I have been lucky enough to be friends with Abby for over 10 years and let me tell you, she is one-of-a-kind! Abby is good to her core, super talented, and knows how to bring the fun. Check out my interview with Abby below and enjoy!
1. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
This happened to me about 6 years ago, but this is hands down the funniest thing that has ever happened. I was shopping in target and browsing my way through a shopping aisle, when a tall man approached me. He stared at me for a few seconds and then asked,
"Abby Griffin?" (my maiden name)
I am pretty good at remembering faces, but I know for a fact I had never seen this man in my life. He just kept looking at me waiting for a response. I didn't know whether to feel embarrassed that I didn't know this man, or scared! He knew things about me too, like where I went to high school, what year I graduated, and where I was originally from. I was terrified, and I slowly reached for my phone, in case he was a murderer/stalker. He started to get upset and frustrated that I didn't remember him from the math class that we shared. It just wasn't making any sense to me. This went on for about 5 minutes, and I was really close to calling for help. I looked all around the aisle to see if there was anyone else nearby, and around the corner was one of my co-workers. She was muffling her giggles, and I realized that this man was her husband whom I had never met. I guess they spotted me, and she told him some random facts about me so that he could come over and freak me out. I had been punked. Well played.
I like to pretend I am going through life and writing a humorous book, so I have to share one more. This is way more embarrassing, but I definitely laugh about it now. You see, in high school, I was a back brace kid. We all new em'- those poor souls who have been diagnosed with Scoliosis during the time in life when looks are everything. I don't even know if they do back braces anymore, but let me tell you, they suck. My mom bought me all of these loose fitting dresses and skirts so that I could wear it under my clothes. You can't really bend your upper body at all when you're wearing one, and you kind of walk around like a robot who has to turn its whole body to look at different things. To top things off, I joined the concert choir and sang my heart out with that back brace on.
You know how high school choir rooms have seating that goes up steps as you go further back? Well, I was in the soprano section and to get to the back row, it was easier to climb over the seats to get up there. In the middle of class, I had to go to the bathroom. I made the decision to just walk down the seats to get to where I was going. I took one misstep, and toppled down the remaining seats with thumps and rolls and a little flip at the end. Remember though, I couldn't move my back from the upright position, so at the end of the catastrophe, I found myself on the ground with my skirt slid all the way up to my hoo ha, my feet straight out in front of me, and my upper body in perfect straight posture.
The music stopped and, the room went dead silent with all 65 of the choir kids sitting there with utter shock and pity on their faces. I don't know how long I sat there. I didn't know what to do and just started doing this awkward laugh. I remember that my high school crush was the one who helped me up. Oh my goodness, it was really something to behold!
2. What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
I would say that the bravest thing I have ever done is kayak the Gauley river in West Virginia. I definitely took a good swim down a pretty gnarly rapid.
3. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Oh man, that is a hard one. I don't know if I could narrow it down to one! I am thinking it would be "Violet Hill" by Coldplay or "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds (our first dance song). But geez! I'm leaving out Joni Mitchell's "California", Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes", and all of my favorite Van Morrison. I'm also pretty sure that I was in the car with Emily the other day, and I was going on about some song that I was sure was the soundtrack to my life, but now I have no idea what that song was!
4. What do you worry about?
I am not a big worrier, except when big changes happen in my life. I get real psyched out about how to handle change and how it will affect my overall happiness. I also fear boredom, and I know that is weird. Other than that, I guess I just have normal little worries here and there. Like, am I balancing being a teacher, florist, and blogger well? Am I being a good wife, friend, and daughter? And as a people pleaser, I often have anxiety about offending people.
5. If you were an animated character, who would you be and why?
Little known fact- I hate cartoons. If I had to pick one, I would want to be Belle from "Beauty and the Beast." She was always doing her own thing, and I have a feeling that she loved flowers. I also think that her story had the happiest ending. Although, I'm probably more like Meg from "Family Guy"- real awkward and goofy.
6. If money was no issue and you did not have to work for a paycheck, how would you occupy your time?
I would keep my house REALLY clean, do lots of flower arrangements, write, and travel. I would try to visit everywhere I could. It would also stink to feel like I wasn't contributing anything to society, so I would probably work with kids, and do some mission work along the way.
7. You love all elements of design and style, but have really focused in on florals. Why?
I don't know if this is true for everyone, but I definitely gravitate towards mediums that come naturally to me. I also love the fact that there are so many colors, textures, and sizes in flowers. I guess it all started when I brought home flowers to decorate around my house. I just love the way they can change a room or space. Working with them brings me a sense of calm.
8. Where would you go in a time machine?
That is a hard one. I think it would be cool to go back to the Renaissance. What an exciting time to be a creative person! I also would like to experience being around when this country started. I would love to meet great men, like George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson when they were forming the foundation of this country. There is also the Pioneer Age. I think women from that era are really awesome and hardcore. I would love to meet some of those families who picked up and moved across the country into "no man's land."
9. What inspires you?
Lots of things:
My mom and dad. They have one of the strongest marriages I have ever seen and although I was raised in a Christian home, they didn't raise me to just be a follower. I was taught to love others, and they always took the time to explain things to me. My mom denies it up and down, but her eye for design really inspires me.
My husband- he has a servant's heart that I have always wished to possess. His quiet, unassuming nature mixed with his ability to ride bikes real fast is pretty cool. He loves me unconditionally, and that inspires me.
Design Blogs- I kind of consider myself a connoisseur of design blogs. These women who are able to continually produce content that is visually beautiful and written with intention amazes me.
You gals- I am inspired by your passion, creativity, and most of all, support.
10. As a contributor to Across Our Table, what are you most excited about?
Well at first, I was excited about showing how I do things and what gets me going, design wise. After sharing my infertility post last week, I was shocked by the response. I received numerous messages, emails, and texts that thanked me for encouraging and opening up a dialogue with my vulnerability. How cool is that? My passion to help and support others through this blog was ignited!
See, isn't she fabulous?
Thanks for reading!