Monday, February 13, 2012

Two for the Price of One

One of my favorite bloggers over at write meg! posted her response to a few questions from Musings of a Book Lover today.  Since I have been slack in the blogging area, I decided to forgo the "tagging" rules and take advantage of the Q&A to beef up my own blog.  I also managed to slip in a review of a recent read, so be sure to check out this two for one Monday.

1. Favorite ice cream flavor?
Breyer's makes this decadent Dark Chocolate Velvet that my husband and I could devour in a single sitting.  Therefore, I only purchase it for special occasions, but it is absolutely delicious!

2. What’s in your purse?
Right around Christmas, I decided to try to "simplify" my life by streamlining the things I carried with me in the car, work, and, most importantly, in my purse.  I purchased a wristlet in which I carry my main credit cards and IDs, cash, my iPod, and cell phone.  I can unattach and reattach the wrist band, so I hang my keys off of it when I am walking or in a store.  That's it!  (I keep Chapstick, hand sanitizer, and other essentials in my car, my work bag, and my desk at work, so I am never without!)

3. If you could meet one author, who would it be and why?
I have been fortunate enough to attend readings and meet some of my favorite authors like Sarah Dessen and Maggie Stiefvater, but I would love to meet Nicole Krauss, author of my favorite adult novel The History Of Love and most recently Great House.  She is a literary genius and the master of "the story within a story" plot technique.  She is also married to Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close!

4. If money were no object, what is one thing you would buy yourself right now?
Books...and then bookshelves to store them.  There are so many I want, see here for a sampling, but I am trying to read up everything I already own before adding to my collection. 

5. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A teacher and writer.  I told my mother, who taught kindergarten and first grade for 30 years, that I would NEVER be a teacher, yet some wonderful English teachers in college made me change my mind.  I have been teaching English full-time for almost two years now, and I love every minute of it!  Maybe one day, my goal of being a published author will also be realized.

6. What’s another hobby besides reading?
I don't have time for anything else!  hahaha I do like to watch NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, Grey's Anatomy, and Private Practice.  If you like crime dramas, I recommend NCIS.  If you like heart-tugging medical shows, Grey's and Practice Practice are for you, but if you are just looking for a good (and intelligent) laugh, check out The Big Bang Theory.  Hilarious!

7. Favorite recipe?
My husband will be the first to tell you I don't cook much, but my Mama's brown rice is a go-to specialty.  All it takes is one stick of butter, one cup of white Comet rice (it HAS to be Comet), two cans of beef consomme, and half an onion (optional).  Melt the butter on the stove and brown the onion.  Add the rice and coat it in the butter mixture.  In the meantime, open up the two cans of beef consomme and pour them in a casserole dish.  Add the rice, butter, and onion.  Bake covered for 45 mins to an hour (or until the rice has soaked up the juice).  Enjoy!

8. Sweet or sour?
Sweet - but not overpoweringly so.  A piece of dark chocolate at the end of the day is a perfect balance.

9. What is one movie you could watch over and over again?
Could?  How about have?  My husband and I have seen The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen thousands of time.  It is our go-to flick when we can't decide what to watch.  It has a little something for everybody - action and romance and mystery.  Bonus points for literary lovers, the main characters are based on characters from popular 19th century novels like Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Grey.  Literary asides are sprinkled throughout - have fun trying to spot them!

10. Have you ever been to a play?
I love the theater, but I love musicals especially.  The last play I saw was Beauty and the Beast, and before that, I saw a wonderful rendition of Phantom.

11. Why did you start blogging?
When I graduated from graduate school, I missed being able to "talk book."  This gave me an outlet to do so.  An unexpected bonus is that I also created a forum to discuss issues that were bothering me in other parts of my life, like the current turmoil at my alma mater.  Although I may not have as much time to read and post as I would like, I am loving every minute!

If you are in a blogging slump, feel free to pilfer this quick questionnaire for yourself, but be sure to link to your blog in the comments, so I can see your answers!

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