Let's do this, shall we?
1. Melanie asked, "If you could have lived in any other time period, when would it be and why? Random. I know."
Well, Melanie, I'm basically cool with the time period I already live in with all the convenience of modern technology and what-not, but since you asked specifically for "other," I'll bite: 1950's, post-war baby-boomer era. Back when times were simpler, women were classier and furniture was cuter, but you could still use the toilet instead of heading to an outhouse to do your duty.
And I would have looked like this:
Wow, that's not disturbing at all, is it? Sorry for any nightmares you may experience tonight.
2. Kara asked, "I want to know how you curl your hair like in your main picture and what tool(s) you use :)"
I have to be honest, Kara. When I saw your question, I was like, "I'm SO GONNA MAKE A TUTORIAL!" And I did, but it was bad. BAAAD. I said things that made Dill cry with laughter, and not because they were funny but because I sounded like an idiot. One line included, "Don't stop 'til you get enough," said in a deep British accent. (WHY???) So, I am going to re-shoot it one of these days and then I'll post it. But in the meantime, just know I only have one weapon: a 1"-barrel curling iron from Conair. It was about $10 at Wal-Mart and worth every penny.
3. Creole Wisdom aka Katie asked, "I'd love to know what you hope to do after your kids are grown and out of the house. That is NOT to make you feel bad about where you are- I think it's the best job ever! I'm just curious is all ;)"
It's funny you ask, Katie, because I've recently had little thoughts pop into my mind about getting a Master's degree in Music Education. I always saw myself teaching music in a school somewhere and that idea still really appeals to me. I imagine once my kids are older and in school during the day, I will at least get a teaching certificate and teach at a junior high or high school. I feel like teaching is my life's calling. I'm sure at some point, I'll figure out just what that means.
4. Heather asked, " I've heard that local honey can help with allergies but I've also heard that it doesn't (b/c allergies are also from grasses/weeds/etc). What has been your experience?"
Heather, you might remember about a year ago when I blogged about trying local raw honey to curb my allergies. It seemed to help! We decided to try orange blossom honey simply because it was the yummiest of all the honeys we sampled, but this year, I figured out I actually am allergic to orange blossoms. How did I come to know this, you ask? Well, in March, I was driving down the 202 freeway toward northwest Mesa and within seconds of coming upon the orange groves, my throat was on fire and my eyes were watering. I got through about an hour of choir rehearsal before I HAD to leave because I had become a snot-faucet. Now, I don't know if all that orange blossom honey I ate last year had anything to do with it because I've never had issues with orange blossoms in my entire life until now. I know that repeated exposures to allergens actually cause an increase in allergic reaction so it's a possibility I created this monster myself. Sad face.
I hoped that I could cure my allergies naturally with honey, but for now I'm a daily Zyrtec-taker, and Dill and I are even considering allergy shots. I've heard of various natural remedies that might work -- camu powder and homemade kefir, among others, but I haven't tried them yet. I think the best course of action to take is to get tested for allergens and then avoid those things like the plague. Sad for me because the smell of orange blossoms is my all-time favorite scent and no candle or air freshener even comes close to the real deal.
Thanks for playing, friends! I'll try to get that hair tutorial done at some point. I may just have to resign myself to the fact I am super-awkward on camera and post it for educational purposes only.