Responses To Your Questions… (my version of The Ask and The Answer)

Yesterday I put up a post inviting you to ask me anything and today I would respond to those questions.   Your questions were fun… and funny and the rest of this post is dedicated to the answers:

Jill from Fizzy Thoughts asked:

SO … what are you wearing on your feet?

Well…. I am wearing my FAVORITE flip flops around the house.  I picked these little jewels up at a clearance sale hmmm… about three years ago.  They have paint on them, they are cracked on the bottom and I LOVE them!  😛

How did I meet Al?

This is a great story!  I worked as a manager at Domino’s Pizza fresh out of High School.  Al came in one day for an interview, he was a drummer in a band and had long hair (funny… as now he hardly has any hair!).  The interview went well but as we finished up I told him that in order to work there he would have to be clean-cut… hair above the collar line.  He got up and walked out of the interview.  😯  Three days later, he came back clean-shaven and was hired.  A year after that we were engaged.  😛

What is the craziest thing I have ever done?

Oh wow… where to begin.  I have done a lot of CRAZY, but I guess most recent in memory would be actually three things, all from this year… one would be jumping into the frozen lake in a prom dress for Special Olympics, and two would have to be colliding with the dude in front of me in June, going 18.6 miles per hour on my road bike on the two-day tour for MS.  The crazy part is that instead of going home after being ambulanced off the trail to the emergency room, I stayed day two and cheered for my team.  My bike, was in no shape to ride day two… neither was I.  😛  And finally it was the Warrior Dash first time in Minnesota that I refused to cancel just because I had a cast on.

Crazy #1: Dressed for ice plunging success... click on pic to go to post
Crazy #1: After The PLUNGE!!! March 2011 in Minnesota. BRRRRR
Crazy #2: Click to see this post

Crazy #3: The Warrior Dash in a cast! Click on pic to go to post

Laurel from LaurelRainSnow (and many blogs 😉 )asked:

I wish I had pushed myself more in High School, but sadly I did not.  I went more in the direction of Drama class and working on the year book.  If I were to do it over again… you bet I would try out!  😀

What were my favorite memories from High School?

I had a hunky hunky boyfriend (yes I said hunky… yes I said it twice).  My car was a black firebird and I loved that car! My BFF and I used to go everywhere in it!

When I wake up in the morning, do you immediately grab some coffee, and then go to the computer? Or do something else…

My morning routine is pretty consistent.  I get up in the morning and head into the bathroom and flip on my IPOD to the audio book I am currently listening to.  I listen to that all through getting ready.  Then I enter the kitchen, turn on the audio book in my CD player on the counter (different audio) while I make coffee and arrange everything I need for work.

Finally, I sit down at the table, and yes, pop open my emails while I have my COFFEE and then I write the morning meandering.  If  I am lucky, I have a book review ready to schedule to go live in the late morning. 

Shannon from Extreme Reading And Writing asked:

When did you start reading?

As far back as I can remember I have been a book-worm.  In 2nd grade I won the book-worm award… I loved to read, slowed down a bit out of high school and in the early years f my marriage and then came back full force to books.

What gave you the idea to create a book blog?

Oddly, it was my Pastor who led me to blogging.  He knew I always wanted to write and helped me set up my wordpress blog.  This forever, was not my first blog… my first blog was Straight On Through and was just random posts about life and happenings and the occasional book.  After about a year of that I started this one to keep track of my book reviews as more of a private book log of what I have read as opposed to the journals I kept of my reading… the rest is history 😀

Kathy from Bermuda Onion asked:

Have I always lived in Minnesota?

For the most part – yes.  I was born here in Brainerd.  In 8th grade after a house fire my mom and I went to live with my aunt and uncle in Soldotna Alaska for a year and I actually started and finished 8th grade there.  Afterwards we came back to Brainerd and rebuilt on the same property, which is the property I live on now.  😀

What are you hoping to find under the Christmas tree?

OOH – good question!  My gift from Al is already on my kitchen table, the Cricut and cartridges!  From my sons I have asked them to pick a book off my wish list which I have up in the tab area of this blog for easy access!  😀

Vasilly from 1330V asked:

What’s my blogging routine like?

Lately…. sporadic.  Seems like life has been very busy lately between work and other commitments… at times I mean to write a post at night but find I can not concentrate because I am too tired.  Then, like this weekend, I get in some great reading and blogging time and all is well with the world again.  😀

In good times – I write a morning post of whatever is happening in my life and in the evenings after Al has gone to bed I read and write book reviews.

What is a hard decision you had to make but you don’t regret?

That one is easy, putting our dog down in October.  It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do.  It sucked.  It hurt like hell.  BUT – I also know it was the right thing. 

Tanya from Girl asked:

Do you schedule posts in advance?

Yes, as much as possible I do and love it when I am current in my reviews. 😀

What’s a typical day like for you?

Crazy.  But really, whose life isn’t?  On a typical week day I:

Get up around 6:30 am

Get ready for work, get the coffee on, and write my morning post

Work 8:00 am – 3:00 pm where I create, run reports, go to meetings, plan upcoming events, return calls to people, set up class schedules, keep current on invoices, reserve space…

3:00 pm – if out of the office on time I try to hit the gym for an hour of cardio, or a group power class

4:30 pm – home, planning supper and reading emails, checking Facebook

6:00 pm – eat dinner with Al

6:30 pm – Al reads his construction magazines or watches tv, I do some laundry, craft, or read

(On Mondays I have a study from 5:30 – 8, Tuesdays book club 6:30 pm or a meeting, Wednesdays I help with Students from 5:30 – 8)

8:30 – Al goes to bed and I continue reading or writing a review on what I have finished reading, maybe a little TV

11:30 pm – bed

Beth Hoffman asked:

What is your favorite bird?

I guess I have never really thought about this!  Thinking about it now though I am going to say hummingbird.  They are fascinating!

If you could have a secret hideaway anywhere in the world, where would it be?

If I told you it wouldn’t be much of a secret now would it!  LOL  Actually if I could go anywhere to be alone I would love it to be warm secluded beach house right on the beach somewhere.  I could read and write at my leisure!

Kavyen from Reading Between Pages asked:

How many hours do you read in a day?

On average I would say one to two hours a day.  I read a lot in the evenings, and if I have time on weekends.  If you counted audio, I probably get in 2 hours of audio in on average per day between getting ready in the morning, drive time, and cooking in the evening where I listen to audio while I am in the kitchen.

How many hours do you spend blogging vs actually spending time online?

Ugh… do I even want to know the answer to this question?  😛  Lets see, my actual blogging per day is probably about an hour average.  My on-line time per day between emails, words with friends on Facebook, and reading other blogs, probably add a couple more hours to that.  Of course some days are less… but yeah – some days are more.  😯

Christina at Reading Extensively asked:

What is the one book you’ve recommended the most to people this year?

I think that has been The Knife Of Never Letting Go.  This series blew me away and I think everyone needs to read it.

What book would you want to receive for Christmas this year?

There are a few I really am anxious about but I think I would really like The Future Of Us by Jay Asher.  He impressed me so much with Thirteen Reasons Why. 

I love your blog and notice that though you have such a busy life you still find time to write blog posts and reviews. What is your secret?

COFFEE.  😛  Actually I think it is because I have a husband who is out of the house from 5:30 am – 6:00 pm (sometimes later depending on the time of year).  We had our kids early so we are young for them to be all grown up and gone but they are.  I work 25 hours a week and that leaves me with quite a bit of reading and blogging time.

Do you have a favorite Christmas tradition?

Our holiday gatherings are usually just us and the boys and we like to spend the afternoons and evenings munching on left overs from the big dinner, snacking, and watching movies and playing board games.  😀

When a new book is published and you know you want to own it, do you tend to buy it in print or for your Nook?

I buy the book.  Honestly, I have not done much with my NOOK an I know I need to change that.  I am still a real book girl.   I like that I can loan out a book-book to anyone.

Vicki at I’d Rather Be At The Beach asked:

Were you popular in school?

Define… popular.  LOL Actually I was more in the middle group.  I wasnt a jock or a brain.

Did you get good grades?

This is another of those times when I want a do-over.  I did ok in school but I really did not push myself and my mom did not really push me either.  I know, in hindsight I could have done better.  As it was I did ok, I was mainly C’s and B’s.  I loved all my reading and writing classes… hated math.  Still do.  😀

Name the one thing you MUST do on your “Bucket List”

In a soon to be released post you will see some of my crazy plans for 2012… one thing on my bucket list that I still hope to do is ride a mechanical bull.  😀 

Will you move to Florida so I can go biking etc. with you?

I don’t think I will move to Florida however I do love it there!  My son is currently in the Navy in Jacksonville and you never know when I may decide to pop that way.  I also want to VERY BADLY go to Harry Potter World, so depending on where you are, maybe we can get that bike ride in, or at least a trip to a coffee shop to chat and a book store. 😀

Who are your favorite female and male actors?

BRADLEY COOPER!  Oh… did I answer that too quickly?  😳

Denzel Washington DENZEL!!!

Natalie Portman

Jennifer Aniston (although some of her movies – not so much)

Angelina Jolie (I know I know.. but I love the Tomb Raider movies!)

Bonnie from Bonnies Books asked:

What wonderful book would you recommend I read in the coming year?

The books I have been recommending as of late are the Chaos Walking Series which starts with The Knife Of Never Letting Go.   Fantastic!  Also, if you love the 80’s and have fond memories of video games, movies, and popular 80’s stars… I highly recommend Ready Player One – oh and please listen to it on audio. 😀

Millie asked:

How did you get started in your book club? How does your book club select a book? How can I start my own book club?

I started Bookies back in August of 2001.  It started as a way to bring people together who I worked with.  At that time I had been at Wal-Mart for 10 years and thought it was sad we didn’t have connections beyond the time clock.  We started with 3 people… it grew from there.  We have met every month since August 2001.  Over 112 meetings now!

We select books by vote.  We ask that each person bring a book suggestion to the meeting.  It must be a fairly new release (so we can find copies) and it must be in paperback (to keep our cost down). 

To start your own book club I say just do it!  Pick the first book, share what you are planning to do with those you would like to be involved.  If you are open to anyone joining, post about it on Facebook.  Pick a place and a time to meet and go from there.  The library has meeting rooms if you are looking for a public place to meet – or a coffee shop or restaurant is fun too.:D

The Bookies Book Club 2011 Queen Event (click on pic for post)

Alexia561 asked:

What do you call soft drinks where you live? Soda? Pop? Soda pop?

Pop.  It’s funny you ask.  I have relatives in California who call it Coke.  All of it.  “Can I grab you a Coke?” they would say and I would respond no, I like Pepsi.  😛

What goodie are you going to make for the holidays? (I need ideas too!)

Time is of the essence so I am thinking I am going to make some cookies (recipe is going up later today in a Weekend Cooking post), Chocolate and Caramel covered pretzel rods, and Chocolate Biscotti – which is always a hit.  I will post the other two recipes this week. 😀

Do you own a Time Turner like Hermione? Otherwise, how on earth do you keep up with your busy schedule???

I wish I owned a time turner!  Now I want to go back to my above answer to Kathy about what I would like to see under the tree!  Totally time turner.  😀  As far as my schedule I just go and go and go… and then I crash for a day or two (like this weekend).  I can keep the pace up for only so long and then I don’t want to leave the house, talk on the phone, or socialize in any way (beyond this blog).  Yet, once I recharge, I am itching to go go go again!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

There was a time I would have said Florida… I love WARM.  I hate COLD.  But, now there is so much I do love about Minnesota, our seasons are intense, but beautiful (except winter).  I love my friends, I love the bike trails, the long distance rides, adventures, hiking…  Winter I could go to Florida… 😀

Nise from Under The Boardwalk asked:

Which side of the bed to you sleep on standing at the foot and looking toward the headboard?

I sleep on the right side of the bed at home.  Oddly though, if I go to our cabin and Al is not with, I choose the left side there. 

Are you a back, stomach or side sleeper?

Stomach and side, but never on my back…  I have no idea why….

Is there a question that you are hoping no one asks, if so, what’s the question?

What are you wearing?  LOL…. that’s just an awkward/creepy question always!

Marce from Tea Time With Marce asked:

Where has your favourite vacation spot been?

I am going with Costa Rica.  It was a gorgeous trip and we were able to explore a rain forest and swing through it too!  Fantastic place we stayed at – all-inclusive and the tan I got and the books I read!

Have you ever did extreme sports and if not would you?

Define extreme… LOL… actually I am going to do the Tough Mudder event coming here in May.  It is supposed to be really extreme and I am scared and excited all at once!  I will talk more about this in the next few weeks.  😀

What has been your favourite Spoiler book button conversation so far?

Excellent question and man, I miss that spoiler button…I need some big exciting/controversial books to hash out!  The Hunger Games spoiler page still gets hits, people yelling PEETA at me….LOL, The Lightning Thief made me the most angry, but ROOM by Emma Donoghue was probably the best with even a little conversation with the author!

SO wow, that was a lot of fun!  Thanks for the questions 😀

50 Comments on “Responses To Your Questions… (my version of The Ask and The Answer)

  1. Hi Sheila, many thanks for your visit and the cocoa, it was delicious.

    This post was a great idea and so much fun, I loved the questions and as for the answers? Honest, funny, a real insight into your character I thought.

  2. Love this post, and love your down to earth and honest answers. It was like a mini biography and scrapbook rolled into one!

    • Thanks Beth, this was a really good thing for me to do. I have been in a kind of a funk as of late and pulling up crazy memories from this year and future plans actually made me smile 😀

  3. Wow – that’s a lot of questions, and a lot of answers – and I read it all 🙂 So interesting to learn more about the person behind the blog.

    • Thanks Tanya! I started answering the questions last night and yeah…LOL….A lot of questions! But I did enjoy answering them and the creativity of the questions too 😀

  4. I was just thinking as I was running this morning how I wish my friend hadn’t lost the pictures of the time we rode the mechanical bull! Definitely something to try. This might sound funny, but consider what you are wearing that day. A tank top might not be the best choice!(Yes, that was what I had on that day so maybe it is good she can’t find the pictures!)

    • LOL Jill – you cracked me up about the tank top comment! 😛 I hope the mechanical bull can be this year…. winter is LONG and I need fun things to think about to clear my head and get motivated 😀

  5. Great questions and great answers! I knew you were a baby to have such young children. I can’t believe you’re wearing sandals up there this time of year – I’ve got on socks and slippers! By the way, all carbonated beverages are Coke in the South – maybe your cousins are Southerners at heart.

    • We heat our home with hot water heat Kathy – it is a wood stove out behind our house that heats water and runs it into our home, when it is not super cold out (as this winter has yet to be) our house is a little warm. Sometimes I refer to it as nursing home warm if that gives a better visual. 😛

      You people and your Coke! 😀 My cousins were also surprised when I mentioned a box of potato chips… they had never heard of such a thing (the old school chips… I think Old Dutch is the brand)

    • Hey! I’m a carbonated beverage and I’m not Coke! 😀

      Great questions and answers, Sheila! I never would’ve pictured you and Al in Domino’s.

      • You are carbonated Jill! That’s for sure 😀 And yeah, AL and I met at Domino’s…. something we now look back on as “the wasted career years” LOL 😀

  6. Thanks for sharing! I too have lived through a house fire (lost EVERYTHING), in 1998. Terrible.

    It’s interesting to see/read just how much blogging/reading/internet time others spend daily.

    Love your fitness challenges, can’t wait to see photo’s from next May’s event.

    • It is a terrible thing Mari…. (house fire)

      I have some lofty goals for this coming year and ave some prep work to do ahead of time. Since my injury in June I have not worked out to the level I did prior to the injury and I am hoping to start getting back into that yet this week.

  7. Such a great idea, so fun to read all the questions and answers. I remember the prom dress frozen jump, I still think omg what crazy people you are, lol. 🙂

    We Need to Talk about Kevin and Still Missing I think are good spoiler discussions. I do love that feature here but haven’ read many of your choices though.

    • I am hoping to take that “leap” again this winter Marce 😀

      I read We Need To Talk About Kevin quite a few years ago (pre blogging)… I may need to read it again this year as I see they are making a movie about it. You are right, it would make an incredible discussion for the spoiler page.

  8. Very interesting. I was out yesterday and didn’t have a chance to see your blog so this was a surprise, and a welcome one. I think it’s fun to learn more about the people whose blogs I read regularly. Now I know why you don’t mind Minn. weather so much – you lived in Alaska so that’s your comparison.

    • LOL – actually Alaska weather is pretty comparable to Minnesota weather, occasionally I am surprised to see their weather (like last winter) is better than ours. That is just annoying. 😛

    • I like it Shannon and occasionally feel guilty as I do have a lot of free time compared to many people my age. I am kind of set in my ways now and while I enjoy a good gathering of people… I am just as thrilled to go home and grab a book. 😀

  9. Really interesting answers! I love the flip flops 🙂 I have a pair of pink and black Adidas that I wear at home year round. Have a great day!

    • LOL Christina, honestly I think I paid like a quarter for them… I love tooling around in them and think they have made all our vacations the past few years as well.. 😀

  10. Great answers, and you didn’t even seem to wince at any of them! lol

    In high school, I was on the yearbook staff, too; and the newspaper staff.

    When I was young, we called soft drinks “pop,” and now…”soda.”

    (And, of course, I live in California).

    Love your crazy stunts! Your schedule is crazy, too, but I love it that you put all your enthusiasm into everything you do. Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh, I almost forgot…if you love mechanical bulls, did you see Urban Cowboy? I watch that movie whenever I want to hear “feel-good” 80s music!

      • And funny you mention Urban Cowboy… I almost said something about that in my response but I am so anti cowboy and western style books/movies that I did not… oh and country music too… gah… cant do it. 😛

        no idea why that is.

    • All the questions were fun Laurel… none caused me pause 😀

      The “stunts” I think break up what could be a pretty low key life. Without the kids around to keep my hopping to sports and school events I need to do something to stay young 😀

  11. Sheila, this is a fun post-did you have the big hair in the 70’s to match the car? I have a friend who recently posted her prom photo with the muscle car and she had the hair to match. You must realize I am the queen of big hair-so I say this in all fondness and product did not exist back in high school.

    • Spiral perms Esme… all through the 80’s. My hair was should length and I remember sitting hours in the hair stylist chair while they wound my hair around those long rods….

      now I would never put my hair through another perm! 😀

  12. I love this post! You had some great answers! Thanks for sharing more about your life with us.

    • I hope you really enjoy it Bonnie! I went on your blog last night to get a feel for what books you were reading to give you a good suggestion that fit your style, but them decided we all need to get out of our genre zone once in awhile so – ENJOY 😀

  13. Loved reading your answers. We have a lot in common: I agree with the Chaos Walking series as a must read. I hate cold, but live in MI. My dream place is a secluded warm beach. I lived in Alaska (Ketchikan).
    If you love Bradley Cooper so much, did you watch Alias? I have been re-watching the series and love it all over again.

  14. Lots of fun questions and answers. Thanks for sharing of yourself with all your hard work, fun and thoughts! Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

  15. What a great post – I just LOVE the story of how you and your husband met and it was fun to learn more about you. I’m not the chattiest of bloggers so maybe I should let my readers get to know me with something like this.


  16. Yowza … that was a lot of info in one post. You have a crazy busy life and that is fantastic! It was great learning more about you.

    • It was a BIG post Jenners… I stared wondering if it was possible to run out of room on a post…. for the record, I didn’t…so I still dont know if there is a max 😀

  17. That was a lot of fun! I hope you will swing by New Year’s Eve for my favourites of 2011!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

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