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Today I’m swapping with a blogger it seems everyone knows. She’s a little infamous for getting The Dose Girls to participate in an #AskAwayFriday – maybe her infamy is only in my mind but I love that she was able to convince them to swap with her. And then there was me…I’ve spent a good deal of time stalking NJ’s blog, A Cookie Before Dinner, and I’m going to recommend you do the same. Fun, friendly and really funny – who wouldn’t enjoy a little of that in their lives. Below are the hard-hitting (no joke) questions NJ asked me, once you’ve read my answers – hop over to visit with NJ and read her answers to the incredibly well-thought-out and provocative questions I asked her.
You were at BlogU last weekend, what is the biggest thing you took away and how are you going to turn that into action for your blog?
The biggest thing I took away: if you want to make any money from your blog you have to treat it like a business. A real business. I work in marketing and it’s a little crazy how much overlap their is between my personal endeavor with the blog and the professional skills I use daily. After listening to one of the presentations I was wondering how I hadn’t seen it so clearly before. Because, duh!
So that. And this:
I have a similar pull towards my hometown that you do in your post titled Home. When are you headed there this year? What do you think pulls you there? Why doesn’t it pull your husband the same way?
Because I’m immature and dwell in the past. He lives in the present.
I’m kidding. I think. I love going to catch up with friends and to see my parents. I always try to see my nieces and nephews, my brother and sister. It’s easy, my family and Greg’s family all live close so there’s a lot of family to visit and hang out with. I honestly don’t know why Greg doesn’t have that pull. He’s always busy and always working… it probably drives him crazy to be doing nothing there when there is so much to do here.
Where is “So, I’ve Been Thinking…” headed for the second half of 2014? Do you have any bigger projects or goals you’re working towards?
I’ve been thinking a lot since BlogU and trying to figure out what my commitment is…and can be. I’ve rearranged some personal things for the summer which should ultimately allow me to blog more. I think the best goal I could set for every aspect of my life (not just the blog) would be time management. I’m working on it.
You and Michelle (A Dish of Daily Life) were friends before you were blog friends. How did you guys meet?
I met Michelle 10 years ago on the first day of pre-school for her youngest and my oldest. It is a moment I will never forget…but I’m swapping #AskAwayFriday questions with her next week so I’ll spill “all of the beans” then. Stay tuned…
If you had 4 hours of free time (no demands from your family, the house is clean, the bills are paid, and dinner is taken care of), what would you do with yourself?
Only 4 hours? It probably depends on these variables:
– if I’m alone and it’s sunny…I’m going to the beach or sitting in my back yard to lay in the sun, read and listen to music
– if I’m alone and it’s raining…I’m messing around with my pictures, editing, making photo gifts, organizing. Or I’d nap. That’s highly likely.
– if I’m with my family…we’d probably go to the beach and I would take pictures, lay in the sun and listen to music.
I am in the middle of raising tiny humans. Your tiny humans are now midsize humans. What tiny human traits do they still have now that they’re older. Do you feel these to be a character flaw that they’ll need to overcome to be successful grownups or do they add to their personality?
I think they are all very similar to how they were as babies and tiny humans. Tris has always liked your full, undivided attention. She loves to talk, tell you stories, and she doesn’t miss a thing; Teronis has always been calm, watchful and competitive. Scar has always been friendly. He is an easy person to get along with and people seem to like him right off the bat.
I’m sure I’m biased, I could overanalyze and detail you to death about how each trait is a plus and a minus but I’m going with…they are all going to be fine. Each of them will figure it out and use their strengths and weaknesses to reach their goals despite inevitable setbacks. I truly believe they will all be good.
I’m coming to your town! What are we going to do and see?
It’s likely I would invite a bunch of girlfriends over and we’d have apps and drinks (including seltzer, or your drink of choice) and you would get to meet all of the fun and hilarious and incredible friends I have here. I could take you to the beach or rent a boat or go out to a restaurant or to the town green but the most fun would be meeting my friends. Trust me.
What is on your nightstand? Bonus points for a picture?
Not a chance I’m sharing a picture.
I will tell you about it. I have a book (The Language of Flowers that I need to return to a friend). I have an empty bag of cough drops and a full bag of cough drops. There are about 12 kleenex/papertowels because I carry one with me almost constantly and usually drop it there before I sleep (although I have woken up with one still in my hand.) A half-full glass of water. My iPad and a flashlight Â – which may be listed last but are in no way least important. You will need serious help if you take my iPad or flashlight from my nightstand and put them somewhere causing me to have to look for either one. I need to read before sleeping and I will hunt you down and wake you up if you’ve taken my stuff. Not. Even. Joking. Ask Greg or the kids.
I know that your boys would say that their favorite sport is whatever one they’re playing. However, do they excel at one over another? As they get older, can you still see them being multisport athletes or do you think think they’ll focus their time and attention one just one?
All three of the kids are pretty decent athletes. I think that’s why each sport is a favorite because they are challenged and learning and offering something to each team they are on. I think they will all still be multi-sport athletes. Unless they start focusing on one in the summer or add a winter program (which would probably be lacrosse – but even as I write that I could argue the same for hockey and football.)
Sometimes I can’t wait for high school, primarily so Tris can have an opportunity to concentrate on one sport at a time. She plays soccer 3 seasons but loves to dance and do gymnastics, both of which take a backseat to soccer. I’d like to see her give either one of those a fair shot – just to see what she could do with some time to focus on them.
I am just starting to really fall in love with my big girl camera. I know that you’re already in love with yours. What is the next lens on your wishlist? Also? Share a few recent favorite photographs!
The next lens on my wish list is a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens. Specifically for sports pictures. I want a higher zoom than the one I have now and I want clearer photos when I’m at one end of the field shooting the action on the other end.
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What would your answers be? Would you be brave enough to photograph your nightstand?
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