One of my favorite things about the early days of email was those long lists of questions that you had to answer about yourself. Favorite candy bar? Who’s your crush? Least favorite subject in school? Years later, some friends and I found some of those old lists and provided some pretty ridiculous answers. I love a cry-laugh as much as the next girl, and there’s something really fun about answering questions about yourself and your life.
Naturally, I thought it would be fun to answer the questions Erin sent to me via awarding the Liebster Award for my blog. I think this has been on the internet for quite some time, and as such, I’ll leave it open to any of my readers who might want to answer my questions on their own blogs. Consider yourselves tagged (or answer one of my questions in the comments for fun).
The Liebster Award is simple: state 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions of the person who tagged you, and present some bloggers with 11 questions to answer on their own.
Here’s my Q&A, which I thought would be fun to post, since I haven’t done something like this in a very long time.
11 facts about me
- My favorite social networks are Pinterest and Instagram. I love social media that shares ideas, experiences, and art.
- There are more than 1,300 fonts on my computer. No, YOU have a problem.
- I will pick the cherry-flavored Skittles and Starburst out of packages and feed them to you, or throw them in the trash where they belong because they’re disgusting and unfit for human consumption.
- My current favorite color is blush pink. I want my entire house to be blush and white.
- I’m fascinated with social psychology as well as concepts like motivation and happiness.
- As a kid, I absolutely hated chocolate. As an adult, I’ve worked in a chocolate shop and know more about chocolate than I ever thought I would. I unintentionally became a chocolate snob. Current fave: pretty much any dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt.
- Lots of people like to say they’re organized, but they have never seen my Outlook folder tree for my work email. I’m also a proponent of inbox zero.
- I’m a lifelong journaler.
- Most of my college teammates call me Fern. Still.
- A good way to get on my bad side is to tell me how to do something. Anything. It doesn’t matter what! I’m pretty independent and do not like being given orders.
- My favorite flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins is Daiquiri Ice, and has been since I was a little girl. Not sure how my parents were ever like, “Sure, get the mock alcohol-flavored ice cream, young girl,” but they did and the rest is history.
Here are 5 bonus facts from a 2010 post, just for fun.
Erin’s 11 questions
- If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Provence and the South of France. I’ve never really traveled outside the U.S., with the exception of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. I have ancestral roots in France and I’d love to experience the countryside, culture, and food of those regions and what lies beyond Paris. Plus who doesn’t want to go to the French Riviera?
- What is your favorite dish to make for yourself? What do you like to cook for company? Are they the same thing?
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I generally gravitate toward food that’s simple in both ingredients and preparation. Things like thick, toasted sourdough with very salty butter or room-temperature brie are favorites of mine. Or a perfectly medium steak with sliced avocado, sea salt, and lime. For guests, I like to show my skills a little more and serve something hearty and comforting. I believe in the power of food to bring us closer and make us feel loved because great food requires a lot of love and care. I’ve made risotto, meatballs and marinara, grits and grillades, bolognese, and other more involved dishes for guests, although I don’t entertain nearly as often as I used to. I also love to bake; I make apple pie for holidays and will always be happy to throw together a batch of cookies or bars.
- What is the most difficult dish you’ve ever cooked?
It’s not the most difficult in the sense that it’s hard, but baking really great homemade bread and pizza is a science that requires patience, practice, and discipline. And for those reasons, I love working at it.
- When you’ve had a bad day, what’s the first thing you do when you get home?
My bichon Pearl is the ultimate comfort. There’s nothing better to soothe my soul after a long day than cuddling with Pearl girl and and trying to avoid her sneaky ninja kisses. Step 2: wine.
- When you’re working, what kind of music do you listen to?
Mostly Thievery Corporation, Beach House, or some other kind of dream-pop or loungey music. My latest guilty pleasure, though, is to turn up the Country Pop station on Pandora and sing along at the top of my lungs while I clean, cook, or paint. Judge away.
- Favorite mindless TV show… go!
Revenge, Say Yes to the Dress, and So You Think You Can Dance probably all tie for first place. I think the hashtag to answer this question is #girl.
- If your life was turned into a movie, who would you want to play you?
This is a tough one. Maybe Winona Ryder, because I’ve been told there’s a resemblance.
- If anyone in the world was going to bring you a dish they cooked specifically for you, who would you want? And what would you like for them to make?
I’d want Ina Garten to cook me something that involves a ton of fresh produce straight from a farm. And cheese. Or a dessert. Or a roasted meat of some kind. Come to think of it, I don’t really care what it would be, because Ina’s food is the epitome of simple, classic, and comforting.
- What is the last book you read? Would you recommend it?
I’ve been reading a lot, so out of everything I’ve read recently, I’d recommend The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The story kept me up past midnight more nights than I care to admit and was wonderfully told. I read it’s becoming a movie, which is unfortunate I think because there’s so much detail and imagery in the book that film won’t capture the same way words did.
- What is your favorite hobby?
Writing is my creative backbone. I enjoy so many creative pursuits like knitting, painting, cooking, but writing is at the heart of who I am and how I best express myself. I’ve also been a huge fan of exercise for pretty much my entire life, and I don’t think that will ever change. I love feeling strong and powerful—that was the best part of being a swimmer, pushing myself as hard as I could and knowing I really excelled at it.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Foremost, a wife and mother. I’ve always thought of life as a series of roles (athlete, friend, gracious upstairs neighbor) and these are the next two in line for me. I’ve wanted to experience life from both those perspectives for as long as I can remember. On the professional side, I think I could see myself working independently or with a small company in a marketing or management role. I’m kind of crazy about efficiency and doing things the best way they can possibly be done and I’d like to see where that takes me, along with my marketing education and experience, in the future.
My 11 questions
- What was the happiest moment of your life thus far?
- Pie or cake?
- Have you ever done something that absolutely terrified you?
- What’s something you never imagined would happen to you but did?
- What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on?
- Where’d you go to high school? *Special New Orleans edition question!
- Is there a song that moves you to tears?
- Why did you start writing your blog?
- What keeps you inspired to continue posting?
- If you started another blog, what would the focus be?
- In your dream life, what’s the best part of your day?