First Date with Shay Quin


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I realize that many of you don’t know much about me. I decided to answer some questions recommended for a first date. If we were sitting across from each other at the table there’s a 99% chance that I ordered something chicken. Here we go…

1. Who are the most important people in your life?
My two boys, soon to be step-daughter, fiancé and all 50 million of my dogs. 

2. What makes you laugh?
Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy because I’ve met so many people who are just as literal. Here is an example…

“His people are completely literal. Metaphors are gonna go over his head.”
“Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it.”

Rocket Raccoon and Drax

3. Where is ‘home’?
Oregon. I love hiking, mountains, waterfalls, rivers, the ocean and sweet Oregon has it all! So if there were a place that I would feel home, it’d be there. The real answer is with my kids, and right now that’s in Phoenix. 


4. Do you read reviews, or just go with your gut?
I do read reviews, but I don’t focus on all the good or all the bad. I also look on several platforms to see if the reviews are similar. If I am traveling I’m more likely to be spontaneous and give something a try based on my location and gut feeling. I look and see how full their parking lot is if it’s a restaurant at a high traffic hour. 

5. Do you have a dream you’re pursuing?
I want to be able to support my family with my writing career. I don’t see it happening anytime soon, but luckily writing is my passion so I’m okay with it taking a while to get there. 

6. What do your Saturdays usually look like?
I work most Saturdays, but I will discuss the Saturdays I used to have off. For three years I rented a salon space and took Saturdays off to be with the family. We would go camping, see movies, go on day trips to places like Sedona or Flagstaff. There were Harry Potter movie marathons and lots and lots of UNO. 

7. Where did you grow up, and what was your family like?
I was a military brat and moved all up and down the East Coast. My mom settled us in Virginia. I was the oldest of four. If I had to describe my family in one word it’d be “kooky”. 

8. What’s your big passion?
Besides my kids? Traveling, writing, owning my business, hiking, my 50 million dogs…

9. What’s the most interesting job you’ve ever had?
I was an office manager for a female author publicity firm/ indie publisher. It was an office of all women and I was the “Office Mom”. I left to open my salon, but love them all dearly. 

10. Do you have a special place you like to visit regularly?
I hike South Mountain quite often. I try to rotate between different local businesses and thrift stores. I’m totally a treasure hunter. 

11. What’s your signature drink?
I mostly drink vodka with soda water and three limes. If I am in the mood for wine I really like Dark Horse. Any of their reds are delicious. 

12. In which television show’s world would you most want to live?
Not West World. HA. This one really has me thinking. Maybe I watch too much TV. OOOOH! Outer Banks because it’s a treasure hunt and features a small beach town. 

13. What’s on your bucket list?
I soooooooo badly want to visit New Zealand. I prefer the South Island but if anyone wants to send me to the North I wouldn’t say no. Originally I wanted to get married on a mountaintop in New Zealand. COVID has me settling for Alaska, but both are on my list so 2021 it is.  

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14. What toppings are needed to create the perfect burger?
I’m a simple gal. I really love the Red Robin burger that has cheese, ketchup and a sunny side up egg. 

15. What’s the most embarrassing concert you’ve ever attended?
Hmmm. OH!!! I won’t say any names, but there was a live performance of a friend of a friend. He wanted everyone in the front row and I had to keep a cup to my lips to hide my laughter. He was terrible. If my friend is reading this she knows who I’m talking about. 

16. What’s your most valuable possession?
I’m not one that values possessions. I do love this towel textured romper that I purchased on clearance a couple of years ago. It has wine stains and is coral colored and beat up, but is the most comfortable piece of clothing I have ever owned. I tried to find more online, but they don’t exist! I couldn’t even find any used on Poshmark. What am I going to do when I have to replace it? I think I can get at least another year out of it. 

17. Who’s the most fascinating person you know?
I can’t pick because I know so many interesting people. You can call me a people collector. I don’t do it on purpose, but I know so many interesting people and all for different reasons. 

18. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? The scariest?
I moved across the country to a place I had only visited for three days. I was a single mother with only enough things to fit into my Honda Fit. 

I did a lot of dating before and after my marriage. I don’t know that conversations went like this, ha! This would be a fun activity to re-enact with a partner except change it up and have them try to answer for you. The original article gives suggestions in what to look for in responses and can be located here.

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