Well, well. In a million years I never thought I might be “tagged,” mainly because, who really wants me to know any of the odd minutia I’ve trapped in my ancient brain cells?
But tagged I have been by my cyber BFF Deb, of the wonderful (truly one of my favorites) blog, Stop Her She’s Knitting , and a chick I wish I’d gotten to know better during our junior high (yes, it’s called “junior high,” not “middle school.” I hate that term.) and high school years back in Wheaton… you must read her blog! Wise and hilarious, together at last. Sometimes I even think she’s my twin sister from another mother. Just saying…
Anyway, here goes. Don’t know if it’ll reveal anything enlightening, or even interesting. But I’ll try to dig deep and tell you all the truth.
1. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Hmm. For some reason this was tough. I’m not sure if this is because we had lots of fun times back then (we did), or simply because it was so ridiculously long ago (it was). At any rate, I think my favorite memory has to be (and this was not a one time thing) Sunday and holiday dinners with my cousins at Grandma and Grandpa Gradishar’s place, putting on “shows” for the grown-ups. We were like 5 or 6. My very first BFF—my darling cuz Laurie—and I would borrow an LP from our Aunt Nancy, and sing a song or two. Too bad there was no karioke back then. I think my favorite performance was me doing Nancy Sinatra’s version of “These Boots are Made for Walkin’,” and Laurie’s rendition of Nancy Sinatra’s duet with her dad…or as I introduced her: “Here’s my cousin Laurie, singing “Something Stupid.” This innocent comment still cracks up the grown-ups in my family. Oh wait, am I considered a grown-up now? Damn. Oh well.
2. What music makes your heart sing? Why?
Sheesh. I love so many kinds of music. But if I list it all here, you’ll fall asleep, so I shall edit. Hmmm. The music that makes my heart sing is…the soundtrack from “Braveheart.” It sort of trips some kind of past life memory in me, I think, though nothing ancestral. There’s not a lick of anything Gaelic in this Italian/Sloveninan/German chick. But I hear it and my heart just soars. In fact, it seems to stir something in my soul. It is my music of choice when I’m working on my Fantasy novels.
3. What place would you like to travel to the least )?
This is easy. Oh God, oh god, I would hate to go to anyplace super hot, humid, that grows giant bugs. Even Florida’s tough for me sometimes. Like I’m guessing Thailand, Bali, or perhaps Africa would be. Oh yes, and there’s a part B to this for me, since a choice of doing of the former will not likely ever present itself: I will never go camping anywhere (well, never again, anyway. Did it once for Bug to chaperone a school field trip, and nevernevernever again. It was like a 3 day, 2 night sleepover birthday party in the dirt.). Period. I find no joy in communing with nature overnight. Roughing it to me is going to a Super 8 Motel.
4. How do you relax? What hobby recharges you?
Here a picture is worth a thousand words.
5. What do you want people to remember you by?
I hope that by the end of my life, people will recall that I was a person who was able to make them smile, either through my writing, my creative pursuits such as jewelry-making, drawing, yarn-dying, or just by listening, laughing, and hanging out with them. And that they could count on me to do that.
6. What do you like the most about blogging? What do you like the least?
Very clever question. I love the connections I’ve made with people across the country, old and new friends. And I love the exercise of writing. I don’t like that I screwed around in 7th grade typing class (because I thought I was going to be an artist and thus didn’t need to know how to type) and now suffer from not being able to type fast enough–that is, as fast I think–though I’m way better than I used to be. That makes a blog posting a several hour affair, otherwise I’d certainly post more often.
7. Dogs or cats?
So, now’s my turn to tag some pals:
Meg at someplace in between
Laurie at pomaw
Karen at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1227455830
Monica at PassionKnit
Bonnie at http://www.facebook.com/bonnie.wagnerwestbrook
Cyndy at http://www.facebook.com/cyndy.linebarger
Andrea at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=772299084
And here are my questions for you:
1. Which 5 items would you take with you in a fire (besides your family members and pet(s)?
2. What would your last meal be?
3. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
4. Coffee or tea?
5. Where is your happiest place on earth?
6.What’s been your favorite age (so far)?
7. Do you believe in ghosts? Why/why not?
Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!