::Whew:: What a weekend!First I’d like to again, apologize, for my lack of posting Saturday and Monday. I know that I promised y’all I’d get posts up, but Saturday some very interesting person/people in China AND Japan (Thanks Google for figuring out the IP addresses for me!) decided that it would be great fun to get into my email account. Then piggy back that into all my other email accounts, my banking accounts, my hubby’s accounts, and last but not least…my blog. And change the passwords.Hahahaha. Hehehehe. Hoohoohoohoo. Gosh darn they were funny!So Saturday was spent throwing stuff together in a suitcase for our trip to TN, then literally scrambling to remember account info, email support stuff about the Horrible Hackers, and updating info as I was slowly able to get back in. So blogging…it took a backseat. And y’all missed out. I’m sorry. But hey – if you want I have a couple of IP addresses and some email address you can play with if you want!Now then – to make up for all this dang trouble, I’m going to post the answers to the questions y’all asked me last week now. Later today I’m going to put together and post the book give-away post, and tomorrow I’ll get up some info about our fun trip to Tennessee! And hopefully y’all will forgive me. Now on to the fun part….question and answer time!(these aren’t in any particular order, so much as what was easiest for me to read in my short-hand notes on a post-it sticky)What is my dream vacation? I would have to say, my current dream vacation is really a cruise around the Mediterranean. I want to go to Florence, to Rome, to Madrid, to Athens….you get the idea. I also want my hubby to go too. I love all the food, the clothes, the music, the culture from that part of our world so the concept of being able to SEE all that would just blow my mind. Plus cruises are fun and do not require unpacking and re-packing your suitcase as you hotel hop since there is no hotel hopping. That and I can tan. Bad for me I know, but I so rarely get to relax and sunbathe so the concept of sunbathing on a cruise ship while it sails from port to port of my favorite countries is truly my dream vacation.Who would play me in the movie of my life?This one is pretty hard if for no other reason than y’all, I stink at names! However, I would say that it would probably end up being Natalie Portman. For reasons above and beyond, I’ve been told I look a teeny bit like her, I need a gal who can get a Southern accent and yet be tough and she seems to fit that bill. My life sure hasn’t been a golden road, but then again I wouldn’t be who I am without it. Which leads me to the next question…How did I get to where I am today?Since this one is a bit open-ended it’s a little hard to answer. How did I get to Georgia, well my parents drove and my dad’s job had us move. A lot. Till we got here. How did I get to where I am at 26, married and owning a house with a hubby talking about kids. I would say life got me here, life and a great family. Without going into too much detail, I grew up very fast because of a brother who had one of the rarest development diseases in the world, because of an uncle who’s death and the subsequent trials were followed by major news outlets, and by the later death of my brother. Top that off with an abusive relationship and stupid choices on my part and what you get is growing up WAY faster than you perhaps expect. But most off all…I got to where I am today because of loving family. Without being sentimental (too late for that huh?) my parents, siblings, extended family, and most recently my husband have helped make me into the woman I am today. For better or for worse.If I were stranded on a desert island and could take only one book, what would it be?You know, most people respond the bible but to be honest y’all I would bring a “how to” book. Like perhaps “How to build a sea worthy boat” or “how to get off the island” … you know something that got me OFF the deserted island. And barring that, I’d bring something like a cooking book for fish and coconuts. That way I’d get SOME variety in the food I’d be stuck with.What is my favorite birthday dinner?This one is a toss-up because I was born on the 4th of July. Which greatly limits my options. So if I’m staying home it’s your traditional burgers and corn on the cob type meal. If I get to go out though, I want Japanese Hibachi. Because that’s the only thing I’ve EVER found to be open on the Fourth of July. And I really love hibachi. A lot. A whole lot. (Hey honey…are you paying attention here. I like hibachi. A lot!)And thus concludes the questions about me post. Thanks to those of you who asked questions! I gotta say, you sure made me feel better since I no longer felt like I was talking to myself.Remember, later today I’ll have the giveaway post up for everyone to check out and enter in.
Are you a heart-breaker?I’ve hopped on the ever popular band-wagon again by participating in a fun Small Packages BlogFest. The topic is a more humorous take on the tradition & history of Thanksgiving in the USA, and it challenged us to reveal our darker sides if we dare.Since I tend to do that quite well already I figured what the heck, lets rip it open a little wider right? Right. So on with the show.I was a very lucky woman when I met my hubby, for I met him a mere week after throwing my hands in the air, shouting out to the universe that I was through, do you hear me through, with dating. And the reason this little revelation came about was one entirely of my own doing.When I first met the man who made me swear against dating, I was a high school freshman, him a highly prized senior. Hello freshman crush! Years passed and again our paths crossed but now I was wiser, older, and much more of a catch. As we caught up on old times a date was planned and things progressed. For him.I knew right off the bat that this wasn’t the guy for me, but I was pretty grumpy about my last boyfriend and was determined to not be single on New Years for once in my blasted life. I wanted someone to kiss when the ball dropped dagnabit! So we dated, and every now and then I’d get a little tug of guilt in my heart knowing that as soon as the new year hit I was outta there. Call it my own version of a Happy New Year Greeting. Once I even tried to break up with him. But he said let’s give it one more go, and I was a lame duck. I allowed it to happen.Then New Years came. And I was a complete jerk. We were at dinner and he sensed where things were headed so he confronted me about it. I was left confessing as we were on our way to a party that I really didn’t care for him that way, that I just didn’t feel like not dating someone and so forth. Quite a humiliating evening that new years was. But I sure learned my lesson.First, don’t date a guy just to have a date on a holiday. They aren’t quite as blind as women sometimes accuse them of being. And secondly, being the user can hurt just as much as being used. I don’t mind being a heart-breaker, I just prefer to do it in less heel-stomping ways.What about you? I’m sure you’ve taken advantage of someone at SOME point in your life.
“You wanna piece of me!?”
So the other day my bloggy hero, The Pioneer Woman, announced that soon on your T.V. you can watch her and Bobby Flay have a cooking throw down. That’s right Mrs P-Dub herself versus Iron Chef Bobby Flay are going head-to-head over thanksgiving dinner. To which I have to say, better her than me since I’ve never cooked a thanksgiving meal in my life!But it got me thinking, who would I want to have a throw down with in any area? I’m pretty ok at cooking, but I’m certainly not Iron Chef challenging in my skill levels, and I like photography but I’m not going against someone like Annie Leibovitz. I can dance a mean streak through my living room, and I can cha-cha ok with my cat, but to ask me to challenge say Maksim Chmerkovskiy is liking asking my cat to open the pickle jar. Painful to watch at best.So dancing, cooking, and photography are out. And that is what I’m good at with one teeny tiny exception. I am a champion worry-wart. So I guess I’d have to have a throw-down with someone whose entire job is to consider the possibilities and outcomes of any given decision. A professional worry-wart if you would. Too bad I don’t know of any, but hey my skills shall remain unchallenged. (Thank goodness!)What about you – who to and in what area would you ever like to issue a throw-down challenge?Also – don’t forget that today I have guest post up on Ramblings of a Singleton’s blog about my favorite place on earth. (And the one place I don’t spend as much time worrying!)