What is your favorite drink at Starbucks?
I’d be forced to say Skinny Vanilla Latte (with soy) but only because I’m too afraid to order much else. While I do love the SVL, I never know how to say any of the other orders. Regular Starbucks goers tend to be very serious about their ordering. That place gives me anxiety for that reason alone, haha 😉 (I think living in Chicago for 8+ years wrecked me on that one. Chicagoan Starbucks drinkers are straight up CRAZY.)
How did your pets come to you? How did you come up with their names?
Oooj was my first pet that was ‘mine.’ All through high school I’d told my parents that after college I wanted to get a small dog and name him Oooju Booju, because that’s what you say when you see really small, cute things (right??!) The summer after my junior year of college, I went to a family party where my aunt’s sister had just adopted a puppy. He was, hands down, the CUTEST puppy I’d ever seen in my life. I spent most of that party playing with him in the grass and instantly fell in love with his ‘puppy eyes.’ A week after the party, my aunt’s sister found out she was pregnant and feared that a puppy and a new baby would be too much at once, so she asked me if I’d like to have him. Um, YES?!?! It was earlier than I’d planned, but I finally had my Oooju Booju – who I call ‘Oooj’ because c’mon, I don’t want to embarrass the guy when we’re out in public. His puppy eyes still melt me to this day. (Something he is well aware of and abuses at every chance he gets.)
Cleopatra, aka “The Queen”: Cleo was a rescue. My mom’s bff heard meowing in the walls of her horse barn only to discover two tiny kittens (and the mama who had passed away). My mom ended up taking both of the kittens and was trying to get me to take one. I kept telling her I really couldn’t take on another animal but as I went out to the porch to see them, the tiniest one came right over to me and crawled into my lap. My mom said to me, “Em. That’s the one that hasn’t been coming out for anyone. She came straight to you! It’s meant to be!” (Do you see how she guilted me into this?!) 😉 And that was the start to my sweet friendship with this Cleo girl. When she was a kitten, the black markings on her face looked just like eyeliner – much like Cleopatra – so that’s how she got her name. Coincidentally, she really has lived up to her name and my husband and I eventually added “The Queen” to the end of it.
What are 3 things you would save from your home if you had to leave immediately?
Obviously my husband, Oooj, and Cleo would be the first 3 things I would grab 😉 But if we’re talking about materialistic things, it would be a box that holds all of the letters given to me from Christian. I would also grab my great-grandmother’s engagement ring, and a plaque that holds my Grandpa’s badge, whistle, and name plate from when he was a police officer.
What was your favorite childhood book?
My all time favorite was My Goodnight Book. I can vividly remember sitting on my dad’s lap while he read this book to me – literally every night when I was young. There was a part in the book where the little girl is sitting on her dad’s lap and there is a bowl of jelly beans sitting next to them. My dad and I would always pretend to take jelly beans from the page of the book and then eat them together, giggling 🙂 That’s one of my favorite childhood memories.
Which actress would be the star in your life’s movie?
I’ve already shared with you my (unfortunately given) doppelgängers, but if I could personally choose an actress to star in my life’s movie it would be Jennifer Lawrence. Not only is she my nighttime makeup style celebrity inspiration, but I feel like if anyone (besides myself, of course) could accurately portray me and my personality it would be her. (Runner up would be Kaley Cuoco.)
In what order do you read blog posts?
I use Bloglovin to organize the blogs I follow, especially since there are SO many awesome bloggers out there and I’d never remember them all if I didn’t have them saved somewhere. I do have my favorite blogs and will usually start there first, but I’ve been known to spend a Sunday afternoon searching for new blogs too, especially in Home Decor 😉
What do you miss most about Chicago, besides friends, family, or the fact that you never met Meagan from All the Joys in person?
I am sad that I never got to meet Meagan in person, dang it. (One day!) Besides missing friends and family, I miss having coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance. All of these things are now a good 10-20 minute drive from where we live now but when we lived in Chicago, it was nothing for us to walk across the street for brunch on a weekend, or to our favorite Mexican restaurant for margaritas, or for an impromptu date for our favorite dairy-free milkshakes. We also had a Chipotle that was literally in our backyard – both glorious and dangerous.
You asked, I answered! The final installment (for now, at least) of the EG Tell-All will be in a few weeks, where I’ll be answering questions like how it felt to quit my corporate job to go into writing full time. If you have any other questions for me, leave them in the comments section below or shoot me an email!