Sunday, February 23, 2014

Maybe I'm a Nerd

From Sunday Stealing

Fifteen Meme

1. What was your first job like?

A. I grew up on a farm; I have always worked. I raised baby calves, fed the chickens, watched my brother, carried in firewood, washed the dishes, swept the floor, and occasionally fixed dinner all before I was 12 years old. I did some babysitting, worked as a receptionist for my father, and then worked as a parts manager for a machine shop before becoming a legal secretary. Then I worked as a newspaper reporter, a freelance writer, a paralegal, and professional student (which isn't a paying job but I did receive a couple of small grants). And housewife. Can't forget that. 
2. It’s a typical Sunday, how are you spending it?

A. Read the paper, read email, check out a computer game, read a book. Since this Sunday is the Daytona 500, I imagine that will be on the TV, though I may or may not be watching it.

3. What was the happiest day of your life?

A. I should say my wedding day, which was a very happy day, but to be truthful the day I received my master's degree, which was May 20, 2012, was a pretty darned happy day for me. I worked hard to get that diploma, especially this late in life. And I did it all myself.

4. What was the best decision you ever made?

A. To marry my husband.

5. Tell your go-to “pretend” game as a child (who was your alter-ego?)

A. I don't really understand this question. I had imaginary friends, is that what you're asking?

6. What email service do you use?

A. I use four of them.

7. What fandoms would you consider yourself a part of?

A. I used to be a part of the greatest fandom ever, that of Xena: Warrior Princess. Check out for insight into how vast and wonderful this fandom was. It came as the Internet began to blossom, and was among the first nerdy fandoms to reach long arms into mainstream media. I was very active in the fandom; I wrote things for Whoosh, some under my real name, many under a pseudonym. How many things? Pretty much something for every single episode (5 years worth). And while there will never be another fandom like Xena, I also consider myself a Trekkie, and I like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And maybe I'm a Big Bang Theory nerd.

8. Do you use anything on your lips? (eg. Chapstick, gloss, balm, lipstick)

A. I use Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm.

9. How many devices do you own which can access the internet?

A. Eight? We'll go with eight.

10. Last strong smell you can remember smelling?

A. Vanilla.

11. If you had to move your birthday to another date, which one would you choose and why?

A. I like my birthday, why would I want to move it? It's in June, it's not close to any holidays, and I share the day with an uncle who is a year younger than I (figure that one out, kids).

12. Inspiration behind your blog title?

A. I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the country, and I believe that life is magic. Got it? Blue Country Magic.

13. If you could spend a rainy day with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why?

A. My husband, because I love him. But if we want to be more broadminded, then I would go with Ursula Le Guinn, because she's a wonderful writer and I admire her work. Maybe she could teach me something.

14. Is there a foreign culture that you love?

A. Can't say that there is, though I do have a fondness for my Scots and Irish heritage.

15. Do you have a favorite soft drink?

A. I drink water and decaf tea. That's it, unless I am ill, in which case I add a little Gatorade. However, I used to be a big Coke drinker, and though it has been months, occasionally I like an A&W Root Beer.


  1. I gave up soda last year, so I am with you on the water and tea thing!

  2. The day I received my Master's is right up there, too--and like you, I did it all myself as well. Getting that degree was my first big goal once I had my first job out of college and it felt absolutely wonderful to achieve it.
    Belated Congratulations to you! :-)

  3. My mom never drinks anythng but water or herbal tea. Me, I'm completely addicted to Coke. I know it's horrible for me, but when the headache kicks in or my brain has gone all fuzzy...I need my sugar and caffeine. I know it would get better if I'd ride it out, but so far I haven't found the motivation. :(

  4. I had to cut back on caffeine--and can have just one a day. Which is great because I love an iced coffee in the morning!

  5. I've notices that Xena is a favorite on crossword puzzles...

  6. AWESOME first job!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And let me tell you I am JEALOUS. Living in the Blue Ridge Mts has to be the best place to call home! Have a great week !! ~ Mary


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