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Friday, August 8, 2014

Ask Away Friday With Tamara


I have been thinking about joining the Ask Away Friday link up for awhile now, but was never brave enough to find a partner and participate. However, I decided to go for it and partner up with none other than Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, who is one of my best blogging friends. I don’t remember how or when we ‘met’ each other, but I imagine it was through our mutual blogging friends. We have a ton in common though, such as the fact that we went to the same university and lived in the same area, we both like the Who, we are both fans of the show Lost, and we both love to blog about our kids.

Is she beautiful, or what?

In case you don’t know how Ask Away Friday works, you choose your own partner and you each ask each other 10 questions. You post your answers on your blog and your partner posts her answers on her blog. So you’ll have to visit Tamara to find out what I asked her and how she answered! And here are the questions she asked me and my answers to them!

1. So we are both from New Jersey, of course! And we both don't live there anymore... Other than the people you may have had to leave behind, what do you miss the most about New Jersey?

Honestly, I don’t miss New Jersey all that much. Compared to Kansas, it is overly crowded and the people are rude! One thing I miss is the variety of kosher restaurants. We have very few options for dining out here, and New Jersey has a ton! I’ll be in NJ very soon and I can’t wait to eat at my brother-in-law’s pizza place!

I don’t really miss the beach, though I have some nice memories of taking the kids there!

2. I know you spent time in Israel when you were younger. Can you share a photo and/or story from that trip?

I was in Israel for 6 weeks when I was 16, 3 weeks when I was 18, and then for 7 months when I was 20. I imagine you are most interested in the time I was there for the longest! Dave and I both studied abroad at Hebrew University for most of the time I was there. After that was over, I extended my stay over the summer and participated in a different program, while Dave returned to NJ. I sublet an apartment and it was like I actually lived in Israel for a little while. It was a good experience, but I also learned the realities of being in a foreign country and I was happy to return to America afterwards.

This is Dave and I on the campus of Hebrew U. I wish I knew how to get my hair to look like that again!

3. What's your favorite thing to write about? Or what has been your favorite blog post?

My favorite thing to blog about is our family adventures. However, my favorite blog posts are more often the ones that are more thought out pieces of writing, such as Why I Can’t Hear Your Birth Story, On Best Friends, and One Guilty Pleasure.

4. How did you find yourself as a blogger? Was it surprising, or was it a goal of yours?

Blogging came naturally to me. Since I was about 8 years old, I wrote in a paper journal every day and continued doing so until I was about 18. I started journaling online soon after that. I had a blog prior to this one and I wrote on livejournal for awhile. When I started this blog, I took a hiatus soon after, and finally when I started reading other blogs I got back into mine and it’s been going steady every since!

5. What’s something on your food bucket list? Blogging bucket list? Parenting bucket list? Life dreams bucket list?

I can’t think of anything on my food bucket list! I don’t think I have a particular food I have been dreaming of trying. For blogging, I would love to be one of the bloggers who gets 100,000 hits a month, but I don’t imagine that will ever happen! My parenting goal is ultimately to to see my children have children and to one day be a great-grandmother. On my ultimate bucket list is to witness someone giving birth. I have never been a part of a non-surgical birth and I really want to see one. I also just recently decided that I would like to go up on a hot air balloon one day.

6. What is something about you that you don't think translates well in your writing?

I tend to be socially awkward. I don’t feel like I have a lot of friends. I can express myself in writing better than I can express myself in words.

7. What would be your absolute dream trip to take with your family?

I am so lucky because we have already done the Disney World thing, and even the Disney Cruise thing! A year ago I would have told you my dream trip would be a Disney Cruise, but we went on one in January! I would really like to one day go back to Hawaii, where Dave and I went on our honeymoon, and to bring the kids with us. I think they’re too young to appreciate Hawaii right now, so this might be a dream for when they are teenagers.

On the cruise!

8. What qualities of yours do you see in your three (beautiful) kids?

I think they all have a sense of humor that is similar to mine. Gabbie has a way of getting easily frustrated with things that reminds me of myself. She also seems to have the same issues with falling asleep at night – it takes us both time, rather than being asleep as soon as we lie down. We both enjoy crafty activities, as well as reading. Zachary can be stubborn, and that’s probably a trait that I share with him. I’m honestly not sure what traits Simon got from me. He is a much cuter, happier, and funnier person than I am overall!

9. I was watching the movie “About Time” about time travel, and the father in it said he used his time travel powers to go back and read every book he could. For some reason, this made me think of you because you love to read. If you had time travel skills and could give yourself extra time, what would you do with that time?

I think I should see that movie because I tend to love most things that have to do with time travel! If I had extra time, I’d probably waste it. I’m not that great with making the most of my time! But while wasting time, I’d either be reading or watching more TV.

10. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? What food do you never want to eat again?

I can’t remember a specific meal that I’d call the best ever! I do love the salads from my brother-in-law’s pizza place, which is what I plan to eat as soon as possible in New Jersey! As for never eating again…I have strong aversions to eggplant and mushrooms and try to avoid them whenever possible!

So, that is the end of this Ask Away Friday – let me know what you think! And have a great weekend!


Janine Huldie said...

Aww, I love you both. So to see you together interviewing each other was such a treat. And I loved your answer about NJ versus Kansas, but do hope the next time you do visit we can set something finally 😉

shelly bergman said...

Great questions, better answers! Welcome to AAF Dara! I thought it was funny that you said you wanted to get your hair to look like that again because I just told my stylist last night how awesome my hair was when I worked in Disney. I think it was the humidity that it loved. Maybe your hair loves the Israeli air! I'd love to hear your thoughts on a cruise vs DW. I think my daughter is too young for DW but a cruise might be worth it? What age range is better to go on a cruise rather than DW?

Tiffany MrsTee Haywood said...

We just came back from Disney - AWEsome! I definitely would drove to try the Disney Cruise next... great photo :D

tamarsb said...

This was so fun! I totally relate to feeling socially awkward and better "on paper" - I have been social two days in a row - too much! Haha!

Tamara Bowman said...

Aw!! You made me blush!! Thank you! I might have to find out more about this pizza place... And I forgot to mention the Rutgers connection.
I would love to have time to waste - great answer there.
And I love the travel stories and kid descriptions.

Kim said...

So glad you paired up with Tamara because I might have never found your blog otherwise!!!
I live in Kansas, too (I'm from Texas). We live in Topeka.

Dara said...

would love that, Janine!

Dara said...

you may be right about the israeli air!

My kids have been to DW young. But a cruise is nice because you don't have to run around the parks, everything is right there for you. The thing is, it is better for you to have a potty trained child on the cruise. if they aren't potty trained they can't go in the kids' play area and they can't go in the pools.

Dara said...

the cruise was a lot of fun! I love disney world so much though!

Dara said...

sounds like you are an introvert!

Dara said...

the pizza place is in teaneck. :) glad you liked my answers!

Dara said...

I'm in Overland Park!

Rea Alducente said...

My first time here and glad to know more about you through AAF! :) I'd love to go on a hot air balloon one day too. It's in my bucket list along with skydiving and bungee jumping. LOL. I think it's so cool that you've lived in Israel for a while. I always think that experiencing another culture for some time would be a great learning experience.

Dara said...

I would never sky dive or bungee jump, so that's where we differ! :)

Christy Garrett said...

Blogging was a bit awkard for me when I first started. I never enjoyed writing in school. Of course, when you are talking about stuff you like or know about it is so much easier. I am glad that I started blogging.

I would love to visit another country. It is nice to meet you.

Shoshanah G said...

You should definitely watch About Time! I know I've seen a few different time travel movies, but that one has to be my absolute favorite.

Dara said...

I have always loved to write, so I guess that's why I love blogging! :)

Dara said...

awesome, I will add it to my list of movies I need to see!

Stacey Gannett said...

What a great swap! I have always been a bit socially awkward myself, and I find myself much more outgoing through my writing. I have always enjoyed writing, but never put much stock in my ability. I am getting more positive, though! :) I would love to take my kids to DisneyWorld or on a Disney Cruise, especially since they have hit the early tween/teen years. Have a great week!

Dara said...

you should definitely do disney when you can!