Dr. Tanya continues her #5Things prompt series with fall favorites. Here are mine…
1. A break from oppressive heat. While I love summer days, by October I’m ready for cooler nights. Since I’m in Southern California, we’re not talking freezing temps (usually), just a civilized dip into the 50s or so.
2. The opportunity to wear boots!
3. Going north for Thanksgiving to visit my eldest and her hubby. Yay!
4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin candy. (These are peanut butter/chocolate cups in a pumpkin shape, which are even more delicious than regular ones because of the ratio or some other magic.)
Well, I was in a good mood, but checking FB, Twitter, and all that nonsense has put a raincloud over it. Wish I hadn’t rejoined FB and need to stay away. Twitter too… it does not help me sell books at all. Okay. Time for Share Your World! I’ll answer the Harry Potter questions this time because they’re pretty general.
Roger’s Magical, Mystical Questions:
1. Have you ever spent the night in a house that was supposedly haunted? Anything ‘strange” happen?
No and yes. “Strange” things happen all the time ~ how you interpret them is the key. There have been times it feels like my mom talks to me. I could decide that’s a ghostly communication from “beyond,” or my own subconscious.
2. What is the largest sporting event (or concert, etc.) that you have ever attended?
I went to some hideously huge concert at the Hollywood Bowl some years back. I forget what it was, but I had a really bad time in that large of an arena.
3. When you go for a swim, do you prefer an ocean, the seaside lakes, or a pool?
None. I dislike pools altogether, and the natural bodies are good for getting my feet wet. I’m not inclined to do more than that.
4. Tell about the most ‘ghastly’ fashion statement that you have ever made.
I dressed up as a silly elf for a Christmas party and won a prize.
Muggle Questions (from Melanie):
1. What is the last song you sang along to?
“Monday Monday,” which was on a CD I randomly grabbed today for the car.
2. What was your scariest nightmare about?
I was little, around 10 or under, and dreamt I got lost at the zoo. I ended up behind the exhibits and there was a wolf loose. He jumped on me and ripped my throat open. In the dream, I died, though I understand that isn’t supposed to happen in dreams. I woke up with strep throat.
3. What food do you crave most often?
It used to be sugar, preferably frosted cake or cookies. Now though I’m more likely to crave pizza or pasta. In fact, I would like some pizza, thanks! 🍕
4. What’s your grossest bug story?
I have a few, but the most disgusting event that has never left my mind was when my new puppy had tapew*rms, which usually happen because of flea ingestion. So so so gross. My cat had them too (twice!), due to effing fleas, but getting rid of them wasn’t as disgusting as the puppy situation. I saw big tangled globs of them. HORRIBLE.
GRATITUDE SECTION (optional as always)
Grateful for modern science and medicine, even when it works imperfectly. I have zero tolerance for conspiracy lunatics who would rather take advice from some idiot on YooToob. You don’t believe in science or support “big pharma”? Go live in a cave then. I get all the vaccines and am thankful for them!
First, I give big thanks to both Rory and Sadje for thinking of me for this award! 😍❤️😘 I really appreciate it. Next, like many here, I do not follow the rules of these award posts. I’m not posting the rules and I’m not tagging peeps or writing new questions. If you want to grab these (some or all, feel free). I consider all my readers worthy of an award for spending time on my posts. Finally, I’m not linking back to the site where this award originated because that’s just giving someone blog views when they haven’t done anything. Also, I don’t see this image anywhere on their site, so idk where it came from.
1. Did you live an adventurous young adult life as in between your later teens to you early thirties and if you did what was your life style like …
2. …… if you didn’t what was your lifestyle like?
I was boring, like now. I’ve never been particularly adventurous. My lifestyle was about working, finishing college, getting married, starting a family. Back then, I watched a lot more TV.
3. What was the riskiest date you ever went on and why?
Probably driving up to Hollywood from Irvine in freaking rush hour to meet this gross man who liked my writing and was allegedly in “the biz” and said he would help me. When he realized I wasn’t attracted to him, he became angry.
4. How big a child are you still?
Not much, though I can be silly with kids and they like me. I’m a serious person though and not very spontaneous.
5. What will you simply not do for money OR is that question easier to answer favourably reflective upon the sum of actual money offered?
Clockwise, starting at the top left, is me in my sparkly St. Patrick’s Day beret last year. I was out to dinner with friends at one of our favorite restaurants in Irvine, Urban Plates. We miss that place and have vowed to return as soon as we can.
Next I’m at the Orange County Fair with 2 friends I put discretion stickers over, since idk if they want their faces on my silly blog. I’m wearing my straw “pussy hat” I bought at Disneyland. It’s very discreet, and you wouldn’t necessarily think it’s making a statement. I believe this was also 2019, though I bought the hat in 2018.
The center right was at a murder mystery dinner party where we role-played 1920s gangsters, flappers, and other characters. Since I’m always cold, I opted for a suit costume rather than a sexy dress. It came with a cool hat! This was ages ago in 2012 or something.
Bottom right is me in an utterly adorable knit cap that my talented friend Nat made and sent as a gift. It’s so sweet! I love it. 💕
Finally, I’m all in green as Robynne Hood at the Renaissance Faire out in Azusa… 2014, I believe it was. What a fun day! I’m not sure I’ll go to the fair again though… it’s always so beastly hot out there and honestly it’s the same every time. But you never know…
I’m a fan of the fancy. I’m not talking about high-end, expensive items, but the faux, the fake, and the fantastically ridiculous. I love sequins and sparkles, feathers and fishnets, glitter and glam. It’s all fun! When my girls were little, we had a huge box of crazy dress-up clothes and silly jewelry to play with. None of it was pricey, since I didn’t want to worry about losing it or breaking it. It was just for the love of color and fabric and texture. I used to adore Halloween and Ren Faire too, but all good things must come to an end. My fancy pants days are over… and it’s not a sad thing. I simply got tired of all that, plus my eyes are old and itchy and it’s hard to wear make-up now. A glitzy outfit feels incomplete if I can’t wear sparkly eye shadow and loads of black mascara too. When I moved, I dumped all my fancies. Well, almost all… I still have my red sparkly shoes.
Have you seen the trending topics lately? No, I’m not talking about the elections or infections but the following selections…
1. What to call poor Meghan and Harry now that they no longer have royal titles or protection from the Crown? Oh dear me. Let me collect myself. What if I see them at the grocery store shopping for nectarines? I won’t know how to say hello!
2. What if my ex starts dating a celeb? As if it doesn’t make you feel dejected enough to see your old flame connect with someone new, but the new crush is Jennifer Aniston? Now that this specter has been brought to my attention, I must reflect upon it endlessly.
3. Eyebrows. I had no idea I was supposed to obsess about having perfect brows, but apparently they are a huge deal and you’re supposed to spend a load of money on them. No wonder I failed at finding a man ~ I had been neglecting my brow grooming. Omg how embarrassing! I’m sure that was the main reason for my multiple rejections.
Please inject your thoughts on these important subjects into my comments, thx!