Well, I really can’t believe it, but the time is here. The weekend is here. I am here..but going there. It’s time for Ask Away Friday. It’s time for Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party – Father’s Day themed! And. It’s the weekend of BlogU. I’m ready.
I think. I mean, I’m mostly packed. I’m excited. I’m scared. My anxiety? Pretty much at a low dull hum these days.
Which brings me to my introduction of my Ask Away Friday partner this week – Christy from Sweet and Savoring.
First of all, it’s Christy’s birthday and I’m honored to be her partner today. Happy Birthday, Christy! And as I was talking about the low dull hum of anxiety, Christy has a blog that I will not miss a post from, and a voice I gain something from every time. She has singlehandedly changed the way I feel about mental illness, and more specifically – my own situational anxiety. She makes me feel brave and I need that this weekend as I face my first long road trip alone in years. No kids. Open road. Just my own thoughts & my music. Christy writes about life in the Hudson Valley, art, food, photography, travel, more food, more travel, depression and anxiety, hopes and dreams, and strength. Give her a visit just to see how much beauty one blog can contain.
Hooray, hooray, hooray 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
Welcoming a brand new co-host, for the next two weeks is the amazing…April from 100lb Countdown!
April is a wife, mom, blogger, entrepreneur, author, and fitness guru who blogs about the things that make up her daily life as a SAHM focusing on her family. Be sure to stop by April’s site to check out her wonderful recipe offerings and money making opportunities or to just say “Hi”!
Be sure to check out Christy’s answers to my questions HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:
1. Have you ever had surgery or spent more than a few hours as a patient in a hospital?
I’ve had oral surgery twice but that was just a few hours. Once I cut my finger badly and had to get stitches but that was just an Urgent Care facility. Other than that, just giving birth! And to be a patient was really weird for me! It was weird the first time because they endlessly walked into my room at all hours of the night to check vitals and otherwise just annoy me, I guess? I can’t imagine getting better in a hospital, but I guess it happens. The second time was weird too because I was discharged before Des and he felt like part of me, and I felt strange leaving the hospital without him, and it was a disaster, but we got a great kid!
2. Besides your camera, Cassidy and the kids, what three things you would save if you had to get rid of all of your belongings?
Oh, that’s tough. Wait. What about Athena?? I’m going to loop her in with the kids and add three things:
1. My computer. Sounds silly, right? However, it was my grandfather’s computer before he died when he was 100. It’s special. Not only that, it contains Adobe Lightroom which has months worth of photos I haven’t yet saved, backed up three times, and placed into online albums. So I’d hate to lose them!
2. My sundresses. Sounds shallow, right? It’s not, though. They contains so many memories – of the places I’ve been and all of the island towns, cities and other places I have bought a dress in. I wore them while pregnant, while I had babies, and now I raise my kids in my flowing dresses. I find them nearly irreplaceable, although I know everything is replaceable if need be.
3. Our wedding ketubah. Not only would it remind me of that day, and it contains our wedding vows, but it was also written on by all of our loved ones. And there is some wise stuff written there.
3. You seem to have a really special relationship with your mom. Did you have that closeness when you were growing up, too?
Always. Probably before my father passed but definitely after. I didn’t want her out of my sight! And she’s always cheerful, friendly and surrounded by friends, and I’ve found myself wanting to be like her socially. And she’s always on my side.
4. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? What food do you never want to eat again?
Oh dear. So many choices. My mom’s home-cooked macaroni and cheese after a bad freshman year dining hall. Soul food in Louisiana. San Francisco chocolate and the coffee/beignets in New Orleans. I’m going to name a terrible example. It was a meal in a hospital cafeteria. Yes. It was. I had been watching my food intake like a hawk during my pregnancy and this was after Des was born but while he was in the NICU. I realized I could eat anything I wanted. So I got a plate of comfort foods, including mashed potatoes, and ate as if someone’s life depended on it. It felt so good to stop caring, even if only for a meal.
I have gotten sick three times after eating Thai food so I never want to eat it again!
5. Cassidy is the cook in your family, right? What do you like or dislike about cooking? Is there ever any contention between you two about preparing meals, or other household tasks?
haha! This is great. I’m not a good cook. I think it’s ultimately because I have no interest in it and I’m afraid of cooking meat. I don’t want to undercook it and wind up with salmonella but if I always error on the side of caution, it will always be tough or dry! I guess I just don’t have the knack. There’s not a lot of contention about my domestic shortcomings. Not usually. Obviously I know he would love more help but he doesn’t complain, and he still cooks and cleans to his liking. I try to even it out. If I did NOTHING at all, even one day with the kids would turn our house into a disaster. So there are things I do. Meals for the kids from me are usually leftovers, or fresh and/or easy stuff – eggs, grilled cheese, pizza, quesadillas, fruits, hummus, etc.
Even at our parties, he’s manning the kitchen!
6. Before you had Scarlet, what did you hope for when it came to motherhood? How did that change after she was born?
Oh, it’s so interesting. You just never know what you’re going to get. In some ways, she is more than I ever imagined. And in other ways, yes, she yells at me and eats processed food and throws toys at the dog’s head. I think I just realized that the highest highs are better than imagined, the lowest lows are lower than imagined and that most of motherhood is these wonderfully creamy middles. And I always wanted a daughter. Named Scarlet. With big, dreamy eyes. In a red pea coat. True story.
7. We both have sisters. Tell me a favorite memory you have with each of your sisters and why it’s special.
They aren’t specific memories, or not one-time ones. With my older sister, I remember that when she got her license, we’d go to the mall together whenever we needed cheering up. And she’d blast her mix cds and sometimes drive around where we knew cute boys were hanging out. With my younger sister, she was a freshman when I was a senior, and I drove her to school and back. We had some of the best conversations of our lives then. She’s deep! And a fantastic and sane person to talk about life with.
8. I love your photography! What was the first camera you ever owned?
My first camera was a neon yellow Vivitar L.A. Brites when I was seven! My first SLR was a Minolta Maxxum 5, given to me by an ex-boyfriend. And I had a Tamron 18-200mm lens to go with it. It was film, but I was able to find a photo from my first ever roll of film in the Maxxum, because I used to have a negative scanner:
9. Inspired by Inside the Actor’s Studio: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear St. Peter say as you arrive at the pearly gates?
Maybe something like, “Here you are, at 110-years-old. It’s time for you to really know your father. Here is everyone else you ever loved. You did good, kid. Nice job with winning the lottery and using so much of your money towards philanthropy. Great photos too. Loved all your bestselling books. Great job on living kindly and living WELL.”
(or something like that)
10. I think this is now my favorite question: please write a haiku about yourself (a poem where the first line is 5 syllables, the second is 7 syllables, and the third is 5 syllables.
I’m sometimes anxious,
but mostly always joyful
And eating cookies
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Thanks for sticking around for #LOBS! This weekend’s theme is “Father’s Day.” It should be easy to find a post for that, right? You can honor your husband, your own father, your brother, your stepfather, or anyone who is or has been a father or father figure to you. My co-hosts:
Michelle from A Dish of Daily Life
Crystal from Mommifried
Angela from WriterMom’s Blog
Kristen from Four Hens and a Rooster
Amber from “City Girl On Hicks Farm“.
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