Friday, June 12, 2009

Some Things About Me

I've been tagged by Leanne at See the Woods and The Trees.

This meme is a bit more thought provoking that most. The instructions are:

1. Respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, and/or add one more question of your own (don't feel obliged as it's quite long already!)

2. Tag eight other people. As I've mentioned before, I don't tag, but feel free to copy this if you'd like to play. I'd really like to read your answers, so be sure to let me know you've played.

What is your current obsession? Gardening. I'm not obsessed in the "read everything I can get my hands on to learn about it" way, but it's my current top hobby and I'm finding much enjoyment in it this year.

What is your weirdest obsession? I guess I'm a bit obsessed with numbers and tracking things. I track our spending. I track our utility usage. I track how much TV we watch and how much food we get from our garden. I track how much money I spend at garage sales and how much I make on eBay when I re-sell the things I buy at garage sales. Oddly enough, one thing I've never tracked or obsessed over is my weight.

Coffee or tea? Tea. I do enjoy coffee and drink a cup or two almost every day. Tea, on the other hand, is almost a necessity for me. Hardly a day passes that I don't drink at least one glass or cup of tea, and usually much more than that. I like all kinds of teas - green, white, herbal, flavored - but my favorite is just Lipton Orange Pekoe (black) tea, made strong and sweet.

What’s for dinner? By the time supper rolls around, we'll be setting up camp. To keep things quick and simple, we'll be having taco salads; most of the ingredients were prepped here at home before we left. They were supposed to be those "Walking Tacos" that each person assembles in their own little bag of crushed Doritos, but I'm too cheap frugal to buy the little bags of chips. We'll be making them in little disposable bowls leftover from one day last winter when Shane took homemade soup in for his work crew. Not very green, but very cheap frugal.

What have you just made? In the kitchen, I last made some Sausage Pinwheels and some Coconut Blondies to take to camp with us. In the craft room, the last thing I completed was a baby afghan. The last thing I started was a shorts and top outfit for Kat. I got it cut out and partially sewn - I really need to get back to it and finish it.

What are you listening to right now? Kat's cartoons from a couple of rooms away.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? I'm not a big fan of ice cream, but when I do want some, I like chocolate chip (the kind with the tiny little flecks of chocolate throughout, not big chips) or something with cherries in it. My favorite sundae toppings are butterscotch or caramel.

What do you think of the person(s) who tagged you? Leanne's got her act together as a mom and homemaker. Because of this, I was surprised when I learned how young she is. :) I also think she is very creative, and I enjoy learning little bits about Ireland and Irish culture from her blog.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? To a massage therapist. A massage would be heavenly right now. Preferably full-body, but even just a back massage would be great.

Which language do you want to learn? I know bits and pieces of both Spanish and German, but really only to read and not to speak. I'd like to become fluent in both, but especially Spanish.

What’s your favorite quote (for now)? It changes from time to time, but I like the one on my header for now: "Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little." -- Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington.

What is your favorite color? I don't have just one. I like earthy tones - browns, rusts, greens. I used to love cobalt blue, and my eyes are still drawn to that color, but I think it's more out of habit than it is real attraction.

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe? I have a very soft jersey knit top in a swirled pattern of white, oranges, rusts, black with a kind of clasp at the bust line. I picked it up at a garage sale for pennies. It's very much NOT what I consider "my type" of clothing, but I love the colors and it's SO comfortable that I find myself wearing it often. It didn't hurt that Shane said he liked it, too.

What is your dream job? I have my dream job staying home, taking care of the home and garden and raising our granddaughter. I didn't actually realize it was my dream job until it happened, though. When I was a single mom and HAD to work, I always assumed I'd be bored as a SAHM. How wrong I was!

What is your worst habit? Procrastinating. Specifically, working in too much detail on projects or chores I enjoy, intentionally or unintentionally leaving myself little time for projects or chores that I don't like as well.

If you had £100 now, what would you spend it on? First I'd convert that to dollars, finding that today I'd have about $165. Then I'd probably save half of it and take the other half with me to garage sales.

Do you admire anyone’s style? In a fashion sense, not really. I do admire writing styles, humor styles, personalities, etc. And I do notice when someone's sense of fashion seems to enhance their true personality...and when it goes against it.

Describe your personal style? I don't think I have a style, especially when it comes to fashion. I value comfort over all else and usually blend in to the crowd. I like quirky clothing, but only if it pleases me and never just to draw attention to myself.

What are you going to do after this? Finish getting ready to go camping.

What is your favorite fruit? A nice ripe pear. The kind that drips all over the front of your chin and shirt when you bite into it.

What inspires you? I'm primarily inspired by things I read and music I hear. I'm sometimes inspired by other people, their achievements and my (nighttime) dreams.

Your favorite book? As with types music, I find it very difficult to pick a favorite book. A blogger I once read (I've forgotten who it was) described herself as a "book slut" because she read all types of books by all kinds of authors, regardless of what was considered popular or proper. That describes me well.

Do you collect something? I don't collect anything just for the sake of collecting. That said, I have a decent collection of cookbooks and other books. I have a dozen or so beaded bracelets that I forget to wear. At one time I owned about 500 music CDs. And I often collect dust.

What are you most proud of? I'd have to say my marriage. Shane and I had something of a whirlwind courtship. We met on a Saturday, he moved in with me the following Thursday, we were unofficial engaged that same week, official engaged within a month and got married eight months after we met. Add to that the fact that he was just 23 when we got married, but I was 36. I'm sure there were a lot people who didn't think it would work. We've been together almost ten years, and married nine of those, and our relationship is better than ever.

How many times do you press the snooze button before you get up? None. I either wake up on my own before the alarm goes off, or I get up when it goes off. Snooze alarms are just another form of procrastination.

Cats or dogs? Cats, without a doubt. We have three in the house and currently four outside (see yesterday's post). I don't mind some kinds of dogs, but I have no desire to own one.

What’s your biggest fashion mistake? Leanne mentioned a perm and I'd have to agree. No matter how large the perm rods or how long my hair is, my "style" turns out to be an afro.

Complete the following: Love is...not at all what I thought it was when I was young and foolish.

What would you like to make next? Clothing for myself. But ask me again in five minutes and the answer will be different. The reason I have so many unfinished craft projects is because I'm always thinking ahead to what I want to make next. Often at the sake of enjoying what I'm working on currently.


Together We Save said...

Love these they are fun. Thnks for letting us peek into your life.

Frances said...

Hi, Annie! I found you through A.Marie and I am so glad I did! I love reading your answers because it sounds like we have a lot in commone.

I track spending, our electric usage and ebay sales. LOL! Love to crochet and just finished a baby afghan for my newest grandson.

And I am a "book slut" too!! Oh, yeah, and I love cats...we have 3.

Glad to meet you!

Leanne said...

Love your answers. I'm a complete book slut too, actually I'll read the back of the cereal packet if I don't have any reading material handy:)

Annie Jones said...

TWS: You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by!

Frances: Hello! It does sound like we have a lot in common. I took a quick look at your blog and will be back around later today to do some more snooping!

Leanne: Shampoo bottles, too?