Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday Morning Meme and JanNoWriMo

“When birds burp, it must taste like bugs.” - Bill Watterson

1. How is burping seen in your family? Is it rude? Humorous? Applauded? And do you ignore it, apologize or hide it? Okay, same questions for farting. (Come on, don’t be shy! We’ve all done it!)

All passing of gas is frowned upon by me... if you must do it, then at least excuse yourself. I've been known to say "excuse me" even when I'm totally alone, lol. If the dog does it, I'll let it slide. DH never says "excuse me" unless someone besides DD and I are around. Drives me nuts (though I read on another woman's blog once that she was thankful that her DH was comfortable enough around her to pass gas ... um, me? Not so much). DD does say "excuse me", but that doesn't make her try to be in the least bit circumspect.

I had a friend whose mother was so freaky about gas-passing, that the kids could only do so in the bathroom. My friend, as an adult, was unable to tell if her "need" was gas or solid, so always had to adjourn to the potty. That's a little extreme.

And that was all more than you probably wanted to know about gas on a Monday morning.

2. How long was it from your first date until the proposal of marriage? How long until the wedding? What do you think the shortest amount of time is acceptable between the first date and being engaged and getting married?

We started dating in November, were engaged a year later(shortly before our 1 year anniversary and, no I don't remember the date -- DH was not exactly romantic. He took me ring shopping, saw what I liked, bought it and shoved it at me, saying "Here." I may have to use that in one of my stories...) and married the following August, so nearly two years from start to finish.

I've always had a problem with whirlwind courtships. OTOH, I've seen them work ... but I think those are more the exception to the rule. Don't you need to get to know each other a little? To get past all the posturing and good behavior that happens at the beginning? To see the warts and decide whether you can live with them?


Maybe that's just me. Yanno, for someone who writes romance, I'm not very romantic.

3. What do you have in your glove compartment? Show us a picture!

No picture for two reasons. 1. I'm too lazy to go get the camera, snap the pic and then download it. And, 2. My truck is up on a jack with the rear axle removed, and I'm a little afraid to touch it.

But, in my glovebox: napkins, cell phone charger, deodorant (what? You've never forgotten to put it on?), extra little bags for garbage, user manual for the truck and the hub lock key.

4. Which do you dislike most: pop-up ads or spam email? Do you think either “marketing” strategy is more effective than the other? Have you ever clicked on a pop-up ad or followed through with a spam email? What was the result?

I hate them both. And I make a point of never, never, never, ever clicking through on either. I wish I could send little electric shocks -- the number of which would equal the number of spam emails sent out -- to all the spammers in the world. And pop up (and pop under) boxes should be outlawed. Blech.

Not that I have strong feelings or anything.


Okay, folks -- we're having a JanNoWriMo!! Come one, come all and join the party. So far, Amy, Sarita, Melissa and maybe Ceri have mentioned being interested. We could set up a Yahoo group, make a little database whoosie to log in our word counts, allow comments for encouragement or complaints... Or we could make it less formal and just say we're doing it and note our word counts on our blogs each day.

I do think that one exception should be made -- I say we make it our intention to write 50,000 new words in January, 2009 ... but they can be part of a WIP. I say this partly because I have 10,000 words on my NaNo novel and partly because I have three other novels begun, and it would sure be nice to finish one before I start something new.

See... it's all about me.

If you want to start something new, that's cool, too. But 50,000 new words (not editing) should be the goal, IMHO.

Thoughts? Any other victims ... volunteers?


You Are a Lace Bra!

Dreamy, romantic, and ultra-feminine

You're a womanly woman who makes guys feel like men

Your perfect guy is strong, determined, and handsome

With a softer side that only you can draw out

Oooh... kay... if you say so.



Ceri said...

I'm a flashy red bra

Outgoing, friendly, and fascinating. You're a charmer, with your pick of the men.

But you want a man who's as magnetic as you are.

You need someone who can keep up with your all night gab fests!

Um, not so much.

Anyway, yes, count me in, as long as it's 50k on a wip that I've already started I'm definitely game!

My DH is a lot like your DH in the passing gas area. On the other hand, I don't think it's nearly as amusing.

Enjoy your day!

Dru said...

You Are a White Cotton Bra!

Practical, comfortable, and classic

You want your man to feel relaxed and himself with you

Your perfect guy is low maintenance and adaptable

And he makes you feel comfy and cozy too!

That is excellent about the JanNoNo. Will non-participants be able to join so that we could offer encouragement?

Have a good Monday.

Sue said...

I definitely hate both spam, and pop-ups too. They should be made illegal in my opinion!

Happy Monday morning, and have a great week ahead :)

My entry is here

Please do stop by if you have a moment :)

Jodi said...

I don't like spam or pop ups either. Have a great Monday!

keri mikulski :) said...

I like the January WriNoNaMo idea. November is a crazy busy time. :) Love the proposal story. Happy Monday. :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

I cannot stand any passing of gas either. Drives me nuts when I have to LOOK at the kiddo to get a quick, "Excuse me." Grrr.

Anonymous said...

You Are a Sleek Black Bra!
Subtle, sophisticated, and classy.


You're not the first woman a man notices in the room...


But you're the one he remembers a week later.

Why? Did I spill something on him?

You need a guy who will make a lasting impression on you too!

Don't we all?

Anonymous said...

As far as JanWriMo?

I'm totally in. Especially with the caveat that it just has to be new WORDS and not necessarily a new BOOK.

Anonymous said...

Sending you an e-mail re: JanWriMo.

Charity said...

I'm thinking I could be up for a JanWriMo, especially if we're looking at WIPs and not some brainchild started on day 1 and ended on day 31.

I'm taking M.J. Rose's Buzz Your Book class in January, but dang, I should be writing, too. Count me in.

Kristie said...

My husband proposed in the same way sort of. We had been together off and on since I was 16, and when I was 21 we decided to get engaged. He promised me we would be engaged by Christmas and on December 21, he wouldn't let me go shopping with him. I knew it was coming and that night, he told me he loved me and gave me the ring. That was it. But neither of us are very romantic and I think it wouldn't have been us if it had been any other way.

Lynn Reynolds said...

You Are an Animal Print Bra!

Wild, zany, and even a little crazy.
You make every date an unpredictable adventure.
You want a guy who will constantly surprise you.
A relationship that's the most insane ride of your life.

Which is why I married an engineer. What?! He's very good with his hands, okay? And I do enough insane-making for both of us.

JanNoWriMo makes more sense then NanNoWriMo. I signed up for NaNo and have pretty much quit at this point. Got too obsessive about checking everyone else's word counts, so I've barely written anything this month. At least if you do yours in January, you won't also lose at least a week for Thanksgiving prep. I am not going to officially sign up - because of that obsessive word count comparison problem of mine - but I wish you the best of look!

Brandy said...

I'm dealing with the silent but deadly from Son today. And he's sitting next to me. HELP!
I am a plain cotton bra. *sigh* Figures.
Sounds like January will be great for you!
Have a pleasant day!

Tori Lennox said...

LOL! I'm a lace bra, too, which is pretty funny considering I don't wear lace because I find it scratchy. *g*

Anonymous said...

it cracks me up when people get up and leave the room to fart...I still know what they are doing, even if I can't hear it!

Phoenix said...

LOL about the deodorant I carry some of that as well just in case and as you saw almost everything else you might need! ;) Thanks for topping by my page! I hope you had a great Monday!