Get to know me with a fun game of tag

There is a fahbulous fun get-to-know-you game of tag and something called “11 questions” going around the blogosphere that I thought I’d take part in.

Rules:
1. You must post the rules. CHECK
2. Answer the questions and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged. CHECK – although I didn’t create new questions since there’s a slew for y’all to choose from.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them. Since just about everyone I know has already been tagged by either game  – consider this an open invite to play along!
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them. N/A

Stacy Green tagged me here, Fabio Bueno tagged me here, and I loved Emma Burcart’s interrogation questions. See all my answers to their combined questions below.

If you could live in a fictional world, where would that be?

You mean I don’t live in one already?!?! Shikes! Ok, well I guess I’d love to be a part of the Na’vi tribe living on Pandora. The beauty of the people and the planet and their connection to nature draws me in. I could watch the movie a hundred times and never tire of it.

Do you read in noisy or quiet places?

I prefer to read in quiet places but…I can read anywhere!

What was the first book you ever read?

Seriously? Lord. I have no idea. I believe it was the Pokey Little Puppy. Does that qualify as a “book”?

Favourite author?

Oh gosh. John Grisham, Nicolas Sparks, Nora Roberts, Jody Picault, etc.

Do reviews influence your choice of reads?

Ummm…I would say not really. I like to make up my own mind so if I’ve come across a book I’m interested in, I’ll buy it regardless. But I will say good reviews from people I know definitely influence me. If a friend of mine says “I just read this awesome book,” even if it’s outside my normal genre, I’ll give it a try.

Fiction or Non fiction?

Both! I tend to read more fiction but I love biographies and true stories as well.

Have you ever met your favourite author?

Nope. Not even close.

Audio books or Paperbacks?

Paperback although I think I’d love audio books, I just haven’t tried one yet. I can’t read while laying in the sun so I think audio books on my iPod would rock!

Classic or Modern Novels?

Modern

Book Groups or Solitary Reading?

Solitary thus far. I’ve never been a part of a book club.

What is your favorite historical period and why?

The here and now baby. I am all about reality.

List your top five favorite movies.

Pride and Prejudice (new and old), Notebook, Ever After, Flying, and Bridges of Madison County

Your house is on fire. Your loved ones–humans and pets–are already safe outside. They have your driver’s license and a flash drive with all your backups (files and all the media you own). You have time to save one more object. What would you get?

Family photos.

You can invite any three people in the world for a dinner – anyone alive. Who are your guests?

My Mom, Hubby and Oprah.

Congress/the gods/smiling extraterrestrials said you can only have one type of food every meal for the rest of your life (they’ll supplement your diet with vitamin pills). Which food would you choose?

Chinese….oh yeah!!!

In an episode of “Friends”, they all reveal their freebie list: five celebrities with whom they can hook up without upsetting their partners. Who’s in yours?

Sorry but hubby is my very own in-house, superstar celebrity!

Some people think the Hunger Games is bloody. In Harry Potter 6, fifteen characters die. In HP7, the body count is over fifty (see here). JK is rewriting the series, and she let you choose one character from any of the seven books to get a reprieve. Who would it be and why?

Y’all are going to fall over but…I’ve never read the Harry Potter series and haven’t really watched the movies either. I know I know…insane isn’t it!?!

What’s your worst fear?

Hubby dying suddenly/accidentally.

You can choose your own nickname, with an assurance that no one would ever mock you. Tell us your choice.

Princess. I know, not very original but I love it.

What’s the best vacation you have ever had?

My wedding trip to Punta Cana

If you could write yourself into any TV show or movie, what would you choose?

Eat Pray Love

What is one thing you’ve always wanted to do but been too scared to do?

Write a book. LOL!

Would you rather get a pedicure or go hiking?

Pedicure!

What is your favorite part of a man’s body?

Shoulders – O.M.G.

If you could be trapped anywhere with anyone, where you be and who would you be with?

Beach resort with hubby – funny – heading there tomorrow. LOL!

What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

Took a cramp while up in the trees doing Tree Go (obstacle course in the trees). I barely made it to the ground and when first aid got on scene, she thought it was menstrual cramps that had me crawling on the ground on the verge of passing out. She told me the nearest bathroom was 20 min away. I told her…”I am not going to make it…” By this point, I had attracted quite a crowd – all very concerned. Hubby knew what the issue was and quietly explained things to her. She pointed to the thick woods – I took off at a sprint….can you say HUMILIATED!

Sweet or salty?

Salty all the way!

What was your biggest childhood fear?

Water where I could not see bottom

If you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be?

Strappy stileto sandal with tons of bling. See above picture. One of hubby’s most fahhhbulous Christmas presents to me.

What is your nickname, and where does it come from?

Nat. Everyone has always called me Nat – way boring, I know.

If you were a character from Sex and the City, who would you be? (Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, or Samantha)

Sooooo funny you’d ask. I have a friend who tells me ALL the time how I remind her of Samatha in my tone, style etc (not in the have hot sex with everyone kind of way). She’ll comment on different photos on Facebook “SAMANTHA!!!” LOL – so I am going with that!!

If you want to take part in the game, no need to wait to be tagged. Do a self-interview with a few or all of the questions and consider yourself tagged by me! Or answer a couple in the comment section.

More blog deliciousness here:

  • Carrie Spencer has got incredible fashion sense and loved the video on 25 ways to wrap a scarf! So fabulous!
  • Ever hit a fancy, high-end mall just to see how the other half live? I vicariously live through Piper Bayard and her daughter as they toured the Country Club Plaza.
  • OMG, can you imagine taking every 7th year of work OFF to nurture your creative side. LOVE it! Ingrid Schaffenburg showcases a video of Stefan Sagmeister where he talks about the value of doing just that. And I gotta say…I WISH!!
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Books that have moved you

For the last few weeks, I’ve been considering purchasing a Kindle. It’s a portable e-book reader that I think is gaining quite a bit of popularity. Given the cost of books and how quickly I devour them, I think a Kindle would be a more cost-effective option for me. The last book I purchased was The Confession by John Grisham. I was in desperate need of a read, I like John’s writing, but the book was only available in hardcover so I caved and spent around $29.99 to buy it. As an e-book, it would have run me about $9.99. Considering the Kindle is $139.99, it would practically pay for itself in seven hardcover books and then…well…let the savings begin! At that rate, how can I not buy one???

Scott supports the idea and with a birthday coming up in March, he figures I am coming into a splurge opportunity. He knows how many books I go through in a year. I’ve never kept count but I’d guess I read around a book every two or three weeks – give or take and depending on the density. That’s around 12 to 16 books a year. Add to that, he thinks I’d actually be more “comfortable” reading on a Kindle than the traditional page turners – interesting – perhaps so?!

I also like the idea of the convenience of it. When I am done reading a book, I wouldn’t have to make a trip to the bookstore. I could just jump online, find the next best thing, click download and TADA – book ready! I don’t know how many times I haven’t anticipated finishing up a read only to be caught with no new material at the bedside – grrrr! This would definitely be a huge plus for me.

Anyone try the Kindle yet – thoughts?

And while we are at it, any great books to suggest?

I am hungry for a book that moves me. I’ve really enjoyed my Philippa Gregory run with the 16th Century Tudor stories and John’s was okay but I am looking for a book that inspires me, motivates me, and all around moves me.

Anyone had that experience with a book before?

For me, the book that has always stood out in my mind as a life changer was Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. Out of his long series of these books, I have only ever read this one, book 1, so I can’t speak to the others but this book helped me completely alter the way I saw myself. I realize that it had a lot to do with where I was in my life; going through a divorce at 28 years old, realizing I had dated the same type of guy for 10 years because I didn’t love myself enough to know that I deserved better. I was realizing the true meaning of personal responsibility and accountability and finally taking a hold of the fact that I was ultimately responsible for absolutely every piece of my life – past, present and future. It was a momentous time in my life to begin with and it was like this book found me, at the perfect time, when I needed it most.

And it spoke to me and it moved me. I read it four times (in a row) and used it to journal extensively. It absolutely played a significant cathartic and healing role throughout this period in my life because it helped me open my mind and learn to love myself. It also helped me open up to a new level of spirituality and enlightenment and enabled me to tap into a lot of the grief and pain I had been carrying around for years with regards to my father’s death and my insane fear of abandonment.

It helped me renew and rebuild myself.

I have given the book as a gift to many of my friends over the years but none have spoken of having the same type of experience with it, unfortunately. I realize it can be a very tough read, especially the first few chapters and the concept can be very difficult for some people to grasp but I loved it. And whether I believe that the answers are the word of God or not matters very little – what was written made sense to me and helped me renew my inner world.

Anyone have suggestions for books that have done that for them?

Or do you have suggestions for really great books to read? I am hoping to create a vast reading list this year.

In the meantime, I may just order my Kindle along with the e-book Conversations with God and read it for a fifth time – I can only imagine what it might bring to my life this time.

My inspiration…laughing with friends and a day spent reading

First snowfall - winter 2010

First Snowfall - Winter 2010

This weekend was spent relaxing at the camp. Friday evening we arrived and settled in quickly with a fire. Friends stopped by for a visit and we talked, told stories, and laughed for hours. It made me realize how much I absolutely love laughing with friends. There is no better feeling in the world than spending an evening cracking up, giggling, and enjoying a few spurts of rolling-on-the-floor laughter. At the end of the evening, Scott and I went to bed exhausted and on a little “high”. It reminded me of the value and importance of friendship and how blessed I am to have such wonderous people in my life.

Saturday, Scott left in the early morning hours to go hunting; leaving me to my own devices. After sleeping in, I got up and made a huge pot of steaming hot coffee. Around that time, it started gently snowing – the first winter snowfall with huge fat snowflakes that appeared light and feathery. Everything sparkled and looked clean and pristine. Stunning.

Instead of getting down to the business of “doing something,” I curled up under my warm blanket, sat on the couch by a roaring fire, enjoyed my hot coffee and watched. The silence of the camp lending itself to a near meditative state, deep relaxation, the snow memorizing, the beauty of the nature around me filling my heart with pure joy and a sense of simple love – now that’s the way to spend a Saturday!

After enjoying the peacefulness of it all, I settled in with a good book and just watched the day melt away as I read and napped.

Saturday’s like that leave me feeling rested, nurtured, calm, at peace, and inspired. For me, it’s a day of indulgence and perfection where I give myself what I love to do most for a long bout of time. Not sneaking in a chapter here or there, not reading after an exhausting day managing to get one page in before dozing off for the night. A day spent with no time tables, no tasks, nothing more to do than lose myself in the glorious written word.

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