My pal, Christa, at Stories of a House passed on to me the “Life is Good Award”. How nice to come home from my weekend trip and see this in my inbox! (Yanet, don’t worry- my truths are also coming up this week, but I want to take pics of my beautiful sanddollars first!) So I have to answer some questions and pass it on…
1. If you blog anonymously are you happy doing it that way; if you are not anonymous do you wish you had started out anonymously so you could be anonymous now?
Nope. I don’t mind people knowing who I am, and that I am a real person. There are those who email me sometimes or comment that they wonder how I get so much done…. I don’t have any little minions working for me, and my children are not put to work (yet!). So it’s just me, and I am happy to know you and have you know me. And also, my housework is not always done, I let my husband do most of the cooking and laundry… and that’s how I get so much done!
2. Describe one incident that shows your inner stubborn side.
No, I won’t. Just kidding- um where shoudl I start? I have a feeling I could come up with a bazillion incidents. When we bought our new couch, my husband and I went back and forth because he preferred a different couch. We discussed it for about an hour or so in the store, sitting on each couch over and over. Finally, he said, “Look, we both know who’s going to win, so let’s just order yours and go.” Yes, that’s right. I almost always win. I am that stubborn.
3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?
Certainly I don’t look in the mirror and see a beautiful and flawless woman. I am flawed, I have cellulite, a few wrikles starting to settle into my face, a little extra chub around my hips, but mainly I see a woman I am proud of. I have worked hard to accept my body for what it is and me for who I am. I want my children to grow up comfortable in their skin, confident in their stride, and believing in themselves. So when I look in the mirror, I see the real me, and I lead by example, accepting what I see for what it is, flawed, imperfect, but beautiful in its own way.
4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?
Yes, I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain! (If we’re talking alcoholic)
Non-alcoholic would be diet coke. Like Christa, I’ve got a bad habit.
5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?
I love to go to the auction, thrift stores, barn sales, Homegoods, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Anthropologie. I also love to paint, naturally. When I am away from home and away from projects though and I can take time for myself, I prefer to spend it outdoors, hiking, biking, something active. If the weather isn’t agreeable though, you can find me with my feet up on a couch, a book in my hands, and a cup of coffee on the table.
6. Is there something you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?
I dream of opening a shop, like a real in an old home or storefront shop. I also dream of owning an arts and crafts bungalow.
7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever , the shy person, or always ditching?
I was mainly the overachiever, always raising my hands and talking…. I know some of you are rolling your eyes as I was “that girl”, but what can I say? I wanted good grades, and I actually cared! I also was a bit of a class clown in elementary and high school. My favorite prank was played in 6th grade when we first had our own calculators. My pal, Elena, and I would steal Brendan’s calculator and leave ransom notes on his desk.
8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment of your life what would you see?
I already did a post about thsi so I won’t go into detail, but when my mom realized just from her sense of me, that I had been raped. I think about that moment often because I pray that I have enough sense to always know my children as well as my own mom knew me, and to know automatically when something is wrong.
9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?
Well, I only have one true self, and it’s the one you see. I am a real person. I cry, I get angry, I laugh. I am a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a friend. I do all these things and play all these roles, but I am always me playing myself. There’s no one else in here. If you ever came to my house, I am sure that you would feel you already know me from this blog. And you know what? You’d be right!
10. If you had the choice to sit down and read or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?
Read. I love to read. I was an English and Communication major in college, and I love to discuss and disect books. I just read Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst this weekend while I babysat, and it was fabulous! If you are familiar with The Dogs of Babel, it’s the same author.
I am passing this award on to these talented, inspiring, and beautiful ladies.
Cathy at The Far Fifty
Lenore at Lather. Write. Repeat.
Sarah at Cozy. Cottage. Cute.
Sharon at Elizabeth & Co
Karen at Restyled Vintage
Kathie at A few Good Pieces