Brittnei had asked me earlier that week and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I didn’t know until the day I published it that I was supposed to answer HER questions on MY blog. I also had no idea how to ask questions, so I think I turned to Google and asked her some very basic things about her life. I didn’t have an instant knack for it, which is funny, because now I’m a co-host and even after weeks and months of this, it doesn’t get boring to me. You never know what you’re going to get, and what your partner will add to your blog. This week I swapped questions with the awesome Allie of The Latchkey Mom.
Allie is a lot like me with writing – she spent her childhood with stories and ideas and she sometimes wrote them down. Often, she just daydreamed. Until blogging, that was me! I “met” Allie through mutual blogging friends, I think, and we have bonded over Cape Cod and family stories. She writes sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes uplifting stories about her four beautiful children and their life and community. She can be found guest posting at Publush and writing at ChickLit+.
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#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a place for us to connect with other bloggers by asking them ten questions to really get to know them. The sky is the limit with the questions you ask!
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Be sure to check out Allie’s answers to my questions HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:
1. What is the deal with “moose?” I’m very confused – remember, new reader☺.
Yes, I can imagine that must be confusing! I’ve been obsessed with them for about 20 years now. I always got fascinated by large, elusive creatures but it was when we were visiting my grandparents in Vermont one summer that the sickness took over. My Nana told us we had just missed four moose on the lawn by minutes. And she explained how hard it was to see them. I took to the encyclopedias (yes, I’m dating myself here) and got even more fascinated. It took me another ten years, but I’ve since (sorta) learned how to find them and I have seen/photographed them in five different states. And counting!
2. How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?
It varies a bit through the years. I have two sets of in-laws (husband’s parents divorced and both remarried) and for an ideal year, we have all four of them, my parents, my uncle, and maybe some of my friends and siblings. We rotate homes and the geographical distance plus the on-and-off years with my siblings make it change by the year. Either way, it’s always awesome and full of great food. This year, my mother-in-law is hosting so we don’t really have to travel very far (about 35 minutes through the woods) or host. And my parents, other in-laws, and younger sister and her husband are all coming!
3. What are your three favorite books you’ve read so far this year?
I think it would be The One and Only by Emily Giffin, All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner, and This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.
4. When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
I suppose there are different degrees of knowing. For as long as I can remember, I have composed photographs and words in my mind. There was never any doubt about that. I would see things of beauty and I’d need to capture them, but I didn’t have the technical skills as a kid. It was actually a longterm boyfriend in college and in my early 20s who encouraged me and inspired me to take it seriously. He was also a photographer and he saw something in me and made me feel possible. I always knew I wanted to do it, but that’s probably when I started to wonder about doing it as a career. I’m still working on it all.
5. If you could have one do-over in life, what would it be?
Wow, I don’t even know. I’ve been practicing acceptance for years, because life doesn’t have a lot of room for stress, guilt and regret. I’d want to take back hurtful things I’ve done and said. Pretty much every single one.
I would take back all the times I chickened out – when people asked me to write, to take photos, to go on trips. I would say “yes” a thousand times more than I say it now. Although, I do say it a lot these days, because.. money. And adventure.
6. When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
I tried something that had scared me for years – I photographed a wedding! I was very nervous.
7. Where do you find inspiration for your writing?
To be specific, I say it comes from my emotions. It’s a bit of a catch for the overflow of all the overwhelming feelings I feel on a daily basis. Photography catches some of it too. If someone likes the way I write, I say that they must like the way I think because it’s probably 90% of that, and then 10% of the many years of schooling/college degree in journalism.
8. What is one thing you haven’t done, that you really want to do?
It’s so hard to just say one. I want to go to Alaska with my family and see a lot of really great things.
9. Freaky Friday, whose body would you like to wake up and find yourself in?
I think I’ll say my older sister. She’s a Yogi and a Crossfitter, so it would be fun to feel like I could fly for a day.
10. What book have you read, that you wish you’d written?
Hmm.. maybe The Time Traveler’s Wife. I thought it was brilliant in every way.
11. If you were given the chance to photograph someone famous, like an all-day photo session – who would you shoot?
Occasionally I have to remind myself to think with my head and even emotions, and not with..the rest of me. So I keep thinking Michael Caine. I would want it to be a person whose facial expressions can reduce me to tears.
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