The irony is not lost on me that during my first Friday of co-hosting Ask Away Friday AND Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party (am I slightly insane?) that the theme of #LOBS is about humor, lightening up and stressing less. Yup. So here I am, co-hosting two linkups. Stay tuned for what will surely be some incredible posts about humor and stress relief. First, we have Ask Away Friday:
Welcome back to an all new #AskAwayFriday! We have brand new hosts, a brand new logo, and brand new swaps! 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. I dig it.
#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 then questions to really get to know them!
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Amber from Bold Fit Mom
My partner this week is Jenny from Express Bus Mama. And oh dear, Jenny, how did we meet? I am so terrible at remembering these things. I can’t imagine blogging life without each and every one of you, so it’s like you’ve all been here. Jenny is a wife, a mother, an express bus commuter, and in the awesome pursuit of happiness. She writes about motherhood, balancing working with motherhood, and learning how to figure things out along the way. Be sure to check out her answers to my questions HERE.
And now, my answers to her questions:
1. I’m slightly obsessed with long hair and won’t be cutting mine anytime soon. Would you ever go short? Like Audrey Hepburn short?
Oh my god, no. I will never say never, but I have a lot of doubts of that ever happening. My mom always said she’d be the old lady with the long, flowing hair, and she’s only in her 60’s and she DID chop it off. I honestly cannot see it happening with me unless I absolutely had to cut my hair for a really great cause. For the right price. I don’t know. I love my hair long and flowing.
And I will never get bangs. I am not someone who can rock bangs. (This photo is from a mom’s night out.)
2. What surprised you most about being a parent?
I suppose it’s how well they ground me. My kids make me less anxious in the ways I was always anxious before, and of course, more anxious in all of the heavy heart, letting go, parenting ways. Life can make me anxious, and every little change they go through might be the near-death of me throughout life. I do worry about that. Every now and then I realize that I will always step up for them. It will not be easy, but I will fight everything for them. And it pays to learn how to ask for help better.
3. Northampton is such a fun, eclectic town. What’s your favorite part about living there?
It was such a great place to move to after San Francisco. Both SF and Northampton have their own big PRIDE parades! And both have bison within five miles of my home, should I want to see bison. (strange but true) I love that Northampton is a small city, but can feel so country. I find it odd if I go to the co-op and I don’t run into someone I know. I love raising kids in this green land of valleys, foothills and peaks, fresh, local, organic food, & an emphasis on parenting, animal love and education…I could go on.
If you’re ever in the area, I encourage you to come visit me! We have a fantastic downtown and some amazing ice cream.
4. You and your husband are an adorable couple. Describe your perfect date.
Thanks! I think we’re about to have it, actually. Our sixth anniversary is this weekend. When we first met at JFK Airport late at night, and after getting lost somewhere on Long Island (Hi, to my Long Island friends!) and then winding up in western Mass, where I had never been before, and then sleeping/eating for two days and driving to Maine to off-road and see a moose? Yeah. That. I like the serendipity and the magic. I like walking into cafes that are playing a song I had meant to teach him. I think my perfect date with him is driving to some GREAT music, looking for moose, stopping to eat great food, and spending our nights at a bed & breakfast or lodge. With a jacuzzi. And lots of desserts. Camera is mandatory and sleeping is optional.
5. Your writing is beautiful, with an incredibly intimate feel. Who is your writing inspiration? Any particular authors?
I really love Jodi Picoult. Sometimes it can get boring and it seems like all of her books follow the exact same formula, but she has mixed it up a lot in the last few years. I’m awed and inspired by her thorough research. Each book she writes is an incredible and long process. She is so diligent and disciplined and I would like to be more like her when I grow up. Or you know..NOW.
6. Continuing on that note, what life changing book have you read?
I was really taken by “The Lovely Bones” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife” was a whole mental/emotional/physical experience for me. HOW did she write that? I mean…how? It was brilliant, beautiful, moving, thorough, heartbreaking. And fulfilling.
7. What are your tips for the newbie blogger? What’s your biggest no no?
Ahh..so many. Self-hosted WordPress, yes. Good images or free sources for good images. Connect. Connect. Connect. Link up your social media accounts. Pay attention to all, within reason. Be consistent. Have passion. A big no no would be to steal an idea, sentence, thought, topic, prompt and not give credit to where you saw it. That makes me queasy when I see it.
8. I was born too late. I’d be much happier if it was 1952. How about you? What time period could you see yourself living in?
Oh, I always thought it would be amazing to be in San Francisco (or anywhere) during the 60’s or 70’s. I really wonder what I would have been like. That time period always really speaks to me in a lot of ways, and in other ways – not at all. If I could live in the 60’s/70’s, I think Cassidy would fit in well too!
9. I think this one speaks for itself: freshly baked bread or chocolate? What’s your poison?
Well, chocolate! I don’t really love bread but I suppose when it’s freshly baked with high quality ingredients, and it’s melt in your mouth good with sweetened butter all in there..well.. I could be a believer. I have a huge sweet tooth and I’m always surprised that other people don’t have it, and I get worried that mine is so intense. My grandmother is 100 and she has a bigger sweet tooth than I do and she credits eating ice cream daily to her longevity. I’m serious – it was in the newspaper. And my mom has a big sweet tooth and she’s in great health. So maybe our bloodstreams are made for it or something. And also, I do eat a lot of vegetables and lean proteins. I think the sweet tooth is more in theory than practice. If Cassidy gets me a good chocolate bar to hide in my desk, it will be there for 1-2 weeks. I don’t consider that overeating. I also have a major thing for potatoes.
10. If you could change one thing about your life as it is right now, what would it be?
Without a doubt, I would eliminate all or at least half of the anxiety in my life. It’s just..stupid. I know I could BE so much more, and do so much more. When the anxiety leaves, as it sometimes does for years at a time, I am unstoppable. I am brave. When it’s here, I am so weak and afraid.
Wow, Jenny – thank you for these incredible questions! Until next week for Ask Away Friday..
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Thanks for sticking around for #LOBS! This weekend’s theme is “Lighten Up, Stress Less.” So link up your posts about stress relief or humor, or maybe just ones that make you feel better to read or write. Feeling lighter.. Anything goes! 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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