Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Interview With a Tasia

Itʻ time for the very first challenge of the Get Up Offa That Slump blogging extravaganza. Side note: does anyone else just love that word ʻextravaganzaʻ? I also like the word extraordinary. Thereʻs just something extra about those words...but I digress (also bad joke, haha). Anyway, before I figure out a way to get more mom jokes in here, Iʻmma get on with this interview thing.

Hi. Whatʻs your name?
     Oh hi. My nameʻs Tasia.

No itʻs not.
     Ugh. FINE. Tasia is a nickname but for privacy reasons I wonʻt share my full name here. Also, most everyone I know calls me Tasia, so yeah. Really, only my family members use my full name....and even thatʻs rare.

So people of the blogosphere are dying to know-HOW do you pronounce your name?
     Itʻs Asia with a T, so Tay-sha. Although people call me Tasha and Tah-si-ah all the time and Iʻll answer. old are you?
     Donʻt you know that youʻre never supposed to ask a lady her age? Geez...who taught you manners? Just kidding! Iʻm 25 26.

Tell us about your home sweet home.
      I am from a small town in Hawaii. I was born and raised here, as in I live in the same house that I came home to from the hospital after I was born. Also, I consider Disney World home so that works too I guess.

Youʻre a Disney Person?
     YES I AM A DISNEY PERSON! I worked at Disney World for a while. I go to Aulani at least once a quarter. My family goes on Disney vacations every year. I am a Disney person through and through.

Alright, alright. Calm down! Tell me about your family.
     I have a mom and dad who live out of state with my two brothers (21 and 11). I also have a sister (22), a brother-in-law, and two nieces who live near me. I live with my grandma, my fiance, and my daughter who goes by Honey here on the blog. Sheʻs 7.5 months old. I also have aunties and uncles and cousins whom I love and am close to.

And youʻre a reader, huh?
     That is probably the understatement of the century, but yes I am a reader. Always have been, always will be!

What are your favorite things/genres to read?
     I am a huge fan of Y.A. anything although I tend to lean toward Historical Fiction and Contemporary. I also love a good thriller or mystery, although I have to read those books during the day because my imagination tends to get out of control. Iʻll pretty much give any type of book a try!

Cool! Other than reading, what do you like to do in your spare time?
     I like to write, journal, knit, crochet, paint, color, sew, and craft. I love creating things! I also like re-organizing my shelves and Honeyʻs shelves (nerd much). I like to bake and I love eating, haha! I also enjoy doing makeup from time to time. Oh...and I like shopping...but mostly at Target!

Ready for a Rapid Fire round?


Favorite Color:
Favorite Food: ....Chinese food! Or Hawaiian food! It depends on my mood :D
Favorite Book: How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Favorite Series: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling...I know, I know...but I grew up with the series. 
Favorite Book Character:
Favorite Disney Character: Overall, itʻs Tinker Bell. My favorite princesses are Rapunzel and Belle. My favorite prince is Flynn Rider. My favorite Fab 5 characters are Minnie Mouse and Daisy. My favorite Disney Pixar character is Frozone. My favorite alien is Stitch (he gets his own category). 

3 Bookish Facts About You:
1. I never go anywhere without a book. This has been true about me since I was a child. Itʻs much easier now that e-books and reading apps are a thing, but Iʻll lug a hardcover around if it comes down to it.
2. I am a hardcore mood reader. I canʻt do planned monthly TBR lists because of it. Iʻve tried, but when I pick up the book I planned on reading I tend to not be into I just donʻt plan at all and I pick books as I go along. Unless Iʻm reading a series, in which case I will more than likely pick up the next book in the series, but not always.
3. When I was a kid and my grandparents would take me with them to run errands, they would drop me off at Borders and leave me there while they did what they had to do. Obviously this was a different time when you trusted leaving your kids alone, plus Borders was a safe place where we knew the workers and what not. But I would just browse the shelves and sit in the kids section & read until they came back to get me! #RIPBorders 

3 Random Facts About You:
1. I speak Hawaiian fluently. Short of giving yʻall a history lesson, letʻs just say that the Hawaiian language (native language of Hawaii) almost died and even now itʻs rare to hear people speaking Hawaiian conversationally. I embrace the language as a very important part of my culture.
2. Right now, Iʻm a stay-at-home mom, but Iʻm a pre-school teacher by trade! I quit my job to stay home with my daughter, but I do miss my job and my students every single day. Next to being a mom, being a teacher is the most rewarding (and the hardest) job Iʻve ever done.
3. I like playing video games, but I am far from being a gamer girl! My favorites are The Sims franchise, the Pokemon franchise, and the Cooking Mama franchise. I mosly like RPGs and simulation games. 

Where else can we find you on the interwebs?
     Instagram: @lali.mama
     Twitter: @taysherrrx
     Pinterest: HERE
     Bloglovin: HERE
     Goodreads: HERE

Well...that was fun! Thanks for letting us get to know you!
     It was fun! I canʻt wait to get to know you all, too!


  1. HI Tasia! That is SUCH a cool name! YAY, we're YA lovers! I ADORE YA! I am still a young adult, but in this genre, or books in general, who cares about how old you are, because I'm going to be reading YA foreveer.

    DISNEY WORLD! OMG! I've been to the Orlando one about four years ago, and it was one of the BEST days of my life. I've always wanted to work at a theme park.

    New Follower!

    Aditi @

    1. I am definitely going to be reading YA forever! I feel like anyone can relate to some of the themes found in YA books.

      Disney World is the best! It was fun working there, but also very stressful at times. There were so many people and sometimes they werenʻt very nice at all...but hey, I got into the parks for free so that was a plus.

      Thank you for stopping by and for following!

  2. Hi Tasia! I love the pronunciation of that! So pretty!

    Yay for Disney! I'm so jealous you go to Disney World every year! I wish I could do that. I've been three times in my (*almost*) 27 years of life. Definitely not enough.

    You sound very crafty! I like to craft as well. I've recently picked up hair bow crafting and I've been knitting for almost two years. It's so relaxing to be in a creating flow.

    Yay for Tinkerbell! My favorite character would have to be Tiger Lily. Favorite Princess is Snow White.

    I'm a fellow gamer as well. I love the Pokemon games. I started when I was seven years old playing Red and Blue. Now I'm playing X and Y. Trying to be patient for the release of Sun and Moon this year.

    Great interview. Thanks for sharing. I'm a new Bloglovin' follower.

    - Elizabeth @ Book Yabber

    1. Disney is sooo expensive! Itʻs definitely not easy to go all the time. We only do it because we have friends/family who work there that help us out...otherwise we wouldnʻt go much at all.

      Knitting is a great way to relax! I taught myself how to knit a few years ago and ended up really loving it. I havenʻt made anything recently, so I may have to pick up my needles and do something. I have been trying to get in to hairbow making! My daughter loves hair bows, so I bought a bow maker to try to make some at home but I havenʻt done much with it. I am a huge perfectionist and I get frustrated when my bows donʻt come out the way I envision them...but practice makes perfect, right?

      I love Tiger Lily, too! For Halloween this year (or maybe next year, depending on who ends up getting their way haha) weʻre planning on being Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Tiger Lily.

      I started with Pokemon Yellow! Iʻm replaying it right now since they re-released it for the 3DS systems. I want to buy Blue when Iʻm done. Iʻd forgotten how difficult the first gen is compared to more recent gens! Itʻs really hard to be patient for Sun and Moon since Iʻm so excited! We already pre-ordered our copies...the fiance is getting Sun and Iʻm getting moon.

      I followed you back! Canʻt wait to get to know you better and thank you for stopping by!

  3. Hi Tasia! That is such a pretty name.
    Thanks for the lovely interview, it's so much fun to read about everyone.
    I can't read thrillers at night either. I get so scared! Look forward to reading more of your extravaganza posts! (I love 'extra' words too!)

    1. Thank you! And thank you for stopping by.

      I thought I was the only one who couldnʻt read thrillers at night...Iʻm glad that Iʻm not alone! The plot lines tend to get into my head and then I end up having nightmares based on the book. It happens with pretty much any book I read before bed, but itʻs no fun when itʻs a scary dream.

  4. I feel like we are meant to be friends! I, too, LOVE Disney! Although, I don't go to Disneyland as often as I would like because there are too many damn people! I LOVE organizing things. I'm constantly rearranging SOMETHING. I'm a hardcore mood reader. You can't force me to read a certain book to save my life! Oh, and Target is like my second home. lol

    So, yeah, we were meant to be friends ;)

    Here is my interview!
    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    1. Yes new friends! The only thing I donʻt like about Disney is the crowds! We go to Disney Aulani a lot because itʻs like 20 minutes away from my house but now itʻs starting to get too crowded...I liked when it was my little secret, haha.

      My family currently thinks Iʻm crazy because Iʻve been cleaning the house using the KonMari method for a few weeks now. Theyʻll thank me later when everything is nice and organized, so jokes on them!

      My friends get so annoyed with me when the recommend books and they ask me how Iʻm enjoying it but I havenʻt read it yet...whoops! Itʻs the main reason why I donʻt read or request a lot of ARCs...I just donʻt want to force myself and end up not liking it just because I wasnʻt in the mood for it.

      We go to Target so often, Iʻm pretty sure my daughter thinks we live there lol.

      We are definitely meant to be friends I thinK! Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Hi Tasia, that is a beautiful name! It's so nice to meet you. I've been to Disney World twice but I'm not a big coaster gal so I don't think it was for me. Plus the crowds were overwhelming. You say you miss teaching every day- do you think you would go back when your daughter goes to school? Or stay a full time mom? No rush I am just curious :) There's no wrong answer ya know. And HOW TO LOVE!!! i LOOOOOOOVE that book also. It is just beautiful and perfect. Have you read Katie's new book, 99 DAYS? I also really enjoyed that one. Her writing style is lovely.


    1. I donʻt like roller coasters either so Iʻm glad thereʻs more than just that there...I wonʻt even ride Splash Mountain! When I worked there, I did crowd control and I hated it so much! People were so mean! Thatʻs probably why I decided I didnʻt want to work with adults anymore, haha.

      Yes! I definitely want to go back as soon as she is old enough to start school! We tried so hard to get the school I worked at to start taking infants because nearly half the staff had babies in the past year (with two more due later this year) but that was impossible especially in a short time. Itʻll be so exciting when sheʻs old enough and we can both go back to school.

      I loved 99 Days! She is one of my auto-buy authors. She does amazing things with contemporary books...I love the themes in them because theyʻre so diverse and easy to relate to at a variety of ages.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  6. First of all - I love your name! And I totally get the whole people pronouncing your name wrong thing since it happens to me pretty much every single time I introduce myself to someone who doesn't speak Finnish as a first language!
    You really seem to know your Disney - Flynn Rider is one of my absolute faves too!

    1. Thank you! Iʻve learned to just smile, nod, and answer to anything whenever people call me. Iʻll normally only correct them if I know that Iʻll see them more than once, haha.

      Flynn is the best! Heʻs my imaginary boyfriend, lol.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  7. This was so fun to read through! I've only been to Disney once in my life, but I've been wanting to go again ever since, and especially now that I have two kiddos to take with and enjoy it with! I, like you, cannot go anywhere without a book. And sometimes I'll end up taking two if I'm close to being done with the one I'm currently reading. Also doesn't it always happen that the one time you forget a book is the time you have a whole bunch of time to read?! I'm also a stay-at-home mom! And I've never been to Hawaii but I've always dreamed of going. I hope to get the opportunity to go out there someday, it seems like a beautiful and wonderful place to be!