May 12, 2015

20 Things... I'll just go ahead and tell you about myself

Question 1: How tall are you?
Just a smidge shy of 5’8”.  I was always one of the shortest kids until high school. I often forget that I’m actually on the taller side now, until I see a picture in which I'm towering above my friends. But I have freakishly small feet (size 6) so I have terrible balance, but I can pretty much always try on the sample pair of shoes, so it evens out. 

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
I do a pretty good impression of a velociraptor. My brother and I used to hide in opposite sides of stores or outdoor areas and “call” to each other then come running out with our hands tucked into our ribs like claws. It’s terrifying for others, I imagine. Few people have seen "the raptor" in real life... it's starting to make a comeback though. When the moon is just right, you may see it too. 

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
Guest posts that are like “Tell us about your blog, what it’s called, and what you write about” and people are like “My blog is called :::some silly nickname:::: and I mostly blog about my husband and pets and sunshine and things that make me laugh”… Actually, MY blog is my biggest blog pet peeve.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
Bad drivers. People that speed in residential areas, don’t use their turn signals, and don’t know how to merge onto the freeway. Also, bad service at a restaurant or retail shop. Louis CK discusses this perfectly here. And mostly…the way some people (ahem, girls) eat granola bars… grabbing little tiny pieces with their fingers… it’s a granola bar. It’s in a wrapper. It does not require using multiple hands or really, multiple bites, for that matter. It doesn't have to look cute. Ugh. 

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?
I’m gonna need more specifics…Like, favorite song to sing at karaoke? Anything by Johnny Cash, Tracy Chapman, or Elvis Presley. To blast in the car? Anything by Johnny Cash, Tracy Chapman, or Elvis Presley. To sing in the shower? Anything  by Johnny Cash Tracy Chapman, or Elvis Presley. Or… whatever the last song that I heard playing was.

Question 6: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?
I like to draw and paint while listening to podcasts or audio books. Currently listening to: TheLivelyShowEliseGetsCraftyFreshAirAll the Light We Cannot SeeBossyPants. I also love to reorganize my closets...or your closet for that matter.

Question 7: What’s your favorite junk food?
Flaming Hot Cheetos. It’s really never a good idea. 

Question 8: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
Ha.Ha.Ha. Yes, I have pets. Three. We are out-numbered. We have two cocker spaniels, Arthur (10), and Wilson(almost 5), and a liger named Logan (6). They appear in most of my photos.

Question 9: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?
I read The Whip a few months ago and have recommended it to everyone I know. It’s a novel based on the true story of a woman who disguised herself as a man and became a stagecoach driver during the gold rush to try and avenge her husband’s murder. It’s amazing. Favorite fiction? Pretty much anything by Sandra Dallas does it for me. Historical fiction, badass lady characters, love, loss… can’t go wrong.

Question 10: What’s your favorite beauty product?
I’m not totally committed to any single product, but I love me some fancy, natural bar soap. I usually buy a few whenever I travel, at the grocery store, or farmer’s market. My husband, parents, and best friend have all given me bar soap as gifts and it’s literally the first thing I unwrap and use. I’m easy to please.

Question 11: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Red wine.

Question 12: What’s your favorite movie?
Most Watched: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Forrest Gump, Just Friends, The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, You’ve Got Mail.

Question 13: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?
Oh boy, it depends on the year. I ran with a lot of different crowds, sometimes all at the same time. I wore heavy eyeliner and a studded belt to cheerleading practice, joined theater for a minute, went to lunch time Bible studies and Gay-Straight Alliance group meetings, dated boys in bands… I didn’t have one particular group or activity that I stuck with all four years. I loved having friends all across the spectrum but it also made it some of the hardest years for me. I didn’t really know where to fit in, I just liked making people laugh. 

Question 14: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
New Zealand. I would love to have a bed & breakfast with a vegetable garden or vineyard, a barn with lots of animals, and studio space for hosting artist retreats and workshops where guests could learn to make cheese, cook, paint, sculpt, and more.

Question 15: What’s your #1 most played song on iTunes?
Amsterdam by Gregory Alan Isakov…81 times, and that’s not nearly enough.

Question 16: If you could know the answer to any question, what would it be?
When will I ever learn not to _______. Oh, never? Well at least now I know.

Question 17: What was the first album you bought with your own money?
First cassette… Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette. I was in third grade and probably way too young to be listening to her but I convinced my parents that I wouldn’t listen to any of the "bad words". I even took the lyrics sheet out of the case and crossed out all of the bad words I could find so that they wouldn’t “be there” anymore. First cd was either Hanson, All Saints, or Green Day.

Question 18: If someone wrote a book about you, what would be the title?
“You May Not Want To Hear This, But...”

Question 19: If you could try-out any job what would it be?
I’ve secretly always wanted to compose soundtracks for movies… like the actual songs, not sound effects. I have no idea who or how this works, but if anyone has pointers, or wants me to make a soundtrack of the movie of your life, hollah. It would be really, really, really good. 

Question 20: What’s something you’ve done that you would never do again?
Be a teenager. Live far away from the ocean. Sky dive. Yep, once was really all I need on those.

Ok, your turn...byeeeeee!



  1. This is so fun!! I actually have a post coming up that I tagged you in - for the Liebster Award. Not sure if you've done it or not but it's kind of like this. :) PS I totally stayed at your future b&b in New Zealand!! The owner was an artist and she had a gallery set up in the breakfast room. It was lovely! She didn't offer lessons but I love that idea!

    1. Hi Sydni! Oh gosh, I'm honored, thank you! Where in New Zealand was the b&b? We only visited the North Island in 2011 but can't wait to go back someday... maybe for good! ;)

  2. Just stumbled across your blog and really love it! I can put my finger on "why" exactly, but I just love your photos. Side note...your answer to question 14 is perfect. Painting, a vegetable garden, cheese and animals? All in New Zealand? Sign me up :)

    1. Thanks Samantha! It's probably the charm of my many pets ;) Yes! Let's go to New Zealand, it's pretty much paradise <3

  3. I loved getting to know more about your. Your pets are so cute and the post was really entertaining. :) I haven't done something like this in such a long time...

    1. Hi Gentri! Thank you so much for stopping by! I have been having total writer's block so I was like "I'll just do a 20-questions thing again" which was surprisingly fun. I hope you are doing well and enjoying life on the East Coast! xo Hailey

  4. Hahaha I was cracking up over here laughing at your raptor story. Love your liger too.


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