So I’m a bit stuck on a blog post so Craig is helping me out! If you’re new here, Craig is my handsome hubby 🙂 This is a throwback blog post but I’ve updated it now and asked Craig the same questions to see if his answers have changed! 2 years later!
What is a typical day for you on the farm?
2020: First of all, the cattle always come first. If there is anything that needs to be done with the cattle, they come first over the machinery, the crops, everything. The cattle come first so that would be like bedding and cleaning or vaccination. In the morning, you can guess that I’m working with cattle. In the afternoon, I do a lot of maintenance on machinery and buildings and keeping the place looking nice.
2022: Something with the cattle in the morning, fix something that’s broke and then drive a tractor, drink caffeine until it’s time for beer!
What are your thoughts on Gannon’s medical issues?
2020: No kid should ever go through what Gannon has been going through. It is so hard to not be allowed to go to his appointments because of work and how far away they are. Through COVID, it’s been really hard because that has been the majority of his appointments so I have to rely on Kalissa to explain everything back to me but I can’t ask the questions that I have to the doctor.
2022: I think he is just a hilarious kid. There is not a mean bone in his body. I see him as a normal kid and we love him for it. I think that’s what he needs, normalcy.
How is quitting smoking going?
2020: Well, there are some days that I completely forget that I was a smoker, that started about 2 months ago, I’ll go 2-3 days without a craving but boy, say like after supper, that dessert cigarette, I miss it. If I had a coffee, I would have to buy a pack of cigarettes because it is such a trigger for me. Almost 7 months now! Just gotta avoid those triggers.
2022: I’ve totally forgotten about it. I picked up a pack last Winter just because I was craving some and couldn’t stand it. That’s when I knew I quit for good. It’s almost been 3 years now.
What advice do you have for someone quitting smoking?
2020: Keep track of your accomplishments. Whether it is a day, a month, a year, celebrate every milestone. Have someone to hold you accountable and to celebrate those milestones. Kalissa made a post on facebook awhile back about how I quit smoking and reading those comments really kept me motivated.
2022: It will take many many tries. I did it during a pretty big life change, my entire routine was different so that was helpful. My job changed so my triggers changed as well.
How do you feel about me blogging?
2020: I really don’t care. I think it is a good outlet for you. You are more reflective. Before you used to be more impulsive. Now that you are seeing your thoughts on paper, (or the computer) you seem to think things through more. That’s just a Craig psychology analysis.
2022: You do you. I already lived it, I don’t read the recap.
What is the most important thing my dad taught you?
2020: In his last few days, we had a really great conversation I’ll never forget. Without going into too many details, he said “You’ll know what to do.” That phrase has carried me through a lot of big decisions, one of them taking the job at the farm. I just hear his voice saying, “You’ll know what to do.” and then I really do know what to do.
2022: I guess I learned more from his actions than his words. Family doesn’t just have to be family, he was also one of my closest friends.
If you had to give advice to a new dad, what would you tell them?
2020: Be prepared for each one to be totally different. I have to tell myself sometimes, “Don’t sweat the little stuff. It’ll all come out in the wash.” Have a good health insurance policy. I really thought I was going to be a bad dad, I had a lot of anxiety about it but it’s not that hard. The love is just there.
2022: Play it by ear, don’t do drugs, you’ll do just fine. If you’re a good human being, it’s hard to screw them up. Don’t force your own personal issues on your children, just because you come home angry, they can feel that tension. If you come home and give smiles and hugs and a good attitude, that’s what they deserve. They don’t need your burdens on them.
If you didn’t get into agriculture, what would you be doing right now?
2020: I really liked working in sporting goods at Mill’s Fleet Farm in high school. That was fun.
2022: I would be a bike mechanic/salesman. (as in bicycles) Or I’d be a friendly face at Kwik Star. I never would work a job based on weather unless I was a meteorologist…and that would be sweet.
What was your favorite part about working in Sporting Goods?
2020: The vest. Hands down. No one else got to wear the vest in the whole store unless you worked in sporting goods. You would wear the orange collared shirt and it was like a fishing vest, it was orange and black and had a ton of pockets. (side note, I’m DYING LAUGHING right now, really Craig?!)
Then when we held our fishing days, it was so fun. We set up kiddie pools in the parking lot with certain yardage, if you could hit the kiddie pool with your cast, you would win a prize. I taught a lot of people how to fish with leaches. I loved doing the life vest fittings to make sure the kids were safe too.
What would your dating profile say about you.
2020: I love Ruby Red Squirt and long strolls on the beach. HA!
2022: I’m tall, dark and handsome. I like sipping rum on a beach, taking long strolls through a pine tree forest, and buffalo plaid is the greatest design on earth. I don’t do drugs.
We had so much fun doing this interview! We will definitely do this again! If you had fun with this post like we did, leave a comment and ask Craig another question!
Check out my latest posts:
- The Friedman Fam Update – October 2022
- MANIC MONDAY!
- How did we choose the name Anders Allen?
- Anders Allen Friedman – 09/21/2022
- False Alarm