I’m so excited to participate in the CDP Exchange again, here are some short and long questions and answers so you can get to know me better if you don’t already!
What is your favorite color?
Blues and greens and deep plum purple. I like more muted earth tone colors. The only colors I DON’T like are neons and pastels.
What is your favorite season?
Fall (see longer answer below) and a hypothetically perfect winter-snow, cold but not frigid temps, no ice, roaring fireplaces.
What is your favorite treat?
Oh man. I drink an INSANE amount of coffee, I enjoy many adult beverages (BEER!!! GIN!! WINE!!), chocolate, cookie butter, chips…I’m also a carb addict. I’ve been trying to make healthier food and portion choices, so not too many delectable treats.
What is your favorite scent?
I like fresh, clean scents: Lemon verbena is a good one. I also enjoy some flowery scents as long as they aren’t too heavy. There’s this scent I think is to die for, Pink-Pepperpod by Moulton Brown.
What is your favorite ice cream coping mechanism?
Anything chocolate. Brownie based, caramel swirls, PB pieces or swirls…all GOOD. I still need to check out some of the Ben & Jerry’s Core flavors.
What do you like to do in your free time moments?
Read, nap, organize things (please note this is different than cleaning for me) running, cooking (which again is different than the food prep slog I do all.damn.day. with the children in the house). I got a sewing machine for Christmas and I’d like to find some fun projects to work on, and I’d love to start knitting again and learning more than just the knit and purl stitches. I like chatting with my friends, drinking coffee, admiring others’ crafty ventures.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway?
Unloading the dishwasher, especially the silverware drawer. Getting up in the morning, as I’m not a morning person.
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something frivolous for yourself, what would you buy?
Makeup? Jewelry? Shoes? It depends on how much the amount was. I hit 30 and it’s like my body decided to start the aging process in full force, so I’m suddenly taking an interest in things like anti-aging creams and makeup so I don’t look so haggard. I’d say books, but I have a pile of over 100 to work through, so I’m trying to be on a book-buying hiatus. Pens! I love pens! Home decor stuff, craft supplies, clothes. I’ve bought one of those Fab Fit Fun boxes recently (similar idea as the CDP, really) and was super pleased with the items. I’m thinking next time I have extra money I might do the PopSugar Must Have box.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office?
Not really. I’m actually making an effort this year to work on some decor. Our office has sort of a nature theme. I’m partial to MCM design styles. I love clean lines and the uncluttered look.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt’s Bees, horses, cats, fairies, unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc….)
Beer and gin and wine. Penguins. Books. Spill-proof coffee mugs. My close friends. Tote bags and pouches and notebooks and washi tape and organizing things (really. Can I organize your closets?).
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.)
A book light. I love to read late into the night, but the light bothers my husband. I’d sometimes get up to go read elsewhere, so the light wouldn’t bother him. He randomly got a book light for me one time so I could read amid the comfort of my bed (one of my favorite places).
What was your favorite food when you were a child? Probably baked potatoes or pickles. I was VERY picky as a kid (I’m not anymore though. I LOVE to eat A LOT of different things), so I really didn’t have much variety. The pickles thing is funny, though. My best friend in elementary school loved pickles as well, so during sleepovers we would dip pickles in ketchup as a snack.
What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? Probably any song by Damien Rice or the Weepies. I went through a really bad break-up that DR helped me get through, and then a handful of years later was in that embarrassing emo stage where one minute I would want a happy song, and the next a sad, and the Weepies fit the bill perfectly. Our wedding favor was a mix CD, and we actually included a Weepies song on there. Also Ryan Adams,Ben Folds, Ben Harper, Megan Trainor and Taylor Swift as of late, and we just got tickets to see DMB this summer!
What is one of your favorite quotes? “Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.”
-Dickens, Great Expectations I spent MANY years of my life being told by many people that I was too sensitive or that I had thin skin. Both true things. However, I’m finally at the point in my life that I’ve accepted who I am, and really value how my emotions shape me. I spent a few years trying to not cry or be as emotional, and I was basically pretending to be someone other than myself.
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Indoor: Reading, hands down. That and sleeping, I suppose. Outdoor: I used to be a fairly avid runner, but that’s a rare occurrence these days with the kids and not a lot of baby sitting options and a crazy busy spouse.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Cleaning the toilets, emptying the silverware out of the dishwasher, and constantly having to hound my family members to pick their clutter up off the damn floors! (I found a 18 hour old bath towel in my stepdaughter’s closet on the floor, stinking up the joint, and I’m always moving my husband’s razor back to the bathroom from the oddest places)
What is your favorite form of exercise? Running. I ran cross-country in HS and since then, it’s always the most effective way that I can push myself, get healthier, or burn stress. I find I somewhat enjoy some Jillian videos, but I can’t take too much repetition.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? I’m a fall person all the way. I HATE summer humidity, and there are so many things about fall that just make me so cheery. The cool weather, the drinks (cider!), tailgating season, chunky sweaters are all part of my happy place. Month? Probably May. My husband is an accountant, so we spend the months before in a complete whirlwind. May seems a slow-motion month, and I am better at remembering to really enjoy how important time is for all the good things in life.
What’s your least favorite mode of transportation? Biking. This is only because I live in a suburban area, so imagining a bike as an actual mode of transportation is slightly horrifying.
What is your favorite body part? My hair and my eyes. I’m a natural loose-curled brunette, and I seem to live in the land of ‘straight blondes are where it’s at’ so I like that it is a visual reminder to people that I’m different. I have very deep brown eyes, which isn’t especially common either, it seems. From the time I was a young kiddo, I get so many compliments on how gorgeous my eyes are (thank heavens, I hope it draws them away from the acne I think I’ll never rid myself of)
What sound do you love? I love the sound of waves lapping and waves hitting the shore. I’m a Pisces, and LOVE the water. I also find the sound of the El trains in Chicago quite comforting. I went to school in the north suburbs before I failed out/got super depressed, and visited the city quite often. The clanking on the tracks, the hustle and bustle of people…it all reminds me of being a small speck in a giant world. I would always get so giddy standing on the platform as the train would approach, and the gust of wind would flurry my hair and made me feel so alive.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? I’d pay off all our debts, and give my little brother some money. Then, I’d go back to finish school and get my degree. I finally have intellectual pursuits I feel passionate about, and I want to show my kids that finishing something you believe in is vital character development, and I also want to enrich and contribute to my community in better ways. Then I’d do all the silly adult things, such as money for college for the kids, investments, retirement planning (I’m a worry wart and grew up with fiscally unsound parents, so I’m trying to break that cycle). At that point, I’d think about a new house on some land, so we had room to run and play, and so I could have some bad-ass chickens to hang out and produce eggs for me. My lottery splurge? Either a vacation property in Hawaii or Colorado. Or both!
If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavor, what would it be? Animal: Penguin. I don’t know the reasoning of how it came to be, but forever now I’ve been pretty convinced they are the most phenomenal animal alive. Drink: Hmmm…so many choices! Maybe a spiked, warm, apple cider? Ice Cream: I’m a chocolate addict. Think Ben & Jerry’s Brownie Batter, but with more chocolaty chunks thrown in.
If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be? Maybe not the best answer, but I’d want to be able to not only know what someone else was thinking, but why.My brain seems to work SO differently than everyone else, I wish I could peek inside their brain and understand their process. I like to be able to understand everything, so man would this help me worry about so many less things (at least, hypothetically it would. Realistically, I know I would probably end up even more confused).
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Two of my favorite books ever are Little Women, and The Giver. I always identified with Jo growing up, because I’ve always been a voracious reader. Asher, on the other hand, is burdened with so much but has such insight into how things could be different. I don’t profess to have his wisdom (nor will I ever) but it always reminds me to think critically about lots of different situations, and that sometimes dissent can be a wonderful thing (as well as differences, but that’s obvious).