Ask Away Angela

This fun weekly link up is hosted by Penny of The Real Housewife Of Caroline County 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.

This week I’m teaming up with Angela Amman. Angela is a fantastic writer whose work is featured on All Parenting and Moonfrye. She shares fantastic book reviews and is the managing editor at Write on Edge. Be sure to visit her blog for the answers to the questions I asked her.

1) You write fiction and non-fiction beautifully. If you had to pick one to write for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?

Thank you. I’m blushing. That is a huge compliment coming from you. It would be hard, but I would have to say non-fiction. Writing has been very healing for me, and it is not something I could give up easily.

2) Would you rather be hot or cold?

Hot. I hate being cold. I don’t like being hot either, but cold hurts my bones. I’m a true Southern girl and not made for the cold at all.

3) What is your favorite room in the house and why?

The living room, even though it is a constant disaster area. It is the spot in the house where we are all together, even if we are doing different things. David can be in his chair watching something (I think is) dumb on YouTube, James can be snuggled next to me on the couch playing a video game, Cady can be doing her nails, and I can be blogging, but we are all still together and at any time one of us can start up a conversation that the rest joins.

4) Throw your dream dinner party. What’s on the menu?

Am I cooking or having it catered? I suppose if this is a dream it would be catered. We would start with this awesome salad I had once (where the chef refused to give out the recipe), then steak with fancy potatoes and steamed green beans, and finish off with something sweet. I’m trying not to think about sugar right now so I can’t tell you what that would be.

5) Perhaps more importantly, which six celebrities would you invite?

Oh gosh. I suck at celebrities. Let’s see, Bill Clinton (does he count as a celebrity), Robert Reich, Geena Davis, Jon Stewart, Dave Berry, and you! I wouldn’t even need to talk, just sit back and listen.

6) Worst letter to get in Words with Friends? (Now name your favorite thing that starts with said letter.)

V — I hate those freaking Vs and for vowels the letter I. They hardly go with anything. The I should be two points instead of the U. Favorite thing… veal, velvet, vibrators? I have no idea.

7) Your advice is always down-to-earth, with a great balance of toughness and tenderness. Which magazine would you want to pick up your advice column?

O, The Oprah Magazine. If you are going to dream, dream big.

8) You married (relatively) young. What’s your best piece of marriage advice for couples who want to grow as people while still staying close to their spouses?

Not relatively, we were young. Well maybe not compared to like the 19th century, but young for most people our age. My advice is to share the load, but realize that you will always think you are carrying more of it, go to bed angry because none of that stuff will matter in the morning and if it does talk about what is going on, no matter how long you’ve been married your partner can’t read your mind, stand up for what is important to you, but know when to compromise, and always remember that you are in it together.

9) Karaoke or dance floor? (And which song needs to be playing?)

Dance floor for 100% sure. No one wants to hear me sing. Not even myself. And I can dance to anything with a good beat.

10) Would you rather have a killer book deal or fabulous talk show — with a guaranteed 10-year run?

Book deal. Books last forever. Plus I could never handle the drama that inevitably comes with a talk show.

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  1. says

    Not only does cold hurt my bones, it always hurts my hands. We’re averaging between 0-10 degrees here at night and my hands are nearly getting cut up by being dry. Not cool.
    I got a celebrity for dinner question on my Ask Away today too! (hint: Alan Rickman was one of mine)
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    I cannot do the cold, at any time of year. And by cold, I mean anything under 70. That includes A/C so you’ll see me in the middle of summer w/a wrap going into buildings, buses, or the subway. It can be over 100 and I can be miserable but I will not utter a word of complaint. And Oprah is always the way to go.
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  3. says

    It has been so cold here lately in New England that I am 100% OVER IT! I am dreaming of those long days of summer when the air conditioning is running at full blast and I’m still too hot!

    I gave up playing Words with Friends because I always got stuck with Y.
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    ….and that’s my personality in a nutshell.

    Nice to meet you! S.
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    I think the living room is my favourite room in our house too – for all of the reasons you mention. I love that it is the centre of movie nights and video game tournaments and before bed cuddles.
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    Oh to have a catered dinner party! I like to cook, but the thought of making multiple items and trying to time everything right is overwhelming to me. We mostly entertain in the summer though…cookouts are a lot easier!
    The living room is my favorite spot right now too…because the wood stove is in there. I am so done with the cold this year! Just followed you on twitter. :)
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    I love being together but still doing our own thing at times. i need more details on that delicious salad that the chef refused to share the recipe for. Do you remember any of the ingredients?
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    Love getting to know you better! I am so with ya at being over the cold! Come on already spring! LOL! Yeah, I think that I would go for the book deal, I am getting to old for the drama! Oh, I haven’t been on a dance floor in years! Hope you have a great week!
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    These are such great questions! Of course I knew your answer to your favorite room and I have witnessed exactly why. The night I was there it was us working on LTYM, Cady doing karaoke from Frozen (okay, I joined her) and James and David watching Gilligan’s Island. Your living room is fun! 😉
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    I have so many responses to your awesome answers. I want to know more about you!

    Jealous that you can be in the living room with your family and everyone can enjoy the time separately but together. When I am in the same room with my family, inevitably someone wants all my attention.

    I would love to be at your dinner party. I’m not that smart but all your guests are, and I want to hear all that fabulous conversation!!

    And I love that you said it’s okay to go to bed angry. I wholeheartedly agree. The alternative is to stay up until 2 am hashing it out, and everybody knows that nothing good happens after midnight.
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