I saw this on Lindsey's blog. Of course! We share a joy of the small details of life, of personalities, favorites. Inspired by her answers, I thought I'd share my own responses. (Slightly edited to reflect where I am right now). Go-to weeknight recipe?
Hmmm... right now Mediterranean Turkey Loaves because they're easy, tasty and great for leftovers. My go-to crockpot recipe is probably chicken tikka because it makes so much food and you can eat it for days until it gets too spicy and you have to add some yogurt to cool it down.
My first job ever (besides babysitting) was working the desk and cleaning at a tanning salon in a small town where I lived. I was paid under the table each week and one day my keys wouldn't open the door. After we moved from that town, I worked at a dancewear store fitting toe shoes, ballet, jazz and tap shoes as well as selling all dance and gymnastic-related clothing and gear. It was a great after-school job with a proper paycheck and everything. My first professional-in-my career type job was as a writing center tutor during my Master's program.
I'm inspired by the women in my family who held jobs when many women didn't, who taught me to tell stories, to stand up for what I believed, who seemed larger than life, strong and funny, clever and warm.
That's an interesting question because I moved throughout my childhood. I consider Mobile, Alabama where I visited family, and where I went to undergrad and grad school my home.
What would you put on your neon sign?
Live fully. Love deeply.
Wouldn’t leave home without?
My phone. Lip balm. Headphones. A bottle of water. A sense of adventure.
Essential beauty products?
Lip balm. Sunscreen. Sea salt spray.
Wouldn’t fly without?
Xanax. My ipad. Headphones. A protein bar.
Things you buy in bulk?
Black Bean burgers. Toilet paper. Quest bars.
Novels: Frankenstein, The Hours, The Awakening, Never Let Me Go, The Unbearable Lightness of Being Poetry: Last Night on Earth Poems (Bukowski), anything by Nikki Giovanni, Adrienne Rich, David Lehman, Philip Levine Non-fiction: The Prince of Frogtown (Rick Bragg), Object Lessons (Eavan Boland), anything by Susan Sontag or Joan Didion
First celebrity crush?
also my first girl crush, Alyssa Milano circa Who's the Boss
The Big Lewbowski
People on speed dial?
I don't have a speed dial but I do have a favorites list on my phone, which means even if I'm in do not disturb mode, the call comes through. My wife, my mother, my brother and sister-in-law, are on this list
Preferred form of exercise?
Zumba. Rowing. Biking.
Drink of choice?
Best moment this year?
being at MythAirport with old and new friends
A bike ride on a day that isn't too hot, followed by brunch at our favorite spot, playing a board game with friends, getting fro-yo and enjoying each other's company