As a way to continue my birthday week festivities, I decided to put together a series of questions about myself to quiz my family on how well they know my newly 28 year old self.
Going into the quiz, my brother, Troy (who is 7 ½ years younger than me) was feeling extremely confident. He was the one sitting on the couch and rounding everybody up so we could start.
“I got this,” he said.
“Oh gosh,” said most everyone else.
1) When listening to music in my car, what volume do I like it set at?
The correct answer: 30
*entire living room is silent*
Me: Would it help if told you the maximum volume of my car is 45?
My family, collectively: Yeah, okay, that helps a little, I guess.
Troy (smiling): 17 (my favorite number)
Me: Very cute guess, but no.
Natalee (my sister): 30
Mom: I put 14, but I don’t really pay attention where I set it.
Me: Where you set it?
Me: Mom, this is a quiz about me. (Lol)
Mom: Oh, that’s right! Yeah, I have no idea.
Dad: I was going to say 17 as well, but I thought that would be too low so I went with my favorite number at 28.
2) At age 14, which celebrity crush did I print out pictures of and tape to my wall?
The correct answer: Chad Michael Murray
Troy: How is this question fair, I was barely cognizant!
Dad: Let’s see, 14…hmm
Troy: I mean, come on, I was four! Or six. Or something! I need an extra second on this one.
*gives him a few more seconds*
Troy: Leonardo DiCaprio
Mom: I wrote down Lance Bass but now I think I’m wrong…
Dad: Aaron Carter?
Mom (whispering): Is it that boy from One Tree Hill?
Natalee: Sean Faris?
Me (nodding to my mom): Chad Michael Murray
Mom: DANG IT! I want to change my answer. Can I change my answer? I knew it. Do I get a point for that one?
Troy: I’m standing by the fact that I was six.
Mom: 1 (judges ruled she got the point)
3) Besides my wallet and my phone, name four items I always have in my purse.
The correct answer: various
Troy: I have two that I’m very confident in, one that I’m 50/50, and then I need one more.
Mom: I nailed this one
Natalee : Me too. Woah, dad, you are focusing so hard.
Dad: I’m trying to think.
Troy: Okay, chapstick, sunglasses, birth control, and, I’m not confident in this one, but, like, makeup stuff.
Me: No makeup stuff, but everything else is correct.
Dad: A flashlight, sunglasses, hair tie/clip, chapstick
Me: No flashlight, and I only ever keep a hair tie on my wrist but…
Dad: Well, you should carry a flashlight.
Mom: Keys, chapstick, writing notebook, and a pen
Natalee: Sunglasses, chapstick, keys, notebook
Me: Also correct!
4) Which side dish will I often order at a new restaurant, just to see what it tastes like?
The correct answer: Mac n’ cheese.
Dad: Yeah, I think we’re all gonna nail this one.
Troy: If I’m wrong I’m going to be surprised.
Mom: Again, I’m stuck between two…but this time I’m going to go with my second guess…so, sweet potato fries.
*I shake my head*
Dad, Troy, & Natalee: Mac n’ cheese.
Mom: I wrote that down too. Look! Look at my notepad, I wrote that down too. Darnit!
5) What was my biggest fear growing up?
The correct answer: Being kidnapped
Natalee: Again, easy.
Dad: Okay, I have a strange answer, but then I think I had something similar, so I’m going to say falling in the toilet?
Troy: The dark?
Mom & Natalee (confident): Getting kidnapped.
Mom: Although falling in the toilet is a common fear for kids that are potty training…
6) Up until recently, what was my go-to Subway order?
The correct answer: Footlong oven roasted chicken on flatbread with tomatoes & honey mustard
Troy: Okay, none of these questions have fallen into the Troy sweet zone. I don’t even remember going to Subway with you in the past three years.
Mom: I can’t remember the name of the chicken, but I wrote down chicken footlong with wheat flatbread, toasted, with American cheese.
Me: Is that it?
Mom: Um, and then that mustard you like. Not hone—WAIT NO: HONEY! Honey mustard! And then you don’t like lettuce, so…that’s all.
Natalee: All of that, and then add tomatoes.
Dad: Oven roasted chicken on flatbread with no cilantro
Troy (quietly): I put meatball marinara.
7) I wear the same necklace every day, what shape is the pendant on it?
The correct answer: a “V”
Dad: An angel
Mom: Lightning bolt
8) What word do I use to describe a beer that would otherwise be described as “hoppy”?
The correct answer: “sticky”
Natalee (to my dad): You know this one!!
Troy: Wait, this isn’t fair! I can’t even drink beer yet.
Me: You’ve sat next to me while I’ve drank a beer so many times. And I say this about so many beers.
Troy: I tune out when you talk about beer!
Mom, Dad, & Natalee: Sticky.
Troy: Yeah, no. I put dirt or like…grass.
Me (being a brat): Mmm, I love this beer. Tastes like grass.
*Troy stays quiet*
9) Where is my birthmark?
The correct answer: My left middle finger
Troy: Do we really have to write this one down?
Me: No, go ahead and just show me.
*everyone waves their left hand at me*
10) What do I buy from every new place I visit?
The correct answer: a postcard
Mom: I got it.
Troy: This feels very generic answer but, postcard?
11) What is my favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink?
The correct answer: Dirty Shirley & chocolate milk
Troy: Yeah, I don’t know about alcoholic, but for non alcoholic, I’m gonna say lemonade.
Mom: Dirty Shirley and chocolate milk.
Natalee: Dangit, she’s right, but I put chocolate milk and Shocktop because we were just talking about beer.
Dad: Yeah, I put Shocktop and water.
Me: To be fair, I do love all of those things.
12) What is the first blog post I ever got published?
The correct answer: The Juice Cleanse
Troy: OH! Wait, no, I don’t think that’s right.
Dad: Was your first one on that mommy site?
Natalee: The 40 Penises of Freshman Year.
Mom: Was it the one about Mr. Day?
Troy: The one with the girl from Jane the Virgin?
Me: *shakes my head politely while soaking in a brief moment of pride*
13) Growing up, I was obsessed with a specific musical instrument. However, upon reaching middle school, taking a band class and getting the chance to play it, I quickly realized that I hated it. What instrument was this?
The correct answer: The flute
Troy: I know this! Yes! I know this one!
Mom, Dad, Natalee and Troy: the flute.
Me: Yeah, the flute SUCKED.
15) Which physical feature of mine was I not born with?
The correct answer: My dimple
My family, collectively (laughing): your “dimple”.
*Note: It’s actually a dent. I was dancing in socks on hardwood floor and I slammed my cheek into the corner of my family’s living room hutch.
Name three phrases I say all the time
(This one was based on curiosity more than anything)
Mom: Wonky, shitty, barnacles
Natalee: The word “incorrect”
Dad: Oh snap.
Me: Do I say, “oh snap?”
Natalee: I think you did in like 9th and 10th grade. Oh and you said, “that’s provocative.”
Dad (in a 14 year old Kim voice): Scandalousssss!
Me (cringing): Oh my gosh, 14 year old me was awful.
Troy: Okay, I’m just realizing this has been unfair. They (pointing at my parents) see you at work and you live with her (points at my sister).
Troy: Okay, okay, no. I have a question. What’s the correct way to turn off the volume of the TV when you and Kim want to play video games and listen to music?
(my family starts to answer but Troy interrupts)
Troy: You turn the television volume down to zero. You DO NOT push mute because then the word “mute” shows up in the bottom right corner of the screen and that bugs her.
Don’t worry, Bub, I know you know me. ❤