And I’ll usually take that with some humility and point out that Janine at least shares my crown and title, if not wears it solely on her own! However, there is a third blogger who has the loyal and consistent commenting down to such an art form, that she rearranged her entire posting schedule when life got too hectic, because she couldn’t bear to quit or lessen her reading/commenting schedule. Can I get a round of applause, a cheer, and maybe even “The Wave” for Kim of Day With KT?
Kim is such a kind and welcoming blogger and friend, as well as a top-notch mother, business owner and mother. I love to hear about her adventures with parenting two growing boys, trying out new fitness challenges, and sharing a daily exercise.
Thank Goodness it’s #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
Be sure to check out Kim’s answers to my questions HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:
1. I know that y’all collect some really cool items from some fairly popular movies. What are some of your favorites and how/where did you get them.
Well my all-time favorite is our life-sized Han Solo in Carbonite. He overlooks our dining room table. Doesn’t every house on the market need that? The story behind that is that “The Sharper Image” company was going out of business and they were auctioning off items from their offices in their headquarters in San Francisco. Cassidy bid on Han, and won. And there are only a limited number of these in existence. What’s funny is that we found one of Han’s “brothers” in Keane, New Hampshire at a comic book store. Cassidy was worried about Han making the trip to the east coast from California, and I’ll never forget the moving company mummifying him in packing material. He survived! He even wears decorations for the holiday season.
2. Has Cassidy started scouting out this year’s Christmas tree? Do you think he will try to top last year?
ha! Let’s hope not. He almost broke his back with that one so no 20 foot Christmas trees this year. Just a modest 13 footer will do. We used to call the 13 and 14 footers we got “Behemoths.” I was pretty speechless about the 20 foot tree. I think at this point, all we can do is decorate it better and better. So it may be in for some surprises.. Stay tuned for more on that..
3. Does Des miss Scarlet now that she is in school all day?
I think he does, but we have our own adventures. He’s in daycare 3-4 days a week, as well as library storytimes and lunch dates with ME! He does love to sit in her carseat in the car and play with her toys all morning, when he can!
4. You have mentioned that you have great metabolism and we all know that you are gorgeous! Do you follow a set workout and/or diet? What type of workouts do you like to do?
That is the sweetest thing ever!! I really take that to heart. I’m sad to say, I don’t follow a set workout or diet. The workouts are spotty at best. I do enjoy taking brisk hikes and walks, but it’s easier said than done. As for diet, there is nothing I restrict myself from, but I do try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. It’s not a perfect science but my ideal diet would be only whole foods and no chemicals. The metabolism is still very fast for now, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t take better care of myself. I’m naturally more willowy than toned, but I’d love to change that a bit.
5. Maybe you have already done this (if you did I missed it!!) – what is a typical day in your life like?
Well even if I have answered this in the past, it changes! Right now we’re two months into a groove of some sorts. Weekends are completely magical. I’ll just say that. It’s just so happy to all be together and to not be in a hurry anywhere. That said, the typical day is like this: I wake up from Des or Cassidy or Scarlet. The cats have toned that down, luckily, and Athena is a late sleeper. It used to be mostly me, but these days there’s a lot of help from Cassidy in the mornings. Somehow, together or apart, we get all the kids and pets fed, we get ourselves showered, and I pack Scarlet’s lunch. I drop Des off at daycare first, which is joyous for all involved, and then I drop Scarlet off at kindergarten as close to the bell (8:50) as possible, now that it’s nearly winter. We hug, I watch her go into school, and then I go home for a leisurely breakfast. I “work” (any mix of writing, photography, blogging, social media, etc.) until 12:50, with breaks in between, and then pick up Des. We do an errand or I do more work while he naps. Then we pick up Scarlet at 3:00 and generally stay at the playground for another hour or so. Then my least favorite part of the day hits, and I just hold it together until Cassidy comes home. Then it’s the bedtime song and dance, and then I work some more! Sometimes Cassidy and I will watch a TV show together, because romance isn’t dead!
6. This one is on the personal side – You have shared that you occasionally have dark period or times with more anxiety. Have you ever been on medication for this or have you always been able to push through?
It’s personal but this blog is very personal, so I figure it’s fair game for me! As of the present day, I’ve never been on prescription anti-anxiety medication because I have always been able to push through to the other side, and mostly the anxiety will go away for years, until a particularly tough transition pops up. I’m NOT opposed to medication and of course I always wonder if I will one day need it, but since I don’t swallow pills very well and I barely take more than a children’s Motrin for a headache, I’m a little intimidated. I once told Cassidy I was afraid of being medicated because I was afraid it would change my brainpower, or alter it, or shift it around. While I think that’s probably not a very valid fear, he pointed out that there are a lot of options in between doing NOTHING and doing medication. Things like exercise, aromatherapy with essential oils, music therapy, counseling, breathing, meditation, etc. I’m not going to say any of those things are necessarily for everyone, or magic buttons, BUT usually a combination of them IS a magic button. It takes work, but.. that’s life, right?
7. As a super taster, do you also have super smelling abilities? According to my family I do (thanks to being pregnant 2x) and I can walk in a room and smell stuff that no one else does.
I used to think I was a better smeller than anything! So, yes to that. When I was pregnant, it really sucked. Mostly, it doesn’t bother me while not pregnant. My super hearing bothers me more because I think that everyone watches TV too loudly!
8. You are an incredible photographer and have been super busy lately with jobs. Is photography something that you consider both a job and a hobby?
Yes, I guess I do. It’s sort of strange that it switched over. It overlapped. I used to be afraid to do photography for a living, because I didn’t want to grow to hate or resent it. Or I was just too meek and afraid of failure. However, what else would I do for money?? Other than writing, I’m pretty much disinterested in most things. And I’m crap at them. Not all things, but most things. Now that I do photography for money, I certainly consider it a job. If I were to go on a trip to Alaska, I would be doing it for a hobby, probably, but I’d be doing it with my professional knowledge. That’s the thing. I can’t just take a snapshot of my own family. I try to do everything professionally, whatever that means. I miss the jobs if I’m not doing them often.
9. A blog related question – how many blogs do you follow and how do you manage to make every single person that you follow feel special when you comment?!
I don’t know, Kim. How do YOU do it? That’s exactly how I think of you! I’ll say that I’m a voracious reader and that I have a good memory for details. So I really do remember and follow along what y’all write. And I can tell you how I manage to make every single person feel special – wait for it…. – I really do think you’re all special! As for how many blogs I follow, I don’t even have a ballpark. I use Bloglovin’ and I don’t comment on every blog I read. Not if there’s no two-way interaction. I like to believe that if I ever struck it big, I’d still take the time to have these relationships. Otherwise, what’s the point? Oh yeah. Fame and fortune. Well if there’s a way to gain fame and fortune by caring about people a lot, I’ll take the long way there.
10. Do you love the place you live to stay forever or do you think y’all will eventually move somewhere else? If you think you will move, where do you hope to go?
Ah, a tough one. Honestly the thought of moving at all gives me cold sweats. And we have a lot of land so should we ever strike it rich, I should think we could expand onto this house, rather than move to a mansion! Although Scarlet and Cassidy both seem open to moving and it may happen. Home is here. Family and friends and schools, etc. It’s hard to think of leaving. What I would like is to have enough money to have two homes – one on the west coast (preferably in Sonoma or Calistoga, California) and then one here. As much as I love it here, I don’t love winter’s bitterness or summer’s humidity.
Be sure to check out our Facebook page “AskAwayFriday” for a great place to meet up and send out a #BuddyRequest if you need a partner to swap with or to just talk about anything #AskAwayFriday!
By adding your email to this link up, you will be added to email correspondence that may be sent by one of our hosts, you may opt out at any time.
Hosts reserve the right to remove any links that do not pertain to the #AskAwayFriday theme.