May 31, 2013

Eleven: A Q&A

Back in February—holy crap, where have the months gone—Kristin of My Life as a Teacup tagged me to answer eleven questions about myself. (Sincere apologies for not getting to this until nearly June, Kristin!)

I've always loved filling out this type of questionnaire—remember early email forwards?—and I hope you enjoy getting to know a little more about me through my answers!

That's me, in case you'd forgotten what I look like.

Kristin's questions:

1 | If you were given a one-way plane ticket, where would you go?

Practical me wants to say somewhere where I know someone who could give me a way home, but adventurous me says the UK. I've only ever been out of the U.S. to visit Canada and Paris, France, and I've long longed to visit Ireland, England and the rest of the British isles. My ancestors are mostly all from there, I love the accents, and the scenery is to die for. Also, to be totally honest, I'd feel more secure going somewhere where I speak basically the same language. I'm not brave enough to tackle a completely foreign land.

2 | What's the first thing you do once you wake up in the morning?

On the weekdays: I kiss the Mister, tuck Mollie underneath her Beauty and the Beast comforter and then head into the bathroom to get ready for work. I check my Instagram notifications, start my town in Pixel People and check the weather before hopping into the shower.

On the weekends: Pretty much the same, other than that I get up later, and the Mister is often on a bike ride by the time I finally roll out of bed. (At like 9; Colt gets up SUPER early for some rides.)

3 | If you could go back to live in any time period or era, which would you choose?

Being a lady, this question is a bit daunting. (We didn't have it so good up until the mid 20th century. Also: I really like the Internet.) However, I would love to go back and visit the late 1800s. I'd be a bit of a radical, of course, but I'd love to be able to see how people truly lived then, rather than just read about it in a book.

4 | Who's your literary character crush?

Currently? A from David Levithan's Every Day. A is ... unique. Y'all should totally read the book, and you'll learn why I have thing for A.

5 | What is one challenge that initially terrified you, but you persevered through to overcome?

As silly as it might sound, blogging and putting myself out on the Internet was initially quite scary. I'm an introvert, and as such, I'm not exactly comfortable being the center of scrutiny. However, the community, friends and family I've found through blogging and my various other Internet endeavors has made all the self-doubt and struggles totally worth it. (I'm talking about you. Yes, you.)

6 | Tell me a story about the most cherished of your senses (a particular memory tied to the scent of baking gingerbread, a sound that strikes fear into your heart, be creative!).

The smell of garlic will forever remind me of my childhood. I don't know that my sense of smell is my most cherished, but the smell of garlic, particularly dried bulbs, definitely brings back memories of a wonderful time in my life.

When I was young, my parents owned a "vacation cabin" in Boulder Creek, California, in the mountains outside of Cupertino. We used to go there for long weekends. I don't remember much about the place other than that it had a super high loft area that I would read in, a swing set in the yard, a crap ton of banana slugs on the sidewalks, and two or three wall hangings made from garlic bulbs. The garlic would permeate the place when we closed it up each time we left, but it never became noxious. Still, to this day, that light garlic aroma reminds me of childhood happy times with Mom and Dad.

7 | What is one movie/show/book/video game that you're looking forward to seeing/reading/playing in 2013?

Since it's already June (basically), I've already seen quite a few of the movies I was looking forward to in 2013—Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6. But there are quite a few more that I'm looking forward to seeing later in the year—

8 | Favorite pancake flavor? (I'm partial to blueberry!)

My current favorites are the Lemon Poppy Seed variety from the famous Austin restaurant Kerbey Lane. They come with this sweet and tart glaze (rather than syrup) and are so, so good. I'm also a fan of plain buttermilk with fruit (banana, blueberry, etc) mixed into the batter. 

9 | What is the last book you read?

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. (I'll be writing a review of it for FYA next week!)

10 | Who would you choose to play you in a movie of your life?

I just took one of those celebrity look-alike online tests, for science, and ended up with my top match being Anne Hathaway. I don't see it, but she's pretty cool. Personality-wise, I think I'd prefer someone like Ellen Page or Emma Stone (who is a total doppelganger for my friend and TGG's wife Emily, but whatevs. This is MY movie.)

I took it a step further and thought about who would play a few of the main characters in my life. The Mister would be played by Seann William Scott (because he hates that people think they look alike), my mom by Helen Mirren (because they're both awesome) and my dad by Bill Murray (because they're both loveable weirdos who happen to have the same name).

11 | If you had to choose a single word to serve as a focus or goal for 2013, which would it be?

I actually posted about something similar in January. I chose the word create and tasked myself with making 2013 a more creative year. I think I've done somewhat well at being a more creative individual so far, but can certainly push myself even farther in the second half of the year.

I'm not tagging anyone to play along, since I'm so late in the game, but if you'd like to answer a question of my invention, leave a comment! I'll create a question just for you.


  1. Ahaha, no worries! I can't believe it's already June. It might as well still be February in my mind.

    And I just loved reading your answers. All of them. I've now got another book to add to my "must read" list, had an Aristocrats nostalgia moment (which, I'm also torn - I love particular historical periods, and then I think about how much it would suck to be a woman in one). And hooray for movie-casting! I've been told I look like Ellen Page by random customers at work, but now I think I need to go cast my family and friends, hahahaha.

  2. Oooo, I'd love a question! ^_^ You're such a fun and creative lady, I can't wait to see what you ask. <3 Also, I love the smell of garlic as well. SO good, and many childhood memories as well and even more now! Ireland, oooo. My foreign travel goal is Scotland, Finland and Norway!

  3. Holy crap! I can totally see, now that you mention it, the Ellen Page resemblance.

  4. Your question is ...

    If you could switch lives with one person for one day, who would it be and why? :)

  5. I don't see it as readily as other people seem to, but I think that's always the case when you're looking at yourself or people you see on a regular basis ^^