I have been tagged by Krista over at From Food Stamps To A Future to participate in The 11 Things About Me Challenge. Krista’s story is inspiring; you should visit her blog From Food Stamps To A Future and learn more about her journey. Thank you Krista for tagging me. I truly appreciate your support.
Anytime I receive one of these requests, I immediately engage in an internal debate over whether to participate or not. These answer a set number of questions about yourself and the award posts can become time-consuming and take you away from blogging. Yet on the other hand, they are part of the WordPress community and develop fellowship amongst bloggers and bring new audiences of readers to blogs. The day I accepted my nomination for The One Lovely Blog Award and posted my response And the nominees are … my blog received the most traffic it has ever received and that post stands as my most read post second only to my About Me page. I don’t feel any award or challenge response I write will top that, but in the end I most often am inclined to join in.
So without any further delay, my answer to Krista’s questions are as follows:
What is the most embarrassing thing in your night stand?
I am almost embarrassed to report I don’t have a night stand. Adults have night stands, but I prefer our king size bed which fills the entire wall.
What is your favorite thing to do on a stormy day?
The first thing that comes to mind is order Chinese Food and watch Netflix with my other half.
Do you sing in the shower?
No. I only sing when I am doing major housework (I don’t sing very often) or when I am mad at my other half.
What is your favorite book?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. At twelve years old, I fell in love with the book and the strong female characters the first time I read it. It is my favorite book of all times and I can picture my twelve-year-old self cozying up with the book when I read it and not wanting it to end. It was a summer reading assignment for school. It’s summer and I’m helping my nieces with their summer homework; I think I should re-read it.
How many career titles did you have chosen as a child? Did you follow through with any of them?
Dentist; child psychologist/doctor; lawyer; real estate; baker; teacher, vendor selling popcorn at Fenway Park and The Boston Garden. I guess I had seven. I’ve followed through with real estate and have been a volunteer after school teacher through Citizen Schools. I have spent a fair amount of time at Fenway Park and The Boston Garden, but my cousin and I never followed through on our childhood plan to move to Boston together and work at Fenway and the Garden as vendors. It was, at the time, a solid plan. We’d get to watch all the games while making money. We thought it was a win-win. After high school I went to college and she got married: one career path closed. I’m seriously considering opening up a bakery business catering to moms who can’t or don’t have the time to bake homemade cookies and baked goods for their children. I think there is a market; I just need to figure out pricing. I’m not sure I can reconcile the price that I would need to charge to make the venture reasonably profitable with what people would be willing to pay. What is it that three dozen homemade chocolate chip cookies go for in the fair market? There she is the real estate finance numbers geek surfacing in my personality. So for now let’s say I followed through on 1.5 career titles.
What is the meaning of life from your perspective?
“You and I, we know the secret to life it’s butter.”
– Chef Didier, The Last Holiday
Butter is the meaning of life. Use high quality ingredients in baking and cooking (i.e. butter not margarine; pure vanilla not artificial vanilla flavoring) because in the kitchen as it is in life anything worth doing is worth doing right. Recently, a little girl commented after eating one of my chocolate chip cookies for the first time, “yum, I can taste the butter.” Priceless validation of the quality of my baking.
Do you prefer fruits, vegetables, or meat?
It’s summer so all three – my perfect summer meal is a cheeseburger on the grill preferably with a lightly toasted bun, an ear of corn and a slice of watermelon.
I prefer that combination over anything else. Don’t believe me, ask my other half. He will tell you how we could be having a clambake with lobsters, clams, steak or ribs and chicken and he always has to throw a burger on the grill for me. I’m just a simple New England girl at heart.
Do you write your posts on the PC or on paper?
Both. I like the efficiency of the PC but my creative process is definitely tied to pen and paper.
Where is your favorite place to shop? Why?
My favorite places to shop all have a common denominator, they are small family owned businesses whether that is a local farm or a small store. I like supporting local family owned farms, businesses and artisans whenever possible.
What is the most exhilarating thing you have ever done?
Do you have a bucket list?
No, I find this kind of ironic because I’m a list maker and a planner. But even though I routinely make lists and plan out projects (even holiday dinners are “projects“ requiring planning in my world), I have never created a five-year plan or a bucket list.
Questions for my nominees:
- Are you a morning or night person?
- What one person living or dead would you like to meet?
- How many hours do you devote per week to writing and blogging?
- Do you promote your blog with social media? Which ones, why and how often?
- Which is your favorite blog post that you have written?
- What is your favorite childhood book?
- What is your caffeine of choice?
- Do you use an alarm clock?
- If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
- What are you currently reading?
- Ocean, lake or river?
And my nominees are:
Feel free to join in on The 11 Things About Me Tag challenge by answering the 11 questions and nominating other bloggers or run and escape while you can. No offense taken if you choose not to participate.