Alison Asks Away!

Here we go again! It’s Friday which means it’s time for #AskAwayFriday hosted by Penny of The Real Housewife Of Caroline Country and Amber from Bold Fab Mom. Typically for Ask Away Friday, bloggers pair up, swap 10 questions,answer them on their blogs, and link up their posts with Penny and Amber. It’s such a great way to get to know someone better.
Plus it’s way fun.

This week my very VERY good friend, Alison is the master question asker. Isn’t she pretty!


Her questions are so good. Are you ready?  Here we go!

1. You’ve been teaching for 13 years – what keeps you motivated to stay in a job that is undoubtedly challenging?

It’s so cliche, but the students are the reason I keep coming back every day. It’s difficult for me to put into words what I love. Simply, it’s the students. Complexly it’s the students and the love of learning and the love of imparting knowledge and the privilege of being a small part of someone’s education.

2. What are your top 3 moments as a teacher?

Graduation every spring. Every year I break down and cry.

Getting nominated as teacher of the year in 2005 by the staff of my school.

Getting awarded Elective Teacher of the Year by the senior class of 2011.

3. You write openly about depression. Do you remember the first time you opened up about it on your blog?

Yes. It was spring of 2010. I had been diagnosed less than two months before. It was the first time I had ever posted anything on my blog that showed my real feelings about something.  It was the first post that wasn’t just an “update” for family and friends.  You might say it was my first real WRITING post.

4. You’ve been blogging for 6 years now. How different was blogging back when you started, and now?

This summer it will actually be SEVEN years of blogging!  Sheesh! Where did the time go?

I honestly don’t know how things are different. When I started blogging I was completely unaware of the blogosphere. I was just going about my business posting pictures of my cat not knowing there was this whole community out there.

About three year in, I came clean about my PPD and it was like the heavens opened up and rained internet friends upon me.

5. I love your series on writing. What’s your top two pieces of advice for aspiring writers?

Write A LOT and Read A LOT. Like every day. Again, I know that is the most frequently given advice, but I find it to be so very true. I know there are people who say, “if I don’t feel like writing, I just don’t,” but that doesn’t work for me. If I take a day away, I’m more likely to take another day away, and then I might not get back into it.

I write every day.

I have a journal I carry with me, but I also have a “Copy Paste” draft on my blog. It’s where I just type. I tend to copy/paste (or cut/paste) stuff from there all the time for blog posts. But it’s a place to just brain dump.

I also read every day. These days it’s academic stuff, but I am also about halfway through 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Reading words sparks my own words.

6. What are your favorite books ever?

Why do people always ask the English teacher this?? It’s so hard to choose!!

Of course I love The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I have read it over 100 times and find something new to love each time. I’m not sure I would love it as much if I didn’t teach it, though. I’m not sure a one-time read would have captured me the way 100+ reads have.

I also love The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Rhoald Dahl, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.

A book that changed my life in terms of seeing the beauty of language and story is East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

7. I love reading your stories about your boys, Eddie and Charlie. Do you think they’ll enjoy reading about themselves when they’re older?

I hope they do!  Eddie already loves that “mommy writes stories.” He doesn’t know what blogging is, but he knows I write about him and his brother. He knows my piece for my Listen To Your Mother audition was about him.

I’m certain a time will come when I will be able to write less specifically about my boys, but that will be Ok.

8. What do you love most about Eddie right now?

Just looking at Eddie makes me smile these days. His concentration face, how he is learning to draw people, his conversation…four and a half is a sweet age.

I mean, best drawing of me EVER!

I mean, best drawing of me EVER!

9. What do you love most about Charlie right now?

Charlie is a jabbering fool lately. Just this weekend he said “I love you” (which sounded more like Ah uvoo) for the first time. It was ridiculous how many times I asked him to repeat it. His personality is so ridiculous lately too!  If you ask him if he wants something, he will do a huge pause and then say yes. Like, “Hey Charlie, do you want this cookie?” “uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…. yup.”  It’s so funny.  THISCLOSE to two is a sweet age.



10. You’ve been with your husband, Cortney for a while now. How do you keep the romance alive?

It will be nine years of marriage this summer. I’m not sure we are really the romantic types; maybe that is why the romance can’t die…we never had any to begin with!  Ha ha!

Seriously though, we are all about the little things. Helping each other out and always remembering that we are on the same team. And occasionally he brings me flowers or shows up with Starbucks for me.

Look at us OOZE romance!

Look at us OOZE romance!

And now you should head over to Alison’s blog, Writing, Wishing to see what I asked her!