So I'm feeling pretty chuffed because last week both Emily at EmberGrey and Cat at Yes Deer nominated me for the cheery Sunshine Award! They are two lovely ladies whose own blogs I thoroughly enjoy reading and each bring a smile to my face with their humour and takes on life.
In the spirit of democracy I've taken a bit of each of their questions / rules. So here goes:
Random Facts About Myself:
- I have never broken a bone in my body.
- I absolutely hate scary movies. Even the commercials can give me nightmares.
- I woke up in the middle of surgery once when I was 16. I remember looking up at bright lights and a lot of metal, hearing classical music, and feeling a bit cold. I must have said 'ow' because a figure leaned over me and a man's voice (probably my surgeon) said softly, "Hm...you shouldn't be saying ow..." and off I went back into la la land.
- I have been itching to go to the X Games for years! I harbor a hidden love for adrenaline sports and drool over the skateboard big air and vert, moto x freestyle, and bmx park events.
- I used to work in the drug world....the legal drug world, that is. Before my time in HR, I coordinated clinical research studies for pharmaceutical firms.
- I was once a trained phlebotomist (aka took blood from individuals for tests).
- I love sushi, but don't like most cooked fish.
- I was in the handbell choir in school. And yes, it's exactly as cool as it sounds.
- I change hobbies like normal people change socks. In the last few years I've tried out baking, soap making, knitting, card making, candle making, and scrapbooking. Remnants of each are stowed away in my 'crafts / DIY' tub...
- I have two tattoos and am currently working on the design for number 3.
- My first kiss involved a tent in a friend's backyard, a dare, and two people pinning my poor unwilling 'partner' down to the ground. Memorable. I was fourteen.
Questions from Cat & Emily:
- Why did you start your blog? I'm always writing. It's been my outlet since I can remember. I have dozens of journals stashed away from various times in my life. And before I started this one I had a photo blog of my daughter for family and friends to keep up with her growth and changes in her first year. But I found I was writing details and stories about her development, and our explorations, multiple times in emails to different family members and friends. My husband actually suggested I just do my writing once, on a blog, that everyone who wanted to could access. (He's very clever!)
- What is your holy grail beauty product? At the moment I am loving Aesop's Fabulous Face Cleanser and Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream, my mother's day gift from Bug & M, and Seacret's Dead Sea Salt & Oil Scrub that a friend gifted me at my baby shower. Seriously, that scrub gives me the most amazingly smooth and soft skin I've ever felt! An old favorite - Garnier face serum. Use it daily and have for years.
- What movie could you watch every day without getting tired of it? Life As A House. It's simply beautiful.
- What is something you can't be without? These days? My phone, nappy bag, wipes, child friendly snacks, sippy cups.....ha!
- What is your favorite song? OK. This is without a doubt the toughest question ever. Music is my one true (non-person) love in life. Each song is tied to certain memories, or feelings that I was experiencing at the time the song was played. I cannot choose one favorite song. A couple songs with strong memories for me?
- "Featherstone" - The Paper Kites // "Mushaboom" - Feist // "Dreaming My Dreams" - The Cranberries // "Heart-shaped Box" - Nirvana // "Underdog" - Kasabian // "High and Dry" - Radiohead // "Right Now" - Van Halen // "Love Don't Die Easy" - Charlie Worsham
- Do you have a pet peeve? I don't like dishonesty or selfishness. On the smaller side, I get my back up over improper use of homonyms like there / their / they're!
- Do you have a life verse or favorite quote? "It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." ~Abraham Lincoln
- What was your favorite class in college? The one I enjoyed the most that had nothing to do with my major was A History of Photography I. I was introduced to a number of brilliant photographers from decades ago that I never would have known otherwise, like Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, and Richard Avedon.
- If you could be anything "when you grow up" or have any job what would it be? / What was the best job you ever had? I loved my job as a researcher, testing drugs on human subjects. (Mwahaahaaa) But if I could pick anything at all, I would be a neurosurgeon. I loved my classes in neuropsychology and neuroscience. The brain and how it works (and sometimes doesn't) fascinates me. The only things holding me back: I'd be 50 before I was done with school, it would cost me a small fortune to get the degrees, and I don't have the most steady hands. Dr McShaky doesn't have the best ring to it... ;)
- What is your favorite pin? Food and travel pins are my favorite!! It's summertime which means salads, and this is my favorite summer salad ever. It's a Barefoot Contessa recipe and it is chock full of flavors and colors, and goes great with grilled burgers or chicken!
- Who is your role model? (This can be a a childhood role model or current.) / If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be? I'd have to say that my parents are my role models. They have been together for nearly 37 years and they still laugh and goof off together. They are fantastic examples of loyalty, friendship, unconditional love, and faith in their beliefs. I love them so much!
I nominate Alexandra at Team Starnes Takes London! Alexandra and her husband are also American transplants to London, and she blogs all about their travel adventures and their first year of their marriage (now into their 2nd!). I love reading about the places they visit and have picked up some handy tips for traveling. Go make friends!! :)