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1. What’s your usual starbucks order?
I am not at Starbucks enough to have a usual (we are on a rather tight budget till we get medical bills paid off and build up our emergency fund), but one of my favorite things to order is a mocha with no whip and some chicken chorizo tortilla sous vide egg bites. That actually sounds really good right now. I think I may have to Google myself a good recipe to make my own. The mocha is either iced or hot depending on the weather and always with NO whip cream. It’s a texture thing.
2. What does your workstation look like?
There always seems to be a pile of clean placemats and tea towels fresh from the dryer behind my laptop; I’m a terrible multitasker!
3. Favorite food?
It’s hard to pick an absolute favorite. If I truly had to narrow it down it would be the Arkansas Fritters at Tusk & Trotter in Bentonville, AR. This was a favorite restaurant of ours when date nights were a regular thing and anything on the menu would probably qualify. I also love their pizza.
4. Favorite author?
Hmmm. I have read a variety of books primarily on personal finance and minimalism lately, but I think my all-time favorite author would have to be C.S. Lewis. I am not a Narnia super fan, but I haven’t read anything of his that didn’t resonate. I need to dig Mere Christianity back out and reread it.
5. What do you think of open relationships?
I agree with Lafrieda: “3 or more is a crowd-So Nope.”
6. What is your favorite video game?
I don’t play very often, but Wii Sports! I love bowling on the Wii!
7. Guilty pleasure treat?
I like to eat it straight out of the container. I just have to hide in the laundry room so the kids don’t see!
8. Favorite movie?
9. Favorite book?
I don’t know that I have one, but if I had to choose I would say it was a tie between these two. Hmm… maybe I have more than one favorite author?
10: Twitter or Instagram?
11. Desktop or laptop?
I definitely enjoy my laptop more right now, but mostly because I do not have a desk yet. It’s a little more comfortable at the kitchen counter than the console table where the desktop is.
12. Best advice you’ve ever received?
It was probably to trust my instinct and do what I felt was right/best.
13. What project are you working on right now?
Mostly this blog; I’m still new to the blogging world and trying to figure all this out.
14. Favorite color?
Purple. I don’t wear or use it often, but it is still my favorite.
15. Did you get good grades in school?
I did fairly well in high school but made the Dean’s List in college a time or two. I was more motivated as an adult in school paying my own way! I look forward to the day when I am able to finish my degree. It is not in our best financial interest for me to pursue that now. That is a whole nother post though probably!
16. Dream job?
I am working toward being a mompreneur; I would love to keep doing what I’m doing and actually provide steady additional income for my family without the need for childcare.
17. Play sports?
Not so much; I have an incredible lack of coordination and depth perception.
18. Do You Have a Degree?
No, I do not. I will probably save that story for a later post and not in a Vogue 73 Questions answer though. The good news is I cash flowed my tuition so I obtained no student loan debt.
Born and bred in the USA, mostly Irish roots with some Dutch and Swedish according to my sister’s 23 and Me analysis. There were no major revelations in her test so I figured I’d keep my DNA to myself and save $100.
20. What’s your favorite type of blog post?
I really like posts that tell a story but are also informative and helpful. I don’t have a lot of time for entertainment so I prefer my time reading to be spent on personal growth. It helps if they’re funny too.
21. What do you like to collect?
Friends and memories! That’s what’s so great about becoming a blogger; I’ve met so many new people and leared so much in just a few short months! Since I started on this minimalist path I decided to focus on experiences and not things. I’ve always been leary of collections anyway; you get one French rooster for example and the next thing you know that’s all anyone gets you for your collection! It’s the stuff of nightmares I tell you!
22. Describe yourself in 3 words…
I would say I am kind, introspective, and sometimes a little too serious.
23. If you were a rapper what would your stage name be?
I have no clue on this one. Any suggestions?
24. Who was the last person you DMed?
I respond to stories a lot more than I DM, but I believe I last reached out to an IG friend in West Texas after hearing about the latest shooting in Texas. I learned that if you’re in Texas you don’t consider Midland/Odessa to be West Texas.
25. What’s on top of your wish list right now?
Believe it or not, we sleep on an air mattress right now; I sold our old bed and mattress before we built our new house. They weren’t what we wanted anymore and the mattress needed to be replaced. I decided I’d rather take the cash and not move it twice. Here we are a year and a half later still on the air mattress.
We would love a new mattress and for my husband to be able to build this farmhouse storage bed. He’s very handy; he’s built all the furniture in our house except our couch and his dresser. The bed will hopefully eliminate the need for the dresser.
26. Sorting Houses?
27. How many tattoos do you have?
Just the one. I have my kids’ names above the anklet and feathers. After some post-cesarean complications with the second child I wanted something pretty on my body to remind me of my pregnancies. I would like a watercolor peony on my arm, but no immediate plans there (we are on a budget and all that jazz).
28. What are you most grateful for?
Family! We literally would not be where we are today without them!
29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?
It hasn’t happened yet, but this month is our 13th wedding anniversary!
30. What’s the best thing that has happened to you today?
Nothing much has happened today and I like it that way!
31. What’s the best thing ever?
I want to be funny and say chocolate, but I’m going to have to go with salvation. Without that everything else would be pointless.
32. Favorite season?
Fall! So glad it is just around the corner! Arkansas weather is so meh, but fall is not too hot, not too humid, not to mosquito-y, not too cold. It’s just right for a little while. I am a big fan of sweater weather.
33. Favorite Holiday?
Christmas! I love the music, the food, the family, the meaning…
34. What fictional character do you relate to?
I am drawing a blank on this one.
35. Do you like surprises?
Good ones, yes.
36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever received?
The fact that I am a stay at home mom and my family is consumer debt-free in a brand new house is beyond my wildest dreams!
37. Which surprise made you cry?
Nothing happy is coming to mind, so I’m going to skip this one.
38. What’s the best surprise you’ve given someone else?
Probably my husband’s surprise 30th birthday party.
39. Do you like muffins?
Love them! I make a pretty good blueberry muffin if I do say so myself.
40. Do you cook often?
Pretty much every. single. day. And I’m big on meal planning.
41. What’s your favorite dessert?
Red velvet cake.
42. Is there a dessert you don’t like?
Stuff with lots of whipped cream or nuts.
Cake or Pie?
What’s your least favorite food?
Green peas or beans. Again, it’s a texture thing.
45. What’s your favorite condiment?
Hidden Valley Ranch. There is no substitute.
46. It’s 4 am on a random Saturday, what are you eating?
I’d better be asleep at 4 am! If not it’d better be pancakes!
47. If you could teach a college class, what would it be called?
Don’t do this 101. Prerequisite to Do That 102.
48. Best Animated Film
Beauty and the Beast! Forget the holes in the story, it is just a beautiful movie.
49. What has a guy done or said to impress you?
Followed my intuition and advice!
50. Best thing to do on a first date?
It’s been a while, but be yourself. Treat yourself and the other person with respect.
51. What’s the worst thing to do on a first date?
Talk about yourself too much; the whole point is to get to know the other person enough to know if you want a second date…
52. What’s the funniest pickup line a guy/girl could use?
Not a fan of most.
53. Best Comic Book Character?
Not into them, but gotta go with The Wolverine. Only because… Hugh Jackman.
54. Name 3 things that can always be found in your purse?
Keys, lip balm, and a pocket knife. I never remember I have the knife though.
55. Favorite drink?
I love Dr Pepper. I know it’s bad for me, but I still love it.
56. If you could play a historical character in a movie, who would it be?
57. Kittens or puppies?
I stink at house training so I’m going to have to go with kittens.
58. Favorite sushi roll?
I’ve only tried shrimp tempura.
59. What lipstick do you use?
Currently, just lip balm and occasionally an old Avon favorite. I really want to try Savvy Minerals lip gloss.
60. What foundation do you use?
Savvy Minerals Mineral Powder. I love it!
61. Blow Dry or Air Dry?
Little of both; I lose patience with the hairdryer and give up.
62. Who is your favorite fashion Icon?
Audrey Hepburn! Full disclosure: I can’t pull off red lip color and am nowhere near as chic. I love her style, but I don’t have it!
63. Favorite Disney Character?
64. What are you doing tomorrow?
Taking my boy to speech therapy. Probably housework. Hopefully blogging.
65. Movie you laughed the hardest through?
Nothing is coming to mind.
66. A movie that made me cry?
The Notebook, but I was mad! Hollywood ruins books you already know and love.
67. If you could sing a duet with anybody, who would it be?
Nobody would pay to see that!
68. If your life was a song, what would the title be?
“This is the Stuff” by Francesca Battistelli. “I lost my keys in the great unknown and call me please cuz I can’t find my phone…”
69. What is your favorite animal?
70. Favorite Illustrator?
71. The person you want to have coffee with?
Anybody pleasant. There is a devotional writer who has a spot on the radio that starts out, “if we could have coffee together I’d tell you…” Her.
72. What country would you like to visit?
73. Best way to decompress?
Long bath, good book, and a glass!