Welcome back, my loves! I'm sooo sleepy today for some reason, so I'm going to get right into things. Link up >here< if you're playing along this weekend!
What are five things you would like to do more?
In no particular order, my answers are:
Knit. I haven't been doing enough of that at all lately.
Spend passionate time with my husband. Always want more of that! ;)
Spend LOTS more time exploring our newfound outside world.
Exploring my spiritual side and learning more about other religions.
Travel the world.
What is your quote to live by?
I have several, but this is by far my favourite.
What was the best thing that happened this week?
I had a lovely, romantic dinner at our local Ruth's Chris Steakhouse with Hubs for the 17th anniversary of our meeting. Not our wedding anniversary, which is upcoming in January... but we had a fantastic time!
What is something you are stressed about?
Our finances. Always with the $%^&* finances!!! >:(
What book has influenced your life?
I read the book I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb in college or grad school, and I will never forget it. In fact, I think about parts of it quite often.
Also, honorable mentions to:
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, which I read in high school, and:
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, which my BFF Lisa gave me for a college graduation present and which had a profound impact on my psyche.
Share a childhood memory:
For several years, when I was very young, like 3-4-5 years old, I would be sent to my bed for bedtime but could not sleep, because I kept hallucinating the walls were collapsing in on me, that my bed was a dangerous place and was also going to collapse on me, and that I was basically unsafe in bed, in my room, in my house. I would scream and sob and run to my mother's bedside. She would try to get me into bed with her to cuddle, but I adamantly refused to touch their bed either. My father tried the same, but I wouldn't even go near him. Eventually, it always ended in my mother taking me out to the center of our living room, away from any walls, and sitting on the floor in her lap, rocking me and singing softly to me to comfort her. I have no idea what precipitated all of this, but I start with a new therapist in a couple weeks and aim to explore it further.
What fictional character would you most like to be?
Alice in Wonderland, for I, too, like to think of impossible things..!
What is something you are proud of?
Despite our sometimes-tempestuous union, I'm proud of our 17 years of togetherness and the young family we have forged together! <3
What was the last thing you celebrated?
Same thing. Seventeen years of Team Odette! ;)
What are weird things you like?
I have tons of quirks. Our whole family does. I don't even know where to start. Two things: I like it when the doggos lick my feet, and I like when Sophia, my 12yo daughter, and I sing shrilly to Sam Smith songs...
What is your favorite song to sing?
If I ever have the nuts to get drunk and do karaoke, I will belt out "What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes! #BucketList
Name three things you do well.
I'm great at making plans. I hate when they fall through!
Being optimistic. Despite lots of incredibly horrible things happening in life, I always believe something good is around the corner.
Being spontaneous! I know all these things seem a little mutually exclusive, but that's how I roll!
What are your priorities in life?
2. Travel - I want to see everywhere there is to see!!
3. This: Happiness, contentment, and inner peace.
What is something that scares you?
Losing another child. The first one was an epic pain. I could not live through it again.
Best book you read this year?
I'm still reading it, but Recipes for Repair is a great book for promoting health and healing through dietary changes.
Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!