Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I Mustache You a Question (or twelve)

I love questionnaires. I love filling them out, and I love reading other people's answers. I have always loved questionnaires, so much so that I even eagerly looked forward to filling out the information on the SAT exam - remember, with the boxes and bubbles you fill in with your name, address, etc? I think it all comes back to the idea that I - like everyone - wants to be known. Maybe not every little nitty-gritty detail, but there's something in us that drives us out of shadow into light for the purpose of known-ness. Like Jean Valjean in the courtroom revealing his identity.

Alison at the Writing, Wishing blog (where I also got the fun mustache pic) picked up this questionnaire, answered the questions, and opened the door for other bloggers willing to take the plunge to also answer these questions. So that's where we're headed today. 

Four names that people call me other than my real name:
1. Mrs. Ugqurhrreahrt - because every year my students struggle to know how to correctly spell my name
2. Mommy - this is one of my faves
3. Toots - When I was a baby, my grandmother always called me Cutie Patootie. It was then shorted to Toots and the name stuck. Unless you know the story behind it it sounds a bit crass. But it's dear to me nonetheless.
4. Baby - because the hubs

Four jobs I have had not counting my current one:
1. Residential Counselor at a mental health hospital
2. Waitress at a resort serving banquets - great money for college, but definitely hard work. (Remind me later to tell you about the time I dropped a tray full china in the middle of a wedding . . . well, that's about the whole of it. So no need to remind me later.)
3. Worked behind the counter at a deli stand at a farmers market - this would be the job that reminded me each Saturday while in high school why I would go to college and earn a degree and pursue a career so as not to be stuck in the deli stand my whole life.
4. Paralegal - We refer to this experience in our home as The Unfortunate Incident. (Though it cleared up the question of whether I wanted to go to law school.)

Four movies I've watched more than once:
1. Frozen - I have 3 girls, come on! (Honestly, all Disney princess movies could be included here)
2. Braveheart - the only movie I've seen my husband cry over
3. Pride and Prejudice - BBC 6 hour version w/ Jennifer Elle
4. Cranford - a new BBC discovery w/ Dame Judy Dench. I HIGHLY recommend it and its sequel Return to Cranford (w/ Tom Hiddleston *sigh*)

Four books I'd recommend:
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2. Foster by Clair Keegan
3. White Dog Fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse
4. A Pioneer Christmas Collection (shameless, I know. But I had to plug the book I'm in, right?)

Four places I have lived:
1. Lancaster, PA
2. Dayton, TN
3. Columbia, PA
4. My imagination

Four places I have been: 
*This was hard to narrow down, so I picked my 4 favorite places abroad and listed them in order.
1. Inverness, Scotland
2. Paris, France
3. Bath, England
4. Siena, Italy

Four places I would rather be right now: 
1. Leakey's bookstore in Inverness, reading  Tennyson and having a cup of tea
2. On the rooftop terrace in Rome where I spent several blissful evenings with my people
3. My mum-in-law's kitchen
4. On a couch, wrapped in a blanket, sipping coffee, and watching a girly movie (probably along the lines of Downton Abbey or Cranford)
(for a more comprehensive list, see previous question)

Four things I don't eat:
2. Liver
3. Cashews
4. Eel

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Soup
2. Sushi (sans eel)
3. Baked goods - yes, all of the baked goods
4. Macaroni and cheese

Four TV shows that I watch:
1. The Blacklist
2. New Girl
3. MI-5 (a british show now no longer running *sniff* - but available on Netflix)
4. Friends reruns

Four things I'm looking forward to this coming year:
1. Graduating with my MFA this summer while . . . 
2. . . . Visiting Greece, the Isle of Wight, & Scotland 
3. Finishing my novel
4. Spending a week at the beach with my family

Four things I'm always saying:
1. Oh-My-Lanta! (Exclamation suitable for all occasions)
2. I'm not trying to ruin your fun, I'm trying to keep you safe. (when my children can't understand why I won't let them climb on the roof and jump off.)
3. Just a sec.
4. Be kind.

Anyone else wanna join in the mustache fun? Please do (you are hearby tagged!) and let me know when you post, so I can learn more about you!

Have a hopeful Tuesday!



  1. Fun post! I added the first Cranford disc to my netflix cue, but I'm not sure it will actually be allowed in the man cave where the TV and DVD player reside. We'll see.


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