I hope you’ll forgive me for taking this long to respond… maybe you heard that I just moved across the country and started a new job? 😛
How did you decide on the name of your blog? About a year ago, my friend Grace and I started the blog SmashTable. It’s meant to be cooking and crafting, because that’s what we love to do. We liked “smash” as a play on “smashing” and “smashed”–haha. And so when I decided to document my financial journey, I wanted to keep “smash”, and I felt like I was embarking on a deep-space odyssey, so SmashOdyssey came into being.
Where does your blogging inspiration come from? I don’t know if I’d say I’m naturally “frugally-minded” but I am without a doubt “financially-minded” and when something happens of financial significance along this journey, I want to make note of it, here.
What is it that you love most about blogging? At first, what I loved most was feeling less alone on this odyssey. Now, I love being your friend.
What is your favorite food? Sushi. My husband and I used to write kind of a comedic sushi blog, reviewing every new sushi place we tried–but it kind of died out because we always stick to our favorite places, and therefore don’t end up going to new sushi places very often at all.
What is your favorite thing to drink? Iced tea (unsweet).
What is an item you cannot live without? I can live without it, but I sure do love my Keurig.
What are eleven random facts about yourself?
- I’m a little obsessed with license plates. If we’ve been friends and I’ve seen/been in your car, I probably know your license plate number.
- I’m not really a sweets kind of person. Give me, breads, cheeses, pastas, sauces, crackers any day. It’s easy for me to pass up candies and cookies and chocolates. My mom says that this is because she started me on vegetables as a baby (instead of fruits).
- I’m really good at controlling my dreams. I almost always realize when I’m dreaming, and then I take the reigns. It’s pretty fun.
- My husband and I started dating when we were 16 and 15, respectively. We’re fast approaching the mark of when we will have known each other for more years than not have known each other.
- I’m an only child, and love hearing about people’s siblings/sibling stories/sibling relationships.
- I was a year-round competitive swimmer until I went to college. It was the only sport I ever really enjoyed or excelled at. When I got to college, everyone on the swim team was like… an Olympian (no, really), and I was nowhere near that level, so I just kind of quit competing. But I still love swimming laps.
- I love to sing, classical music. I started taking voice lessons when I was a kid, and continued taking lessons until really recently. I did a lot of community musical theatre as a teenager, and love musical theatre, and was in the opera program in college. I’ve sung for many weddings, funerals, and first communions–and would love to be a regular cantor for a church. (Maybe now that I have a “normal” life schedule, I’ll be able to.)
- I grew up bilingual. Even though both of my parents are Mexican, from the time I was born, my dad spoke to me in English, my mom in Spanish. I never knew I was speaking two languages, though I do remember thinking “this is the way mom talks, this is the way dad talks.” And I distinctly remember the day I realized they could understand each other. I probably was not yet 5. Blew my mind. When I went off to kindergarden, they switched me to Spanish-only at home, knowing I’d get English everywhere else.
- I guess because of that, I’ve always loved languages and linguistics. I’m also fluent in French and German. Shameless plug: My linguistics blog was my first blog-baby and I still love it.
- I’ve never been stung by a bee. And so, I’m really afraid of bees. I think if one just stung me, I’d get it over with, and it’d be fine–but until then, I hate them!
- I am a really, super, huge fan of Cirque du Soleil. I’ve seen 12 of their shows–some of them several times, and hope to keep seeing more. I’m not a huge fan of many things (meh to sports, TV shows, makeup, purses, whatever)–but Cirque du Soleil, I love.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I’ve really loved living in New Orleans, and Ireland.
If you could meet anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be? Michael’s dad. He died when Michael was a kid, and I wish I could have gotten to know him. I have a hunch they’re a lot alike.
What is your favorite outdoor activity? Anything on the water… white water rafting, tubing, swimming 🙂
Where do you see yourself in five years? I hope to continue growing my career with VW; hope to own a home–maybe here in New Jersey; hope to have some children soon once all this debt is paid off 🙂
Because I’m new on the block, I don’t know if you’ve been nominated before, but I’d like to nominate Femme of Femme Frugality, C of The Single Dollar, and Kay of the Barefoot Minimalist to participate!
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If you choose to accept the award, please do the following:
Write a post about the fact that you’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award.
In this post, link back to and show some love to the person who nominated you as well as nominate other new blogs that would not have more than 1000 followers. Let these nominated bloggers know that you have nominated them and provide a link back to your page to ensure that they are familiar with the Award.
Display the Award in your post and in your side bar.
Answer the questions about yourself.
Put your post with your nominated blogs for the Liebster Award on social media. Spread the love!
Here are your questions:
How did you decide on the name of your blog?
Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
What is it that you love most about blogging?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite thing to drink (alcoholic or not)?
What is an item you cannot live without?
What are eleven random facts about yourself?
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
If you could meet anyone from history, alive or dead, who would it be?
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Thanks again, Kara! 🙂