16 March 2011

fifteen fill-ins | guest post by karey | mackin ink

fifteen fill-in-the-blanks by the hilarious + witty karey. i like karey because i can hear her voice in her writing. she is passionate about writing and does so with lowercase letters. yay. she is the girl you hope you get to sit by in class, because life is more fun with her by your side, even just for one class period. she kindly filled in the blanks to entertain you while i bust out my flipflops.

:: no matter what mood i'm in, i can always go for a: maid. i mean it. whether i'm almost-happy, devastated, or peeved-angry, give me a clean home that i didn't have to clean and i'm so smiling.

:: my favorite go-to outfit would have to be: i have this black sweater dress from the zara in jordan that has the deepest vee and the longest, way past my wrists fitted sleeves and perfect length that makes you look thin even when you've eaten two snickers and sexy even when you've not showered.

:: a good source of inspiration is: a fresh view. i need to travel and move around. i just do. but even when that's not possible, i try to change up my view in baby steps. like, hanging something on the wall that probably wouldn't normally be hung on a wall, like a long strand of kukui nuts tied with a hot pink ribbon. suddenly, it's art. i rearrange a lot, too. it's amazing how a simple shift in furniture changes the home's dynamic and turns the mundane into mad inspiring.

:: am so glad my parents taught me: that your word is really the only thing you've got. i've tried to pass along this gem to my girlies, and i think esmé is the only one still wondering "what word is it?"

:: a song i like to dance to is: my girlies and i hold a dance party pretty much daily during homework time where the only rule is "these moves stay in this house." the music can best be described as hoochie. but when my husband comes home, we switch it up a bit more old-school. there's nothing like dancing around the kitchen to mack the knife or barry white's you're the first, the last, my everything while he cooks for us. 

:: i wish everyone knew about: hmmm. i don't know. i like it that we all know about different stuff. it makes us super interesting to each other. maybe i wish everyone knew about my writing and offered me enjoyable jobs and a book deal?

:: the best thing in my makeup bag is: i've always and will always adore nars multiples sticks. they're like fat crayons for grown-ups and most of them have naughty names.

:: my dream spring break vacation spot is: a beach with very attentive staff. i crave heat. and attention, apparently.

:: this may be a surprise, but i am passionate about: i'm not a really surprising person, but i am supremely passionate. about everything, truly. i love new projects, new friends, new places to move. people are usually shocked at how in love with the middle east i am, but i guess i was built to embrace the complete opposite of normal.

:: a favorite book that changed me for the better: i fall in love with books on a daily basis, but do you know which ones i love the most? ones that friends recommend to me. when they say "this book reminded me of you." one of my favorites recently recommended robin black's if i loved you, i would tell you this. it absolutely gutted me. i still well up a little when i think about it.

:: one of my pet peeves is: when someone says "oh, i'll let you do that." let? LET?! usually, the person is letting you do the crap part of the project. that one word just sends me to mad as soon as i hear it.

:: my favorite daily ritual would have to be: my espressos in the morning. i haven't been to a coffee shop in ages because my at-home concoctions are pure magic. i dream about my morning ritual mostly every night.

:: i am trying to be better at: not freaking out about messes in the house. {see first answer above.}

:: the most recent rad thing i found online was: this incredible towel warmer from brookstone. i'm mad about affordable decadence. i've bought four so far as gifts, and now that they're on sale i may buy myself one for our mittens and socks. wouldn't that be heavenly?

:: i can't live without: it's part of our goodnight ritual - just past all the screaming "brush your teeth!" and "stop wrestling!" orders - to give kisses to our girlies three. then my husband says "oh! isn't she just the most perfect thing you've ever seen?" to each of them. i answer "she's all right, i guess." and then i whisper in their ears "i would die without you." it's true.


Destri said...

Always a favorite of mine, Mrs. Mackin Ink.

Love love you goodnight ritual :)

Destri said...


Sheesh. Of all the people to leave a typo for :)

mary said...

I loved reading these bits from my favorite partner-in-crime.

(And I sure HOPE I have never said, "I'll let you do that!" hahaha)


Mary said...

Love this.

raleigh-elizabeth {bunnyvictorious!} said...

well, i completely hated this. completely, completely hated this. didn't just love every sentence or anything. didn't just order that book on my kindle. nope, nuh-uh. completely hated.

melissa loves said...

Oh god.....Karey, you slay me every.single. time. that last sentence completely undid me....I have to go back to bed. and sob. :)

la la Lovely said...

I have that very Nars stick applied to my cheeks this very day.
And I am so with you on the maid. cleaning lady. clean house. my favorite.
loved reading your answers and words (as always)!

wool and misc said...


Zakary said...

love that karey,

Ali said...

That "I can't live without" answer is just awesome.

Never That Easy said...

That is a spectacular goodnight ritual. <3 sweetest thing ever.

Julianna said...

This has nothing to do with anything but I just found your blog and love it already but was reading about you and how you love reed dairy chocolate milk and I too am a 'fan' (as my 6 yr old would say)of the stuff. Does that mean you are from south east idaho?

Amie Adams said...

Oh my Karey! swoon

karey m. said...

you guys are all so nice to me! entertaining my nonsense...

this was the most fun to write because marta? if you can hear my voice in my writing, it's because i was writing to you.

my alt summit experience with you was a JOY! terrifically so. thanks again for that and thanks for having me over to your blog.


{i wish i could comment to each of the commenters individually, but i feel weird doing that on marta's space! you know what i'd say to you anyway, right? xoxoxox

dee said...

I teared up on the last line! Not that that's anything new with Karey's writing;)

Relyn Lawson said...

Who knew I could love Karey even more? Thanks, Marta.

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