Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Getting to Know The Co-hosts: All About Tina

WARNING: I'm not known for short posts or one-word answers.  If you make it through this whole post, I PROMISE that the rest of mine will be very brief.  I was just having too much fun with this one.


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 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.


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!

Tina @ Life is Good
Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge


Brian Miller said... to learn a bit more about you tina...hoodwinked is great...super 8 was a little disappointing but def a good throwback movie for me...i am wincing atnthe splits though

PR said...

Some long posts are really enjoyable to read and this was one of them, loved it! Super 8 three times in one day? Damn why have I not seen it yet lol!

Universal Gibberish

Anonymous said...

This was a fun interview to read! It was nice to "meet" you, Tina. We have a couple of things in common, too! One of my nicknames from years ago is "T" and I also have piles all over my house, which isn't so great since the boys seem to be following in my footsteps. LOL

Jeremy [Retro] said...

wow and i thought i knew you, but now i know... and knowing is have the battle. sis, you are one fun individual and i glad to know you are out there. as you make this a fun thing and fun is what it's all about.

Arlee Bird said...

I'm a piler too. You should see my dining room table. We should each post pictures to compare. On second thought I probably shouldn't. My wife hates my piles of stuff. I think she's just given up on that dining room table. I do clean it off when we have people over for dinner--which is rare.


Pearson Report said...

Tina - you and Lee make me laugh with your piles! Can mine fit in there somewhere? Who doesn't have piles? (of paper that is)

Well, as Jeremy said...we now know you a little bit better - this is fun, isn't it!!

Jenny @ Pearson Report
Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.
Twitter: @AprilA2Z

Heather Murphy said...

I seriously think you are my twin...jeans, t-shirts, LOST, Super 8 and piles. Is there any more to life??? Oh yea, A-Z!

Sarah Tokeley said...

I know all about the making piles of stuff. Drives my other half insane!

Nicole said...

My oh my, this 'Getting to Know the A to Z Co-Hosts' series gets more interesting by the day.

Anyone who considers this post to be long may want to make a cup of coffee before reading some of my posts, I tell ya! ;)

If you're courageous enough to survive that ice cliff incident, then I believe that you have the guts to post a photo of your piles. It's not as awful or embarrassing as it may seem, trust me. I posted a photo of my movie collection, and it's all over the unorganized mess. Then again, it is all still contained in a box of sorts, so maybe that makes a difference....organized chaos, isn't that what they call it?!Haha!

Some A to Z participants (myself included) who are not proficient in most foreign languages will find your blog to be a great learning resource, so your Swedish theme will be a treat to add to our vocabulary.

You? Boring? I think not!


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loverofwords said...

Help: I screwed up and did not enter my blog correctly. What do I do or is this a test to see if I really deserve to be part of the challenge?

OT Ebby said...

OK, took on board the 'be brief' advice. Hmm, maybe I don't need to be too brief or not all the time anyway. Variety..
Really enjoying seeing all these different blogs in the lead up to April. Great ideas!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well I'm glad you saw me commenting first all the time at Rayna's blog! (Something to be said for that.) Promise I won't call you momster though. That would be... odd.


I met Alex at the first A to Z. we're still followers and was proud he wrote a blurb on my second book.


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm impressed with the aerial thing. I never could to them. Too chicken to try.
Can't wait for A to Z.

Unknown said...

Tina, lovely post! Next up is mine---and it is positively cryptic (not to mention yawn-inducing) in comparison :D

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

Very nice to really get to know you. Interesting read.Looking forward to adding some new words to the vocab

MISH said...

Hey Tina, this was a fun interview! I'm also a denim-girl... especially during winter - love my jeans & denim jacket!
Please leave us a link for the Youtube cartwheel stuff... :)

MISH said...

Ooops! Sorry! Computer's freezing on me...

Empty Nest Insider said...

I'm so impressed that you can do a split 3 different ways! I'd be happy if I could do one, and it would have to be done very carefully! Julie

Donna Martin said...

I really enjoy Hoodwinked as well! Great nice to meet you!

Tina said...

Thanks SO much for your wonderful comments! I respond to comments via email, so if that's not turned on, it takes me a lot longer to find you. You might consider sharing your email when you leave comments. There's a setting for that, but I don't have time right now to dig it up.
Also, be aware that I'm not totally finished answering comments. There were three new ones (thanks!) this morning. I'll get to those soon!
Tina @ Life is Good
Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

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Unknown said...

Hi Tina,

I'm a piler too! At least now, while I am organising the new apartment. Right now, I'm building a desk for each of the children!

What an intersting theme! I look forward to reading your 29 Swedish words!

I'm also going to try to do this A-Z-challenge. But I think that I am going to have a picture in each post.

Best wishes & hugs,
(You know, from Jenny Matlock's different memes like Saturday Centus and Alphabe-Thursday)

I have a new blog address:

Shannon Lawrence said...

I love Eve Dallas (and her man, too...). That would be a fun costume, to be sure.

I'm also a stacker. Muy mal.

My mom proved she could still do splits when she was in her third trimester of her fourth pregnancy. Crazy stuff, considering I can't even do splits to this day, yet my legs are flexible in pretty much any other way, so I'm thinking it's the good ol' groin muscles that aren't so much...hrm?

Off to check my emails!