blogger chain mail.

{photo by Kate Headley}

Last week, Elizabeth and Heidi tagged me in what I am affectionately calling blogger chain mail. I sat back and realized I haven't done a post like this in years. I know you've all been waiting with bated breath for one, right? {Just kidding of course!}

FAVORITE FLOWER? Without a doubt, lilacs. Hydrangeas are in a close second. {See evidence from my wedding bouquet here.}

MOST / LEAST ORGANIZED SPACE IN YOUR HOME? My closet is definitely the most organized, except when we've traveled two weekends in a row. My pantry, on the other hand, is always in disarray. Weird?

WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU READ RECENTLY THAT REALLY MOVED YOU? I'm going to make a big admission here: I've struggled to continue Lean In. Most of the books I find myself reading these days are pretty mindless--mostly because I haven't had the bandwidth for something deeper. Even if she didn't "move" me, Gillian Flynn keeps me on the edge of my seat.

WHAT DISH ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THANKSGIVING DINNER? The cliché of all Thanksgiving dinner clichés: my mother's turkey. She actually stuffs the bird and the flavor is out of this world. 

HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE? I don't. If I need caffeine, I reach for an ice-cold Diet Dr. Pepper--preferably of the fountain variety. 

WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL? To be frank, I don't miss much. I was a crazy lady in high school. I miss small town life but not the small town rumor mill. My days were filled to the brim with cross country, music theatre, AP classes, youth group, and life. I do miss the simplicity of life: one without college debt, one without a full-time job, one without adult decisions. While I didn't feel carefree during those four years, the cares I had then pale in comparison to the cares I have today.

MOST MEMORABLE CONCERT? July 27, 2004. John Mayer. Bonner Springs, Kansas. SECOND ROW. We even locked eyes during my favorite song, Split Screen Sadness. I had repeat second row seats for the tour he cancelled in 2012. I'm still not over missing it.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND BEFORE BED? While I'm terrible at unwinding, {cv} is great at it. He is the only person in the world who gets me to slow down. At the end of a long day, we end up on HGTV watching a House Hunters episode with our cuddly cats. We are clearly the epitome of cool. 

DOTS OR STRIPES? Stripes. Since I moved to New England, the volume of stripes in my wardrobe has more than tripled. Oops?

Any other burning questions for yours truly? Since this has been floating around a bit, I'm sure I'm tagging someone who has already been tagged but I'll give it a go. CaitlinJillian, Melissa, Natalie, and anyone else--these questions are all yours! xoxo {av}


  1. So fun to see other blogger's answers to these questions! And man, I can't wait for the turkey to get here. I feel like I've been waiting for it forever.

  2. ha! love this :) and i'd be happy to play along. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

    psst; lilacs are my favorite too! :) and i got half way through lean in and meh... i think i get the jist. xoxo

  3. I love that you were tagged twice! truth? I haven't even started Lean In and I'm not sure I will.

  4. Your hair look fabulous on this picture!! :)
    Suzanne from written by suzanne

  5. Aw, thanks for the tag! This will be fun. :) Love that John Mayer was your fave concert, it sounds amazing.

  6. These are fun. I know they were non-stop several years back, but I always loved filling them out. I think second row at a John Mayer concert would rank really high for me too. - Katy

  7. these always bring me back to the myspace days. those myspace ones were serious business though with their long, long list of questions!

    i love thanksgiving! i wait all year for my dad's sweet potato casserole. so delicious!

  8. No shame in admitting the struggle with Lean In. For all its hype, the message becomes slightly redundant the farther in you get, in my opinion. Also, your Johnny M moment sounds life-changing - could go to one of his shows every day and it would never get old.

  9. Yesss, love finding out that I'm not the only non-coffee drinker in the world!

  10. thanks for the tag! this will be fun :) and i'm awful at winding down before bed too, but i'm working on it!