What’s your story (your elevator pitch, if you will)?
I’m a proud Canadian living in Cole Harbour, NS where we have steroids in our water and produce disgusting amounts of sporting talent. Sidney Crosby anyone?
I’m a registered dental hygienist where I work at a family practice with two other dentists. I love my job and genuinely enjoy going to work everyday.
I married my highschool sweetheart and we have a beautiful baby girl who is the center of our entire world. I love being a momma more than I could have ever imagined.
Okay, I’ll bite. Who on earth is Sidney Crosby?
What made you decide to start a blog?
I’ve blogged in different niches for a while but after a conversation with my husband one evening about our finances, I decided to start this blog. He was obviously sick of hearing me blab about money, I decided I would start a blog to talk other people instead! I was on maternity leave and looking to fill my time when baby girl was sleeping. I didn’t even know what ‘’PF’’ was, or that I was wiggling my way into one of the most amazing online communities out there.
What’s your next project?
I don’t really have anything specific going on. Just keep working on my blog, which is in the process of getting a redesign, and focus on my few staff writing gigs.
What part of the country do you live in? Do you think that will change?
Since I want all my children to drink from the Cole Harbour water supply we will likely stay here.
Seriously though, I love living here and with all of our friends and family here I can’t imagine leaving. I was born in Victoria- the other side of the country- but my roots are here and we won’t likely leave. Halifax is an amazing ocean-front city to live in and raise a family.
What’s the best thing about blogging?
The community. It continues to blow my mind everyday.
What’s the hardest thing about blogging?
There aren’t many but it is very time consuming which takes away from other things in life.
Do you blog full time? If not, what do you do during the work day?
No, and I don’t think I’d ever want to. I enjoy leaving the house and interacting with people at my work. I went to university for six years to work in my field (dental hygiene) and enjoy it. I get paid to talk to, and interact with, people everyday. I help people and they usually appreciate everything I do for them. It’s a rewarding job.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Extrovert and more so now that I’m a mom. Don’t piss momma off.
Coffee or tea? What do you put in it?
Is wine an option?
Coffee- two cream, single sugar. Tea- splash of milk.
Wine is always an option.
What would you have as your last meal? Rules of this game: you’re not sick, and you have a super stomach which will allow you to eat more calories than normal.
Breakfast: load and loads of cereal. I LOVE cereal. Chocolate milk to drink and a wicked huge serving of eggs benny.
Lunch: Beer and Cheddar soup with garlic bread and salad.
Dinner: Fettuccine alfredo made from scratch and homemade pasta, my own bruschetta, BREAD, bread and more bread.
Dessert: Deep fried ice cream, strawberry shortcake and all my favorite ice creams.
I think you’re the first person to really play this game the way I wanted to see it. ‘Atta girl!
Name one thing in real life that drives you crazy.
People with no social cues. Example: If you’re standing in the middle of the aisle blocking it, while I’m approaching you, and I clearly can’t get around you unless you move, but it takes me asking you to move to actually make it past you…take a freakin’ hint. MOVE OUT OF MY WAY!
Yep, pretty annoying.
Name one thing on the internet that drives you crazy.
People who don’t respond to e-mails. As if you don’t have access to a computer, iDevice, smartphone, tablet, whatever. I don’t need a full response but if I have questions at least acknowledge you’ve received it within a timely manner.
Oooh, I’m guilty of this. With you. Well, this is awkward. Next question.
What’s the best (or “best”) pickup line you’ve ever heard or said?
Since I’m married to my high school boyfriend I can’t really comment. He was good at physics, so we hooked up haha.
You’re a newlywed. Tell us your proposal story.
Not really a newlywed (going on four years) but I’ll tell the story anyway…
We’ve been together since high school. One weekend hubby tells me he feels bad he’s been so busy with work/sports/life and wants to do something special for us to make up for it. He books us a hotel room in the city and reservations for dinner. After he picks me up from work, and we’re getting ready to embark on the date weekend, he tells me the provincial team (soccer) called him up for a game that night and he couldn’t miss is (he’s a keeper). He feels terrible about having to leave in the middle of our date to play a game of soccer but makes it up to me by giving me copious amounts of candy and flowers. I don’t mind- I go for a walk and watch the first game of the Stanley Cup finals all alone in my nice big hotel bed (what girl doesn’t dream of being in a huge bed, that she doesn’t have to clean, stuffing her face with candy watching good TV?). By the time hubby gets in from the soccer game, I’ve given myself a stomach ache from candy and near passed out from my comfortable position all night. When he gets out of the shower and asks me to ‘’come here’’ as in, ‘’get out of bed and walk over to me’’, I protested and said ‘’no’’ there was no way I was moving from this comfortable spot and if he wanted to talk to me he could come to me. In hindsight I now know he was trying to get me to stand so he could kneel. Leave it to me to ruin my proposal. He eventually walked over to me, said a bunch of sweet stuff to me which I’ll spare you from, and presented me the ring. I was pretty taken aback and couldn’t even say ‘’Yes’’. I just kept saying and thinking ‘’Is this seriously happening?!’’. In total shock I never said ‘’Yes’’ until he finally asked me point blank if that was a ‘’Yes’’. Needless to say it was, that was four years ago and we now have a kid.
Aww, what a story! My bad for thinking you were newlyweds (I think it’s the name of your blog that made me think that!) Still, I love proposal stories.
What’s the funniest prank you’ve played on someone?
I’m not the prankster my husband is and since I’m usually there I’ll share one of his since they’re funny.
My husband missed his calling in life. He is an unbelievable impersonator. Give him any nationality and he can nail the accent. My personal favorite of his being Russian. At our annual Christmas party a few years ago get breaks out the Russian accent and decides to call a few people. He started calling people (at random) in our city stating, in his thick Russian accent, that he was from the Russian embassy here in Halifax (which I don’t even think we have) and that he was calling to wish them a “Merry Christmas from Russia” most people totally believed him. He got talking to one guy though who thought it was so nice he kept him on the phone for a solid 30 minutes. The conversation quickly went to military talk where it ended with my husband telling the man that the Russian military was better because ‘’We have subs. You do not, therefore your lose in war”. The man started getting agitated at the Canadian vs. Russian military conversation so hung up. The fact that my husband managed to keep anyone on the phone during a prank was pretty funny.
He’s also gone into restaurants and asked the waitress if he could possibly get free ketchup packages because he was from Ontario/USA/the UK and they don’t have ketchup there. 9/10 they give it to him in total disbelief. How could they not have ketchup?! They’d ask. This is the reason behind my answer to a question below- dumb people.
HA! He sounds hilarious.
What are some of your favorite books? Just the ones that come to mind, they don’t have to be the very best books of all time.
I have a ton. Tuesdays With Morrie, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Kite Runner come to mind right away though.
Same with movies. What are some of your favorites?
Some Like It Hot, The Departed, Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Dancing
Have you ever been in a fight? Did you throw the first punch?
No I’m a pretty non-violent person, however, if I’m being honest, I mentally punch people in the face every.single.day. Seriously people, where are your brains?!?! I can’t stand when smart people act dumb.
Oh, “smart people acting dumb” is probably why all personal finance blogs exist!
Do you have now, or have you ever had, a tattoo? If so, details, please!
Yes I have two. The first being a butterfly on my side, I went with my friend to get her tattoo and decided, what the hell? I’ll get one too…yeah. I don’t hate it but could do without it at the same time. It’s smallish and well hidden. My second is a celtic knot meaning everlasting love on my foot that I got when my husband and I were engaged. I love it.
Ladies and gentlemen, our first tattooed interviewee! I feel like you need a cookie or something in honor of this.
Where’s your next vacation?
Boston! One of my favorite cities ever. We’re heading down at the end of July for a family reunion and a wicked good time. I’m so pumped. There will be over 100 of us.
Please share a joke.
Since I’m Canadian: What happened to the Inuit photographer when he sat on the ice for too long? Got Polaroids.
Thanks for playing, Catherine!