We welcome this end of the week with open arms (or at least I do!) and we welcome our first Ask Away Friday co-host.
It’s been an odd duck of a week. Equal parts stress vs relief. Unequal parts gloomy rain vs. sun/warmth. I’m still tackling all the head and heart spaces of finances and deep work, and signing Scarlet up for kindergarten registration/buddy activities, trying to stay in touch with friends and family. My sister’s exciting and impending wedding planning and my role in that – yikes!
It is time for the all new #AskAwayFriday! Get to know our new hosts, meet our new co-host, and grab our new logo! Be sure to check out our new Facebook page “AskAwayFriday” for a great place to meet up and send out a #BuddyRequest if you need a partner to swap with! And always feel free to contact me here or anywhere if you want to swap with me.
#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!
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Amber from Bold Fit Mom
My partner this week is Shelly from DIY Mama and I can tell you where I “met” her – she asked me to be her partner on my fan page. I liked that! Whatever works, right? When I went to her blog to get inspiration for my questions for her, I was blown away by the variety of topics she talks about, and talks about well. She talks about everything DIY, as well as life and parenting and Disney, and in her word, failures included. And her questions blew me away. This is why I love Ask Away Friday so much.
Make sure you read Shelly’s answers to my questions, especially because she turned it around to ask me to answer one of my own here. Like I said, she’s full of surprises. Ask Away Friday is full of surprises. And that’s why I like Fridays so darn much.
1. I’ve been watching Cosmos on Sunday nights. Are you more interested in the cosmos or marine life? Or could you care less about both?
That’s funny because Cassidy mentioned it recently and I said I didn’t want to watch it. I think I was going through an anxious week and all of that stuff scares me during bad weeks. I am totally obsessed with marine life, though. It’s been a lifetime obsession, even before moose. I get fascinated by undiscovered, large, lurking things. I have a sea life fascination and an outer space phobia, and my sister is reverse. So we took turns freaking out and crying at Epcot Center once. And we were 11 and 13!
I always want to get closer to the deep ocean. Perhaps a boat ride is in my future.
2. What’s your proudest Motherhood moment?
I mean, honestly – it’s probably giving birth! There were definitely giddy “I did it!” moments with both births. I think the biggest thing for me is letting go, because I’m terrible at it with all aspects of living. And giving birth IS letting go. Then there was letting an ambulance take Des in an incubator contraption to a hospital with a NICU. There was preschool on the first day. There are so many motherhood moments coming towards me. I hope I accept them with grace. I know I have that capacity for growing.
3. I’m sure your photography tastes change throughout the years. What’s your current least favorite thing to shoot? What’s your favorite?
I don’t want to limit myself from any future work because I will mostly do it all, but I don’t love food photography at all. And I hate shooting in very low light. I realize that’s why lighting exists, but it’s a lot of extra steps and a lot of extra equipment and learning. I’m up for it, though. My favorite thing to shoot? Oh jeez. Any kind of joy and love and strong connection.
4. I’m obsessed with your Han Solo piece in your house! What is your favorite art piece in your home?
I really like all of our Doctor Who, Harry Potter and even Sherlock art…
…but my favorite is probably my wedding present to Cassidy. When we were figuring out how to make our wedding website, we noticed that tamaracassidy.com was already taken. I investigated that she’s an artist named Tamara Cassidy. What are the chances? I commissioned her to make a painting for us and she did a beautiful party/moose/wolf themed one:
5. I saw your bucket list includes seeing the Northern Lights. Would you ever go on a cruise or stay at an ice hotel to see them?
Ice hotel all the way! I’d never even heard of that, actually. I always imagined you’d go on a night walk or something and then go back to your luxurious Icelandic hotel. However I just looked at photos of “Ice hotel” in Google and you have revolutionized my bucket list! That must happen. I don’t think I’d ever go on a cruise, even an ice or whaling one, although definitely those over the eating/drinking/gambling/Norovirus-laden floating hotels that cruises usually are. No offense to cruise-lovers!
The mere thought of that kind of cruise makes me ill, though.
6. What song would you not mind waking up to every morning?
I am a bit stumped! Do I go “Safe and Sound” because it’s my power song? Do I go “Walking on Sunshine” because..well..it’s a freakin’ happy song! Do I go Jerry Garcia and the smell of bacon? Do I go sexy? All of the above?
I think today I’ll go with a Pete Townshend solo version of “Eminence Front.” It’s haunting, but would inspire me out of bed.
..and maybe “Mint Car” by The Cure, because honestly, everyone who thinks The Cure has no happy songs should listen to this LOUDLY:
7. What is the worst Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? (No clue why Halloween is on my mind in Spring.)
ha! How wonderfully random. When I was in first grade I had a high fever on Halloween. I had gotten a cheap Cinderella costume from a garage sale for 25 cents. It had one of those horrible old masks that seemed to spread disease. However when I was in college I was once a stripper disguised as a pizza deliverer, as strippers are often disguised as cops or pizza deliverers, but the kicker was that I was in mid-strip. Take from that what you will. My ex took a photo of me that he probably doesn’t still have..one would hope.
8. Finish this sentence: Sometimes I _____ when no one’s watching.
I think I need to borrow every question you ask! Fantastic. Sometimes I do a huge hop/skip in place when I’m really happy, when no one’s watching. You probably wanted something juicier than that, eh? The hop/skip thing happens a lot when I’m happy.
9. What is your all time most favorite thing about my home (Disney World)?
Well thank you for letting us visit your home! I love the professionalism and sheer talent of the employees, and I hope upon hope that they’re treated/paid well. I love that they never break character and that they treat every single guest (of millions) as if they’re super special. That’s deep. And I love the way it makes me remember so much of my own magical childhood – it also brings me closer in my heart to relatives I have lost, because they loved Disney, and I know they’d love to know I’m taking my family there now too.
10. Do either of your kids do something or act a certain way and you or Cassidy wonder where they got it?
Well Scarlet puts numbers together all of the time – she does advanced math. That befuddles me. I think with many of their gifts, you can see it in us or our parents and siblings. I’m still giddy that she took this (below) photo of me! I didn’t take actual photos until I was seven or so.
Bonus: Answer one of the questions you asked me!
Awesome! Ok, I’m going with: “What profession would you most like to try for a day? And what profession would you most hate to try?” I ask that a lot and I’ve never answered it. I would love to be a Park Ranger for a day. At Grand Teton National Park, to be specific.
I probably don’t need to explain that one..
And the one I’d least like to try may surprise many, but it’s actually NOT one of those dirty jobs on TV. I’d least like to be a math teacher. I don’t have the stamina, stomach, or anything else that leads someone to be able to stand in front of 20 children under fluorescent lighting for seven hours. While discussing math. Eeek!! I’d be a terrible teacher!
Wow Shelly, you blew it out of the park. Thank you for those questions!!
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