Survey Says…

I saw this survey on Lori’s blog and bravely decided to try it here. I had to reign Todd in on a couple of his answers because this is a family show.

1. What is something I always say to you?
Taylor: Stop.
Katie: I’m just sayin’.
Todd: (To the kids) Are you running a fever or are you throwing up?

2. What makes me happy?
Taylor: When I stop.
Katie: Coffee.
Todd: The yummy coffee that I make you.

3. What makes me sad?
Taylor: When I don’t stop.
Katie: Not having coffee.
Todd: When you can’t find your happy place.

4. How do I make you laugh?
Taylor: By threatening me when I don’t stop.
Katie: How don’t you make me laugh? Saying stupid stuff.
Todd: When you say silly things, but mean it seriously.

5. What was I like as a child?
Taylor: Probably pretty annoying.
Katie: Weird? I don’t know! I didn’t know you as a child.
Todd: Cute.

6. How old am I?
Taylor: Oh my goodness.
Katie: 23.
Todd: 80.

7. How tall am I?
Taylor: Not very.
Katie: 6’1”. Do you want to be 6’1”? Maybe 5’8”. Is that good?
Todd: 5’4”. (Close. I’m 5’3″.)

8. What is my favorite thing to do?
Taylor: Read.
Katie: Write. No, no, no. Blog.
Todd: To sit in your living room with a cup of coffee and your book/computer.

9. What do I do when you’re not around?
Taylor: I don’t know. I’m not around.
Katie: Sing badly.
Todd: Spend too much time on the computer.

10. If I become famous, what will it be for?
Taylor: Writing a book.
Katie: Writing or speaking.
Todd: For the book that shall remain nameless. I’m tired of bugging you about that.

11. What am I really good at?
Taylor: Taking pictures.
Katie: Talking.
Todd: Humor.

12. What am I not very good at?
Taylor: The quiet game.
Katie: Making jokes.
Todd: Sympathy.

13. What do I do for my job?
Taylor: Play solitaire.
Katie: You work as an assistant to Kelly.
Todd: You play with Kelly and all them.

14. What is my favorite food?
Taylor: Anything you don’t have to make.
Katie: Chocolate.
Todd: Mexican.

15. What makes you proud of me?
Taylor: That you didn’t die.
Katie: Accomplishing so much. (When I questioned what she meant she said getting through chemo and everything else that comes with having cancer.)
Todd: Being a breast cancer survivor.

16. If I were a cartoon character, who would I be?
Taylor: Elmer Fudd.
Katie: Belle from Beauty and the Beast because you tamed Daddy and she likes to read.
Todd: Cruella. What answer are you looking for? Oh! I know! Booboo!

17. What do we do together?
Taylor: Fill out ridiculous surveys.
Katie: We laugh together and we sing together.
Todd: We talk. We have nice discussions.

18. How are we the same?
Taylor: Name anything.
Katie: We’re both funny.
Todd: We both are deep thinkers. (huh? I thought I was shallow.)

19. How are we different?
Taylor: I’m a dude.
Katie: You’re my mother.
Todd: I’m a fixer and you’re not.

20. How do you know I love you?
Taylor: Because you tell me every now and then.
Katie: Because you laugh at my really bad jokes and you pull me back to reality.
Todd: Because you tell me.

21. Where is my favorite place to go?
Taylor: Pretty places.
Katie: To the beach because it reminds you of your childhood. Wait. Anywhere with me!
Todd: Barnes and Noble with a Starbuck’s.


  1. Lori on March 15, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    OK, srsly. Jeff and Taylor were separated at birth, right? He’s a crackup.I love this one – it made me sigh a lovely sigh. They love you so much.15. What makes you proud of me?Taylor: That you didn’t die.Katie: Accomplishing so much. (When I questioned what she meant she said getting through chemo and everything else that comes with having cancer.)Todd: Being a breast cancer survivor.

  2. His Girl on March 16, 2009 at 12:31 am

    i love how sarcastic your family is… our families would blend well! so husband would be incapable of keeping that PG. I am afraid I can’t to read, friend!

  3. Lynilu on March 16, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Taylor’s answers are what I would get from my son. He’s going to be 45 next month. Don’t hope for much change. Jus’ sayin’! LOL!

  4. Jenster on March 16, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Lori – The Jeff/Taylor thing – I know! Right?His Girl – There was a lot of glaring and, “I’m not putting that.”Lynilu – Oh man!

  5. Rosie on March 16, 2009 at 9:58 am

    This was so great to read all three responses at once. Loved it.

  6. Lainey-Paney on March 16, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Awww….I loved that!

  7. Sing4joy on March 16, 2009 at 11:55 am

    That was fun! Even made me snort out loud once or twice. Still waiting for the photo collage of great light experimentation.

  8. Becky on March 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Barnes & Noble and Starbucks…I KNEW we were kindred spirits, lol.

  9. The Daily Bee on March 16, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    LOL – I love this. I think Taylor might be my favorite blog guest ever. HILARIOUS KID!And the whole PG thing – I had a feeling there may have been different answers. LOLI just may play too.

  10. beans on March 16, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Awe . . .very nice . . .and SOOO your family!ps–my verification word sounds like a disease . . .hygosive

  11. Jenster on March 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Rosey and Lainey – Thanks!S4J – Patience, my young padiwan (or however you spell that)Becky – Well, yeah!!Deb – Taylor is subtly funny, Todd’s a man, and I definitely think you should!Beans – You got that right! And I know a guy who knew a guy with hygosive.

  12. Diane L. Karchner on March 16, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Wow! What a great tribute to a great mom and wife – you guys are the cutest family!

  13. Gretchen on March 16, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I have no idea how my comment got eaten, but I really liked this. Katie is an acorn off your tree. My!

  14. Jenster on March 17, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Diane – That’s what I WANT you to think!Gretchen – Yes she is!

  15. whimzie@Snoodlings on March 18, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I jumped over from a blog I read. I was going to comment on the answers I really love but I really love so many of them!

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