Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday Morning Meme and more

A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash. ~Puzant Kevork Thomajan

1. What book is on your nightstand right now? What was the last book you read? How many books do you think you read in 2008?

Um... "Seduction in Death" is what I'm reading that is fiction, and "Total Money Makeover" is my non-fiction (I usually have at least one of each going). The last book I read was "Betrayal in Death" and I probably read somewhere between 50-100 books last year -- I don't keep track. I mean to. I even set up an excel spreadsheet for it... I have about three books in there. *sigh*

2. Name three blogfriends that have inspired you. Now please tell us how these blogfriends have inspired you.

Dru, for her upbeat attitude, her pictures, her quilts (!) and so much more.

Groovy, for her ability to put a humorous spin on even the most un-funny things.

Suzanne McMinn for her photo-stories, recipes and tips on country living. I seldom comment, but I read her blog every day!

3. How far do you live from the place where you grew up as a kid? Tell us about the place you grew up - would you choose to go back there and raise your own family (if you have one)? Why or why not?

According to I live 3054.48 miles from where I lived when I was in high school. Where I "grew up" is tough because we moved so much (though, all in the same 60-90 mile radius).

I went to school in Rancho Cordova, CA and no, I wouldn't go back and raise my kids there. When the air force bases there and near there were closed in the 90s, it really destroyed the town. It's a little "ghetto-y" and run down, but also tremendously populated and overcrowded. I miss California something fierce, but it's been a while since I've been there, so really I'm missing the California of my childhood, not how it is now. Whenever I go back to visit, I'm reminded why I left.

Still, I WOULD and HOPE to move back out west, somewhere a little more rural (Wenatchee, WA for example) but still close enough to my family and friends to visit more easily (a 15 hour drive as opposed to a 50 hour one).

4. Finish this line: Absence makes the heart……
(please do not say “grow fonder”.) How long do you think is ‘too long’ to be away from your loved ones?

Depends on who you're talking about! LOL... Absence, IMHO, makes the heart grow distant. My DH and I both lived through that -- being engaged (not to each other) and being separated from our respective intendeds for long periods of time. By the time we were in the same time zone again, his fiancee was married and mine was living with someone.

And any time away from loved ones that has a day and a night is too long (**MOM**)... just saying.


I had a nice birthday, yesterday. DD got me two dark chocolate Dove candy bars (can I just say "YUM") and gave me a coupon that said the following:

This is for you. You may use it as often as you like. When it expires you can get another one. I don't think it will expire soon. I hope you like it and use it wisely and also when you're sad.

COUPON: Free hugs for the next 500,000,000,000,000,000 years.
And then, after I opened and read it, she said, "You could use it right now."

I'm not sure if that coupon was really for me or for her...

I also got a couple gift certificates! WOOT! I am so using part to preorder "A Geek Girls Guide to Cheerleading".

We had lunch at Shorty's -- a Mexican food place. DD had a taco and shared my portabella mushroom fajitas with me. DH had Polla con Espinaca -- and, oh MAN did it look good. It may just have been the spinach and cheese sauce over the top but I was drooling.

And, we were all so stuffed from lunch that no dinner was necessary!


I really hate Google reader. Really. It locks up my computer every-freaking-time. I'm trying to move everyone into bookmarks, but since it locks up every time I try to retrieve your URLs it's time-consuming, and time is one thing I am extremely short on. I don't know WHY it does this. No on else seems to be having trouble. But, I am.


I'm not terrifically enthused with either of my stories for JaNoWriMo. Wait, that's not entirely true. I LOVE the idea of them, and the fantasy especially excites me. But... writing them isn't exciting me right now and I don't know why. I'm desperate to write, but I can't seem to find the words.

I may try to do another short for Woman's World (as an aside, I had a dream the other night that they sent me a check for $885 to publish my story -- it's supposed to be $1000, but they took out taxes, lol) or another short for somewhere else. Maybe that will get me excited? I don't know. Color me frustrated.


You Are a Hooded Sweater

You are active, casual, and laid-back.

There's not a pretentious bone in your body. You are very humble.

You have a very giving spirit. Whether you're dealing with friends or strangers, you tend to ask very little of people.

You are honest and open. You believe that if you are truthful with people, they will be straight with you.

Um... some is right, some isn't. I'll let you guess which is which! LOL...



Sue said...

It sounds like our reading habits are very similar :) I think I'm going to actually try the spreadsheet idea as it is still early in the year. Now I'm curious as to the exact number of books that I actually read. Happy Monday :)

Jodi said...

Having more than one book going would confuse me.

Maria Zannini said...

ref: I really hate Google reader. Really. It locks up my computer every-freaking-time.

It's not you. When I lived in town I was on Verizon FiOS and my connections were lightning fast and I could open 30 windows with no problem. Fiber optics makes the difference I think.

But now that I am out in the boonies I have to depend on satellite and just like you I get locked up every time I open too many windows. The Reader makes it lock up the fastest.

So far it's the only correlation I've found. I hate it too.

Keri Mikulski said...

Happy Birthday, fellow Capricorn! :)

Tori Lennox said...

Sounds like a great birthday! Love the coupon you got from your daughter. :)

Charity said...

Aw, your DD is a sweetie--and so are you for your pre-order.

And if you don't start writing soon, I'll have to pull out my "how you feel about the prose as you write it has no relation to the writing" lecture. And no one wants that.

groovyoldlady said...

Are you trying to tell me that are occurences in life that are void of humor?

OK...I know that there are. Some circumstances are literally Hell on earth. Nonetheless, the quirky sense of humor God has given me does help lighten the load! Thanks for saying such a nice thing about me!

Anonymous said...

Glad you had a great birthday!

Why on earth do you want to move to Wenatchee? Is it because another fantasy and romance author lives there? Or that Wenatchee seems to produce romance authors? (My MIL grew up there. If I said "Chanting" and "Dragon's Fire", I'm pretty sure you'd know who she is- retired now though).

Brandy said...

Sounds like a good Birthday to me! The coupon from your DD was sweet.
I hope you find the words you need today to write!
Have a good day.

Dru said...

Thank you for those kind words.

I love homemade gifts and that coupon for hugs is the best yet.

I don't think I use Google Reader as it is intended. I basically call up the actual blog while in google reader and then comment.

You Are a Cardigan

You are traditional, old-fashioned, and even a little conservative.

More than anything else, you are a creature of habit. You haven't changed much over the years.

You shy away from flashy ideas, people, fashion, and foods.

You have simple tastes. You go for established quality and longevity every time.

My, my, this is 95% accurate.

I hope you were able to write today.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, I'm not sure I'll every be able to read a book a week! That's awesome!