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Three things about me.

thA big bunch of FinCon16 wasn’t much fun, but I did have the chance to connect with some new people this year. One of them was the delightful and well-read Jana, author of the Jana Says blog and a podcast called The Armchair Librarians.

The other day Jana put up a post called “Three things,” a series of prompts and replies that likely wouldn’t surprise loyal readers but will help newbies like me get to know more about her.

She credits Steph of Life According To Steph for the idea. I’m stealing it from the both of them.

 

Three things I’d never give up:

Loved ones, writing, reading

Three favorite vegetables

Tomatoes, potatoes and cucumbers – especially ones we grow in our own dirt.*

Three shows I watched faithfully from beginning to end:

Leverage, All In The Family and M*A*S*H (gee, I’m old)

(Note: Since DF and I don’t have a television I got my Leverage fix courtesy of my friend Linda B., who lets her DVR queue fill up until I can come help her empty it. Chocolate is often involved.)

Three places I want to visit inside the U.S.:

The Motown Hall of Fame in Detroit, the town of Sitka here in Alaska and the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead, Fla.

Three places I want to visit outside the U.S.:

Australia, Italy, the British Isles

Three things I always have with me:

House keys, asthma inhaler and flash drive**

Three things that are always in my car:

Don’t have a car, but when I borrow DF’s vehicle I always have shopping bags, my dumbphone and the grabber I use to pull things like paperback books and Box Tops For Education out of the bins at the recycling center.

Three most recent phone calls were to/from:

My daughter, my friend Linda B. and the hairdresser

Three books I read and loved in college:

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines, Lives On The Boundary by Michael Rose and Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros

Three most often used makeup products:

Pass, because I don’t wear makeup

Three things that*** make me laugh:

My partner, my friend Linda B. and my daughter

Three things that make me cry:

Prejudice, cruelty and willful ignorance

All right, readers: Now it’s your turn to answer a few (or all!) of these prompts in the comments section. Looking forward to reading them.

*I’m running afoul of the master gardeners, here. They used to tell me that “dirt” is what comes out of the vacuum cleaner bag, whereas “soil” is a living organism. They’re probably correct from a scientific standpoint. But I’m a South Jersey girl who knows dirt when she sees it – and who likes playing in it.

**I have an absolute horror of something happening to my laptop and its contents (years and years worth of writing and research). Thus whenever I leave the house without the computer I make sure to have a flash drive with me. Still haven’t decided how I feel about the cloud.

***In my case it should be “people who make me laugh,” but I’m sticking with the original prompt because maybe puppies, not persons, are what crack you up.

 

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17 Comments

  1. Three things I’d never give up: family and friends, reading, chocolate and coffee, separate bank accounts.

    Three favorite vegetables: tomatoes, ones my son in law cooks, fried zucchini.

    Three shows I watched faithfully from beginning to end: the clone show (?), probably no others as I was late to appreciate what others were wild about (Friends – still don’t get parts of it, Seinfeld – still don’t get parts of it, but oh lord the sponge worthy episode), and sometimes did not have TV or cable.

    Three places I want to visit inside the U.S.: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Graceland, Southwestern Indian Cliff Dweller Caves/Homes, Luray Caverns – but don’t know if I could go inside of them.

    Three places I want to visit outside the U.S.: The Louvre again and other places in France, Ireland,

    Three things I always have with me: $20, Asthma inhalers and Epipen (I have ins. coverage and a cpn.), Glucose meter.

    Three things that are always in my car: Towels – for the seats of those of us who wear both our food and drink, jumper cables, AAA on my cell phone.

    Three most recent phone calls were to/from: two sisters, daughter, a airline ticket scam company that keeps posting discount rates but won’t give them to me.

    Three books I read and loved in college: I can’t remember back that far. Anything by Mary Higgins Clark or Patricia Cornwell for the detail and research within the books. Books by Ann Rule – because they were an exposure of the depths of depravity and evil that exists within people, and they got away with crimes against people for so long, or at all.

    Three most often used makeup products: A lot of mine collect dust, but here goes: some kind of lip moisturizer but only after chapped or burned lips; chapstick, lipstick or gloss, etc. Mascara sometimes but I tend to throw it out at 6 months and buy new, or buy the sample size so that less product and money is wasted; it is hard to find brown (I’m a rapidly graying blonde, and some of the blacks look ridiculous). Nail polish, which often goes unused, but I’m working on it.

    Three things that make me laugh: family, friends, happy children, people with position power and money telling poor people how to live.

    Three things that make me cry: unrelieved pain, and sadness, the current state of our country and the electioneering tactics and the hateful words and actions coming forth from the candidates and the people, even with OBAMACARE the healthcare insurance access and payment and treatment situations are still a mess, the realization that relatives are elderly and sickly and won’t be around forever.

    Donna – update our flash drive daily; my laptop died and I kept everything on the desktop and did not save anything to a flash/thumb drive.

  2. Hi, Donna – I don’t know if you remember me: you picked me up from a fire station and we went to Costco for lunch in Anchorage back when I was still in engineering school in Fairbanks. Life is finally on an even keel, and I’m enjoying catching up on the last year of posts – you’ve had a busy time of it, too …

    Three things I’d never give up: tea, anger (anger is the appropriate response to injustice, I think), hope

    Three favorite vegetables: I don’t really like vegetables, but the three easiest to eat are tomatoes, English cucumbers, and olives (which may be fruits…but so are tomatoes, I think…)

    Three shows I watched faithfully from beginning to end: The Last Airbender, Coupling, STNG

    Three places I want to visit inside the U.S.: Colorado, the Ozarks, Washington D.C.

    Three places I want to visit outside the U.S.: New Zealand, Ireland, England

    Three things I always have with me: phone, AmEx, pooper scooper bags

    Three things that are always in my car: pen, Kleenex, leash

    Three most recent phone calls were to/from: UAA to see about credit for a class, my Sweet Babboo to say I’ll be home late, and my former realtor to invite him over to our place for brunch

    Three books I read and loved in college: I can’t remember college that well, but three I read recently were The Marie Curie Complex, Bruce Lee Fighting Spirit, Judy (about a dog, didn’t really like that one)

    Three most often used makeup products: none – I don’t even use a hairbrush, so makeup is foreign territory

    Three things that make me laugh: my partner, 9 Chickweed Lane, Charles Pierce’ blog

    Three things that make me cry: injustice, weddings, frustration

  3. I love your answers and thank you for saying such nice things about me! I’m glad we finally had a chance to chat and have an actual conversation!

    Australia seems to be a common answer. We need to make this work somehow.

  4. Hi Donna – Thanks for appropriating a good idea and sharing it with your readers. Here goes…

    3 things I’ll never give up: loved ones (2- & 4-legged), reading, and critical thought (not to be confused with being unfairly critical).

    3 favorite vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, and broccoli. (Yes, I know 2 of the three are technically fruits. Sue me.)

    3 TV shows watched faithfully: M.A.S.H, Saving Grace, X-Files

    3 places I want to visit inside the U.S.: Cooperstown, Chicago, NYC.

    3 places I want to visit outside the U.S.: Australia, Wales, Norway

    3 things I always have with me: ID, insurance cards, cell phone

    3 things I always in my car: heavy-duty flashlight, cell-phone charger, cans of cat and dog food (for tempting strays or giving to homeless people with pets)

    3 most recent calls to: brother, two good friends

    3 books read and loved in college: Too far back to remember. Three more recently-read books that I enjoyed and/or made me think: “Guns, Germs and Steel” by Jared Diamond, “Freakanomics” by Levitt and Dubner, “X” by Sue Grafton.

    3 most used makeup products: I don’t wear makeup unless you count moisturizer, sunscreen, and SPF15 lip balm.

    3 things that make me laugh: my cat’s antics, my brother’s humor, Gary Larson’s cartoons.

    3 things that make me cry: deliberate cruelty to any living thing, extreme frustration, a loved one’s pain.

    Donna, flash drives can croak or get damaged. Have a 2nd backup for the really important stuff. I’d recommend buying an external hard drive (they aren’t nearly as big and expensive as they used to be). Back up important files to it at least once a month. Also scan and upload important documents (property deeds, vehicle titles, birth/death/marriage/divorce records, precious family photos, etc.) When not hooked to your computer, store the drive (and its cord!) in your portable fire safe and/or your grab-and-go emergency bag.

  5. Never give up reading. Saved my life. Golden Girls make me laugh, and I’ve seen every episode. Also Frasier. A food tour of Europe would be lovely. The Serengeti. A desert. They are so beautiful.

  6. Cakester

    My Grandfather was a soil conservationist and he said it was soil on the ground, and dirt under your fingernails. So if you’re outside playing in the soil, it’s dirt!

  7. Kelly C.

    Three things I’d never give up:

    Sleep, reading and Pepsi

    Three favorite vegetables:

    Potatoes, corn and carrots

    Three shows I watched faithfully from beginning to end:

    Castle, Frasier and Friends

    Three places I want to visit inside the U.S.:

    Hawaii, Florida and California

    Three places I want to visit outside the U.S.:

    Australia, Italy, the British Isles

    Three things I always have with me:

    Phone, kleenex and my wallets (don’t ask)

    Three things that are always in my car:

    Shopping bags, kleenex and an umbrella

    Three most recent phone calls were to/from:

    My mom, my sister and my brother

    Three books I read and loved in college:

    I didn’t read any novels during college

    Three most often used makeup products:

    Pass, because I don’t wear makeup

    Three things that*** make me laugh:

    Memes, Gifs and my nephews

    Three things that make me cry:

    A good book, a good movie and when someone does what no one thought they could/would

  8. Cathy in NJ

    Three things I’d never give up:
    Loved ones, chocolate, hope and prayer
    Three favorite vegetables
    Tomatoes, potatoes, does chocolate count
    Three shows I watched faithfully from beginning to end:
    Every Star Trek series, Lost and Keeping Up Appearances (British Comedy)
    Three places I want to visit inside the U.S.:
    Grand Canyon, Alaska and Big Island Hawaii
    Three places I want to visit outside the U.S.:
    Australia, Scandinavia and St. Petersburg, Turks and Caicos
    Three things I always have with me:
    Keys, badge and benadryl, aspirin etc
    Three things that are always in my car:
    Icon, napkins or tissues, jackets
    Three most recent phone calls were to/from:
    My daughter, pizza and my mother’s home health aid
    Three books I read and loved in college:
    Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scot Card, Ado by Connie Willis, Pebble in the Sky (part of the Foundation series) by Issac Asimov
    Three most often used makeup products:
    lipstick, foundation and blue mascara
    Three things that make me laugh:
    potty humor, crackling dry nerdy humor, my husband’s and daughter’s jokes
    Three things that make me cry:
    loud intense yelling, dealing with my mother’s health providers, loved ones who have passed:

  9. I will play here are mine probably out of order
    3 things I would never give up: my dogs, my books, my men’s tube socks
    3 Vegs: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower
    3 show: Mash, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley
    3 places in U.S.: Alaska, Maine,Tomb of the unknown soldier. ( I have been to D.C. a million times but always miss this)
    Outside US: Ireland, Germany Romania
    Last 3 phone calls: I can’t recall I communicate almost exclusively by text
    3. Things I always have: my purse keys cell phone
    3 things in my car: change, pens, napkins
    I never graduated from college but love reading. So 3 books that moved me All Quiet on the Western Front, To Kill a Mockingbird, Bag of Bones
    3 things that always make me laugh: my dogs, my youngest niece, my eldest nephew.
    3 things that always make me cry: cruelty, others pain, apathy
    3 makeup. I don’t wear it often but when I do blush, mascara, eye shadow. I am so pale I am almost translucent.

    I thinks that’s the whole list.

  10. 3 Things:
    I’d never give up … books, chocolate, wine.
    Favorite veg … tomatoes, carrots, onions.
    TV shows beginning to end … Smash, Numbers, Castle
    visit inside US … Denali, Oregon coast, Florida Keys before they are underwater
    visit outside US … Jasper National Park (CA), New Zealand, Italy
    always with me … pen, sunglasses, keys
    always in the car … driving glasses, quarters, shopping bags
    most recent phone calls (do texts count?) … husband, BFF, sister
    books/college … who can remember SO MANY, okay, LOTR trilogy; Columbia History of the World; The Mismeasure of Man
    makeup … liquid eyeliner, mascara, gray eye pencil
    make me laugh … cussing at traffic, “Am I in Love or Am I Just Hungover” by the Lucky Stars, “Church” by Lyle Lovett
    make me cry … sappy stuff on TV/in movies, that ASCPA commercial, losing a pet 🙁

  11. Michelle

    Three things I’d never give up:
    My Daughter, my family, my wheels
    Three favorite vegetables
    Tomatoes, potatoes and zucchini* you can add it any thing and no one knows!
    Three shows I watched faithfully from beginning to end:
    Lost, Friends, Game of Thrones
    Three places I want to visit inside the U.S.:
    The Smithsonian, San Diego Zoo, Montana
    Three places I want to visit outside the U.S.:
    Italy, the Seychelles, Bhutan
    Three things I always have with me:
    My phone(grr), my daughter (in my heart if not in person) and chapstick
    Three things that are always in my car:
    wet wipes, a towel, waffle crumbs (ref: daughter for all three)
    Three most recent phone calls were to/from:
    My Husband, my mom, my BFF
    Three books I read and loved in college:
    I’m changing this to most recently. I don’t remember doing extra curricular reading in college

    Three most often used makeup products:
    eye cream, eyeliner, concealer
    Three things that*** make me laugh:
    My BFF, my Daughter, the movie City Slickers
    Three things that make me cry: My daughter, the movie Steel Magnolias, cruelty

  12. Hi Donna! I live about an hour from the Fruit and Spice Park! But it’s hardly worth a trip all the way from Alaska! I would say half of it is various banana trees. We try to visit it once a year, usually when they have a festival going on at it. It’s a small place, but you get to see all types of vegetation. As a Florida native, even I am surprised by how many things can be grown in such a hot and humid place. There are many farms around that area, but mostly tropical plants and trees. Search Fairchild Tropical Gardens too. It is similar, a little bigger, and close to the Fruit & Spice Park. It’s very pretty, with wedding photos often taken there.

    • Donna Freedman

      I wouldn’t make a trip only to see it, but I’d definitely combine it with any other trip to Florida. Maybe at some point the Financial Blogger Conference will take plaec there.

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