Something New

Confession: This post is going to be a little different tonight.

As you know, I am on set all week for a commercial campaign. And for those who have never been in or around the acting biz, days on set are lonnnnggg. We’re talking 12 hour days. Add on to that a 45 minute commute in either direction and let’s just say, I’m pretty mentally spent.

Not that I’m complaining! This is what I live for…well, maybe a few other things too 😉

But all that being said, coming up with a mentally stimulating brain buster of a blog tonight was simply…impossible.

SO I thought I’d do a little Get To Know Caralyn session 🙂 haha

I know…thrilling…


JK This’ll be fun! 🙂 And I want you to play too! So pick a question or two and answer in the comments 🙂 #LetsBeFrwends



Here we go:

Favorite “Has Been” Celeb? Jonathan Taylor Thomas or Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen

Favorite Olsen Movie? Getting There or Holiday in the Sun

Favorite Trend I Wish Would Come Back? Polos with popped collars, or Hair Ribbons

Favorite rock song from the early 00s? All The Small Things or Dashboard Confessional Hands Down

Favorite Summertime Treat? Ice cold watermelon or homemade fruity slushy alcoholic drinks

Favorite Summertime Tradition? Fourth of July boat Parade in Wisconsin, or 10pm twilight walks with the fireflies and a loved one

Favorite beauty product must have? Champagne Pop Highlighter by Becca — OMG OBSESSED!!!! Also — Tarte’s Light’s Camera Flashes mascara – All Time Favorite mascara!!

Favorite Book? – The Diary of Anne Frank

Favorite Song? – AHH I can’t choose just one!! (Of the moment: Despacito Ft. Justin Bieber) Also: One Dance by Drake, Falling into You by Hillsong, Mercy by Shawn Mendez, Too Good by Drake Ft. Rhianna, and then some Fetty Wap that I probably shouldn’t say on here haha

Favorite Destination? Malmo, Sweden with St. Barts as a close second

Favorite Memory? Traveling to Sweden to stay with one of my best friends for a few weeks during MidSommar a couple years ago. It was the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite TV Show? The Bachelor/Bachelorette — #NotAshamed #GuiltyPleasure

Favorite Movie? The Truman Show, with Elf and Mean Girls close behind

Favorite Food? JACKFRUIT!!!!!! And also Dried Mango

Dessert? My Stevia – Sweetened Pumpkin Pie Pudding

First Car? Volkswagen Beetle, named Maxwell. It was “Isotope Green” — the color of a glow-in-the-dark sticker

Piece of Clothing? Anything black and flirty

Perfume? Ralph by Ralph Lauren – It’s been my scent since I was 15. No plans to change any time soon.

Leisure Activity? – Blogging?? And taking walks and exploring hidden parts of NYC

Actor/Actress? Anthony Hopkins – he is, in my opinion, hands down the best actor of our time. Rebuttals welcome 🙂 But I also really like Will Farrell and Steve Carrell. And actress? Lupita Nyong’o.

Singer? Drake. Bieber. Rihanna. Selena Gomez.

Role Model? My mom and dad. Both for different reasons.

Favorite Place to be? Our cottage on the lake with my whole family.

Restaurant? Bobo in NYC — Not to be mistaken for Babbo

Favorite Blog Post I’ve Ever Written? Oh gosh…that’s a toughie… Maybe The Self Help Sham ??


Favorite Recovery Themed Blog Post? Hmm…Body Positivity Week???

Alright, now it’s your turn!! Let me know some of your favorites!

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247 thoughts on “Something New

  1. Actor/actress. Now you’re playing in my ballpark. Anthony Hopkins? No rebuttal from me; he’s a great one. Have you seen Remains of the Day? But, here are my choices, reaching back into the mists of time. Jack Nicholson. He did some good work in the 90s: A Few Good Men, As Good as it Gets. But, for the real Jack you’re gonna have to watch Turner Classic and catch a couple 70s flicks. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest–Jack gets Oscar. Even better, the best detective story ever, Chinatown. Jack in film noir: priceless! Actress = Jane Fonda, also with a string of great performances in the 70s. Two Oscars, a couple nominations. My choice; the original feminist film of the 70s, Julia. Also with amazing performance by Vanessa Redgrave. There you go. Not necessarily better than Anthony Hopkins, but different. Favorite dessert–Sander’s cream puff hot fudge (it’s a Detroit classic). Favorite destination–Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

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  2. Love your answers!!! Girl, Anne Frank’s diary is one of my favorite books as well!!! If you are really into her story, check out a book called, “The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank,” by Willy Lindwer, if you are curious, and the biography of Anne Frank, by Melissa Muller. The biography is really good, the last seven months do cover some difficult situations so warning about that. I’ve read the diary at least four times, but I’m thinking probably six haha. : ) I have a number of books that I enjoy, so it’s hard to choose. I would say…The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom is probably #1 or top favorite. She was a Christian woman, and hid Jews in her home. Her story is so inspirational!!! Every time she struggled with her faith or wondering how God would provide for her….He did!!!


    1. Hey TR! Thanks for this. Oh wow I’ll definitely check that book out. Thanks for the recco. Yeah her story is just so heartbreaking. I’ve read the Hiding Place! What a powerful book. Thanks for playing along. It sounds like you and I have a similar historical interest. 🙂 big hugs to you xox

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  3. Ha ha the monkeys

    You mean polos with popped collars are no longer in?

    Yes watermelon… to the point a being a favourite food.

    Favourite drumming songs: california dreaming, c&c music factory everybody dance now

    Desination: Ribadesalla Spain, and Denver

    Leisure activity: outdoors and movement 🙂


    1. Haha yeah I thought those monkeys were pretty dang cute 🙂 hahaha yeah sorry to break the news to ya about the polos 😉 oooh Spain – I’ve always wanted to go! Thanks for playing along! Hugs and love xox


      1. Also, I loved your questions about favourite place to be, role model, and memory.
        Remembering good, and also realising these as near, close and possible 🙂


      2. I hope you don’t mind my posting –
        Favourite memory
        I was invited on a ski camp with my old high school and three other alumni. The four of us went out to a bar one night after a day on the snow. We sat around a table in comfy couches, and had a beer or two. The bar was quiet and almost empty.
        I remember walking home in the snow that night…

        Favourite place
        Under the blue sky (Denver gets a lot),
        In the “glory” at church…,
        My Nanna and Grandad’s, now deceased
        Starbucks at 7am on a Monday
        The grace meal after church,

        Role model
        Three Christian couples I have known. A maths professor and his wife, a UN aid worker couple, and a medical doctor couple. Each have been interested in me, and have been an encouragement in their models of life and faith.


  4. Glad to get to know more. Enjoy your time on set, long days indeed sitting around. ” I get paid to wait. I act for free, Henry Fonda”.
    Great advice my son was given when he started acting at 10yrs of age. I’m a proud mama.
    Loved your family pic by the lake, beautiful and peaceful xxx


  5. Such an amazing post!!! 🙂 The questions were so creative and I feel like I got to know you so much better because of that! I’d have to say my favorite song from the 00’s All Star by Smash Mouth. But both my parents are my role models for different reasons too, but I feel like that makes me a more rounded person if that makes sense. I can’t wait to read more from you and your experiences! 🙂


  6. My favourites…
    Has-been celebrity: Dennis Miller
    Trend I wish would come back: looking before crossing the street
    Early 2000s rock song: Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
    Summertime treat: Magnum ice cream bar, or a good craft beer (or both)
    Summertime tradition: birthday
    Book: Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge
    Song: Mezzamorphis – Delirious?
    Destination: Reuss River in downtown Lucerne, Switzerland
    Memory: a night of dinner, moving a mattress, and a movie with my two best friends
    TV: Seinfeld, The Office, It’s Always Sunny
    Movies: Blazing Saddles, Full Metal Jacket, Holy Ghost, The Princess Bride, The Producers, Rain Man, Senna
    Food: burrito
    First car: red 1992 Ford Escort. T-speed, wrecked it twice, totalled it the second time
    Clothing: shorts & t-shirt
    Actor: Neal McDonough, who was fired from lead man on ‘Scoundrels’ for refusing sex scenes
    Singer: Billy Joel
    Place to be: anyplace with good friends
    Restaurant: Chik-fil-a
    Blog post I’ve written: Transplant


      1. Band of Brothers, a WWII miniseries by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, is the only work I’ve seen Neal in. When I looked up the cast from BoB, that’s when I read that he had been fired from Scoundrels for refusing sex scenes. He was standing on principle, as a married man of Catholic faith. Funny thing is, the show he was fired from only lasted 10 episodes! 😄 #Vindication


  7. Favorite Summertime treat- Homemade Ice Cream, Favorite Food-Hot Wings, Role Models-Parents and grandparents and Favorite Blog I’ve ever written- That’s tough because to me I’ve written some good ones. I would have to say WHAT THE COLORS OF THE AMERICAN FLAG MEAN TO ME and What the colors of the Flag really mean.Those are just a few.


  8. Favorite summertime treat has to be ice cream – preferably chocolate! (not saying it’s good for me, but definitely one of my favs!
    All time favorite movie has to be “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart an oldie but a goodie!
    Favorite dessert – has to be homemade fudge!!! 🙂


      1. That’s awesome! I would have loved to be able to play Zuzu! 🙂 You’re welcome, and best of luck with the commercial!


  9. Caralyn, this was a lovely way to get to know you in some rather unique ways! I just may repeat this idea in a future post myself. A few quick ditty’s about myself would be:
    Favorite Musical Artist (Current): JJ Heller
    Favorite Musical Artist (All-Time): Lionel Richie
    Favorite Musical Band (Current): For King & Country
    Favorite Musical Ban (All-Time): Alabama
    Favorite Movie (Current): The Hollars
    Favorite Movie (All-Time): Going My Way with Bing Crosby
    Favorite Book (All Time): Island of the Blue 🐬 Dolphins
    Favorite Scripture Passage: John 2:5
    To be continued… an upcoming post!
    Hugs n’ blessings until then!!

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  10. Are you allowed to say what the commercial advertises? Is it on TV? Print? Other media? As someone outside “the biz” it’s interesting to me and an opportunity to see you “in action” would be welcome. Your ability as a blogger is much appreciated, BTW.


  11. My perfume is by Ralph Lauren too, but it’s Romance. It was my go to scent when my daughter was born and I’ve recently rediscovered it. My favorite actor is probably Denzel Washington.
    It was a lot of fun getting to know more about you… I know about those days where you’re too exhausted to think deeply 🙂 Best of luck on your commercial campaign!


  12. I might have to fight you on Anthony Hopkins. 😉 I’m a Liam Neeson girl, with Ralph Fiennes as an equally close second (and when I say Liam Neeson, I mean Schindler’s List era, not Taken . . . but I also have a soft spot in my heart for Phantom Menace . . .). Favorite music is easily anything from the 60’s and 70’s, namely Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks. Favorite movie is Schindler’s List, mainly because it’s so impactful and partly because my favorite destination is Berlin/the University trip I took to Germany and Poland. I was an Olson Twins girl, but Our Lips Are Sealed is my favorite. And . . . if I had to pick ONE blog post (so hard, right??) I think it would be ‘Dear Dad: A Hundred and One’ which was a letter to my dad about all the things I still wish I could say.


    1. oh Liam Neeson is definitely up there too! You know, I’ve actually never seen Schindler’s List – I should watch it. I know it’s a difficult movie to watch, but I think it’s important to honor those innocent people who lost their lives in such a tragic way. Thanks for playing along. big hugs to you xox


  13. Would love if you submit your story to f-ACT Magazine (you liked one of the articles about board games)… the submission guidelines are on the site and features are up to 2000 words, and will be listed under family; health and/or fashion/beauty. If you need to ask any questions, feel free to email directly through my websites.
    Thank you.


  14. Perfume: Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift
    Singers: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Hunt
    Favorite Dessert: Cake (haha)

    Love, love, love the pictures of you in this post! You’re beautiful and amazing, never forget that!


  15. I am absolutely obsessed with champagne pop and ice cold watermelon! My favourite place to be is near the ocean ( specifically Jamaica 🙂 ) and my fav movie of all time is Forrest Gump! I’m doing some catch up tonight on your blog! xx


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