Friday, September 13, 2013

Ten Questions Answered And A Bloggy Award (Remember Those?)

Back when I first started blogging, you know, back when everyone had a flip phone and that "pregnant man" gave birth to a nine pound baby and People Magazine paid him (her?) $300,000 for the photos, I used to fill these sorts of things out all. the. time. I think the one I can remember most is the Versatile Blogger Award. The little green graphic image? Anyone? Bueller?

Since it's been years since I've done one of these and one of my favorite brand new mamas tagged me for one, I figured, "What the hell!" So while my children are pacified with fruit snacks and a late afternoon movie (big ups to Disney Pixar, you rock my life), I'm taking a few minutes to pass along this Sunshine Award. 

When you're done reading, go visit Sarah's blog and check out her adorably squishy brand new baby boy, Crue!

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A Sunshine Award is given to bloggers whose posts brighten your day. 

Here are the rules:
1. Include award logo in a post or on your blog (above). 
2. Link to the person who nominated you.
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself. 
4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award. 
5. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs 
letting them know they’ve been nominated.

Here are my answers to the 10 questions asked of me by the lovely Sarah:

1. what is your biggest joy?

Of course I'm going to say my family. At first I thought I would say my boys but how could I leave my husband out? Tsk. Tsk. Marrying that man was a defining moment in my life and without him we obviously wouldn't have Carter and Maclane! 

2. what is one of your favorite memories?

Oh, I have so many. Graduating college, my wedding day, the births of our boys, our two week honeymoon in Hawaii... but I think one of my most favorite memories is of my very first day of clinical in nursing school- like the very first day you walk onto a hospital unit and get put in charge of the care of another human being. 

I can distinctly remember standing outside of the patient's room with my best friend Jen, rushing through what we were going to say to our patient and quickly reviewing the bodily systems we were to assess. Literally what we were going to say, starting with "Hi, my name is Ashley." Of course it's hysterical now- but I will never, ever forget that morning or how nervous I was!

3. what is your biggest fear?

I am such a mom. It used to be freakishly getting stuck in traffic beneath an overpass and having a semi-truck run off the road above me and come crashing down on my car. True story. I actually wrote a post all about my irrational fears but ever since becoming a mom, my biggest fear is something happening to myself and my husband, forcing us to leave our kids with someone else to raise them! Gah, it kills me to even think about it!

4. what is your favorite thing about fall?!

The crisp air, dry crackly leaves and apple picking! Is that three things? Oops.

5. what is your favorite thing to wear/wardrobe staple?!

My GAP boyfriend jeans. I have three pairs and I wear them all way too much but I didn't buy any of them at full price. Wait for a coupon code.

6. youre on a road trip... what cd do you play?

I don't play CDs in my car and haven't since 2011, unless, of course, you want me to include the personalized "Songs for Carter" CD that my mother gave me two copies of. We stream Pandora in the car, usually the Mumford & Sons station, using one of those tape thingies that connects from your iPhone to the tape deck. Yes, my car still has a tape deck. It's a 2007! However, if we're driving to the beach late at night? Then it's whatever station Delilah is on. Can I get an AMEN? I love that sentimental bish.

7. favorite quote?

"Gatsby believe in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.. And then one fine morning-- So we beat one, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

It has been years since I've read that book- we're talking high school English and that has always been a favorite quote of mine. Something about how we as humans struggle to achieve our goals because we're always reliving past moments. Unable to get over them. Kind of awesome.

8. favorite thing to buy?

Toddler underwear. No, really. Or just little boys' clothes in general. It's an addiction.

9. dream vacation is... 

Somewhere without my children. Sad but true. We're currently in the midst of planning our first kid-free vacation since the boys were born and we've narrowed it down to three places. We're the worst at making decisions like this!

10. whats your favorite piece of advice?

I just wrote a post about thirty-five things I've learned in thirty years. That about sums up any great piece of advice I have.

This was kind of fun! Thanks for tagging me, Sarah! I want to be lame and tag anyone who wants to play (or needs some good blog material!) 

Here's 9 fun questions to answer because I can't for the life of me think of a 10th one:

1. What is in your car's glove box? Do you even call it a glove box? Is that its official name?

2. You just got a manicure and a pedicure. Do the colors have to match?

3. If someone walking down the street in front of you had their underwear showing, would you tell them?

4. What was the name of the very first CD you bought? Mine was the Queen double disc CD.

5. Finish this ridiculously over-used saying, "Keep Calm And..."

6. Have you ever covered the palms of your hands with Elmer's Glue, stuck them together until it dried and then peeled away the "skin?" If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I feel for your childhood.

7. Charles in Charge or Doogie Howser?

8. What's one thing you've never wore/done/ate but you would like to wear/do/eat?

9. If you had to listen to ONE song for the rest of your life, over and over and over again, what would it be?

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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  1. Your posts ALWAYS make me smile, laugh, or cry. My first cd was Alanis Morrisette!

  2. Awww I'm so excited for you to getaway sans kids!! I hope you pick a fun tropical beachy place--or Vegas haha. I LOVE my Gap boyfriend jeans too--and I love that I only paid $20. Score!! Have a great weekend mama!!

  3. Love this!!! I so remember these little awards. So fun. I clearly need some gap boyfriend jeans. My first CD was TLC's Crazy Sexy Cool. It was my jam.

  4. Um I would like to know how the commenter above got the boyfriend jeans for $20:) and HAPPY HAPPY bIRtHDAY on this amazing Saturday!

  5. you made my day!!!!!! I just had to explain to Isaiah how "my favorite blogger with the beach house and grown up Mac that sometimes reminds me of crue filled out my survey!!!!!! because she's a big blogger and I never imagined!"
    I can't wait to find me some gap jeans that fit this new body of mine. so chic and comfy!
    I must know where your 3 places are for the big vacay!!!
    I'm so happy you filled this out girl :)
    happy birthday!!!!! xxxoo

  6. Love the Great Gatsby - my most fave book ever!!

  7. Love The Great Gatsby - my most fave book ever! Can't wait to hear where you all decide to go on your trip!

  8. Wonderful post...I like your blog.^^
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  9. Manicure and pedicure colors do not have to match! I like to be a lady on my nails and party on my toes :)

  10. Your nine questions were even better than your ten answers.


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