Comfy Questionnaire

I don’t know why this set of questions is named ‘comfy’ but that’s the title it came with, so…

1.) Q: how do you drink your tea?
     A: under duress (because I don’t like it)

 

2.) Q: favorite dessert?
      A: cake. it used to be chocolate cake but now that chocolate gives me horrid heartburn, I’m happy with white or yellow.
poor me. it’s a tragedy.
3.) Q: favorite season and why?
      A: autumn. colorful leaves, the smell of wood smoke, and apple-butter at every festival/craft fair.

 

4.) Q: what cheers you up?
      A: Christian Bale & Robert Sean Leonard dancing in Swing Kids.
5.) Q: cats or dogs?
      A: cats. when I was 5 years old, I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said a cat, so that I could sleep all day and not clean my room. I’m 43 now and my answer hasn’t changed.

 

6.) Q: what’s your dream holiday? (I guess this questionnaire is British, so holiday means trip/vacation)
      A: a cabin, a crackling fire, a few books, and food that magically appears without me cooking it.

 

7.) Q: how many kids do you want?
      A: I have two. at one time I considered having a third, until my son pointed out that I had a hard enough time handling the two I had already. from the mouths of babes.

 

8.) Q: favorite weather?
       A: rain. I love the murky skies, the smell of the air, and the pit-pat sound it makes on an umbrella. but mostly I like that it’s an excuse to stay indoors.
look at me, Ma: no sunblock!
9.) Q: what would your last meal be?
      A: homemade noodles, homemade bread, and fresh cut french fries. not exactly balanced but it’s my last meal, there are no rules.

 

10.) Q: you can spend 24 hours anywhere, any year, where do you choose?
        A: any holiday from my childhood playing with my cousins at my grandparents house. except the one where I burnt my hand on the wood burning stove. not that one.
my brother, when I quit playing Hide-n-Seek because of a 2nd degree burn
11.) Q: if you were a ghost, who or where would you haunt?
       A: can I be a friendly ghost? if so, I’d hang out with little kids & be their ‘imaginary friend’

 

12.) Q: what is your family ancestry?
        A: Heinz 57. the strongest ‘variety’ being British and Polish

 

13.) Q: what scares you?
        A: ghosts. and the Blair Witch.

 

14.) Q: what are you most grateful for?
        A: my family and my faith

 

15.) Q: dream job?
        A: giving hugs

 

16.) Q: do you believe in aliens?
        A: I’m open to the possibility. in my younger years I was afraid of aliens. but then I started watching the X- files and convinced myself that it’s all a government conspiracy, so now I’m over it.

 

17.) Q: favorite sport?
       A: football. not that I completely understand it, but I like to watch it

 

18.) Q: how do you relax after a long day?
        A: watch home improvement shows.
because I like plaid
19.) Q: if you could meet one historical figure who would you choose and why?
        A: Dean Martin. because he was Dean Martin. no explanation needed.

 

20.) Q: if you had to be a teacher, what subject would you teach?
        A: stupid human tricks. I know a bunch!

 

21.) Q: describe your perfect day
        A: I had a perfect day once. it was autumn in Washington D.C. I spent the day taking guided tours of the museums, strolling around the monuments, and feeding ducks by the duck pond. by myself. I ate a hot dog and popcorn for lunch. it was great.

 

22.) Q: describe yourself in a sentence

 

23.) Q: who makes you laugh the most?
        A: my husband. 21 years and counting.

 

24.) Q: what superpower would you choose?
        A: flying
I didn’t say I’d be good at it.
25.) Q: favorite animal?
        A: cats. I have four.

 

26.) Q: biggest accomplishment
        A: my children.
[pic from Dan’s Instagram]

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Mystery Blogger Award

SueBC of the I’m Feeling This blog has nominated me for The Mystery Blogger Award, but I’ll be breaking the chain by not following the rules…I didn’t know 10-20 bloggers even when I was active in the blogging community, let alone now, when I only read a handful regularly…I LOVE questionnaires, so I’m delighted to answer the questions anyway. I do like the description of the award, so I’m going to include that too.

“This is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates, it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.”

 

Okay, so first I’m supposed to tell you 3 things about myself. I never know what to say to this question because what I find interesting and what others find interesting are often completely different, so I’m just going to throw some random things out there:

1.) before I go to bed each night, I turn off the foyer light at the top of the stairs before I retire to my bedroom. the switch plate has two light switches on it, and I flip the wrong switch EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I’ve lived in this house for 10 years.

 

2.) when I eat pudding, or ice cream out of a cup, I always turn the spoon upside down on the way to my mouth. I love the feeling of the curved spoon and the burst of flavor from laying it directly on my tongue. I’ve purposely tried not to do this, just to see how the other half lives, but I find it physically difficult.

does Richard Armitage have ‘inverted spoon reflex’ too?

 

3.) the lock-screen password on my laptop computer is a combination of my birth date and Richard Armitage’s.

 

and now on to the questions asked by SueBC:

 

1) What is your favorite kind of food and do you make it at home or go out?

French Fries. I especially like the fresh cut kind that still have some of the skin on them. my grandmother used to make them at home when I was young by heating oil in a cast iron skillet, but I’ve never tried that myself. I’ve dumped them in the counter top fryer or baked them in the oven but they never seem to turn out right, so I prefer eating them out at restaurants and festivals.

 

2) Coffee or tea and what is your favorite time or place to drink it?

I’ve never been a fan of hot drinks, so if you asked me this question 6 months ago, I would have said neither. with my recent stomach ailments though, I’ve decided to give in and see how tea treats me. I’ve not drank it enough yet to have a routine of when or where I drink it, so for now it’s while reading.

 

3) Who would you like to have dinner with, what would you eat, and what would you talk about?

Dan Stevens – Ice Cream Cone – Books

I think Dan would be a great dinner companion because he seems to have a way of putting people at ease. I would ask him for book recommendations. I really enjoy reading but I would never claim to be well read. most of the classics that others were forced to read in school somehow passed me by, and I don’t follow reviews closely enough to make informed contemporary picks. when my kids were young I was in two different book clubs (which overlapped for awhile) and so I read a variety of books that I would never have picked on my own. now though, I’m just lost! Dan loves to read, studied literature at university, and was a Man Book Prize judge in 2012 (they asked him to be a judge after he went on a review program and was a little too free with his negative opinions on the judges picks for that year. I find that funny and endearing) he’s mentioned several books that he’s read/reading in different interviews through the years, so I have a running list of things he likes, but I’d like him to tailor a few picks for me personally after discussing what I’ve enjoyed in the past.

 

Ice Cream Cones may seem like an odd choice for a food pick but I think you can learn a lot about someone from how they eat an ice cream cone. do they quickly lick all the way around and keep at it so that it doesn’t melt? do they dive in with their lips and forgo the licking? can they eat it fast or must they go at a slower pace because of brain freeze? do they have no problem letting it drip off the sides or lean precariously in uneven lumps? and once they get down to the cone, what’s the procedure then? continue licking or bite right into it?
Matthew Crawley looks like a ‘lick all the way around’ type of chap. me too!

 

The ice cream Dan and I would eat would have to be Vegan, since neither of us consumes dairy. Dan’s not a Vegan but he avoids dairy because he said he’s never really liked it. he loves Vegan ice cream though. I, on the other hand, do like dairy and it’s been a struggle for me to make that switch. it’s helped knowing that my crush avoids dairy as well, and that he’s probably had his fair share of stomach/digestive issues through the years because of gluten sensitivity. if you can bond with me over digestive ailments, you’ll have a friend for life!

 

 

4) What is a favorite book that represents your favorite season?

my favorite season is Autumn, and the first time I read the Lord Of The Rings was in Autumn. when the Hobbits set out on their journey it’s also Autumn, so I’ll pick The Fellowship of The Ring as my answer. I lived in Denver, Colorado for an autumn/winter season and the Aspen trees reminded me of Lothlorien.

 

5) If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be?

Someone who understands Math and can easily apply it in every day life.

 

and we’re done! thanks again to SueBC for giving me the chance to answer questions. it was fun!

 

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Fandom Asks: Dan Stevens

Now that I’ve become familiar with more of the characters that Dan Stevens has portrayed, I can finally use them to answer this ‘Fandom Asks’ questionnaire! Maybe I’ll make it a series and apply it to other crushes as well. We’ll start with Dan though, because he’s so much fun.

Dan, inconspicuously visiting Disneyland, just weeks after the release of ‘Beauty and The Beast’ had made him the newest Disney prince. in his rose covered shoes.

 

The first character I first fell in love with: David Haller, Legion

He’s so sweet and clueless and broken, and he has no idea how very powerful he truly is. Once he starts to discover his powers though, he levitates, and moves things without touching them, and can take you outside of your body into the Astral Plain where he’s set up a nice little love nest for the two of you… I mean, Syd. the love nest that he set up for Syd.

 

The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: David Collins, The Guest

He’s a psychopath, but so damn polite about it! It’s not his fault though, the big bad government used him for an experiment and made him a super soldier without empathy, so that makes it okay to love him. As long as he thinks it’s his ‘mission’ to make you happy; don’t disrupt the mission.

 

The character everyone else loves that I don’t: The Beast, Beauty and The Beast

I like him well enough, but c’mon! They hid that beautiful face under CGI fur for almost the whole movie! His grumpiness has a certain charm to it, I’ll admit. I like him much better after the transformation though.

 

The character I love that everyone else hates: Noah Dorfman, Criminal Activities

I don’t know that others hate him, necessarily, it’s just that he’s not exactly a heartthrob. He tries too hard to fit in, willingly letting his ‘friends’ take advantage of him, and he’s kind of bouncy like a puppy. He has an enjoyable dry wit that comes out in full force when he’s stressed though, and his curly hair is adorable!

 

The character I used to love but don’t any longer: Will Porter, Killswitch

I really liked him in the build up to the release of the movie but then once I saw the movie, he felt flat, very one dimensional. And not actually on screen all that much. The movie, while inventive, was full of dead ends.

he ‘gazes’ like nobody’s business though!

 

The character I would totally smooch: Joey Van Helsing, Vamps

The floppy hair and the boyish smile, and the fact that he doesn’t run away screaming when he finds out that you’re a vampire. Not only that, but he still wants to make out with you, even though his dad is a vampire hunter. He’s a keeper!

 

The character I’d want to be like: David Cameron, Hilde

Confident, Charismatic, Cocky

 

The character I’d slap: James Harvey, The Ticket

I go from wanting to cuddle him in his disheveled clothes, to wanting to slap him in his designer suits. Maybe we should eliminate the clothing factor altogether and see what I feel then?

 

 

A pairing that I love: All of them and their Beautiful Blue Eyes

 

Fav fanvid: Dangerous- David Collins, The Guest

Warning: gun violence, brief female nudity, swear words, but excellent editing!

ETA: unfortunately this video was removed. so I’ll change the answer to this question to ‘There’s An Infestation in My Mind’s Imagination- David Haller, Legion’. the subject matter may be tamer but the song and editing is on point!

 

Last pic you saved: Hip Bone connected to the…

 

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Slow Going

I’ve been sick. turns out I have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease(GERD). thankfully my meds are finally starting to kick in and I’m not confined to the couch anymore, but it’s still slow going.

me, after carrying a laundry basket upstairs

 

I don’t feel like eating, even though it makes me feel better when I do. quite frankly, I’m kind of afraid to eat. I’ve been living on applesauce and bananas. today I had a piece of toast, with nothing on it. yeah.

bye, cherry pie. I’ll miss you.

 

I’ve been zoning out to Law & Order episodes and Harry Potter movies. I wanted to change things up today and try to blog a little but didn’t want to think too hard about anything, so I’m answering a list of questions I previously found on Tumblr. decorated with Dan Stevens gifs, of course. because they make me happy.

 

1. You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?

Willoughby

 

2. What is your favorite commercial?

Domino’s Pizza- Joe Keery- Ferris Bueller

 

3. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

with an empty nest & too much time on my hands.

talent

 

4. What is the worst possible name to call a child?

Bambi

 

5. What is the weirdest gift you have ever received?

a charm bracelet for a trip I didn’t take

‘hey, I’ve been there!’ cool. I haven’t.

 

6. What is your most disappointing moment in life?

spending my whole childhood dreaming of seeing this in person:

Cinderella’s Castle, Disney World

 

but seeing this instead:

shattered dreams

 

7. When have you laughed the hardest?

when my father accidentally got into the wrong car. and the owner was in the driver’s seat.

the rest of us, watching it happen and doing nothing to stop it.

 

and when have you cried the hardest?

when my boyfriend left for college

#truelove

 

8. If you had a “theme song” that played whenever you walk into a room full of people, what would it be?

Don’t Stand So Close To Me– The Police

except for you. you can stand as close as you want.

 

9. Would you rather plan a party or attend one? Why?

attend. so I can leave.

oh, look at the time! (10 minutes after arrival)

 

10. Would you ever use a dating service (match.com, e-harmony, etc.) to find someone? Why/Why not.

yes. to save time.

seeing their ‘unique’ taste in decor by Skype first…

 

and that’s that. I think I’m going to go try eating some pudding now. wish me luck!

 

Liebster: take two

I have officially been nominated for the Liebster Award by SueBC of the ‘I’m Feeling This’ blog. I say ‘officially’ because the questions I recently answered in relation to the Liebster Award were a general shout out from zees muse to anyone who wanted to answer them; this time, SueBC nominated me directly.

for me? thanks!

 

One of the stipulations of this blogging award is that you not only answer the questions presented to you, but you then come up with a set of questions for the 5 other blogs that you nominate. Problem is, the blogs I read have either already been nominated or they don’t like to participate in these question/answer type of challenges. I can NOT pass up the opportunity to answer a blogging questionnaire though, so I will answer the questions anyway!

don’t look at me like that! I’m just tweaking the rules to suit me…

 

The first few questions are duplicates from the set I answered for zees muse, but I will be giving different answers this time around. I very rarely have just one favorite anything, so it’s not like I’ll be wracking my brain to come up with more answers!

Raindrops on Roses or Whiskers on Kittens? this is so hard!

 

1.) What is the best movie you have seen in the past year?

Does this question mean ‘best new release’ or just any movie that I’ve seen for the first time recently? If it’s the latter, then that would definitely be ‘The Guest’, which I wrote a little about here. If it’s ‘best newer release’, then my answer is: Doctor Strange. I really enjoy the Marvel movies but for some reason I had low expectations for this one. Benedict Cumberbatch proved me so wrong, I am very happy to say! I loved his look, I loved his accent, I loved the way I started out scoffing at the character’s selfish arrogance but grew to feel so warmly towards him by the end. I thought Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen were excellent as well.

 

2.) What is the most memorable live theatre and/or concert experience you’ve had in the past year?

My daughter’s Spring Concert for Middle School Choir. I was really impressed with the selections, particularly Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in the Mirror’ and Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

they did both

 

3.) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

Truthfully, I’ve not read anything in the past year that could qualify. I did stumble across a Twilight fanfic that I really enjoyed though, and ended up reading more than once. It was called ‘Because of a Boy’. The story centered around a single mother of a child with Asperger’s, who meets and falls in love with a man whose father has Asperger’s as well. It made me cry several times throughout the story, not in sadness, but more for the way the families acknowledged and adapted to their circumstances so willingly. Edward understood the little boy in a way that most others could not because he had grown up with a father who was so similar. Edward not only loved his father but he genuinely liked being around him, and so he always made time for him. On the flip side, Bella was able to understand Edward’s father in a way that he never experienced as a young boy, because his parents were not as understanding and accepting as she was. One of my favorite aspects of the story was the way that Edward’s father called him several times a day to inform him of random facts. Because of this, Edward was able to bond with Bella’s son in the same way, the two often trying to stump each other. The story really touched me because of my struggles with anxiety as a child, and just imagining how much easier things could have been if I didn’t feel like I had to hide it all of the time. That, and the fact that the phrase ‘did you know’ is one that my husband and children are quite familiar with…speaking of, did you know that ‘Google’ is a misspelling of the term ‘googol’, which is the number 10 raised to the 100th power? Dan Stevens taught me that.

 

4.) What is your favorite photo of the past week on your mobile phone and are you willing to share it?

My son completed his Eagle Scout rank for Boy Scouts. This photo was taken at the ceremony, of him awarding me my ‘Mother’s Pin’. It’s funny to me because I had just fumbled with the pin I placed on his uniform; I couldn’t figure out how it worked (you had to push, then pull). So when it was his turn, he didn’t know how it worked either and I had to show him.

 

5.) What is your favorite photo ever of your favorite actor/actress?

I’m supposed to pick just one photo? Ha! That’s not happening. I’ll narrow it down to 3 instead:

and anytime he makes the ‘confused’ face, because I love the raised eyebrow.

 

6.) What songs are at the top of your playlist right now?

Two different songs by Sara Bareilles. The Light because I think it’s a beautiful song, both musically and lyrically.

You are the air in my breath,
filling up my love soaked lungs
Such a beautiful mess, intertwined and overrun
Nothing better than this,
knowing that the storm can come
You feel just like the sun
Just like the sun

 

and ‘I Choose You’ because I find the beat uplifting and the lyrics optimistic.
‘I could live by the light in your eyes’

 

7.) What is the most recent TV show that you binge-watched?

The Fall: season 3. And it was so good! I was nervous, with it being the last season and the assumption that Paul Spector would probably die. It was a lot more exciting than I anticipated, and Jamie Dornan delivered with some incredible eye acting! It feels wrong to say I ‘enjoyed’ the ending but I liked the way it turned out, and I really can’t imagine an alternate ending that would stay true to the story. All in all, this last batch of episodes was one of those rare times for me when the anticipation payed off.

 

8.) What time of day do you usually write and/or blog and why?

I do the writing part in the morning, because it’s quiet and I have time to myself without anything distracting me. Sometimes I post directly afterwards, while other times I’ll wait and just plug in the pics and post it in the evening before I sign off for the night (so that I can’t change my mind!)

me, before I hit ‘submit’

 

9.) Does your avatar have special significance and if so, what is that significance?

Yes. The ‘DS’ image is a prop (a ring) from the television show Lost, which is my all time favorite show. ‘DS’ also happens to be the initials of my last name (I have one of those capital-lowercase-capital surnames).
Dominic Monaghan as Charlie Pace

 

10.) In your real life, how open are you about the fact that you have a blog?

In discussions that relate to fandom, blogging or the internet, I might mention that I blog in order to help illustrate a point, but I don’t elaborate about the blog itself/what I blog about unless I’m asked about it further (which I’m usually not). It’s not so much that I’m hiding it (though I don’t exactly want to shout it from the rooftops either) but just that I don’t normally share information about myself that isn’t relevant to the conversation at hand.

I have a blog. I write about actors and movies. It’s a hobby.

 

11.) What are the boundaries for you in terms of how much of your real life you share on your blog?

I’m pretty open about who I am in real life, I don’t blog under an alter ego because I really have no reason to. I might say some embarrassing things sometimes in relation to fangirling but generally I’m rather mild. I have thought about how therapeutic it could be to blog about more personal things, get the negativity off of my chest and out of my system, but I wouldn’t want to hurt the people I talked about. Plus, I’m afraid if I started, it would become a habit of complaining. I’ve burned my fair share of bridges on Facebook, I’ll stick to blogging about actors/movies and retweeting on Twitter instead, it’s safer!

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