Sunday, January 26, 2014

Doing the Best I Can

From Sunday Stealing

Let's go!!!
Ask Me Meme

from "Just keep swimming." -Dorthy, Finding Nemo

 1. What was the last argument you had about?

A. I had an important doctor's appointment and wanted my husband to take time off from work to go with me. We had a discussion about it. He is going with me. He was going to anyway, but we had to discuss it first.
 2. How long is your longest relationship?

A. I've know my brother for 47 years. But my husband would be my longest non-immediate-family relationship; we've been married for 30 years. I also have a friend that I have known for that long.

 3. What is something not many people know about you?

A. I can't stand to go barefoot.

 4. Two truths and a lie. Go.

A. I have scars all over my belly. I have never had a pedicure. I used to be a race car driver.

 5. Do you believe in fate/destiny?

A. I believe that our lives are what we make them, to a degree. Many things are out of our control - the way others treat you, talents, your ability to take advantage of a situation. There is, I think, such a thing as luck, and some people are drawn to situations that enable them to do better than others. I think I am doing the best I can with what I have, and I keep trying to make it better in the best way I know how.

 6. Where is somewhere you’ve always wanted to live?

A. Wyoming. Although after this bitter cold I think maybe somewhere warmer might be in order.

 7. Has there ever been a song that made you cry?

A. Yes. This song will make me cry every time I hear it.

 8. Do you jump/scare easily?

A. Yes, but it is not as bad as it once was. Long ago I worked for a lawyer who learned to jingle the change in his pocket as he approached me at my desk so I wouldn't jump out of my skin when he came up behind me.

 9. Which birthday has been your favorite?

A. Well, 50 wasn't too bad. My husband threw me a party.

10. Have you ever been pulled over? Arrested?

A. I have never been pulled over but when I was a teenager I was picked up by the police as a runaway. I was only gone a couple of hours.

11. Have you ever been to a fortune teller?

A. Not exactly. I once went to this "alternative healthcare" festival and this fellow did a reading there. I also piddle with sometimes. I don't believe in fortune telling, really, but sometimes it gives me a new way of thinking about a situation. 

12. What’s your favorite series of books?

A. I like anything by Adrianna Trigiani. I also like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, Sue Grafton's alphabet mystery series, and David Baldacci's King and Maxwell series. Also fantasy writers such as Garth Nix, Jane Lindskold, Tamora Pierce, and Lois McMaster Bujold, and many others.

13. Who is someone that you think knows the most about you outside of family?

A. Probably my friend Leslie, although my pen pal Inga in England knows a lot, too.

14. What is the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?

A. Escargo. I tried it when I was 19 at a long-defunct French restaurant here called La Maison.

15. List one of your quirks.

A. I only write with a Pilot G2 (05) pen.

16. State 1 bad habit of yours.

A. I chew my fingernails.

17. Has a scary movie ever given you nightmares?

A. Yes, many times. When we were young, my brother and my young uncles and I would stay up and watch things like SSSSS and Planet of the Apes, and then I would wake up screaming.

18. When was the last time you got your hair done in a salon?

A. Friday, actually.

19. What was the last thing you did with your friends?

A. I met some of them at the library for our book club meeting about 10 days ago.

20. What’s something that you like to do that others might see as weird?

A. I eat Pez candies. But not in a Pez container. Just the candies.

21. What was the last trip you took?

A. I went to the market Friday, does that count? In November we went sight-seeing in the next county over and enjoyed their museum. Our last vacation was in the fall of 2012; we did not go away from home last year.


  1. you have NEVER been pulled over? that is impressive!

  2. A race car driver?! Pretty cool!

  3. I used to adore the Sue Grafton books--but I think I quit after letter M or so and never got back into them. I still have all of the paperbacks on my shelves, though!

  4. We like a lot of the same authors/books! I'm up to W is for Wasted - about 1/2 way done with it. I'm not a fan of the fantasy books though. :)

  5. I think I'd like to live somewhere with a less harsh winter, too. And I need to re-read the Grafton series, I was with it until N.

  6. I've never tried Escargot and I'm not sure I'd be able to if given the chance. I haven't had Pez candies in a long time! I was going to run away once when I was a kid but my mom caught up to me at the end of our alley. I didn't make it too far. Planet of the Apes was so good in it's day!

  7. You, a runaway, would be funny. You're too good!

    So you fool around with tarot. Me too. I didn't know there was a I'll have to check it out. I just finished taking a psychic development course. I definitely think I have some psychic abilities. Actually, I think we all do. It's just like another sense and if we pay attention to it, we can develop it. The class was a lot of fun. My great aunt was actually a professional psychic. She mostly read tea leaves and did it for a living. We thought she was so exotic. She was one of the few dark haired ones in the family and she painted her fingernails! I wish I would have asked her more about how she got into such a thing before she died. It was just so natural that she did it, that I didn't think to ask her about it. It would be like me asking my mother why her hair was red.


I enjoy your comments and always appreciate the opportunity to visit the blogs of my readers. I hope you have a great day!