Monday, November 17, 2008

Another Q&A Meme

I swiped this from someone's blog; I've lost the link, though. I found it while I was blog-hopping.

1. What do you do before bedtime?

I read. The TV is usually on but I am not the one watching it.

2. What is your favorite sound?

My husband's voice. There is something about the way he calls for me that makes a lump form in my throat.

My non-human favorite sound is... silence. The absolute stillness of the day, when nothing is moving but you know that if you breathe hard something will happen - thunder will clap, the leaves will shake.

3. What were your childhood fears?

I feared my parents were going to put me in the crazy house and leave me. Unfortunately this was one of my mother's favorite threats; I think it is akin to being told the raggedy man is going to come and get you, a ghost story told around these parts after the Civil War. This was just an updated version.

4. What place have you visited that you can't forget and want to go back?

New York. I am not a city girl but I visited this metropolis when I was teenager and was entranced. I would love to go back as an adult and see it all over again. I visited China Town and have never forgotten the sweet and sour shrimp I ate there; nothing in this area has ever duplicated that taste.

5. What has made you unhappy these days?

I worry about the economy but that is out of my control. I also fear growing old and dying; I think the deaths this year of three of my great aunts has brought mortality home to me in a very strong way.

I also fret about my weight which I know needs to be, well, less.

6. What websites do you visit daily?

Blue Country Magic and Botetourt County News Blog, which are my own blogs, Spatter, Roanoke RnR, Loose Leaf Notes, Peevish Pen, sweetfluttersby - most of the bloggers in my blogging list who write daily or near daily. I recently added my Facebook page to my list of "visit every day" sites; I still can't decide if I like Facebook or not.

7. What’s the last song that got stuck in your head?

The Space Cowboy aka The Joker by Steve Miller Band. Here's an interesting youtube version of it. Here's a video of the whole song.

8. What’s your favorite item of clothing?

I have an aged blue sports jacket that I have worn out to the point that the sleeves are nearly gone from it. I call it "blue thing." My husband recently bought me a gray sports jacket to replace that one; I call it "gray thing." I'm still breaking it in.

Aside from that, I love to sit around in sweats and a t-shirt. Give me comfort over looks any day.

9. What is your dream for the future?

To publish a book. That is probably a silly dream but there you go. One day I want to walk into Barnes & Noble and find myself on the shelf.

I would also like to be healthy and live a nice long life with my husband. When we are really old I want us in the same room at the old folks' home so we can always hold hands.

For the nation, my dream is that we find our common ground again. I know it is there somewhere if we could all only get past our egos long enough to look.

My apologies to whomever I lifted this from. I am not tagging anyone, but if you'd like to give it a try, be my guest.


  1. Speaking of silence - I like it when there is a fresh snow on the ground and no one is really stirring. There's just something really calming and refreshing about. Of course, it doesn't snow that often so I think that makes it more special. Check it out next time.

  2. Oh yes, Jen, that is a wonderful silence! I love that time, too. I almost always go stand out on my porch with a cup of piping hot tea and enjoy that feeling when it snows. But as you say, I haven't had the opportunity to do that in a long time!

  3. Publishing a book is not a silly dream. Even more so for a writer like yourself. Just takes time. Being healthy and living long life with your husband is a wonderful dream.

  4. Nice to see that I'm part of your "daily bread" :-) I'm sure one day your dream will happen and I'll be among the first in line to buy it!

  5. Go for the book publication dream.... I'd buy it!

  6. Great meme, wherever it came from! I have to second (third?) the idea that you should write that book. Not silly in the least. I'd buy it too. And thanks for having me on your daily list of reads. I'm flattered!

    PS I'm stealing your meme for a post later this week :)

  7. Go for the book! It'd be awesome to see it in Barnes and Noble and say "i read her blog, too!" Hehe....

  8. My mother threatened to send me to the crazy house too! I remember running and hiding under the bed, I was so scared! What were they thinking?

    Here's one of my favorite quotes by Scott Loring Sanders. He said to me, when I was wondering if I was wasting my time with my writing, "There are no guarantees except one: I guarantee that if you give it up, then it will never happen. The only way to write a book is to sit down and write it." He wrote "The Hanging Woods." What are you writing?


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