Today I’m doing #AskAwayFriday with Dana from Kiss My List.
I’ve been following Dana’s blog for almost as long as I’ve been blogging. If you haven’t met her yet you are in for a treat – she has such an honest and funny way of writing I feel like I know her through her blog, even though we haven’t met yet. From DIY projects that go right (and terribly wrong) to letters to her children, Kiss My List is a must-stop for me and I hope you take the time to visit Dana – after you read the questions she asked me below.
If you aren’t familiar, #AskAwayFriday is an exchange between two bloggers where they ask each other 10 questions. Good, bad or ugly – it’s a fun way to find out more about other bloggers and you can check out the hosts (listed below) for more #AskAwayFriday interviews.
Here are the questions Dana asked me:
You have kids who are active in sports. Were you into sports as a kid? What is your favorite sport to watch your kids play in? (Note I said favorite sport, not favorite kid!)
I was not into sports as a kid. I started dancing when I was three and stayed with that for about 10 years. Jr/Sr high were a mix of cheer, track and then a job. I’m probably more athletic as an adult than I was as a kid.
As for my kidsâ€¦itâ€™s hard to choose a favorite (sport I mean.) Itâ€™s fair to say whichever sport they are currently playing is probably my favorite. Each one â€“ soccer, football, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, dance and gymnastics, even flag football â€“ has something very exciting and fun about it. With the exception of hockey (which has a long season) everything else seems to go by so quickly, I wish the seasons could last a couple extra weeks.
You’ve talked about being a thinker, dwelling on things and figuring out what to do. Can you think of a time when you just acted instead of thinking things through first? How did it turn out?
Honestly, one of the biggest, yet least thought out decisions Iâ€™ve ever made was to move to Raleigh from NY with my (now) husband. He was moving back home (from Buffalo and a job he wasnâ€™t crazy about) and I said, â€œIf you come back we cannot stay here.â€
I donâ€™t even know why I said it.
I suggested we go to Raleigh because it was on the cover of Money Magazine as the best place in the country to live.
I didnâ€™t actually buy the magazine or read the article; I just saw the headline. Neither of us had ever been to Raleigh.
So you can see I did my due diligence.
For the next month we saved some money waiting tables, drove to Raleigh for a weekend, got an apartment and moved in two weeks later.
It turned out amazingly well. We lived there for 14 months. Gregâ€™s brother and his (now) wife moved in with us for a couple of weeks, got their own apartment and are still there almost 20 years later.
Greg had a former colleague from Buffalo look him up, urged him to come to Charlotte to work at First Union and the rest is really, history. He has had a great career and weâ€™ve had a great life. Weâ€™ve made lifelong friends and experienced things we never would have otherwise.
So from a random statement and the odd glance at a magazine came one of the best decisions I could have ever made.
YourÂ obsessionÂ Â admiration of George Clooney is well known. He’s now off the table though, so who is your runner up?Â
Ahh, donâ€™t believe it â€˜til you see it.
I think the whole â€œcrush on George Clooneyâ€ thing is hilarious. I know I started it and perpetuated it with those funny photos butâ€¦it started out really innocently.
May I tell you how? I put up a profile picture, I think for Halloween, of George and Julianna Marguiles circa their ER days. It was small, some people thought it was me. I thought it would be hilarious if it was me.
So I picked out a glamorous red-carpet photo and photo-shopped my head onto it. Iâ€™ve since improved it and made more photos but itâ€™s more for the humor than an actual crush.
Do I think heâ€™s great looking? Absolutely.
Is it the kind of crush I had on Shaun Cassidy as a 3rd grader? Fortunately, no. At least Iâ€™ve grown up a little.
To answer your question though, who is my runner up? Deacon Clayborne from Nashville. Heâ€™s totally #2. (please know that I am totally laughing out loud writing that!! I donâ€™t have a real crush on him either.)
You are a great amateur photographer. What kind of camera do you have? I am still trying to learn to shoot in manual mode; do you have any tips for me?
Thank you. I love taking pictures. I am a little bit obsessed with it.
My camera is a Canon 7D and I have three lenses I go between: a 50mm, an 18-200mm and a 70-300mm. I use all Canon lenses.
Itâ€™s hard to explain manual because there are so many variables. To figure it out myself I focused on shutter speed and understanding that particular function first (because I wanted good sports pictures). I would shoot at my kidâ€™s games and play around with different speeds, then started reading about aperture and what I could get from the different settings. So my suggestion would be to start with shutter speed â€“ you will see different results immediately and as you get familiar there you can switch into manual, set the shutter speeds where you want them and then play around with aperture.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher, a Broadway star, and a mom. What were your dreams as a kid, and have you fulfilled any of them?
I wanted to own a clothing store or be a teacher. I definitely did not want to have kids.
I work in marketing and have three kids so clearly something changed along the way.
Tell me something quirky about you.
Sound freaks me out. I should say too much sound. We went to Six Flags with the kids and itâ€™s loud without you realizing itâ€™s loud. When I went to bed that night I just kept hearing the noises of the park as if I were still there, it was so loud (in my head) that I couldnâ€™t sleep. It happens if Iâ€™m at a loud party, too. Too much sound is a stressor, it’s like being in a small room with a roaring engine that you can’t shut off.
I’m a fellow curly girl, so this question is completely self-serving. What hair products do you use? And do you embrace your curls, or do you fight them?
I definitely embrace the curls, Iâ€™m too lazy to fight them. It would take me forever to blow dry my hair straight and it always looks â€œroughâ€ so itâ€™s just not worth the effort.
The products I use and love for styling are Ouidad. I use their leave in conditioner and Tress Effects gel, rake & shake application method (you can see videos on their website) and thatâ€™s pretty much it. Very simple.
What is your favorite post ever?Â
That I wrote? I guess I would say (so far) itâ€™s my guest post for Eli at Coach Daddy. We were coming off a frustrating hockey season and I was kind of rant-y but I meant every word.
I also love my meltdown story, I think itâ€™s hilarious and sadly, itâ€™s true and speaks volumes about me.
Tell me your favorite: scent, sound, touch, and taste.
Sound: my kids laughing
Touch: a soft, fluffy blanket
Taste: lemon, garlic, butter and salt when itâ€™s cooking
I always end with a “Would You Rather?” Would you rather eat only one food (of your choice) for an entire year, or never be able to eat your favorite food again?
I would want to eat only one food for a year but I canâ€™t even imagine what it would be, maybe popcorn? I could make that salty or sweet at least. I realize it has no nutritional value but could you imagine eating only carrots for a year? Youâ€™d have an orange tint to your skin!
If I canâ€™t have something I obsess about it and want it even more so, I wouldnâ€™t want to give up my favorite food.