Questions for you

Have I ever mentioned that one of my most favorite things to do is ask people questions? I think I have. When I talk to people, my brain just forms question after question about whatever they tell me.

Say someone I meet mentions they used to live in Kentucky. Suddenly, I want to ask these questions:

-What were the winters like?
-Are there any good restaurants?
-Is bluegrass music popular there for real?
-What was your job?
-Do Kentuckians have accents?
-Do I sound like I have an accent?
-Did you ever go horseback riding?
-Is there a zoo in Kentucky?
-What did you do for fun?
-What is Kentucky’s state bird?

And on, and on, and on. Each answered question branches off into ten more, too. Say the person says the winters were mild. I then ask these questions:

-What was the average temperature?
-Did you get snow?
-Did the schools close if you got snow?
-Have you ever experienced winter in Pittsburgh?
-Where is the coldest place you’ve lived?
-Where is the warmest place you’ve lived?
-If you have a dog, did you walk it in cold weather?

If someone has a dog… it’s over. I won’t leave them alone until I know the dog’s breed, age, name, favorite snack, grooming schedule, whether or not it was adopted, if it get daily walks, if it’s had any sicknesses, how it gets along with other dogs, if the owner lets it on the couch, and if it gets along with cats.

This question asking habit of mine can be good and bad. Good in that I learn a lot and socialize. Bad in that I probably overwhelm some people, and sometimes keep asking questions when I don’t have time to talk. I just love listening to other people and learning about other people’s lives. I think that’s one of the reasons I enjoy reading blogs (and just reading in general). I’m naturally curious. Maybe it’s the journalist in me?

So, I have questions to ask you. Deep(ish) ones. My favorites.

1. What do you enjoy most about your life right now?
2.Β What is one thing that drives you crazy?
3. What would be your dream job if you could do absolutely anything and get paid for it?

For fun, here are my answers:
1. Having more free time since graduating. Yay for no homework!
2.Β When people are mean/rude.
3. Dog walker, professional reader, photographer, or professional question-asker πŸ˜‰

P.S. The winner of the Spartan Race giveaway is Carolyn!

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29 comments

  1. Ohh how fun, here are my answers….

    1. Having excellent health, a supportive family, and endless coffee.
    2. Rude people.
    3. Open a bakery/coffee shop.

    πŸ™‚

  2. Well… you are a journalist, so I’m not surprised you like asking questions ;).

    1.) I love living in Charleston. It’s beautiful and I’m grateful I have the time, money, and flexibility to enjoy what the area has to offer, within reason.
    2.) Honestly… people who constantly bash bad drivers. The only thing worse than bad drivers are those good drivers who overanalyze others’ driving as if they are driver’s ed instructors.
    3.) I love being a professional writer. I’m pretty sure writing will always be a part of my job.

    1. Haha, true. Thank you! I am quite jealous you live in Charleston!! I need to come visit. For real! I know what you mean about bad drivers. It’s just annoying and people need to just move on! I think writing WILL always be a part of your job. You’re really good at it πŸ™‚

  3. How fun! I think it’s great that you enjoy asking questions. There is no doubt that you are interested in people and what they have to say.

    1. The everyday with Kevin.
    2. When people go on and on and on about how BUSY they are. WE’RE ALL BUSY.
    3. Read books. For fun.

    1. You hit the nail in the head…. I just love learning people’s stories!

      I love the everyday, too! That is the best :). And you’re so right.. we are ALL so busy haha! And if someone isn’t, they usually make it sound like they are. Why do we glorify busyness?! And YES to #3!

  4. I love questions!

    1. Being pregnant! Yes, I am enjoying every crappy feeling moment of it!!!
    2. When people say “You’re so skinny” AHHH i want to say “You’re fat!!” but of course that would be rude…
    3. I would sure love to get paid to swim!!! Not to complete though…don’t want the added stress!

    1. Aww, sooo happy that you’re pregnant and truly cherishing every moment. It’s so special! I know what you mean about #2, haha! We have had many conversations about that. It’s just so rude for people to comment on other’s bodies. Period! And #3… yes!

  5. I definitely think it’s the journalist in you! I love that you are so curious about other people! πŸ™‚

    1. I love how much Christopher and I get to travel (especially to beaches) together. And on the total opposite flip side… I love the nights in at home with just us and Oreo cuddled up on the couch together. The adventuring together is awesome and the just being together – dwelling – part is awesome too. πŸ™‚

    2. People who think they are superior to others. Or just rude in general.

    3. Being paid to travel and try new foods and see new places and then write about it. Christopher keeps trying to convince me to monetize my blog and use it to pay for our traveling, but so far I haven’t just because I want to be able to blog for fun and not feel pressure if things get busy and I don’t have time to write. But yeah, that would be awesome!

    1. I love that you and Christopher travel so much. I think it brings you close together (as do nights in at home!) and gives you a lot of experience and stories to share with your kids one day. Yes to #2. Hate that! And you would be sooo good at #3 (the being paid to travel, etc.)!! I know exactly what you mean about blogging for fun vs. for money. I feel exactly the same way. I don’t want the pressure!

  6. I love this! Inquisitive people are so much fun to be around. Here are mine:

    1. Being married!
    2. Slow drivers.
    3. I’d develop restaurant concepts and recipes for local restaurant groups.

    1. Haha, thanks! I find most people like being asked questions. I have met a few that definitely don’t want to talk, though. Eek!!

      Yay for #1. Being married is the bomb.com! And #2… you would hate me! I am definitely a sloooow poke driver. Sorry. But I promise I drive in the slow lane on the highway, so I stay out of everyone’s way! And oh my gosh, #3 is sooo you!

  7. You’d be an awesome English as a second language teacher! Asking questions is how you get students into talking. I hope that one day I get chat with you face to face.
    1. Great clients and loving my work.
    2. The attacks that took place in Paris.
    3. A ballerina or a Psychologist.

    1. Aww, thank you! That’s so interesting, and I would LOVE to meet you!

      Yay for #1! I was thinking about you with #2. So, so sad. And I think you would be amazing at either in #3 πŸ™‚

  8. 1. What do you enjoy most about your life right now?

    I’m really enjoying my classes, even though it’s a lot of work. But I like hard work and being intellectually engaged with something, so that’s okay.

    2. What is one thing that drives you crazy?

    Stereotypes about people and discrimination against people.

    3. What would be your dream job if you could do absolutely anything and get paid for it?

    Hmm, I think my dream job would be the career path that I’m currently working towards: being a linguistics professor. I’d love to teach at a college in the States and an absolute dream come true would be to teach at an Ivy League college!

    Fun questions! πŸ™‚

    1. From what I know about you, I totally agree that you LOVE being intellectually engaged and challenged. That is a wonderful quality to have! Amen to #2. Couldn’t agree more. And YAY to #3. Not many people can say that! I think you would do WONDERFUL in the US! If you do end up getting a job in the US, we need to meet!

  9. Ooh, FUN!! πŸ™‚
    1. I definitely love that I can be a stay-at-home mom and that I’m able to work part-time from home. Life is a bit crazy and exhausting right now… But I LOVE every second of it. I just love being a mommy SO much!!! πŸ™‚
    2. I can’t decide between two! LOL! I can’t stand it when I’m with someone who is obsessed with using their smart phone, while we’re together. I always think, “Why are we hanging out if you’re more interested in what everyone on Facebook is doing?
    And bullies. I can’t stand it when someone puts down someone else and makes them feel inferior.
    3. Writing, for sure! : Writing for a magazine would be SO much fun, I think. πŸ™‚

    1. Awww to #1! That is the best thing and so wonderful! I agree with you on #2, too! I haven’t experienced TOO much bullying since I finished high school, but it was always a big issue then. Also, smart phone addiction. Ugh. Drives me crazy! You would make a wonderful magazine writer! Truly. You always make me crack up with your blog posts, and you just say (err, write) things in a way that makes sense and makes me think!

  10. i’m the exact same way – a friend once told me that she looks at people on the bus as strangers, and i was thinking ‘ i look at them like mysteries – what are they thinking? where are they going? are they in love ? ‘

    okay your answers:

    1. being pregnant!
    2. rudeness
    3. photographer πŸ™‚

    1. Aww, thanks! I hope you get back into blogging again, Laura! I miss you!!

      Amen to #1. That’s so important as a creative person, you know?! I agree with #2. It’s awful when I’m running late. I get so mad at myself, haha. And you are so good at #3!

  11. Journalism was a perfect major then πŸ™‚ I do that with questions too, I often have to keep myself from interrupting people. I hope they take it as I am interested in them, and not rude/impolite. It’s something I’ve been working on for years πŸ™‚ 1. just this time in our lives… newlywed-ism is pretty great, isn’t it?? 2. oh dear, you’ve went and opened pandora’s box with this one…. most of my pet peeves stem from people being inconsiderate / generally rude / unhygienic but a totally random one I have is that I hate listening to the sound a turn signal makes. The ticking drives me nuts! 3. Can I be a professional reader too? Is that a thing? I’ve been writing a book – trying to, it’s not great and it’s kind of like a light rom com but in book version. It’s not great but I figure the only way I will ever write a good one is to practice πŸ™‚

    1. Aww, thank you! I know what you mean about interrupting people. I just need to know things, haha!!

      YES to #1! It’s so great! I lol’d about the turn signal noise in #2!! #3.. yes! I would love yo read your book one day πŸ™‚

  12. Oh my gosh… I do the SAME exact thing! When I meet new people all I want to do is ask questions about their lives and I don’t understand why other people aren’t like that, haha. I just feel like I need to know about people’s lives so I can connect with them more!

    As for my answers…
    1. Right now (in this moment) I love that I have a night to just sit at home and have NO plans! Now in general I love that I have so many opportunities in store for me and just how blessed my life is. πŸ™‚
    2. Hardly being able to eat ANYTHING! I just got my braces and I still struggle to eat anything other than smoothies, yogurt, and bananas!
    3. Definitely a baker, cat sitter, and reader. πŸ™‚

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