Have I mentioned that I suck at tag?

Originally posted at: http://fourunder4plustwo.blogspot.com

The basic problem with the game of tag, as I see it, is that it requires running. I am not a fan of running. It's not that I'm lazy, per se (though of course we all have our lazy days now and then). It's that I don't enjoy sweating, you see. There's a reason I have always preferred water sports. Sweating in the pool is just so much less gross. (I was a hard-core competitive water polo player for many years. If you've ever seen or played a game of water polo then you'll know it's definitely not a game for lazy people.) Either way, there are very few questions I dread more than, "Want to play tag with us?" Cause what am I going to say to young children, be they my own or other random neighbourhood children who like to hang out at our place: "Uh, no, sorry kids. I don't like to sweat." Of course I always end up playing. And getting all sweaty. Ugh.

The other day, though, I was invited by two lovely ladies to participate in a game of tag that I can totally get into. The virtual blogging kind of tag. The ice-breaking kind of tag. Sleepy Joe and Joanne both honoured me by 'tagging' me in a game of blog-tag. As I understand it (and by that I of course mean that I blatantly copied what is about to follow from their blogs), these are the rules of the game:

Each per­son must post 11 things about them­selves on their blog. Answer the ques­tions the tag­ger set for you in their post and cre­ate 11 new ques­tions for the peo­ple you tag to answer. You have to choose 11 peo­ple to tag and link them on the post. Go to their page and tell them you have linked him or her. No tag backs.

As I was tagged twice (I could see it as having to do twice the work but instead I choose to view it as an opportunity to have twice the fun!), I will answer all 22 questions (11 asked by each blogger). I will spare those of you who have been around for a while the painful process of reading 22 MORE facts about me as I have been so fortunate as to have had the chance to receive "get-to-know-you" blog awards before. What I will do instead is provide links to those two posts here and here. I bare all in them, and those are great posts for getting to know me.

Here are the questions I am supposed to answer:

Sleepy Joe's questions:

1. Who is your literary hero?
Just one? Yikes. 'Hero' is a somewhat ambiguous term. One character I've always identified with very much is Jo, from Little women. I am a strange combination of Jo and Beth, though it's much more common for me to show my 'Jo' side.
2. Why?
Oops. I should probably read ahead next time. I answered this one above.
3. What is your favourite children's story?
I always loved "The Little Match Girl", "Heidi", "Little Women", "The Narnian Chronicles", "Robinson Crusoe", "The Secret Garden", and "Gulliver's Travels". And so so many more. Those are the ones that sprang to mind right away though.
4. Are you a closet reader, are there some books that you won't admit to reading?
Every now and then I will read Ken Follett or Nora Roberts. A little dessert in moderation is not a bad thing. There's a line I love from the movie 'Finding Forrester', where Jamal asks William Forrester why he's reading the National Enquirer, saying that someone like him should be reading the Times. Forrester tells Jamal that he reads the times for supper, but that the Enquirer is his dessert. I've always felt that fit perfectly.
5. Do you have any regrets in life?
I'll be 30 next month so it would be a tad presumptuous of me to answer this definitively. I don't regret most of the decisions I've made as, even though I recognize that in hindsight some were not ideal, they have moulded me into the person I am today. Not that it's a regret as it's something over which I obviously had no control, but I will always be disappointed and sorry that my children will never get to meet their grandfather, as my father passed away before I was married.
6. Name one ambition, not including getting your writing published.
Ha! Is that so common an ambition for bloggers that it's taken as obvious? Not sure why, but that amused me. I would like to make a significant, meaningful contribution in this world. Be it through a kind action that changes someone's life, through an idea that has the potential to improve quality of life, through my teaching...I don't know how (or if) this will pan out, but I'll keep being the best person I know how to be and hope that something will stick. The small things matter in life, sometimes in ways we don't even realize. So I'll focus on the small things, for now.
7. Heels or flats on a night out?
A few years ago I would have said heels. I was never a crazy heel kind of girl, as I'm already 5'10"+ without shoes, but I did enjoy a modest, fun heel now and then. Now I'd say flats. Not because I'm THAT boring, but because of this.
8. What is your comfort food?
Mmmmm....chocolate. But not just any chocolate. Quality, pure, milk chocolate. Unsullied by nuts, berries, etc. Just plain, pure chocolate. That's my vice.
9. Normal clothes or comfy PJ's?
To be honest, I'm not a PJ kinda gal. I'm a morning person, an up-and-at-'em kinda gal, so my day begins with getting dressed. And it feels weird and off-balance when it doesn't. The one exception is Christmas morning. Our family tradition is to hang out in PJ's and bathrobes for quite some time on that special day.
10. What is your favourite film?
Again, there are many. The big two that come to mind, that I could watch over and over again, are "Untamed Heart" (Have you seen it? If not, why not? Go get it!! Now!) and "The Sound of Music". Yup, I'm a sap.
11. Coke or Pepsi?
 Pepsi. Diet Pepsi. Now imagine I was saying that like Sean Connery as James Bond. That way there's no doubt as to which is cooler.

Wow, that took way longer than I'd anticipated. And 11 more to go! Whew! Have I lost you yet? Feel free to take a break and come back- that's what I did ;) Here are the answers to Joanne's questions:

1. Why did you start a blog?
I've answered this question here. Yes, I'm being lazy. But in all fairness this is my 12th thought-provoking question in a row. I get some slack, right?
2. What have you learned about yourself from blogging?
Actually, I'm pretty much the same person blogging as I am in person- joking around, poking fun at myself, etc. The one difference is that I share more here, so people who know me IRL and read this blog have probably learned a lot more about me in the last year or so than they ever knew before. I'm basically an open book and have no problem sharing about myself, but people don't necessarily ask. So here I get to just throw whatever I want out there, and people can choose to read or not to read. I like that arrangement.
3. How do you blog and still get things done around your house?
Well, you see, I....oh, wait. It's pretty much one or the other. Some weeks the house is a bit neglected but I post more often or actually have time to reread and edit before posting. More often than not though, since our new reality began, it's blogging that's been neglected. I work late into the night to stay on top of things and have no energy left to write. Or read. I occasionally have time to read the posts that find their way to my inbox, but seldom to comment. It doesn't mean I don't love you if I've been more absent from the comments section lately, promise!
4. Why is blogging better than Facebook?
Hmmm, a bit biased, are we? For one thing, no stupid games requests or updates. Am I the only one that wants to climb through the computer and slap people for playing that shit? Honestly, if you've got that much free time, please stop by my house for the afternoon. I guarantee you I can find lots of work to keep you busy! I think the thing I like best about blogging is that I can say what I want, when I want. Occasionally my mother is scandalized and berates me, reminding me that my Aunt reads my blog. And I tell her that it's my blog. People can choose to read or to not read. Unlike Facebook and its damn status updates that are shoved down your throat 24/7. It would seem that I'm a tad biased as well. Who knew?
5. What is the last book you read?
I'm currently reading, among several others, the first book of the "Game of Thrones" series. It's the one I like best. The last book I actually finished was "The Location of Culture", by Homi Bhabha. A riveting and thought-provoking read, though a bit heavy- it's not a quick read by any means.
6. What is the last live performance you saw?
We are fortunate enough to have some pretty awesome friends who gave Ian and me tickets to see the comedian Danny Bhoy perform a few months ago. (They were also insane enough to babysit all 4 of our kids for the night. Needless to say, they are 'keepers'.) The show was hilarious! Prior to that was seeing my little brother in a starring role in "American Idiot". I was blown away by that show and highly recommend it.
7. What is your favorite children's book?
Deja vu, anyone? See answer waaaaaaaaaay up above, in question # 3 of first set.
8. What is your favorite typeface?
Can't say I've ever given it much thought. I'm a very practical person, and I prefer to have my thoughts stand out on their merit rather than on their presentation, so I pretty much just go with Times New Roman. Terribly boring, I know. I don't mind reading most fonts, though. Except for comic sans. That font is just obnoxious.
9. Would you ever put your cat on a leash?
Ian bought a leash for his cat Phobos way back when, and I teased him mercilessly for the ridiculousness of it. That being said, I love that you do so shamelessly, Joanne. Just because it goes against the norm, doesn't make it wrong. Fight the man!
10. Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
I don't think there is anyone who could do me justice- have I mentioned I'm a Gemini? Enough said. However if anyone were to stand a chance, I think it would be Melissa Gilbert, the girl who played Laura Ingalls on the Little House series. Not only does she resemble me physically, especially when she is young and has the two braids (yes, my mother did that to me too), but I always identified with her character.
11. Love the tourists or can't wait for them to leave?
Can't wait for them to leave. That being said, I am frequently a tourist and would hate to be resented. The double standard is alive and well.

Oh my, that took a while! I can only imagine how you poor readers feel. I'm supposed to tag 11 other bloggers, and as I'm nosy good at following rules when I want to be, here is my list:

Kat, from My View Through Kat Eyes
Dana, from The Daily Dose
Danne Romero, from My Distant Husband
graciewilde, from In Search of a Title
Jen P, from High Heels and Dirty Dishes
Meg, from Domesticated-ish
Sarah, from My Life in Contradictions
Gene Pool Diva
Mother Hen, from Fluffy Feathers
Lisa, from Confessions of a Veterinary Mom
Diane, from Dollops of Diane

And now for the questions I'd like answered, if you're willing to play along:

1. If you could have supper with any three people, be they currently living or not, who would you choose?
2. Why?
3. Complete this sentence: The world needs more ______________ in order to be a better place.
4. If you won the lottery, what are the first 3 things you would do?
5. What are three items on your bucket list?
6. If you attended Hogwarts, to which house would you belong?
7. If you had to choose only 3 words to describe yourself, what would those 3 words be?
8. Complete this this sentence: the world needs less/fewer ______________ in order to be a better place.
9. Does knowing that someone has had body modifications (tattoos, piercings other than in the ears, plastic surgery, etc.) alter your perception/opinion of them?
10. If you had only one day left to live, how would you spend that time?
11. What is the most thrilling experience you have ever had? (NOT pertaining to relationships or giving birth.)

If you're still with me at this point, all I can say is God bless you, you patient soul. Thank you for reading in spite of my long-windedness, and I promise to keep it much more brief next time!

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