Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Twenty things you might not know about me.

Several weeks ago now (oops), Rissi over at Dreaming Under the Same Moon tagged me with these questions. I meant to answer them back then, but like I've mentioned, this month has been busy. If you've been reading the blog for any amount of time, you'll already know some of these things...like number 10, for example. But maybe you'll learn something new, too. :)

Question 1: How tall are you? I'm 5'8. I spent most of my elementary and middle school years being the "tall girl." But now things seemed to have evened out and I don't feel freakishly tall anymore. :)

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what? It's not really hidden, and I don't think of it as a talent, but I play the piano. I took lessons for years and years, starting when I was about 6. I know how to play and read sheet music, but unfortunately I don't seem to have any natural talent for it. I haven't played much, if any, over the past year or two but lately I've been wanting to sit down and practice some.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve? I had a hard time coming up with an answer for this. I guess I would say when bloggers seem artificially happy and perfect. I understand wanting your blog to be a happy, positive place, but sometimes I pick up a false vibe. I like it when bloggers are honest. I might be guilty of this myself, because I have a hard time opening up and writing about more personal topics...but I hope I don't come across as someone who's pretending to be happy.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve? Profanity. I really hate bad language, whether it's in real life, online, in books, or in films or TV. I can't explain it...I just cringe anytime I hear bad language.

Question 5: What’s your favorite song? How could I possibly choose just one? :) This might sound cheesy, but I've always loved the song Landslide performed by the Dixie Chicks. (Sorry, but I'm just not a fan of Stevie Nicks' voice.)

Other favorites are Salvation Song by the Avett Brothers (and Just a Closer Walk with Thee, performed by them), Yew Piney Mountain performed by Chance McCoy and the Appalachian String Band, The Way You Look Tonight and Time After Time by Frank Sinatra, and a long-time favorite, I Am Understood? by Relient K.

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours? Emily Martin is one of my favorite artists, so of course I love her Etsy shop! I own three of her prints but there are probably 10 more that I'd love to have (like this one). I also love the idea of the book and nerd-themed candles from Frostbeard Studio, though I haven't actually purchased from them yet.

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone? The usual: either reading a good book or watching one of my favorite films or TV shows while knitting or spinning. :)

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food? I definitely have a sweet tooth so I love anything chocolate, especially classic Hershey's bars or Reese's. I also love ice cream. And I'll admit that on rare occasions I do love Cheez Doodles, and they're basically the ultimate junk food, ha.

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names? Three cats named Jack, Ollie (Oliver), and Knightley.

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books? My favorite novels are the Chronicles of Narnia series and Pride and Prejudice. My favorite nonfiction book is probably either Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis or My Life in France by Julia Child. Totally different choices, ha.

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product? I don't wear make-up so I don't really use any beauty products! Does the classic Burt's Bees lip balm count? Because I love that stuff.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened? I'm not sure exactly, but as an awkward person I get embarrassed quite often. :)

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be? I really only drink water, so I would be in trouble. :) I do love hot chocolate, but I wouldn't want to drink it all the time with every meal.

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie? Pride and Prejudice (2005 version). Closely followed by Penelope and Singin' in the Rain. And While You Were Sleeping and Charade and Casablanca and You've Got Mail. *ahem*

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep? I was homeschooled. :) I think I probably would have been a mix of nerd and artist (not in the traditional sense...I mean just being creative and interested in making things), maybe with a bit of band geek thrown in. I played flute in middle school band and loved it, so I probably would have been in band if I had went to public school in high school.

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? I really love the part of the world I'm in right now, where I've always been, and can't imagine living anywhere else. This is where my family came from and where my family is...I feel so connected to this area. If I couldn't live here, I think I could live in England or possibly New Zealand (except for the whole reversed seasons thing. I don't think I could handle Christmas being during the summer!). Of course I'm saying that without having actually been to either of those places, so who knows?

Question 17: PC or Mac? PC.

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse? No answer to this one since I haven't met the right guy yet.

Question 19: Favorite celebrity? Cary Grant. He's just awesome. (I hope it doesn't matter that he's dead because to be perfectly honest, most of my favorite celebrities are dead. One of the few disadvantages of being a classic movie fan...)

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with? Natalie Lloyd. She's so sweet and talented, and if you haven't read her amazing middle grade novel that came out earlier this year, what are you waiting for?? Seriously, though, I'd love to be friends with all of you guys. I love this little blogging community. :)

If any of you want to do this tag, go for it! I'd love to learn more about you guys. I won't put the rules here, but you can find them at the end of Rissi's post. Thanks for tagging me, Rissi! :)


  1. These kind of posts are such fun! I spent years being the '"tallest girl" too, but now I'm on the shorter end of things! Its funny how things like that can even out. :) And cats are one of my favorite pets too. :) Have a lovely day!

    1. Isn't that funny? :) I don't feel tall anymore, though often other people still seem to consider me tall. I'm definitely a cat person, too.

  2. Tags like these are just so fun to read! I really liked reading all your answers to these.

    And YES: Cary Grant is awesome.

    1. Thanks! :) I'm glad I'm not the only person under 70 who acknowledges the awesomeness of Cary Grant, ha.

  3. This was fun to read!

    I've got the opposite problem, as I'm a short. I'm always getting all the short jokes at home and from my co-workers. It's funny how everyone gets such a kick out of it! lol! :P

    I really like where I live too, but I think I'd really enjoy England. The climate is pretty much the same as Seattle, so that would make adjusting much easier!

    I so know what you mean with most of your favorite celebrities being dead. I have the same problem!

    1. Thanks! It's funny how height is something that people always latch on to. It's not as if we have anything to do with how tall or short we are! It's strange that people comment on height more than something like eye color or hair color...

      Virginia isn't very damp (though the summers are incredibly humid), so I would probably have a harder time adjusting to the weather in England. And I suppose my hair would be in a constant state of frizziness- more so than it already is! :)

  4. This was WAY fun, Kristin. Loved your insightful, great answer to a blog pet peeve in particular. I've never seen any of the bloggers I read regularly that way (that I can remember), but it's a great point to make. Like you, I don't mind it easy to open up about personal things in my life (or the things that are "harder" to talk about and share), but I hope that in my other blogging life aspects things come across honestly, because the intention is certainly that it does.

    Your Burt's Bees comment made me smile; my aunt is addicted to those lip balms. I like their lip glosses.

    Pride & Prejudice (2005) = *happy sigh*

    Very fun read! Thanks for participating, girl.

    1. I don't see it with the "smaller" blogs that I read regularly, but I can think of a few big, super-popular blogs that make me feel like they're glossing over everything.

      The 2005 P&P is quite simply the best movie ever. :) Thanks for tagging me!


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