1. What is your cleaning style like?
Well, I’m someone who thinks cleaning is the pits (raise your hand if you join in the sentiment). But it’s a necessary evil. My motto is: “A clean house is a quiet mind.” And I truly believe in that. So my goal is to enter every weekend with a clean house, because it frees me up to focus on business stuff or fun stuff instead of passing the same set of empty coffee mugs and discarded mail and thinking, “I really need to pick that stuff up.” JUST DO IT ALREADY, GAIL! And so, to keep it fun, I put my iPod on, set the timer on my kitchen radio and give myself 60 to 90 minutes to get as much done as I can—sweeping, mopping, straightening up, cleaning out the fridge. And because I’m a list maker who LOVES to check things off as she goes, about a year ago I created this fun little “Cleaning To Do List” to keep me motivated. Want your own copy of it? Feel free to download it with a click of this link! (and if you think I’m anal-retentive, well, hats off to you friend because you have hit the mark! :) )
2. What is your favorite thing to add to an outfit to take it from casual to classy?
Some fun earrings or pair of heels is always a great option (I don’t wear ‘em as much as I used to, much to my husband’s chagrin). Should I say a string of pearls? I feel like that’s what I SHOULD say. Too bad I don’t own a pair :)
3. Do you like stormy weather?
I LOVE stormy weather! I love the smell in the atmosphere right before and after it rains. I love big claps of thunder too. Being a Midwesterner and coming from a place where you could see stretches of farmland around you for miles, I used to love watching storms roll in. As a kid, my dad and I used to sit on the front porch and wait for them. My mom would be inside, every now and then peeking her head out to tell us, “You two need to get inside. You’re gonna get struck by lightning sitting in those metal lawn chairs!”
4. What is your favorite cold treat on a hot day?
I love a good scoop of frozen yogurt (we have this great place in town called “Incredible Yogurt” that Nick and I love to treat ourselves to in the summer months). When it gets REALLY hot out, I love to pick up a package of those cheap freezer pops and indulge. Mmmmmmm…..a pineapple-flavored freezer pop, a book and me swinging in the hammock—can it just be summer already?!!! (PS – I also love a good Italian lemonade!)
5. What is your favorite warm treat on a cold day?
A latte or a cup of hot tea.
6. Who is your favorite animated character?
Oh my goodness…really? Wellll….I’ve always had a bit of a crush on Prince Eric from “Little Mermaid” (maybe that’s why I married a fella who kinda looks like him–hehe). But, thinking back to childhood, I loved so many characters from “Looney Tunes”. My brother and I used to watch those old classics every Saturday morning. As a kid, I also LOVED to watch Ducktales and Animaniacs …. Anybody else have a favorite cartoon growing up? Just for giggles, I felt compelled to rewatch the intro for Animaniacs. Still makes me grin ;) Oooh….and remember this?!! (Might solve a mystery…or rewrite historyyyyyyyy)
7. What do you keep your jewelry in?
Okay, are you ready for this? Because this is so incredibly ghetto I can’t believe I’m admitting to it! But I use those little clear craft boxes you get from craft stores. Just makes it easy to see everything inside it, lets me compartmentalize things and is easy to stow and stack. Bonus since I had a couple of these from growing up that held my stash of yarn as a cross-stitcher. Did I just admit TWO embarrassing bits of information in one answer? Ohhh, I think I just did!
8. Do any of the rooms in your house have a theme?
A theme? What, like, a garden in Tuscany or something? No, no theme. Unless you count “Must have a few books in every room” a theme. Overall, our house (I think, anyway) has a fun, retro-inspired, lived-in, loved-in feel to it.
9. Do you watch any interior design TV shows – if so, what is your favorite?
When we had cable? Ooohhh yes. Those shows would get me IN TROUBLE. That was the height of the pre-mortgage crisis era, where you could spend 6 hours on a Saturday watching back-to-back episodes of Trading Spaces and Flip This House. But I love interior design shows; they’re fun. I still watch ‘em whenever I get a chance.
10. When was the last time you did something risk-taking?
Physically? Well, probably running a mini-marathon (’cause I am a CHICKEN when it comes to physical risk-taking). But I’d say navigating New York City on my own counts. Starting my own business counts. I’m all about the mental challenges….it’s the stuff like bungee jumping and sky diving I could never wrap my head around.
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