A new year brings new traditions. A photographer whose blog I check out regularly, Gail Werner (check her out here), posts a monthly “Ten on Tuesday”, answering questions for her readers to get to know more about her. I love the idea, and tried something similar a while back on the old blog, but it didn’t stick. Especially now, during this slower season, I need new ideas like this to keep the blog fresh… so I’m giving it a try myself.
But, first we’ll give credit where credit is due… Gail gets most/all of her question lists from the blog that appears to have started it all, called Roots and Rings… check them out here! I’ll be pulling my questions from there as well as any that come in our our Formspring site… so feel free to ask away! Okay, credit given to the best of my knowledge 😉
1. What did you get for Christmas?
Ben and I didn’t really do an exchange this year since we’re saving our pennies for the move to Portland, but we got way more than we expected from our parents, considering we had a wedding this year. Favorite gifts : My parents got us a record player, yay! So now we can finally listen to all the vinyl we picked up on the road trip And Ben’s parents got us an awesome handmade chair made in India. The chair was a fun story, actually. I was shopping in town one night by myself and saw it. The chair. I fell in love with it, and tried to convince myself that I needed it/could afford it/could make it work. I took a photo of it with my iPhone. I talked myself out of it. I came home that night, showed the picture to Ben and asked him if he thought we needed it. He agreed that it was a cool chair but said we didn’t need it. I visited it on my phone occasionally but resigned to never own it. Fast forward a couple of weeks, I’m back in town and Ben’s mom comes over and shows him a picture on HER phone of a chair that she thinks was made for me. Yes! You see where this is going. So, it was meant to be. End of story.
2. Have you taken down your Christmas decorations?
If you consider a Frosty the Snowman front door banner, one stocking, and a bunch of Christmas themed candles to be “decorations” then no. No I haven’t.
3. What did you do for New Years Eve?
I decided that for New Year’s I wanted to go to Asheville to see our friend Sarah. Then I thought, if we’re driving 7 hours West to get there, we might as well keep on going afterwards and go on up to Chicago and visit Jennifer & Bill & Tola & Laura, and then we might as well make our way back on over to Portland earlier than planned. So, I told this plan to Ben… “Hey, let’s start heading to Portland for New Years… on wait, that means we have to leave this Thursday.” Yea, I never really think my plans through fully, but I’m quite surprised this one didn’t happen as geared up as I was for it for that one full day. So, we decided maybe we should just go to Asheville instead, and then come back to booming Jacksonville for a couple more months. But 7 hours away? And 14 hours worth of gas money in our awesome Honda Element that no longer gets the gas mileage it got before we took a 20,000 mile road trip this Summer? Maybe we should wait on that too. So, why don’t you ask us what we DIDN’T do for New Years Eve? Actually, it wasn’t so bad. I made Ben get dressed up with me, I hung party lights in every room, we made Nachos & drinks, danced to our new record player, and watched the ball drop on my laptop. Then afterwards we watched Miranda July‘s new movie, The Future. She’s my favorite.
4. Do you like accents?
Yes, I do for the majority. Some accents just make me want to giggle. And some I find to be rather annoying. I like to think I can do a great British accent and a great Southern Belle accent
5. What kind of television do you have?
A really large one. Flat screen, LCD. Sharp. It was a Wedding gift from my parents. It is about the same size as the King size mattress set that was a wedding gift from Ben’s parents.
6. Did you make any changes at the beginning of 2012?
Immediate changes, I am trying to cut out desserts and soda. The desserts part is going well, although that southern fruitcake calls my name everyday from the kitchen counter. The soda part itself is going well, although I haven’t really replaced my soda intake with any other liquid intake. I think I’m dehydrating myself. I just can’t bring myself to change out the Brita water filter so I can use my pitcher again.
7. What’s the last book you read and do you recommend it?
My mom let me borrow “The Help”. She had checked it out from her local library and I made it very clear that I wouldn’t be able to finish it before it was due back, but she said it would be okay. It was due back in three weeks. I finished it in one. There are a lot of books that I read and really enjoy, but they often take me weeks and weeks to finish. Rarely do I read a book that I can’t stop thinking about the characters and just want to keep reading. Maybe it has something to do with my fascination with Mississippi. But yes, I would recommend it. I would recommend the one I read before The Help as well. “The Moment I First Believed” by my favorite author, Wally Lamb. Don’t know why it took me so long to read this one as I’ve never been disappointed by any of his work.
8. Do you stay current on celebrity gossip?
I used to read Socialite’s Life Blog every day. It’s been so long since I’ve looked up that blog, that I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me it wasn’t there anymore. Now, I see celebrities in magazines/online and I wonder who the heck they are and where did they come from and why don’t they look as cool as the old celebrities I knew?
9. Do you know the words to Bohemian Rhapsody? Gangstas Paradise? Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?
I think I know most of the words to all of these songs. I know I used to know all the words to Gangstas Paradise (I used to have a GP Coolio poster in my room during high school) and I’m pretty sure I still know all the words to Fresh Prince. Who doesn’t?
10. What is your favorite educational television show?
Family Fued. That’s educational right?! And great. Now the Fresh Prince song is stuck in my head. Smell ya later!