The Strange Question Meme, part 1

Sunday Stealing: The Strange Question Meme, Part 1

1. What is the color of your toothbrush?
Green and white

2. Name one person who made you smile today.
I only got up, nobody made me smile yet.

3. What were you doing at 8 am this morning?
I was asleep.

4. What were you doing 45 minutes ago?
Getting ready for work.

5. What is your favorite candy bar?
Baby Ruth, I think I said that before.

6. Have you ever been to a strip club?
No, I don’t think so, but I’ve said that before, too.

7. What is the last thing you said aloud?
”A boy can’t be Mr. Frankenstein’s mother.”

8. What is your favorite ice cream? How to choose?
Mozart. Do I have to mention that I said that before?

9. What was the last thing you had to drink?

10. Do you like your wallet?
Yes, it’s very girly.

11. What was the last thing you ate?

12. Have you bought any new clothing items this week?

13. The last sporting event you watched?
Ice hockey, sort of.

14. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn?

15. Who is the last person you sent a text message to?

16. Ever go camping?
That is a good question. No. Not yet. An act of God prevented me from going.

17. Do you take vitamins daily?
You mean as pills? No.

18. Do you go to church every Sunday?
God, no!

19. Do you have a tan?

20. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza?
No preference. I like both.

21. Do you drink your soda with a straw?

22. What did your last text message say?
Not that this is any of your business, but I was talking about the time I’m going into work.

23. What are you doing tomorrow?
Go to work

24. Favorite color?
Brownish probably.

25. Look to your left; what do you see?
My kids having a smoothie.


Sunday Stealing: The Halloween Meme

Sunday Stealing: The Halloween Meme

1. What is your favorite written work of horror fiction?
I’m not particularly into Horror, no matter whether books or films, but if I’m in the mood for it I’d read Stephen King. My favourites by him are “Misery”, “Needful things” and “Pet sematary”. I haven’t read any of his new stuff.

2. What is your favorite work of science fiction/fantasy?
Hm, I’m not particularly into SF or Fantasy either, except for Marion Zimmer Bradley. So, I’d say her Darkover books.

3. Who is your favorite monster?
I don’t know many monsters. The easy way out would be to say Frankenstein’s monster, but I decided to go with Scylla.

4. What is your favorite Horror movie?
The Japanese original “Ring”

5. What horror movie gives you the most chills?

6. What character from any horror film would you most like to play?
Marie in “Innocent blood”, if it qualifies as horror.

7. Freddy or Jason?
I didn’t even know who Jason is and had to ask John, who, of course, knew. So, I suppose it has to be Freddy, even though I’m not happy with him either.

8. What is your favorite Halloween treat?
Halloween isn’t big over here. Are there special Halloween treats? I had no idea.

9. Ghosts or goblins?
Ghosts. Goblins are too ugly.

10. Friendly-faced jack-o’-lantern or scary one?
Friendly, I always prefer things friendly.

11. What is your scariest encounter with the paranormal?
You say that as if I was supposed to have tons of paranormal encounters. Well, I haven’t.

12. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?
I’m undecided on the subject.

13. Would you rather be a zombie, alien, or psycho?
Who would want to be a zombie? They are stupid, slow and decayed. Definitely an alien.

14. Favorite Halloween costume?
Haven’t got one. If I had to choose, maybe 18th century vampire or Medusa.

15. Best thing about Halloween?
No idea. We’re not into Halloween over here.

16. Person in your family who most likes Halloween (not counting yourself)?
Corin, our 6 year old, but not out of tradition, but because he gets brainwashed by his friends, who in turn get brainwashed by American TV shows.

17. Are you superstitious?
Yes, a bit.

18. Share an unusual Halloween story.
Sorry, nothing to share.

19. What did you do for Halloween as a kid?
When I was a kid, nobody had even heard of Halloween.

20. What’s the best Halloween party that you’ve attended?
Guess what? I’ve never been to one.


Sunday Stealing: One long meme (part one)

Sunday Stealing: One Long Meme (Part One)

1. The phone rings. Who will it to be? How the hell should I know.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart? Of course, I had to insert money to get it. If I don’t return it I won’t get that money back.

3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener? Both.

4. Do you take compliments well? No.

5. Do you play Sudoku? No.

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive? No.

7. Did you ever go to camp as a kid? No.

8. What was your favorite game as a kid? I can’t remember.

9. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew she was married, would you? No, I don’t roll that way.

10. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you? Depends on those beliefs. If he’s a missionary who wants to convert me to his side, I’m out of there. If they are too fanatical, I wouldn’t date him. If he keeps them to himself, yes, I would.

11. Do you like to pursue or be pursued? Be pursued, but I have been known to do the pursuing, too.

12. Use three words to describe yourself? No, I won’t.

13. Do any songs make you cry? No.

14. Are you continuing your education? No.

15. Do you know how to shoot a gun? Guess, I should re-consider #14.

16. Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth? Yes.

17. How often do you read books? Every day.

18. Do you think more about the past, present or future? Future.

19. What is your favorite children’s book? When I was a kid, I can’t remember. Now it is “Where the wild things are”

20.What color are your eyes? Blue

21. How tall are you? 1.70m

22. Where is your dream house located? Every place can be a dream location, that depends totally on oneself.

23. If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you grabbed? Things, right? My hard drives and my insurance papers.

24. When was the last time you were at Olive Garden? We don’t have Olive Garden. I’ve been to one years ago. Can’t even remember where that was.

25. Where was the furthest place you traveled today? I haven’t even left my house yet, so I suppose it is to the kitchen.

26. Do you like mustard? Not with everything.


Sunday Stealing: My Life according to The Smiths

Sunday Stealing: Jodi’s Meme

INSTRUCTIONS: Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title. It’s a lot harder than you think! Post as "Jodi’s Meme: My Life According to (BAND/ARTIST NAME)" The great thing is that if you have already done this meme, you can do it again with a different artist! Please do!

-Are you a male or female? Girl afraid

-Describe yourself: Half a person

-How do you feel right now? Asleep

-If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Back to the old house

-Your favourite form of transportation: The Draize Train

-Describe Your Morning Routine: These things take time

-Your best friend is: Shakespeare’s Sister

-What’s the weather like? Golden lights

-Pet Peeve? Barbarism begins at home

-If your life was a TV show, what would it be called? Bigmouth strikes again

-Your relationship: Oscillate wildly

-Your Fear: Panic

-What is the best advice you have to give? You just haven’t earned it yet, baby

-If you could change your name, you would change it to: Handsome Devil

-What do you say when you are frustrated? Heaven knows I’m miserable now

-Thought for the day: What difference does it make

-How you would like to die? Well I wonder

-Your soul’s present condition: Still ill

-Your motto: I started something I couldn’t finish

This was really fun. I always knew that the Smiths have the answer to anything.


Sunday Stealing: The Heretic Meme

Sunday Stealing: The Heretic Meme

1. Who was the last person of the opposite sex you lay in a bed with? My husband

2. Where was the last place you went out to eat? A mediterranean restaurant, can’t recall the name.

3. What was the last alcoholic beverage you consumed? Argentinian red wine

4. Which do you prefer – eyes or lips? Eyes

5. Medicine, fine arts, or law? Fine arts

6. Best kind of pizza? simple ones with up to three toppings

7. What is in store for your future? Who knows, I’m no psychic

8. Who was the last band you saw live? I can’t remember, but the next band I’m going to see live is Depeche Mode

9. Do you take care of your friends while they are sick? No

10. How many songs are on your iPod? Not many

11. Where is the last place you drove to? Grocery store

12. Where did your last kiss take place? Car

13. What were you doing at 11:59 PM on Monday night? sleeping

14. Are you a quitter? Depends

15. Who was the last person you had in your house? The last person in my house? You mean like a guest? Justin.

15.2. What do you think about people who party a lot? Each to his own

16. Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable? No

17. What was the last CD you purchased? Depeche Mode, Sounds of the Universe

18. What are two bands or singers that you will always love? Morrissey, Dave Gahan and Robert Smith (can’t leave any one of them out, sorry)

19. Which of the seven deadly sins are you guilty of? Obviously none, I’m still alive.

20. How is your last ex doing? He’s fine as far as I know. Why? You want his number?


Sunday Stealing: The ABC Meme

Sunday Stealing: The ABC Meme

A – An advantage you have – I’m a woman
B – Blue or brown eyes – what if they are green? I’m lucky, I guess – blue
C – Chore you hate – almost anything household related
D – Dad’s name – Johann
E – Essential start of your day – Coffee
F – Favorite color – brownish
G – Greatest thing you’ve ever done that made you feel really good – do these memes always have to be so dramatic?
H – Habit you have – non-smoking
I – Issue you hate that the world tries to make you pursue – Nobody tries to make me pursue anything
J – Job title – I have none
K – Kohls or Target – no clue what you’re talking about, so it’s neither
L – Living arrangements – rented flat
M – Music you like – The Smiths
N – Nicknames – I’m not saying
O – Overnight hospital stay – only when I gave birth
P – Pet Peeve – plenty
Q – Quote that you like most – One of them is “Enjoy yourself.  It’s later than you think.  ~Chinese Proverb
R – Right or left handed – right
S – Siblings – none
T – Time you wake up – around 6, not of my own volition
U – Underwear – yes
V – Vegetable you dislike – almost all of them
W – What makes you run late – oversleeping, that hardly ever happens though, see letter T
X – X-rays you’ve had – teeth, thyroid, lungs
Y – Yummy food you make – Lasagna
Z – Zoo animal – giraffes


Sunday Stealing: The Blue Rene Meme

Sunday Stealing: The Blue Rene Meme

1. What thing is nearest to you ? My coffee
2. What is your ringtone ? A generic one that came with my phone
3. What was the last message in your inbox ? A nice one
4. Who is your best friend ? You wouldn’t know her
5. What is the brand of your TV ? Grundig
6. What schools did you attend? Do you want to know the names?
7. Do you own a MP4?  Yes, and I own a few doc, xls and psd
8. What song are you listening to now ? None
9. Did you kiss anybody in the past 2 days ? Yes
10. Have you ever kissed someone you met in the blogosphere? No
11. What would you want to call if you weren’t your current name ? What sort of sentence is this? Are you illiterate?
12. Would you be happy if you had everything ? Probably I’d want more.
13. Are you always thinking of someone special? No
14. Tell us of your most desperate dream? I can’t remember if I ever had any “desperate” dreams
15. When did you last laugh till you cried? Probably only recently, even though I can’t remember now.
16. If you had a crush, would you tell them you love him/her now ? No. But having a crush doesn’t mean that I “love” him/her anyway.
17. If you could be anywhere in the world now, where would you want to be ? Some holiday location
18. When was your heart last broken? That was some time ago already
19. Whose birthday(s) is/are coming up? Mine
20. How many email accounts do you have? Offhand I can remember 8.


Sunday Stealing: The Monkey’s Meme

Sunday Stealing: The Monkey’s Meme

1. Name one person who made you smile today: Corin

2. What were you doing at 8am this morning? Making breakfast for two little monsters.

3. What were you doing 45 minutes ago? 45 minutes ago it was 8am. Refer to no. 2

4. What is your favorite candy bar? We had that last week already. Baby Ruth.

5. Have you ever been to a strip club? I don’t think I have.

6. What was the last thing you had to drink? Coffee

7. What was the last thing you ate? Cereal

8. The last sporting event you watched? This must have been an ice hockey match years ago.

9. Do you go to church every Sunday? Hell, no.

10. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza? I like both, depends on my mood.

11. What are you doing tomorrow? Tomorrow’s going to be a holiday. Not sure yet.

12. What do you think of when you hear Australia? “A town like Alice”

13. Biggest annoyance right now? I’d have to think about that one, so the annoyance can’t be that big.

14. Last song listened to? “This charming man”

15. Do you have a maid service clean your house? I wish

16. Are you jealous of anyone? No

17. Is anyone jealous of you? How would I know?

18. What do you usually do during the day? Chat with colleagues and do some work along the way.

19. Do you hate anyone that you know right now? No. But there are some people I dislike. There are lots of shades of grey.

20. Are you thinking about someone right now? Yes


Sunday Stealing: The A to Z meme

Sunday Stealing: The A to Z Meme

• Are you available? For what?
• What is your age? 40 something
• What annoys you? Stupidity
• Do you know anyone named Billy? No
• When is your birthday? July
• Who is your best friend? You wouldn’t know her
• What’s your favorite candy? Baby Ruth
• Crush? No
• When was the last time you cried? I can’t remember
• Do you daydream? Yes
• What’s your favorite kind of dog? Haven’t got one. Most dogs are ok, if I don’t have to look after them.
• What day of the week is it? Sunday
• How do you like your eggs? Scrambled
• Have you ever been in the emergency room? Only with my kids
• Ever pet an elephant? No
• Do you use fly swatters? No
• Have you ever used a foghorn? No
• Is there a fan in your room? No
• Do you chew gum? No
• Do you like gummy candies? Yes
• Do you like gory movies? No
• How are you? Fine, thanks
• What’s your height? 1,70m
• What color is your hair? dark blonde
• What’s your favorite ice cream? Mozart, which is a mixture of chocolate, pistachio, marzipan, just like the Mozartkugel
• Have you ever ice skated? Yes, but I sucked
• Ever been in an igloo? No
• What’s your favorite Jelly Bean? I hate them
• Have you ever heard a really hilarious joke? Yes, two.
• Do you wear jewelry? A little
• Who do you want to kill? I don’t want to kill anybody.
• Have you ever flown a kite? I tried without much success.
• Do you think kangaroos are cute? Oh, yeah.
• Are you laidback? Doesn’t everybody think they are?
• Lions or Tigers? Whatever this means, it’s tigers.
• Do you like black licorice? Yuck!
• Favorite movie as a kid? Three nuts for Cinderella
• Ever shopped at Moosejaw? At what?
• Favorite store at the mall? I don’t go to malls usually.
• Do you have a nickname? Not really
• Whats your favorite number? I haven’t got one.
• Do you prefer night or day? No preference.
• What’s your one wish? I’ve got no wish. Haven’t you ever read the Monkey’s paw?
• Are you an only child? Yes
• Do you like the color orange? No
• What are you most paranoid about? I’m not, or am I?
• Piercings? No
• Do you know anyone named Penelope? No, but I know a restaurant called that.
• Are you quick to judge people? Yes
• Do you like Quaker Oats? Don’t know them
• Know anyone that makes quilts? Yes
• Do you think you’re always right? Yes
• Do you watch reality TV? No, I don’t watch TV at all.
• Reason to cry? Sad book endings.
• Do you prefer sun or rain? Rain
• Do you like snow? Sort of
• What’s your favorite season? Autumn
• time is it? It is.
• What time did you wake up? 6.15am
• Can you ride a unicycle? Why would I?
• Do you know anyone with a unibrow? No. But If I did, I’d be very careful. Remember: "Beware of windfallen apples and of men whose eyebrows meet". (From “The company of wolves”)
• Uncles do you have? I had.
• What’s the worst vegetable? Beetroot
• Did you ever watch Veggie Tales? Never heard of it.
• Ever considered being vegan? Bloody hell, no.
• What’s your worst habit? I’m a procrastinator.
• Do you like water rides? No
• Ever been inside a windmill? Yes
• Have you ever had an x-ray? Yes
• Ever used a Xerox machine? Yes
• Do you like the color yellow? No
• What year were you born in? In the sixties
• Do you yell when you’re angry? Yes
• Do you believe in the zodiac? Yes, no, maybe.
• What’s your zodiac sign? Cancer
• When was the last time you went to the zoo? A few weeks ago.


Sunday Stealing: The 29’er Meme

Sunday Stealing: The 29’er Meme

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
I hate paying bills in general. But over here we don’t pay bills knowingly, it all comes out by direct debit, so we won’t notice.

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
That must be years ago and I can’t remember. I’m not the romantic dinner type anyway. In fact I just asked John when was our last romantic dinner and he said “We went for a romantic dinner the other day, but it wasn’t romantic because you were involved.” Charming, huh?

3. How many colleges did you attend?
None, I was so happy when 13 years of school were over that I decided not to.

4. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
I’m wearing my PJs. It didn’t take any decision making to put them on.

5. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
It is Sunday! No alarm!

6. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
”Bummer, I need to leave the light on.”

7. What do you miss being a child?
The carefree attitude.

8. What errand/chore do you despise?
Any given household chore.

9. Have you found real love yet?

10. What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart?
We don’t have a Wal-Mart.

11. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
Not sure. It probably is.

12. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Mae West

13. Ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?

14. Somewhere in California you’ve never been and would like to go?
Not sure. I now regret that I didn’t spend more time in Yosemite National Park. So maybe that would be it.

15. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
Neither. Both would be too impractical

16. Do you have a “go to” person?
Not for everything, but yes.

17. Are you where you want to be in life?
I think so.

18. Over the years, what about you do you think has changed the most?
I’m not as bitchy as I used to be.

19. Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life?
No, but they come close.

20. Are there times you still feel like a kid?
No, but I don’t feel like my age either.

21. Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager?
A café where we went to when we skipped classes.

22. Who do you think impacted your life the most?
My kids.

23. Was there a teacher or authority figure that stood out for you?
There still is, my boss.

24. Do you tell stories that start with “when I was your age”?

25. What is the scariest thing that has happened to you as an adult?
Oh God, they managed to sneak in the “worst fear” question, just in reverse to cover it up.

26. What advice would you give to someone about to get married?
I’m not someone to give advice. Everybody needs to make their own mistakes.

27. What advice would you give someone starting their first job?
I’m not someone to give advice.

28. If you could go back and change one thing you did, what would it be?
I wouldn’t, you never know what would come of it.

29. If you could go back and change one thing someone else did, what would it be?
I wouldn’t, you never know what would come of it.

God, this was boring. I don’t know whether it’s just my boring life or whether it was the boring questions, but now I feel depressed. What a way to start a Sunday!


Sunday Stealing: The 2 for 1 meme

Sunday Stealing: The 2 for 1 Meme

1. What is on the walls of your room?
There is no such thing as “my room”, but I managed to put stuff up on walls anyway. It’s either poetry scrapbooking pages, other scrapbooking pages, various artwork, ATCs, some canvases with digital art and some posters – it’s all random stuff, collected over the years, thrown together with no rhyme or reason.

2. What type of music do you listen to?
My music taste is eclectic. Can’t pin it down.

3. What do you want more than anything right now?
No idea. I’m pretty happy with everything.

4. Do you get scared in the dark?

5. What’s you worst fear?
That in the future we’re going to be tortured with the same questions in every other meme. Really!

6. If you could anything right now, what would it be?
If I could ….anything right now? What? Buy? Have? Do? I think I’ll leave this open.

7. What’s the meaningful gift that you’ve received?
If this means the most meaningful gift, no idea. Can’t think of anything right now.

8. Do you have a crush?

9. Who is your favorite celebrity?
I. Do. Not.Care.For.Celebrities. (please refer to #5)

10. Could you fall in love with someone that you know must leave?
Oh, yes. Been there.

11. Share a favorite quote of yours.
”Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.” Joseph Conrad

2. What’s your weakness?
Coffee? Chocolate? I don’t know.

13. Do you believe that we all have a soul mate?
As much as I like the thought, I’m afraid we don’t.

14. What were you doing before Sunday Stealing?
Blogging about other stuff.

15. What do you get complicated about the most?
If I choose to, I can get complicated about everything. Overanalyzing and complicating matters is a specialty of mine. On the other hand, if I choose to I can simplify things, too.

16. What turns you off the most from a potential partner?
Usually a potential partner doesn’t turn me off at all. If he did so, he wouldn’t be a potential partner, would he? I’m idealistic.

17. What is you worst habit?
I’m anal retentive in certain ways. In others I’m as negligent as can be. This inconsistency has the potential to drive other people insane.

18. When was the last time that you were jealous?
I’m not jealous at all. I’m blue-eyed, you see.

19. Have you ever had a “friend with benefits”?
No. If I have, the “benefits” can’t have been very memorable.

20. Do you use sarcasm?
Hardly ever. People who use sarcasm are usually insecure and hide their true personality behind it. Jesus, who am I kidding here?

21. At the moment, what’s you favorite song?
I revel in song binging. At the moment it is “Crying shame” by Jack Johnson. Next week it might be something totally different and I’ll never listen to “Crying shame” again.

22. What is you favorite day of the year?
No idea. Do people have a favourite day of the year? Maybe the first day of a vacation, when everything is packed and everybody is full of anticipation and then you hop in the car and you know there is a ship waiting for you to take you to another place. Yeah, that’s it.

23. Describe your love life.
There is no such thing. And if there was I wouldn’t tell you about it and say instead that there was no such thing. 

24. When was your last one night stand?
Can’t remember. I vaguely recall that it must have happened in the 90s.

25. How many past lovers are too many?
Bloody hell, what is this here? Research for a study? What do I know? I suppose it depends on your promiscuity and your upbringing. I wonder whether those two are directly or reciprocally proportional. I’m sure there are some people out there who would say one is too many, but I’m not one of them. Once you’ve gotten past this magical barrier I suppose it doesn’t matter at all.


Sunday Stealing: The first 20 meme

Sunday Stealing: The Twenty Firsts Meme

I don’t know whether I’m the only person with a bad memory or whether the creator of this meme has an exceptionally good one. How I can possibly remember all those firsts I don’t know, but I’ll try.

  • First Job: My first job during school holidays was stamping books at our high school.
  • First Real Job: Receptionist at a hotel
  • First Favorite Politician: Is there such a thing? If I have to name one it is Gregor Gysi. He’s a smart left wing politician, who hasn’t been in power, so he’s never had the chance to fuck up.
  • First Car: Fiat Panda
  • First Record/CD: Not sure, probably The Beatles 1962-1966
  • First Sport Played: I don’t play sports and never have. I was always forced to do it.
  • First Concert: Michael Jackson, I’m sorry to say.
  • First Foreign Country Visited: No clue, I’ve been around since I was very small. Probably it was Italy.
  • First Favorite TV Show: Die Biene Maja, an adorable cartoon featuring a cute, diligent bee and her male sidekick, Willi, who is the laziest guy ever. All he does is take naps. This show shaped my view of the world and of the relationship between men and women.
  • First Favorite Actor: Val Kilmer
  • First Favorite Actress: I don’t remember ever having one.
  • First Girlfriend/Boyfriend: Sergio
  • First Encounter with a Famous Person: I don’t remember my first encounter. It’s always a customer / staff relationship anyway. I don’t go celebrity hunting.
  • First Brush With Death: In the 90s when a Japanese friend, who has never been driving a car with stirring-wheel on the left, drove us around in the US in a car that belonged to a guy from the UAE. When she went right on red, disregarding another’s right of way, we collided and the car almost overturned and went down a hill. We were taken home by the police, it was all dead exciting. She was in lots of trouble later, because the actual car owner was the guy’s cousin who knew nothing about the car being given to her. And it was a write-off, afterwards. Oh, the joys of travelling.
  • First House/Condo Owned: I don’t own a house (or condo).
  • First Film Seen: Maybe Bambi.
  • First Favorite Recording Artist: No clue. I’m very disloyal to favourite artists and change them quickly. I probably did back then, too, and don’t even remember them. There are only two that stuck with me through the years.
  • First Favorite Radio Station: No clue. However, I enjoyed listening to this radio program on Sundays when I was a kid. It was hosted by a guy with a great, deep, booming voice. I always imagined him to be a nice man. I met him years later (full of anticipation) and found out he was a total jerk. Demanding, never satisfied, condescending and overbearing. Sounds can be deceiving.
  • First Book I Remember Reading: Oh, please. Maybe “Die Forsthausmaus”, a book I only managed to find recently on a swap site again for my kids. I keep telling them that mama read this more than 30 years ago and they are not interested.
  • First Meme You Answered on Your Blog: Sunday Stealing about Blogging only a few weeks ago.


Sunday Stealing: The Mud Meme

Sunday Stealing: The Mud Meme

Some of the questions sound familiar. In those cases, if there is no more current answer I’ll just copy the answer from two weeks ago.

1. What are your current obsessions?
Reading and blogging

2. Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often?
Boyfriend Jeans and a “How hard can it be?” peace t-shirt

3. What’s for dinner?
My dinner attitude hasn’t changed: No clue. I only start planning dinner about 30 minutes before dinner time. The result is usually chips.

4. Last thing you bought?

5. What are you listening to?
Right now: My husband wittering on about how many pubs they crawled last night.

6. If you were a god/goddess who would you be?
Freya, because I like her name and she listens to love songs all the time. I can think of worse ways to spend my days.

7. Favorite holiday spots?

I take it this means holidays as in vacation.

Picture by Fry2K at Stock exchange
Lake Garda, one of the loveliest spots ever

Croxteth Hall


El Capitan

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8. Reading right now?
One of the books I’m reading is “A perfect Mess” by Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman. “A groundbreaking book that sheds new light on ideas of order–and shows how chaos, disorder and mess make our world a better place!”

9. 4 words to describe yourself.
Better ask somebody else!

10. Guilty pleasure?
I’ve overcome my guilt trip about blogging, that leaves me with none.

11. Who or what makes you laugh until you’re weak?
Nobody in particular. Mostly situations where people make fun of each other with snappy retorts, witty remarks etc. No slapstick, no telling jokes, no mimes and clowns, please.

12. Planning to travel to next?
None, too broke for that.

13. Best thing you ate or drank lately?
Anything that hit the spot.

14. When did you last get tipsy?
Not recently. I can’t remember.

15. Care to share some wisdom?
All my wisdom is recycled, so that would be cheating.

16. Nicest thing anyone’s ever said to you?
”I wouldn’t have thought that about you.” I love being unpredictable.


Sunday Stealing: The 40 meme

Sunday Stealing: The 40 Meme

1. My uncle once : did a terrible thing. I only learned about it after he’d died. If I had known beforehand, our relationship would never have been the same.

2. Never in my life : will I smoke again.

3. When I was seventeen : I was carefree. But I didn’t know it at the time.

4. High School was : fun. But I didn’t know it at the time.

5. I will never forget : the faces of people I like.

6. I once met : Huh? I meet lots of people everyday. Celebrity or not, it doesn’t make a difference.

7. There’s this girl I know who : likes to read.

8. Once, at a bar : I got drunk.

9. By noon, I’m usually : ready for a nap, but can’t take one.

10. Last night : I was up late.

11. If only I had : more money for books.

12. Next time I go to gym/church : Won’t happen.

13. Susan Boyle : can sing. So what? Don’t know what the fuss is all about.

14. What worries me most : I have no big worries at the moment.

15. When I turn my head left, I see : A snowman that is a left over from our Christmas decoration.

16. When I turn my head right, I see : A mixed media art piece.

17. You know I’m lying when : You won’t know. I’m a good liar.

18. What I miss most about the eighties : The music.

19. If I was a character in Shakespeare, I’d be : Katherina, Baptista Minola’s daughter

20. By this time next year : it’s going to be spring again.

21. A better name for me would be : No clue! Ask my mom!

22. I have a hard time understanding : some of my colleagues.

23. If I ever go back to school, I’ll : learn another language or two.

24. You know I like you if : I’m not snarky.

25. If I ever won an award, the first person I’d thank would be : maybe my parents for bringing me up to be so sensible and down to earth.

26. When I compare 80’s rock to 90’s rock : Give me the 80’s anytime.

27. Take my advice, never : say never (trite, but true)!

28. My ideal breakfast is : Caffee latte and a croissant.

29. A song I love, but do not own is : The shock of the lightning by Oasis

30. If you visit my hometown, I suggest : to check out all the old buildings and the emperor’s castle.

31. My favorite Beatle is : Ringo.

32. Why won’t people : stop being so selfish (that includes me)?

33. If you spend the night at my house : you wouldn’t. I’d get you a free hotel room.

34. I’d stop my wedding for : I didn’t.

35. The world could do without : some acquaintances of mine.

36. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than : eat that cockroach.

37. My favorite blonde is : strawberry blonde. Can’t think of anybody in terms of hair colour.

38: Paper clips are more useful than : thumbtacks without heads.

39. If I do anything well, it’s : weasel my way out of things.

40. And by the way : This meme was tedious.


Sunday Stealing: The green meme

Sunday Stealing: The Green Meme. If you’d like to play go to Sunday Stealing.

1. What is your current obsession?
Reading. It’s been my obsession all my life.

2. What’s a good coffee place?
Whatever it is, it is not Starbucks.

3. Who was the last person that you hugged?
Sean, our three-year-old, just a few minutes ago.

4. Do you nap a lot?
No, no time for naps.

5. Tonight, what’s for dinner?
No clue. I only start planning dinner about 30 minutes before dinner time. The result is usually chips.

6. What was the last thing that you bought?
A used bike from a friend.

7. What is your favorite weather?
23°C; blue, but cloudy sky; slight breeze

8. Tell us something about one blogger who you think will play this week?
I’m new and don’t know other players well yet. But I know that an eerie tapestry has played because I saw the entry on google reader. He is funny, even though he sometimes claims he isn’t. But that’s probably just the typical British modesty that we Continentals only know from hearsay.

9. If you were given a free house that was full furnished, where in the world would you like it to be?
Somewhere where the weather is like in #7.

10. Name three things that you could not live without.
Books. My handbag. Coke Zero.

11. What would you like in your hands right now?
More money.

12. What’s one of your guilty pleasures?
My blog, which takes up too much time (especially considering all the reading that is involved).

13. What would you change or eliminate about yourself?
I’d boost my metabolism.

14. As a child, what type of career did you want?
I wanted the one that I got – if you can call being the idiot to whom the boss shifts all the work that he doesn’t want to do a career.

15. What are you missing right now?
See #11.

16. What are you currently reading?
Among others “Gods behaving badly” by Marie Phillips

17. What do you fear the most?
That something bad is going to happen to my kids.

18. What’s the best movie that you’ve seen recently?
I haven’t seen a film in ages. The last one, that was pretty good, was “Krabat”.

19. What’s your favorite book from the past year?
That is hard. I could say which was the worst one much easier. “Rubicon” by Tom Holland was very good. On a different scale The “Partnership in blood” series by Ariel Tachna.

20. Is there a comfort food from your childhood that you still enjoy?
No, I’m not sentimental in that way.


Sunday Stealing: Blogging

I’ve seen the Sunday Stealing meme around for a while, but often the questions were too personal for me (even though you could argue that the choice of books somebody reads says a lot about them already), or just not my kind of questions. Anyway, this week’s questions are about blogging. If you want to join as well, head on over to the Sunday Stealing blog.

Sunday Stealing: Our Third Meme About Blogging

1. How did you come up with your blog title OR what does it mean?
Well, I read books and usually don’t throw them away, so to find a title wasn’t hard. However, an awful lot of people who search for accounting software and the like turn up on my blog and tend to be somewhat disappointed.

2 What are your general goals for blogging?
No goals. When I started this blog it was to rant to my heart’s content about a couple of books by Laurell K. Hamilton that I read. That was my initial intention and I just went from there.

3. Do people “in your real life” know that you blog and do they comment on your blog OR is it largely anonymous?
Good heavens, no. Most people IRL don’t even read books and if they do I’d be very surprised if they read the same genre. I’d never hear the end of it if they knew about my blog.

4. How often do you post (x per week)?
I try to post at least once a day.

5. How often do you read other blogs (x per week)?
Every day.

6. How do you select blogs to read (do you prefer blogs that focus on certain topics or do you choose by tone or…?)
I read other blogs that review the same genre, other book blogs in general, other blogs that participate in the same memes, like Weekly Geeks and Thursday 13, photoshop blogs, creative blogs, whatever blogs I came across that caught my interest.

7. Do you have any plans to copy your blog entries in any other format, or do you think that one day, you’ll just delete it all?
No plans to copy into another format. As long as I can pay the bill for the web space and as long as I’m interested in books, I won’t delete anything. So, the blog should stay for a little while longer :-).

8. What are the things you like best about blogging?
You meet a lot of interesting people that way, or people that share the same interests. And sometimes those two groups even overlap.

9. What are the things you don’t like about blogging?
It’s time consuming if you don’t want to do it half-heartedly.

10. How do you handle comments?
Everybody loves comments. If you didn’t want feedback, why blog in the first place? I try to comment on blog posts if I have something to say. When I get comments I reciprocate if I have something to say (I usually do). What I don’t like though are comments that tell me nothing. Comments like “Great post!” and “Loved this” I can do without. That is just for the sake of commenting and should be abolished.

11. Do you have any burning thoughts to share on blog etiquette?
No. Just be nice!

12. Any desired blog features?
I use Live Writer and am not too happy about some of its supposed features. Like the publishing date doesn’t work and my images always end up where I don’t want them. But maybe that is just my inaptitude.

13. Have you suffered blog addiction?
Of course not. The mere idea is preposterous.