Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ten Questions

       I’ve been tagged by the wonderful blog All Things Southern and Preppy to answer a few questions.  She is a kindred spirit because we are both members of that very unique, sometimes bossy, usually opinionated group:  retired high school English teachers.

        Give us a list of 10 simple questions, and you are probably going to get more than you may have expected.

1. Who is your style icon? 

     My three daughters, without a doubt- I have shared before about their wordless looks of “No, Mother,” when I have held up something that I think is really cute, but I keep trying because their approval is hard to beat.

2. What is your favorite socialite lit book?

     If this counts, I love anything by Julia Reed, a writer for Vogue ,who has written several wonderful books about growing up in the south and the cooking and entertaining that entails. Her tales about funeral food and chafing dishes are great.

3. Favorite party theme?

        Anything based on one simple premise:  what can I do to knock their socks off and use all of my dishes?

4. Go to Halloween costume? 

        I’m not wild about Halloween costumes that make you look worse than you did before you put it on.

5. Extravagance you cannot live without?

        I have simple needs:  Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, flea markets, junk stores, my yard.

6. Living person you admire? 

        Anyone who wakes up each day with a sweet and generous spirit and does the next right thing- even when they don’t feel like it.

7. Greatest Fear?

        At this point in my life, with all of its glorious attention deficit distractions, it is the flavor of the day:  Where are my keys? What causes vertigo?  Are all of my loved ones safe and sound? Why did I walk into this room?  What if my new plants die while I am out of town? Is it so wrong to just want to be in my house? What can I write about today?

8. Trait you dislike in yourself?

        Thinking I can read people’s minds.

9. Which talent would you most like to have?

        I would like to sing like Aretha and feel comfortable making small talk at social gatherings.

10. Greatest Achievement? 

        Aside from the blessings of a loving, generous husband who makes me laugh every single day, a God in my life that rolls his eyes and has a sense of humor, the wonder that my three daughters are mine, and the fact that I have 2- count them 2- to die for grandsons,

it would have to be suiting up and showing up with my game face on and my brain cells crashing ,while I faced a room full of 30 high school students, multiple times a day, for 30 plus years, trying to inspire them to snap out of it and think, read, and write for themselves, all the while wondering where we were going to go for lunch.

If you are reading this, I invite you to create your own list and post it for all to see.

Plus- I would like to give a shout out to 3 South Texas bloggers who happen to be good friends, and this is an invitation for them to do so as well!

Karen @ Ladybug Creek

JB@ JB’s Jibberish

Nancy @ Nancy’s Notes


Nancy's Notes said...

Laura, what a dear and marvelous post! Now, I suspect that I'll have to have a bit of time to think before I can come up with answers to those excellent and thought provoking questions! Most of the time, I am in tip top shape, however, it being after 9:00 PM, I'll have to wait till the sun comes up! It'll be of course, after my first cup or two of coffee. Sometimes my brain does kick in after it's had some caffeine, then again, I never know. So be sure, I'll be back when I am wide eyed and bushy tailed. Thank you so much for sweet shout out to all of us South Texas girlies!

You're the best!


Karen said...

I always enjoy your lists, Laura. You are truly a deep and creative thinker. Yep, you are!
Thanks for the shout-out. It might be fun to come up with my own list. Hmmm... the wheels are turning.
Ladybug Creek

Tanza said...

Hi Laura,
What a fun thinking, creative, honest list by you .. Good job, and yep, you know what matters most in life .. to LoVe, and be LoVed .. This was fun to read about you and what makes you roll into each day you are blessed with.. Have a happy week-end ~
hugs ~tea~xo

Rebecca Nelson said...

You always make me SMILE big! I love your heart! I do! I do!


June said...

Laura this was such awesome reading. I loved every single word of getting to know you better.

And you know what? I like you even better than I did before.

And you know what? That's a lot...cause I already liked you a whole bunch!!!

So what am I thinking????

Deb said...

great post is fun learning more about our blogging friends...

Dixie said...

and this is why we love to read you every day... hugs. Dixie

I Do Declare said...

Julia Reed is fabulous!

Chatty Crone said...

Glad to get to know more about who you are. sandie

Bill said...

Hi Laura,

Your responses to the questions made for a really good read! They were funny, touching, and brilliant!

You must have been an amazing English teacher. Mine was pretty special too. I do, however, wish I'd paid more attention to her during the grammar lessons. I was FAR more interested in literature. My mother used to refer to that as "prose and poetry." She wanted ME to become an English teacher, but I didn't cooperate. Perhaps that's what she'd wanted to be. If so, she never mentioned it.

Sorry for the long comment. You brought back pleasant memories. ;) Thank you.

Have a great weekend!


Theresa said...

These lists are good to learn new things about good friends! Enjoy whatever you do today and this weekend! Hugs from Georgia!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I knew I liked you from reading your blog, but this post makes me like you more. I think it's your generosity that comes across, in letting perfect strangers learn more about you. I will give these questions some serious thought myself and who knows, you may see me post my own answers!

Susan B said...

I enjoyed reading your list. Your love for your family shines brightly through your answers, and your humor! Thank you for sharing about yourself. (My son-in-law is a high school English teacher.) :o)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Michelle said...

I too enjoyed reading this list. I also share the love of flea markets and junk stores. Total treasure troves...


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