Because Why Not?

And that’s exactly what Lea Grover wrote about answering these 15 random facts/questions about yourself.

It’s a bit silly because they aren’t really facts, so much as questions. Right? And I really do love this method of old school blogging in which we answer memes. The original memes. They’re more like questionnaires. Sometimes it’s so indulgent and maybe a bit vain to write them and think people want to read them, but you know what?? Someone out there does! Hi, Mom. Also, when people post them, I totally read them. So since I find people to be endlessly fascinating, maybe someone out there finds me endlessly fascinating? Someone? Anyone? In fact, I wrote five fun facts about myself this morning. It was hard!

Fun fact: I still have this outfit:

Five Fun Facts About Me:

1 – Doesn’t own ONE pair of solid-colored socks. They are all zany and colorful and magical.
2 – Has traveled all over the United States specifically for moose and landscape photography.
3 – Identifies strongly as a Ravenclaw. Used to want to be Gryffindor, but that’s a big NOPE.
4 – Moved all the way across the country twice in two years, which isn’t recommended at ALL.
5 – Is a SuperTaster. It’s not always the easiest way to eat, but feels like a superpower too!

You’re welcome for that. You’re welcome for this. Feel free to answer one in the comments or blog your own answers!

1 – Do you make your bed? I mean, sort of vaguely. I guess? Cassidy sometimes makes it super pretty for me. I definitely pull up the covers so I’m going to say that there’s some effort involved but no hospital corners or anything.

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2 – What’s your favorite number? It’s always been four. It’s because everything good happens in threes (like I probably had three crushes at once in 6th grade, if we’re being honest) and then there’s one for good luck. Just like a good birthday cake.

3 – What is your dream job? I sort of have it and sort of don’t. It’s because dreams change. They get bigger and smaller and also take on forms you never knew existed. I have spent my life wanting to be a photographer and writer. I am both. That said, maybe I thought I’d be a world famous photographer or an author, rather than a book co-author. Well, author is author, but I digress. I didn’t know what journalism would be like or that supporting myself and helping to support my family and having my photographs on many people’s walls, just not everyone’s, is all ok. Did I think I’d write sponsored posts? No. I would have thought that was selling out. Now I know it’s not. It’s important to me to retain a lot of my “me-ness”, though.

Sometimes I get a little lost or I get bad advice or I give it. I’m still in here, though.

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4 – If you could, would you go back to school? I was just telling our close family friend that I still have anxiety dreams that I’m late to school or that I have finals coming up but I haven’t gone to the class all semester. Or multiple classes. And sometimes it’s that I have to cram a whole semester’s worth of work into one night. To answer the question, I don’t know. I seem to have many heebie jeebie feelings about it. And I don’t need another degree. Maybe photography school someday?

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5 – Can you parallel park? I CAN and I HAVE (like back at my driver’s test and when I lived in San Francisco), but I haven’t in ages. There are some things out there that I do exceptionally well once or twice, but never consistently. It’s like terrific or terrible – with no in-between. I will absolutely and always park farther away, rather than attempt a parallel parking spot.

Raise your hand if you would too! Don’t be shy. Especially if you drove that giant brown van behind me that my parents had:

6 – Name a job you had, people would be shocked at? Is anyone really shocked anymore, considering that I often write about bad jobs I’ve had and how I sometimes quit them in un-classy ways? Probably no surprises but if you didn’t know me well you might be surprised to hear that I used to be a Pizza Delivery Girl, an Urban Innkeeper, an Operations Admin at a cuckoo school for life coaches, and an Office Manager for an online dating service run by the biggest nutcase ever. And I have worked for a lot of nutcases. Hence, why I don’t do that anymore. I work for the BIGGEST nutcase ever, though.


7 – Do you think aliens are real? I think it’s really hard not to think that. I like to imagine Star Wars universes out there. MARVEL Universes. Doctor Who Galaxies. Or something else we have never even thought about. hmm…?

8 – Can you drive a stick shift? My cousin tried to teach me when I was 19 and my brain did that thing where it short-circuits and I give myself a learning disability and it didn’t work and I’ve never tried again. There’s potential, otherwise?

9 – Guilty pleasure? Peeling things. (gross) Like skin or glue. Hallmark movies. Us Weekly. Music that makes me think I could dance professionally. Ice cream with WAY too many sprinkles. Mashed potatoes with so much butter that it almost becomes liquidy. Popcorn in the same format. Am I gross yet? I also like using up all the hot water and taking hour-long baths.

10 – Do you experience depression? It’s complicated. I HAVE and I know for a fact what it feels like – like a colorless world and feeling like nothing will ever be the same again, or even happy, and the absence of feeling that is so strong that it you know it’s not really an absence but a presence, but you can’t really get off the couch or bed or out of the clouds in your head to feel it or fight it. I’ve never had it for extended periods of time. It’s either been situational (death, move, breakup), or it’s been a short (3-4 days) bout of growing pains, and I always come out better and more colorful on the other side.

I don’t take it lightly, especially with my anxiety, and I do imagine the suffering of experiencing it longterm.

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11 – Do you talk to yourself? Funny about that because I DO, but when there’s a cat, a dog, various workmen, and an Alexa in the house, is it ever really talking to myself? Some of those things talk back to me. I’M NEVER ALONE. HELP.

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12 – Do you like doing puzzles? You know, I DO, but how often do I do them? Not often. I like word puzzles too.

13 – Favorite Music? I’m never going to be able to answer it all because there’s such a range, with dance music for the inspiration and 80’s music for the memories. And I secretly or not so secretly love Phish but it’s like a THING to make fun of their 27,000 minute jams, because generally I love my music to have rises and falls. Peaks and climaxes and whatnot. In maybe 4-6 minutes! Deep stories! Lyrics! Although I do love classical music. That said, here are some lifetime and new favorites: Bruce Hornsby, Tom Petty, Tori Amos, Ben Folds, Regina Spektor, Eric Clapton, The Cranberries, Counting Crows, Steely Dan, The Police, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sia, Flo Rida, P!nk..and probably much more!

14 – Coffee or tea? COFFEE times a million. Tea has NEVER once done a thing for me. Ick.

15 – The first thing you remember you wanted to be growing up? A garbage man, if we’re being honest.

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What about you? What’s your favorite question? What’s your own answer?

Hot Ham and Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips

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One thing I love more than anything is getting together with close friends and family in the winter. We have Game Days – it’s such a New England thing. And that’s why I’m proud to be partnering with Eckrich Deli to create a delicious game day recipe!

Do you have a big game day coming up? My Hot Ham & Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips will satisfy all of your guests! Simply delicious #Recipe AD

When you think of game day, you think of dip, right?

Right. I do, anyway! I think of smoky taste. And cheesy taste. I think of hot dip and homemade chips. The secret to the best pita chips is to make them yourself and serve them still warm! I remember we went to a party in San Francisco and wanted our pita chips to still be warm so we wrapped them in foil for when we got to the party. Then we unveiled our dip and homemade chips and the crowd went wild! For the chips and dip, anyway. I can’t say for sure about the game that night!

I have a fairly deep appreciation for a good college football time. I have certainly been to my fair share of games, because my sister was on the dance team at our college, and there’s nothing like sitting in the stands with hot chocolate and a ton of newfound team spirit. Almost as good? Watching at home with a good spread of appetizers! The thing is, I’m all about creating the perfect game-day dish using my Eckrich Ham Off the Bone Deli Meat that will please any crowd anytime!

ham and cheese dip

ham and cheese dip

Want to hear about Eckrich’s $1 Million Challenge? They’re giving one lucky college football fan the chance to win $1 million at the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta! Here are the details. During the pregame festivities, the lucky winner will attempt to complete a 20 yard pass LIVE on ESPN to win $1 million! Kirk Herbstreit – Eckrich brand ambassador and ESPN commentator – will also attempt a throw for $1 million that will be donated to CFP Foundation’s “Extra Yard for Teachers” cause if he makes the throw. So make sure you tune in to College Football Live on ESPN on January 8th at 1:30pm EST. Then you can see if the lucky winner takes home $1 million! You can visit here more info.

I can’t wait to tune in with a snack!

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Eckrich Deli has grown to be among the most popular in the supermarket retail and meat case, after opening as a small meat market in 1894. Their high-quality meat products all show their craftsmanship and pride – from their naturally hardwood smoked sausage to savory deli meat. I love that Eckrich Deli has many options that can provide the protein kick you need for every meal of the day, and they make it easy to prepare a multitude of recipes for your family and loved ones. They definitely have epic game day entertaining covered! I got my Eckrich Ham Off the Bone Deli Meat right at my deli counter!

Do you have a big game day coming up? My Hot Ham & Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips will satisfy all of your guests! Simply delicious #Recipe AD

Do you have a big game day coming up? My Hot Ham & Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips will satisfy all of your guests! Simply delicious #Recipe AD

The deli counter has an enormous selection of Eckrich Deli Meat. They have ham, bologna, pastrami, beef, and more! My recipe serves about 4-6 people, with leftover ham you can use to make many other tips, or lunchtime sandwiches.

Hot Ham and Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips

Hot Ham and Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips


  1. 3/4 cup Eckrich Ham Off the Bone Deli Meat, diced
  2. 8 oz cream cheese
  3. 3/4 cup sour cream
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/4 tsp pepper
  7. 3/4 cup shredded cheese
  8. 3 pieces of pita bread, cut into eighths
  9. 2 sprigs of rosemary
  10. 1/2 tsp salt
  11. 1/4 tsp pepper
  12. 2 Tbsp olive oil


  • 1. For the dip, combine ham, cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper over medium heat
  • 2. Stir in cheese and heat until just gooey
  • 3. For the pita chips, cut 3 pieces of pita bread into eighths
  • 4. Combine bread with salt, pepper and olive oil in a sealed bag or container and shake to combine ingredients and cover pita bread
  • 5. Put pita bread on baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes at 425 or until crispy
  • 6. Be careful - they burn quickly
  • 7. Serve together hot and enjoy!
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Eckrich Deli.

What’s your favorite ham recipe for game day?