• From Lori P who just happens to be my SIL… If you had to do it all again, specifically targeting the choices you made for yourself, would you change anything?
I think the one thing that I’d change is I would have stood my ground about taking a year off between high school and college. For various reasons, I was emotionally exhausted and mentally unclear about my future when I graduated from high school. I knew that I needed a break from academics so that I could figure out what to do next, but my mother wouldn’t hear of it. She forced me to go on to college straightaway.
Had I followed my own instincts, I would have been more mature, rested and focused when I arrived on campus as a freshman. I suspect that I would have gone to a larger university that had a more diverse student population and offered a wider variety of majors– one of which would have prepared me for a career in something or other.
• From Kristen Plumer at Kristen Loves Design… What would you describe as your decorating style? Does it match who you really are? And a related question, if you could decorate however you wanted (money being no object), what would you do?
Our decorating style is relaxed traditional with family antiques, hints of mid-century modern & splashes of spirited color. It’s eclectic, but to keep it from looking too jumbled the walls are in shades of warm neutrals like khaki gold, creamy white or warm gray– with white trim everywhere. The style matches who we are to a tee– cheerfully mixed-up with the ability to pull it together when need be.
If money were no object and I could find the right interior designer, I’d like to have a home that has more of what I’d call a California relaxed vibe to it. Mostly neutrals inside the house because the outdoors is colorful. Open, sliding doorways from inside living areas to the outside. Black trim around the windows. Lots of amazing original artwork. And perhaps some stucco, arches, Mexican tiles, too.
• From Zazzy at Zazamataz… What are your favorite foods – to make? to eat? What’s comfort for you? What can you absolutely not stand?
My favorite foods to make are fruit-based deserts like strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream or bread pudding with raisins or applesauce spice cake with caramel icing. I also like to make stews and soups in the winter. All that chopping and blending of ingredients makes me happy.
My favorite foods to eat are fresh fruits and vegetables. Plus grilled fish + chicken. I like sourdough bread, and pasta or rice done very simply with a bit of olive oil/butter, onions, herbs. Also, I am a nut for unsalted nuts. I really like eating healthy, but do not always have the time & energy to do so. Which is a bummer, but a reality at this point in my life.
As for comfort food, I occasionally eat a bakery white [or yellow] cake cupcake with vanilla icing– for medicinal purposes, mind you. And the one food that I cannot stand is green or yellow or red peppers. Yuck. Won’t eat them at all.
[Yesterday, Part 1]