Saturday, March 3, 2012

11 Things and 11 Questions

On Oscar Sunday, Z, from Z Plus the World, sent me an email letting me know she’d tagged me for the “11 Things” post.  I was super flattered and of course agreed to participate.

There are five rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them.

My Photo:

My Random Things:

1.      As is evidenced by the picture above, I love to laugh.  A lot, loudly and often at inappropriate times.
2.      I’m also prone to saying inappropriate things – sometimes my filter just goes out the window and I blurt out stuff I maybe shouldn't.  And then I laugh.  Loudly.
3.      I plan on being super crochety when I get old.  I have no intention to be one of those “sweet old ladies.”  I want to be one of those old ladies who don’t like anything because they don’t have too, damnit.
4.      I also plan on wearing a plethora of caftans, turbans and necklaces, all together, when I get old.  Like Angela Landsbury’s character in Death on the Nile:

This will be me.  Minus the fake psychic powers.  Probably.

5.      This will be hard to believe, but I’m actually quite shy.
6.      I can talk myself into pretty much anything.
7.      I use my ability to talk myself into things to get over my shyness.
8.      I am terrified of heights.
9.      I like to (over)analyze things, which is why I think blogging is a good fit for me.  I was already analyzing my outfits, why not do it in public?  Yeah, well, it made sense at the time.
10.  I curse a lot.  I understand the thinking that people who curse only do so because they have a limited vocabulary, but I’ve decided that’s not true in my case.  In my case, I just curse a lot.
11.   I am sarcastic, but I’m happily sarcastic, not bitterly sarcastic.  I’m convinced there is a difference.

Z’s questions:
      What’s one specific piece of clothing you couldn’t live without?

      I didn’t think that I had one, but then I remembered my coat.  This coat:

I literally have no idea what my face is doing in this picture.

      I wear it almost everyday, probably 8 months of the year.  It’s the absolute best for riding my bike in.  This coat is waterproof, it’s black so it doesn’t get dirty, the high collar helps keep my neck warm and it has a zip-out lining for those really cold days.  And, it’s not just practical, it’s kind of cute with a nipped in waist and full skirt.

      What song do you think best describes your personality? 

      Grace Kelly by Mika, for what I think are obvious reasons:


How do you like to decorate your workspace?

Pretty minimally; I’d hate for my coworkers to think they knew who I was as a person.

      Where do you most often get your inspiration from?
       I am inspired by a lot of different things, including books, movies, poetry, other blogs, nature, etc.  How these different things inspire me may be different, but they all inspire me in some way.

      What would your ideal job be?
      You know that job where you do nothing but sit around and read all day?  Taking breaks only for great food and some shopping?  Whatever that job is called, that would be my ideal job; to do nothing.  I think I'd excel at doing nothing.

      What is your favorite character from a book?
      This was a hard one for me because I often read books with characters that aren’t exactly likeable.  But, then I remembered they don't need to be likeable to be my favorite.  As long as they’re well-written and honest, because that’s what matters to me.  In which case, my favorite character is the main character, Sarah Blight, from Lynn McFall’s book “Dancer with Bruised Knees.” 
      What is your best memory from 2011? 

      One of my best memories from 2011 is being included in Sal’s Lovely Links my first week of blogging.  She called me a knockout and it was just such a boost to my blogging esteem.  I’d read Already Pretty for quite awhile and admire the heck out of Sal, so to have one of my favorite bloggers do something so kind was just amazing.

      What is the one city you would love to live in?
      Actually, Portland, Oregon.  I currently live about 45 minutes from Portland, but it’s one of my all-time favorite cities.  I love Oregon immensely and don’t think I’d ever want to live anywhere else, at least not for a long period of time, and in Oregon, I’d choose Portland.  It’s not a large city, but I don’t love large cities.  Portland is just the right size for my tastes and it’s weird and sort of gritty and I love that.  And I love that it’s close to both the coast and the mountains.

      What is a hidden talent of yours?

      I have no hidden talents.  In truth, I’m a pretty untalented individual.  Except that I am really good at reading.  And sarcasm.  Neither of those are hidden talents though; if I’m not reading, I’m being sarcastic.

      What is your least favorite chore?

      Ugh.  All of them.  But, if I have to choose one, I’d say dishes.  I hate touching dirty dishes; even just loading a dishwasher is pretty hateful to me.

      What is one blog you really admire?

      Forgive me, but I’m going to wax poetic about Already Pretty a bit more.  Sal’s blog is so positive and well written and helpful and she’s so nice and stylish and accessible that I can’t help but admire them both.  So, yeah, love Sal and love Already Pretty.

My Questions:

1.      What is your guilty pleasure?
2.      What place would you most like to visit?
3.      If money was no object and you weren’t opposed to spending ridiculous amounts of money of fashion, which designer would you wear?
4.      Fur.  Yeah or nay?
5.      Do you prefer the mountains or the ocean?
6.      What are you most looking forward to in 2012?
7.      What are your thoughts on zombies?
8.      What is the worst book you’ve ever read and how far did you get before giving up?
9.      Momentarily forgetting the lesson we learned in “Midnight in Paris,” if you could live during any era, what era would it be?
10.  What’s one thing you wish you could do better?
11.  What is your “signature dish?”  (And will you share the recipe?)

The bloggers I’ve tagged are some that I’d love to know more about:
 And now, you all know pretty much everything there is to know about me.  Pretty much.

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!



  1. I was so surprised to read that you curse a lot! I never would have guessed. Oregon is one of the handful of states in the union I have never visited. Increasingly I think I'm missing out.

  2. I love Mika and Grace Kelly is one of his songs I listened to death. Love love love that song! :)

    Hehe, if you spoke Hungarian, you wouldn't think cursing means small vocabulary. Real aficionados are capable of cursing for an hour without any repetition. It can be really amusing actually when someone curses creatively! You're more surprised than shocked. One of my favourite curses is: "Oh, that copper angel whistling on the copper tree!". Don't ask me what that means as I have no idea.

  3. I think the real reason I enjoy your blog so much is your personality. It shines through. Your descriptions here of yourself (such as your easy ability to laugh) are exactly how I view you. Thank you for being you!

  4. I laughed when you said "I'm a pretty untalented individual". Loved the outfits :)

  5. gracey girl, i really do feel like i know you better. :) omg that song is so fun, it reminds me of queen. your dream job sounds pretty freaking fantastic. my favorite line of this post is: "I’d hate for my coworkers to think they knew who I was as a person." ha-ha! portland is the city of my soul, but i can't bare the cloudy overcast grey, as it depresses me. so i don't think i could live there.

  6. Your list cracks me up! I just can't even BEGIN to imagine you cursing! LOL Oh how I miss Oregon!!!! Hugs! ~Serene

  7. I love your list! I am the same way. I will do something crazy and do it when shaking from being nervous! I'm a nervous adventure seeker!


  8. This was so much fun! And the pic of Angela Lansbury made me die with laughter--I've always wanted to dress like that when I'm old, too!

  9. Hahah! My favorite is that you have no intention of being a sweet old lady! I mean really, it is pretty pointless :)

  10. So glad you participated! I want to see you when you are old and wrapped in turbans and scarves and sparkles...isn't Agatha Christie the best?! And I'm heading out to Seattle next weekend, just dying to see that neck of the USA. I'm thinking I'll want to live there too! On a style note...haven't seen those pants yet...and I LOVE THEM on you!!! They are such a unique shade of blue and really darling on you.

    <3 Cambria

  11. Fun list to read. Mika is so unique and talented. I have not been to Portland in quite a while, but have always loved it when I went. Happy Monday.

  12. You have a wonderful blog and such a good sense of humor :)

  13. I would love to meet you one day so that we can share our love of laughter together. LOUDLY! haha.

    I have an intense fear of heights too. I've posted a video today of something that I've done to deal with it.


  14. Gorgeous outfit! Love those boots! xo style, she wrote

  15. Hahaha! I excel at doing nothing :)

    great qurstions, will definitely participate, thanks for including me!

  16. Ah, I've really enjoyed reading people's answers to this meme! Because I'm a dork I'll answer a couple of your questions here:

    2. Right now I'd really like to take a trip to Iceland. Or Australia. One of the two.

    6. I'm suuuuper looking forward to the next installment of The Last Airbender. So good! Also a few books (Black Heart by Holly Black, Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik [coming out tomorrow OMG], and Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore).

    10. This sounds weird, but I wish I could hold a grudge better. I forgive people really easily and sometimes I wish I could hold out longer! That's weird, though, so I'll also say that I wish I was better about liking outdoor/exercise-y activities. Other than short bike rides and walks, I get bored if I can't read or listen to an audiobook while doing it.

  17. This was way more fun to read than my assigned journal article... just sayin'. (:

  18. My favorite 11 things post by far. You're hilarious! Also your perfect job is my perfect job. I feel so validated now.

  19. Aww thank you Gracey! I can't wait to do this.

  20. Thank you SO much for doing this! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and I'm sorry for not commenting on it sooner - been taking a quick break from the blog-o-sphere!!! Anyway, I really feel like I got to know you a lot better and can't wait to keep reading your blog! :]]]



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