A BIT OF ME (ME) — TAKING RISKS — MARCH 25

 

Good morning, and welcome to A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s A Book.

Every week, we come together to share our thoughts about issues, prompted by a question.

This Weeks Question: Would you bungee jump, go hang gliding, jump out of a plane, etc? Which one and why? If not, how come?

Uh, no!  I don’t even like to fly in a plane!  Fear of Flying has kept me to flights that last five hours or less.  Maybe someday I’ll take the longer flights, because I do want to visit my son in Europe.

 

This is me…flying:

 

If there’s turbulence, I’m sure we’re going to crash. Every little bump signifies upcoming disaster.  You really don’t want to even think of sharing a flight with me…LOL

 

 

 

 

So…no, to parachuting, bungee jumping, or any other kind of “flight.”

 

Risk-taking of the emotional kind is more my thing.  Like the adventures in this book:

 

 

I just finished reading the sequel to this book, How to Save Your Own Life.

 

 

The primary character, like the one in the previous book, is named Isadora Wing...get it?  Take flight, folks, but metaphorically for me.

 

What about the rest of you?  Brave souls out there?  Share your adventures, please!

A BIT OF ME (ME) — AN ODYSSEY — MARCH 19

Good morning, and welcome to A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s a Book.

As usual, in order to reveal those bits and pieces of our interior selves, we answer our weekly prompt.

This Weeks Question: If you had, an option to choose a place anywhere in the world where you could live for an entire year, where would it be and why?

There are a lot of places to consider, but my choices would begin with:
THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE
Then I would hop on over to IRELAND....

Dublin -- A Pub

My eldest son is a bit of an expatriate by now, beginning with the time in the mid-nineties when he did a “London semester” from the university he was attending (he subsequently lived in Prague, and now in Berlin).  After the London semester, he went to Ireland…to visit.  And ended up staying several months.

When he returned, he did a gallery showing of some Ireland photos in Sacramento, CA. That was a memorable event, and, of course, I have several of those photos on my bedroom walls (my Ireland room).
I wish I had some on the computer to show, instead of these “Internet photos,” but you get the idea.
As for England, the countryside was his favorite place, but he also enjoyed London.
For a time, while living in Ireland, he stayed in a gatehouse of a big estate and did some odds and ends for them, to earn a bit of money so that he could focus on his photography.
His travels and adventures have intrigued me, and I would love walking some of the same pathways.
Of course, I’d also love to visit Berlin and see some of that part of the world, but I wouldn’t want to live there for a year.  Even with my own “interpreter,” the language issue would hinder my independence.
So what about you?  What places do you dream about, and where would you go for a year?

A BIT OF ME (ME) — CARTOON CHARACTERS — MARCH 12

In our Saturday event, A Bit of Me (Me), we hop on over to There’s A Book to find out what is in store for us today.  What new prompt or question will lead the way?

This Weeks Question: What cartoon character describes you the best?

I guess that I had one character in mind when I started thinking about this:
I love Minnie, and have many collectible Mickey and Minnie items, including a designer Minnie phone.
However, when I went to the “interpretative” site, to see what I would discover, guess what?
Pepe Le Pew – Without the Smell
You are a lover.  Romance, flowers, and wine are all you need to
enjoy yourself.  You are serious about all commitments.  A family
person.  You call your Mom every Sunday, and never forget a Birthday.
Don’t let your passion for romance get confused with the real thing.

Then I went back and tweaked my answers to the questions just a bit, since in many situations, more than one answer suits, depending on the mood, and THIS is what I got.

 

You are cute, and everyone loves you.  You are a best friend that
no one takes the chance of losing.  You never hurt feelings and
seldom have your own feelings hurt.  Life is a breeze.  You are
witty, and calm most of the time.  Just keep clear of back stabbers,
and you are worry-free.

 

Naw, I don’t think this describes me either…

 

Hey, maybe they just didn’t ask the right questions?  So what do you think?  I have no idea of the Minnie “characteristics,” but I just like her.  So maybe I’ll just go with my gut.

 

What about you?  Did you have fun, by the way?  I thought it was kind of a kick…

A BIT OF ME (ME) — CHANGES — MARCH 5

Welcome to A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s A Book, our place in the blogosphere in which we reveal bits and pieces of our “real” lives.

This Weeks Question: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? Anything.

The year was 1970. Many recent events had stirred me, from the protests of the sixties over Vietnam; women’s issues; my own search for who I was; and as a graduate student, I was reexamining everything that I had thought I had known and believed.
I had been in a marriage for seven years, and like many people have experienced, we were not a “marriage of true minds.”  But I had two kids.
It seemed to unfold in a crazy way, at least that’s how it seemed to onlookers. Family, etc.  One day, while my husband was on a business trip, I rented an apartment, hired a moving van, and left.  With my two kids.  Just like that.
Over the weeks and months ahead, I would face all the scrutiny and censure of those who had thought they knew me. Only my closest friends in my new life really understood.  They supported me.  But as everything around me changed, and as I became a truly different person, I would realize, too, that even though I didn’t regret what I’d done, the consequences would follow me…always.
Nearly a decade later, I had become a much happier person, even though I had left one life for another. By then, I had two more children.  I had found my niche in a career and loved making contributions to the world around me (as a social worker).  I had visions of someday writing about my experiences.
I have done that.

My Creations: Click the picture for more info

So what’s your story?  Share the “crazy” parts, if you will.  And don’t be surprised if everyone else has something equally “crazy” to tell.

A BIT OF ME (ME) — THE WRITER’S LIFE — FEB. 26

 

 

 

Good morning, and welcome to A Bit of Me (Me), the event that allows us to share bits and pieces of our lives—outside the blogging world.  Hosted by There’s A Book, each week we are presented with questions to ponder.

This Weeks Question: What would your dream job be?

That’s a good one, isn’t it?  Would you be surprised to know that I’m actually doing my “dream job” now? From the time I was a kid, I wanted to write.  I had to put that dream on the back burner while I worked for more than three decades at a profession that paid the bills.  Not that I hated that career, or anything, but it wasn’t what I’d dreamed about…back in the day while I read and imagined my own name on a book cover.
Here is one of my earliest visual images of the writing life…probably gleaned from the pages of old favorite books like Little Women.
The Writer’s Life
Later, my vision expanded and here’s the writer’s world I imagined.
Gorgeous Writer’s Den
Actually, now that I look at it, that chair doesn’t look too comfy!
But here’s what I actually have, and here are some of my creations.
My Daily World
MY CREATIONS – Click image to visit my website
My favorite part is waking up, hurrying to the computer, and, still wearing pajamas, beginning my day, with only my coffee, my computer, and the world inside my head.
Of course, now that blogging is also part of that picture, I can connect to others, too.  Writing and blogging…my dream life!
What about you?  What do you imagine as the best possible job for you?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….

A BIT OF ME (ME) — BEWITCHED — FEB. 19

Here we are again, on another Saturday morning.  It’s a bit cold and crisp, but we can huddle in the warm house dreaming about today’s question on A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s A Book.

This Weeks Question: What super-power would you most like to have, and why?

I didn’t have to think about this one too long.  My mind flew back to the sixties and a show I loved then.  Bewitched was a story of an ordinary woman with extraordinary powers.  She was a housewife, then a mother; she could twitch her nose and look cute…and make things happen.
Who wouldn’t want to twitch away those unpleasant realities of daily life and replace them with a fantasy or two?
She was a cute witch, as well.  I wouldn’t want to be the stereotypical one with the bump on her nose and warts….LOL
Her mother, Endora, was not your typical mother, either.
But you have to admit that she had a—well, presence!
So what about you?  What magic would you love to possess?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….

A BIT OF ME (ME) — TRAVELING — FEB. 12

Today’s A Bit of Me (Me) adventures, hosted by There’s A Book, take us to the places in the world we’ve visited and loved.

Here’s this week’s question:

What is the single best trip you’ve ever taken?

I have only been out of the country to two destinations—Mexico and Canada.  I was a kid when we went to Mexico, so I scarcely remember it.  I loved Canada…but there have been other trips I recall and loved more.

Something very close to Canada is a place I’ve loved for years.  Seattle!  My first visit there was in the seventies, and I remember looking out at Puget Sound and watching the fireworks on Fourth of July.

Later, I went a few more times, but the most recent trip was to a nearby island, reached by ferry.  I attended a wedding there, and we had a weekend of beautiful sights of  Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island.

FRIDAY HARBOR -- SAN JUAN ISLAND

I can’t leave the topic of beautiful destinations without mentioning one I’ve often remembered nostalgically...a trip to Boston in the autumn, back in the early eighties.  I went on a business trip, but as luck would have it, I had to stay the entire weekend.  That left time for sight-seeing.

Boston Public Gardens
Cobbled Streets
Ah, the Boats!

I had some of my own photos of these events, but I would have had to scan them…and crop out the people for their anonymity!  LOL

 

So these are some of the best, but I’ve also loved road trips, and traveled through several states as a kid.

Then there are my Arizona trips, which give us this:

THE GRAND CANYON

Okay, I’m done!  As you can see, I had trouble stopping with just one….

 

What delightful tidbits and images would you love to share today?  I’m eagerly anticipating your visits….

A BIT OF ME (ME) — THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW — FEB. 5

 

Yesterday, I couldn’t believe that we were already approaching the weekend, and I can’t believe it’s Saturday!  Time for A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s A Book.

Today’s Question:

This Weeks Question: What’s your favorite color? Or maybe you have multiple favorites, which ones? Be creative with how you tell us if you have time.

I love color!  The more vivid, the better, but especially those in the reds, purples, greens, and occasionally blues….
These colors cheer me up and make me feel ALIVE!  Here are some samples:
Berlin Festival of Lights by Craig Robinson
Potpourri of Toys
Do these illustrate my love of color?  What about your choices?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….

A BIT OF ME (ME): I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! — JAN. 29

 

Today’s topic for A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s A Book, is near and dear to me.

Yes, that’s exactly what I said!

This Weeks Question: What is your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor? Do you have more than one? Can’t narrow it down, tell us all about the ones you love!

Now ice cream is my favorite thing.  I love it so much, that a day without ice cream is pale and boring.  Well, almost.
My friends and family know that I love Coconut Ice Cream best of all…but Ben & Jerry’s doesn’t have that flavor.  At least I couldn’t find it on the list.  So my next favorite, of course, is anything with chocolate.  Like Cookie Dough Ice Cream.  Yummy!
I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!
Has anyone out there heard that little ditty “I scream for ice cream”? Well, when I was a kid, we used to sing it while my uncle turned the crank on the ice cream maker. Yes, homemade ice cream is the best thing ever! And I haven’t had any in eons!!
What are you drooling over this morning?  And yes, I could even eat ice cream for breakfast! Please stop by and share some tidbits.
Noah and a Milkshake

A BIT OF ME (ME): TO LISTEN OR NOT — JAN. 22

 

Good morning! I’ve had a late start today due to Bloggiesta tasks.  Don’t you love that challenge and how it offers an opportunity to tweak, polish, and improve our blogs?

But this post is our A Bit of Me (Me) meme hosted by There’s A Book. Our opportunity to share bits and pieces of our lives outside the blogosphere.

Here’s Today’s Question:

This Weeks Question: Do you listen to audio books? Why or why not? If yes, do you have a favorite?

There is an easy answer for me on this one.  Not a fan of audio books!  Okay, that sounded harsh, but there’s a reason.  In order to fully concentrate on the content of a book, I need to visualize it. I’m a “visual learner,” you see.  If I listen to something, I don’t fully attend to it; other distractions seemingly zero in and take me away.

However, if I’m in a car, without any passengers, and on a boring road that doesn’t require my full attention (Hwy. 99 to LA), an audio book might work for me. I know that I’ve put in audios for my granddaughter (okay, I know I said no passengers, but the book was for her!), and I’ve actually “listened and comprehended.”

BORING JOURNEY!

A fascinating journey would not be the place for audio books—in my opinion.

A RT. 66 JOURNEY

 

I guess that just about covers my reactions to audio books.  However, I did receive James Patterson’s Private in audio book format, and I will listen to it at some point.  On one of those boring trips.

What about you?  Are you one of the fortunate ones who can enjoy audio books?  Come on over and tell!