Today I’m taking a break from doodles and will be answering some questions that were asked as part of a blog award deal.
First off — thanks to Eric at All In A Dad’s Work and Katherine at Welcome to the Nursery for nominating me for the Liebster Award. And thanks to Steve at Steve Still Standing for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. It is much appreciated, and if you aren’t following these blogs already, then I suggest you click those links and do so. 🙂
I don’t usually do blog awards these days — although I definitely appreciate the thought — but I do have fun answering the questions. As such, I’m going to ignore all the award rules and focus on the questions that were asked.
First, the questions from Eric.
1. How do you re-energize?
I’m an introvert, so I have to find some time to myself to re-energize. Going out and being around people is draining — hell, being around my two children who talk incessantly is draining — so I need to find a quiet space and be alone with my thoughts to get back to normal.
2. What yearly salary would you consider “living comfortably”?
Hmm. Probably around $110,000. We can and do live on less, but hitting that number would give us the bump to pad our savings and to not have to worry about much of anything.
3. If you met Mother Theresa, what would you ask her?
“How do we get people to have more compassion?”
4. What ice cream flavor do you think your personality is like?
I never know how to answer this question, so I’m doing an ice cream flavor quiz to find out. Feel free to join me on this one.
I got vanilla. You’re tried and true, but far from plain. It’s the little things in life that make you happy — a good book, a nice day, or just spending time with the family. Yours is a life of utter content. I’d agree with that.
5. If your car had a super power, what super power would you like it to have?
To get to school on time, regardless of when we leave, so that my kid isn’t always getting tardies.
6. Do you have a plan for your blog for the long run?
Mostly just keep building it. I’d love to take some of the experiences I have with my kids and make a book out of it one day.
7. Is there a word you avoid using? A word you don’t like?
I don’t like words that are used for the sole purpose of being hurtful to someone.
8. Do you have a favorite word?
I love “fuck.” I don’t use it much on this blog or around most people so as not to offend (hey family members who read this blog — see the sacrifice I’m making?), but I love using it. It’s so versatile. I’m also a fan of most other curse words. Again, I try to be careful depending on who I’m around. And for anyone who might be inclined to say that cursing must mean someone doesn’t have anything to say or has a low intelligence, I’ll leave this right here. 😉
9. If we communicated by playing musical instruments, what instrument would you communicate with?
A kazoo. They’re so much fun!
10. Is there a time when something didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to, but in the end you were glad that it didn’t?
My life, I suppose. I was supposed to teach several years, get my master’s, and then have kids, but I ended up getting pregnant quickly after graduating from college/getting married (I graduated on week and got married two weeks later). The first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, but it made me realize how badly I wanted a kid and we got pregnant soon thereafter with Little Man. Sometimes I wish that things had gone according to original plan so we would’ve gotten off to a better start financially and so I’d have had a career (instead of just one year teaching and a bunch of freelance stuff for several years). But I wouldn’t be where I am now with the kids that I have now, so NO RAGRETS.
11. What’s the best piece of advice you would give a new blogger?
Find your voice. It’ll make you stand out from the crowd.
Now for the questions from Katherine.
1. What would you say you are best at?
Making people laugh. Sometimes it’s intentional and sometimes it’s not, but I can usually get a chuckle out of people.
2. What are you worst at?
Sticking with things. For reasons, I’ll start a project or work on a personal goal and be all gung-ho about it, and then that interest completely drops off and I’m done.
3. Say you can move anywhere in the country right now – where would you go?
Ashville, North Carolina. Mountains, close enough to the coast, only a three-hour drive from family, and — most importantly — it’d be cooler and less humid than where I am now.
4. Say you can move anywhere in the world right now – where would you go?
Sticking with my “cooler and less humid” mindset, northwest Spain. A quick Google search for “best climate” says that the summer temperatures rarely get outside of the 60s and 70s and that winter temperatures are usually in the 40s and 50s. This sounds like perfection.
5. What’s the longest piece of writing you’ve done? What was it for?
I have several half-finished books on my computer. (See question #2.) Outside of personal writing, I’m pretty sure there was a long paper — maybe 15 pages — due before graduating. That was 11 years ago, so my memory is fuzzy on the details.
6. Can you stand on your head? Your hands?
I can barely stand on two feet at times, so standing otherwise is out of the question.
7. If you could be an Olympic athlete, what sport would you choose?
I should probably go with something like gymnastics or swimming, since that’d mean being fit and all that, but I’m going with Ping pong. I’m pretty good at it, but the last time I played with my husband, he beat me and gloated about it. If I were good enough to be in the Olympics, then I’d surely kick his ass every time we play.
8. Ghosts – real or figments of our imagination?
I don’t believe ghosts exist in the traditional sense.
9. What’s in your heaven?
My family, books, good food, and no humidity.
10. If you were only allowed two condiments from now til death, what would you choose?
Ketchup and soy sauce.
11. Would you rather live in a desert or a rainforest?
Since I’m only doing the questions, I won’t be listing any facts about myself (I can barely think of five interesting things to say about myself, let alone 29 in total!), nor will I be nominating anyone. I will, however, invite anyone who made it to the end of this post to pick a couple questions from above and answer them below.