• Ask Me Anything Answers*

    **Have you voted in my poll yet? (—>)

    While BC is in the middle of an insane heat wave, it continues to rain over here in Ontario. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it rain this often, or this much. I’m trying to find things I enjoy about the rain, but even this is a little much for me. I did manage to get out for a run when the rain let up a little bit (thunder stopped and the rain wasn’t pelting down), and it was actually quite a refreshing run. I was soaked by the time I got back, but it was good to get out. I’m 3 for 3 so far this week! Still Searching from The Search For Happiness has decided to join me in my challenge–any other takers? :)

    I needed a break from scanning job sites in search of employment and found myself here. I’m sitting at my terribly cluttered desk with a cup of soup (I was too lazy to make anything for lunch.. ha). My text book is staring at me, reminding me that I have an assignment to do, but I’d much rather answer some of your Ask Me Anything* questions instead. A week or so ago I asked you if there was anything you’d really like to know about me. So, here you go:

    Kristina P asked: “If you weren’t a teacher or writer, what would you be doing?”

    Well, that’s tough to say. Before I left for university I passionately wanted to be an actress or a singer / song writer. I performed all through high school, and have a book of songs I’ve written on the piano. I’d still love to go that route some day, but I’m not sure I have the confidence it takes to get started. When I left for university I took some political science courses and decided I wanted to be a lawyer… which obviously didn’t happen. haha! Now that I’m a teacher, I really can’t image doing anything other than that… it would just be nice to have a job so I could actually do it. ;)

    Karen asked: “If you had to go into your closet and get rid of all of your shoes except one pair, which pair would you keep?”

    Oh goodness. Only having ONE pair of shoes??? Do people actually live like that? haha! Mind you–I’ve downsized a lot… at one point I had almost 100 pairs, and I don’t have nearly that many now. It would really come down to two pairs–one practical, one that I just love.

    The first: my Birkenstocks

    For years I REFUSED to even pick up a a pair because I was convinced they were “Hippie Shoes”. While I have nothing against Hippies, it just wasn’t my style… pink stiletto boots were more “me”. haha! Then we decided not to get a car while we could manage without one, and I started walking everywhere. I quickly learned that high heeled boots or shoes were not practical for this, but still I held out. Finally, a few weeks ago my feet broke. I ended up walking nearly 10km as I was applying for jobs and I wore my usual cheap slip flops. Well, by the time I got home I could barely stand and it took me a few days to recover. So, I decided it was time to get something I liked that was a little more comfortable. I found these, and my feet have been loving me ever since.

    Second: My Nude Shoes

    For years I hunted for a pair of these–I think every woman should have a pair as they go with almost everything! I just heart them with so much hearting… I don’t wear them often (again, the walking thing) but they have come in handy a couple of times when I needed something to go with an outfit!

    So, if I HAD to pick a pair, it would be one of those… I can’t choose between them! haha

    Andhari asked:“If you’re picked to be one of the bond girls, how do you want yourself to be dressed? How do you want your character to be? Assassin? Heroine? Damsel in distress? SPILL :)”

    Haha, this is such a creative question, and one I’ve never ever really thought about! The Hubster actually owns all of the Bond movies, so I’ve certainly seen most, if not all of them! I think I would be the first modestly, albeit stylishly, dressed woman, and I would definitely want to be a heroine or assassin. I’ve always thought it would be so fun to be a villain, though I’d love to be the heroine and rescue Bond, for once. ;)

    Lil’ Woman asked: “What made you start blogging?! Do you see yourself doing it for a long time?”

    I started blogging nearly 3 years ago because I felt like something was missing. I was unhappy about where I was in my own life–I loved my life with the Hubster but I felt like I needed to do something just for me. I wrote all the time as a child then somehow stopped, and felt an overwhelming urge to start again. So, this began as my place to vent and complain about school and it slowly turned into my favourite pastime. Now I write because I absolutely love it, and I hope to continue blogging for a very long time. :) I submitted one of my earlier posts for the most recent 20-Something Blog Carnival, and you can read about where I used to be here.

    I’ll continue this another day as there were still a few more great questions, so stay tuned. Thanks for asking. :)

  • Ask Me Anything*

    Well, I finally did it. It only took me like a month (ducks head in shame) but I finally put up my About the Author page and created my Contact Me one as well (see top right corner). When my Crazy Egg test ended last week I realized that nearly 20 people had clicked on the links, which until tonight went no where (Crazy Egg is AWESOME, people. Get it). So, I finally put something there for your reading pleasure / you scary secret blog-stalkers can know more about me. haha! So, check’er out and lemme know what you think. :)

    Anyway, all this forced self-reflection / realization that my 500th post is just around the corner, I thought I’d bring back something I did nearly a year ago that I really loved. I borrowed it from a friend’s blog, and please feel free to steal it from me if you’d like:

    Ask me anything*

    Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don’t blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don’t blog about, but you’d like to hear about, and I’ll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on slash, favourite
    type of underwear, writing techniques etc. If you’d like, repost in your own blog so that we can all learn more about each other.

    So, there you have it. If there is something you’ve been curious about for a while but didn’t think I’d ever write about it, here’s your chance! So go on, ask me anything!

  • Six Answers For Veggie Carrie*

    Last Saturday, I posted this:

    Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don’t blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don’t blog about, but you’d like to hear about, and I’ll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on slash, favorite type of underwear, writing techniques etc. Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other.

    I’ve received several EXCELLENT responses [and would still love more!!], two of which are requiring me to do a little research! Cassandra challenged me to form an opinion about stem cell research, and Candice challenged me to write about the U.S. presidential candidates, two topics that I know very little about. It’s great because I’m learning along the way! Today I’m going to focus on the list of questions posed by Veggie Carrie!

    1) What is your favourite outfit?
    Hmmm… I don’t know if I have a favourite “outfit” per say, but I have several favourite items of clothing and accessories! I have a FABULOUS pair of pink stiletto boots that I love (and that the Hubs’ despises.. haha), I have a great pair of old faded jeans that I wear ALL the time, and my favourite shirt combination right now is a long-sleeved white shirt with a colored “wife-beater” over top (I’m currently sporting a yellow one!). As for accessories, I love my big obviously fake diamond earrings, and I’ve been wearing a necklace that my mom gave to me when I was 12 a lot. It’s silver and has a giant snowflake on one side, and the inscription “So perfect are you, …so unlike any other” on the back. Someone gave it to her when she was younger, and she in turn passed it on to me.

    2) Well, you’re kind of answering this anyway with your story, but what made you decide to get married so young? Why didn’t you wait until you were a bit older?
    I am asked this question A LOT. I’ll be able to explain in greater detail as I progress through our story, but the most simple answer is, I knew. After being with him for only a few weeks I knew without question that I didn’t want to date anyone else and was so excited to begin our ‘forever’ together. It was absolutely not what I intended to happen, but when you know… you know.

    3) Which career would interest you apart from teaching? What did you want to be when you were growing up?
    Ahhh… I struggle with this a lot. I’m still not 100% convinced that I’m on the right career path, but then again, who ever is? When I was 4 I wrote in a book that I wanted to be a nurse, but I don’t think I could do all the gory parts. I also wanted to be a lawyer for a long time. I LOVE debating, and I was originally an English and Political Science major at my first university. I had to switch into the history major as the university I am at now is much smaller and doesn’t offer anything close to the program that was initially taking. If I hadn’t gotten married I may have stayed on that path, but who knows. I’m at the end of my 4th year now and I honestly don’t know if I could have survived another 3 to complete law school. haha! Lastly, there are two things that I have always, ALWAYS wanted to do and I still secretly hope that someday they might come true. First, I have always wanted to be an author. I love all things to do with books–writing, reading, thinking, processing… I heart it all. I’ve been writing since I was 8 or 9 and have even had a few short works published. I have plans to begin working on a book this summer, but who knows if anything will come of it! Secondly, I have always wanted to be a musician. I have been secretly writing music for years… and have just started to get back into it. I also really miss performing.. I used to sing all through my teenage years a various functions and somehow just sort of got out of it. I know it’s probably just a pipe dream, but I’d die of happiness if either of those ever came true. :)

    4) What motivates you to blog?

    Hmmm. I think my motivation for blogging has changed a bit since I began this almost a year and a half ago. I began blogging because I really missed writing, and I also really needed a place to vent so that I could stop dumping everything on my husband. It took me a really long time to be happy where we are currently living and I needed somewhere that I could vent my frustrations about life. So I came here. If you have been reading for a while now, you’ll probably notice that the style and tone of my posts has changed over the past few months. Cicada‘s blog was a huge inspiration for me. Her posts are light-hearted, funny and truly enjoyable to read. After visiting her blog I always felt lifted, and I wanted to be able to do that for others. I was tired of writing about how bored I was, and discovered that you can make ANYTHING interesting by changing your perspective on it. Secondly, knowing that people are interested in what I have to say is a HUGE motivation for me. Since adding my site to google analytics I discovered that people were actually reading my posts! I started out getting maybe 13 visitors a day, and now anywhere between 60 – 110 people are visiting daily. It’s nice knowing that I can make someone smile or laugh by something I’ve written, and really, that keeps me going. :)

    5) What is your biggest concern about the way the world is today?
    I’m going to avoid looking at the huge global/economic/political/social/ethical problems that I know exist, and discuss something that I am wildly passionate about–illiteracy. Having now worked in the primary school system for two years and having been involved in the community for the same, I am SHOCKED at the number of children who struggle with literacy. Last year I worked with 11-12 year old children who were reading at the level of a 6 – 7 year old. They had trouble recognizing words, they couldn’t make connections between the story and the text, comprehension levels were extremely low and they had zero interest in books of any type. The vast majority of children don’t read on their own anymore. Picking up a novel or book to pass free time doesn’t appear to be an option anymore, instead children choose movies, television, video games or the internet to destroy their minds. I am not completely discrediting the media as being completely void of any educational value, but there is something to be said for “good old fashioned reading” and I feel that it is greatly lacking. Worst of all, so many parents don’t encourage their children to read anymore, and without that support, a strong literary foundation is so much more difficult to establish. The television has become a babysitter because it’s easier than taking the time to sit down and spend an hour reading aloud with a child. (I know that there are some GREAT parents/guardians out there who don’t fall into this category, I just wish that there were more of them…) I could rant about this forever, but this post is already REALLY long and I don’t want to bore you with my fight to push for literacy! Haha

    6) Do you have any regrets?
    Aha. This is always a tricky question. If I sat and thought about it I’m sure I could come up with a massive list of things that I regret doing / not doing, but then that would make me really depressed so I choose not to. Haha! However, there is one distinct regret that I will have for the rest of my life and I can never take back despite my most fervent wish to. My Gumpo passed away on May 5th of 2002. I had the oppourtunity to visit him the night he died but I chose to go out with friends instead. To this day I even remember where I was standing in my Grammy’s basement when my mom encouraged me to go with her to see him. We were very close, and to this day I can’t recall what I was thinking when I chose to go out instead of visiting him, but there is an ache in my heart that will never be filled when I think about it. I know I’ve been mentioning him a lot lately, but this time of year always brings back a flood of memories. I guess I just wish I could have told him one last time how much I loved him, even though I’m sure he knows. I just miss him a lot. J

  • Memorable Words*

    On Saturday morning, I posted this:

    Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don’t blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don’t blog about, but you’d like to hear about, and I’ll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on slash, favorite type of underwear, writing techniques etc. Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other.

    I got some great responses, and I’ll answer them one at a time. I really liked what people suggested, so I think I’ll post this every so often and see what people are curious about. If you have a response / question for me please feel free to add it in a comment at the bottom of this post! :)

    Frankofile asked the first question:

    Memorable words: Do you have favourite poem, something you learned as a child perhaps? Or do you find the words of song or a saying particularly memorable? A jingle from a TV ad? – Tell us what it is, why you like/don’t like it, why you think it’s memorable.

    Hmmm. Sadly, I don’t know that I do have a favourite poem. I have many poems that I enjoy, but not one that touches me in a way that I would give it such a title. I would have to say that I have always loved The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service (I learned it by heart in grade 5 and have always remembered it), or Alfred Noyes’ The Highwayman. Anyone who has seen Anne of Green Gables will likely understand why. :) I have always enjoyed writing poetry though… and have posted a couple that I have written on here. I do feel like study of poetry is lacking in our school system–it has almost been wholly removed and I feel as though I really missed out on some of the finer aspects of literature.

    There are a number of sayings that I hold dear to my heart. While my grandfather was still alive he always used to say, “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” I’ve always remembered that. Also, Harold Hill’s famous words from the Music Man: “If you build up enough tomorrows you’ll have nothing but a bunch of empty yesterdays.” I know Spart will agree with me on that one. :) I remember and love the first quote because every time I hear it or say I am reminded of my Gumpo (grandpa), whom I miss with every fibre of my being. That statement was so much of who he was and what he lived by. He was and is my hero in so many ways, and I think that it is so true… if you are going to do something, then not only do it, but do it to the best of your ability. The second quote speaks to one of my weaknesses–I’m horrible for procrastinating and for putting things off because they make me nervous or uncomfortable. But I don’t ever want to end up with empty yesterdays so I try and force myself to do things. :)

    As for music… I could fill an entire book about music or lyrics that have moved me in some way. I have always felt a deep connection to music–I’m one of those people that gets goosebumps or can be moved to tears by a well-written melody or harmony. I suppose right now I’m in love with the lyrics of a song that reminds me just how quickly time passes. My mother used to sing it to me as a child:

    Turn Around (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
    Where are you goin’ my little one, little one?
    Where are you goin’ my baby my own?
    Turn around and you’re two
    Turn around and you’re four
    Turn around and you’re a young girl
    Going out the door

    Chorus
    Turn around
    Turn around
    Turn around and you’re a young girl
    Going out of the door
    (Turn around and you’re a young wife
    With babes of your own)

    Where are you goin’ my little one, little one?
    Little dirndles and petticoats, where have you gone?
    Turn around and you’re tiny
    Turn around and you’re grown
    Turn around and you’re a young wife
    With babes of your own

    Chorus

    Where are you goin’ my little one, little one?
    Where are you goin’ my baby my own?

    I’ve been really reminiscent lately as I prepare to potentially move on to the next phase of my life (after university) and I can’t help but wonder where on earth the last 23 years have gone. Time really is fleeting… the words just seem to speak to this indescribable feeling I have.

    So, I hope that answers your question(s)! I loved the theme… please feel free to offer another if you think of one!

    Shop Girl*

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