Wednesday, March 14, 2012

tag! i'm it. and you're it too.

Tell me you remember the days of Xanga and MySpace... surveys galore, am I right? Well, it's my lucky day because Blair's Headband handpicked me to play the game. So here I go!

Here are the rules:

•You must post the rules.

•Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you; then create 11 questions to ask the people you've tagged.

•Tag 11 people and link them in your post.

•Let them know you have tagged them.

1. If you had been born a boy, do you know what your parents planned on naming you?

Joshua Patrick... a name they got to use about 21 months later when my baby broseph was born.

2. What is your favorite book of all time?

I could never pick just one. I really loved Water for Elephants, and it's hard for me think clearly about anything other than the Hunger Games books right now, since I've been reading them incessantly. Sloane Crosley is a hilarious author (LOVED I Was Told There'd Be Cake). Okay, let's do this instead. Here are some top picks in categories:

Best fiction: The Help (Stockett), Water For Elephants (Gruen)
Best classic: To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
Best relationship book: His Needs, Her Needs (Harley)
Best non-fiction: What Remains (Radziwill), For Laci (Rocha), Loving Natalee (Twitty)
Best comedic: I Was Told There'd Be Cake (Crosley)

I'm a total bookworm. Always have been, always will be.

3. If you could have lunch with one celebrity, who would it be and why?

I don't really get starstruck... I have plenty of girl crushes whom I'd love to steal clothes from, but honestly, no one who seems intellectual enough that I'd like to spend a couple hours of my life chatting with them. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I think I'd have a hell of a time with Meghan McCain. I met her briefly in 2008 and was definitely in awe. I worked on her dad's little ol' presidential campaign, and read her blog forever, while she blazed the campaign trail alongside her parents. I loved her book, and love reading her column at the Daily Beast. We share a lot, a LOT of the same ideas. And the chick has fabulous style, sass, and great taste in music.

4. What do you do for work, or if you’re not comfortable sharing on the internets, what is the industry in which you work?

I'm an event planner for the college I attended. Apologizing ahead of time for the cheese factor, but it's honestly my dream job. I love what I do, where I work, and who I'm surrounded by.

5. Did you go Greek in college? If so, which house?

Negative. I was super busy and most of my closest friends didn't pledge sororities either--although several did! I'd planned on it, but in the end, my heart wasn't in the whole process. At my college, there wasn't really a barrier between greeks and non-greeks.

6. Sweet or salty?

Both. Together. Heard of a little something called "salted caramel?" I would love to personally hug the person who concocted that little situation. Honestly, it just depends on my mood. I'm a junk food fiend.

7. Do you prefer to make a phone call or send a text?

Depends on the person. I know myself, a short conversation can make my day a lot brighter. It doesn't take a ton of effort to text.

8. What is your favorite flower?

Once again, can't just select one... I love peonies, dahlias, ranunculus and tulips. And sunflowers in the hot Texas summers.

9. A Princess Z inspired question... did you have an American Girl doll as a child?

Well, I sure did! I had Felicity. I wanted Samantha, but in the end, she was sort of a brat, right? Felicity was the effervescent pioneer girl... in retrospect, I'm so glad I got her instead of her chestnut-haired, Victorian predecessor. Her books were way better too (sorry 'bout it, BHB.)

10. What is your favorite white wine and favorite red wine varietal?

Hmmm... I'd have to say sauvignon blanc or riesling for white. Pinot noir or chianti for reds.

11. What is your favorite quote?

I'm such a quotes girl... I have them framed all over my office and home, jotted down on scraps of paper and tucked into my bathroom mirror. I'd have to say these two are some of my absolute favorites:

"every saint has a past & every sinner has a future." -- oscar wilde.

"success is relative. it is what we can make of the mess we have made of things." -- t.s. eliot

Aaaand, I want to hear from you:

1. Jorden, at We Got Love
2. Mrs. Smith
3. Caroline, at Through Rose-Colored Glasses
4. Sassy, at Patience & Perfection
5. Angela, at Diary of a Domestic Failure
6. Shasta Anne
7. Lauren, at Travel with Lauren
8. Whitney, at That's Influence
9. Shannan, at Southern Comfort
10. Lyndsey, at McMommy Daze

...and anyone else who feels the itch to jump on the bandwagon!

Inquiring minds want to know:

1. What's your car's name?
2. What was your first concert? Favorite concert?
3. How do you take your coffee? Do you have a signature drink at Starbucks?
4. Do you vote?
5. When you think of your childhood, what three things stick out most?
6. What are your phobias?
7. What was your first memorable big purchase?
8. What are you most looking forward to in the next 3 months?
9. What are your top 3 favorite US cities to visit? (or that you want to visit!)
10. What kind of shampoo & conditioner are you using right now?
11. What's the most sentimental thing you're wearing right now?

and here are my replies:

1. Alessandra! She's a temperamental little German thing.

2. First concert was Clay Walker, at the Houston Rodeo in 2003. Favorite concert was probably Dave Matthews (May 2009), in the pouring rain at Superpages in Dallas with Sean. I know a lot of people are big DMB fans, but the music was fantastic, the night was very sweet and surreal.

3. I've grown to drink coffee with just a splash of milk and some raw sugar. At home, I buy Coffeemate but usually just prefer a really bold coffee with milk. When I dare to order it, my favorite Starbucks drink is probably a triple nonfat white mocha with no whipped cream. Or a dirty chai.

4. Absolutely, I vote!

5. I remember traveling. Camping and roadtrips with my dad, stepmom and brothers... the bickering, the pit stops, the souvenirs. The love and attention my parents poured into all these trips.

I remember my grandparents playing such a huge lead... rocking in the huge swing that hung in my grandparents' yard, sipping sweet tea... the aroma of honeysuckle wafting through the thick summer air, playing hide & seek in their vegetable garden... my Mimi's laugh while her agile fingers whipped my unruly hair into a tight french braid. The sound of her voice, calling me by my childhood nickname.

I remember entire summers that didn't slow down... softball practices, cheer camp, volleyball games, church camp, etc, etc, etc. I honestly don't know how I did it all... but I loved every single second.

6. I hate needles. Not a fan of horses. Seriously hate driving over bridges.

7. I bought my first pair of Sevens when I was 18, my summer after high school. They were a dark wash, boy fit. Best part of all of this--I STILL have them, they STILL fit, and they're STILL in style!! My parents would have murdered me, had they known I spent $150 on a single pair of jeans. Hell, they'd still do it to this day and um, it's always been on my dime.

8. All my trips to Nashville!! Having Sean here... running in our first 5k. Planning our summer together. And springtime fully making an appearance.

9. Three favorite places are Austin, Nashville, and DC... the three places I want to visit the most are Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.

10. Big Sexy Hair... although I've really been wanting to try Moroccan Oil.

11. Boyfriend surprised me with the tortoiseshell Michael Kors watch I wanted for part of my birthday present. I'm a lucky girl... his thoughtfulness knows no bounds.

[all images via google.]

Have fun!! ...and feel free to comment with your answers if you don't have a blog or don't feel like posting officially!

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