Today I’m exchanging questions with NJ of A Cookie Before Dinner for the Ask Away Friday link-up. She has an awesome polka dotted sweater, so that wins her some points right there. She and I both have two kids who are almost the same ages, and she is a great writer who writes about life, her family, blogging, and whatever she’s interested in at the moment (cough cough monster cookies!!!)
If you want to find out more about the link-up, head over to visit hosts: Penny from The Real Housewife of Caroline County, Amber from The Bold Fab Mom, Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter and Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings. And email or leave me a comment if you’d like to swap questions sometime! Here we go with NJ’s questions, answered by yours truly.
NJ: I know that your blog is inspired by the movie Grease. Grease is one of my favorite movies of all time. What is your favorite song from the movie?
Sarah: I have a special place in my heart for Raining on Prom Night since I performed it in a school play once, but I think my true favorites are Greased Lightning and Summer Lovin’.
(Can we talk about all the sexual innuendos in this movie? My goodness! I was totally oblivious to it when I watched that movie over and over when I was a kid, though.)
NJ: How is your One Word 365 going? Are you still in love with your word and focusing on it?
Sarah: My word was Welcome. I haven’t been focusing on it that much (you know how life goes), but I still think it’s a good word for me for the year. It’s turning out to mean more about having an open mind and being willing to welcome changes in my life, rather than more literally “putting out the welcome mat” for guests.
NJ: I have admired Project Life from afar for a really long time, but haven’t ever jumped the gun. How do you like it? Is it worth the time/money investment?
Sarah: For the uninitiated, Project Life is really simple scrapbooking system (album + photo pages + cards…just add photos and write captions on the cards!) I completed a 2013 album and I liked it enough to buy a kit for 2014. I really like having physical photo albums to look through, and the Snapfish photo books I used to make at the end of the year were such a chore. For some reason, I seem to be better about keeping my PL album current as the year goes along. I like bring able to capture the memories as they happen, but with the albums that I used to make at the end of each year, I really only got the big events (birthdays, holidays, family visits).
I think the price is reasonable for what you get — there are a ton of cards in the card kits, and I don’t add any other embellishments, so compared to what I would have to buy for traditional scrapbooking (papers, punches, etc etc — none of which I already have) it works for me. I like how it looks all coordinated and nice without me having to put much effort into it.
NJ: Congratulations! You’ve got the day off and 100% to yourself. The kids are at daycare and your husband is at work. How are spending it?
Sarah: Funny you ask — I actually have that day next week! (It’s sort of a late birthday celebration.) Here’s my tentative plan: wake up late, exercise, go get a massage, and meet my husband for lunch. I’ll spend the afternoon at a coffee shop working on blog posts for April and drinking some tea. Then I’ll probably stop by the mall and spend my birthday money on a new spring outfit before going to pick up the kids at preschool/the babysitters.
NJ: What is on your nightstand? Bonus points for a photograph.
Sarah: Mostly books! (Actually, I gave up on having a nightstand and just put a bookcase there instead.) This photo has most definitely NOT been styled — this is the real deal. The middle shelf serves as my nightstand, holding my glasses while I sleep, the baby monitor, and all the earrings and hair clips that I forget I’m wearing until I’m getting ready to go to sleep. That print on the shelf is titled “Dashshund Self Portrait.” (Can you tell how long its legs are?)
NJ: You’ve recently started talking more about self care. What is one thing you’ve done today that was just for you?
Sarah: Ate my favorite dessert — carrot cake. (I’m writing this on Thursday, which was was my birthday! So that was my birthday cake.) I also took 30 minutes to do some exercise over my lunch break even though a good chunk of my day was spent in meetings and I didn’t really feel like I had time to do it. I am not always excited about exercising, but I do always feel better afterwards.
NJ: Do you have any plans to go to a blog conference anytime soon?
Sarah: Nope. Between working full time, having a newish baby, and spending all our money on preschool and seminary tuition, the time and money just aren’t there. That’s okay though — it’s just not the right time for me. Maybe in a year or two.
NJ: If I came to your town for the weekend, what would we do?
Sarah: I’m going to assume that we both have our kids with us, since — where else would they be? The weather is supposed to be really nice this weekend, so after I cook pancakes and eggs for everyone, we would head out to a park to let the kids burn off some energy while we hang out and talk. For a small city (150K people), I think Springfield has a really great restaurant choices. I’d let you choose where we go to lunch — maybe a little Italian deli, a crepe restaurant, or That Lebanese Place (yep that’s really what it’s called)? Then we’d walk around downtown a bit and check out a few shops. (I’m assuming we have ditched the husbands and older kids at this point.) I’ll make some homemade pizza for dinner and we can all watch a movie together. On Sunday we get to sleep in since our church service doesn’t start til 11:30! I’ll take you to hear my husband preach, then we would grab a quick lunch and go for a hike at the Nature Center before you have to head home.
Downtown Springfield, MO
Springfield Nature Center
NJ: Where do you like to hang out on social media? Is there a social media channel that you hate?
Sarah: Hmm… I’m probably on facebook more than anything else because that’s where my friends and relatives are. (Even though fb drives me crazy sometimes.) I also really like looking through my friends’ pictures on instagram. I used to hate Pinterest, but I changed the types of boards that I was following and it stopped giving me an inferiority complex every time I looked at it.
NJ: How is your running going? As soon as it starts to thaw here a bit, I’m starting the couch to 5k!
Sarah: I haven’t run that much this winter since the weather has been SO cold and I hate treadmills, but I’ve gotten out for a few runs in the past couple of weeks, and it really feels good to stretch my legs and run again. I’m not training for any races right now, but I just found a new group of co-workers who go running on Fridays at lunch, so I’m looking forward to running with them again soon.
Thank you so much for these wonderful questions, NJ! I really enjoyed answering them. If you want to read NJ’s answers to my questions, go check out her blog!
I loved this question, and I want to know your answer, too: If I came to your town for the weekend, what would we do?