As I mentioned eariler in the week, I would be participating in the Community Network Meme 2011. Here are the questions and my answers. Enjoy. Or don’t. I don’t want to tell you what to do…
2011 Meme Questions
1. As a blogger, what do you draw inspirations from for your posts?
I draw inspiration from my life. The categories in which I group my posts are the aspects of my life which I find the most inspiring: my life in general, my life as a rock climber, the food I eat, the people I meet, my children which are also my pit-bull puppies who are often feared because of the shape of their heads, the music that creeps into my soul and helps me get through the days, hours, or minutes as needed.
2. If you could swap blogs with another blogger for a post, who would you switch with and why?
Addie’s life moments because she is able to convey so much with a picture and a single sentence. Sometimes I mean well and I intend to post something short and sweet but…gah…I’m so verbose. Also, my life’s simple pleasure is easy:
Falling asleep wrapped in love and waking up to puppy breath
Also, I’d love to have her write here. She’s really great at telling a story.
3. If your blog had a theme song, what would it be? Why?
…I believe this to be self-explanatory…
4. What is your writing process for a post?
An idea creeps into my head and then thoughts pop in while I’m at work, driving, walking the dogs, etc. When I get home I do my best to make some sense of it all. Usually I write a stream of consciousness and see what’s staring back at me on the screen. Then I begin to cut, copy, move, and paste things and turn it into something readable. Then I post it and read my post, make more edits because I can’t believe I didn’t catch that error. Update. Reread. Stupid, more errors. More updating. More rereading and then I force myself to stop and go to sleep. In case you didn’t notice I am comma-happy. That was a critique in a writing course I took in highschool, the last one I ever had to take. I’m aware of my disease and there is no cure but if something seems under-comma’d it’s just me overcompensating.
5. Your blog requires a cute, new, mascot – what would it be?
I hate to brag, actually, that’s not true I don’t have any problem with it…my dogs are the cutest dogs ever.
6. Do you feel you express your “true self” on your blog?
Absolutely. Better than I can in real life. I started my blog because I wanted my family to have a better idea of who I am and what I do with myself on a regular basis because I can say here what I can’t say when I’m home visiting. I’ve always been a “keep people at arms length” kind of person. It’s not personal it’s just me. I know it but I feel powerless to change it, this was a way for me to make strides in a direction that was comfortable for me and at least say, “Hey, I’m trying.” If I don’t try then I forfeit the right to be upset when people don’t see me as I want to be seen.
7. What is your biggest online pet-peeve?
This mimics my biggest in-life pet-peeve…reporting on the goings on of celebrities. Like, really!?! Did Justin Beiber fuh-realz get his hair cut? OMG, how could he? And I just can’t believe that Kourtney and Scott are having another baby. I mean, their relationship is rocky at best. I already worry about little Mason, truly, I do.
8. If you could live in a fictional universe, where would you live? Why?
I’ve been reading romances since I was 12. Seriously, I read Jane Eyre when I was in the 5th grade. Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice, Emma. Then in college I needed fluff so my stories were Fabio-covered. But why wouldn’t I live in a world where the man you love, loves you like crazy right back. There is always a struggle and they almost always doubt each other only to find the true meaning of being in it together. It’s just…beautiful.
9. You’re having a bad day, you’re upset, you’re angry, or you’re sad – what is your go-to comfort?
Music. Music is like anti-venom to me. It creeps into my soul, roots out the poison, and draws it away.
10. What is your favorite inspirational quote?
Who you are is nothing more than the choice you make in the next moment.
11. If they were to make a movie based on your life, who would play you, your leading lady/man, your best friend, and your rival?
They’ve already made my life movie. It’s called Good Luck Chuck and I was played by Dane Cook. However, Katie Holmes would be a good me. She did pretty well playing my life in Dawson’s Creek. I ain’t got no leading man so any male backside would do as it walked away provided he was at least 6 feet tall (I’m a heightest, turns out). Judy Greer would be my best friend. I like snarky. I don’t have a rival. I did away with people who don’t add positively to my life a few years ago.
12. Do you think the world is going to end in 2012?
I do not. According to Neil deGrasse Tyson the alignment of the earth, sun, and moon which is the cause of this cluster of a doomsday prediction, happens every year on December 21st. He would know. I believe him. Additionally, thinking the world will end because the calendar of a civilization that is EXTINCT is ending, well, now you’re just stupid.
13. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Apparently I have a dark object twisting my life force keeping me from being lucky in love and life. Could certainly do with less of that.
14. What is your favorite season and why?
I love the summer. I love that the days are longer so there’s lots of time to spend with my girls after work. It’s often humid here around the Philadelphia area and I’ve always enjoyed the humidity. It’s like a big hug. A big, sweaty, postcoital hug.
15. You’ve been bitten by a vampire. Would you fight it with all your undead being or would you embrace it for all it is worth?
I have NOT been bitten by a vampire which is my life’s biggest failure to date. If a vampire were to want to make me his forever and always I would sign on the dotted neck. Dracula 2000 was a disgusting show of non-vampire loyalty. It was Gerard Butler, you ninny. Don’t get me wrong, Johnny Lee Miller is adorable but he is just not an appropriate substitute to Dracula. Thank you, I’ve been harboring that for years and needing to get that off my chest. Bella Swan, you go girl! Do it and do it early.
16. Have you personally met any of your blogger friends?
Yep, a few of them are friends of mine. The Voice writes Marz Daily Media which I think is fantastic so check it out!! Caroline, my snarky best friend, is the owner of Amor Meae Vitae. A climber friend of mine, Adam, off galavanting the world keeps Jaywalk the World. All of these blogs can be found over there —>
17. What does your favorite pair of underwear look like?
My favorite pair of undies is a very real nude shade (as in my skin) and virtually (completely) undetectable. Climbing with a wedgie is really not cool and shoving your hand down your pants while wearing a harness is just awkward.
18. Have you ever drank something right from the container in the refrigerator knowing other people will have to drink out of the same container later?
No but not because I’m not disgusting. I am. I just haven’t had the opportunity.
19. What is your favorite word and explain why?
Bizarre. I love that it has a z in it. I wish there were more like bizzzarre or something. Also, I never know how to spell it so it’s a challenge. I always want to double the z and single the r but that just looks bizzare.
20. 2011 is soon coming to a close, is there anything you’d like to do different on your blog in the year 2012?
I just started blogging in July 2011 so I’m hoping to figure a bit more about how to navigate through WordPress. I like reading other people’s blogs but I don’t really know how to go about doing it. Just figuring it all out. But my blog will probably grow and shift as I do. I hope it is in a way that my readers enjoy but if it’s not that’s fine, too.
2011 Community Network Meme Participation List
Kay At The Keyboard, Blog owner Kay
Courage To Change
I Shall Be A Toad
Finding The Humor
Over A Cup Of Coffee
Curiosity Killed The KAT
Walking The Labyrinth
Life Of Carbon
How Can I Complain?
Betwixt And Between
Insignificant At Best