10 GETTING TO KNOW YOU QUESTIONS
1. What is the most daring thing you've ever done?
Hard to say...Depends on whether you're talking about daring on purpose or daring by accident because I'm an idiot rather frequently. I have stories for both categories. The most recent dare-devil (of the non-planned variety) stunt, that I didn't know was daring until I realized my predicament, was when I, in extreme desperation, climbed over what I thought was a one foot rock wall, but instead was an ice cliff, and at the bottom of which was a mostly frozen creek full of boulders and sharp rocks. Obviously I survived, but it was truly frightening. As to what drove me to do such a dumb thing in the first place will have to wait for the post I now realize I need to write. It will fit well into my semi-regular series of embarrassing story posts.
2. What is your favorite article of clothing?
I'm a uniform girl as I've mentioned before. T-shirt and jeans. Or t-shirt and jeans shorts. In the winter, tank top under long-sleeved v-neck Old Navy shirt. I have seven black tank tops, and six v-necks in (gasp!) actual colors. Ok, one is black, but the others are turquoise, brown, grey, pink, and light blue. If I had to pick just ONE article though, I'd have to say my light blue v-neck. It's the one I reach for first. I also love my “diva” style Old Navy jeans.
3. What is your favorite monster?
The Super 8 Monster. My family loves JJ Abrams. I've seen every episode of Lost, and his Star Trek too many times to count. Super 8 is a fantastic movie, and I love the great surprises. Rent it! I watched it three times in 24 hours. I was also on bed-rest, but “normal” people might do that, too.
4. If you had to dress up as your favorite literary character, who would it be?
Eve Dallas of JD Robb's ...in Death series. These are great murder mysteries that take place starting in 2059, New York City. She's written 36 of these. Each book features a new crime, but over the course of the series, we get to know her co-workers and friends, and the lovers. Very good sex descriptions, so if you're a PG person, skip those. They are R. Eve is tall, lean, kicks-ASS and always gets her perp. I'd wear her tear-drop 6 carat diamond pendant and her long, black, leather coat. (And I suppose jeans and a t-shirt). It would be fun to trade in my short and sturdy for her tall and strong.
5. What is your favorite fairy tale, urban legend or nursery rhyme?
Hoodwinked, based on Little Red Riding Hood is my favorite kids movie ever. We know it by heart, but it never gets old. I mean, where else would you find a snowboarding grandma and a sleazy reporter wolf? Here's an even better endorsement. The Engineer aka my husband watches movies once. "I know what happens." He's watched this at least 10 times, and if he finds a friend who hasn't seen it, they have to come over and watch it with us.
6. What is a cause near and dear to your heart?
American Lung Association. "When you can't breathe, nothing else matters." Both my boys and I have asthma. Jake's is categorized as severe, and he's had to see pediatric pulmonary specialists all his life. YellowBoy was diagnosed a month ago. His has developed over time as a result of really severe "common" allergies. I got mine after whooping cough (in 2010).
7. What's the strangest item you've used as a bookmark?
When out camping, and reading outdoors, I often get too hot and shed a layer. If I need to put my book down, I put one of the sleeves in the book.
8. Do you have any nicknames? What are they and how did you earn them?
Yes, lots. Too many to list though, as The Engineer makes new ones each day, and they make no sense. Pizzalatukit, for example. My kids have been calling me Momster while I've been on prednisone. Nasty side-effects and a very appropriate nickname. My Best calls me T. So if you get an email from me and I sign it just T., that means I like you and consider you a friend. (I'll give you some time to go check your emails...let me know when you're back.)
9. Name one habit you want to change in yourself.
I make piles. Piles upon piles of my crap instead of putting it away. My excuse for not putting it away is that there isn't a free spot to put it because of course I fill all my drawers with crap, too. If you could see my dining room table right now...well, you see what I mean. If I were brave enough to post a picture. Which I'm not.
10. Tell us something interesting or shocking about yourself.
I spent 9 years in gymnastics, and am still, at the ripe old age of 46, extremely flexible. I can still do the splits all three ways! There are practicing gymnasts who aren't as flexible. It was my one "talent" when it came to gymnastics. The rest was pure stubbornness! When I was a teacher and track coach, which was 1988-1996, I could still do aerials (cart-wheels with no hands, pretty sure you could dig one up on YouTube, but I did it for you, and I'm glad because there were a lot out there that showed poor form. This video of an aerial is good.) If you want to read more about me and gymnastics, read these posts. N is for Never Give Up and Careless Words.
SOME A-to-Z QUESTIONS
1. What was your favorite A-to-Z post from 2011?
I guess I'd have to say my own U ~ Unveiling post. If you have time to read it, you'll know why the post is a big deal.
2. What brought you to the A-to-Z originally? Tell us about your first A-to-Z.
I met Rayna of Coffee Rings Everywhere and Snapshots of Bombay through a common, weekly blog party called Alphabe-Thursday. I've been her follower ever since. I noticed at her blog that some guy Alex J. Cavanaugh ALWAYS commented there, and was first 99/100 times. So I checked him out, saw that he was promoting the challenge, and signed up. Of the 1282, my number was somewhere in the 100s. I finished the challenge, and then after the challenge, Shannon, also a co-host this year, and I created the Post-Challenge Challenge of visiting every single one of the 1282 blogs. We had over 200 hundred join us for that. Very exciting to get such a response to our idea.
3. Are you doing a theme?
Yes, I am. Didn't last year, but learned quickly that for me, it's the best way to approach the challenge. I'm half Swedish, so my April is going to be called Postscripts from Sweden. You'll learn 29 Swedish words – they have three extra vowels. Don't worry though, the posts will be written in English ;-)
4. Are you writing & scheduling posts in advance?
Going to try. As a co-host my role is to visit as many bloggers as humanly possible, so having my duckies all row-ed up would be helpful. I'm just not finding a lot of time to do that though. Co-hosting duties are taking up a lot of my blogging time, and I'm LOVING that crazy-busy feeling. Just doesn't leave a lot of time to write.
5. What is your favorite letter of the alphabet, and why? What letter do you like least?
I've never really thought about it until one of the co-hosts (sorry, canNOT remember which one) put that poll up, over there in the sidebar. I voted, but can't remember what I voted for. Do I sound brainless? It's because I am. I'm still on some heavy-duty meds that aren't helping that cause, but only for three more days. Looking forward to having my brain back...I'm really missing it.
I hope I didn't bore you to death. I'm really working on that whole “brevity” advice from DL, another co-host. Just not there yet. Don't forget, you are welcome, even encouraged, to ask any additional questions you might have in the comments section. Or feel free to answer the questions yourself! We'd love to get to know you too!
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