Thursday, May 22, 2014

20 questions

I've had this little blog of mine for almost a year and a half now.  It has been such a joy to share this small space of the internet with you all.  And I figured that after 1.5 years it's about time that I share a little more about me, the girl behind the blog.  So let's delve together into a little game of twenty questions, shall we?

1.  How did you make your first dollar? 
Besides earning an allowance as a kid, my first "real" job was as a lifeguard at our neighborhood pool.  Lifeguarding is the best high school summer job ever - six hour shifts, all day in the sunshine, and a great tan.  These days I steer clear of the sun (boo, skin cancer) so I'm about 400 shades lighter than I was in high school.

2.  What is the best gift you've ever received?
Technically this wasn't a gift, but I'd have to say my sister.  My mom made sure that my sister and I cultivated a deep friendship at a young age, and I will forever be thankful to her for that.  To have your sister as your best friend is the best gift. 
3.  What splurge is well worth it?
Trips home to see my family.  And good shampoo/conditioner.

4.  What is your go-to shower song?
This one.  My aforementioned sister is totally going to make fun of me for admitting to this. 

5.  What is on your nightstand?
My bible, prayer journal, glass of water, and an angel figurine given to me by Pops.

6.  What is your fantasy itinerary?
I've always dreamed of traveling to Thailand.  I'd love to experience the culture, ride an elephant and of course enjoy the gorgeous beaches and islands!  Someday...

7.  What is your beauty secret?
I don't profess to being a beauty expert by any means, but dry shampoo has recently become my best friend.  If I need to squeeze in a run on my lunch break or after work before dinner plans, I rinse off my body but keep my hair dry.  After a few spritzes of the dry shampoo, my hair is refreshed and I've saved myself an extra 15 minutes of blowdrying and re-styling.

8.  What is on your feet right now?
Gold ballet flats. 

9.  What is on your kitchen counter?
Bananas, bills and the latest issue of Real Simple

10.  What should ever woman try at least once in her life?
Or rather, try on - cowgirl boots.  I promise, they are the most comfortable (and stylish!) pair of shoes you will ever own.

11.  What makes you laugh?
Roller coasters.  Kids.  Line dancing.  This little pup - she's a goofball.
 12.  What are your vices?
Any and all desserts.  I have a ridiculous sweet tooth.

13.  What charities do you support?
I am involved in the American Alzheimer's Association and participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's last fall.   I also have a great friend who is an awesome Young Life leader (hi, Sara!!) and it's been so fun to love on her and the kids at her school. 

14.  What was your favorite vacation?
This is a tough one.  I'm fairly certain my favorite is the one we're about to go on - a houseboating trip - because it will be Steve's first vacation with my family.  So in that upcoming trip's honor, here's a throwback to our last houseboat vacation. 
15.  What do you never leave home without?

16.  What makes you mad?
Bad driving.  Cheating.  Cutting in line.  Inconsiderate people.  Entitlement.

17.  What makes you cry?
Pretty much anything.  I'm a big crier.  I cry when I'm happy and cry when I'm sad. 

18.  What song instantly puts you in a good mood?
This one and this one (lovin' that piano!).  Both are long-time favorites since high school. 

19.  What movie has the greatest ending?
About Time - an excellent movie ending that also makes me cry - see #17.

20.  What is the best advice you've been given?
For my marriage: when you fight, fight well.
For my faith: God is always good and you are always loved.
For my life: you can do anything you set your mind to, if you just try.

Now it's your turn - what is the best gift you've received?  Your dream itinerary? 
Your go-to (and hopefully not as embarrassing as mine) shower song? 
I'd love to know!

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