Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Stealing: Story Telling

Sunday Stealing

The Story Teller's Meme

1. What are your current obsessions?

A. This year I have taken up coloring, and I like that. Other obsessions are blogging, my health, the clutter around the house that is too much for me to deal with on my own, and the fact that I don't cook well. 

2. What are you listening to?

A. Nothing, at the moment. Well, the clothes are bouncing around in the dryer and there's a clock ticking on the wall, but that's about it. 

3. Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often?

A. New blue thing. I have a sports jacket thing that I wear all the time. My mother-in-law gave it to me around 1993 and that was the original Blue Thing. I wore it out completely, and this year finally, after several tries, found a new Blue Thing. Which is what I call it when I take it off somewhere and misplace it. "Babe, have you seen New Blue Thing?" 

4. What are you reading?

A. I just finished At the Water's Edge, by Sara Gruen, and am getting ready to start Hold Still, by Sally Mann. I am listening to Homeport, by Nora Roberts, which I think I have been listening to for about six weeks now. I don't spend a lot of time in the car and that is where I listen to books. 

5. What’s for dinner?

A. I am making a turkey meatloaf, and we will probably have green beans and sliced tomato with it. 

6. What was the last thing you bought?

A. Groceries. If you don't want to count that, then a pair of $52 pants that were on sale for $12.58. They are the wrong color but they fit and for that kind of money I can wear them around the house. 

7. Guilty pleasure?

A. Chocolate. And Lord of the Rings.

8. What training did you get and how do you make a living?

A. I majored in English and have a masters degree in the humanities. I used to be a news reporter and a freelance writer, but health issues have forced me to cease most of my work. My husband and I also own a farm. I used to help him more but I am not able to so do so much now. 

9. If you could go back in time, knowing what you know now, and choose a different career path, what would you train to do?

A. I would have gone to school out of high school, obtained my Ph.D., and become a college professor, probably teaching English. I would have tenure by now and be ready to retire. If I hadn't done that, then I wish I had trained in computers. 

10. What’s your best time of day?

A. Sometime around 11 a.m. 

11. Do you like being on a team or are you a solo player?

A. Solo all the way. 

12. What’s your favorite way to create art?

A. I'm a writer. I write. I also play the guitar and a few other instruments. Lately I've taken to coloring (see above obsession) and am hoping to work from there to drawing. We'll see. I have never considered myself much of a "drawer." 

13. Name three items in your refrigerator: Watermelon, cherries, and blueberries.

14. Tell us about your first crush: My first crush was on my invisible friend, whose name was James.

15. The first time that I became a boyfriend/girlfriend was with who, when?

A. That is an oddly worded question. I suppose the first time I became a "girlfriend" was in the second grade.

16. Do you remember what you did on your first date?

A. My first date was a prom, so yes. We went by my grandmother's house to show her my dress (she cried) and then we went to eat at Fiji Island (local restaurant), and then went to Hotel Roanoke to the prom. My dress was blue, and he had on a light blue tux. He is not the guy I married. I was in the 10th grade and he was a senior.

17. How did you meet your current (or most recent) girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife?

A. We met beneath the football goal posts during the in-county rivalry football game in October 1982. Mutual friends introduced us (more like, pushed us together and then left us standing there).

18. How did your first romantic relationship end?

A. The invisible boyfriend just sort of went away. I have no idea how the one from second grade ended. The one from 10th grade ended when he graduated and went into the army.

19. Do you remember your first kiss?

A. No. But I remember my first kiss with my husband.

20. What do we still not know about you?
A. I still believe in Santa Claus. Well, the spirit of him, anyway.


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  1. How are you liking "Homeport?" I just picked up a copy at the library's used book sale. I generally like her writing, but there have been a few I wish I'd skipped over the years.

  2. It takes me awhile to listen to audio books too, since I don't drive much any more. But I always have at least two other hand-held books going at the same time.

  3. I have items like that. They are comfortable we know them so why would we switch it out I hope you enjoy your new blue thing for many years
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  4. I love to color and I have a nice collection of adult coloring books. Coloring helps me to relax and forget about this crazy world for a bit.

  5. You would have made an incredible English professor!
    We have a watermelon in the fridge. I want to eat some of it today.


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