A Moment With Our Founders

Today’s post from our co-founders, Marybeth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon | @MarybethWhalen @ArielLawhon

There’s only so much you can know about a girl by her preference in books so we decided to crack the door a bit and give you a glimpse into our personal lives and peculiar oddities. It’s a toss-up whether you’ll be entertained or scared away.

Marybeth Whalen

What’s going on at your house: I’m in denial about those back to school commercials on tv and school supplies taking centerstage at the local Target. Summer is my favorite season and I really hate to think of it ending for another year. In the meantime, we’ve got another few weeks of days in the sun at the pool, sleeping in, and the slower pace of summer that I love. And I intend to savor every moment. We’ve got our 21st anniversary and two of our kids’ birthdays this month. So it will be a little busy.

What’s the last song you bought on iTunes: “Come Over” by Kenny Chesney. None of my children can believe that I actually bought a country song voluntarily. I’ve actually bought two this summer. I also bought “Springsteen” by Eric Church. I blame it on the fact that our good ole southern neighborhood pool blasts country music over the loud speakers so I’ve been forced to reckon with it. And admit that there are some songs (very few) that I actually like.

One lame fact about you: I can’t sleep unless I have perfect hospital corners on my bed.

Any weird food preferences or aversions: I have been known to dip my dill pickle in ketchup. Sweet and sour– what’s not to like? And also, I don’t eat cheese. Of any kind.

Bad habits: Launching spit bubbles off my tongue. It might impress (and simultaneously horrify) my kids, but it doesn’t exactly go over well in public.

My four swim team swimmers celebrating their championship season

Ariel Lawhon

What’s going on at your house: We just got back from the beach (a million thanks to my in-laws who rented a house and invited our crew to join them!) and we’re getting ready to move back to Tennessee. What this means is that in addition to all the normal activities starting up again (school, swim team, etc.) we will have to put our house on the market, pack, and move across country. We’re so ready to live close to family again but lugging four children, all of our worldly belongings, and a shedding dog over eight hundred miles in one day isn’t exactly my idea of fun.

What’s the last song you bought on iTunes: “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt. (Maybe I needed a compliment that day. Who knows.)

One lame fact about you: I end every workout with “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. Yep, I’m an 80’s child through and through.

Any weird food preferences or aversions: I could drink balsamic vinegar straight from the bottle.

Bad habits: I eat ice. So bad for the teeth!

The men in my life, picture ready and in love with the beach.

Your turn! Answer any of the above questions and let us know a bit about you!

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is the author of THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS (2014), FLIGHT OF DREAMS (2016), and I WAS ANASTASIA (2018). Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, and Book of the Month Club selections. She is the co-founder of SheReads.org and lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.


4 Responses to A Moment With Our Founders

  1. Laura in Texas August 3, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    What a fun post — really enjoyed learning a little about each of you. Here are my answers:

    What’s going on at my house? Getting my youngest child ready to go off to college in Houston (we live in north Texas), and waiting for my husband to return from his summer-long sojourn in Seattle. He gets home the same week Sam leaves for college.

    Last song I bought on iTunes? Whitney Houston’s “I Look to You.” Inspiring lyrics; spectacular talent.

    Lame fact about me? I’m such an Apple geek that I subscribe to both MacWorld and MacLife magazines and follow several blogs that focus on Apple products. (Love my iPad, iPhone, iMac, and MacBook Pro retina!)

    Bad habits? I eat ice, too, Ariel. I wish that was my worst habit.


  2. Teresa Ahrenholtz August 3, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Love this post! Thanks for letting us peer into your lives. So to reciprocate — here’s my answers:

    What’s going on at my house? My daughter turned 18 yesterday and I’m getting ready to play in a district tennis tournament on Sunday.

    Last song purchased on iTunes? I don’t buy from iTunes and it’s been awhile since I’ve downloaded any music from Amazon.

    Lame fact about me: I’m becoming a tennis junky. In fact, I’m watching it right now!

    Any weird food preferences or aversions: I love cantalope with proscuitto–it was breakfast this morning. I HATE coconut. I can taste it in the very smallest amounts and then proceed to gag.

    Bad habits? I crack my knuckles. I’ve done that since I was a kid.

  3. Linda Anderson August 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    What a great post!!

    What’s going on at my house? I’m getting ready to spend some time with my sister. She lives 6 hours away in Iowa and I’m going to her house and then we are going on a quilt retreat for 3 days at a Bible camp. Three days spent working on our quilt projects,fun, fun!!

    Last song I purchased from iTunes? You’re Worthy by Travis Syntelle

    Lame fact about me? When I wash dishes at the daycare, where I’m the cook, I place the forks and spoons in separate areas in the dish drainer.

    Any weird food preferences or aversions? I love grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

    Bad habits? I’m a procrastinator!!

  4. Tammi T. August 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    What’s going on at my house: Just celebrated the 8th birthday of my youngest son (who was born with a rare heart defect known as HLHS). He is such a miracle and we thank God for him. You would never know by looking at him that he has anything wrong with him.

    Last Song I Purchase on iTunes: “Waitin’ On a Woman” by Brad Paisley. Like Marybeth, I normally wouldn’t purchase a country song but I just had to do it. We were on vacation at the beach and my husband was complaining about the amount of time it took me to get ready. Seeing I’m the only female in our family, I had to take a stand and Brad Paisley seemed to offer the perfect perspective.

    Lame fact about me: There are 3 different light switches that turn on/off the light on our stairs. When the light is off, all the switches must be facing down. If they aren’t, I will go out of my way to “fix-it”. I know, a little OCD.

    Any weird food preferences or aversions? When eating a Snickers or 3 Musketeers candy bar, I will first eat off the chocolate on all the sides and the bottom (leaving the chocolate on top intact, then I will eat the rest of the candy bar.

    Bad habit: I’m a procrastinator!

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