ABCs of Me

>> Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I’ve seen this quiz around on blogs lately (most recently on Brittany’s), so I figured it’d be fun to fill it out. And instead of putting in any relevant photos, I’m going to just give you some random embarrassing ones from my past. My mom had a huge box of them waiting for me to gawk at when I was home this past weekend.

Here we go!

A – Age: 32

B – Biggest Fear: That Ada will die. Yes, that’s incredibly somber. But with the stuff we’ve seen, I get these irrational thoughts about her being sick or getting hurt. I think it’s just because we’ve seen her hooked up to tubes with lots of stitches after her surgery . . . and then unconscious so many times for testing, etc.

If I’m being entirely honest, I feel like I’ve had to face a lot of my biggest fears head-on. And the run of stuff we’ve dealt with in recent years has made me a bit nervous in general. I feel like the worst-case scenario family. Oh, something bad? It will probably happen to us! Brain surgery? Uh huh. Infertility? Over here! Missed miscarriage? Indeed! Lyme disease? Yup. I’ll stop now.

C – Current Time: 3:07 PM

D – Drink You Had Last: Water (it’s afternoon on a Tuesday, w00t!). But otherwise I had a local IPA at my hometown’s brewery last night. Tonight? Wine!

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: This is a tough one, but I think my friend Jesslynn is the person I filter myself least around.

F – Favorite Song: That’s so hard! I like a lot of stuff, pretty wide-ranging. John Lennon was my first love. Queen is always up for a good time. Radiohead is my go-to when I don’t know what I feel like listening to. Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Annie Clark, yeah. Lately I’ve had this song stuck in my head all day, everyday.

G – Grossest Memory: This is embarrassing as sad. When I was in fourth grade, a friend gave me a bird egg she found outside her house. We were worried because it was so cold outdoors that they needed to stay warm. So, we placed them inside my parents’ microwave for a few seconds. Yeah. POP. We opened up the microwave and I can’t even describe the scene. I was sobbing uncontrollably because I had killed a to-be baby bird . . . and the mess. Oh, it was gross. I still feel so bad about it.

H – Hometown: Wellsboro, PA. You guys know how obsessed I am.

I – In Love With: Cooking and baking. I just got back into more adventurous cooking feats, and it has rekindled my love of it. There’s something really fun about making stuff -- everything -- from scratch. I’m getting much more into stuff like cheese, breads, and other basics.

J – Jealous Of: I’m not proud of it, but I’m insanely jealous of pregnant women right now. I’m sure that’s not shocking in the least. If they’re due in late October? Extra jealousy points. Again, not proud . . . I’m working on acceptance, but it doesn’t come easy as the months and years tick on.

K – Kindest Person You Know: Stephen’s friend Ron is pretty darned nice. He’s always lending a helping hand with no strings attached. But I really think we are surrounded by a bunch of immensely nice friends.

L – Life Isn’t Complete Without: The outdoors. (And obviously my family.) But being outside is so important to me, even in the cold winter months. I think that’s one reason I love running (and walking, hiking, etc.) so much.

M – Middle Name: Danielle. My parents know this, but I’m not terribly keen on my name. “Ashley” is from a soap opera in the 1980s. I don’t know where Danielle came from. If I could name myself, I’ve always enjoyed Audrey.

N – Number of Siblings: One. My brother Ryan. He lives in D.C. (Move closer, bro!)

O – One Wish: That I could move back to my hometown, buy a farmhouse, and enjoy the simple life. When I was younger, all I wanted to do was move to a huge city. Now? I want nothing to do with that. I like the isolation and slow pace of my home area. At the same time, it’s still got a good amount of culture and good friends for its size. I think the quiet is something we don’t get enough of in this mega-connected, instant-gratification world.

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: My parents. Last person I texted was my MIL. Seriously, I never talk on the phone unless it’s with family.

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “What do you do?” This is such a tough one since I started working from home. I start with “I’m a freelance writer.” And then inevitably it’s “who do you write for?” And then I give my list of gigs and sometimes mention that I also have a blog. Then I end up feeling quite silly. The truth is, I need to get more confident. I actually do work from home between 20-30 hours a week (outside of any blogging I do), so it’s a legitimate career. After all, I majored in writing -- so I’m using my degree to its fullest.

R – Reason To Smile: Fall will soon be here. Apples, sweaters, socks + sandals, crunchy leaves, baking, crock pot meals, warm woolen blankets, and awesome running weather. Bring it ON! If I could, I’d skip over summer and get mega-fall.

S – Song You Last Sang: Ugh. “Want You to Want Me” by Jason Derulo. Not my jam. We were listening to the radio on the drive back from PA, and the station kept playing all the sounds that sounded just like that . . . I mean. They all seriously sounded exactly the same.

T – Time You Woke Up: 6:00AM. My body just naturally wakes up around this time these days.

U – Underwear Color: Black. Didn’t have to check because I usually wear black.

V – Vacation Destination: As far as a regular destination, we do Cape May a lot. I love it there. But I’d love to go National Park hopping someday with a combined drive across the US. The Pacific Northwest is high on my GO list.

I’d love to travel by train, too. I hate flying, which is a silly reason I don’t seek more traveling opportunities. I’ve never been outside the country (except Canada), so I have a long overseas list. The top of it is Copenhagen.

W – Worst Habit: It was biting my nails, but I’m happy to report that I haven’t done that in almost TWO MONTHS. Totally spontaneously, too! Now I guess it’s leaving glasses of water all over the house with a few sips left.

 X – X-Rays You’ve Had: I’ve never broken any bones. I’ve had an X-ray for my IT-band (to rule out other nasty knee stuff), my finger (because I crushed it at work moving a large display case at a library), and my lungs once (bronchitis?).

 Y – Your Favorite Food: Sandwiches. Massive sandwiches. My favorite is the classic mozzarella, tomato, pesto, etc. on ciabatta bread. I just had a really good version of this guy from a food truck back home with local tomatoes and grilled bread that I want to replicate for dinner tonight. Also anything chocolate + peanut butter.

 Z – Zodiac Sign: Leo. I don’t really consider myself a classic Leo. My moon sign is Pisces, which I don’t think does a much better job. I’m an ENFP for Myers-Briggs, btw. That describes me pretty well.

I’d love to hear some of your ABCs!

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