Fiery and Opinionated

Today I get to experience a little bit of what it would have been like if one of my career plans had worked out. I’m pretending to be a journalist. Or maybe that’s what I do everyday, having a blog? 

Either way, today I get to interview Heather from Fiery and Opinionated. Is that the best blog title or what? Heather and I traded coasts and our lives have numerous other strange parallels. I love her and you will too. Enjoy!

1. Why’d you move to California? 

I loved DC and had a great life there, but I was bored.  Really bored.  I had lived in/around DC for over 10 years and worked at the same place for 6.5 years.  It was time to shake things up a bit!  

I had visited San Francisco and LOVED it, and it’s the best place to work in my field, so it was at the top of the list.  After interviewing for awhile I finally landed an amazing new job – so we sold all of our stuff, packed up the car and drove across the country, and now are 4 months into life in our new city.  Has it been easy?  Hell no.  But so far, it’s worth it! 

2. What do you miss most about the east coast? (Besides the possibility of being able to go on a blate with me, of course)

If only I would have started blogging sooner, we could have had our amazing blate before I moved!  I’m still holding out hope for it when I’m back visiting.  Other than that… right now I miss the summer.  June/July are cool and foggy here in SF and that is completely ass-backwards to me!  I’m used to warmer days, time at the lake, and shorts and sundresses (I REALLY miss sundresses.).  Luckily we can escape for some day trips to warmer climates here on the weekends to remind us that it actually is, in fact, summer.  

Oh, and Dunkin Donuts coffee.  The things I would do to find a DD over here…

3. You recently opened up about your divorce. What is the best advice you have about marriage? (what to do or what not to do)

This is a tough one.  I think I’d say to take your time and make sure you’re ready for a marriage, not just a diamond and wedding.  Everyone loves a good wedding and as girls we do nothing short of obsess and fantasize about ours, but a wedding isn’t a marriage.  Diamond rings are beautiful, but they aren’t a marriage either.  A marriage is every day and that part isn’t nearly as perfect and pretty as your big day!  

this photo has absolutely nothing to do with the post – things were just feeling a little heavy after that last question.
Time to lighten it up with some booze!

4. Tell us about a song, movie, or tv show that you are embarrassed to love. 

I’m embarrassed to be almost 30 and still love Disney the way I do.  If I’m having a bad day, loudly singing along to a Disney song is the quickest way to turn it around.  I know all the words to WAY too many songs and can pretty much quote everything in Aladin, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid (my fav!).  Chris knows this and took me to a Beauty and the Beast sing along for my birthday this year – he’s a keeper!

5. What movie character/characters would you say are most like you? For instance I’m a combination of Claire Dunphy, Marshall Erikson, and M’lynn Eatonton.

I’m going to confess that I had to Google 2 of these 3 names.  I am horrible with names!  But man, those are some good ones – I guess that’s (one of the reasons) why I like you so much.  

The one that probably fits best is Monica Geller.  I also like to tell myself I’m like Daenerys Targaryen – I have a huge girl crush on her, she is so bad ass.  I didn’t watch the show so I don’t know about personality, but people always tell me I look like Rory Gilmore/Alexis Bledel – a huge compliment, I’ll take it!  

6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? (this ones a doozy)

Breaking out the big guns with this one!  Wildly successful, incredibly wealthy, and look not even a day older than I am today?  Probably not realistic…   SF is amazing and we love living here, but we came knowing it is a temporary thing.  

So in 5 years we’ll probably be back east (note from Nadine: woo hoo!), likely in the Boston area, where Chris is from.  Living in the city with our dog (we’re getting a puppy this summer!) in a cool condo/rowhouse that we own, setting up some mean tailgating at Patriots games after taking over Chris’ step-dad’s season tickets, and living at their family’s lake house in New Hampshire on the weekends during the summer (I’m a lake girl!).  

We’ll have finally made the jump and gotten married, but I can’t promise anything with babies.  I’ll have progressed in my career to a senior level in another awesome job that I love and hopefully bring home the big bucks.  Sounds pretty dreamy to me!  

7. What would you title your memoir?

“No.  The Heather Conklin story.”  You know how little kids go through a phase where they say no to everything?  Well, apparently I never grew out of that one.  What can I say?  I’m feisty and love to say no!  Chris tells me I can’t do something – “no!”  You give me a nice compliment – my first reaction?  “No.”  Voicing my opinions or arguing… whole lotta no’s.  I sound so pleasant, don’t I??  

There are some things you’ll NEVER hear me say no to though… would you like more wine?  Do you want to sleep in tomorrow?  Do you want to hear a hilarious poop story?  YES, YES, YES. 


See? How could you not love her? Go visit Heather at Fiery and Opinionated or we could annoy her via twitter until she decides to move back to the east coast. Sound good?

Happy almost Friday!

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