When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... an architect in "career days" in junior high. I've always loved homes and dwellings and was consumed with drawing various floor plans and redesigning my room, obsessively.
What would you rather be doing right now? Cooking, listening to music and chatting with one of my best friends (or one of my kids, which is synonymous).
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... the aforementioned music comes to me via my oldest daughter's "boom box" that was given to her in second grade. It's crusted with plaster dust, paint, etc., and always set to 103.9.
Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? My proudest moments are a culmination of every instance I know one of my children has excelled -- socially, academically or just being the "good" and the "light" in their own worlds.
It really stinks when ... "Sunday drivers" hang in the left lane on the highway, without a clue that it's actually the passing lane.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Can a single word be narrowed down to describe a person? Yikes, I don't think so! I plead the Fifth.
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My maternal grandmother, Fae Elliott Meyer, along with my two daughters. Fae died long before I was even conceived, but I've always heard the most intriguing things about her and her artistic, loving character. I think she would be a real inspiration and delight for my daughters and me to have time with.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... nice? Average? Weird? I don't know. I can't even remember high school.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I once dreamed about chatting the whole night at a swanky Hollywood pool party with Dustin Hoffman. Then a few nights later dreamed of Bill Murray. He was my friend too. Does that count?
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... I have no plans tonight.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... forgo creating. It's the foundation and impetus to a satisfying existence for me.
America should be more concerned about ... our "neighbor." Less self, more others always winning.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? I didn't receive this through word, but through deed, from my father. He was a man of few words, but a multitude of strengths. He lived his life with a determination, an honesty and a gentleness without faltering. No matter how difficult life became at points, he persevered. Without hesitation. Quitting, skimping on integrity and not forging on to a better life for your family were not optional in his book. And he did it with grace and humor.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... In St. Louis, it's the blues station my daughter's friend just turned me onto, 88.1. In Quincy, it's oldies or pop -- never country.
The older I get, the more I realize ... the more I invest in those I love most, the fuller the return. And what I thought I had all figured out 10 years ago, I didn't. I need to hold back on judgment; I might just need an extra helping of grace tomorrow myself. Without a doubt.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... have gone into a design program in college. But that's no biggie. I didn't know myself well enough then.
My favorite item of clothing is ... Currently it's a mustard colored vintage men's cardigan my daughter gave to my son for Christmas, but it didn't fit his style sense. Voila! My new favorite sweater this winter.
If I've learned anything at all ... it's that we really never know what a new day will bring. It will be something -- whether lovely, tragic, subtle or crazy -- and love is truly the element to carry us through.
Lori Tuttle, 52, was born and raised in Quincy. She left to pursue a bachelor of arts in business/marketing in Ohio, then lived in Pennsylvania twice before returning to raise her family here over 20 years ago. She works as the PR/marketing manager for the Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau with her passions being her four children and design of many types, from interior to graphic.