Finally, #AskAwayFriday is here!
A little over a month ago, the very lovely Sonya K., the shopping guru behind the ever practical blog Saving Everyday with Sonya K., invited yours truly to partake in the renowned swapping of questions, also known as #AskAwayFriday. This weekly event, which is the brainchild of Penny from The Real Housewife of Caroline County, has since become a big deal in the blogosphere, and I'm honored to take part. Current #AskAwayFriday hosts include Tamara from Tamara Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings, Christy from Uplifting Families, Amber from Bold, Fit Mom, and Carol from Battered Hope.
If you have not yet visited Sonya's blog, do so. And be prepared to get the heads-up on tons of fabulous steals and deals because Sonya is great at what she does. Today on Sonya's blog you'll find her responses to the ten questions I asked her.
So without further ado, here are my responses to her questions...
1. I love your hair, so let’s start with some hair questions. You recently starting wearing your hair curly. Can you give us a curly hair update (do you like it, is it here to stay)?
A recent post I added to Facebook explains it all:
So basically, I’m back to straight hair...and back to craning my neck like a giraffe so that I don’t ruin my blowouts during my son’s toddler swim classes. It’s not that I dislike curly hair – I’m just not a huge fan of it on me. Plus, my hair is so thick and long that it takes days for my hair to air dry completely between washes. I’m addicted to my flat iron. There. I said it.
2. Have you ever had short hair? If so, pictures please?
I’ve never had short hair. Rather, my hair, for the most part, has always fit into one of three categories: long, longer, and – currently – longest. The shortest my hair has been was about an inch past my shoulder, but I know that’s not technically short. Here’s a pic on my birthday back in 2011 when I was three-months-pregnant with Scotty:
3. Congratulations on your 7th wedding anniversary. If you and Scott could take an impromptu anniversary vacation where would you go?
Thank you! Oh, that’s easy: Jamaica. Hands down. Although we’ve both been there before, we’ve never gone together.
4. What was one thing that you learned about your husband after getting married that surprised you?
That he is surprisingly good about tidying up our bedroom and clearing off his nightstand on a regular basis. Mine, on the other hand, is where useless things come to die. I am embarrassed by the layer of dust, which I’m sure is a violation of health code.
5. You are very lucky to be married to a chef. What is your favorite dish for your husband to cook?
Yes, I count my blessings almost daily that Scott decided to pursue the culinary arts after playing football. I’d have to say his shrimp-stuffed Portabella mushrooms. But I love everything he makes, right down to how it looks. One of the first things chefs learn in culinary school is that we eat with our eyes first, so when Scott prepares a meal, he also considers presentation. Here are a few of his dishes (pardon my photography, as there’s a reason why magazines pay food photographers big bucks); the plate on the far right, steak Oscar, actually inspired my story “Baby Wants Steak,” which was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food & Love:
6. Online or in-store shopping? Which one do you prefer and why?
Laughing. Online! No question. I only find this question amusing because everyone close to me knows that I’m addicted to online shopping. I’m not kidding. I’ve gotten better in recent months, though. I’m a bit of a hermit – and I don’t really enjoy going to a store to shop. I’m particular. I like what I like – and I know whether I like it (or not) mere seconds after I see it. Online shopping allows me to get in, get what I want, and move on. So I can get to more important things…like waiting for the goods to arrive on my doorstep.
7. I see you like shopping on eBay. What has been your favorite find on eBay?
eBay has been very kind to me over the years. From cashmere sweaters to cloth diapers to the personalized cocktail napkins on the wet bar in our great room, I’ve purchased so much. I’ve been an eBay member since 2003, and I just made my 779 transaction. (I think I deserve waaaaaay more from them than a purple star, by the way.) I have so many favorite finds! Far too many to name. But if I can only pick one, I’d have to choose my authentic vintage Louis Vuitton Speedy 35 that I bought back in 2007 from an eBay estate sale. It’s the handbag that has launched a thousand ensembles…and even provided the inspiration for my bridal shower cake:
8. I saw your three part series on your favorite closet relics. You have a lot of shoes that you love, but if there was a fire and you could only wear one pair of shoes out of your house which pair would you choose?
Oh, Sonya. How dare you make me choose? Sigh. Here’s the thing: My relics series was, quite truthfully, born out of emotion and not practicality. Meaning, the primary reason I would never throw any of those items away is because I love them…but I don’t necessarily wear all of those relics on a regular basis. As much as I love my holey Uggs I featured, I probably wouldn’t think to save them in the event of a fire. The answer to your question would vary depending on the season: If the fire was in the winter, I’d save my Bogg boots; if the fire was in the fall, I’d probably go for one (if not every) pair of Minnetonka moccasins:
But if the fire was in the summer, I’d probably have to go with a pair of Tory Burch shoes. Right now, I’m loving her limestone Reva flats and her Filipa wedge espadrilles:
9. I was impressed that you are a yoga instructor. How about a few yoga questions. How long have you practiced yoga and what is your favorite pose?
I began practicing yoga when I was in college over 15 years ago. I had been running track and long-jumping competitively since I was 12, and I used to believe that exercise had to hurt in order for something good to happen to your body. Yoga. Changed. Everything. My favorite pose to do is headstand:
I actually feel incredibly calm – “blissed out” is what we call it in yoga – after I've held this pose for a few minutes. I even practiced this pose when I was pregnant with both Scotty and Kennedy…but I couldn’t for as long with Kennedy because I gained so much more weight with her. When you so much as gain one ounce – trust me – it makes a difference when you’re standing on your head. The pic above was taken a few winters ago for Yoga Journal’s talent search. There were so many phenomenal yogis, that doing headstand in the snow doesn’t even earn you an honorable mention.
10. What was the hardest pose for you to learn?
Quick story about the photo above, which was taken on the boardwalk in Hollywood Beach, Florida, where Scott and I vacationed about six months before becoming pregnant with Scotty. I woke up at 7 a.m. every morning to do yoga alone on the beach, and this older gentleman would always be watching from a nearby bench, and, understandably, he totally creeped me out. On the second to the last morning of our trip, he approached me, told me that he was a photographer, and asked if he could take photos of me doing yoga. “Yeah, okay. That’s what they all say,” I replied. But, seriously, he really was a photographer – and quite well-known in the area, I would come to find out. The next day, he showed up again on the beach and gave me a CD with every photo he had taken. I ended up returning to Hollywood a month later, this time with my mom, and, again, he took more photos of my yoga sessions as well as some beautiful photos of my mom and me on the beach, which he later e-mailed me…but back to toe stand. It’s hard to learn, I think, because it requires surrender. If you are too stressed to concentrate, worried about this or that, you’ll fall over just trying to get into the pose. I was actually physically capable of doing this pose for months before I was prepared mentally. It was hard for me to just let go. But it’s the sweetest lesson to learn…in yoga, in motherhood, and in life.
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