop as much as you do?

Jessica said...

Go CHICAGO!!! Woot woot!

Stacey @RealWorldMom said...

Great questions--and even better answers! LOL! Among others, I have to agree with the wearing of the pretty underthings making ya feel great!

renatamic said...

great post!!! i puffy heart you.

p.s. all the questions that came to mind were not so very classy...more so they were a little R rated for adult themes. NOT. CLASSY. AT. ALL.

PLUS - i'd like to think that i know it all. if not, we'll catch up next weekend (do you think i can talk about next weekend ANY MORE than i already am??)

BUZKA!

Cecily R said...

Classy, you are AWESOME. That's all I have to say about this post. A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

tricki_nicki said...

I know for sure now that I'm never inviting you to look at my shoes!!

Loved your Q&A!

John-Michael said...

I just enjoyed a "sit 'round the kitchen table and let's know each other" moment.

How delightful. I thank you for your gracious hospitality.

And kudos to your husband for being representing Gentlemen so well (foot massages and bath orientation). Well done!

Holly said...

You got some neat questions and I loved your answers. Too fun.

Kellan said...

You are so witty, very interesting and simply fabulous!! I loved reading everyone's questions and your great answers.

Have a good evening - see you later. Kellan

zoeyjane said...

oh, those were some great answers. Cna't wait to learn about the meeting of the OHMommy's - I like a good NC-17 rating. Or should I just watch Mr Lady's blog for some hidden camera you tubed make out session(s)?

Stephanie said...

awesome answers! I sooo wish we lived closer. Our kids would have a blast together and I know you would love to teach me a thing or two about fashion! ;oD I need some lessons!

Kash said...

I wish Rentamatic posted one of her questions!

Great post, great ?s and great answers! As we used to say to Mancow in the morning when we called, "Love you, love your show."

Smart A$$ Mom said...

so jealous I can't type. Which ones, what color? Patent leather or the new linen line for Spring????

Wendi said...

OHMommy,
Have I told you lately that I love your blog?(I know.. I know twice yesterday!)
That was INCREDIBLE. I cannot imagine how much time you spent answering all those ?'s. And the perfect and witty answers...well, they were just a BONUS!
You my dear are just "One Class Act"!

Anonymous said...

You seem to have a fan club of readers. You really are a classic role model for mommies out there. Thanks for sharing. Now I know veneers, not lumineers!!!!:-)

sarah said...

This was my very first time to read your blog. I so enjoyed it! I can tell that you are fabulous! I look forward to reading more in the future.

Lisa said...

Lots of fun to read!!! I'm honored that you answered my question....oh the fame!

Jenni said...

Oh, I love these. You have such classy readers!

Amy said...

Very fun learning so much about you... you are one very classy woman!

Smart A$$ Mom said...

they sounds divine! Hmmm,,,my husbands new job is with Lord and Taylor-thinking I need to swing into that 5th Ave store and 'support the family' with a pair-after all I will need something phenom for th ever planning shopping trip!

Jen said...

I really enjoyed reading all of these. You are such a neat person!

Tara said...

What a nice post, I enjoyed visiting here tonight! Thanks for taking a visit to my blog, I'll be back here for sure! :0)
Tara

Amy said...

What a wonderful job. I loved all the questions and the answers.

I can't believer that you write your posts in 30 minutes. They are so polished. After 30 minutes of writing my posts barely make sense. I have to work on them for much longer.

Crystal said...

I have 304 posts to read (or delete) in my feed reader after awaking from the flu. Of course I would never delete an OHmommy post so I came here and yippee I got to read this fun fun classy post. You have almost inspired me to add a little more class to my day. Of course that is right after I work up the energy to shower. :)

Kathryn said...

Wow! That was a ton of questions! Great job!

Tara R. said...

Fabulous! OHSiblings... just more of you to love! This must have taken ages to get together. You rock!

Around The Funny Farm said...

All great answers to great questions. I should of asked this question:

What kind of camera would you suggest to a lady with a a lof of money but very little talent?

:)) Beth

WordyGirl said...

What a terrific post! And Holy Crap, that IS a lot of links!

I hate to tell you though that my link is wrong: it is http://www.bloggingfortwo.blogspot.com, not bloggingfortwo.com (not enough readers to own my own domain!). Sorry if I put it wrong in my previous comment.

The Egel Nest said...

I loved reading all of your answers...you are rivaling my "Dear Brad" column :)

If you need venture capital for your Swedish Fish toothpaste...I am SO in :)


Bradley
The Egel Nest

Marie around the World said...

Soooo interesting ! While I am reading your answers, my soon-to-be preschooler is soaking in the tub (!!).
Please, try to speak Polish to your kids. My mom didn't talk with us in Spanish and all I know about this language was mostly linked to my motivation to understand what she was telling to my dad (thinking none of us would understand !!). Try with Fifi, I am sure she would love to share a language with you (and the others will follow !). It's such a great gift you can give them. What do you think ?

Janice said...

Holy freaking questions... I LOVED IT. You answer questions so entertainingly. I learned alot about you... thanks

Lisa said...

Wow--I can't believe you answered all those questions!!!

Lisa said...

Wow--I can't believe you answered all those questions!!!

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

That was so interesting and entertaining to read, OhMommy! I loved it! Thanks for taking the time to answer all of our questions, you're a sport! (a CLASSY one, none the less!)

Lizzy

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

That was so interesting and entertaining to read, OhMommy! I loved it! Thanks for taking the time to answer all of our questions, you're a sport! (a CLASSY one, none the less!)

Lizzy

Steph said...

Wow I just learned a lot about you that I never knew. Are you sure we aren't sisters? We have similar likes and interests and my mom is polish too!

I am at the same place you were on baby number 3, I you make me think it is time to just do it!

just jamie said...

Wow. That was super fun to read. What a cool chic you are.

And seriously, stilettos and pearls. You're making my flip-flopped feet *sans* jewels feel insecure. :)

secret agent mama said...

POOOP! I missed this. :(

I loved reading it, though!

MommyTime said...

I loved reading all these answers. Mr Lady wins the prize, I think, for funniest question -- but none of us who "know" her are surprised by that, I think! Thanks for taking so much time over this.

Maria said...

Thanks for answering them all! Very interesting!

girlymom said...

Wow...that was a lot of linking...I am amazed and impressed! Bet that took a tad longer than 30 minutes...31? Ha.

It's nice to get to know more about you, thanks for all the answers~

Don Mills Diva said...

Wow - how long did it take you to write that post? Very impressive! I am so jealous that your husband gave you veneers. Why can't my husband give me veneers?

Anonymous said...

So what's your favority tea?

♥♥♥ A- Licious ♥♥♥ said...

WOW! that was fabulous!
i learned so much about you!
awesome!

and thank you for the advice!
do you happen to know any reputable modeling agency names that might be in different states?

i am in NC and really have no clue around here...ha!

again though - this was a fantastic post!

and i had no idea you always wear stillettos??!!?!???!?!? WOW!!!!!!

i am in awe!


;o)

xoxoxoxx

Grace said...

Great answers.
Beside, please try to speak Polish with sweet Fifi.

Amy said...

this was very fun to read. i read it the other day but must have forgotten to comment!

they other day i was shopping and went to the shoe department. i eyed the silletos and had a vision of you! you should be the poster child for sexy heels!!! you go girl!

Grandy said...

You truly are a class act, OHMommy!! I loved ALL your answers. But mine especially, of course. ;)

 

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