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. 😀


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.


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


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.



The Terrific Twos

Two already? Terrific....

Two already? Terrific….

ter·rif·ic  [tuh-rif-ik]

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. 😉


50 Geeky Things Kids Should Do Before They’re 12 | GeekMom | Wired.com

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….

50 Geeky Things Kids Should Do Before They're 12 | GeekMom | Wired.com.

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.

Sir Fonzie, if you please…..

Henry Winkler...Sir Fonzie has a nice ring to it.....

I have been in love with Henry Winkler for a very long time. This clinches it:

Henry Winkler officially Most Excellent, receives honorary OBE

Regardless of whether or not the official press release mentions the iconic Happy Days character, the mere fact that the honor centers primarily on Winkler’s work championing dyslexia (a trait diagnosed in Winkler himself AND later written onto Arthur Fonzarelli) is mention enough. Yes, he’s an accomplished children’s author, producer, actor and comedian….but that leather jacket wearing cool guy will always get the thumbs up from me. Sir Fonzie….AAAAAAAYYYYY!

I really AM funny…I swear…..

So I’ve been going through my blog and looking over my previous posts and drafts in progress, and I’ve come to the realization that except for maybe two or three posts, I have been heavier than a boulder dropped on Wile E. Coyote’s head in pursuit of the Road Runner. My tagline says “from the intellectual to the irreverent,” and I have clearly been in my head WAY too much. Still got a few deep thoughts in the pipeline, but I promise you that I will lighten up a little. 😉

What Is Pure Barre?

2 Months of Pure Hell Barre ;-D

OK, let’s get the disclaimers out of the way: although my little cousin is an instructor, I am not contracted in any way by Pure Barre as an instructor, employee or owner. I also have a background in dance and dance education. Read on….

I discovered Pure Barre around the beginning of this year, when word of a location opening on Magazine Street came to my attention. I figured, great! I’ve been dancing all of my life and am in reasonably fair shape, so this so be a good way to get toned up like I was in my glory days. Had an opportunity to try a class for free, so I went in expecting to get a good cardio boost and decent muscle workout.

Yeah….apparently in my case the PB stood for Punk….well, I’m sure you can figure it out. Pure Barre is 55 minutes of balletic positions, Pilates, yoga, isometrics and stretches in repetition to the point of muscle fatigue, which comes in the guise of visible shaking while trying to properly execute the movements. I have never in my memory quivered so badly and felt so wholly inadequate in doing an exercise regimen–particularly something involved with or inspired by dance. Follow that with me feebly crawling out of bed the next morning and it seemed a safe assumption that Pure Barre was just not gonna happen for me. And then….my 21 year old nephew decides to get married in September. Which means a dress. Which means I have seven months to tone and slim so that I don’t look like a fatty next to my uberskinny mother and sister. *sigh* I’m still not ready to try Pure Barre again, so thanks to my husband’s PS3 I have a few months of EA Active 2 and Zumba to help build my stamina and strength to survive another round. Along comes the 2-month Bikini-Ready special, and after weeks of contemplation and a drive over I register before I can talk myself out of it.

This class is no walk in the park. Naturally, I don’t expect to skate through it since that would have no positive effect on improving my fitness level. But this is WORK. Sweaty, grit your teeth, gasp for air WORK. Looking at it, the moves are deceptively simple and usually very small. But they get to muscles you don’t realize you had–until you see them start shaking (and you generally see them shake before you feel it). Then after a few sessions you start to see your muscles lengthen out and build. After a month (about 20 classes in my case) I looked down and my thighs and saw…well, less of them than there was a few weeks ago. There’s long, lean, rock-hard muscle there without the bodybuilder bulk. I haven’t stopped touching them since, for fear that they might be a figment of my imagination. Then there are the clothes that took an act of Congress to get into and a while to break in enough to be able to move….that just slip on with the first try. The dumbbell-pumping portion of class when you catch a glimpse of an Angela-Bassett worthy bicep, or when you look in the mirror and see actual back MUSCLES instead of back fat. Hard as it is to get through a class (and at almost two months it has not gotten any easier to do the exercises), this stuff works.

Pure Barre’s mantra is “lift.tone.burn”. All are perfectly accurate, because you will definitely feel that deep burn as your work to lift and tone those muscles while you mentally curse the cheerfully helpful sadists running your class. (I say that with completely affection…at least while I’m at the keyboard and not in the studio at the barre or on the mats). I do have to say that aside for a healthy appreciation for the number 10 (the usual default number of reps before the end of a set), I am truly digging the Barre. I have to figure out the best and most economical way to keep it up–there are home products in the form of DVDs, podcasts and the signature equipment but you also need to make a few modifications AND have the staying power to push through on your own. Knowing that I am notoriously lazy, this will be a great challenge. But as I revisit high school skinny (or at the very least, college fine), even though it’s tough I believe I can strap on my war gear and do battle with the Barre.

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