Sometimes I just want to be alone at night so I can
scratch my mosquito bites write my Friday blog post.
Hey look! That was my first time doing the line through words thing. It was easier than I expected! Anyway. I am not scratching my mosquito bites (and what is it with them itching only at night?) but I am excited to be
multi-tasking like an idiot co-hosting #AskAwayFriday and Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party yet again. My partner for #AAF is Rebecca-Faith, from Diz Mommy.
Rebecca-Faith is a wonderful, intuitive, thoughtful and luminous breath of fresh air. I’m kinda pissed about the whole California/Massachusetts thing because I’d really like to meet her for coffee and cookies. And I’d love for her adorable son, Dylan to play with my son, Des. They might hit each other and pull each other’s fabulous hair, but hey, what can you do? I’ve been looking forward to this post all week because I adore R.F. and she makes my blogging life that much better.
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
Shelly is a new Mama and a DIY Pro. When you visit her site you can look for a bit of fun, craft and organization. Did I mention she is also a Pro on all things Disney? Yes, so if you want to know the where to go and Must See on Disney be sure to head over and check out Shelly’s place.
Be sure to check out Diz Mommy’s answers to my questions HERE. And now, my answers to her questions:
1. What was the name of your first blog and why? (if you still have the same blog, what’s your first screen name)
Oh, I’ve always been Tamara (Like) Camera! I have changed my tagline a few times, but ultimately, it really is about writing, photography and discovery. And a heck of a lot more, but they can be contained in those three bursting categories.
Oh! And my first AOL screenname was TamaraK725.
2. What famous person do people tell you that you most resemble?
I get Anne Hathaway ALL.THE.TIME. It’s funny because I never know quite what to respond with. “Oh yes! I look like that totally gorgeous movie star.” doesn’t roll off the tongue very easily. I think I look nothing like her. I’d like to look like her, though!
3. When people meet you for the first time, what are they surprised to learn?
I’ve met about 4-5 blogging friends in real life and ALL have said, “You are EXACTLY how you come across on your blog – in looks and personality.” I think they’re all telling the truth? Maybe? Although I’ve been told once or twice that people thought I’d be taller. I’m not short – I’m 5’6″ – but being skinny with long hair seems to make me look 5’10”. I’m so stumped. People reading this! What were you surprised to learn? Sometimes my sarcasm is surprising to people on the west coast, but I never have any problems with it here. People are surprised sometimes that I have anxiety because I am often happy and put together in person.
And it’s not a front! If I’m anxious, it’s usually pretty noticeable. Sometimes I just really, really miss my grandparents and my father. I think life will always be this way. People are sometimes surprised I have this deep pain of loss in my life.
4. What purchase do you feel the guiltiest making?
I think I feel guiltiest purchasing crap food for my kids. You’d think it would be the opposite because organic food is more expensive, but I feel guilty buying my kids chemical-laced junk food when we’re out and about and there are no better choices.
5. You receive so many comments so this is going to be tricky but…what has been a comment that has stood out above the rest?
That sure is tricky! And I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I’ve been blown away more than once by a comment from Stephanie at “So, I’ve been thinking..” Without really having the time or heart space to narrow down much more, I’ll just direct people to the comments in my post from Monday – “Sometimes I Think Horrible Things About Myself.” If that isn’t comment A-game from all of you, then I don’t know what is. You’re all inspiring. And YOU, miss R.F. Your comments are delightful. I always look forward to my Hump Day wishes from Iva and three point comments from Eli. And ALL of you. I read each one twice.
6. Name the song that will cause you to break the speakers? (I personally cannot stand the “Don’t worry…be happy…” song. Kill…me…now)
I somehow found the video for it by going to the Billboard website. It’s this. I can’t listen to it without cringing:
7. Which worries you more – doing things right or doing the right things?
Oh, doing things right! For sure. I don’t even know if I need to elaborate. I think it’s evident with a lot of my anxiety.
8. Do you have a cherished item that is off-limits for everyone to touch? If so, what is it?
I’d say my camera but I totally let Cassidy and even Scarlet use it. So I’ll say it’s my favorite stuffed animal from childhood – Donald Duck. I hide “him” from Scarlet and Des. He’s up in my bedroom. No one touches “Donnie.” Long live, Donnie!
9. I have never felt like a “Rebecca,” do you like your name? What other name could you see yourself as?
I love my name. I spent most of my life as “Tammy” and it didn’t change until I changed. I would introduce myself to new people as “Tamara” in college, but then I’d forget or resort to my old ways and if I called myself “Tammy”, they soon did too. I’m not a fan. Since Tamara is still somewhat fresh to me, I dig it. And it rhymes with “camera”. You can’t beat that!
Oh, and my middle name is Eden. Tammy Eden?? No. Tamara Eden?? Yes.
10. Thus far, what has been the best year of your life and why?
Ohhh… I used to say 2004 because that’s when I met Cassidy and started to believe in love, but then we had the terrible heartbreak that same year. 2009 was pretty fantastic with meeting Scarlet. 2012 was a real high too for meeting Des. Two way tie there! I had a happy childhood but I can honestly say that I’ve experienced greater happiness in adulthood.
All that love, parenting, moose, ice cream whenever I want it.. Speaking of which. I’m having some now! Have a WONDERFUL weekend. Rebecca, your questions were AWESOME. I’m reeling in them. xoxo.
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Thanks for sticking around for #LOBS! This weekend’s theme is “Memorial Day.” So link up your posts about patriotic memories, recipes, photos, crafts, etc. or summer reflections too. 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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