There’s beauty in brevity, sometimes.
Back in 2019, I recreated the Vogue 73 Questions series, which invites celebrities to answer rapid-fire questions in a 10-ish minute video. I answered a series of written questions, quickly, that spanned many topics of my life.
A lot has changed. I noticed this the other day, when I happened to click on the old post, give it a read, and realized how different life looks these days.
So, here we are.
This is 73 Questions: 2022 style. And, for my sake, a little less brief.
Updated 73 Questions
1. What’s your usual Starbucks order?
Soy vanilla latte or a sweet cream cold brew.
2. What does your workstation look like?
Gone are the days of writing at a desk: I usually work from the comfort of my bed. The covers are strewn, there are dog nose marks on the window, my nightstand table is cluttered with to-do lists, books, jewelry, and a coffee mug.
3. Favorite food?
Probably still Mexican food! But also likely: the category “brunch.”
My favorite restaurants (from now until ever) are Tomasita’s in Santa Fe, Tacoparty in Grand Junction, and Anejo’s in Gunnison.
4. Favorite author?
Right now, it’s probably Liane Moriarty.
5. What do you think of open relationships?
My old answer remains: It’s not for me, and never could be. However, I try to be as open minded as possible for people who enter these relationships with consent, boundaries, and respect.
Plus: I admire anyone who can coordinate schedules that efficiently. The energy that would take!
6. What is your favorite video game?
NBA Street (“in and out like a fast food restaurant”). Otherwise, I really really don’t care for video games. (Don’t tell that to my Xbox, lol. I’ve tried, just can’t get into them.)
7. Guilty pleasure treat?
Anything with dairy – especially cheese curds.
8. Favorite movie?
UM. *panics.* Rudy.
9. Favorite book?
“Idaho” by Emily Ruskovich.
10. Twitter or Instagram?
I like things about both, if I’m being honest.
For Twitter, I like the obscurity, news updates, and memes, but it’s also the worst news you’ve ever seen in your life and quickly translates into a death scroll.
Likewise, I like Instagram for its creativity and that stories allow me to connect with people in an easy and genuine way (since moving to MKE, I’ve made most of my new friends this way). But it’s also heavily curated, I dislike reels, and the focus on consumerism is too much.
11. Desktop or laptop?
I’m exclusively on a laptop these days.
12. Best advice you’ve ever received?
Some is better than none.
I think of it like this: 50% is better than 0. If you do something light, or small, at least you’re doing something, period. Some effort is better than none, and is still progress.
13. What project are you working on right now?
Two blog posts, a lengthy (never-ending) to-do list, responding to DMs, planning tonight’s workout, inviting friends to share Apple Watch data, messaging the Fam group chat, making plans with new friends, and preparing a list of work stuff (responding to emails, scheduling a call, drafting interview questions).
14. Favorite color?
15. Did you get good grades in school?
16. Dream job?
17. Play any sports?
Baseball, softball, basketball, and dance—ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, even a clogging stint, dance team.
18. Do you have a degree?
I have a bachelor’s degree in English Writing and a minor in Communications, both from University of Colorado Denver.
United States with European lineage.
20. What is your favorite kind of blog post?
Honestly, to read, I like anything that’s helpful. (Whether it’s helpful to explore a travel destination, get to know someone better, or help me find out how to replicate your wardrobe.)
21. What do you like to collect?
These days, tattoos. Also, comfy, neutral-colored clothing.
I’d like to think photographs, too, of all the incredible places I’ve been.
22. Describe yourself in three words?
Creative, compassionate, determined. (In that post I linked, I realized that it’s less of a personality trait and more of a symptom of ADHD. Lol.)
23. If you were a rapper what would your stage name be?
24. Who was the last person you DMed?
New Wisconsin friends! I have a catalogue of budding relationships happening via DM. It’s a little overwhelming but I appreciate the opportunities to make friends in real life, even if they start on a screen.
25. What’s on top of your wish list right now?
I think a tropical vacation! I’m not sure how feasible it is for a while after traveling so much lately. I would honestly like another lip injection as well, but those are pricey.
26. Sorting house?
Ravenclaw or Slytherin.
27. How many tattoos do you have?
I think we’re up to eight now!
28. What are you most grateful for this year?
The crazy urge to change and an even crazier action to follow through (aka Chad and I spontaneously deciding to move to Milwaukee), a beautiful new city to explore, a fantastic house to live in, family and friends, cheese curds, remote work clients, financial stability, Wally cuddles, new friendships, Lake Michigan, Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia at Company Brewing, and my health.
29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?
Too much to mention! Our final trip back to Colorado was filled with everything wonderful: quality time with my parents, seeing Alexis and Jessica and finally meeting their baby, getting a new tattoo, going to Winefest, dancing at our buddies’ Nick and Taylor’s wedding, and time in the pool.
Then, we just hosted my parents in Milwaukee for a week. We did alllllll the things and it was so much fun. I miss them already!
30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?
I went to my first Barre class at The Barre Code in Milwaukee. It was fun and challenging and I felt very accomplished. Afterwards, I treated myself to an acai bowl. 🙂
31. What’s the best thing ever?
Finding your person. Figuring out what you’re good at. Cuddles with a puppy that loves you. Margaritas with chips and salsa. Seeing results after working hard.
32. Favorite season?
Summertime, feeling fine.
33. Favorite holiday?
I’m a big Christmas guy.
34. What fictional character do you relate to the most?
35. Do you like surprises?
I’m a sucker for a happy surprise.
Note: never had a surprise party, but always wanted one.
36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?
Honestly, I haven’t had a lot of surprises that I haven’t sniffed out beforehand. I loved when my brother came home for my high school graduation after saying he couldn’t make it.
37. Which surprise made you cry?
On my 25th birthday back in March 2020, my mom gifted me with a wonderful tribute video made from my family and friends. Since that was the time that the world was shutting down and I was feeling incredibly isolated/alone, it was one of the best surprises to date. It was very special and I definitely cried.
38. What’s the best surprise you’ve given someone else?
One time I helped throw a surprise birthday party for my bestie Alexis. It was her wife Jessica’s idea, so I can only take credit for physically showing up and being quiet about it, lol.
39. Do you like muffins?
Sometimes! Not often. My mom makes the most delicious pumpkin muffins.
If they have fruit baked inside, I can’t hang.
40. Do you cook often?
N o p e. My husband does the heavy lifting in the kitchen.
41. What’s your favorite dessert?
It’s honestly hard for me to decide, lol. I love cookies, cakes, and brownie batter.
42. Is there a dessert you don’t like?
Coconut-heavy things or baked-fruit pies.
43. Cake or pie?
Cake, all day every day.
But between cake and donuts? Ooof. Now that’s a challenge.
44. What’s your least favorite food?
Pickles or mushrooms.
45. What’s your favorite condiment?
Probably garlic aioli, salsa, or Chik Fil A sauce (sorry, I know, that’s bad).
46. It’s 4 a.m. on a random Saturday. What are you eating?
Roughly 9.9/10 times I’m soundly asleep by then.
However, I think *once* after a night of drinking we went out at like 2:30 a.m. to Jerusalem’s in Denver and it was one of the best meals of my life that I cannot remember.
47. If you could teach a college class, what would it be called?
Hot springs in Colorado
48. Best animated film?
Oof. Any Disney golden-age classics—The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Toy Story. Followed by The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Spirited Away, Monsters Inc. New ones have to be Coco, Into the Spiderverse, Klaus, and Encanto.
49. What has a women said or done to impress you?
I’m always blown away by women who are thriving. Whether they’re trying new things, finding success, falling in love, standing up for themselves, healing, getting recognition, or growing, I’m there for it. You can count on me to be a fan.
50. Best thing to do on a first date?
Though I went stargazing way back then with Chad, I probably wouldn’t recommend it to everybody.
But a baseball game, or drinks and dinner? Sure.
51. Worst thing to do on a first date?
A hike!!!! (Both for safety reasons as a woman and also because of who I am as a slightly anti-hiking person.)
52. What’s the best pickup line?
Girl, you dropped yo’ smile! (JUST KIDDING, this was a catcalled moment to me in college and it was atrocious.) I don’t think a good one exists.
53. Best comic book character?
That I know of? Probably Black Panther. I also really like Spiderman.
54. Name three things which can always be found in your purse.
I don’t carry one. But always on me: phone, ID, credit card.
55. Favorite drink?
This is hard! I’m a big beverage girl. I always try to have at least three by my side: one for hydration, one for caffeine, one for fun.
My ideal dream trio: water (if I must), coffee or a Dr. Pepper, and a sour beer or margarita.
56. If you could play a historical character in a movie who would it be?
(She retired from acting at 22, and later became a US ambassador. Cast me.)
57. Kittens or puppies?
Note: Wally was especially cute.
58. Favorite sushi roll?
If out and about, I’ll try most anything. From the grocery store, I simply do love a spicy California roll. I can’t help myself.
59. What lipstick do you use?
I’ve never really been into lipstick! But I do appreciate the tingly kind of lip gloss or a thick layer or a swab of the Laneige mask that kind of looks like a gloss.
60. What foundation do you use?
I’ll typically use an Ilia tinted moisturizer, followed by a light layer of the true-match from IL MAKIAGE – I think it’s called “I Woke Up Like This” lol.
61. Blow dry or air dry?
Usually the best results come from blow-drying with the Dyson Air-Wrap.
62. Who is your fashion icon?
63. Favorite Disney character?
Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove is hilarious. I love all of the characters from Coco and I’ll always have a soft spot for Ariel.
64. What are you doing tomorrow?
Working! I’ve got some catching up to do after several weeks away. Mostly social media posting for a client and coordinating with others. I think our weekend plans will mostly be relaxing and catching up with housework.
65. Movie you laughed the hardest through?
Probably The Hangover.
66. Movie that made you cry?
Rise. (Watch it if you haven’t! It’s on Disney Plus.)
67. If you could sing a duet with anybody, who would you choose?
Nobody ever! I really am not a singer and it killllllls me to even try. Nope!
But I would love to hear Taylor Swift up close and personal. 🙂
68. If your life was a song what would the title be?
Sounds like it might be good, right??
69. What’s your favorite animal?
Pigs! Followed closely by dogs.
70. Favorite artist?
Michelle Nelson, Gustav Klimt, Claude Monet
71. Person you’d like to have coffee with?
72. What country would you like to visit?
Ireland. Portugal. England. Italy. Iceland. Turkey.
73. Best way to decompress?
Binge watch Netflix in sweatpants with a solid snack of choice.
Thanks for sticking with me through this updated Vogue 73 question-inspired post!