Well, turns out I'm a little weirder than you all expected because nobody answered every question correctly.
Don't feel too bad about yourself though, it was a toughie one.*
*do you watch The Voice? Did you notice when Shakira said "it's a toughie one" ? Justin and I died laughing because she was so cute about getting it wrong.
And now: The Explanations.
The correct answers are in purple!
1. As a child, I wore a watch and thought:
a. a small ant worked inside of it and would turn the dials. I would leave crumbs for him at the dinner table, and remove my watch, so he could eat.
Yes, unfortunately this is true. I couldn't figure out how the watch could possibly work without having something in there turning it. This also reminds me that I thought an Abe Lincoln-sized man stood in stop light poles and would switch the lights when it was time.
Ironically, I did NOT think that the people on tv were within it. It was just my watch and stop lights that I got hung up on.
b. the time would only change if I looked at it. So, anytime I wouldn't be looking at my watch, it would just remain on the time when I previously looked at it.
c. when my watch died it would also be when I died
2. The pet I most wanted when I was in elementary school was:
a. a kitten named "baby kate"
b. a monkey named "crumbs"
I longed for a monkey and loved the name "crumbs" for it. Later in life, my sister said she wanted an animal and wanted to name it "crumbs" too--and when I told her I was the first one with this idea she denied it with every bone in her body. #tinyposer
c. a giraffe named "affey"
3. When I grew up I wanted to be:
a. a zoo-keeper
This should not be a shocker and I'm disappointed in everyone who didn't get this correct.
I'm just joking, I threw teacher and writer in there to throw you off. But I've always had a soft spot for animals and thought it would be pretty cool to work at a Zoo.
b. a teacher
c. a writer
4. In high school, I was on:
a. the pep club squad
b. the yearbook team
c. the cheerleading squad
Go Tigers Go! Ah, my cheerleading history was not lengthy. In fact, I only cheered for high school for 1 year and a small portion of my senior year (I quit because beauty school took more time than anticipated). I didn't have a lot of friends on the squad, but I liked the social aspect of it.
5. In college, the odd job I had was:
a. computer room assistant
b. radio dj
That's right folks, you're listening to 101.6 The Flying Dutchman radio! My friend Cas and I had a small radio spot of 2 hours from, like, 3-5p on the college radio channel. It did not pay in cash, but it did pay in laughter. We would host trivia challenges and the prizes would be stickers. Cas hated all of my music, but I hated all of hers so it was even. I'm pretty sure I got mad at her for not liking my tunes at one point, but I now realize that my typical song choice is not universally pleasing.
It was a lot of fun, and we both felt pretty cool doing our radio voice.
c. operator of the shuttle bus line AKA "the drunk people picker-uper"
6. In college, a classmate once told me:
a. I looked like a modern day dolly parton
b. I looked like a modern day june cleaver
This was a weird moment. I didn't know what to do with that information, but for some reason I never forgot that this kid said that.
c. I looked like a modern day lucille ball
7. As a child, I thought I could be on a talent show because:
a. I was double jointed in my thumbs
b. My veins in my right arm are so visible I could stop blood flow by pressing on my arm and then watch it continue as I let go
c. I had the little dipper laid out in freckles on my back
My mom would "tickle my back" as a child which was more along the lines of a light back scratch and at some point I believe she pointed out that I had the pattern of the little dipper made with freckles. I thought I was a child star in the making! Just imagine the things I can do with this feature!!!! I was sure that I'd be a hit on a game show for my "secret talent" but I never pursued it.
Then, one day, I was watching a show and a girl came out with a big dipper on her back in freckles. Once I recovered from this life shattering event, I realized that I was better off keeping my skill to myself and letting her shine.
*there is no skill in freckles forming a pattern, don't be confused.
8. As a young adult, I was convinced that I once saw:
a. an alien
b. a green ufo
I remember standing in my closet, on my step, to see out of my window. And suddenly, across the street, very high in the air. . .I saw it. A green ufo flew through the sky. My heart started pounding and I'm sure I ran and told my mom or brother and they did not believe me. They knew I was, ahem, a creative child.
I still have no idea what that was, but I distinctly remember seeing it.
c. an asteroid come flying toward the earth
9. In college, I considered this major before settling on philosophy:
Truthfully, I went through just about every major before settling on philosophy because I couldn't imagine doing anything but hair. In hindsight, a business or marketing degree would have been valuable, but hey--philosophy is cool too er whatever.
Teaching seemed like a good option since I enjoy teaching people things, but I quickly realized I pretty much only enjoy teaching hair-related things so a career teaching english may not be very fulfilling.
c. political science
10. Up until what age did I believe that "sniping" was a real thing?
I used to always believe everything I heard, and this was true with sniping, or snipe hunting. My uncle Jeff took my brother and I out into his yard to snipe one evening. He brought a paper lunch bag, and the three of us laid on the grass, doing some sort of call to attract the snipes. At one point, a snipe ran so fast into my uncles' paper bag that he tore a hole right through the back of it! Can you believe it? I sure did. For many years.
If no one tells you otherwise, don't you just continue believing? I'm fairly certain I learned of this "practical joke that everyone but Kate knows" just last year. I was both disappointed to learn the truth, and slightly embarrassed.
But you can be sure that I'll have Justin take our kids sniping.
So that's it! Those are the answers.
The winner, who received an 80% score first (so the first, highest score) is Steph Frank! Steph, check your email!
It was fun to see what some of you answered, so thanks to everyone who participated!