Wednesday, August 17, 2011

10 Questions

I don't know about everyone else, but I really enjoy reading question and answer posts sometimes just to change it up and learn more about the bloggers I read. Caitlin started the 10 Personal Questions posts and Amberparticipated yesterday, so it's time for me to join. Plus I really like these questions.

What are you really good at? What are you really bad at?

I'm really good at: planning trips, staying organized (though it may not look clean!), teaching kindergarten/teaching kids to read, getting along well with most people, waking up early, having a sense of humor (can you be good at that? maybe I should say I'm good at laughing), writing (I hope),

I'm really bad at: keeping things clean/cleaning, fixing things, fitting things into spaces in the best way possible (for example loading the dishwasher so it holds the most amount of stuff), sleeping in places I'm not comfortable, sleeping late, exercises that require you to remember routines such as dancing classes, remembering things not essential to my existence (in my defense, I consider a wide variety of things essential to my existence).

Have you ever been in a car accident? What happened?

I've been in one or two minor accidents, only one while I was driving and it wasn't my fault (knock on wood). Even so, I still really fear car accidents and Eric says I am a very cautious driver :) (he doesn't mean it as a compliment but I'll take it as one).

Why did you attend your college?

My dad went to Boston College so I grew up going to football games, wearing sweatshirts etc. I looked at a lot of places but ultimately just thought BC was so beautiful and such a good school. In reality, BC is both a really amazing and a really frustrating place in many different ways. There were times when I wished I chose a different place but I think being 5 years out of college now I can say with certainty that if I could do it over again, I'd do the same thing. I made fantastic friends and was well prepared for my job, which is really what is important!

Describe your morning routine today.

6:00- Woke up and took a shower

6:20- Ate breakfast, read some blogs, caught up on e-mail

6:50- Drove to work to get some prep done and start interviewing for aide positions.

This is pretty typical of my routine most of the day (other than the interviews obviously). Sometimes I wake up earlier and I usually move a little quicker in the morning during the year. I sometimes work out in the morning too, so I guess it varies a bit. This summer I've been showering mid day because that is when I've been working out. But this morning I decided to shower in the AM because I was at the Sox game last night and I'd be interviewing with my principal and although she's not interviewing me, she may not like it if I was dirty :)

Have you ever snooped through someone else’s things? Did you find anything interesting?

Hmm... I know I have, but I can't think of anyone in particular or anything interesting I found.

What do you think happens when you die?

What really happens? I have no idea. But what I like to think happens? We go to Heaven and it's the best! It's always the perfect temperature and sunny. There is teleportation so you never miss anyone because you can go anywhere, anytime. You get to live near and/or with all the wonderful people you loved in your life (who are there already). You get to meet your great-great grandmother, chat with George Washington... really whatever you want to do. I mean still teach in Heaven, but my day will be much shorter, I'll just teach the kids whatever I want, and the kids and parents will all be lovely. You can eat whatever tastes good with no regard for what is good for you. You can exercise, but only if you want to- no obligation. All people are the best versions of themselves. No one worries about time because we have endless time. Ah... dreams.

Are you superstitious?

Not really, but I do knock on wood :)

Do people think you are younger or older than you actually are?

It depends. Most of my life people have always thought I was younger, and that still happens sometimes when people go by looks alone. However, I think when people learn I'm married, have a house etc- they sometimes think I am older. People at work often think I am older too because I work with a lot of people 3-4 years older than me, and I think most people just see me as the same age as them.

How did your parents’ relationship influence you?

1. I believe good, long-lasting marriages are possible.

2. I believe good, long-lasting marriages involve a lot of work and a lot of patience.

3. I will not tolerate someone who does not love me and treat me like they love me.

Plus, probably in many other ways as well.

What were the three happiest moments of your life?

I have been so lucky to have SO many happy moments in my life, I can't pick 3. So I did top 3 in the last 10 years since I was 17. This was STILL hard because the whole year of 17 was a great year for me, but luckily I couldn't remember anything in particular so we will just say it was a great year but not one of my top 3 moments!

1. Arriving home from Australia after being on the other side of the world for 5+ months- my family and friends greeted me at the airport :)

2. During Eric and my Euro-trip 4 years ago, Eric and I went to Italy. One night while we were there, Italy was playing in the final World Cup game and EVERYONE in Rome was inside watching the game. Except us. Eric and I roamed the streets of Rome, walking by ourselves around the Colosseum. It was a great moment and one of my favorite memories from that amazing trip.

3. My wedding ceremony (cliche, but very true) + sitting at my reception, by myself for a second, looking around the place and just knowing that everyone was there because they love me + Eric and support us. Also related to the wedding, I was really happy my entire honeymoon haha... I'm cheating, I know!

Answer 1 or more of these questions in the comments!


  1. I really like your version of Heaven. I would officially like to change my answer to that as well :)

    I had so much trouble picking a favourite moment from our Europe trip but ONE of my favourite moments was when Eric and I stopped at a little restaurant in Rome and enjoyed a bottle of wine while reminiscing about the first 1/2 of our trip. We then wandered around some empty streets in the dark and just appreciated where we were! Your moment from Rome that you described reminded me of that :)

  2. I have been in a few car accidents - but I've only been driving once - I backed my dad's new car into a dumpster and popped the spoiler off!

  3. bahahahaha I love your version of heaven. Damn. I hope you're right!

    And I love your second most memorable moment. That's awesome.

  4. I love your description of heaven...I'm still waiting for teleportation on Earth! I told John I want him to invent that before our three long flights on Saturday so we can just snap our fingers and be back in Portland! And teaching in heaven sounds fantastic! I may do this post, but I am telling you right now the morning routine question might be answered with a lie because it is way too late for me to still be in my pajamas!

  5. Fun post!

    My morning routine today (yeah, I'm picking the easiest one to answer - ha!)

    6:45 - alarm, snooze
    7:05 - get out of bed, shower, brush teeth, get dressed
    7:15 - gather lunch & stuff for work, head out the door

    Usually I run in the morning, so it is quite different...

  6. I am doing this one next week so you'll have to wait until then to read my answers!! :) Love reading yours!!

  7. See, I'm hoping there is no work AT ALL in Heaven. ;) But I guess if it makes you happy, then you should be allowed to do it. Hehe. I may do this sometime next week, if I get a chance! Looks interesting.

  8. I love reading posts like this! I never do them though...why?? I don't know!
    Ok, my morning routine; woke up at 7:20am (LATE!), made coffee, read blogs, wrote bills, posted a new blog post, and now I'm getting read yo to be a slave for Nick and make him eggs :)

  9. Love reading these types of posts!

    My morning routine is pretty simple. I get up around 6:30, make a coffee and check my email!

  10. I loved reading your answers. These are some really great questions. I sometimes wish I could be a morning person. The thought of getting so much done like reading blogs and catching up on email before getting to work is impressive to me, mostly because that doesn't happen in my world.