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The Autobiography Tag

The Autobiography Tag


Here’s one of those just-for-fun blog-tags. I was tagged by my friend Mag.


Rules:

Copy the questions. Add your own answers. Post the content on your own blog. Tag ten people, if you want to, and tag me back. Use blog comments to tag, including a comment link to your own post. (Click here to read “Super-Simple Linking.”)


Introductory Questions:


1. Where did you take your profile photo? I don’t actually have a profile picture on this blog, unless you count the ABOUT ME picture. (Scroll down to find it in the right-hand column.) This photo was taken in a stall at the stables.

2. What exactly are you wearing right now? Jeans and a sweatshirt.


3. What is your current problem? What’s the square root of pi again?

4. What makes you most happy? A gorgeous sunny day.

5. What's the name of the song that you're listening to? “Not Just Any Other Day,” by John Elefante.

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6. Any celebrity you would marry? Is that a trick question?

7. Name someone with the same birthday as you? Richard Burton, Martin Luther, Tim Rice and Sinbad.


8. Ever sang in front of a large audience? I have done duets under duress.

9. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity? Holly Hunter – but not lately.

10. Do you still watch kiddy movies or kiddie TV shows? Not much. However, if anyone really wants me to spill any national secrets, just turn on Sponge-Bob Square Pants. Ugh!

11. Do you speak any languages? I have studied French and Spanish. Of course, my Spanish-speaking friends are gracious enough not to mock me when I mix French and Spanish inadvertently in conversation.

12. Has anyone you've been really close with passed away? Yes.


13. Do you ever watch MTV? Not if I can help it!

14. What's something that really annoys you? Slow drivers in the fast lane.

Chapter 1:

1. Middle name: Ann

2. Nickname(s): Mom

3. Current location: Home office

4. Eye color: green

Chapter 2:

1. Do you get along with your parent(s): Yes. My parents are great!

2. Do you have any siblings? Lots


3. Do you have any pets? A Golden Retriever, a Llasa Apso and a Maine Coon

Chapter 3:

1. Favorite ice cream: Anything with chocolate chips

2. Favorite season/s: Spring and Fall

3. Favorite shampoo/conditioner: I like the combined shampoo-conditioners. Efficiency! (Please don’t tell my hairdresser. She probably thinks I use the expensive hair salon products.)

Chapter 4:

1. Do you dance in the shower? Are you kidding?

2. Do you write on your hand? No, but I have been known to talk with my hands.

3. Do you call people back? As much as I hate using the phone, I do try to return phone calls. My cell phone gets terrible reception, but I make an earnest effort.


4. What are you having for dinner tonight? Spaghetti. Then we're watching Hell's Kitchen, where they will probably make something much more culinary and elaborate. Aha!

Chapter 5:

1. Have you ever broken any bones? I have broken a leg, a vertebra and several fingers and toes. Between snow skiing, water skiing and horseback riding, I have had my share of broken bones. Let's just hope osteoporosis holds off for a couple of decades.

2. Have you ever sprained anything? Ankle and wrist (see note above).

3. Have you ever had physical therapy? No

4. Have you ever had stitches? Many times

5. Have you ever taken painkillers? Does Excedrin count?

6. Have you ever gone scuba diving or snorkeling? Snorkeling

7. Have you ever been stung by a bee? A few times

8. Have you ever had to serve detention in school? Not telling. (My kids are probably reading this.)

Chapter 6:

1. What was the last movie you saw? Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

2. Who were the last three people to text you? Sister, daughter’s friend, step-daughter

3. Who was the last person you called? Daughter


4. Who was the last person you hugged? A friend at church (today)

5. Who was the last person you kissed? Does a horse count?

6. Who was the last person you tackled? I am not sure I have ever tackled anyone, although I may have wanted to upon occasion.


7. Who was the last person you talked to on IM? Niece

8. What was the last thing you touched? Computer keyboard

9. What was the last thing you ate? String cheese.


10. What was the last thing you drank? Water

11. What was the last thing you said? “Hello?”


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Monday

Would I Steer You Wrong?

Normally I would not just post an embedded video, but this one speaks for itself.
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Although it may drive my friends and loved ones totally nuts, I just pray I will have a similar sense of humor in my own golden years.

Don't we all?

What Part of Spring Are You?

April is National Poetry Month, and I have been participating in several poetry challenges, including NaPoWriMo.

This process is creatively challenging and fun. Still, sorry to say, my other blogging (with the exception of my daily Bible reading and devotional blog) has taken a bit of a breather.

Just for fun, I thought I'd try a spring quiz. If you try it too, please be sure to come back and leave a link to your posted results.

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You Are Baseball Games



You like old fashioned things. You're one of those people who values tradition.

You enjoy a slow pace of life. You believe that life is all about enjoying every moment.



You love the changing of the seasons, and you look forward to what each season brings.

You are smart and a bit obsessive. You become very immersed in your interests.



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Wow! My dad would be so proud. He's a baseball fan . . . and a first-class shortstop too!

Saturday

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from Practically at Home


Wednesday

Let's Not Make a Big To-Do About It, But . . .

Let's Not Make a Big To-Do About It, But . . .


Top Ten Things on My Own To-Do List


My writing docket is overflowing these days, but so is my to-do list. Ah, the joys of self-employment, where everybody knows your name, but not your game. How does the task list seem to grow each day? Here are the top ten things on my to-do list this spring:


Spring Cleaning: The Bedroom Closet


I may be taking a leap of faith here, but we seem to be approaching that glorious time of year. Perhaps next week we will need to stash the heavy woolen sweaters, in favor of tees and tank tops. OK, so I may keep a hoodie or two in the closet, along with a few dress jackets for fancier occasions.


Still, it sure will feel good to tuck those toasty winter togs away for a few months.


Spring Cleaning: The Car

Confession is healthy, right? I must admit, I have a basket of soggy winter hats and gloves in the back of the family car. The next warm day we have, I promise to wash and pack those items. While the car is uncluttered, I might even drag the vacuum outside and whisk away the winter dust and street salt that has collected on the carpet and floor mats.

Spring Cleaning: The Coat Closet

Those arctic parkas are due for a laundering As soon as I'm sure we won't be dragging them out again, I'll tackle that task.

Spring Cleaning: The Computer Hard Drive

Although this is not exactly a seasonal task, as I must do this one fairly frequently, it appears on the spring roster anyway. Perhaps it is time to sort out those old photo and graphics files and delete those that are already uploaded to a safe place.


Maybe a spurt of inspiration will strike, and I will even burn some disks to store more previously published items and clear up a few more bytes.


Spring Cleaning: The Craft Cupboard

Scissors, hole punchers, crayons, markers and other crafty items seem to reproduce on their own in the winter months. This is a well-recorded idiosyncrasy of craft supplies, a true freak occurrence in nature.

The sewing cabinet boasts a similar tale. Fabrics, trims and notions have mysteriously crept out of their appointed areas.

Spring Cleaning: The Freezer

As the ground thaws outside, so must the freezer and fridge be defrosted. Outdated items have got to go. (Of course, we're still speaking of food items only, not anything with God-given facial features.)

Spring Cleaning: The Garage

A set of unbuilt shelves beckons from the garage, along with the electric drill and screwdriver. Who says a woman can’t manage a few power tools?


Spring Cleaning: The Garden Beds

The final dead-heading of fall was preempted by an early snow last year. My green thumb and other fingers are itching to dig in the dirt.


Spring Cleaning: The Kitchen Cabinets

Readers, relax. I have no designs for alphabetizing the contents of my kitchen cupboards. Still, the storage areas could stand a bit of spring organization. Who knows what culinary surprises might lurk behind those soup cans and cereal boxes?


Spring Cleaning: The Office


Ever the bane of the freelance writer, my office calls me to task. Actually, an overabundance of tasks is probably the root of the problem. Financial files, supply receipts, research packets and story starts have all but obliterated my bulletin board and desk space.


Of course, the invoices go out on time, along with the tax receipts. Still, a bit of spring cleaning could do a body and brain a bit of good.


There you have it - my top ten.

Gee, I think I need a nap now.


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