Saturday, April 26, 2014


The years just keep on coming, don't they?  Here I arrive at 41 today!  I am veering from my annual tradition today, just a tad.  Have guys seen the video "73 Questions with Sarah Jessica Parker"?  I thought it was kind of cute.  Then I received an email from Sweet Paul with a similar video.  How adorable is he?  So I fused their two question lists for my birthday questions.  Yes, there are more than 41 questions but so be it......

How long have you been in the Charlotte area?  Since 1998.

What’s your favorite season in Charlotte?  Any season but Summer.

What’s your favorite activity in Charlotte?  Picnics in Freedom Park with my family.

Describe Charlotte in three words: Hot, hot and hot.

Would you ever leave Charlotte?  Absolutely.

What’s your favorite movie? To Kill A Mockingbird and The Way We Were (I cannot choose between them!)

Favorite movie in past five years?  No idea, I don’t think I could ever pick just one. 

Favorite TV show that’s currently on? MAD MEN!

What’s a book you plan on reading?  Grain Brain

A book you read in school that positively shaped you?  The Great Gatsby

A book you read in school that you never think of?  Great Expectations (I am NOT even linking to that book.  I hated it.)

What book is on your nightstand right now? I just counted and I have 13 on there currently.  My favorite of those is Goldfinch by Donna Tarrt (the best fiction I’ve read in a LONG time!)

Real books or tablets?  Um, hello, REAL BOOKS!

Favorite magazine? Sunset

On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?  TEN

iPhone or Android? Android

Twitter or Instagram? Instagram

Vine or Snapchat? I don’t even know what these are.  Ha!

Who should EVERYONE be following right now?  Lead, don’t follow.

What’s your favorite downtown restaurant?  In Charlotte, Fourth Ward Bread Co.

What’s your favorite food?  Indian

Least favorite food? Japanese

Favorite Meal of the Day? Always breakfast

Coffee or Tea? Tea, tea, tea

Favorite Cocktail?  Margarita or Mojito

What do you love on your pizza?  Loads of onions, and oregano.

Favorite drink? Red, red wine.

Favorite dessert? Brownie Pie

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?  Dark

What’s the hardest part about being a mom?  Letting go.

What’s your favorite band? Duran Duran, baby.

Favorite solo artist?  Adele.

Favorite lyrics? Hard question….there are so many……but let’s just say that I’m very partial to Country lyrics. 

If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be? Jimmy Fallon.

If you could master one instrument, what would it be? The guitar

If you had a tattoo, where would it be?  Never, ever, not in a million years would I ever have a tattoo (of my own choosing).  Skin is sacred.

To be or not to be? To be

Dogs or cats? Dogs.  Clearly.

Kittens or puppies? Puppies.

Dolphins or koalas? Dolphins.

Bird-watching or whale-watching?  This question is torture but I’m going to say whale watching.  One of my favorite days in my entire life is the day I went whale watching.

What’s your spirit animal? Haha, whale!  See previous question.

Best gift you’ve ever received? My daughters. And my pups.

Last gift you gave a friend? Some books for our little friends, Liam and Ben

A person you want to have coffee with?  Jane Goodall

A historical figure you’d love to have coffee with?  Ooooh, Thomas Jefferson. Or T. Jeff as he’s called in our house. 

How do you like your coffee?  With almond milk and real sugar.

What’s your favorite curse word? The F bomb.  Is there another?  

What’s your favorite board game? What’s a board game?  (totally kidding)

What’s your favorite country to visit?  Italy

What’s the last country you visited? Switzerland

What country do you wish to visit? Iceland

What’s your favorite color? Seafoam green

Least favorite color? Probably orange.

Favorite Flower: Pink Peonies and Red Poppies…..ooh, and Lilies of the Valley.

What color dress did you wear to your prom? I went to several proms but my dress was always black.

Diamonds or pearls?  Neither.

Cheap shampoo or expensive?  Expensive.

Blow-dry or air-dry?  Depends on the day.

Heels or flats?  I wore heels for YEARS and they ruined my feet. So flats.

Pilates or yoga?  Neither.  I like Zumba.

Jogging or swimming?  Neither. I like a nice brisk walk.

Best way to decompress?  Driving with some really good music…..or a long, hot shower.

If you had one superpower, what would it be? The ability to make people more caring.

Can you describe an experience you felt most nervous? Getting married.  I am extremely non-committal.

Who do you have a crush on?  Joseph Gordon-Levitt 

Well, that's it.  Join me won't you?  And lastly.....

On this birthday, as with every birthday, I raise up a toast in memory of my dear friend and fellow free spirit, Brian Paul Mercado. Thanks to knowing him and in part because of losing him at a young age, I appreciate EVERY birthday and understand how lucky I am to live each day. Bri, you are still loved and missed, every single day!!! Cheers....

This now goes out to Ygal too.  Iggy Pop.  My brother-in-law.  Little brother to Alain.  Sweet uncle to my girls.  Iggy, to say that you are missed every day would be the understatement of the century.  But you are always with us!   

{Sorry for the photo-less post.  Extremely short on time lately.}


  1. Thank you Audrey, now I believe I know you a little better ;-))
    Happy 41th

    1. Nonno, I bet you smiled when I said Italy is my favorite country to visit. Of course it is! Where else, right? Un abbraccio!!!

  2. Dear Audrey,
    Now it is MY turn to say belated happy birthday to YOU!!
    What a wonderful post, I LOVED reading this! So often with these answers, I kept nodding my head, saying "THAT's my girl!!"
    And the day that I get a tattoo, that will be a day that someone has drugged me!! NEVER ON MY SKIN EITHER!!
    I loved this post, it is so you! xxx

    1. Thanks, Kay! Hope you enjoyed your birthday and that your weather was as beautiful as mine on Saturday. It was truly divine! XOXO

  3. Hope you had a happy birthday. Rick, your latest follower.

    1. Thank you, Rick! I look forward to checking our your blog.

  4. Ha - I didn't even notice there wasn't a photo in this post until you mentioned it at the end. I just jumped right in and started ready your fun answers. You know what I love? That you didn't feel forced to choose between one or the other on some of these questions - you just chose to say neither. Love this list, love that you gave props to your friend and brother-in-law at the end, love that your birthday is close to mine, and love that we are friends! Have a great week, Audrey! xo

    1. Hi Deb! I sent you an email. I can't wait to find out when your birthday is. :-) Thank you again for the lovely Instagram birthday shout-out. So sweet of you.... XOXO

  5. Happy Birthday, Audrey!
    I hope you had an awesome day! 41 ~ I could be your mother! LOL! Yes, the years just keep coming, and thank goodness they do! I've been very busy since I got back from Hawaii, and the days are flying by!

    I've been looking at your last couple of posts. As always, I love the photos of your beautiful girls ~ but how can Sophie be big enough to go to a father-daughter dance? Wow! I loved your hard core beach photos ~ You and the girls under an umbrella with powdered sugar all over your smiles! Terry and I are hard core people too!
    I really enjoyed reading the answers to your questions! So many I could respond to! But guess where I'm going to be in the not so distant future? Iceland!!!!! I've wanted to go there all my life, and I will be there for four nights in June.
    I hope you have an awesome year of wonderful you!
    Take care ~ I hope things slow down for you a little!

    1. Oh Louise, PLEASE TAKE ME WITH YOU!!! Ha ha. I am slightly envious. Okay, crazy wicked envious. If you're only there for 4 nights, does that mean it's in combo with some other place? I cannot even wait to hear about this. Since college (a long time ago), I've dreamed of going to Iceland. Other people dream of hot places, I dream of cold ones. Ha! Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I'm a Girl Scout leader for Sophie's Daisy troop and they have a Father/Daughter Dance each year. It's their favorite event the entire year. So adorable! And I hope things slow down too. Stop the glorification of busy, I say! :-) Talk soon....

    2. I'd love to take you with us Audrey!!!!!
      We're flying to London, via Reykjavik, changing planes, stopping overnight in London to pick up the keys to Terry's sister's and BIL's flat in Notting Hill, taking the Chunnel to Paris, then 3 nights in Paris, Chunnel back to England, 2 weeks in Noreen's and Cathal's flat, then to Iceland for the four nights, then home!

      When I was in 2nd grade I read about a family that went on a picnic in Iceland. They boiled eggs in a hot spring for lunch, and I knew right then and there, that I had to go to Iceland! I've been waiting a long time. I always taught my kiddos about Iceland, and I've had some Icelandic króna in my passport folder for years!
      How sweet about Sophie and the GS dances with her dad. In Canada they were the Girl Guides and I belonged to them whenever I lived in a place that had Brownies or Girl Guides. I could make all kinds of furniture for camping out of twine and sticks ~ Pioneer Badge!!!!! Too busy!!! You're right stop. I have to run to meet my trainer (I'm going to surf next year!). I read your latest post when I get back. I can't wait!

    3. Oh Louise, a family flat in Notting Hill???? You really are trying to kill me, aren't you? I adore Notting Hill. I could walk in that little antique market all day. (Actually, I did once.) Will you be blogging from there? I hope so. I will be DYING to hear all about your trip. And the inspire me. I told Alain in Kiawah that I wanted to SUP.....and he LAUGHED AT ME. I guess I would need to lose some lbs first!


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