I’m paired this week with Jhanis from The Vanilla Housewife and we’re doing LOVE and romance and Valentine’s Day themed questions. We sent our questions via Facebook messenger and it just reminded me of when I was afraid to friend Jhanis on Facebook. For all my talk and my friend collecting and my love of connections, I am petrified of friending people on Facebook. It’s so weird! So if you’re hovering over the friend request button ever but waiting for me to make the move, just hit the button. Please. I’m a wuss! I’m not a wuss about answering love questions, though. I’m delighted about this pair up.
The Vanilla Housewife blog is as funny as it says it is, but even better. Her recipes are honestly mouth-watering, a little familiar, but also a lot exotic. Somehow you can be all of the above. Jhanis is also hilarious and will write incredible posts about the more humorous sides of parenting and marriage. You’ll love this third world blogging mama! Trust me.
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Ask me if you want to swap!
We are sad to be losing Amber as one of our amazing co-hosts, as she is working to pursue other business ventures and focusing her attentions on her fitness ventures. We wish her nothing but the best, and hope for her thriving success!
When one door closes, another one opens…and we would like to give a huge Ask Away Friday welcome to a brand new co-host…drum roll please…Welcome Echo from The Mad Mommy! She is both a friend and a fellow blogger. I dig her.
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Echo from The Mad Mommy
We are so happy to welcome Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures into the #AskAwayLadies family for the next two weeks. I am sure most of us know her since she is one of the gurus of LinkUps and Blog Parties! She is the amazing Host behind such parties as Turn It Tuesday and if you are looking for a place to connect and share your best content Epic Mommy Adventures is the place to go.
You can read Jhanis’ answers to my questions HERE. And here are my answers to her LOVE questions:
1. What is your favorite Valentine’s day memory?
Definitely, definitely when I was 13 and had bronchitis and missed a skiing trip with my boyfriend and ate Lucky Charms for the heart-shaped marshmallows and thought I was going to die from how my stomach felt after that. Oh wait.. Umm.. favorite? Oh sheesh. That’s loaded. I’m going to steal some photos from my sister’s blog right now because she wrote recently about how heartily we celebrated Valentine’s Day together as kids. (I’m the one hidden by the giant heart in the photo):
For the first Valentine’s Day after my father passed away, my sister was very sick that day. It was probably the lowest of the low and the worst Valentine’s Day in existence, so all I can really say is that the rest of them have been on the up and up (except for Bronchitis Day) and they all blur together into a wonderful mix of chocolates, flowers, and cards for me.
Some memories stand out. The year in high school that I got THREE carnation-grams sent to my homeroom desk. One was from my sister and two were from gay friends who had no romantic interest in me at all, but I still adored it..
I loved being single on Valentine’s Day because it was the mystery of it, and the “What If”? I also loved being with a boyfriend or husband on Valentine’s Day too, and Cassidy has always been surprising with fun gifts.
2. Complete this sentence: Not many people know it but my husband is really good at ________.
Well I cheated and asked Scarlet first and she said he’s really good at making grilled cheese. I will say that he’s a good problem solver, almost in a clinical or just logical way. He can be clear-headed enough to find solutions for things that seem way out of my league – tough emotions and controversies and conversations. I go thinking off the deep end in my head.
3. What is your favorite way of spending time with him?
Definitely road-tripping. It’s true that anxiety and time and money and kids have sometimes conspired against us (usually anxiety’s the ring-leader) but I’ll always remember how we met – a long road with great music and great adventures. I actually have a dream about driving to Yellowstone in the next few years. I’m going to save up money because it’s important.
4. Is there anything that you are still embarrassed of doing in front of your husband?
Sometimes I’m embarrassed to ask for help when I really, really need it. Maybe I’m afraid to show weakness or I’m afraid he won’t help me, when of course as I have proven with question #2, he would help and he would problem solve.
5. The strangest gift your husband has ever brought you.
I’m not sure anything’s ever been strange, because I AM strange. So when he sent me a carton of CranCherry juice and a box of Lucky Charms one birthday in which he couldn’t be with me, well that’s because I loved CranCherry juice and Lucky Charms! I put that in past tense because Lucky Charms were always my favorite but they’re full of poison and my Spidey sense can taste it. So moving on, nothing has ever been strange – just appreciated! Especially the towel warmer I still need to use!
6. If he could choose one thing of yours to get rid of, what do you think would he choose? And if you could choose one thing of his’ to get rid of, what would you choose?
Oh dear – I don’t know! Maybe all of my books in the basement that I never read, and they have suffered damage, but I can’t seem to give them up yet. As for what I’d choose of his? Probably his car! I fear it’s aging. I wish I could buy him a new one.
7. How much did your husband spend on your first date?
Maybe he’ll see this and chime in! Our first date was technically Friendly’s in Holyoke, MA, way before I ever knew/thought I’d live in western MA. So it was probably the cost of a Friendly’s breakfast. We did go out to dinner that night or the next to a place in Shelburne Falls that is no longer there! It was called Tusk N’ Rattle and I know we ordered a lot of appetizers.
8. You’ve gone to the 7-11 to pick up milk. On a whim, you decide to get your husband a little surprise treat. What is it?
I really wanted to make a western Mass joke that I’d NEVER pick up milk from 7-11. I’d have it delivered straight from an organic, grass-fed cow. Oh wait, I did make the joke. Ok so really and yes, I have picked up milk from 7-11 before. I’d look for sour patch kids, gummy bears (Haribo only) or Good n’ Plenty. If it was something to share, I’d pick up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
9. What is the oddest location you’ve ever shared a kiss?
Our first kiss was on a beach in The Hamptons at 3:00am, after getting terribly lost going from JFK Airport to New England.
10. My husband may be the world’s best ______, but he may also be the world’s worst ________.
My husband may be the world’s best grilled-cheese maker, waffle-baker, heart-taker, leaf-raker, Doctor Who faker (as in, pretending he’s Doctor Who but I like that it rhymed) but he may also be the world’s worst sleeper. He’s such a light sleeper!
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