Ok, I’m actually not a small town girl. I do live in a small city, however! At least I think it’s small. It’s big in heart and pride.
Anyway, enough about me! Today I’m doing Ask Away Friday with Sarah from Small Town Iowa Family!
To see who else is participating or to learn how to join the fun, head over to visit hosts: Penny from The Real Housewife of Caroline County, Amber from The Bold Fab Mom, Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter and Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings. #AskAwayFriday is their beautiful and ever-growing creation! And contact me if you want to swap some time!
Sarah blew me away with her questions because she asked me about my home and I temporarily had a wide angle lens for a real estate job, so I am able to show you even more of my wonderful home and I didn’t even Photoshop it to make it look clean! That’s only on the weekends. Anyway she’s a wonderful blogging friend so make sure to see her answers to my questions HERE.
She’s warm and fun and inviting and has an adorable family and a way of talking about her home that makes you want to visit.
And now, for my interview:
1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
It’s more where I want to see myself – with more courage and less anxiety. Smart, growing, still-snuggly kids. Maybe a pet or two. Donkeys? (where do I come up with this stuff?) I’d like to be a lot more established in my photography business with more of the heavy hitting photography – weddings and/or real estate/corporate, but preferably the latter. Weddings make me queasy. I’d love to have published another book or be in the process! Maybe another baby, but more likely, more nieces and nephews!
This is my nephew, belonging to my brother. More kids from at least three of my siblings!
2. What is your favorite room in your place?
We have an A-frame house that looks like a ski loft. There is a general, open area with a little entryway, living room, dining room and kitchen that all blend into each other. I’d love to say that my little office is my true favorite, but the office looks down upon this wondrous open space. And the living room has the pellet stove and I spend a lot of time warming myself in front of it.
This is the view FROM my office, looking down at the couches and the fire and Des:
Here is the view back up to where the first photo was taken, behind the Mad Hatter:
View of living room from front door. We do clean it every night, and it gets messy, messy every morning:
View of living room from kitchen:
View of living room from pellet stove. Han Solo is helping Scarlet write her name:
Now aren’t you glad you asked? I’m glad you asked! I happened to have that lens on hand this week.
3. If I were to come visit you, where would we go?
Well I guess that would depend on the season! If it were now, it’s sugar shack season so we’d go out to breakfast at the best sugar shack I could find. And I’d ask away because people in western MA are rabid about their love for sugar shacks. And I know you love to shop and I haven’t really shopped with a friend or friends in…oh…years. So we’d go to one of the big Connecticut malls that are about an hour away. And you’d tell me honestly how I looked in sundresses because I don’t like to go it alone.
And then I’d ask you to tell me honestly what you’d like to do in late winter/early spring New England! We have so many museums, the Basketball Hall of Fame, the horror and wonder of the Yankee Candle headquarters store, and more!
4. If you could trade places with any famous person for a day who would it be? (Ex. singer, author, actress, etc.)
I’m going to say Jodi Picoult (author) because the amount of detail and research that goes into her books is astonishing. She has said it as much, but you can see it in everything she publishes. I’m not a diligent person but I’d like to learn from her.
5. What does your typical day look like?
Monday – Wednesday is the mad dash to get Scarlet to school, and then errands/playing with Des until we get pick her up. Then he naps all afternoon and I attempt to get work done. They go to bed and I work some more! Thursday is library in the morning, some sort of playdate/park/whatever in the afternoon and work at night! Friday is a free-for-all. On weekends, I pretend I’m going to rest but really I like to dream up (weather-permitting) family adventures. And go on as many adventures as possible.
6. What is your go to outfit?
In winter at this point, it’s just sad. I have thrown in the towel! I love skinny jeans, fitted flannel shirts and boots. For summer I have that blessing/curse of being skinny AND curvy (blessing because I like it. curse because pants don’t fit me well) and I was so happy the day I discovered sundresses. Shorts and skirts don’t do it for me, but it’s too hot and humid here for pants.
Although there is ONE pair of shorts I like:
7. 2 part question. If your life was made into a movie, what do you think the title would be? And who would play you?
Well it would have to be Anne Hathaway and she’d have to grow her hair long again! And the title would be “The Princess Is In Another Castle”. Maybe a sequel would be “It Rhymes With Camera – Why Is That So Hard To Figure Out?”
8. You have a boy and a girl. Do you notice many differences in them as babies? Like is one more laid back, or naughty? 😉
Ha! Well I wouldn’t call either of them naughty as babies. Des was definitely more sensitive than Scarlet. He cried during the first four months. He could always be soothed, but he’d still cry. And with Scarlet, we laughed when the doctor said to call if she ever cried for an hour or more. She never cried for five minutes or more! And he was just a little more messy, drooly, smelly.
9. If you and your husband could go anywhere just the two of you with money not being an issue, where would you go?
Alaska! I’d go by myself, with him, with the kids, etc. I just want to go so badly. It would be special for us because we love moose and wolves and they’re both in Alaska. They’re also both in Michigan at Isle Royale National Park, so I’d take that too!
10. Looks like you are on a majority of the social media sites, is there one you like the best?
I like them all for different reasons. Instagram is warm and welcoming. Twitter is exciting. Pinterest makes me hungry. Facebook is my favorite. It absolutely blows my mind that in this day and age, I can describe what I had for breakfast and people from EVERY walk of my life are all together, commenting, sharing, connecting. There are downfalls to all of this, but it blows my mind that my second grade teacher is talking to my college roommate on Facebook who is friending my grandma’s best friend.
11. Do you have a favorite tv show?
I don’t! “I think Once Upon a Time” is up there, though.
12. Being a mom of two do you have any advice to new mothers?
This too, shall pass. The only consistent thing in parenting is inconsistency. But oh, the heart things! They’re unmatched.
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