20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

This blog post is a part of the ’20 Things You Might Not Know About Me’ Blog Tag started by April from Blacksburg Belle. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help us bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better. This month’s topic is all about sharing just a little too much information about yourself. If you’d like to participate or want more info, check out the beginning post right here. I was tagged by Jessica Swift.

44Photo taken on September 13, 2014: my 44th birthday 

Question 1: How tall are you?

I am 5’1” — that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

I can go from lasso to my waist and back to lasso with my hula hoop.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

When bloggers with large audiences do not respond to multiple attempts by readers to interact on social media. I understand they may not see a question or comment on one try but over and over, if they don’t respond it makes me wonder where the social part of the media lives. I have unfollowed many a person over this issue.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

When people honk at you the nano second a stoplight turns green. Chill out people. Honking is for emergencies.

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

This is impossible. How about songs that instantly remind of me of certain eras of my life?  Childhood: Chuck E’s in Love, all Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel songs. Middle school: Total Eclipse of the Heart. High school: it was the 80s, need I say more? College: everything from Luther Vandross, Paula Abdul and Babyface to Tracy Chapman, Jewel, Hootie and the Blowfish to Train, hey it took me a long time to get my degree. Marrying Jeff and rocking our newborn baby to sleep: Sade, Lovers Rock. And then in the past few years, I still just can’t get enough of Lisa Mitchell. Here is her audition for Australian Idol, here is one of my favorite performances and my favorite official video.

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

Regina’s shop Oh Albatross is beautiful beyond words and her Instagram is gorgeous too.

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Painting sometimes. Going for a little walk with my camera. Toodling around my neighborhood or my house. Honestly, when I’m alone at home, I sometimes simply like to sit still.

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

For salty, I love chips. For sweet, I love this Theo chocolate bar.

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

We now have four pets:  a a golden retriever/yellow lab mix named Jackson; a bearded dragon named Argus; and two newly adopted little tabby kittehs named Walnut and Chestnut. All boys! I'm surrounded by boy energy 24/7!

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

Favorite recent non-fiction book is Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley and favorite fiction book is so hard because I have an English degree but The Awakening by Kate Chopin was influential in my 20s. I love Pezzettino by Leo Lionni. There are too many books that I love. I prefer to read non-fiction since college.

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?

I love this Evan Healey rose tonic. It is so refreshing. I used to chase my family and friends around offering to refresh them with it.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

I was embarrassed last month actually when I took my husband’s grandma to the store to do some shopping. I was reviewing her shopping list in the parking lot and she uses abbreviations like “H Lotion” (for hand lotion) and "P Towels" (for paper towels). It wasn’t until I said loudly, “What are P Liners Grandma?” that I realized obviously what it was. OMG. Poor grandma. We had a good, hearty laugh about it though.

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Liquid Sunshine from Kure Juice Bar.

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

Il Postino, especially the soundtrack!

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

I was none of these things. I was the naive one endlessly trying to figure things out.

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Italy.

Question 17: PC or Mac?

Mac.

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

My husband gave me a greeting card with a kitten on it during the chaos of packing for our move. It said to hang in there. My husband knew I wanted to get kittens once we moved and I did get them the very next day!

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

Well Ellen always cheers me up but I don't have cable tv so I rarely get to see her show.

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?

James of Bleubird.  I am inspired by her mothering a teen, a tween and two adorable littles while running a successful business.

Okay so I know this got started almost a month ago but I'll still tag a couple of people for fun.

1. Jessica of Sunday Peaches.

2. Megan Roop

3. Catherine Just

If you want to join in, just use the hashtag #20ThingsBlogTag in your post, on FB, and on twitter, so they can be found.