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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Getting Personal...

I love reading Meg Dickinson's "Getting Personal" profiles in The News-Gazette each Sunday.  Meg is asking local bloggers to answer her "Getting Personal" questions.

Name, Age, Town of Residence. 
Kerry Rossow, 22 39, Champaign, Illinois
Profession: Explain in one sentence what it is you do. 
I get to enjoy the art studio at Montessori Habitat School by day and I write a blog (HouseTalkN) in between soccer practices and baseball games by night!
What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?
It depends on my level of will power to get up and run! Somewhere in the 5:30-6:00 range.  Run or no run- both ways end with coffee, lots of coffee.
What did you have for lunch today? Where? With whom?
I had tomato, basil and mozzarrella salad at Montessori Habitat School where a student taught me to say
Best high school memory.
I loved basketball- everything about it.  Loved my team, loved my coach, and most importantly, loved beating those Spartans!  Ok, it only happened once and I might be 22 39 but I will cling to that victory as long as I live.
Tell me about your favorite pair of shoes.
I have a pair of black and white Oxford/Saddle shoes that my husband calls my "clown shoes."  Love, love, love them.
What does a perfect Sunday afternoon include?
 I love a family walk.  (Perfect time to lookiloo at houses!)
Was there one book you read as a child that you still cherish? Own? Read?
I just gave my son To Kill A Mockingbird for Christmas. Re-reading it as a parent was a totally different read!
Where on earth are you dying to go? Why?
Any beach, anytime.  Lazy days on a beach, yukking it up with my family.
Tell me about your favorite pet.
Two weeks after we bought our house and long before we had children,  I surprised my husband with the best dog ever- Shelby. If you look at our family scrapbooks, Shelby is part of the landscape of each birthday, holiday and milestone.  Sometimes, it's just a blur of a golden tail whizzing past, but it's there.    She has been gone for two years and we still tell "Shelby, The Best Dog Ever" stories.
Have you discovered as you matured that you are becoming like one of your parents? Which one and how?
When I am putzing around the yard, talking to myself or my plants, I realize that I am my father's daughter. Yesterday, I heard my mother's voice come out of my mouth when I told my son "Your room looks like a bomb went off!"
What would you order for your last meal?
Blackberry pie with a chocolate bar on the side.
What can you NOT live without?
Coffee, lots of coffee!
Who do you have on your iPod?
Silly girl, I don't have an iPod.
What’s the happiest memory of your life?
When I finally beat my husband in a game of one on one basketball. (He will beg to differ!)  
Seriously, the 5 people in my house make me crazy happy.
If you could host a dinner party with any three living people in the world, whom would you invite?
My son is sitting here and thinks I should answer Michael Jordan. I'll throw in Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi just for the fireworks!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don't take yourself too seriously.
What’s your best piece of advice?
Don't take yourself too seriously.
What was your first job, and how much did you make an hour?
I babysat for 2 bucks an hour and thought I was rolling in the dough! (It paid for my first pair of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans!)
What was a pivotal decision in your career, and how did you arrive at that decision?
This summer, I started my blog, HouseTalkN, after my sister said, "Do it already, ya big chicken."
Do you have a bad habit? What is it?
I talk too much...if there is an awkward silence I will fill it with inappropriate humor.
How do you handle a stressful situation?
I fill it with inappropriate humor.


  1. Love these - thanks so much for participating!

  2. It's great to getting to know you better! I, too had serious love for my Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, and I usually need an i.v. of coffee straight to my veins in the mornings!

  3. you want to be my daughter...we could go for long walks and dish about houses and other peoples decorating:) Oh and yes, my ADD causes my humor to sometimes go under appreciated !

  4. I know this post is old hat, but that image is on my business card holder.

    Just sayin'...

    1. My SIL found this metal picture for me- this hangs in my kitchen!


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