Aaaghh! This was supposed to post last night, but I guess in my rush to get off the computer and into pajamas, I messed up. It just wasn’t in me to finish any of the drafts of reviews I have waiting in my folders, so I was really glad when I switched over to Bloglovin’ and saw that Lu at Regular Rumination tagged me in a meme today, so I have to answer 11 questions and ask 11 questions.
1. Tell us one thing that we donâ€™t know about you!
Uh oh. This could be dangerous. Nah, I really feel that I’m pretty open on this blog. One thing you don’t know about me…Hm. Well, you guys know I love home design via my Fridays at Home feature, but what you may not know is that no matter how hard I work on a space, I never feel like it’s finished. I will stare and stare and try to figure out if something is missing or if I need to tweak furniture arrangement, but I never can figure out what it is that makes a space feel unfinished. It actually drives me crazy, and I’m sure much of it’s in my head, but I’m very much into the aesthetics of my house, and if it’s not just so, I get very cranky. I had to call a friend over the night of my Christmas get together because I was (last minute) hanging frames on the wall of the dining room and just couldn’t get it right. Jacob came over, stood with me for a couple of minutes, and between the two of us, the arrangement for the wall materialized. It was ridiculously stressful, and then, of course, I had to point out the wall to everyone who came in. So stupid, but hey – the one thing you can count on is that I will always be…[say it with me]…picky.
2. Is there one book youâ€™re always recommending? Which book is it and why?
Did she say one? Because I swear I think she said four…
I think this is funny because in Lu’s post, she mentions not loving The Book Thief. I know people either love it or hate it, but I’m firmly in the “love” camp. When I first read it, I ran out and bought extra copies to give to people. I also teach it in my Writing and Fiction class.
Another book I recommend is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I think people steer clear of her because she wrote so long ago, but Rebecca reads as a thriller today, yesterday, tomorrow. You get the picture.
My all-time faves that I always hope everyone has already read are Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
3. Have you convinced anyone to read said book? Did they like it?
See, that’s the cool thing about being a teacher. I have many students at my disposal, and I recommend books like crazy. As I mentioned, my classes read The Book Thief and generally love it. In fact, students who have admitted hating to read tell me how much they enjoyed the story. Rebecca is another, and a lot of female students have been really excited to talk about this book once they’ve read it.
The first people I wanted to read The Book Thief, though, were my bff, Sommer, my sis, and my mom. I had to talk to someone about it, so I pestered them until they read it.
4. What do you do besides read?
Besides read? Well, I have a 107-year-old house, which most of you guys know, and I love tweaking it. I love doing house projects. In fact, this past weekend, I went and helped some friends who live a couple of streets away. They were painting and thought I was crazy when I said I wanted to help. But I love to paint! It’s such a nice feeling to give a space a completely different look for not too much $$.
I also have a love/hate relationship with the gym, but once I’m there, I’m so glad I’ve made an effort.
Besides those two things? I love to sleep. I had insomnia from the time I was small up until I had my own apartment (after a short stint with a roommate). Suddenly, I could sleep like a baby. I frequently feel like I’m making up for lost time and sneak a nap in whenever possible.
5. Are you crafty?
So yeah, I guess you’ve pegged me. For the most part, I don’t craft all that often, though I do love working on a project. I’ve moved on to bigger projects since I’ve bought the house. Much more painting, much less hot gluing. Same amount of injuries, oddly enough.
6. Whom do you miss right now?
I miss my brother, Matt. He and his boyfriend Christopher live in New York, and I miss him always. We try to talk often, but it’s just not the same as having his crazy self here. I’m glad he’s happy where he is, though.
7. What are you going to eat for dinner?
I already ate dinner, and it was a very odd one. Normally I have soup or a turkey wrap or something like that, but tonight I really wanted breakfast for dinner. That’s not odd. I had toast with strawberry jelly and some fresh strawberries. What was odd was, 20 minutes after that, I wanted a beer. Who knows?
8. What is the one book youâ€™ve been dying to read but you havenâ€™t yet?
Hm. I have A Good American audiobook sitting right beside me, but I don’t have as much time to listen to audiobooks as I used to, so it sits here, waiting for me to hit play on that first cd. I’ve heard great things about this novel, though, so I’m excited to listen/read it.
9. I need some new music recommendations! What have you been listening to lately?
I get my recommendations from three main sources: a high school friend, a friend who lives in North Carolina and sees way too many concerts, and Ben from Tyrus Books. They keep me listening to good tunes.
Collectively, they’ve introduced me to Blind Pilot, The Civil Wars, Jolie Holland, Po Girl, The Be Good Tanyas, and most recently, Joanna Newsom. So I can’t take credit for finding these great bands. I can, though, take credit for introducing people to the now-defunct South Austin Jug Band, Summer Fiction, Mumford & Sons, and Glen Hansard. I used to be in a singing group in college, so I belt these tunes out in my car and house.
10. If you could go back to any time in your life and live through it all again, when would you return to?
My first trip to Italy, 23 and traveling alone. It was an incredibly magical time in my life, and I wish I could go back and experience that sense of freedom and love of life I had during those two and a half weeks. Not that I feel trapped and loveless now, but it was a very special time in my life, and the sense of freedom I felt there was unlike anything I have ever experienced. It was my first trip anywhere, and it was definitely worth reliving. I’ve been back twice, and Italy is my first choice for vacation, but even so, that first trip holds some amazing memories for me.
11. Whatâ€™s one goal you have for this year?
This year. Hm. I have a couple goals that I want to keep under wraps until they come to fruition, but I’d say taking an active role in being healthier, and I don’t just mean food and exercise. I deal with anxiety from time to time, and I’m trying to re-focus my life and root out those areas that cause me a great deal of anxiety. This will be an ongoing goal for me, throughout my life, but it’s worth it to me to take it on and not expect it to get better on its own.
So that was fun! And I’ll leave the questions open. If you have a different question to ask me, ask away!
Now for the tagging part. I follow so many, many blogs that it’s hard for me to choose people. I tell you what, if you’d like to participate, come back here and leave me a comment, and I’ll update with a link. No pressure.