I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I didn’t know if I was supposed to answer questions and submit them to her, and that was it? And wait – she wanted me to ask her some too. I had no idea what to ask her! I think I Googled “random questions” and sent them in. It was weak. Really weak. And a far cry from me now – co-hosting Ask Away Friday and just all around loving every Thursday night. That’s right. Thursday night. It’s not like I write and schedule these well in advance, do I? Do you?
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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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Amber from Bold Fit Mom
This week we welcome a brand new co-host, for the next two weeks the amazing…Stephanie from So I’ve Been Thinking!
Stephanie is a lovely wife and mother of 3 – a 13 year old a 11 year old twin girl and boy. Let’s just say juggling a teen and 2 preteens has her on my Super Mom list for sure. Stephanie has an amazingly friendly personality and a visit to her blog would definitely be a worthy click. I’ve met her in real life now, twice, and I consider that a very lucky feat.
Brittnei makes me very happy. She has grown so much in the blogging world – she takes it seriously and thoughtfully and she is a wonderful blogging friend and supporter. She’ll also teach you openly and honestly about her religion, her family, natural products, natural foods, and natural living, and she’ll do it in a way that makes you want to open your mind and learn more.
Check out Brittnei’s answers to my second round of questions HERE. And here are my answers to her Round Two:
1. I know Des is about to turn 2 and Scarlet is on her way to college :), I don’t recall if I’ve ever seen you talk about if you carry a pocketbook, purse or a combination of the two as a diaper bag recently. Tell us what’s in whatever you carry and I’d love to see a pic!
I usually carry a purse, a diaper bag and a camera bag! Not all three at once, mostly. My purse is teal-colored and trendy. I wear it on my hips. I used to always carry a red purse but my last one broke and I hate carrying something on my shoulder like that! In it is my wallet, gum, 17,000 pens, business cards, an herbal anxiety spray that sometimes works, a small umbrella, post-its, protein snacks, those motion sickness bracelets from when I was pregnant, and random notes/receipts/wrappers. The silver bag is my diaper bag and I think it’s quite cool for a diaper bag! It’s filled with diapers, wipes, spare clothes for Des, snacks, and a lot of random crap. The camera bag isn’t my dream camera bag (that would be Ephiphanie) but it contains three or four spare lenses, a lens buddy green dinosaur stuffy that wraps around my lens to make kids look at me and smile, and my camera.
2. Don’t you all have a garden? I’m pretty sure you talked a little about it before. I love them though and would love to grow my own produce one day. What’s in your garden now? Are there more types of flowers or produce you’d like to grow one day?
We have a big garden, and it keeps growing! There are tons of flowers all around the yard and we grow sunflowers in the late summer/fall. There are many vegetables and we have a few pumpkins for the fall. Right now, the strawberries are just about ready to harvest. There are many fruits also on the way! I don’t have a lot of photos of the garden for some reason. I think because it’s big and my lenses aren’t often wide enough but I’ll take some this weekend since I have a wide-angle rental.
3. Harroll and I truly love the architecture of your home. It sort of reminds him of the Alaskan homes he sees on TV sometimes. Is there anything about your home inside or out that you would want to change in the future at this point?
Yes! The master bedroom. It has a small bathroom with a shower only and there is only one small closet. I can’t deny that I have dreams of giant spa jacuzzi tubs and walk-in closets. We already fulfilled one dream to have a king-sized bed. It makes a huge difference because you never know if you’ll find a Scarlet and/or an Athena sleeping on your pillow the next morning.
4. I know you’ve said you don’t think you would cut your hair short and I remember you telling us about your mom saying that too but then doing it when she got older. What about color change? Would you even do something like that? Have you ever?
I always say I have virgin hair but I did henna highlights once in my youth! My hair looks pretty dark in indoors/cloudy day photos, but out in the full sun it has some lighter and redder highlights. I love it. I wouldn’t change it, no, but I may try to get something close to my natural color if I go gray early. And yes, I would dye my hair if it turned gray. I love the dark hair!
5. JR can be pretty picky about food. Things he likes sometimes when we have it, he doesn’t want it that day. I remember writing a post about getting veggies into a picky toddler’s diet, but you mentioned that Des was a pretty good eater. Do you still feel this way now that he’s fastly approaching 2? What are some of his favorites these days?
I think he’s still a pretty good eater. He can be unpredictable, and monstrously messy, but I think Scarlet was already at the “pancakes & mac and cheese only” stage by his age. He definitely branches out. He loves waffles, meatballs, grapes, pizza, lentils (no joke), beans, sandwiches, pastas. He can surprise me. He’ll eat kale like it’s candy. Yesterday he ate a green pepper and asked for more. I think he has a fairly balanced diet for a two-year-old. He acts like a caveman around food too!
6. I remember in this one post you said that you could tell someone all that is wrong with your writing, but wouldn’t be able to point out what’s wrong with someone else’s if they asked. Most who read your blog know how wonderful your writing is. What are some things that you feel could be wrong with it at times? What could be better about it?
Hmm.. that’s a good question! Mostly I wouldn’t want to change it because I like to take a mixture of what I learned with my major in Journalism, and sprinkle it with my own rules and thoughts because this is my blog. Sometimes, though, I do get twinges of envy at people who can write so effectively about politics or religion or social issues or education, or just anything that educates a large number of people. Sometimes I worry I’m too personal, but not in the TMI way. Other times, I’m ecstatic that people can relate to me even when I do talk about personal things. I’d like to write more for the masses, eventually.
7. I don’t think I’ve ever seen your nails! Are you a biter? Do you get the occasional manicure?
Definitely not a nail biter! It’s a terrible, disgusting habit that spreads illness. I have only had a few manicures in my life, actually! One day I’ll just go crazy with the pampering. My nails are clean, healthy and often cut slightly awkwardly because they grow fast. See? They’re better in person. Isn’t that always the way?
8. Am I imagining things or did you once tell us you had a great memory? Maybe because I know you have super great taste buds, I am thinking your memory resembles that of Poppy Montgomery’s character on that show she was on called Unforgettable. Tell us a detailed childhood memory you have that you haven’t shared where you experienced that sensitive feeling we have in common.
I do have a great memory so you’re not imagining things. Ah, the squishy feeling. When I was in second grade or so, we watched a filmstrip (remember those or am I dating myself?) about kindness. Now this was a fictionalized film, but it showed an old man dropping a bag of groceries in a parking lot and a bunch of kids watching and laughing. One of the kids wasn’t a total monster demon with clearly terrible parents, and he got off his bike and helped. However. It was the visuals of the lettuce rolling away, the eggs breaking, and the crumpled look on the man’s face. I wanted to die, right there in my seat, watching the imaginary story with the total monster demons with clearly terrible parents. I used to feel things like that so fully that I wondered how I could exist. Then I realized that maybe it would propel me to help people, or create blog posts about it, in the least!
9. Sometimes you seem like an open book, but I know from following you for this long that there are certain things you don’t share. Would you consider yourself to be a private person? Outside of the topics that you normally don’t discuss, what’s the measuring stick or how do you decide what’s too personal to share?
Well I don’t share too much about other people, at least not without their permission. I won’t talk about my political views but I have strong ones. I don’t consider myself a private person at all, unless I’m pushed or anxious or exhausted. The best way I can describe it is that one or two people have told me that they loved my 20 part love story but that they sometimes felt funny reading it because it was so personal. So I said something back like, “Too personal? Do you know what I could have put in there? Did you notice the obvious lack of sex, drugs and rock and roll?” Ah, I could have said so much more about it all..
10. Do you have some photographs that you still have that you took when you first started studying photography? If you do, awesome! Even still, share one from your earlier days and tells us your thoughts and the events surrounding the photo.
I do have some that were (badly) scanned in from my negative scanner. So please excuse the graininess and all around lopsidedness. There also may be weird red or green lines through them! I would never let that happen these days.
Here’s Ben Folds, because.. Ben Folds!
NYC with infrared film. Part of my tripod went into the Hudson River that day, never to return.
Crazy bridesmaids, because.. crazy bridesmaids!
An ex in Key West, because.. an ex in Key West!
Two old men watching a carousel. I thought it was striking.
My mom, thinking deep thoughts.
It wouldn’t get off my car so I shot it! With a camera..
On a night bridge, on a first or secondish date with my husband. Trying to find food in Shelburne Falls, MA:
An alpaca, because.. alpacas!
Ocean Beach, SF:
Somewhere outside of Vancouver, from a ferry:
Needs no explanation..
From my first or second roll of film, ever:
Camden Aquarium, from the point of view of the sea animals:
My parent’s barn cat:
My old foster kitten..
..and little lambs..
An old favorite: “I Love NY”.
A sad, old friend:
This cute friend.
A stolen trip.
An old friend.
A first portrait. He just graduated college. Yikes!
Another old friend.
My first album cover.
I swear I didn’t set them up like this.
And this guy.
I like my current stuff better. I like the color and the gloss. I do love the gritty photos. I love the in-your-face photos. I love grainy and gritty and honest and raw. I even don’t mind some blur. I get that it’s the moments that matter. However. I take money from people for this so I really do need photos to be technically perfect, or close to it, and I need my own to be that way because my personal photos are great practice. That said, I like the fact that I have it all in my collection. So many memories.
Well, wow Brittnei! You really had me going with those questions. Thank you for our round two. I hope my questions were better than last time!
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