Wednesday, July 15, 2009

In The Spotlight

I’m fresh out of blog ideas to write about and thought this might hold me over until my brain kicks back in. Thanks to Green-Eyed Momster who stole this meme from Unknown Mami.  

Here are the rules:
1. Respond and rework, (or not); answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, add one more question of your own.  2. Tag other people (or not). Sounds simple enough, right?

Here are my answers...

What is your current obsession?
Let’s start off with a shocker—I’m obsessed with the reality show Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood on Oxygen.  I’m a freak, I know.

What are you wearing today?
 I'm sitting in the yard so I'm wearing a hat the size of a circus tent. It's been around the world with me, and yes, everyone laughs when they see me in it.

What’s for dinner?
 Baked beans are slow cooking in the oven and we’re grilling hot dogs.  It’s 90 degrees today so it made sense to heat up the kitchen and stand over a hot bbq.

What are you listening to right now?
 The neighbor kids screaming in their pool.

Which language do you want to learn?
 Spanish, living in America, it would really come in handy.

What do you love most about where you currently live?
 We have a red-tailed hawk that flies the skies over our back yard.

What style is your current home decorated in?
 Contemporary and comfortable, but we have a lot of old architectural fragments as artwork on the walls.  I figure if I can’t live in an old farm house, I’ll move one into my current house, one piece at a time.

If you were a time traveler what era would you live in?
 Back to the time when round, chubby women were all the rage.

What is your favorite color?
 Periwinkle blue (like hydrangeas)

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
 I never met a pair of shoes I didn’t like.

What were you doing ten years ago?
 Working my ass off in advertising and marketing and never imagining I’d hate retirement!

If you had $300 now, what would you spend it on?
 A trip to Baltimore with Holly, Queen of the Universe, in late summer or early fall for Blue Stone Crabs.

When was the last time you cried?  I don’t cry, this explains it.

What are your favorite films?E.T. is the only film I've ever paid to see twice.  And I love foreign language films.  But pretty much anything with Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep or Russell Crowe flips my switch.

Your favorite books? Grapes of Wrath wrecked me.  And I'm reading Writing Home by blogger Cindy LaFerle, it's terrific.

What was the most enjoyable thing you did today?
 Today I took 90 minutes of Pilates, it makes me feel so tall-- Then I took a 2 hour nap to recuperate.

What are the things you would never blog about?  If I have an "issue" and haven't discussed/said it with/to the person's face, I'd never write about it.  I don't blog to "send a message" to others.  But believe me, with the stories I could tell, it's VERY tempting sometimes!

How did you build traffic to your blog?  I found blogs I liked and started making comments.  Then, if a blogger I liked had a list of blogs she/he liked, I’d check those out as well. Eventually I found a collection of blogs I enjoy reading, and comments and traffic flowed back and forth.  Plus Lilly featured my blog as a “guest writer” and she introduced me to lots of great people. But how people build huge traffic and huge comments remains a mystery to me.  I'd love to know!

What makes you follow a blog?
 Good writing and/or great photography always captures me.  And I love to laugh!  Plus of course, a "Follow" button makes it easier.

What advice would you give bloggers? Add your blog URL to the signature block on your email so it's easy to figure out who you are when/if you email other bloggers.  (User names and blogs are usually very different.)  And, it's a great teaser to remind the people you email to check out your blog.

Ann's Question: What makes you comment on a blog?  It’s my way of staying connected to the blogs and blog friends I’ve made.  I like to show appreciation for their work.

Amy's Question: What is your favorite thing to do when you have some free time?
 What's "free time"?

Tonya's Question: What is a talent you wished you had?  I’m a good cook, as evidenced by the above mentioned *ahem* baked beans, but I would love the time and skill to be a Julia Childs type cook.

Kyooty's Question: If you could be any other animal other then Human, what would you be?
 My mother’s spoiled rotten cat.... or an elephant, then I'd never have to worry about my weight or wrinkles again.

Carrin's Question: Rush just told me that by 2042, white people will be the minority. Do you believe that? Would that be a big deal to you?
 I don’t believe a word Rush Limbaugh says, but I have no problem being a minority.

Melissa's Question: Would you want your blog to be as popular as Dooce? What would be some of the pros and cons?
 Oh yes, I would love to be that popular!  She types, the world reads, and the paparazzi doesn’t stalk her.  Hmmm, I wonder if she gets good tables at restaurants.

Unknown Mami's Question: What do you admire most about yourself? Don't be modest.
 Probably my ability to laugh at myself.

Green-Eyed Monsters Question: If you could be anyone else, who would you be?  I’d like to be rich and anonymous but no one like that comes to mind at the moment. 

Joanna Jenkin’s Question:  What's surprised you about your blog?  I was surprised and happy when guys started reading and commenting!  

As far as tagging goes, I tag anyone who wants to do it-- NO pressure!  And, you don't have to include any links, if you don't have time.  Let me know if you play along!

Since this is all about me, (isn't it always?) is there anything else you’d like to know? Ask away, I'll answer your questions in another post!

Welcome to The Fifty Factor  -  Joanna

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  1. This was fun! I love that you have architectural things on your walls. I, too want to live in a time when round, chubby women were admired!
    I liked what you had to say about blogging too. I'm glad you commented on my blog so I could meet you in the blogging world!

  2. Great answers, how fun to read more about you! I'm a big shoe fan myself!

  3. I like your answer to the what you would be other than human - I would never thought of an elephant but it's so true about the weight and wrinkle...

    Thanks for your comments, I do read them

  4. nice. you had me at "blue crab". wait was that a red tailed hawk that just flew by?

    so great to read your answers. memes are always fun to get a peak at the blogger behind the blog.

  5. "Spanish, living in America, it would really come in handy..."

    I'm still laughing and that explains why I can't type! LOLLLLLLL and I'm ready for you to come to meet me and we're off to the Land of Pleasant Living for MARYLAND BLUE CRABS...

    Stone crabs are completely different and I don't like them near as much so that's not how we're starting our Snarky Adventure! You're coming for the seafood of my life! And, I promise, it'll be yours...

    Oh, and if you've never read my all time snarky rant, you need to look it over...especially after what made me laugh so hard here today....

    Let me know! HUGS!! E.C.S.S.

  6. A nice little vignette of the person behind the post!

  7. You're answers really reflected your personality - friendly, intelligent, sense of humor, positive. Enjoyed!

  8. that's a great meme, enjoyed reading your answers!

  9. I know you so much better now and I still like you (crazy, I know - I can barely believe it myself :)

  10. thanks for visiting us; I loved your answer about learning Spanish because we live in America; so true, isn't it??

    enjoy your day :)


  11. We should take Spanish classes together. That would be a blast!
    Thanks for playing along. I had fun with this Meme. I hope you did too!

    Love ya!


  12. Any girl (yes we are still girls after 50) who loves periwinkle blue has great taste. My fave color, too. This was a fun read.... [breaks out in song] "getting to know you....getting to know all about you"

    I may borrow this sometime when I get a bout of blog-grrrrr-block.

    Thanks for popping in the tree house to visit. ;-)

  13. Hi, I love the slices of life post. Just brings up so many more questions! -Jayne

  14. I really enjoyed reading your answers especially since this is my first time visiting it gave me some added insight.

    I never met a pair of shoes I didn't like either.

    And it's amazing how it's all relative because from my vantage point you have a huge following.

  15. Sorry but my son gave me this huge assignment of computer work to do so I will have to skip the questions this time. Enjoyed reading yours tho.

  16. This was great fun to read! More.. more... please...

  17. Great fun! I love interactive posts! I'll pass it on.

  18. Love the Tori and Dean and ET! You are fun:)

  19. Love the elephant answer! I have a question; what made you begin blogging in the first place?

  20. What a fun meme! I'm going to do it on my blog. And man I wish I was in your neighborhood right now - baked beans and hot dogs on the grill sounds like my idea of heaven! YUM!

  21. That was great, I might just borrow this for a day or week that I don't have anything to say!

  22. You? Are freaking cool. Right down to your favorite color.

  23. Joanna, I love reading your blog, and this post was great. Can I steal some of the questions for any future interviews I may do? I've visited dooce once or twice and I wonder, does she read all of those comments?Seriously, how many times can you read, oh, poor luvvie, sorry to hear about the cabbages on your aching breasts x 500 times x 500 strangers? Eek, think i could live without that, but then again, if it makes her 40 gees a month, or is it now 100 g's a month, you could pay someone to read the comments and even answer one or two. Am I being too cynical. I'd rather visit you any day.

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