It’s time for more gratuitous oversharing with Ask Away Friday. This week the questions come from Beth of Structure in an Unstructured Life
. We met via the AAF facebook group
, which is a great place to hang out if you’re looking for someone to trade questions with, or just to meet some really friendly bloggers.
Here are Beth’s questions for me!
1. Your boys are 1 and 4 – what are your favorite and least favorite things about these ages?
I love to hear all the funny things that come out of my 4 year old’s mouth! For example…Tonight he wanted to make sure I locked the car doors. I told him I would close the garage door so I didn’t need to lock the doors, but he said “criminals — probably bears — would open the garage door and take the car, but the Hulk would make them dead.” (Thank goodness for Hulk, right?) My least favorite thing has to be the tantrums, irrational crying, and total power struggles over eating and using the toilet.
My 10 month old is really a sweetie – he’s about as near to a magical unicorn baby as I’ve ever known. I love when he “plays” with his brother (they will be wrestling as soon as he’s a bit more mobile, I’m sure of it) and my least favorite would be those late night feedings!
2. I loved that you included in your post about your summer bucket list to plan for fun. I completely agree that is necessary to ensure the fun really happens! What item on your summer bucket list are you most excited to make happen and how are you planning for it?
For myself, I am excited to go kayaking (I’ve never been before, and my friend just bought two kayaks, so this is happening!) and for my family, I am excited about all the 4th of July activities — parade, fireworks, etc. It’s one of my favorite holidays. (I’ll probably get my cobbler and homemade ice cream fix in over the 4th of July holiday, too)
3. I noticed you are a monthly goal setter - me too! I find I am always really motivated at the beginning of the month, when I set my goals, but if I don’t have a way in place to keep them at the front of my mind, they slip by the wayside. How do you keep on track with your goals?
That’s a funny question, because I do the same thing. Honestly, I usually work on them right around the time when I’m drafting my goals post at the beginning of the month, then forget about them until I start working on my goals recap at the beginning of the next month. That usually gets me in gear to at least try to accomplish something before I have to report back on the blog!
(I’ve been working on getting all my to-do lists and projects into one place… it’s a work in progress. But I should probably add my monthly goals to that list too!)
4. I’ve read you’re a runner. My son and I are in the middle of a couch to 5K program to prep for a local 5K run in August. We’ve hit the really tough 4-5 week mark. What advice can you give me to help me stick with it and stay motivated?
Oh, that IS a tough week. I’ve actually coached new runner friends through that week of the program and I think the most important thing is to just keep moving forward. If you have to take slightly more walk breaks, it really won’t hurt your progress much at all. Also, if you feel like you’re not ready to move forward to the next week, drop back a couple of weeks and you will be so impressed with the progress you made since you went through that week the first time. That should help with your motivation! (Great idea training with your son! Runnings buddies are the best.
5. What’s your favorite summer meal?
Smoked brisket, cucumber salad, baked beans, potato salad (the kind with lots of mustard, pickles, and hard boiled eggs) and watermelon.
6. What’s on your summer reading list?
I tend to read whatever comes off my hold list at the library first, but here are some books that I keep hearing about that I’d like to read soon:
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
- Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah
- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1) by Alan Bradley
7. We are both Midwesterners. What’s you favorite thing about living between the coasts?
The tornados? Definitely not. I think it’s the friendly people, the barbeque (Kansas City barbeque forever!!!), and the four seasons. I complain when it gets really hot in the summer and really cold in the winter, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. You can really savor the good parts about a season knowing that they won’t be around forever.
8. If you had to choose one cause you are most passionate about, what would it be?
Teaching people how to cook. Nothing fancy, just basic, healthy food. It’s becoming a lost art, and it’s something that I really enjoy. (It’s about time for another Cooking School post, isn’t it? What should I write about? What stumps you when it comes to cooking, meal planning, etc.)
9. The magic babysitter fairy arrives at your house and you get a night out with your husband (with the magic fairy picking up the tab, of course!) How do you spend your evening?
Dinner out is kind of our standard date, but since the magic babysitter fairy doesn’t charge by the hour, I’d like to do something that goes later into the evening, like going to a concert or a play. (I assume this magic babysitter fairy will make my kids sleep in the next day, too?!)
10. Pick one word to describe each member of your family (including you!).
Josiah – enthusiastic
Baby Sam – happy
Matt – geek (I mean that in the very best way, I promise!)
Me - curious
Thanks again to Beth for the great questions! Visit her if you want to hear her answers to my questions, like what it’s like being a football coach’s wife, or what superhero she would be, check out her post today.
And now, dear readers, if you made it this far, kudos to you! How would you describe yourself in one word?