Friday, December 7, 2012

Y2 Day 100: Cue Bert Parks!!

The talented, witty, bourbon-loving, Vietnam War-chronicling, Moby Dick-reading, shampoo-eschewing, super-pretty newlywed Kate at Nested — she who fends off the liquid attacks of expired chickens with her ever-numb right arm — nominated me for an award!!!

I quote (from her blog, where she quoted another blog):

          "The Liebster Blog Award is an award given from bloggers to bloggers 
           that are small to medium in size or up and coming in the blogsphere. 
           Liebster is German for 'favorite.' The award is a way to give beginning 
           bloggers some worthy attention, make connections and let readers learn 
           a little more about you."
To fully "receive" this award (um, not sure of the correct verb here), I must answer eleven questions, share eleven facts about myself, and pose eleven questions to the blogs I pass the award to. 
11 Questions from the Lovely Kate
1. What did you want to be when you "grew up"?
I think I always wanted to be an author of children's books. I wrote many books in my early youth, including the "Sunset" series (Sunset on the Mountains, Sunset at the Beach, Sunset on Chico Creek, and the series finale, Sunset for Prudence). Gripping!!
 Lady C — keepin' the dream alive since 1968 (the year I learned to read and write).

2. Would you rather have a human head and intelligence with a velocirapter's body or a parrot that sat on your shoulder and broadcast your every thought?
 I already have the freaking parrot!!! It's called I blurt out everything that I'm thinking, particularly if I've had a glass of wine, which is always. But I'm living with it just fine (right, pallies?), and I have learned how to make a graceful apology. And I have enough body image challenges already. Parrot for me!
3. What's your guilty pleasure?
So many! But let's say: McDonald's French fries dipped into a McDonald's chocolate shake.

Wow, where did these 100 extra pounds come from????

4. If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
This question is making my brain turn inside out. My first answer was Jesus. Then I thought — could I really eat dinner while sitting with Jesus? I think I would be completely freaked out and excited and crazy happy and wanting to cry and possibly pass out from all the questions I have and the total awesomeness of sitting with Jesus! So . . . maybe he's not the best pick. So then I thought: Paul Newman, of course. Except — I think I would be too nervous about getting stuff in my teeth, and eating too much, and is he going to kiss me goodnight afterward or what? And then . . . a million people flooded my mind: Dead relatives, whom I miss so much! My dead favorite kitty Dexter! My great-grandmother the Indian chief! Lincoln! Eve! Groucho Marx! Maud Hart Lovelace!

You know what? I'm picking my mom. I never get to spend enough time with her (we live 3,000 miles apart), and we would have a blast. And we like to eat the same things, so I'm guaranteed a kick-ass meal.


(Seriously. My brain just exploded. Who is going to clean up this mess???)

5. How do you take your coffee?
Strong, hot, and with cream. And I take it all day and all night, baby!
6. Do you believe in ghosts?
Oh hells yes. But I didn't until my dead grandma appeared in my living room when I was putting away Christmas ornaments a few years ago. (According to her, I wasn't being careful enough.) Later she yelled at me for sitting on a bench in Monaco reading my book, when I should have been up and about, shopping and exploring.
I love and adore Grandma, but she is a big enormous nag and could do a little more resting in peace, in my humble opinion.
7. If you could accomplish only one thing in 2013, what would it be? 
I'd like to say "Find an agent for my book," but that is not totally under my control. I'm torn between "Finish my second book" and "Lose 40 more pounds." Please, please, pretty please, may I pick both? They are such worthy goals!

(Hmm – should I have picked something more selfless, like, "Endeavor to ensure my children and husband's health and happiness?" Does it count that I thought of that third?)
8. Cats or dogs?
I LOVE dogs. I will approach any dog I see, ever, hold out my fingers, invite a sniff, and attempt to be friends. I have a best-dog-friend in the neighborhood, and I have stopped my car when I drive by and see that she's in her yard, so I can get out and play with her. 
And having said all that: I am 100 percent a cat person, to the very core of my being. I love dogs. I get cats.
9. What animal best represents your personality and why?

Hee! See above. Glamorous, pleasure-seeking, self-absorbed. Me, me, me as well.
10. Are you afraid of the dark?
Not in and of itself — I could sit on my living room sofa or my front porch in the pitch darkness and be fine. But I'm afraid of things jumping out at me from the dark, so I won't go into a "haunted house"-type attraction.
11. Paper or plastic?
Miss! I use re-usable shopping bags!! (Unless we're out of paper bags, which we use to recycle our newspapers. So — paper beats plastic, I guess.) 
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I got interrupted and now a hundred hours have gone by. This will have to be a two-part post, I guess! Stay tuned for 11 amazing facts about me and 11 questions for someone else to answer (though truly I'm at a loss, since almost no one I know besides Lady Darcy has a blog, and I'm not sure Lady Darcy will care about this). The trail of Liebster Blog (which I keep reading as Lobster Blog) just may end here.
Off to snuggle next to my kids and start reading aloud The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, our yearly ritual. I love love LOVE December!!!
To all a good night!

—Lady C

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