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Twenty Questions: My Answers tagged me so here goes:


A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs & replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

B) Tag 8 people to do this quiz.

1. What are your nicknames?
Just love names from DH. :o)

2. What do you do before bedtime?
Read and do Sudoku.

3. What fandom(s) are you most into at the moment?

4. What is your favorite scent?

5. If you had a million dollars that you could only spend on yourself, what would you do with it?
Travel. Safari in Africa, trip across Australia, Siberian Express, etc.

6. What is the song you've played more than any other on iTunes?
I don't have many songs on iTunes (I only recently got an iPhone) but I think the top two I've played are Dire Straits, "Walk of Life," and Sade's "Smooth Operator."

7. What's one place you can't forget and want to go back to?
South Africa.

8. Do you generally think before you act, or act before you think?
Think. Sometime over-think.

9. What's one thing that you think makes you a good writer?
Being a dreamer from way back -- I can't see someone or hear something without coming up with my own story. (This is why I got "needs to pay attention in class" on my report cards.)

10. Do you have a good body-image?
Body is fine; face could use improving.

11. What is your favorite fruit?
Pears / guava / nectarines. Sorry, couldn't decide.

12. What websites do you visit daily?
LJ, bbcnews, the kids' schools, blogger, anything that interests me at the moment.

13. What have you been seriously addicted to lately?
Cooking with local foods, usually involving olive oil.

14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
Anne Marie is smart, thoughtful, kind, fun, funny, very capable (of just about anything), an amazing mom and wife and friend, an incredibly talented author who hasn't hit the right editor yet but I can feel it coming soon.

15. What’s the last song that got stuck in your head?
Skip to My Lou. My daughter's learning the clarinet.

16. What’s your favorite item of clothing?
My comfy shoes.

17. Do you prefer funny or serious movies?
Funny, especially if they're clever / witty funny.

18. What would you do if you see saw $100 lying on the ground?
I'd take it to the head of the establishment closest to the $100. If it was far away from any location, I'd give it to the local food bank, figuring it could benefit some people who need it most.

19. What items could you not go without during the day?

20. What should you be doing right now?
Finishing the edits on my ms., so I'll go do that right now!

But first, I need to tag . . . just ignore me if you've already been tagged for this (or if you don't do these): cassandra w, goadingthepen, julieswanson, kbaccellia, lgburns, kristydempsey, moyer girl, tracyworld
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Romance . . .

I read the most romantic thing in THREE CUPS OF TEA (the story of Greg Mortenson, who failed at climbing K2 but turned to building schools for children, especially girls, in Pakistan & Afghanistan). This conversation transpired the evening he met his wife-to-be, ending up at her apartment:

Her: "Welcome to my home."
Him: "Welcome to my heart."


Here's something equally romantic, tho' very different, that just happened to me:

Teenage son, already p.o.'ed at me, cuts me off as I'm trying to help him with something, and asks DH instead.
DH (or should I say, DDDDDDH) replies, rather hotly, "I have NO interest in helping you after the way you just treated my wife." Burning gaze elicits contrite apologies from son.

Warmed my heart.
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You could look at both Pres/VP tickets as "10's"

While I have my hopes set on one of them, here's how I get to a "10" for both:

(OK, it's a joke, but there's a hint of seriousness to it, too.)

If you accept the idea that this is the current (unfortunate) hierarchy in the U.S.:

White male
Black male
White female
Black female

and we assign 4 points for white male, down to 1 point for black female, AND

If you accept that, while picking a female VEEP is huge, the PRES slot is still worth twice as much as the VEEP slot, THEN

3 points for being a black male, weighted twice = 6, plus 4 pts. for white male, makes the Obama ticket a 10
4 points for being a white male, weighted twice = 8, plus 2 pts. for white female, makes the McCain ticket a 10

:o) Whatever you think, it's going to be an interesting, exciting campaign!
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Green Tea

My sister & bro-in-law just brought this back from Japan. The funny brush thing is a wooden whisk. The tea is REALLY green and STRONG. Or I didn't make it right. I can't read the Japanese directions. It's supposed to be excellent quality and have a lot of caffeine. I can feel the buzz already so I'm off to see if I can outdo someone's (whose name is Anne Marie) progress meter, or at least try catch up to it. Sending green tea writing strength to everyone!
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Bad Dog

This is the new thing that happens every morning when I try make my bed -- she hops on top. Gee, I wonder where she hangs out when everyone's out of the house?

Maybe I can convince her to stay there when I get THE EDITOR call this morning. It's really distracting trying to sound intelligent on the phone when she brings squeeeeky toys or tells me it's time for her walk (she has a loud voice). Then there's the flipping my hands off the keyboard trick by sticking her snout under my wrist and flinging. Does anyone else have these pet issues? I know there's the cat on the the keyboard trick . . . .

Really, she's a sweet dog, but it's a good thing I don't spoil my kids like I spoil her.
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Thankful Thursdays

I'm thankful my daughter's first day of middle school went well except for not being able to open her locker, but even that was OK because "Zach, he's hot, but mostly he has a really nice personality, got my locker open for me." Big grin.

I'm thankful my son is still a lot of fun even though he's a teenager.

I'm thankful my husband is thoughtful enough to ask what I want to do for my birthday even though it's over 2 months away.

I'm thankful I have the time, equipment, health, etc. to write.

I'm thankful the ants are gone, again, and maybe they'll stay away this time.

I'm thankful I have money to pay the bills and can help those who can't.

I'm thankful I've gotten to the point where I don't sweat the small stuff (as much) and realize (more often) that so much of it is small stuff.