Yesterday was my last day of working before a much anticipated vacation and I came home to an awesome surprise. Our blog was nominated by How to $tuff Your Pig for the Sunshine Blogger Award! This is a great honor and we’d like to thank her not only for nominating us, but also for being the very first reader of our blog (literally minutes after publishing our first post, I have no idea how she found us!) when we started writing a month ago. How to $tuff Your Pig’s blog is full of neat personal finance and practical money-saving tips.
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you
- Nominate some other bloggers for this award
- Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated
- Notify the bloggers you have nominated
Who is your favorite author?
This is a surprisingly tough question. Although I read constantly (mostly other blogs, personal finance and leadership articles, and news/commentary on stocks I’m following), I’ve read very few books over the last 15 years. I’m going to make it a point to read at least one book per quarter from now on.
What is your favorite food/recipe?
Mrs. DTG has become quite the home cook over the last couple years and is always treating us to amazing desserts and other delicious goodies. Although this is a super simple recipe, I would say my favorite food she makes is her specialty sourdough pancakes with walnuts, bananas, and chocolate chips.
What is your favorite hobby?
Since I was about 15, I’ve always been kind of a gym rat. I love lifting weights and exercising, in general. I try to hit up the gym almost every weekday and, as bad as it may sound, it’s probably my favorite part of the workday. My employer has a phenomenal onsite gym which is a huge perk for me!
What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Prior to marrying Mrs. DTG over nine years ago, I was actually previously married for a very short time. It was probably not one of my best decisions, but it helped me become who I am today.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
There are so many places we’d love to visit. Mrs. DTG and I talk about going on an open-ended adventure throughout Europe with no plans or itinerary, just going wherever we want and staying however long feels right. We’d also like to take the whole family on a real African safari one day. And, of course, there are tons of tropical places on our bucket list. But, to answer your question, for some strange reason I really want to go to Antarctica.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I’m going to limit my answer to the United States and this is something I’ve thought a lot about… the public education system. I definitely don’t have all the answers and I’m not an educator, but my ideal-world solution would fundamentally change the entire traditional classroom structure, school year calendar, and the role of teachers. Information is so abundant now and I feel we should take advantage of this. I’d like to encourage creativity through self-directed and peer-to-peer learning/teaching. As technology becomes more ubiquitous, competence in computer programming will be increasingly critical. Basic coding concepts could be integrated into elementary school curriculum. I feel kids should also begin learning a foreign language as early as possible. I could expound on many of these ideas and more, but that would be an essay in itself!
The first four blogs are similar to us: couples seeking early retirement. The last blog is by a musical couple who’s restoring an old house to make it their dream home. That’s something we’d like to do one day and it’s fun to watch their progress.
…and their questions
- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- What is the coolest/most memorable place you’ve visited?
- If money was not an issue and you could indulge in one thing, what would it be?
- What is the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
- What legacy would you like to leave?
- What do you prefer: beach or mountains (this should an easy one)?