friday five

Quiz: Where Should You Live?

city block with rowhouses
Are you a city, country, or suburbs type?

Happy Friday, y’all! This Friday Five is all about where we live – country, city, or suburbs. I’m always curious to know where everyone lives and what kind of lifestyle they prefer. In part, it’s because I’m not entirely sure where I would prefer to live. I love living in the city center right now, but the country or even a super posh suburb appeals to me. I’d like more room for fruit trees and a pool!

What about you? Where would you like to live, in an ideal world? This week’s Friday Five will give you a quiz to take about this topic and a chance to weigh in.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a Friday Five without a giveaway. This week I’m giving away a free $10 gift code to Amazon to a lucky random winner. It’s my way of thanking all of you for being suck loyal blog readers and quiz takers.

All you have to do to enter is comment below and answer the Friday Five. I will run a random number generator on Monday morning and pick the winners that way. I will comment on the thread to the people who won, so you can check back to see who won that way. If you miss it, I will announce the winner on Facebook and also next week in the P.S.

So, here are the Friday Five questions for this week. Simply answer below in a comment to enter :-)

Friday Five – City vs Suburbs vs Country Edition

  1. Do you live in the city, the suburbs, or the country?
  2. What do you like about where you live?
  3. If you could live anywhere, where would you choose?
  4. What do you have to have wherever you live?
  5. Take Where Should You Live? – What do you get? Is it accurate?

P.S. Congratulations to last week’s Friday Five winner, Kathy :-)


Homesick for Home!

House with a snowy background
What does home mean to you?

I have been away from home for almost a week, and I’m feeling quite homesick at this point. Even though the world is an amazing, interesting, and beautiful place, there is nothing like the feel of my own bed and the taste of a perfectly brewed cup of tea in the morning. I’ll enjoy the rest of my trip as best as I can, but I know the feeling of relaxation I’ll immediately feel when I step back inside my house.

It’s funny how homesickness creeps up on me. I never expect to be homesick when planning my adventures, but the minute I leave home, I’m immediately homesick. The older I get, the more homesick I am. I suppose I’m getting a little more set in my ways, but I also like to think that I’m starting to appreciate simple pleasure more… and those pleasures start at home.

And of course, being homesick makes me think of home and what it means to me. For me, home means comfort, safety, and most importantly, mental space. Whenever I am away from home, I am distracted. I may be having the time of my life, but I’m not able to think clearly or truly be me. When I’m back at home in my favorite sunny spot on my day bed, that’s when I truly feel like myself.

What about you? What does home mean to you? Take this What Feels Like Home to You? and find out! Let me know what you get on this one, and if you’re like me – a homebody prone to homesickness. If you’re not like me, I’d like to hear about that too. I long to be a more adventurous spirit, so I’m curious how those of you who travel frequently do it without being homesick.


Quiz: What Does Your Home Mean To You?

white bed with white linens next to white flowers with a wood wall
What do you love about home?

We all love home, but I believe that home means different things to different people. Each home is unique, and each person’s relationship to his or her home is special. For some people, home is a set place. For others, it’s being around the people they love, no matter where they are in the world. And for other people, home can be a possession or act – like a favorite blanket or a long warm bath. I envy those of you who can find home anywhere and everywhere you go.

For me, home is definitely a place… my actually house. I just can’t feel at home when I’m away from home, no matter what I do to try to make myself feel cozy on the road. More specifically, I don’t feel at home until I’m able to sleep in my bed. And hug my dog. And have a proper cup of tea. I like the comforts of home I have created for myself, and I find that I’m desperately homesick without them.

Some people like their homes to be full of people and activity. Others prefer a more peaceful and quiet abode. Some of us prefer a home that is full of our favorite possessions and collections. Others of us prefer a home that is more minimalist and tidy. What about you? I know for myself that I can’t rest unless my home is very quiet. I can’t feel at home if I have guests over or too much going on.

Thinking about how we all view home differently led me to write a new quiz: What Does Your Home Mean To You? This quiz will tell you exactly what makes you feel at home. Is your home a sanctuary or a place of inspiration? Take the quiz to find out!

Comment below, and let me know what you get on What Does Your Home Mean To You? Does it really represent what home means to you? What is the thing you miss most from home when you’re away?


What Household Appliance Are You?

If you were a household appliance, what household appliance would you be?

Do you ever feel like you gravitate toward a certain household appliance? For me, it’s got to be the coffeemaker. Blogthings runs on caffeine – no doubt about it. And it just so happens that my favorite non-appliance thing in the kitchen is my tea kettle. There are some appliances that I can live without (like my blender and food processor – used, but rarely so), but if you take away my coffeemaker… well, let’s say you better run!

I think our relationship to household appliances is interesting, because they often show what we value. Of course, it goes without saying that I value caffeine – but more than anything, I think I value productivity and focus. That’s what my coffeemaker gives to me. A few other appliances that I love are my bread maker, slow cooker, and rice cooker. I think I love them so much because I’m big on efficiency and self care. I can set up my dinner early in the day, and after many hours of working hard, I know that something tasty will be waiting for me.

What about you? Do you have certain beloved household appliances that reflect your values? Any quick fix microwave lovers out there? Or are you more of an obsessively clean vacuum type? Take What Household Appliance Are You? to find out which household appliances best suit your personality.

What did you think of What Household Appliance Are You? I hope I’m not the only one who’s crazy enough to see a connection between favorite appliances and personality 🙂 I’m curious to know how insightful you think this quiz is, and if you agree with my appliance theory. What appliance did you get? Is your result accurate? Was it your favorite household appliance?


The Elegant Chandelier Test

Do you like chandeliers? I like them in theory… let’s just say I like them in any house but my own. I love the way chandeliers look, but I live a much too rambunctious life to have them hanging from my ceiling. Oh, and they’re also very hard to clean 😉

I think that chandeliers bring out the elegance in the ordinary. Therefore, I thought it would be fitting to use images of chandeliers to determine what’s elegant about each and every one of us. Take my latest quiz: The Elegant Chandelier Test to learn what’s elegant about you.

Please comment below with your result and let me know how you did. Did your quiz result capture your elegance?


Quiz: What Household Chore Are You?


Do you do household chores? Of course we all do, but some of us do a ton of them! I feel like I’m constantly running around doing laundry, washing dishes, taking out the recycling and trash, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming… The list of chores never ends. (Thankfully they go more quickly when I daydream about writing quizzes!)

No doubt about it… chores are a chore. Doing chores are my least favorite part of the day. (Well, except for doing laundry. I love the smell of freshly washed clothes.) I try to do my chores as quickly as I can, as early as I can – that way I can have more time for quizzing! And yes, I’ve been known to hire a cleaning service or drop off my laundry on occasion, but I tend to be more of a DIY gal. So the chore list continues to grow!

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a chore that you don’t mind doing. Heck, you might even like doing your favorite chore. As I mentioned before, mine is definitely laundry. In fact, I will sometimes “pay it forward” to my future self and do extra laundry just for fun. I love the coziness of waiting for the laundry to finish while I drink a cup of tea or work on a new quiz 🙂

Want a break from your real life chores? Take my quiz: What Household Chore Are You? You might be surprised to know what chore you should love. And if you don’t like chores one bit, at least this quiz will help you procrastinate doing them!

Give What Household Chore Are You? a try, and let me know what you think about it. Do you actually have a favorite household chore? Comment below and let me know. And I’m curious: do you have a hack or trick to make chores a little more fun? Share it below!