I feel like you guys already know tons about me, since I don't hide behind Rita for posting. After all, part of the reason I have this blog is to attract attention for my writing, so I have to put myself out there as myself, not just as "Rita's mom." I post pics of myself every once in a while, and my mug is always there on the right side-bar. Plus I share interviews that I've done, so... you guys already know me, probably as well as you know Rita. But... I thought this sounded like such a fun hop so I wanted to play along. Hope that's cool.
So, here's the deal with the hop. We're supposed to share a recent pic of ourselves and answer a few questions.
Here's one of the most recent pics I've got of myself. The hubs took some time off last week, and we went to Disneyland. It was a lot of fun, as it always is, and I got my usual treat when we go at Christmas time - a ginormous ice cream at the Carnation place in a waffle cone that's been dipped in chocolate and then in crushed candy canes. YUM.
Normally they also have peppermint ice cream at this time of year, and the pink ice cream with the crushed candy canes makes for an especially lovely - and tasty - treat. I walk around eating it, and we crack up at how everyone turns to gape at my beautiful cone. (Seriously, Carnation should pay me to do that.) Sadly, this year there was no peppermint ice cream! The jamocha almond fudge cone did not elicit the same reactions.
Here's me a few years ago with the peppermint version. See how pretty that thing is?? I am ridiculously happy to be eating that thing!
Anyway... on to the questions. We were supposed to pick at least 5 from a long list. You know me. You know I'm wordy. Do you think I'll stop at 5??
What’s your favorite non-animal related book?
This is a tough one for me to answer, because I've got about 10 "favorite" books. But if I had to go by which book I've read the most times (and also it's timely), it would be A Christmas Carol. I really love every book I've read by Dickens, but that one is my fave. And it's a quick read. If you've never read it before, you should consider checking it out. It's very funny in parts.
|I have a lovely, old illustrated version of it.|
This question makes me laugh. I guess I can't say cheese, because that's animal-related, right? Are all dairy products out? Cuz, as the pics above show, I'm a great lover of ice cream. Did a vegan write these questions? I'm confused... I'm sorry, but my answer IS animal-related, and it's ice cream. Or cheese. (The motto in our kitchen is "Don't be shy with the cheese.")
Who’s your favorite actor?
For old movies it's Cary Grant. You can't go wrong with a Cary Grant movie. For new movies, it's Audrey Tatoo. Love her.
What makes you feel fabulous?
I really had to think about this one. I was going to say "walking Rita," but sometimes that actually makes my back hurt by the time we get home, so that's not always true. Then I was going to say "getting my hair cut and styled" (cuz as you can see in the pics above I usually spend NO time styling it). But that doesn't last even 24 hours. So, recently, the thing that makes me feel fabulous is when someone tells me they loved one of my books.
My books are my babies, and when you send them out in the world, it hurts if someone says you have an ugly baby. But when someone takes the time to write a review, or post on their blog, or email me, or even just leave a comment on my Facebook page, well that just makes my day - and sometimes my whole week! (And with that I just want to give one more thank-you shout out to Caren at Dakota's Den for her recent review of Rescue Me, Maybe!)
What do you wish you were more skilled at?
Eating without dropping food on myself. And public speaking. And public eating. (I could go on...)
The hubs and I make fabulous homemade pizza!
What one word would people who know you use to describe you?
I would hope it would be "funny." But it might be something boring like "reliable."
If your pets could talk, what one word would THEY use to describe you?
|Me, smothering Abby|
What is one thing you’ve done that you’re most proud of?
Moved to a different country (Bermuda). I'm pretty chicken and very much a homebody/routine-lover, so that was a big deal for me. And in the end it all went very well since I met my hubs there.
How is your pet most like you?
Neither of us like meeting strangers. (Abby was good for me in that regard. Rita has set me back to my "don't talk to the neighbors" ways.)
What can your body do for you that makes you most proud?
See over crowds and reach things on high shelves. As Jane says in Rescue Me, Maybe, "Tall at twenty is great; tall at twelve sucks." I used to hate being tall, but now it's all good. (Except shopping for pajama bottoms. All other pants you can find in Tall. Not PJ bottoms.) Anyway, you have no idea how often short ladies at the store ask me to reach things for them on the top shelf.
Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy?
Being with dogs, being out in nature, hanging out watching sports or movies with the hubs. (Oh yeah, and peppermint ice cream in a chocolate-/candycane-dipped waffle cone eaten while walking around Disneyland at Christmas time. Apologies for listing 4 things.)
If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have?
I would like to have this hippo. Or this penguin. Or... if I could steal any other blogger's dogs (man... that should have been one of the questions, because now that I think about it, that is REALLY hard to answer... but if I had to pick just one) it would be the three gorgeous pups of Cascadian Nomads fame.
This was fun! Thanks to all the co-hosts: Go Pet Friendly, I Still Want More Puppies, Kol's Notes, Life With Desmond, No Dog About It Blog, The Daily Dog Blog, My Brown Newfies, CindyLu’s Muse, Bringing Up Bella, Heart Like A Dog, Rescued Insanity, Peggy’s Pet Place, and NEPA Pets.