Thursday, 21 June 2012

7 Question Thursday!! #5

FINALLY, 7 Questions is back!!

We are sure you have missed them as much as we have!

Here's our funny photo:

Enjoying the great British summer!!

1. What do you do when you're sick? (Do you act like a baby? Tough it out? Have any weird cravings? Cry?)

L: I am a really awkward sick person, because I forget to help myself get better. I will go on sniffling or feeling awful for days, and Sarah has to practically force feed me pills - and heaven forbid if she tries to make me go to the doctors! I'd much rather barely survive for weeks on end until it goes away. Thank goodness I've got logical Sarah around or I'd never recover!

S: I grew up as a hypochondriac so I like to make sure I catch any illness early but if I fail in my bid to prevent getting sick then I tend to crave sympathy and being looked after. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, I've been told. L's nursing skills have improved since we've been together but that might not necessarily be by choice :)

2. What do you do to find motivation when you feel you've lost it?

L: I'm so easily distracted, you'd think I'd have the answer to this on hand... the only thing I can say is if I am thinking about something more fun than what I'm doing, I won't be able to get back to doing what I'm supposed to be doing until I've done it/written it down/spoken to someone about it. I'll be filling out spreadsheets and all of a sudden have to write a list of all the places I want to visit before I have a baby - then I go back to doing work with much more vigor than I did before!

S: Hmm this is hard, I am generally quite motivated and I hate running out of time so I like to get stuff done and out of the way. Since being with L I can honestly say I've never been more motivated - with her planning ability there is always something to save towards and there is no bigger motivation than wanting to make L happy.

3. Do you wish time away or do you savor every moment?

L: I am a BIG wisher away - though I need to clarify, I love my moments, that's why our blog is called Sprezzatura, after all - it's the everyday moments in life which count! But I'm a planner. Want to know all the major things (holidays, wedding, baby, etc) that will happen to us over the next 4 years? This girl has it planned, down to holiday allowance at jobs. Maybe it's a little odd, but I plan in order to make sure I don't have to miss any moments. I will never look back and say 'oh I wish I had done that when I was younger, but time got away from me' because I plan things and then execute them! That's one of the reasons that Sarah is absolutely perfect for me - she keeps me in the moment, and wants to experience everything we can, together!

S: I'm definitely a 'savour every moment' - L tells everyone that her biggest pet peeve is me bouncing out of bed early on Saturdays but I get so excited to have 2 full days with her that I want to maximise every moment. Imagine me on holiday :) The biggest challenge for me living in London is that there is ALWAYS so much going on that we can never do everything, though L's planning means we do a lot. But dragging me away from things is never easy.

4. If you could be any mythological creature, what would you be, and why?

L: I'd be a mermaid, but only if I was one who liked other mer-maiden A merbian. Because there is nothing remotely attractive about mer-men. Otherwise, I'd like to be the Wheedle on the Needle in Seattle. Does he count?

S: I have literally no clue....any suggestions?

5. What is your current biggest weakness and are you working on fixing it?

L: My biggest weakness...besides cookie dough haha... is my lack of follow through when it comes to really wanting to lose weight/get fit. I say I want to, I start to do more exercise and diet... and next thing you know I'm finding every reason under the sun not to. I'm trying... but honestly, at the moment I'm just enjoying my life and trying to take things in moderation.

SPanicking over things that are out of my control - credit card bills, unexpected water bills, not having savings, geez I'm panicking just thinking about them. With most things in life I am capable of compartmentalising things and not letting something that's worrying me overshadow something else but I like to have that control. When I don't then PANIC!!! The good news is L loves making spreadsheets that track & predict our spending so it's getting less stressful.

6. How do you greet someone when meeting them for the first time?

L: OMG I'm so awkward when it comes to this in non-work situations. I'm naturally outwardly friendlier than most people here in London (small town Idaho meets big city stiff-upper-lip kingdom), but from living here for 4 years now and finding out that not everyone likes to be hugged right off the bat, I do this awkward thing where I have to acknowledge that I want to hug them - 'Oh hi, I'm Laura' then I lean forward to start a hug, I see the look on their face like WTF is she doing? So I have to say 'Oh yeah, I'm gonna hug you' or something, as if acknowledging it makes it less awkward, but we both know it doesn't. Then after it's over, internally I kick myself for being so uncomfortable, but I know that I can't just NOT hug people - you need to break the touch barrier to become friends!! Apparently I'm a complicated person.

S: This really depends on the situation - inside work a good, firm handshake is my choice but as for friends, or friends of friends I am AWKWARD. I really don't like meeting new people- I build up a situation and then when I meet someone I clam up and do this half wave while L's hugging up a storm :) However if someone else opens up for a hug then I gratefully accept it and will hug them back - maybe i've been Americanised.

Hahaha we are an awkward couple!

7. How do you grocery shop? (Do you write up a list? Go in with no idea what you're looking for? Have meal plans? Bring your own shopping bags?)

L: Prepare to be amazed, friends, because this is a well-oiled machine. We go food shopping every Friday night (because we are PAR-TAY people!) - we bring a list, and in each section we split to each get things to bring back to the cart - its clearly the most efficient way to do things. We have some staples we get every week and don't write down, but we only occasionally deviate from our list (much less than we used to, because though Sarah hates resisting a good deal, she has learned to handle it better haha). Then, when it comes to checkout, I'm the money, and I'm not allowed to put the groceries on the conveyor belt, because Sarah has an order she puts things in (frozens together, fridge, veggies/fruits, carbs, etc) and I always accidentally screw it up. I also can't put the bags into the car, because the heavy things need to go in a certain place so they won't squash the lighters things... it's an impressive sight to behold and pretty damn adorable, even though I secretly think that it'd be much easier to just go with the flow. Does anyone else sort their groceries before bagging them or worry about things moving around in the car?? 

S: What can I add - L has explained this situation in full - and yes EVERYONE is concerned about how their groceries are bagged - who wants fruit in with toiletries or frozen in with bread! 

Love always,
Laura & Sarah xo


  1. Oh! You guys are so cute together! I love that you are so different when it comes to getting sick, but you balance each other out so well. That's so wonderful!

  2. Love it! Being Laura's Mum, I know her answers are spot on! Yes Laura, most people sort their groceries - cold/frozen first, then cereals, breads and biscuits, then cans and jars, then fruit/veg, then cleaning products. Also, now this may come as a shock to you but, when packing the car, you always put the heavy things in first and the light things on top - there is nothing worse than squished bread!

  3. Love this post! I too as Mrs Planning Queen - I know where we are going, how long for, how much we need to save and how to work out our work to maximise our annual leave, for trips up until the end of 2014! you can never be too prepared, and planning is so much fun!!

    Also, yes, I sort the groceries, it clearly makes sense to do so! If my lady is left to pack she puts on thing in the bag and says it's full - I like to do it so that it all packs neatly together, such logistics involved in grocery shopping!

    L & S xx


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