The award for multi-tasking goes to me for combining Ask Away Friday with Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Oscars Edition.
Meet Angela. Girl after my own heart. Loves Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Sherlock and adventures with her family. She also loves cake, reading, comics and coffee. Angela lives in England and I often wish to have a blogger meetup there. We’d have a blast!
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Angela has left me completely flabbergasted with these thought-provoking questions, and I only hope I can do them justice! To see her answers to questions from me, visit her HERE. And now I’m going to take a deep breath and dive into these questions..
1. We’re sisters in geekhood, what with our mutual love of Doctor Who and Harry Potter (and probably a whole lot more besides)… what was your very first geeky love (comics/book/tv/film)?
It was probably Star Wars. I remembering being four and being madly in love with Luke Skywalker. I had Star Wars breakfast cereal, Star Wars toys and I dreamed about having a “real” light saber. (I had a toy plastic one) However, the first thing that truly came to mind when I read this question is Archie comics. I used to buy, read and collect them like crazy. LOVED Jughead.
2. I know that you’ve got a totally awesome TARDIS shed and I’ve seen Han Solo in carbonite peeking out of a few indoor shots, too, but do you have any other geeky decor around the house?
You sent me on a fun and wild goose chase with my camera, and I didn’t even come close to catching it all, but here goes!
The Doctor Who art..
Leftover cardboard cut-outs from Scarlet’s summer birthday party, and a giant Dalek behind them!
Behind the Mad Hatter, is my desk chair/computer in the 2nd floor loft. I’m standing on a coffee table, aiming the camera up:
There’s this Star Wars/Indiana Jones/Lord Knows What Else Shelf..
This geeky mass on top of the entertainment center..and this is really only half of it..
Part of the wall in the kitchen..
Just what you’d normally find on the kitchen counter next to the cookbooks, right??
And lastly, this guy was banished to the basement (not by me). He’s life-sized. I believe Cassidy’s friends called his Yoda something like, “The reason you will be a virgin for the rest of your life.” It didn’t work, though, obviously.
Aren’t you glad you asked, Angela?? Aren’t you glad she asked, everyone who is not Angela??
3. What four celebrities (whether from the worlds of entertainment, sport, science tc) would you invite to a dinner party and why?
Ohhh..hmm.. I think I’d have to invite some sort of princess, real or dressed up, for Scarlet. I would have to invite Tim Curry because I have always loved him and I’d quite like to see his face over bread and wine. Definitely Alan Rickman so he could make my voicemail message for me. (runners up were Gary Oldman, Bill Nighy, Bill Murray and Robin Williams)
Then I’d have to invite Eric Clapton because I always said I would if I could. And he could sing us our wedding song, which was him doing a lovely version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”
4. Who is your hero?
Without question, my mom! She was widowed with two young kids. She helped build a family of seven and now cares for her 100-year-old mother. She doesn’t get all anxious like I do. She is selfless. My mom is the one who people call at 3:00 am when they’re in a crisis – her friends, even my friends. She doesn’t really say “no” very often so she’s pretty much there for all of her loved ones all of the time. I have always wanted to be the person people call for help. I hope to be like her “when I grow up.”
She made a snowlady with snow-boobs!
5. When you were a child, what did you think you’d be when you grew up?
Oh I suppose it depends on when. When I was Scarlet’s age, I told everyone I wanted to be a garbage woman, and that kinda came true. When I was in elementary school, I told everyone I wanted to be a movie star. In middle school, high school and part of college, it was filmmaker. Through all of these times, when someone asked me and I gave my canned answer, words like “editor” “writer” “publisher” flashed in my mind. And I always wanted to be a photographer. I always was a photographer, but I hadn’t quite realized you can make a career out of doing it in your own unique way. That’s what draws me in, every day.
6. You write beautifully. I’m always blown away by how in touch you are with your feelings–I always feel like a repressed Brit by comparison–and how you are unafraid to share your innermost thoughts with us. Do the words just flow when you write, or do you find yourself struggling sometimes?
I don’t really struggle that often. If that were to even happen, I would start over at another time or I’d post photos or link up to something to help be my writing prompts! So I guess the answer is that it comes as naturally to me as breathing. I’m not even thinking about this right now. I’m just moving thoughts and fingers around and I’m thankful for my super awesome keyboard. We’re very compatible. And about the innermost thoughts, obviously I do keep some things to myself too! You won’t hear me talking (much) about people I don’t like or exes or sex lives or politics or much about religions! Obviously, it’s in my mind..
7. Aside from photography, do you have any hobbies?
Is social media a hobby?? I really love adventuring with my family. Winter cramps my style a bit because these conditions do take away from the enjoyment of it, but I love and long to be outside most of the time. I think finding animals in the wild is a hobby. Road trips. Long talks with friends. Looking for cookies. Seeing music and museums and farms and aquariums and zoos.
8. Have you ever travelled abroad? I meet so many Americans who have never left the country, which always feels a little weird to me, but then again, there’s so much country to explore!
No, I’m slightly ashamed to say. I’ve been to the US and Canada! What you said is so thoughtful, though, because I have seen a lot of this country. I think I’ve seen 33 or so of our 50 states and many of my bucket list dreams are still within these borders.
(and absolutely elsewhere too)
9. Spring is in the air in the UK. I can see buds and blossom on the trees outside–what are you most looking forward to when you snow finally melts?
Oh, how could I narrow it down? Obviously I want to love on all of the spring/summer things. The all five senses delights. The eating/drinking/sunning outside. The saving money on wood pellets/oil heat. I’ll narrow it down to three, though:
1. Being able to go adventuring with my kids.
2. Not being traumatized by getting out of the shower every day.
3. Sundresses. And more sundresses.
10. What is something you wish everyone knew about you?
I guess maybe you can see it in the writing. There’s a giant spark inside. It makes me feel like I could fly. I want..so badly..to be a better and stronger person. I hope to work my way there. I still believe I’ll always ok, and I still believe all of you will be ok too. Even though as you get older, you feel dreams and options slipping away. I think we’re bigger than that. Bigger than this.
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