Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The One in Which I Answer Lisa's 11 Questions

My friend Lisa from Books. Lists. Life. tagged me for an 11 question meme that is going around. It's taken me awhile to sit down and answer her great questions. I love surveys like this and had a lot of fun coming up with my answers.

The rules specify that I answer the questions and then create eleven new questions to ask people I've tagged. Since many of you have already participated, I am not going to tag anyone in particular. I will ask questions of my own, however, and I hope you will answer one or all of them. If you do, you can create your own post or leave your answers to one, two or however many in the comments. And because I was tagged three times for this meme (I will be answering the questions of the other two bloggers later this month), I am only going to divide the eleven questions between each post. That way, I only have to come up with eleven questions and not thirty-three.

1. Could you eat the same thing for lunch every day? What would it be?
Maybe if it was a for a limited time. I go through phases where I would be quite content eating the same lunch every day. However, after awhile it grows old. Right now I'm going through a peanut butter and jelly sandwich phase. It's quick, easy and inexpensive. Perfect for eating at my desk at the office. Admittedly, on the weekends, I'm quite ready for something different.

2. How many library books do you have checked out right now?
None. Zip. Zero. I am ashamed to say, I haven't set foot in a library in several years. I am not even sure my library card is good anymore.

3. Do you feel strongly about specific music? or more of a music in general type person?
I love music! I am more of a music in general type person rather than being gung ho about a specific type of music. A lot depends on my mood and what is available at any given moment. If you were to hop in my car and go for a ride right now, you'd be serenaded with children's songs most likely. Any music with a good beat and upbeat tempo is big in my house right now though--Mouse loves to bop to the music. And if she's happy, so am I. I do love a good ballad though--I never tire of those.

4. What is your favorite brick and mortar retail store?
At the moment that would be Barnes and Noble--by default. My favorite, The Mystery Bookstore, closed last year, sad to say. I liked my local Borders quite a bit for convenience sake, but that's gone now too.

5. What is your favorite online store?
It's a toss between Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I have both a Kindle and a Nook, both of which I use. I tried to be the better person and avoid Amazon, but it is so convenient--and the company offers such great deals. This past year with the baby, I learned that a smart phone and amazon make a very dangerous combination. And I'm not talking about just books.

6. What is your favorite moment of heartstopping romantic tension? (Book, movie, music, tv, real life, art, anywhere.)
The moment before the first kiss. In my personal life, I'd have to say the moment before my husband said, "I do" at our wedding.

7. What is the first book you remember reading?
I am afraid I couldn't tell you even if my life depended on it. My memories of reading during my childhood run together. I wish I was one of those people who could pinpoint the moment I began reading on my own or name the first library book I checked out. All I can tell you is I loved to read from an early age.

8. Are you creative in any way? How so?
My creativity comes in the form of writing. I am unable to draw, paint, sew, craft, sculpt, cook, dance or do much of anything. I'm even terrible at playing an instrument, although I took guitar lessons for awhile. I sing--but not very well. I do love to write, however, and think I do a decent job of it.

9. Not counting your family, pets, and vital personal documents/pictures, what one thing would you save in a fire?
My computer. Or does that count in the vital personal/documents/picture category? If not that, I'd grab the bag of my favorite books I'd conveniently stashed near the door for just such circumstances.

10. What is your favorite type of vacation (museums, beach, cabin, mountains, theme parks)?
My favorite type of vacation would be a long one where I could take my time, set my own schedule, do some shopping, visit a museum or two, take in a baseball game at the local stadium, sight see, walk along the pier at sunset, and sit outside on the porch, surrounded by trees and the pleasant sound of birds chirping their hellos. Maybe it would mean visiting multiple locales. And that would be okay!

11. What is the most surprising or unexpected thing you've done in the last 12 months?
My first thought in response to this question was having a baby, but I suppose that wasn't really unexpected or a surprise, was it? The experience of being a mother though has held so many surprises, some good and others not so good, that's for sure.


My Questions to All of You:
1. Who was/is the most influential woman in your life? Tell me a little about her.

2. How many pairs of shoes do you have? Do you actually wear them all?

3. If a genie asked you to make three frivolous wishes (no world peace, family health, end to world hunger, etc--remember, frivolous means not serious), what would you wish for?

4. What is your favorite type of sandwich?


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26 comments:

  1. I love these memes. I've been tagged a couple of times and have yet to respond because I have no control over my life right now! But your talk about the ideal vacation has been sitting here fantasizing. I do love a beach vacation with lots of books! And naps.

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    1. Sandy - I know the feeling, Sandy! Hopefully things will quiet down for you soon so you can take time to breathe. A beach vacation and lots of naps sounds so good right now!

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  2. We have very similar thoughts about vacations. I like to take my time and just enjoy the sights, too. Loved reading your answers!

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    1. Anna - The best kind of vacation is when you aren't rushed, isn't it?

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  3. I am like you and eat the same thing for lunch for long periods of time, and then, all of a sudden, switch it up. Right now I am loving bologna and cheese sandwiches with a little mayo. And to answer one of your questions, I have a LOT of shoes. I can't specifically say just how many pairs, but I am sort of addicted to shoes at the moment, and like to peruse the shoe stores whenever they are having a sale. Great questions and answers today!

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    1. Heather - I am glad I am not the only one who eats the same thing for lunch for long periods. :-) I need to go through my shoes and get rid of the ones that don't fit anymore. My feet got a bit wider after the pregnancy and never shrank back to their old size.

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  4. Can I go on vacation with you?

    My mother is the most influential woman in my life. No one works as hard as she does.

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    1. Kathy - Of course you can! Now to find the time. LOL Your mother sounds like an amazing woman, Kathy.

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  5. Fun answers! I have enjoyed this meme. I have two more to answer as soon as I get the time.

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    1. Kelly - I had a lot of fun answering the questions. :-)

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  6. I always enjoy reading these as they give us just a little more insight into your life and personality! I am on a cereal jag right now for lunch! Weird, I know!!

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    1. I like them for the same reason, Staci. It's nice to get to know everyone a little bit more.

      Nothing wrong with cereal for breakfast! I've gone through that phase now and then too. :-)

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  7. I always enjoy reading answers to these memes; not only they are fun to play but also I get to learn more about my blogger friends. :)

    My mom is the most influential woman in my life. Though she has passed away six years ago, she will always live in my heart and in my mind.

    My favourite sandwich has to be Subway's Veggie Delite. I always go for the honey oats bread with all the veggies and the honey mustard sauce. Yum!!

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    1. Thanks, Melody! It's fun to get to know more about each other. :-) It's so hard when we lose a parent, isn't it? I am glad you and your mother were so close.

      I love Subway! Hubby and I eat there a little too often. Hehe I am partial to the honey oats bread too. :-)

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  8. Please don't make me count my shoes. I have a lot. And yet never enough. :-D

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    1. Jill - Haha! I am not a big fan of shoes myself as I find it so hard to find shoes I like. I'm all about comfort. I think I'd go barefoot all the time if I could. It's no wonder I go through shoes so fast! I am always wearing the same one over and over again.

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  9. Great meme and I am so glad you participated!

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen! I had fun answering the questions.

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  10. I will answer the sandwich question!

    My fave sandwich is a bacon, egg and cheese on gluten free bread... grilled and buttery of course!

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    1. Ti - Of course! That sounds so good right now. Except for the bacon. I don't especially care for bacon.

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  11. HI Wendy - I'm so glad you played, I enjoyed your answers to Lisa's questions! I love your idea of a holiday, it sounds so fun, and interesting, and relaxing at the same time. pbj sandwich... I haven't had one in years!

    Most influential woman in my life: my mother. This is both very good and very scary, isn't it? lol She reads as much as I do, and mysteries, and she likes her own company, though she is very social and enjoys getting to know people. She loves to cook and garden.

    How many shoes: I'm embarrassed. Two pairs of shoes, and if you count running shoes, then 4, plus one pair of sandals. I am like this with everything but books! I like to wear out my shoes, I guess, and I cant' find many in my size that are comfortable. I dread going shoe shopping, to be honest....

    3 frivolous wishes: 1)I could eat as much chocolate as I wanted and it wouldn't affect my diabetes! 2) that magically shoes would fit my feet and be comfortable, and pretty!!!! I would buy more pairs then! 3) that most of my gray hair would go away (I have too much for my age) so I wouldn't have to dye it for a long time. Even my 9 year old says it makes me look old, she calls it the old hair when it starts to come in again.

    I'm not a big sandwich eater, so my favourite sandwich mild capicolla ham with Kerrygold cheddar cheese, on a small rustic bun :-) the cheese is from Ireland, and very good :-) now I'm getting hungry!

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    1. Susan - A vacation like that would be a dream, wouldn't it? I imagine my mom is the most influential woman in my life too.

      Don't be embarrassed about your lack of a closet full of shoes--I'm the same way. It's so hard to find comfortable shoes! And I won't torture my feet by wearing great looking shoes that hurt them. I hate shoe shopping too. It makes me really grumpy. LOL

      To be able to eat chocolate as much and whenever we want! Mmm! Actually, all three of your wishes could be mine. :-) I don't have diabetes, but it's a real possibility in my future given the gestational diabetes and family history.

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  12. I have a LOT of shoes, no idea how many pairs. And I can't wait to put away the winter ones for the sandals!

    Three wishes: A new car that never broke down, a room of my own, an extended Southern vacation.

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    1. I'm not quite ready to give up my winter boots just yet . . . :-) A car that never breaks down would be wonderful, wouldn't it? I hope you get that vacation someday. Sounds so nice!

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  13. I must agree that being a Mom is one of the most surprising, unexpected, and absolutely never DULL experiences in a woman's life :) I had such a hard time figuring out what I would have grabbed in a fire..of course my computer and my Kindle would have been things I should of thought of :)

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    1. Never dull is right! LOL I had a hard time figuring out what to take in case of a fire too. At least we didn't have to worry about life and photos. :-)

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