What exactly am I playing at here – combining two posts in one yet again?
I can’t help myself, you see. I’ll always do Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party, and now that I’m obsessed with Ask Away Friday, I just couldn’t skip it either. This week, I’m with fellow Whovian/Loyal #AskAwayFriday-er, Stacey, of This Momma’s Ramblings.
Stacey mentioned pairing up in a blog post comment. We confirmed it on twitter! I am so excited to be paired with a fellow “Doctor Who” fan, because as you can imagine, we asked each other questions about it. See her answers to my questions HERE.
To see who else is participating or to learn how to join the fun, head over to visit Penny from The Real Housewife of Caroline County and/or Amber from The Bold Fab Mom. #AskAwayFriday is their beautiful and ever-growing creation!
And stay tuned after my ten questions to link up to Ladies Only Blog Share: Cry Me a Frozen River. Named so aptly because of..winter and illness and polar vortexes and snow days and runny noses and van doors iced shut.. three times in one week.
Now here are my answers to Stacey’s questions:
1. I have to say that I was so excited to find out that you were a fellow Whoovian, so my first question to you is…Who is your favorite Doctor? Who is your favorite companion?
I always feel like such a..nerd when I say this, but I do have my favorite in that “hubba hubba” way. Usually, I don’t really think of the Doctor in that way. And that’s rare because I contemplate most leading men in a romantic way, at least a little. I mean, right? (or do I sound horribly perverted?) Anyway, my favorite sexy doctor is #8. Yes, I said sexy doctor. Paul McGann. As far as favorite Doctor in general, my heart says #11. There’s something about him. I realize his personality is due in large part to the horrors of the Time War, but I love it. I find great comfort in him. And I think, to some extent, that’s the point. At least to me.
2. I always loved reading bedtime stories to the kids when they were little, and many times they were books that were my favorites as a kid. Do you have any stories that you read to Scarlett and Des that were ones you read as a child? What are they?
I remember on sick days, I used to climb down off of my loft bed, go into my book cupboard, and sneak back into bed with fistfuls of books. Sick days never seemed that bad when there were books. And apple juice. I wish I could remember more of my early childhood books better. I only remember something about a Get Along Gang in a red caboose. Most of Scarlet and Des’ favorite books, and my favorite of their books, are modern. Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie stories. “On The Night You Were Born.” What will really intrigue me is when they start reading books for older kids. I loved chapter books and series best.
3. While preparing to get my questions ready for you for this week, I have come to realize that we have tons in common! I absolutely love Renaissance Fairs and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. If I were coming to visit you, what kind of things would you plan for us to do?
Well I’d hope you’d visit me in the fall then. If you visited in the winter, you’d just catch a bad cold and have to go ice sledding down the driveway. In the fall, we’d have to go see Rocky Horror in South Hadley – a local town. And believe it or not, since I’ve seen the movie thirty times, I’m still a “virgin” and have never seen it live.. The next morning, we’d have to get up after only three hours of sleep (3:00 am bedtime after midnight showing, plus 7:00 am wakeup call from kid) and we’d go to the King Richard’s Faire! Then the next day we’d go mellow and have breakfast out at the local restaurant/deli/orchard up the street.
Apple picking too?
4. Do you have a favorite meal from your childhood that you currently make for your family?
Well macaroni and cheese and broccoli was my favorite meal. To deviate from boxed Annie’s Organic Mac & Cheese, (and because we didn’t have it in the house last week) I made mac and cheese from scratch. It was…comical. The first batch of sauce had to be thrown away because scorched butter = toxins. I think? The second batch needed salt, but it was for the kids so I went light. Cassidy said it was good! I tried some and it was actually pretty good. I’m a terrible cook, but I do bake well.
5. I am a huge music junkie, which includes all genres of music. What tunes do you have rocking your playlist right now?
Well I’ll look on my Pandora, because that’s what I use to get through tough work. I have it on the Disney station for car rides with Scarlet. And then I have a Clapton station, a Tom Petty station, Tori Amos, Bruce Hornsby, Pete Townshend, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Ben Folds, John Williams, Counting Crows, Nightswimming (song station), Safe and Sound (song station), Zach Sobiech, Florence + The Machine, an 80’s throwback station, Billy Joel (not really sure why) & Jerry Garcia. That about covers my moods!
6. I absolutely love your TARDIS shed! What made you decide to do it?
Well, this was all Cassidy. I know I saw things like it on Pinterest, and he saw things like it on his sci-fi message boards. And I can boldly say that one day I looked out the window at our boring shed and said, “It would make a great TARDIS, right?” However, I am nearly certain he already had that idea in his head and I didn’t plant it there. Maybe me saying that made him know he had my full blessing. Not that he needed it – we love to dork up the home. It was crazy, though. It was the day before Scarlet’s Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party and there he was, outside painting our shed into a TARDIS. That man.
7. Do you have a television show that you just can’t miss?
Other than “Doctor Who,” I’m obsessed with, in no order of lameness, escapism reasoning, logic, or anything else: “Sherlock,” “Revenge,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” “Hart of Dixie,” “New Girl,” “Modern Family,” “Parenthood,” “Sleepy Hollow” and then I watch “Glee” and “Suburgatory” but I don’t admit those aloud. (oops)
8. I have anxieties that I suffer from, too. Is there something that you do that helps you overcome them?
It’s really weird. I can have anxiety daily, or nothing for YEARS. It creeps in a lot in the winter, but I find that this winter, it’s not that bad. There’s some warm inner core that I seem to have developed or strengthened lately. I find it helpful to read and write, photograph, take deep breaths, listen to music, and to ask for help or time and space to get back on track.
I am also grounded by fresh air and the kids. And knowing that the anxiety is temporary is really helpful.
9. How does Cassidy feel about your blog? Does he read it?
He does read it! He always has my back and even during hard times (mine, his, ours) and when he doesn’t love what I’m writing about, he still roots for me and is happy when my words resonate with people. And I do believe he reads every post!
10. Do you have a dream that you have yet to accomplish? What is it?
So many. I’m thinking in terms of the lifelong big ones, that will still take (perhaps) years to fulfill, and I’ll probably have to fulfill other dreams to get to these. I can see that. I’ll name two: seeing northern lights and speaking in public, but in that awesome way. You know, rousing the crowd. Bringing people to tears. That kind of thing. And I think both of these dreams have stepping stone dreams along the way that include making enough money to travel, and doing something cool that would give people a reason to ask me to speak in public. I’d even love it if we could all dance on the table when I finish speaking.
(I watch too many movies)
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