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Sunday Stealing…or Not

Okay…I started to do Sunday Stealing today, and it was just too…violent. The first three questions were about blowing people up and punching them in the face. Not my thing.

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Sunday Stealing: The Final Week of 2009 Meme

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

I sewed in a zipper! I was so proud. I didn’t use the zipper foot, but still.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I did not keep my resolutions, and as we all know I have made oodles of them for next year.

3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

At home, dreaming about 2010 and all the fabulous things that will happen in it. Watching movies and eating scrumptious food.
4. Did anyone close to you die?

No…thankfully.

5. What countries did you visit?

Sadly, none. I did take the train from Nevada to Washington D.C. by myself for a writer’s conference. It was my adventure.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

Health.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The day the train left without me because I lost my purse in Wal-mart and didn’t have an ID. I had to go all the way home (200 miles), file a police report, come back to the train station the next day…I travelled to Washington D.C. with a police report for an ID and missed a day of the conference. I told you it was an adventure.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I sold a story to Liquid Silver Books.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I spent hours and hours and hours rewriting my novel, and was still unable to sell it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Yes. I was exhausted, sore, unable to stop gaining weight, my hair was falling out–you name it, I had it–and I found out that I can’t tolerate gluten.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Hands down, a little electric lap blanket. It’s so toasty.

12. Where did most of your money go?

I’m embarassed to say it…but food. We spend SO much money on groceries and eating out, it’s pretty disgusting. More than we even spend on our rent.

13. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Hmmm…I’ll have to think on this one and get back to you.

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Writing.

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Complaining.

16. What was your favourite TV program?

Hmmm….my favorite TV show this year was probably either House or Criminal Minds. A tie then.

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don’t hate.

18. What was the best book you read?

C.L. Wilson’s series.

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I don’t think I made one.

20. What was your favorite film of this year?

Jeez…none of the movies this year really made an impact on me. I did see the new Harry Potter movie at the hugest theater I’ve ever been in, in Washington D.C. That was pretty good.

21. What did you do on your birthday?

Hung out with my Nick. Ruby was visiting her grandparents, Adrienne was travelling to an out-of-town parade with her marching band (she plays the clarinet), and Kevin was working. Me and Nick ate pizza and watched a movie. It was really nice.

22. What kept you sane?

Did I stay sane? I’m not so sure.

23. Who did you miss?

I always miss my mom.

24. Who was the best new person you met?

An Internet friend went on my trip to Washington D.C. with me–that was very cool.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:

In 2009, I learned to think outside of my comfort zone. I learned that instead of trying to make my life fit what someone else thinks it should, I can be brave and do what I want.

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Sunday Stealing: Lola’s Holiday Meme

1. What is your favorite holiday show/animated show?

My very favorite holiday movie is A Christmas Story. I have great memories of watching this every year with my family when I was a teenager. Also, the kid in it reminds me so much of Nick that I have a smile on my face the whole way through.

2. What holiday character do you think you’re most like?

Hmmm…this is a hard one. Maybe Virginia–always questioning.

3. What holiday character does your spouse think you’re most like?

He’d probably think I’m most like Mrs. Claus–since he has a belly like a bowl full of jelly HAHAHA

4. Favorite Christmas/holiday song?

Confession time. I don’t like Christmas music. I know, I know. It’s awful of me. But a lot of it irritates me. And around here both of our radio stations (yes, there are only two) play continuous Christmas music starting November 1. Sigh.  Now that I have that off my chest, Joy to the World is my favorite Christmas song. It makes me think of my mother.

5. Most hated Christmas/holiday song?

I really hate Christmas songs that are designed to make you cry. Like the one about the red shoes. Come on now. A Christmas song about a little boy’s dying mother? There’s enough sadness in the world–at least let Christmas songs be happy, hmm?

6. If you have an all holiday music radio station when do you start listening to it?

No choice. It starts November 1. I don’t really get into the spirit of Christmas music until the last week of December, so I don’t listen to the radio until then.

7. If you have an all holiday music radio station do you love it or hate it?

I don’t like it. There are no other choices. That sucks.

8. Have you ever wrapped yourself as a Christmas present?

Um…no.

9. Who is Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer’s father?

I don’t know his name–but I think he wanted to hide Rudolf’s nose under a black rubber clown-nose thing. He needs parenting classes.
10. Do you drive your neighborhood or one near you at night to look at other people’s holiday decorations?

Kevin’s birthday is December 23. Our tradition is to drive around town to look at the lights on that day. It’s my favorite holiday tradition.

11. When you see a heavily decorated house do you think, ‘oh that’s lovely’? Or do you think, ‘oh criminy, that looks like Christmas threw up all over their lawn’?

I like all the lights. However, if it looks too cluttered or overdone, I can get that Christmas-threw-up vibe.

12. Are you counting the days to Christmas with excited anticipation or dread?

Anticipation. We’re having a far less materialistic Christmas this year, and I’m super excited about it.

13. When was the last time you had your photo taken with Santa? Did you sit on his lap?

When I was a kid, my Grandpa’s Mason Lodge held an annual Christmas party with Santa. I distinctly remember being told to take my little sister up to see Santa, and then being roped into sitting on his lap myself and being incredibly uncomfortable. I was 12.

14. Do you make a Christmas list for your spouse or significant other or do you rely on them to pick your gift(s) without a clue from you?

Christmas is the only time I get to indulge myself in books. I put some in my cart at Amazon, and then Kevin picks a few of my picks. So semi-surprise.

15. When do you put up your tree?

Around the first of December.

16. Real or fake?

This is an ongoing debate in our house. I win every year, and we have a live tree. I can’t imagine having a fake one. I need that pine scent.

17. When do you take your tree down?

I find a Christmas tree after Christmas to be depressing and usually try to get it down with in a few days. When I was a kid, our tradition was to keep it up until Epiphany (my Canadian grandma called it Petit Noel) on January 6. I found it depressing then too.

18. Do you shop the day after Christmas sales? What do you shop for?

I always WANT to shop the day after Christmas sales. But I never have any money left. I also think I’ll get Christmas supplies like wrapping paper after Christmas, and again, I find Christmas stuff after the holiday is over to be depressing. I have no real idea why. Maybe just the let-down after the anticipation?

19. Is your work/office having a holiday party this year? Will you attend?

My work is having a Christmas party at the main office. It’s 250 miles away, so I won’t be attending.

20. Do you have your New Year’s Eve Plans set yet?

I never go out for New Year’s Eve. I love to stay at home, make some really yummy food, watch When Harry Met Sally, and maybe Sleepless in Seattle, and plan the upcoming year.  We do have plans to go outside at Midnight and bang pots and pans. Did you do that when you were a kid?

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Who…

Is easy to love? My husband. No really, he is. I defy you not to love someone who makes you laugh so hard you can’t breathe.

Do you just wanna smack? I’m a lover, not a smacker. But I occassionally get that urge when I’m faced with intolerance.

Do you trust? I’m the type of person who gives the benefit of the doubt–I assume everyone is trustworthy until they prove me wrong. Unfortunately, I’m proved wrong sometimes, but I wouldn’t change this about myself.

Do you talk to when you’re alone? Okay, here’s something not everyone knows about me. (Until now, hahaha.) I talk to myself when I’m in the car driving alone. Sometimes I work out something I’m writing on. Sometimes I work out a problem I’m having with someone, or practice something I have to say to someone later. Yes, I’m a self-talker-to-er.

What…Erm…see above. I also will admit to occassional cell-phone usage while driving.

Dangerous things do you do while driving?

Are you allergic to? It’s not exactly an allergy–but I can’t eat gluten. It pretty much affects every bit of my life. I also have allergy eyes that are affected by pollen, especially from mulberry and olive trees.

Is Satan’s last name? I know, but I’m not telling.

Is the freakiest thing in your house?… I’d have to go with my husband’s huge collection of 1980s music and video games.
When…Now. I’m so there.

Is it time to turn over a new leaf?

Will you be all that you can be? I think there is always something more to reach for, something more to learn.

Is enough enough? It is for me, when it comes to material things. Can you ever have ‘enough’ love or knowledge or friendship? I think maybe you can be satisfied with what you have in the moment, but be open to new as well. That reminds me of the old Girl Scout song–Make New Friends, but Keep the Old?

Do you go to the dark side? I do.

Where…On my person–in a big wicker trunk at the foot of my bed–in the washing machine. Damn, they’re everywhere.

Are your pants?

Is your last will and testament? In my head.

Is your junk food stash? At the grocery store.

Is Carmen Sandiego? Last I heard, somewhere in the Congo.

Why…Nooo…he had Tanto and Silver. He wasn’t alone at all.

Was the Lone Ranger alone?

Was The Scarlet Letter scarlet? Cause adultresses look good in red?

Are musicians sexy and plumbers not? Clearly, you’ve never seen my plumber…or known some of the musicians I’ve known. That’s all I’ll say.

Are there no seat belts on school buses? I’ve wondered this myself. Maybe because a bus is so big and heavy that it’s less likely to be impacted by a fender bender? I guess in the case of a roll over, it’s each kid for themselves?
Would you…Not for a doughnut and coffee. I might do it for free, if I was in good enough shape again. Once upon a time, I dreamed of being an Olympic swimmer.

Swim the English Channel for a doughnut and coffee? If not that, what?

Forgive someone who deliberately hurt you? Yes.

Rather believe a lie if it hurt you less than the truth? No, give it to me straight.

You still be alive if you were sucked out of an airplane window? Maybe…if I grabbed on to my seat cushion and landed in the ocean? No…No…I don’t think so.

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