Remember “Ask San Anything”? During NaBloPoMo, I asked you to submit any questions you might have for me, and then others jumped on the bandwagon and it became a whole thing where people set up Google Forms to collect random questions from their readers. Well, I realized, I had quite a few lingering questions and I don’t want you to think I forgot about them. Besides, these posts are always fun to write and I always love learning more random facts about my blog friends through these posts.
Without further ado, more of my reader’s questions!
From Suzanne: Do you have any book genres you refuse to read?
I generally would love to be able to say that I don’t discriminate when it comes to book genres, but in reality, I kinda do. I don’t read horror and (most) Sci-Fi novels, I also usually don’t read thrillers (although I am not completely refusing to read those, I’ll just always pick other books over thrillers). My go-to genres are historical and contemporary fiction and non-fiction.
Also from Suzanne: Has your hairstyle always been the same? If you were to go to a hairstylist and ask them to do something totally wild and uncharacteristic, what would your new hairstyle look like?
Ha. Yes. Can you tell I am not very adventurous with my hair? My hairstyle has pretty much always been the same – well, at least ever since I had a say in it. Growing up, my parents gave me a short cut TWICE – once right before I entered first grade and the second time when I entered 6th grade – and I hated it. I just didn’t feel like myself with “short hair”. I grew it out afterward and besides some variations in length with a couple of phases where I had (side) bangs and a bit of (reddish) coloring, I have always kept my hair the same (below shoulder length). I am a bit “afraid” of trying something different and then not feeling like “me”, but I have occasionally contemplated if I could pull off a shorter chin-length bob.
From Elisabeth: If you had to give a couple about to get married (or enter into a long-term relationship) one piece of relational advice, what would it be?
I think my biggest piece of advice would be: don’t try to change your partner. You have to accept them for who they are and let them be themselves, or it’ll not work long-term. People will change over time and the person you meet/marry might not stay exactly the same, but neither will you. Hopefully, you’ll grow together, but this can only happen if you keep respecting and accepting each other for the people that you are.
Of course, partners will compromise and make requests of each other all the time, and this kind of negotiating is part of being in a functioning relationship. But you can’t fundamentally change who your partner is and if you accept this going into a relationship, there won’t be any “surprises” later on.
Also from Elisabeth: If you had to recommend a single item/product, what would it be? I’m curious if it would be a Peloton bike.
Ha. Well, I’d definitely recommend and carry on about the Peloton to ANYONE who wants to listen, but I recognize that it’s not an item that everybody would appreciate or love as much as I do.
If I had to recommend a single ( and totally random) product right now, I’d be choosing one that I am currently obsessed with: this apple slicer. I’ve been on an apple with almond butter kick (for snacks) and I love how this apple slicer cores and cuts the apple in not just 8, but 16 thin and even wedges in one swoop. It’s so easy to use.
From Stephany: Who are your favorite Peloton instructors?
Oh, this is a really difficult question. I think it would be easier to point out the ones I don’t care for that much (and don’t seek out classes with). I think pretty much all of the instructors are phenomenal and I do go through phases with who I like best at any particular moment. I can only give you a snapshot of my current favorites list (I’ll pick two).
- Matt Wilpers (he’s just a terrific coach)
- Bradley Rose (my go-to for fun rides, he always puts me in a good mood)
- Becs Gentry (love her coaching and expertise)
- Susie Chan (she started running later in life, like me, and it’s so inspiring)
- Adrian Williams (his classes are challenging, but he’s funny and easy on the eye)
- Jess Sims (she’s a great coach, I like her energy)
From Tanja: What’s one thing people do or say that annoys you?
I find it very annoying in personal or professional interactions, when people don’t fully read my messages (email or text), don’t respond to my questions, and/or later claim they didn’t know about something that I clearly communicated in my message. Distraction seems to be a HUGE problem these days and clear communication in general seems to be hard. I am sure I am not perfect either, but I do try to address everything that someone brings up in an email/text and try really hard to communicate things clearly.
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