#askawayfriday: a dish of daily life

I’ll admit it. I’ve never done anything like this before.

I am an #AskAwayFriday virgin.

Still, I’m willing to try anything once. JUST ASK MY HUSBAND! *ba dum chik*

No? Nothing? Eh, fine.

In all seriousness, #AskAwayFriday is a great way to get to know other bloggers and explore the deepest, most cobwebby corners of their minds. Today I will be swapping dirty little secrets with blog empress and fellow WAHM Michelle Nahom from A Dish of Daily Life. You can read my answers to her questions below, but also please swing by her blog and see what nasty lascivious things I managed to trick *her* into revealing!

Here we go!


Michelle: I often wish I was a little bit funny, but I’m really not. I find your writing hilarious though. I also read your post on all the funny things your son has said…he’s pretty funny too. Do you think people are born funny? Or do they become that way growing up? Were your parents funny?

Sarah (est.1975): Honestly? Funny is a complicated animal. I think in some respects Funny is a natural talent like the knack for music, an aptitude for sports, or the ability to pick up and put down a cigarette without getting addicted (go me!) At the same time there’s definitely an element that’s learned, either from family/friends or through the active study of comedy. (Or both.)

However, I also think that Funny can be a coping mechanism. Feeling depressed but don’t want to bum everyone else out? Be Funny. Don’t quite fit in and aren’t sure how to lubricate your awkward entry into some uncomfortable social situation? Be Funny. Aren’t pretty/intelligent/sexy/effervescent/charming/educated/whatever enough to impress? Be Funny.

Yes, my parents have the Funny. My Dad’s Funny is dry and a bit more subdued than mine. My Mom’s Funny is almost accidental, like she’s tripping over it on her way into the kitchen to get some more coffee. And obviously they both have different boundaries than I do, being of an older generation. Everyone’s Funny is just different.

Michelle: I also read your post about The Mess of Manscaping and it made me think of pet peeves. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Sarah (est.1975): Besides my husband’s pubic hair all over the bathroom floor, I would say that my biggest pet peeve is the group of people I like to call The Entitled Ones. I’m pretty sure you know who I mean. The Entitled Ones don’t thank you for favors. They cut you off in traffic and don’t wave. They become irate when rules that apply to everyone else also apply to them. Their kids are more special-er than your kids. They just feel like they DESERVE things.

Michelle: It’s always interesting to hear about everyone’s worst job. What was yours?

Sarah (est.1975): Surprisingly, my worst job was not the lowest-paying job I ever had, nor the most run-of-the-mill, nor the most difficult.

My worst job was as an analyst on a trading floor. I was the tender age of 24, I had a body that I liked to show off, and I had absolutely no idea how to comport myself in a high-stress, highly-masculine environment. Consequently, I spent the entire time fending off propositions for sex (primarily from married men), being treated “like a dumb blonde” (if you’ll excuse the stereotype, particularly because I’m not even blonde), and sobbing into my cocktails (or if it was before 6 PM, Diet Coke.) It was awful.

Michelle: Share three random facts about yourself.

Sarah (est.1975): Let’s see. Well, I’ve been epileptic since I was about 15 years old. I may or may not have ADD, but I can’t do anything for ten minutes straight without taking a break. And I LOVE nail polish. I’ve got over 300 bottles. How ya like me now?

Yup. A vintage hospital cart filled with nerl polish.
Yup. A vintage hospital cart filled with nerl polish.

Michelle: I enjoyed your post “Mothers of Single Children: The One and Done Mom” over at BLUNTmoms, and I laughed because we all have our own situations that we get used to. There are many days I feel completely overwhelmed and the worst is when I see the “I have 6 and things are completely in control Mom” balancing it all. What’s your favorite thing about being a parent…and the least favorite?

Sarah (est.1975): My favorite thing about being a parent is the copious amount of snuggling. I love it so much that I actually feel an icy knot of stress and dread in my belly when I think about the moment it will all come to an end.

My least favorite thing about being a parent is my son’s constant stream of verbal diarrhea. I’m gonna be honest with you, I like silence. I like being alone. Not great characteristics for a blue-ribbon parent, I grant you, but there you are. I’ve adapted as best as I can, but when my son marches around the house narrating every single second of his life “color commentary style” I sometimes wish I could just put him on mute. You know? So that I don’t disturb his creative line of thought, but also so that I don’t have to listen to it.

Michelle: You mentioned to me that you are a sports mom too. What sport does your child play? Have you ever seen any crazy parent antics on the field, and if so, what was the funniest (or most obnoxious) thing you’ve ever seen?

Sarah (est.1975): My son is still in Kindergarten, so even though he’s been swimming and playing soccer, basketball, and tennis since a very young age, it’s mostly been in the context of practicing and developing fundamental skills. He has *just* started getting into competitive sports this year, so sadly I don’t have any stories of crazy parent antics yet. I’m assuming it’s just a matter of time, though. (I’m also a little worried that it will be my husband doing the antics.)

My son getting FABULOUS on the soccer field.
My son getting FABULOUS on the soccer field.

Michelle: What is one characteristic you see in your child that he got from you (besides being funny, of course)

Sarah (est.1975): He pooches out his lips when he cries. It is the most adorable thing. It’s not adorable when I do it, of course. I would say it’s more disturbing.

Michelle: On a typical day (or week), do you ever take time for yourself? When you do, what does that look like?

Sarah (est.1975): I *have* to take time for myself or my brain explodes. I am a high-maintenance, highly selfish person. If I don’t get quiet time, or “Me Time” as I call it, or “GET OUT OF MY FACE! Time” as I also call it, I get extremely ornery and tetchy. So usually I’ll take a little time when my son is at school and catch up on television, or chat online, or go for a coffee with friends, or read, or play video games. You know. No big.

Michelle: You seem to be a regular contributor to at least one other site that I can see. What advice would you give someone looking to expand their horizons and writing in other places?

Sarah (est.1975): My advice would be to really focus on social media. Your blog should showcase your best material, for sure, but you can also attract the attention of interested blog sites through active participation in (and the placement of additional material on) Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.

Another strategy is to scour the Internet for blog sites that accept submissions from the general public, and submit fresh work to those sites when you can. Just keep in mind that every site’s policies regarding intellectual property are different.

Michelle: We just “met” not too long ago. How long have you been blogging? Why did you start? Do you have an end game? Or are you just waiting to see where the ride takes you?

Sarah (est.1975): I’ve only been blogging since Christmas 2013, so just a little bit over 2 months. I started because a friend of mine, columnist and features writer Heidi Stevens of the Chicago Tribune (like the plug I did there?), encouraged me to give it a shot and I trust her judgment completely. I’ve got no end game other than writing the Great American Novel, I guess. Honestly, I think I’m just waiting to see where the ride takes me, as you put it. It’s been a fun two months, that’s for sure!


And that’s the end! Once again, don’t forget to check out Michelle Nahom at A Dish of Daily Life for her awesome answers to my nosy awesome questions.

A Dish of Daily Life


This #AskAwayFriday was hosted by:
The Real Housewife of Caroline County
Mrs. Tee – Love, Life & Laughter
Bold Fab Mom
This Momma’s Ramblings

Thanks, ladies!

The Real Housewife of Caroline County

23 Replies to “#askawayfriday: a dish of daily life”

  1. Awesome answers! Of course being the last minute Minnie that I am, my post will not be up until sometime tomorrow afternoon or evening (yes, I am that far behind…pathetic I know). So anyone that is reading this and wants to check out Sarah’s questions to me (and they were really good ones!), come late tomorrow. Or this weekend because hopefully you are having fun tomorrow night and not sitting around reading blogs.

    You are lucky no antics yet on the sports field…it’s coming. Perhaps to prepare you might want to watch Bad Parents. Hysterical in a way, but also some of it I’ve seen. Your son is adorable by the way!! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging 2 months. WOW. I could sit here and write a book practically but since I haven’t even answered my own questions yet, I probably shouldn’t do that. This was fun!

    1. My husband gets super animated on the sports field. I’m afraid he’s going to be the one all the other parents are glaring at. *AND* he yells in Spanish so nobody can understand him and I’m sure everyone will assume the worst.

      So far the only weird thing I’ve had happen to me was this:

      Some Lady: “What team is your son on?”
      Me: “St. So and So.”
      Some Lady: “Oh, we played you last week!”
      Me: “No, we played Our Lady of So and So last week.”
      Some Lady: “No, I’m pretty sure you played us.”
      Me: “No, we didn’t.”
      Some Lady: “Yes, you did.”

      Of course, we hadn’t. It was just bizarre. Like, really? Why is this important enough to sit here arguing about it?

      As soon as you have your answers up I’ll change the link over to the actual article itself. But I figured it’s probably fine just linking to your home page for now. Hope I did everything right!

  2. Absolutely wonderful getting to know you! Verbal Diarrhea cracks me up! I have an 11, 14, & 20 yr old and oh my some days I just think…”Why won’t they shut up?!?” LOL! But of course I would not trade them at all! Have a great weekend!

    1. Hey! Nice to meet you! Thanks so much for stopping by! If I don’t get around to visit everyone this weekend, my sincerest apologies… I’m going “under the knife” tomorrow morning to get a kidney stone removed. I may be a bit loopy and tired. But if not I’ll definitely try to check everyone’s #askawayfriday posts out!

      P.S. NOOOooooo I wanted to believe the verbal diarrhea would stop as he got older….

  3. This was our first Ask Away Friday, too!! Love that you teamed up with Michelle! She is one of our favorite folks ever!

    I am SO impressed that you have MORE NAIL POLISH than the place where I get my biannual pedicure! I am LOVING that cart. LOVING!!!

    I have always needed my “alone time”. (that’s what my husband calls it) I FEEL there. I need that time or I go bonkers. (it’s not pretty)

    Oh, and THANK YOU HEIDI STEVENS because we love your hysterical blog! We look forward to every one of your posts!! NEVER STOP!!! –Lisa

    PS. That soccer photo may be my favorite thing.

    1. Can we do an Ask Away Friday some week, do you think? How does that work??

      The Cart of Amazing Nail Polish was actually only about $100 at World Market. I got it about six months ago. Now, $100 isn’t cheap, I realize. But my husband was going to have to build a nail polish rack from scratch otherwise that would have cost way more time and effort and money. So this ended up working out great.

      Heidi Stevens is terrific, isn’t she? 😀 I highly recommend following her on Twitter – she writes a lot of great life, parenthood, and relationship pieces for the Trib. You can find her at @heidistevens13 and at @justkiddingchi

      P.S. I know. Me too 😀

  4. I’m glad to meet you through this link up! Good luck on your surgery tomorrow, I’ve never had a kidney stone, but I’ve heard it is painful!

    My son is 4.5 and working hard to learn how to swim on his own so he can join the swim team once he turns five. It is has been so fun to watch him get caught by the “sports” bug!

    1. Thanks! Nice to meet you too! I’m going to try and get around to everyone today and over the weekend too 🙂

      Oh, watching them grow up and get better at sports is just so amazing and fulfilling. And… hilarious. 😛

  5. Welcome to Ask Away Friday and I’m happy to have “met” you through Michelle. Your Doctor Who video made my day. There seem to be many of us in Ask Away Friday who have some sort of Doctor Who reference in their posts or on their blogs in general.
    I love your tips on submitting to other blogs. I do need to learn that one.

  6. I love how you described your Mom’s funny as ‘she trips over it’…Too funny! I think I kind trip over mine too. THere are times I say something with no intent of ‘funny’ and everyone laughs…I’m always like oh yeah “I totally meant to do that! (what did I say again?)”

    Blogging only 2 months?!?! Amazing. Well I can tell you you have a new follower in me. It is so great to meat you and get to know you through Michelle’s questions (isn’t she awesome BTW?).

    Thanks so much for joining our little #AskAwayFriday family! I would love to swap with you at some point…so I hope you join us again 😀

    1. Thanks so much for following me 🙂 I am always looking to swap again. I’m going to try and get around to reading everyone’s #AskAwayFriday posts this weekend, so I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me again soon! <3

  7. Hi Sarah! I love the response about your need for GET OUT OF MY FACE time. I’m an extrovert, so I normally get my energy by being around other people (this has changed somewhat as I get older).

    My husband, however, as an introvert needs ME time or he will explode. Aren’t we a pair? This was one of the hardest things for me to adjust to when we started dating. I didn’t get the need for ME time. But now when he says he’s going to the gym, I say, ok bye! Then I get my ME time : )

    1. My husband and I were much the same way when we first got married, if you switch the genders around. He had lived with his whole family his entire life and they would all hang out in the same room together at all times. So when we got married, if I went off to be by myself, he would follow me. It drove me nuts. After a while WE HAD TO HAVE WORDS.

      But thanks to the beauty of compromise we both appreciate our individual ME TIME as long as we make sure to have some snuggling and/or some sex at the end of it 😉

  8. That was a great Ask Away Friday! I have yet to do one and it’s nice to see you doing one for the first time! It was great! I can’t believe you’ve been doing this since December. You are an awesome writer!

    1. Thanks a lot to everything you said! Thanks for being such a loyal so-and-so. By the way, I have been trying to email subscribe to your blog for a little bit now and it won’t let me. Am I doing something wrong?

      Also, I left my first comment! I was too intimidated before because you are so FIT AND HEALTHY! 😛

      But your blog is great and know that I stalk it.

  9. I love silence too. Having three kids, I’ve learned to tune out most of their mindless chatter. The problem is that one of my children is highly physical and if I don’t listen, it also means I might get hit in the face with a foot.

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