I have been participating in Finish the Sentence Friday for several months now. I love the prompts and I have connected with so many other wonderful bloggers by participating. However, I have recently been seeing many bloggers doing some Ask Away Friday posts in which they exchange questions with each other and then answer them in a blog post. I love reading these posts and learning more about my friends from the blogosphere, but was torn because of my love for Finish the Sentence Friday as well.
So, when Dana from Kiss My List emailed me and asked if I would like to COMBINE Finish the Sentence Friday and Ask Away Friday, I thought she was a genius and was immediately on board!
Honestly, I cannot even remember how I found Dana and her blog. I think it might have actually been through FTSF. She is also a contributing author to The Mother Of All Meltdowns, but I'm certain I knew her before that. We both have an affinity for planning and making lists. Plus we are actually going to be roomies at the BlogU conference in June!
Here are my answers to Dana's questions for me. To see the questions I gave her and read her answers, head over to her blog by clicking HERE!
|The old timey phone in the bottom right corner is the first one I ever got. It was a Christmas gift from my grandmother and it plays "Music Box Dancer."|
2. Tell me something quirky about yourself.
Well, here's something that I never thought of as quirky until I started dating my husband and it totally freaked him out. You won't understand unless you actually do it, though. If you sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you and the back of your knees pressed flat against the floor, can you bend your toes all the way straight down to touch the floor? I can. My husband says its weird and I have never found anyone else who can do it.
3. You and I are going to be roommates for Blog U in June. What kind of roommate will you be? Do you snore? I guess I should have asked that earlier! :)I will be wonderful roommate!! :-) I am an introvert by nature and sometimes a little uncomfortable when faced with meeting a large group of new people. However, I feel like I know many of the conference attendees even though I haven't met them in real life. I am NOT a party animal and I need my sleep to function. I am terrible with maps and directions, so might need some assistance there. According to my hubby, I only snore when I am pregnant and I can assure that will NOT be the case in June (or ever again)!
4. What are three things that you love to do, just for you?First on the list would be blogging. My family is supportive of it, but I'm not really sure they completely "get it." I love writing and I find inspiration in reading other blog posts as well. Plus, the connections I have made with others are so wonderful. I feel like I have a whole group of friends that I have never met, but who would still drop everything to help me out. I also love to shop. I don't do it that much because I always feel guilty for spending the money on myself. However, a new outfit or purse can do wonders to lift my spirits. The third would probably be listening to music. I rock out in my minivan and listen to the music I like even when my kids and my hubs don't like it so much.
5. Did you ever think about the genders of your future children when you were younger? Did you see yourself having three girls? What has surprised you about having three daughters?Ha! I did not see myself having three girls. I always wanted to be a mom, though, and planned to have two boys and then one girl. Obviously, we don't get to decide and I actually love having three daughters. I think what surprises me most is how different and unique they are. You might think that three children of the same gender raised by the same parents in the same house with the same rules, morals, etc. would be quite similar. However, all three of my girls are very different from each other in the personalities, their abilities, their interests, and their styles.
6. One of your New Year's resolutions is to read more. What type of books do you enjoy reading? Do you have any all time favorites?I like stories that have a little drama, a little romance, and a maybe a little history. I don't like SciFi or scary stories. I like love stories, but not too sappy or too trashy. Three of my all time favorites are Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts, Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls, and Fireproof by Wilson.
7. Do you miss teaching? Do you think you'll ever go back, or will you try something new?Is it bad if I say no, I don't miss it?? I used to teach special needs preschoolers and, when I was doing it, I loved it. However, I have been a SAHM for 11 years now and public school has changed so much. I don't think the kind of class I taught even exists anymore as it did then. While the job was very fulfilling in many ways, it was also draining emotionally because I became so attached to the kids I taught. I'm honestly not sure I could do it and, now, come home and have anything left for my own kids and husband. I am really working on my writing and finding fulfillment in that now. I am hoping to find ways to make that a new "career" of sorts, but I'm still figuring out how to make that happen. In the meantime, I'm going to be combing teaching and writing as I coordinate a creative writing club for kids at my oldest daughter's middle school during the next quarter. I'm nervous about teaching middle schoolers, but excited about sharing my love of writing with them.
8. You share with your readers the unique personalties of each of your girls. Who is most like you, and who is most like your husband?My oldest is most like me. She is stubborn, but creative. She's a planner, but often sees the big picture without considering the details. She is compassionate and loves younger children and animals. Yet, she is rather stoic and withholds her emotions. We have our differences and we butt heads occasionally, but we are very much alike in may ways. My middle one is most like my husband. She is a ball of energy and she loves to be silly. She is really good at math and puzzles. She almost always finds the positive in any situation and is not afraid to try new things.
9. If my family came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare? And what can I bring? Hmmmmm.. I like to cook, but my family is a conglomeration of picky eaters. If you were to come for dinner, we would probably grill steaks or chicken if the weather was good. We would likely add some baked potatoes, salad, and of course, dessert. If we had to be indoors, I would probably make lasagna. I wouldn't ask you to bring anything but yourself!
10. Let's end on something silly. My kids and I love to play "Would You Rather?" Let's play: Would you rather have hiccups for the rest of your life or feel like you have to sneeze, but can't (also for the rest of your life)? Credit goes to my daughter for that challenging question.My kids love "Would You Rather" too! That's a tough one. I already tend to sneeze a lot and, when I sneeze, it's not just once - it's like 5 or 6 times in a row. Therefore, I'd probably have to go with hiccups. They would definitely be annoying, but I'm already tired of sneezing! :-)
This was so much fun!! Big thanks to Dana for inviting me to participate!! Please head over to her blog and check out the answers she gave to my questions!