What are you really good at? What are you really bad at?
I’m really good at: cooking, writing, staying organized, taking care of my house and dogs, book smarts, and talking to strangers. I’m really bad at: math, not gossiping, street smarts, directions, and putting together stylish outfits.
Have you ever been in a car accident? What happened?
I’ve been in two self-caused car accidents. The first time, I was 18. I was driving my mom’s car and she was driving mine (can’t remember why). We pulled into a totally empty parking lots and I made a quick U-turn… and slammed into a concrete pole. Totaled my mom’s car in an empty lot. Seriously. The second time I was in a car accident was two years ago – I ran a stop sign and side-swiped another car. I’m not a very good driver. I should probably add that to my list above!
Why did you attend your college?
I went to the University of Pittsburgh from 2002 – 2006. I attended because my boyfriend at the time was attending Carnegie Mellon, and I got a full academic scholarship to PITT. I loved going to PITT! Best school ever.
Describe your morning routine today.
My alarm went off at 7:30, I got out of bed, washed my face and brushed my teeth, walked and fed the doggies, did the dishes, make coffee, attempted to make a new recipe, threw the new recipe in the trash, made a peanut butter sandwich, ate breakfast while doing e-mails, went to the gym, walked the dogs again, took a shower, got dressed, and left for work by 10:15.
Have you ever snooped through someone else’s things? Did you find anything interesting?
Yes… I’ll admit that I’ve gone through boys’ phones (a long time ago!). Sometimes I also peek in people’s medicine cabinets. Not very mature.
What do you think happens when you die?
Since I’m not religious, I don’t really have a ‘guide’ on what happens at death, so I’m really not sure. I guess I have several theories: first, maybe we just die. People always think I’m being super morbid when I say this, but I don’t think it sounds so terrible – you’re dead, so what do you care? Secondly, maybe our souls enter another dimension and live on… You know how it sometimes feel like the people we love but have passed are still around? Maybe it’s their soul hanging out! Or third, maybe our souls get reincarnated and are reborn as babies. Some people just seem more ‘self-aware’ than others; maybe they’ve been here before!
Are you superstitious?
I am superstitious about making wishes at 11:11 and kissing the airplane before I get on it. Yes… I literally kiss the side of the door before I step on the plane. People always look at me like I’m crazy, but if I don’t do it, I feel really out of control and become paranoid that the plane is going to crash.
Do people think you are younger or older than you actually are?
People never think I’m older than I am – 27 – and I usually get pegged for younger. I don’t mind! I love getting IDed.
How did your parents’ relationship influence you?
My parents got divorced when I was 7 or 8, but they managed to keep things pretty healthy. I only had a few moments when I felt like I was being ‘forced’ to choose between them. So I think my parents’ divorce actually had a positive impact on me because it taught me that it’s possible to argue without screaming at each other. It also made me realize that family should always come first, even if you don’t want to live together anymore… if that makes sense. I think, by getting a divorce, they actually did put themselves and me first.
What were the three happiest moments of your life?
The three happiest moments of my life were: the day I found out I had a scholarship to PITT; the day I married the Husband; and the day I got my first book deal.
Your turn! Answer one (of all!) of the 10 Personal Questions in the comments section. I’ll randomly select a winner tonight. The winner will receive $20 to donate to the charity of their choice – fun!
PS – The winner of the Rock N Read 5K giveaway is Kelly Woodfin!
PPS – Want more personal questions? Check out the first installment in the Personal Questions game.