One of my favorite Moms on Twitter, Mrs. Penny Chevalley invited me to do some blog-hopping this week with #AskAwayFriday. Little did she know when she asked, that I can't say no to a good blog-hop! After all who doesn't enjoy meeting new people! If you're here reading this post, you probably already know Penny, if not, go check her out at her blog; The Real Housewife of Caroline County! If nothing else, click over to see my questions for her and the answers she had for them. Also, don't forget to take a look at the other entries found near the bottom of this page.
If you don't know what you're getting here, #AskAwayFriday is all about getting to know fellow bloggers by each asking 10 random questions. Penny went easy on me and only asked 5 of the regular 10, so without further adieu, I give you her questions and my answers...
1. Would you ever want to learn how to fly a plane?
While I can not go to high places without getting butterflies in my stomach, I would love to learn to fly. The butterflies are not so bad that they would be a hindrance to flying, I think of them more as healthy warning signs from my body to be cautious. While I have flown on airplanes a number of times, the moment that sealed it for me was on a trip to Gatlinburg, TN and the Smokey Mountains for my parents 30th anniversary. As part of the celebration, Dad and I went up in a helicopter for an aerial tour of the mountain range. That flight was amazing. The sight of the mountains rising up around the town, the vision of the trees growing below me, the thrill of the speed as we buzzed the ridge line, it all drew me in and set in stone my love for flying. For a moment after the flight was over, I actually considered finding a flight school to start as soon as we got back from vacation.
2. Most clever word you know?
Panacea might be the most appropriate answer to that question, as it basically means an answer to all problems, though sardonic might be the more appropriate answer, as I think my attitude and comments often border somewhere between sarcastic and sardonic. I learned the fine art of sarcasm from my dad at a young age, but still have to be careful when I break it out, as I've been told my delivery is so dead-pan many people I know in real-life take my attitude for authentic. This can be a problem, as I am one of the most easy-going people you'll ever meet, but often turn to humor in uncomfortable situations. I've been told I had a bad attitude due to comments I've made when I thought I was only making idle banter, to lighten the mood.
3. Is being a Dad different than you thought it would be?
After nine years of parenting, I don't have any memory left of what I thought it would be; too many sleepless nights and cold cups of coffee. But it is the most rewarding, life changing thing I have done. There is never a dull moment in a house with a drama-queen and a Godzilla. I have seen amazement in their eyes at things I take for granted. I have experienced heartache for them as they try to comprehend a friend moving away, or the loss of a neighbors pet. I have even gotten something in my eye at the exact moment they have done something that would make a lesser man so proud he would cry. That roller-coaster of pride, and sorrow, and wonder has made the adventure of dad-hood one that I would not trade for all the still-warm cups of coffee that I could have had these last nine years instead.
4. Do you know CPR?
I have never been certified in CPR, though when Nat was born, Kate and I sat in on a class where we were instructed on infant CPR. The idea that our newborn baby girl could need life-saving efforts was enough to keep my attention. However, since that class, I (thankfully) have not had reason to use CPR, nor have I enhanced my knowledge base in the matter.
5. If you had a year off what would you want to do?
A year off would be amazing. While I take pride and find fulfillment in the work I do, if I were able to take a year off I would jump at the chance! First, I would check some things off of my bucket-list: traveling Europe with my family and frequenting some blues bars in Chicago. Then I would finally find time to do all the things around the house I just can't seem to get done. Lets just say that my honey-do list is long!
So there you have it, 5 questions answered. Now go check out Penny at RHOCC for the answers to a few of mine1