As I sit here to write this, on Thursday night (nothing like the last minute), I think about how today was a day of celebration.
For one, I’m going to be a matron of honor (man, that sounds older than maid of honor) at my sister’s wedding!
For another, it was seven years ago today that I left New Jersey for San Francisco’s foggy, frigid, amazing shores. I never went back to New Jersey when we came back east to raise a family, but I did find a fantastic life in New England.
Did I mention my favorite bakery burned down in late fall? Yeah. I cried. Today was their re-opening after several months. Did I show up before the bakery opened, at the crack of dawn? Did I get my favorite cookies and cakes? Was it like it used to be? Were my favorite staff members still there? All of that and more..next Wednesday. (Monday is a fantastic book review)
Oh, and it’s Cassidy’s birthday on Sunday and my sister and her fiancé (fancy new word) are coming this weekend for celebrations, snuggles with kids, warm and sunny outdoor play, and a woodsy and probably gorgeous engagement photo shoot.
And I found out today that my dear friend Ilene named a granola blend after me for her super awesome new business!
That above logo photo takes you to the product page/description. Also check out her good vibes page!
Not only that, today is Ask Away Friday AND Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party – No Mother Is Perfect! My Ask Away Friday partner is Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy. We “met” on Twitter, which just furthers my point that great things happen on Twitter. She writes about parenting, cooking, and whatever else she feels like! We have hilarious conversations on Twitter.
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!
To see Echo’s answers to my questions, click HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:
1. I am kind of obsessed with your photography! How long have you been in love with taking photos? (I would love to see an old pic you took and a recent one to compare!)
Always obsessed! I loved photography as a kid, but it really grew for me in college when I dated a photographer. I had thought that it was so subjective what could be considered good art, and I was almost afraid to bother with it. He helped me shape my visions into portraits and now I know that there were stories screaming to come out through photos, the way they were through writing. I believe I was born to do this. Here is an old photo I took with infrared film. I thought it was so much fun to use!
These days I favor more color photography because with everything I’m trying to break into with my photography business – newborn, events, small weddings, real estate, maternity, family, etc. I find that vivid colors make me very happy.
2. I saw in your “About me” that you have completed 2 cross country moves! How many times have you moved in your life? Are you settled for good now?
I feel pretty settled. Moving is traumatic for me and I’m still somewhat haunted by the last time! We have four acres here so if we came into money or started to outgrow our house, we could always expand on our land. That makes me happy. I couldn’t imagine leaving the friends I have here, but never say never. I have moved a few times in life. After my father passed away and my mom remarried, I first moved when I was five from one town in New Jersey to another. Then I stayed there from kindergarten through college, even though I had four different dorms/apartments in college. None were “home”, you know? After college my parents moved and then I had three apartments in central Jersey while working in inside sales. Then I moved to San Francisco to be with Cassidy. After two years there, we decided to move east and blessedly landed in Northampton. Home.
3. I have seen a lot of Tardis’ and Screwdrivers on your blog! Do you consider yourself a Whovian?
Absolutely, but it’s more like I married into it first. Cassidy grew up watching the Tom Baker (4th doctor) episodes as a child. He has long loved Doctor Who, since before a lot of younger people in the US knew it existed. Now it’s caught on and that makes it fun. I started from the 9th doctor episodes and I’m about caught up with the present. There are a few David Tennant episodes I have yet to see. (lucky me) You may have seen the shed in our backyard? Our front door is about to look like this too:
4. Tattoos and Piercings? Are you a fan? Do you have any? (Show us! If it’s appropriate! *shifty eyes*)
Ha! Well I got my ears pierced when I was ten but I never wear earrings. My hair covers my ears anyway. I think I got a second hole pierced in one ear but it closed up. I can’t stand tattoos. Small, meaningful ones are ok although I wouldn’t do it, but I would feel so claustrophobic to have something permanent on my skin. And with pregnancies and aging, what happens to them??
5. I am pretty set in my morning routine. (Coffee, kids, blog) Do you have a morning routine?
I don’t think I have anything set. To be honest, I can’t stand getting up early and yet I do it every morning of my life. It’s a form of torture. On school days, it’s a bit of a team effort ever since we got the puppy in that Cassidy lets her out and maybe gets the kids up. Then I feed them breakfast, and let them play a bit while I shower. Then I make Scarlet’s lunch, put the dog in her crate, drop Scarlet off at preschool, get back, let the puppy back out, have breakfast, and then we begin some sort of busy day.
6. If you had to pick one dessert to have for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I think ice cream. So many varieties that I love, and rainbow sprinkles and whipped cream would have to be included!
7. Bucket list… Do you have one? Care to share a couple of things on there?
I totally have one. I’ll include a few because some may happen sooner rather than later:
1. Have a photo published in a book or magazine. Or heck, several photos. Hundreds. Thousands.
2. Visit Isle Royale National Park. It’s a park on an island on Lake Superior, in the northern part of Michigan. It’s an island full of moose and wolves, and in which they co-exist fairly harmoniously. Both of their populations are able to grow, despite the presence of the other. Ecologists take note of this. So do I.
3. Be the first to show my kids their first moose sighting.
4. See Northern Lights!
5. Have a home hot tub or jacuzzi bath tub.
8. Your kids are GORGEOUS! Do you plan on having more, are you done or whatever happens happens?
Thanks! I definitely go with never say never, but if we had another, we’d have to decide in the next few years. Financially and emotionally, it doesn’t feel like it could work, but as I learned in the past, these things are highly subject to change. As of this writing, the thought does not make me happy. In fact, I was late by a day last month (probably just miscalculated) and I was really scared and upset at the thought of pregnancy. That was very telling to me that it can’t happen now or probably ever.
9. You are a photographer and a writer (and very good at both), but if you had to choose one, which would it be?
Ah, that is so, so cruel. There’s a sense of peace and wonder that I find with both. I would feel like half of me was missing to only choose one! And photography is my livelihood and I plan to use it to pay the bills! But..writing. Writing! If I had to choose one, it would be writing. And I’d write about how sad I was that part of me was missing.
10. What is one thing that you want everyone to know?
hm..one thing? Maybe that if the dog is quiet, she’s either using the bean bag chair as a toilet or shredding napkins under the table. Oh, and you can’t get me drunk no matter how hard you try. And that when the voices in my head tell me I’m a hideous, clueless, failure as a human being/mother, I can often tell them to go stuff themselves.
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