When I was in middle school, I used to hang out with neighborhood kids and we’d gather in one of my friend’s garages and use the OUIJA board. We “met” a man named Ben Higginson who died when he was 27 and lived down the shore in New Jersey. One day we asked him for a sign to tell us he was there with us and the fire in our candle loudly crackled. We asked him what he did and he spelled out, “Krackel.” Ok, that should have been my indication that 27-year-old ghost men spell suspiciously like 13-year-old girls who hang out in garages, but hey, I was young. We asked him for another, louder sign, and suddenly we heard the loudest possible pounding on the garage door. It was a dark and stormy afternoon, believe it or not. We all screamed as loudly as we could and ran out of the garage, only to find our pissed off friend standing there. The garage door had been locked and she was trying to get our attention. Well she certainly did! Why am I telling spooky stories today?
It’s because my Ask Away Friday partner, Jenerally Informed, asked me about the scariest movie I’ve ever seen in the below questions. And believe it or not, I was more scared by the scariest movie I’ve ever seen than I was by my friends pretending to be ghosts in the OUIJA board. Jen is hilarious! She’s been known to pole dance and she runs the #MommyReality posts, as well as having her husband write some great Man-day perspectives. She lives in southern Arizona and certainly battles scorpions and javelinas daily. She has four kids and she’s the published author of Rebekah Grace The Practically Perfect Princess.
#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!
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Echo from The Mad Mommy
Don’t forget to read Jen’s answers to my questions HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:
1. Last night I was perusing the internet and was alarmed to see that the corset is coming back into fashion, as some of the Kardashian girls are posting pictures of themselves in them! What do you think would be another terrible fashion item that could be brought back into popularity?
You just reminded me of another funny story from my youth. My good friend came after school after drama club. She was wearing a corset for her costume and wanted to change in my bedroom because it was hot in that thing. She must have buried it somewhere in my room and forgotten about it and then my cleaning lady found it and gave it to my mom. It was a Double D cup corset, so clearly not mine. I was only 14 and they just wanted to know if I wanted to.. talk about anything. I didn’t.
2. What’s one thing (not a person or animal) you absolutely could not live without?
My camera, of course! Or a camera.
3. Now that we are heading into the summer BBQ season, inquiring minds want to know, are you a hot dog or hamburger kind of girl?
Good question! They both have their places. I’d say I’m a hot dog girl. I used to say I had a hot dog once a year. It’s more than that, but not too many. I eat burgers more. Sometimes you just really need to go with your craving and take a big bite!
4. What’s on your summer bucket reading list?
I want to read “All The Light We Cannot See”, “The Girl on the Train” and “Cutting For Stone” because all three were recommended to me. And I want to read a lot with the kids, especially Scarlet, to prepare her for first grade next year!
5. What is the scariest movie you have ever watched and have you ever met your neighbor Stephen King?
Here we go! I’ve never met Stephen King but the only time I ever called 9-1-1 was on my way to Bangor, Maine (his place) because I was with two friends on a deserted highway and a scary car was clearly following us. Then we got to our creepy hotel and my friend and I slept in the bed together because our third friend was trying to make out with one of us, but we weren’t sure which one. By the way, we saw a ton of moose the next day. We named them after Star Wars characters. (photo of one below) Anyway. Moving right along. The scariest movie I’ve ever watched is The Sixth Sense. Some people found it neat, and others found it disturbing, but I was so scared. I saw it in the theater on vacation in Florida and it upset me so much that I felt physically ill in the theater. Then I couldn’t sleep later that night because I was sure there were ghosts padding up and down the hallway in bloody nightgowns. I wasn’t home so that didn’t help. I got over it, but I’ve never watched the movie again. It almost made me barf and it made me afraid to sleep on my grandparent’s porch. Not cool, M. Night Shyamalan!
6. How many times have you watched the new trailer for Star Wars and will you be camping out to be there for the first showing?
You won’t believe this, but only twice. Cassidy was in Brazil when it came out and I watched it on my phone with Scarlet. Then I waited to see it on the big screen because it played before the movie when we went out to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. I don’t know about camping out for the first showing, but I’m thinking we’ll take Scarlet. She’s ready. She’s seen 4, 5 and 6. She doesn’t know about the existence of Episodes 1, 2 and 3. We’ll keep that going for as long as we can..
7. Since you are the Queen of blogging and have been dong it for 5 plus years now, what is your least favorite “chore” associated with blogging? What is your favorite thing?
Hmm.. least favorite. I certainly love composing posts and reading other people’s posts. I think least favorite would be having to sell myself. I’m no saleswoman. I think I ride the balance well, but can I maintain it? I hope so. I feel like no matter what happens in blogging, my main goals and passions don’t change. I like that. So my favorite “chore” would probably be the actual writing and photography and editing of my blog posts. I get a real high from it! It gives me pink cheeks.
8.There has been a lot of talk lately about putting a woman on the $20 bill. Who would you like to see that woman be?
Oh, sheesh. So many worthy ones. I remember thinking Harriet Tubman was a great idea.
9. What is your idea of a perfect food day?
Ahh.. where to begin. We begin. With breakfast. I’d like it up the street at Outlook Farm on a warm and breezy day so we can eat outside. I’m not a sweet breakfast person so I’d be happy with bacon, eggs, potatoes and toast. Plus some nice decaf coffee drink sweetened with pure maple syrup and maybe a bit of whipped cream. This is the perfect day, right? Lunch would be a chef salad. I am someone who craves fruits and vegetables and I feel best with them so even in a fantasy world, I’d want them. So some great greens and chopped eggs and some cheese and chicken and olives and carrots and lightly steamed broccoli, oh my. A homemade dressing and an apple and honey on the side! This brings us to late afternoon – ice cream with rainbow sprinkles. Need I say more? Then dinner would be clam chowder or broccoli and cheese soup. Dessert would be cookies from my favorite bakery. Or even better – late afternoon snack would be cookies, and dessert would be ice cream.
10. What is the most important message or lesson you would like your kids to learn from you? How do you teach this lesson to them?
Kindness. Above all else! My kids are innately happy, and for that I am thrilled. Kindness is more important than anything else they can learn. How can I teach it? I can teach it by being kind in front of them, and being lucky that they’re innately kind..
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