1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
Ugh… why does the first one always have to be the hardest!
I’m going to go with my first instinct… Alexandra Morton. She is a marine biologist that I idolized throughout my childhood, and who started my obsession for orca whales that lasted up until I was 16. She studied under Dr. John C. Lilly with dolphin sentient-ability, researched the pods of orcas off the BC Coast in the Johnston Strait, and is now a advocate against farmed Atlantic salmon in the pacific ocean. Really I would just want to ask her why she never answered my fan mail! (The made up postal code probably had something to do with it)
Alternatively I’d love to speak to anyone from ancient Roman or Celtic civilizations & hear what it was really like to live during those times!
2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
I would love to be famous, for my creativity. Specifically for my own designs actually. I would love to design furniture, houses, & clothing lines that would be on everybody’s Pinterest board!
3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
I go into it with a general idea… I start with a script and usually trip over my words by the 3rd sentence. Once actual information is involved my mind has to play catch-u p with my words.
4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
It would start with a cool, foggy morning; early, preferably around 6:00 & waking up to make baby girl her favourite breakfast. A short horseback ride, followed by coffee while I watch the sun come up. A busy, productive morning with a lazy afternoon and an early bedtime; but only after tucking Miss. B into bed and a couple hours spent snuggling with my man on the couch & tuning down with a couple tv shows or a good book.
5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
I last sung to myself this morning… every single time I’m in the car alone really. Last time I sang to someone else was YEARS ago, I believe my mother told me to stop and I almost got kicked out of the car. Miss. B is the only one unfortunate enough to have to occasionally live through my singing… and the singular unfortunate friend I’m comfortable enough around to let go and belt it out.
6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
Body. I’m already half crazy, I’m fully confident I’ll maintain that same level of crazy throughout my life. I don’t want to kill that kind of fun! 😛
7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
Funny: It will probably be me not thinking and doing something stupid like stepping out into traffic while texting.
annnd not so funny: Cancer, specifically ovarian or skin cancer but I’m crossing my fingers for in-bed with my loved ones around me at a disgustingly old age.
8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
Everything… it’s sooo annoying! (oh, alright. I not so secretly love it!) Let’s make this about the readers though! If you’re reading this blog I’m going to assume that we both:
(a.) Know how to turn on a computer.
(b.) Have an interest in design, & possibly rural living.
(c.) Love seeing & sharing the beauty in the world around us.
9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
Indirectly, my immediate loved ones. My daughter & my boyfriend are the most important things in my life and I am so happy & grateful that I have been blessed to ‘find’ them in this life .
10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
I would have wanted to have greater access to my family out West after I moved to Ottawa. I wish I could be closer to them & have more fluid memories with them instead of the few ‘moments’ that I was actually able to see them. It’s not a regret but would have been nice if I’m really made to think of something.
11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.
As this is all typed I thought I’d share 4 points about myself instead.
- I was born in the summer of 1990 along Canada’s west coast in BC. My favourite part about growing up there was the ocean, & the view I had from my bedroom window up on a hill overlooking the local lighthouse & its lagoon.
- I loved Orca whales. I was obsessed, I’d decided to be a ‘whale doctor’ by the time I was 4. My mom took me out whale watching for my 7th birthday, and my father helped me paint a mural on my wall when I was 8. I even had to give up an internship at the Vancouver Aquarium when I found out I was pregnant.
- I started riding horses when I was 5. Over the years I competed locally in hunter/jumper, experimented with voltiege, owned my own horses, & ‘trained’ for endurance racing for a summer until the horse developed heaves (horse asthma) from eating bad hay at another barn. (This summer I’m hoping to give polo a try & have been getting into thoroughbred racing!)
- The year 2011 was the most pivotal year of my life. We had just moved away from BC to Ottawa & I was devastated despite an amazing trip my father took me on, taking a few weeks and driving across the US. My younger brother passed away, and our house burnt down. It was turbulent but there was also a lot of good. I made so many new friends, many of which are my best-friends I still have with me today, and living through these experiences, perhaps ironically, made me into even more of an optimist. I now know it can always be worse, & there is always something to be learned, loved, & remembered.
12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
Are we talking Sci-Fi here?!
Reading people’s minds of course would be awesome, but if we’re staying realistic I’d want to have a natural talent at learning new languages (Which is almost just as good! Eavesdropping in on conversations when people don’t think you can understand would be priceless!)Practically it would be a great attribute in the business world as well.