Monday, March 23, 2009
Tag, I'm It
I was tagged by the talented Alice at the lovely blog Peapods to participate in this little Q&A...I've never been tagged before, so here goes! Below are the "rules":
1. Respond and rework. Answer the questions on your blog, replace one question you dislike with a question of your own invention (I added the last question).
2. Tag eight other untagged people.
What is your current obsession?
Hmm…I have quite a few (!), but I’m fixated on replanting our front yard in a water-friendly way (rationing is coming this summer). Nothing seems quite right. That photo up there is how our front looked a few years ago—81 lavandula heterophylla plants (this is so-called sweet lavender), which took off and were absolutely spectacular both to the eyes and the nose. They began to die after about five years…and the mailman stopped delivering our mail because of all of the bees (really, that’s true! Ha!). I ripped them out and planted an English variety that stays small…but it’s not happy and only a few plants have survived. Onward!
What are you wearing right now?
My favorite washed-a-million-times-ratty-at-the-hem jeans; a man’s snap-front floral shirt; my Danskos (which need replacing, I’m reminded).
Do you nap a lot?
I do! It’s a wonderful pleasure that I share with my sweet husband: a cold rainy Sunday with tummies full of milky lattes and pancakes, followed by a morning nap—a guilty luxury.
Who was the last person you hugged?
My husband—I’m not really much of a hugger (except for him!).
What’s for dinner?
French lentil and dandelion greens soup (made by my sweet personal chef/husband); salad of lettuces from the garden with homemade salad dressing; a loaf of Kalamata olive bread from Con Pane; glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
What was the last thing you bought?
The above-mentioned Kalamata olive loaf.
What are you listening to right now?
Jordi Savall playing viol de gamba.
What is your favorite weather?
Crisp fall weather—blue skies, lots of white clouds, chilly enough to wear sweaters and scarves on a long hike and then come inside for a hot beverage.
What’s on your bedside table?
Too much! Tchotchkes: a pink “cold” faucet handle; a green Korean pottery dog; the hand from a mannequin; sweet peas from the garden in an old soda bottle. Library books: 3 books about gardening (c.f. “What is your current obsession” above), one about bringing birds into your yard. A book, A Walk in the Country, by Tessa Evelegh, about crafting with natural objects. A New Yorker from December (!), a several-months-old issue of Vanity Fair. (hey, I get behind on mags); a novel, The River Wife, by Jonis Agee.
Say something to the person/s who tagged you.
Alice, I’m so glad I just discovered your lovely blog—your photos, digital and film, are amazing.
If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be?
This is a hard one! I do love my house right here and now…but a cabin somewhere, maybe New Mexico, bordering on a protected wilderness area, might be nice, too!
Favorite vacation spot?
Again, too hard to choose! Japan, for sure; England a close second; the big island of Hawaii third. I know, I know—but I can’t choose just one!
Name the things you can’t live without.
My husband, my dog, my parents and brother, all of my sweet friends; cello music; chocolate; coffee and cookies; a garden—there are a lot more, but I’ve already cheated.
What would you like to have in your hands right now?
Well, it’s dinner time, so…maybe a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato and some seasoned curly fries?
What is your favorite tea flavor?
I like a nice strong Darjeeling, although Peet’s had a special-edition Winter Solstice tea that really rocked.
What would you like to get rid of?
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Just for an hour? Anywhere I could see the aurora borealis…
What is your favorite snack?
Salty: potato chips, any kind, any flavor, any time!
Sweet: McVitie’s digestives (actually, any kind of cookie is my favorite at the moment it enters my mouth!)
Do you feel as if you’ve lived a previous life or lives? If yes, where and when and what did you do?
I definitely think so…I’m sure, for instance, that I lived in London in the 19th century. I’m not sure what I did then—maybe a governess? As I walked down certain streets in London, I had the most overwhelming deja vu.
That was fun! I don't have eight people to tag, but I'm tagging these three blogging girlies: