Please know that this title is not a reflection on how I see myself as a writer, photographer and mama of three (2 kids, 1 dog).
That’s more called “The Triple Trying.” I’m trying, sigh. The puppy is great. The kids are mostly recovered from their terrible viruses. The worst of the weather seems to be over. The anxiety post has been written. The weekend is coming. And now we look forward to longer, lighter days of taking deep breaths of fresh, warm air. Stranger things have happened in New England.
My triple threat is that I’m doing three posts in one. First, to refer you to a piece I wrote about grief – link HERE.
Second, it’s Ask Away Friday with Lisa of The Golden Spoons! She’s my co-author on “The Mother Of All Meltdowns,” a regular blogging friend, and we’re going to meet at BlogU Conference in June! I love when Lisa writes about her three daughters, how serious she is about writing/blogging, and her #TuesdayTen posts. Be sure to check out her answers to my questions.
And third, stay tuned after Ask Away Friday to link up to Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party.
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!
1. I usually do Finish the Sentence Friday and the sentence for this week is “I went to a concert. . . . . ” Do you remember the first concert you went to? If not, tell me about your favorite you’ve ever been to.
I do remember, and in a lot of ways it was my favorite because of how special it was. It was seeing Tori Amos at the RAINN Benefit Concert at Madison Square Garden in 1997. I was 16. It was a small theater of MSG, and not the giant arena. I remember saying aloud, “If she plays “Winter” right now, I’m going to drop on the floor and die.” And then she started right into “Winter”. I didn’t die. The whole experience was one giant physiological reaction in my body. It is truly what it is to get high on life.
This is an honest-to-goodness blurry old negative scan of Tori Amos in action:
2. I have read all 20 of your posts about how you met your husband. It’s like a novel, you should really publish it someday! They say opposites attract. Are you and Cassidy more opposite or more similar?
Thank you for reading it! I’m going to have to say both. We’re alike in what I think are very important ways. We think the same way politically (thank heavens) and we both believe in grand gestures and surprises and fulfilling dreams for ourselves and our kids. Pretty important stuff right there! I think we’re opposite with anxiety. I’m not going to say he doesn’t deeply feel things and lose sleep over things, because he does, but he can take life more easily than I can – with much less tears and stomachaches.
3. My hubby is six years older than me and I know your hubby is several years older than you, too. Has the age difference ever been a problem for either of you?
“It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage.” (Indiana Jones) It was more evident to me (and him) when we first met. I was 24 and he was 32. So even though, and you’ll know from our story, he was not always very nice to me during our breakup, I was just painfully young. I still had some dating to do at that point. Funny that I’m now older than he was then! Mostly I can’t tell our age difference, but I can still do things he can’t like fall asleep with my neck at a weird angle, and I can just wake up in the morning and be fine. I’ve never experienced any back pain either. Maybe it’s not in my future, or maybe age is still on my side.
4. You have posted pictures of your siblings before on your blog and referred to yourselves as a “Brady Bunch Family.” Are you close to your siblings and step siblings? Do you like being part of a somewhat large family?
I think it varies throughout life. When we became..the Brady Bunch..we never used the word “step.” For one, we were all very young. And there were no divorces so our parents were our parents. There wasn’t an alive father AND a stepfather. It was just Dad. I have been very close to all of my siblings at different times throughout our lives. I am never close with all four at once, and I have lost touch with one of my brothers for over a year. No love lost, though. It’s just life sometimes. My other brother has a son and a daughter on the way and I really love to get together with his family. And I feel very close to my sisters, always.
5. Switching gears, what is your most viewed post ever and why do you think it’s so popular?
I don’t know how to find that out (can anyone tell me how?) but my post from Monday about getting our puppy as a surprise is up there! It had the most comments I think I’ve ever had, and it had thousands of pageviews. The organization that Cassidy rescued her from, Peace and Paws Rescue, posted my link (with my permission) and last time I checked, it had 43 Facebook shares. And they have 90,000 fans so I think that’s why it was so viewed. Also, who doesn’t love a good rescue dog love story? I know I do!
6. As I type these, I am sitting here with my hubby watching The Hangover III. What type of movies do you like and what is your all-time favorite movie?
My all-time favorite movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind although I haven’t seen it in ages. I also love American Beauty, Edward Scissorhands, Groundhog Day, Big Fish, Shawshank Redemption, Lost in Translation, The Wedding Singer, Pump Up The Volume, Unbreakable and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I imagine there’s a common thread among all or most of those movies – something about deep soul, fulfilling dreams, or finding lasting love. I don’t like any horror movies, or really any violent movies.
7. Another question inspired by The Hangover and your truths & lies posts, what is the craziest thing you have ever REALLY done (that you can talk about here on the blog) and have you ever gotten caught doing something you shouldn’t have?
In 10th grade, my teacher caught me cheating on a biology test. We had a really strong connection, and he never looked at me the same ever again. Crushed my heart. I didn’t deserve his respect after that. As for the craziest thing I ever did, it’s probably making huge decisions without putting in the work/time/open heart to sustain them. I’m getting better..little by little.
8. What song (or songs) are stuck in your head right now?
Funny you should ask! For weeks, it was “Let It Go.” (Frozen) Now that we got the dog, it’s totally “Athena” by The Who!
9. Your new puppy is so cute! How did you decide on her name, Athena?
Thanks! (not that I made her) The short story is that I could never really get the song by The Who out of my head after I met Cassidy, because they’re one of his favorite bands, so I thought it would be fun to name a dog Athena, and then when you call her, you belt out song lyrics. “Athena! I had no idea how much I’d need her!” So he was all for the name, and Scarlet loved it.
10. I am so excited that you pulled the trigger and bought your ticket for BlogU! What are you most excited about doing and learning at the conference?
I guess even though I’ve been doing this for four years, I’m still learning SO MUCH every day. I’d love to hear what the blogging experts have to say. I’m a very avid note-taker! I won’t even tune out during the photography panel! I’ll be loving it. I think I’m most excited for meeting all of you, though. It will be really, really special, and I’m nervous!
Thanks for sticking around for #LOBS! This weekend’s theme is “Spring Fling.” I know it seems like spring will never come, at least here in the northeast, but it always does and it always will. Maybe if we link up some great spring-themed posts, it will come faster! Here are my Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party co-hosts:
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