20 Things and All That…..Playing 20 Things You Might Not Know About Me Blog Tag

My good friend Monica just got into blogging and decided I needed a tag for this.  As I actually like her (and want to encourage her to keep at this blogging thing), I’ll be a good sport. 😀

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If any of you would like to participate, here are the rules!

1. Copy and paste the questions below and then answer and turn them into a blog post. Or, record a video answering these questions and upload it to your blog post.

2. At the bottom of your post, tag anywhere from 2-10 bloggers you want to see answer these questions. (I also suggest hitting up your tagged people via social media just to let them know you tagged them to do this tag challenge.)

3. Use the title: 20 Things You Might Not Know About Me Blog Tag. Once you’ve hit publish, leave a comment below with the link to your post.

4. Use the hashtag #20ThingsBlogTag when sharing on social media so we can all find your awesome posts!

Question 1: How tall are you?

5’3″ is what’s on my driver’s license, and that’s what I’m going with….

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

Most of my talents are visible: dance, writing, arts and crafts….so unless having this uncanny knack to walk into walls and furniture or somehow cut myself with every kitchen knife imaginable counts as a hidden talent, I’m at a loss.

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

Deadlines.  All these amazing ideas and drafts and you have to actually act on them so the public can read them.

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

Um….my husband not replacing the toilet paper roll?  It would be different if he just didn’t replace it–it would still annoy me, but that’s typical.  No, HE pulls out a new roll and sits it ON TOP OF the roll that has exactly two squares of paper on it.

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

Depends on the genre you want to go with.  I adore Judy Collins’s version of “Send In The Clowns,” and have worn the print off of several Broadway soundtracks.

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

Don’t have an Etsy shop, but one of my former students does.  All But Flowers by Andrea Stevens–she does mostly floral décor made of paper but her main creations are brooch bouquets.  She’s also branched into brooch hair jewelry and flower ink pens crafted from duct tape–my two favorite items.

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

TV, Facebook, reading…and the aforementioned dance and arts and crafts stuff.

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

Reese’s peanut butter cups.  Don’t eat them as much anymore, as I could suck them up in large numbers, and they don’t taste as good as my thighs not rubbing together feel.

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

Used to have fish as a child…too many to name.  The hubs and I had a beta fish he named Raiden, after the Mortal Kombat character.

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

The fact that I can now call Suzanne Brockmann a friend has absolutely no bearing on my choices…. 😉  However, I can count Heart Throb, and both her Tall, Dark and Dangerous and Troubleshooters Navy SEAL series.  The nonfiction books don’t stick with me as much….

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?

I am not a girly girl by any stretch of the imagination, so a “favorite” beauty product–or even the concept of such–boggles the mind.  But if I have to pick one, I’m going to go with the Sally Hansen nail strips.  The speed and ease with which doing my nails in various elaborate designs AND have them last for a while is just AWESOME.

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

Can I just say my entire adolescence and call it a day?

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

So many choices…..alcoholic choice is bellini, non-alcoholic is Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla Red Rooibos tea.

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh.  Yeah, I know–if you follow me on the regular, you would probably have expected Beauty and the Beast to have crossed my lips.  And I do love that movie…but you asked for my favorite.

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

Nerd loner artist.  Still am.

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

I just want to be somewhere near the arts and the outdoors–New York City is growing on me, and growing up in New Orleans has given me a melting pot appreciation for all kinds of culture.  I really wouldn’t mind retiring to Natchitoches, LA, though–it’s where we fled after That Storm and it’s a good balance between metropolis and small town.  Plus I left some really great people up there….

Question 17: PC or Mac?

PC. Did Macs in college because I had to, and if I ever manage to get into editing like I always wanted, Final Cut Pro works best on Macs.  But for standard computing, I’ll stick with PC.

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

My husband would always go to the same bakery that did our wedding cake and order a small cake in our wedding colors for our anniversary.  I would complain about all of the sugar in the huge decorative roses so he eventually stopped doing it.  It didn’t occur to me until that moment that he was trying to replace our original cake topper, as shortly before our first anniversary That Hurricane That Shall Not Be Named struck, thus rendering everything in our refrigerator–including our wedding cake top–toxic.

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

Again, depends on your concept of favorite….Lin-Manuel Miranda naturally is on that list, as well as my adopted mama Debbie Allen (which, if you were still wondering, partially explains #14).

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

Tie between Luvvie Ajayi (aka Awesomely Luvvie) and Vitamin Q (Williams).  Q and I are FB friends, and I will eventually wear him down.  Luvvie might get a restraining order because I fully intend to get all up in that closet and steal all of her ALPHETS (you’ll have to read her glossary if you don’t get that.)  Honorable mention goes to the mind behind my sassy little friend Angry Pear.

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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.

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Three To Get Ready

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3 years of Trash talk!

So apparently I’ve made (and missed) another bloggaversary. To be completely fair, I’ve been a little lax in the originality department lately, not to mention traipsing off to New York again AND crossing a live-in-person Wrestlemania off my bucket list…so it was an easy event to miss. And yes, once again I set my digital pen to tell y’all that I’ll try to do better. And I will try–it’s just this blogging thing really is WORK. Balancing it with real-world obligations isn’t easy either, and I’ve been experimenting with this odd little thing the cool kids call a “social life.” But I do rather enjoy occupying my little corner of the Interwebs, and hope to show you a little more of my Princess realm in the years to come.

YAY ME! I TURNED THREE!

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The Terrific Twos

Two already? Terrific....

Two already? Terrific….

ter·rif·ic  [tuh-rif-ik]
adjective

1.extraordinarily great or intense: terrific speed.
2.extremely good; wonderful: a terrific vacation.
3. causing terror; terrifying.

So apparently I’m two years and two days into this blogging thing….

It’s been a terrific ride, by ALL of those definitions: I’ve had some intense and wonderful moments and it’s largely been a lot of fun. Mainly, this whole thing is still terrifying as all get-out.

I’m still trying to find my rhythm with this one but I think I’ve got a good plan in place. I’m trying to keep up the Marriage Minded Mondays and keep them pretty well balanced, I still have a few Trash Prompts in the pocket to publish, there are two really substantive interviews I’ve been stalled on finishing (once I give myself a swift kick and publish them, you’re gonna love them–they’re really good and quite informative), and I’m sure there’s some fodder out there for a new series of Dumbass Diaries. Not to mention I know for a fact there’s a 10th season of So You Think You Can Dance coming up, so…yeah, this two year old is picking up steam.

Now my other blog, Practicing Christian, needs some intensive care. I don’t know how other people with more than one blog manage to balance things….I had such ambitious plans for the beginning of the year, and have only managed a few reposts. I’ve done the background research on setting things up but I can’t figure out how to best set up a self-sustaining plan. I dislike the red-headed stepchild treatment myself, so I’m feeling mad guilt about neglecting my other “baby.” Something I still have to work on, I guess.

Still finding my legs and my voice like any other two-year-old, but with practice I think I can go from wobbly knees to a full sprint. Thanks for hanging with me on the journey–let’s see what new kind of trouble we can get into. 😉

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I’m trying to think of how many of these I did as a kid…of course, some stuff didn’t exist when I was a kid, either. Still a cool list….

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One with a whimper…..

So…..I’m about 9 days removed from my first year of blogging. I have admittedly been horribly remiss in posting (despite have scads of drafts and a Versatile Blogger award I’ve been meaning to address). A few life things and Internet issues have gotten in the way, but I’m going to have to manage to work my way around it. After all, there’s a lot the Princess has yet to say…..

I got 99 problems…but this post ain’t one

I couldn’t resist.

I’ve got a slew of profound, thought-provoking, fun, interesting posts sitting in draft mode that I need to work on. But as you well know, I thrive on being cute. And I couldn’t pass up hitting post #100 without being cute. Corny, I know….but I’m actually kind of excited that I’ve gotten to 100 posts in my less than a year blogging, and grabbed 40 subscribers to boot. Of course, I have to give a shout-out to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his itchy Twitter finger for that really good 337 hit day…don’t know when I’ll get near that again, but I’ll take my jollies where I can get them. Bear with me, y’all–I’ll try to keep the attention whore-itis to a minimum. But for now, I’m pretty jazzed.

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