20 Things

So my friend Shuva (http://www.shuvarahim.com) shared her "20 Questions" blogging post with me, and wanted me to do the same. As much as I love a good back story, I figured it might be fun to give a bit more of my own…and give my blog the kickstart it is looking for, for the new year. Thanks, Shuva!

Question 1: How tall are you?

I used to think I was 5'6", for a long time. But as I get older, I've come to realize I'm somewhere around 5'5".

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

I'm usually pretty good at making most anyone feel comfortable. And I'm pretty great at packing a car and/or space, Tetris-style.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

I can't really share a pet peeve, since I'm just easing back into blogging again, myself. I don't feel I have the right. 

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Elitism

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

Incredibly tough question, for me. Today, I'll go with "Run", by Snow Patrol, especially this version Yep. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q09-wMUNpc8  That one gets me.

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy/online shop that isn’t yours?

Amazon.

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Reading, taking photo hikes, staring at art, journaling, listening to vinyl, driving, grocery shopping (I love my alone time). 

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

My mama's no-bakes.

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

Yep. A pug-chihuahua mix, 9 year old pup named Maximus. We got him for two main reasons: 1) He's awesome. And 2) The gal who owned him said "You don't want that one-he has a severe underbite and terrible markings. He has no future in breeding". So of course, I wanted him all the more.

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

Non-fiction: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown or The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin/ Fiction: I don't read much Fictionnot sure if this counts, but Finding your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck was pretty good. 

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product or tool?

Burt's Bees tinted lip balm.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

Geez…I probably get embarrassed more than I realize…but it's hard to really fluster me. Jay (my husband) and I went to a comedy club recently, and (surprisingly) were the couple who'd been married the longest. So the comedian wanted to know our secret…and I was tongue tied. I honestly didn't have a blanket answer for happiness…and my stubborn self didn't want to give her anything from our marriage that could be downplayed or made into a joke. So I stayed silent and agreed with her suggestion (I think it was to make sure you wash your butt, or something like that). It was embarrassing because I struggled between wanting to say something funny, and realizing she'd found a weak spot…wanting to protect my marriage over a good joke. 

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fentiman's Rose Lemonade. Mmmmmm

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

It just might be Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. I wanted to say something pretty or thoughtful, but man…I love that movie. I also really enjoyed The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

Total artist nerd. No regrets. 

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

San Diego for the weather, New Orleans for the attitude, Australia for the people, London for the culture…but I also love the ocean, and living right where I am. 

Question 17: PC or Mac?

Mac. 

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

So Jay and I share this tiny stuffed bear that says "I love you" on its belly….we hide it places for each other. And I saw it this morning when I woke up. It always makes me smile. But I have to say, last summer, I was very distant. I was fully absorbed in my work, not able to see far outside of it…and one day, while falling asleep in bed in the dark, Jay said to me: "I've been thinking a lot about my future…about what that brings…and all I know is, I want you in it". It's truly the most romantic thing anyone's ever said to me. 

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

Adrien Brody. 

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

Seth Godin. He's honestly the smartest business mind I've ever encountered…and he has a soft place in his heart for creatives. His blog is the only one I subscribe to. I met him last January, and I don't get starstruck…but I did. 

20 things about this picture: 1) My hair has never looked better (we woke up at 4am that day to trek out to the desert for sunrise) 2) This is Shuva, she's awesome 3) This was taken last October at the Integratron Sound Bath in Joshua Tree Desert, CA 4) I kept calling it different transformer names, because I couldn't remember the same of it. 5) The Sound Bath was pretty amazing. 6) Sorry about this shot, Florence. 7) That's Stephanie Tanner, on the edge of the frame (not from Full House-she confirmed this). 8) That's the back of Gabe McClintock's head. 9) I met Gabe, that day. 10) He and I hiked around Joshua Tree together. I like him. 11) The Integratron grounds are filled with art made from "trash". 12) The Sound Bath was built on one of the 3 strongest magnetic poles in the country. 13) It's also one of the most acoustically resonant structures in the whole world. 14) We experienced the Sound Bath with a combination of drums, bowls, and chanting from our friend Nacho Arimany (a wickedly talented musician). 15) When you stand in the center of the Integratron, and make the slightest of sounds, it echoes and fills the whole space. 16) I want to go back. 17) This is where I photographed the Mary Statue in the cacti. 18) It's also where people leave small gifts in a bowl, on the main floor of the Integratron…neat to look at/though…and there's a platform outside where people made stacked stone sculptures, that I loved, and made me think of a friend back home. 19) I hadn't eaten that day and was getting hungry…but I decided to sit on a large rock and rest under the huge sky for a bit…and this gal named Kat, who I'd just met the day before, felt compelled to walk up to me and offer me some trail mix she'd brought with her. She told me she got the feeling I was hungry. 20) I see this picture, and I think I could have hugged you closer, Shuva.