12/17/13

0 Thirteen Questions: Janice

Broiled grapefruit from Health magazine (one of my thirteen magazine recipes)
      
Preheat broiler to low and set a rack 4 to 6 inches from heat source.

Cut red or pink grapefruit in half and loosen segments from membranes and pith with a paring knife. Sprinkle each half with light brown sugar and ground cinnamon.
Place grapefruit cut sides up on a baking sheet. Broil until tops are slightly browned.
Spoon plain yogurt (I went with Greek) on the top and sprinkle with additional cinnamon.        
         


Delicious!

Okay, and now for our thirteenth question answerer. Thank you, Janice!
1. When someone asks you where you’re from, what do you say?
Charleston

2. How long did you live there (or do you still live there)?
Have been here 42 years.


3. Which book or books are you reading right now (or what’s the last book you read)?
John Grisham's newest book, Sycamore Row



4. What are your go-to comfort foods?any type of seafood -- cooked anyway


5. Who annoys you more: people who don’t use their blinkers or people who talk on the cell phone while checking out at the grocery store?  (If you don’t find either of those things annoying, first, you’re better than I am–although I’m sure I’ve been guilty of both at times–and second, what do you find annoying?) 

cell phone users in grocery stores -- or any store for that matter 


6. If you could travel in time, either forwards or backwards, and in place, what time and place would you visit?  
Summerton, South Carolina -- from ages 6 to 17 

7. Along those imaginary lines (although I’m sort of convinced that time travel is possible even though we don’t yet know how), if you could attend a dinner party with your family and friends and three totally random people–living or dead, famous or not–who would those three people be? 

Mariska Hargitay, Mama Lela, Martin Luther King, Jr. (plus mama, daddy, Danny, and George, so they could meet the adult Will)


8. And where would this imaginary dinner party be? 

6 Limehouse Street 


9. What are your favorite TV shows right now?

Law and Order, NCIS, Bold & the Beautiful 


10. How long has it been since you last looked at your cell phone?

When it rang an hour ago - time to pick up Mazie from the groomer. 


11. What advice, if any, would you give to your twenty-year-old self? 

Love everyone. 


12. If you previously set goals or made resolutions for 2013, what were they and did you accomplish them?
I did not make any resolutions. 



13. What goals or resolutions, if any, do you have for 2014?
Continue to count my blessings

12/16/13

0 Thirteen Questions: Debby

Roscoe says: "Life's better outdoors." 
What he means to say is: "Life's better with a tennis ball." 

On that note, many thanks to Debby for answering my questions!


1. When someone asks you where you’re from, what do you say?
Sumter, SC


2. How long did you live there (or do you still live there)?
Have been here for 33 1/2 years (if you can believe I'm that old!)


3. Which book or books are you reading right now (or what’s the last book you read)?
Betrayal, a wonderful, mindless airplane read since the last time I flew; I started it and didn't look up (or finish it) until I was safely on the ground again.



4. What are your go-to comfort foods?
Pasta of any kind


5. Who annoys you more: people who don’t use their blinkers or people who talk on the cell phone while checking out at the grocery store?  (If you don’t find either of those things annoying, first, you’re better than I am–although I’m sure I’ve been guilty of both at times–and second, what do you find annoying?)  
That would be cell phone users, especially those with the ear piece who walk up and down the aisle of the grocery store carrying on a conversation and I pass them about 3 times before I realize they're not talking to me!!


6. If you could travel in time, either forwards or backwards, and in place, what time and place would you visit?  
Back to the 1950's to St. Matthews, when and where times were simple and life was sweet and innocent.

7. Along those imaginary lines (although I’m sort of convinced that time travel is possible even though we don’t yet know how), if you could attend a dinner party with your family and friends and three totally random people–living or dead, famous or not–who would those three people be? 

I would have to expand the guest list to 4: Jack and Myrt Ford (my parents) and Bud and Hade Alexander.

8. And where would this imaginary dinner party be? 
In Elloree at our house.


9. What are your favorite TV shows right now?
Days of our Lives, Big Bang, The Voice, and Nashville


10. How long has it been since you last looked at your cell phone? 
Yesterday and I think it's dead now.


11. What advice, if any, would you give to your twenty-year-old self? 
Party on!


12. If you previously set goals or made resolutions for 2013, what were they and did you accomplish them?
Nope because I didn't make any.


13. What goals or resolutions, if any, do you have for 2014?
To become a better wife and person. 

12/15/13

0 Thirteen Questions: Liz

Another honeymoon flashback: the lovely chairs at Basel Munster, originally a Catholic cathedral but today a reformed Protestant Church, built between 1019 and 1500 in Basel, Switzerland. Yes, I was totally mesmerized by all of the different patterns.

Okay, many thanks to my friend Liz for helping me with my project!

1.  When someone asks you where you’re from, what do you say?  I'm from Hickory, I live in Charlotte.

2.  How long did you live there (or do you still live there)? 2.5 years


3.  Which book or books are you reading right now (or what’s the last book you read)?  Blood, Bones & Butter - memoir from a NCY chef.  Just finished The Dirty Life.  Loved it.  You would love it actually.  All about farming.




4.  What are your go-to comfort foods?  Taco salad night :)


5.  Who annoys you more: people who don’t use their blinkers or people who talk on the cell phone while checking out at the grocery store?  (If you don’t find either of those things annoying, first, you’re better than I am–although I’m sure I’ve been guilty of both at times–and second, what do you find annoying?)  Totally the grocery store.  


6.  If you could travel in time, either forwards or backwards, and in place, what time and place would you visit?  Kenya, 1910.  


7.  Along those imaginary lines (although I’m sort of convinced that time travel is possible even though we don’t yet know how), if you could attend a dinner party with your family and friends and three totally random people–living or dead, famous or not–who would those three people be?  Dave's grandmother Mimmi, my Dad's mom Grandmother Farrar, and Lee's future wife.  Who will she be . . . ? :) 


8.  And where would this imaginary dinner party be?  Pawleys.  


9.  What are your favorite TV shows right now?  Homeland, The Americans, and Girls


10.  How long has it been since you last looked at your cell phone?  Several hours.


11. What advice, if any, would you give to your twenty-year-old self?  You will be just fine.  Don't worry so much.


12.  If you previously set goals or made resolutions for 2013, what were they and did you accomplish them?  Getting in shape and getting more sleep.  Accomplished both!  


13. What goals or resolutions, if any, do you have for 2014?  Hmmm . . . Be more organized.  Get Harley swimming well and into some sports.  Go to bed earlier. 

12/14/13

0 Thirteen Questions: Michael

My happy little garden gnome -- at home amongst the weeds.


1.  When someone asks you where you’re from, what do you say?
I say I call three places home.  Where I was born (Kingstree), where I grew up (Orangeburg), and where I went to school while growing up (St. Matthews).

2.  How long did you live there (or do you still live there)?
Until college

3.  Which book or books are you reading right now (or what’s the last book you read)?
I’m re-reading the last Hunger Games books, and I just finished the 8th and final book of John Jakes’ series, The Kent Family Chronicles.



4.  What are your go-to comfort foods?
Anything my wife makes

5.  Who annoys you more: people who don’t use their blinkers or people who talk on the cell phone while checking out at the grocery store?  (If you don’t find either of those things annoying, first, you’re better than I am–although I’m sure I’ve been guilty of both at times–and second, what do you find annoying?)  
I try not get annoyed by things like that.  High blood pressure already runs in my family!  I guess I get annoyed by telemarketers.

6.  If you could travel in time, either forwards or backwards, and in place, what time and place would you visit?  
Not really a direct answer, but if I could control the space-time continuum, I would like to travel back in time to 1965, and relive my senior year of high school every year in a different part of the country for 10 years.  I think that was such an interesting time in our country.

7.  Along those imaginary lines (although I’m sort of convinced that time travel is possible even though we don’t yet know how), if you could attend a dinner party with your family and friends and three totally random people–living or dead, famous or not–who would those three people be? 
So many ways to go with this . . . .  I would say Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, and the editor of the Onion.


8.  And where would this imaginary dinner party be?  Somewhere with people-watching capabilities


9.  What are your favorite TV shows right now? Law and Order, The Goldbergs


10.  How long has it been since you last looked at your cell phone? 1 hour


11. What advice, if any, would you give to your twenty-year-old self?  Spend more time with your grandfather


12.  If you previously set goals or made resolutions for 2013, what were they and did you accomplish them?  I successfully watched my wife birth our second child.


13. What goals or resolutions, if any, do you have for 2014?  Run a marathon.

12/13/13

0 Thirteen Questions: Tom

Sparklers: A Pawleys Island Wedding






Thank you so much, Tom! 

1.  When someone asks you where you’re from, what do you say?
London


2.  How long did you live there (or do you still live there)?
I grew up in London . . . I live in NYC now


3.  Which book or books are you reading right now (or what’s the last book you read)?
Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys



4.  What are your go-to comfort foods?
Vegetable dumplings


5.  Who annoys you more: people who don’t use their blinkers or people who talk on the cell phone while checking out at the grocery store?  (If you don’t find either of those things annoying, first, you’re better than I am–although I’m sure I’ve been guilty of both at times–and second, what do you find annoying?)  
People who don't use blinkers annoy me more


6.  If you could travel in time, either forwards or backwards, and in place, what time and place would you visit?  
I'd visit the 1964 New York World's Fair


7.  Along those imaginary lines (although I’m sort of convinced that time travel is possible even though we don’t yet know how), if you could attend a dinner party with your family and friends and three totally random people–living or dead, famous or not–who would those three people be? 
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Peyton Manning, and Larry David


8.  And where would this imaginary dinner party be? 
In the Palace of Versailles


9.  What are your favorite TV shows right now?
The Voice


10.  How long has it been since you last looked at your cell phone? 
5 mins


11. What advice, if any, would you give to your twenty-year-old self? 
Stop being so self-destructive.


12.  If you previously set goals or made resolutions for 2013, what were they and did you accomplish them?
Eat healthier food and go to the gym. I failed to accomplish either.

13. What goals or resolutions, if any, do you have for 2014?
Eat healthier food and go to the gym.




12/12/13

0 Thirteen Questions: Ellen

In honor of Ellen's answer to #6, a picture of New York City (circa 2011 though).





Thanks, Ellen!

1.  When someone asks you where you’re from, what do you say?
Tarboro, NC

2.  How long did you live there (or do you still live there)?
15 years

3.  Which book or books are you reading right now (or what’s the last book you read)? Killing Kennedy

4.  What are your go-to comfort foods?
Pie


5.  Who annoys you more: people who don’t use their blinkers or people who talk on the cell phone while checking out at the grocery store?  (If you don’t find either of those things annoying, first, you’re better than I am–although I’m sure I’ve been guilty of both at times–and second, what do you find annoying?)  
People who don't use their blinkers

6.  If you could travel in time, either forwards or backwards, and in place, what time and place would you visit?  
New York City 2009

7.  Along those imaginary lines (although I’m sort of convinced that time travel is possible even though we don’t yet know how), if you could attend a dinner party with your family and friends and three totally random people–living or dead, famous or not–who would those three people be? 
Leonardo DiCaprio, Nina Simone, and Jimmy Fallon
8.  And where would this imaginary dinner party be? 
Tuscany

9.  What are your favorite TV shows right now?
The Voice, Dancing With The Stars, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, House Hunters International

10.  How long has it been since you last looked at your cell phone? 
Right now

11. What advice, if any, would you give to your twenty-year-old self? 
Don't sweat the small stuff, stay up late, and party

12.  If you previously set goals or made resolutions for 2013, what were they and did you accomplish them?
Have another baby and yes

13. What goals or resolutions, if any, do you have for 2014?
Get back in shape

12/11/13

0 Thirteen Questions: Jane

Honeymoon flashback: a charming but bizarre street circus in Basel, Switzerland.

Thanks for answering, Jane! I owe you one.

1.  When someone asks you where you’re from, what do you say?  Pennsylvania via Nebraska


2.  How long did you live there (or do you still live there)?   40 years

3.  Which book or books are you reading right now (or what’s the last book you read)?   The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert


4.  What are your go-to comfort foods?  home for pot roast

5.  Who annoys you more: people who don’t use their blinkers or people who talk on the cell phone while checking out at the grocery store?  (If you don’t find either of those things annoying, first, you’re better than I am–although I’m sure I’ve been guilty of both at times–and second, what do you find annoying?)  Yes, people talking on cell phones while the clerk is trying to check them out, young people who don't hold doors. 

6.  If you could travel in time, either forwards or backwards, and in place, what time and place would you visit?  The Wild Wild West, late 1800's.  Or, Italy at the time of the Renaissance.

7.  Along those imaginary lines (although I’m sort of convinced that time travel is possible even though we don’t yet know how), if you could attend a dinner party with your family and friends and three totally random people–living or dead, famous or not–who would those three people be? Marvin,  Mick Jaggar, Jaime Wyeth 

8.  And where would this imaginary dinner party be?  A place with comfortable chairs and soft music playing.

9.  What are your favorite TV shows right now?  Modern Family

10.  How long has it been since you last looked at your cell phone?  1 hour

11. What advice, if any, would you give to your twenty-year-old self? Don't get married too young, go to technical school.

12.  If you previously set goals or made resolutions for 2013, what were they and did you accomplish them?   Not one.

13. What goals or resolutions, if any, do you have for 2014?  Exercise, exercise, exercise.  Drink less wine!  

12/10/13

0 Thirteen Questions: Montgomery

Heidi wants you to know that she thinks she's a boat dog, too. (Sort of.)

And now here are some more answers. Thanks for helping me, Montgomery!

1.  When someone asks you where you’re from, what do you say? South Carolina (near Columbia in a town called Sumter)

2.  How long did you live there (or do you still live there)? 24 years


3.  Which book or books are you reading right now (or what’s the last book you read)? Prince of Tides but haven't had much time to lately because of work



4.  What are your go-to comfort foods? Ice cream, Chipotle, fried chicken and rice with milk gravy, anything Italian  


5.  Who annoys you more: people who don’t use their blinkers or people who talk on the cell phone while checking out at the grocery store?  (If you don’t find either of those things annoying, first, you’re better than I am–although I’m sure I’ve been guilty of both at times–and second, what do you find annoying?)  Cell phones for sure (I may have been guilty of forgetting my blinker a time or two). People who are rude to waiters and to check out people really annoy me. 


6.  If you could travel in time, either forwards or backwards, and in place, what time and place would you visit?  Hmm... Not really sure. Maybe the 1950's 


7.  Along those imaginary lines (although I’m sort of convinced that time travel is possible even though we don’t yet know how), if you could attend a dinner party with your family and friends and three totally random people–living or dead, famous or not–who would those three people be? My grandmother, Kate Middleton, and Blake Shelton (random but he seems like he would be fun)


8.  And where would this imaginary dinner party be? In Tuscany at a beautiful vineyard with a family style Italian meal and plenty of wine (and cheese and honey too!)


9.  What are your favorite TV shows right now? New Girl, Homeland, Big Bang Theory, Nashville (of course), Modern Family



10.  How long has it been since you last looked at your cell phone? 5 minutes 


11. What advice, if any, would you give to your twenty-year-old self? Have fun! Don't worry about getting in trouble

12.  If you previously set goals or made resolutions for 2013, what were they and did you accomplish them? Nope, none. I'm sure something about losing weight but oh well on that one. 


13. What goals or resolutions, if any, do you have for 2014? I'm not very good at keeping them so don't often make them. I'm sure losing weight again. I would like to say travel more too. We'll see!

12/9/13

0 Thirteen Questions: Lisa

Happy Monday.

Check out our new, smooth ceilings! 
(Tod and I just had a two-minute discussion about whether I needed a comma between "new" and "smooth." He said no because "smooth ceilings" are a thing. I said yes because "ceilings" are the thing, and "smooth" is just an adjective (like "new") that describes the ceilings. He may be right, but I write the blog so you'll notice there's a comma.)



Okay, back to the questions and answers. Thanks for helping me with this, Lisa. 


1.  When someone asks you where you’re from, what do you say?
Darlington.

2.  How long did you live there (or do you still live there)?
21 years. Explains a lot, doesn't it :)

3.  Which book or books are you reading right now (or what’s the last book you read)?
I'm reading Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Morbid, yet fascinating!



4.  What are your go-to comfort foods?
Mac n cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, really any kind of Thanksgiving side dish.

5.  Who annoys you more: people who don’t use their blinkers or people who talk on the cell phone while checking out at the grocery store?  (If you don’t find either of those things annoying, first, you’re better than I am–although I’m sure I’ve been guilty of both at times–and second, what do you find annoying?)  
Cell phone in grocery. 

6.  If you could travel in time, either forwards or backwards, and in place, what time and place would you visit?  
Probably forward 20 years, to make sure my children turned out OK. That way I can come back and correct the mistakes I've made.

7.  Along those imaginary lines (although I’m sort of convinced that time travel is possible even though we don’t yet know how), if you could attend a dinner party with your family and friends and three totally random people–living or dead, famous or not–who would those three people be? 
Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and Simon Baker.

8.  And where would this imaginary dinner party be? 
Somewhere in Italy or Greece . . . I've always wanted to travel to those countries.

9.  What are your favorite TV shows right now?
Honestly, I'm not really watching much tv at all these days . . . I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad/sad thing.

10.  How long has it been since you last looked at your cell phone? 
I'm looking at it now, answering these questions :)

11. What advice, if any, would you give to your twenty-year-old self? 
Take a deep breath and relax. Everything isn't as dramatic as it seems.

12.  If you previously set goals or made resolutions for 2013, what were they and did you accomplish them?
The typical ones: lose weight, relax more, etc. Fail :(

13. What goals or resolutions, if any, do you have for 2014?
I saw this idea the other day I'm going to try:  pick a word for an overarching "theme." I'm going with "Reduce."  Reduce junk in the house, reduce stress by fewer commitments, reduce bad habits.


12/8/13

0 Thirteen Questions: Dee

Okay, thirteen more answers! 

But first, this seemed like a good Sunday morning photo. 

She's not really much of a boat dog; she just thinks she is. 
Now for the main event. Many thanks to Dee for answering my questions!


1.  When someone asks you where you’re from, what do you say? In SC, I say Sumter. Outside of SC, South Carolina (proudly).

2.  How long did you live there (or do you still live there)? In SC, all but 2 1/2 yrs.


3.  Which book or books are you reading right now (or what’s the last book you read)? Just finished The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas. Started The Monuments Men.




4.  What are your go-to comfort foods? Burger and fries


5.  Who annoys you more: people who don’t use their blinkers or people who talk on the cell phone while checking out at the grocery store?  (If you don’t find either of those things annoying, first, you’re better than I am–although I’m sure I’ve been guilty of both at times–and second, what do you find annoying?)  close call. Maybe lean towards no blinker.

6.  If you could travel in time, either forwards or backwards, and in place, what time and place would you visit?  The South, late 1770's- early 1800's. 


7.  Along those imaginary lines (although I’m sort of convinced that time travel is possible even though we don’t yet know how), if you could attend a dinner party with your family and friends and three totally random people–living or dead, famous or not–who would those three people be? Jesus, Benjamin Franklin, and Marcus Lattimore.


8.  And where would this imaginary dinner party be? My house (catered)


9.  What are your favorite TV shows right now? Big Bang, Project Runway


10.  How long has it been since you last looked at your cell phone? This is unusual, but it's only been about 30 minutes.

11. What advice, if any, would you give to your twenty-year-old self? Don't make hasty decisions, a messy house is not a big deal and save, save, save! Value experiences over possessions.

12.  If you previously set goals or made resolutions for 2013, what were they and did you accomplish them? Didn't make resolutions. Don't believe In them. They just add pressure and are a source of disappointment.


13. What goals or resolutions, if any, do you have for 2014? Because it is a big birthday year, I want to experience at least one new thing every month (thanks, Nan).  Give to others.


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