1. Hi Hannah, first off, thank you for taking the time out to play along here. Second, I know right off the bat lots of ladies here are intrigued by your sense of fashion. What would you say is your most worn piece of clothing in your current wardrobe & what makes it so appealing?
I have an addiction to denim. I love a good vintage pair of jeans so much. There is nothing I feel more like myself in.
2. Early morning, coffee or tea?
coffee. very strong.
3. What is one movie you never get tired of watching?
4. I know you mentioned being raised in the desert and I have a serious fascination with all women raised in the flat lands, can you name some of the benefits of a childhood spent in that particular landscape?
It’s hard to put your finger on. I think there is something about the quiet, the vastness, and the emptiness of the desert; when you grow up in that landscape – it is very freeing. It’s impossible to ignore nature, and the heat makes you tough – there’s no fighting it – you have to accept it and move on.
5. You have two incredibly beautiful children. How would you describe your pregnancies with each of them?
I had my daughter at age 25, so pretty young where we live. It was a great pregnancy, coupled with the usual first trimester blah feeling. It’s a sick feeling that is tough to describe to anyone who hasn’t experienced it. My second pregnancy was easier, I was very lucky and sailed through being pregnant and birthing my son. What I found most surprising during my first pregnancy was how quickly I disappeared as far as my peers were concerned. Not my friends necessarily, it was more-so everyone else. I went from being a normal 24 year-old woman, to an invisible one, like I didn’t exist to people who weren’t at that part of their lives. There is a shift in people’s’ perception of you from being an individual, to being “a mom” which never felt right to me. It was isolating but there’s no way to combat it.
6. Can you tell us a little about how you chose their names?
I always wanted to name my daughter Lennon but I had to convince John. On the way to the doctor one morning, I played him my favorite Lennon song in the car, and that was that. He couldn’t argue it.
Boy names were tough for us. We chose Costa because it was literally the only name that we both liked.
7. Describe yourself at 21.
8. What do you remember being the first thing that attracted you to your man?
The first time I saw John, he was driving slowly past me, and I could hear that he was listening to David Gray in his car. He had his foot up on the dashboard as he drove, and had no idea I was watching him. I thought – this is a man who isn’t trying to be cool or tough or anything other than himself. I loved that.
9. What would you say has been one of the best parts of growing up, getting older?
I’d say the best thing has been finding contentment in my own skin. I have found my way. I am really grateful because I haven’t always been able to say that.
10. Snack wise, what is your greatest weakness, what can you simply not pass up?
A beautiful cheese platter with honeycomb and great bread is impossible to pass up.
11. What are a couple of traits of your own that you hope your kids may inherit. Maybe a couple you hope they don’t?
I’d like to think that I think about things and do things in my own way, I am not easily swayed by others’ expectations of me. I hope they can be comfortable with being themselves and doing what they feel is right. I am not great in the mornings. I hope they wake up bright-eyed and ready to start every day with a smile. I wake up like a teenager, just annoyed that I don’t have four more hours to sleep.
12. Describe (and name) your first boyfriend, in six words or less.
Chris Bagby, age 15. Sweet, sensitive, creative, immature, open, funny.
13. A Sunday all to yourself, how do you spend it?
I would not leave the house. I would read in the yard, eat snacks all day, and watch movies in bed.
14. What about date night, what is an ideal evening for you two?
Our best dates are when we get out of our bubble and do something different. After twelve years and two kids, it feels great for both of us to break up the routine. We saw Crosby, Stills & Nash play a few months ago and it was the best night we had in a long long time. That or a quiet dinner with wine in the neighborhood. Home by 9.
15. Who have you been friends with the longest and how did you meet?
My oldest friend, Taylor. We were next-door neighbors and both of our moms are midwives in Arizona. My mom delivered her, and her mom delivered my little brother. So we’ve really known each other, always.
16. Can you name three traits you cherish most in a woman?
funny, kind, real
17. Ok, now three traits you cherish most in a man?
funny, kind, real
18. What do you love most about your home space?
It is comfortable and without pretense.
19. What was the last thing you binge watched on Netflix?
I’m cheating on Netflix for HBO Go and am watching True Detective. I’m really late to the party, but it’s so good!
20. Beer or wine?
Beer in the summer, wine in the winter
*21. Can you name one thing you had hoped to accomplish by this age but haven’t?
Play the guitar, drive across the country, learn spanish, so many things…