Questions (and Answers) v.10

What's the most interesting thing you've ever done? 

I must not be a very exciting person, because this one took a lot of thinking. When I was in high school, I took an awesome trip to England, France, and Italy, and my favorite part was the day or two we spent on the island of Capri. My friends and I wandered off to the beach and ended up jumping off some rocks into the sea, which at the time seemed incredibly exotic, sexy, dangerous, and excting. (I still kind of think it was.)

I actually wrote about it once in college:

We stopped to have lunch and I felt like I was in heaven, looking down at the rocky beaches and bright turquoise water from narrow streets that wound through the town high above the sea. Sunlight spilled onto the beaches and streets in luscious rays. I ate the biggest peach I’ve ever seen in my life.

We walked past the shore and followed a trail of rocks that grew larger and larger and more and more into the ocean until we were basically standing on a miniature island made of warm gray rock, surrounded by nothing but deep, deep water and you could see all the way to the bottom. Everyoneee started jumping in. It was the most inviting display I’ve ever witnessed.

I’ve always been afraid of open water, but this seemed too good of an experience to pass up. Swimming in the dazzling, exotic waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea? People don’t get a chance to do that very often.

I stood with my arms crossed at the edge of the rock and made excuses. “I don’t have a change of clothes,” and “yeah, but what the hell is that thing?” Enormous dark boulders situated at the bottom of the sea turned into sharks and sea monsters that couldn’t wait to pull me under and never let me go...

My knees bent without permission from my brain as I thought about the leap. A wave of dread whipped through my body. The way the sunlight shone through the clear water made it look like thousands of diamonds were twirling to the bottom.

I took a deep breath and jumped.

As a full-time blogger who works at home, what is your time management like?

What a question! Like everyone else, I want to be as productive and time-efficient as possible, but a lot of days I struggle to actually make it happen. Ironically, adding a few extra things to my life (Ender and a daily barre practice) has made me into a much better user of time.

I've always been a morning person but I used to have much more of a slow start to my day. Now I write a to-do list every night for the next day, and as soon as I wake up and take the dog out, I sit down at my computer and try to check off as many little things as possible. My day always looks a little different, but generally I'm up at 7, working by 8, heading to barre at 9:30, then back home to work from 11-5ish, with some breaks in between for walking or playing with Ender.

I think working from home (and for yourself) is a lot more effective when you try to keep normal business hours, but it's easy to get caught up in the flexibility of all of it, and there are definitely a few days a week where I don't get much done in the afternoon and find myself at the computer well after 11PM.

Have you ever had surgery or broken a bone? 

Other than my wisdome teeth, no--I've been really lucky and haven't had any surgeries. I broke my right leg when I was in fourth grade, and ended up with a stress fracture in the same spot eight years later (I don't think they were related, just a strange coincidence).

What's something most people don't know about you?

How about three? I totally believe in mediums, I don't know how to use a camera unless it's in automatic, and although space exploration fascinates me, it is among my greatest fears.


Your turn! I want to know your answers, too. If you want to play along, leave a comment; and if you have a question you'd like me to include next time, let me know!