10 years ago I was: 16 and just starting my junior year at St. Dominic High School - definitely the worst year of my life to date. For some reason that year I was in the middle of constant fights with my friends and I couldn't hold a civil conversation with any member of my family. I often cried not only on the way to school, but on the way home as well.
5 years ago I was: 21 and having a much better time! I was going to school in Warrensburg, and I had an apartment with two great roommates. Our whole building that year was pretty close-knit and we had some crazy times. I think my major was Elementary Education at that point, although it's hard to remember because I had so many!
1 year ago I was: about the same as I am now. We had just bought this house, our first. Emma was a teeny six-month-old. Since then, I've learned to knit, learned to crochet, started sewing, planted my first garden, become somewhat of a health nut, and have started frugal grocery shopping. I guess maybe I've changed more than I realized!
Yesterday: was a great day. We just hung around the house all day, except for one quick trip to Blockbuster. I played in the yard with Emma and lost to Steve in Scrabble. For dinner, I made a new recipe that was very cheap but also turned out to be very gross. It was the topic of much good-natured ridicule throughout the evening.
5 snacks I enjoy: root beer floats, chocolate chip cookies, pita bread and hummus, raspberries, hard boiled eggs
5 songs I know all the words to: Don't Think Twice, It's All Right by Joan Baez; Sway by Natalie Imbruglia; Bang Bang by Nancy Sinatra; I Love My Lips by Larry the Cucumber; Ice Cream by Sarah McLaughlin
5 things I would do with 100 million dollars: I would buy the beautiful white house that I love on 151st Street. I would travel all over the world with Steve, Emma, and the dogs. After taking out what we'd need to live for the rest of our lives, I'd split the rest up three ways. I'd want one-third to go to set up an organization that would spay and neuter pets for free. Another third to allow for lactation consultants to do unlimited free in-home visits to post-partum mothers. The last third would go to set up quality library systems in very poor countries.
5 places I would run away to: For a visit or for forever? For a quick escape, I'd go to western Oregon, my mom's house, anywhere tropical, or pretty much anywhere else.
5 things I would never wear: those shorts with writing on the butt, a fur coat, stillettos, a scarf made with eyelash yarn (I stole that answer, but it's a good one!), makeup
5 favorite tv shows: Conan O'Brien (I am in love with that guy!), The Real World, and pretty much everything on HGTV (but especially House Hunters and Design on a Dime) and the Food Network
5 bad habits: biting my nails, staying up way too late doing absolutely nothing on the Internet, eating sugary junk, waiting way too long to pluck my eyebrows, letting ridiculous amounts of trash accumulate on the floor of my car
5 biggest joys: Emma, Steve, my dogs, my family, creating things
5 favorite toys: my computer, my sewing machine, my knitting needles and yarn stash, my camera, my cell phone
5 fictional characters I would date: the character Carter Duryea from the movie In Good Company, William Thacker (Hugh Grant's character) from Notting Hill, Christian (Ewan MacGregor) from Moulin Rouge, Sam (Johnny Depp) from Benny and Joon, Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird