Wednesday, February 16, 2011

In which I am both Early and Late

Early because in lieu of a Thursday post, I signed up for Nicole Ducleroir's Bernard Pivot Blogfest today!

It's a fun little "getting to know you" kind of thing that I completely forgot. So I'm late getting it up here... (Today is also my big brother's birthday, so Happy Birthday to him!) 

Now for my late post that's actually early.

1. What is your favorite word? Although my crit partners would disagree, my favorite word is not "frowned." Or "looked."

I actually don't have a word that I savor as my favorite, but if there's one I use frequently in conversation, it would probably be Wow. Because, there's just so much to say wow about. In every way.

2. What is your least favorite word? It's a tie between "moist" and "snot." I also hate "glowered" (which is why I opt for "frowned"), and I've only recently come to terms with "chuckle."

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Music. I've always loved music of all kinds. I'm not really a genre stickler, although there are certain types of country music that are like nails on a chalkboard to me. My favorite is singing in a gorgeous four-part harmony.

I'll never forget this one time, JRM and I were visiting one of his former law school classmates in Georgia, and the classmate's girlfriend was there. The guys were sitting around playing guitars, and we all just joined in at this place where the song went into a four-part harmony... I can't remember what the song was, but I swear, my body vibrated with the beauty of that sound. We all stared at each other for a second like, "Did you just feel that?"

Yep. That'll do it.

4. What turns you off? The noise of a lawnmower engine early on a Saturday morning. Oh, and fearful people who refuse to change and grow. Especially the ones who  try to control others as a result. I've talked about this before--individuals who approach the world through the lens of "what I'm not" rather than defining what they are and trying to find common ground.

But that lawnmower engine. That really irritates me.

5. What is your favorite curse word? (This question just assumes that I use profanity. *smile*)

6. What sound or noise do you love?  Wait. Is this the same as Question 3? A nice, four-part harmony. And just for a Bonus, the sound of my little girls giggling. When they get all cracked up, it's impossible not to laugh with them. But I have a rule about laughing and crying alone in my presence...

7. What sound or noise do you hate? OK, time out. I'm seriously fouling this all up... I probably should've read the questions before starting... See Question 4--the lawnmower thing.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Hmm... I really, really liked working at the TV station, and that was never my actual profession. So either that or Oh! I know--Broadway performer. That would be awesome. (And it would incorporate Question 3, which seems to be where I got stuck in this exercise.)

9. What profession would you not like to do?  Doctor or nurse or anything involving bodily fluids or giving people shots. Or that hospital smell. Or snot. Moist snot. (All of these things can be added to Question 4.)

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? "Those poor angels can finally take a break now." Wait. That's what he's going to say. What I'd like Him to say would be something along the lines of, "See? You did better than you thought."

Now I can't wait to get around and read everyone else's answers! Have a great weekend, reader-friends. Til Monday~ <3

Bernard Pivot is a French journalist who liked to use a variation of the Proust (personality) Questionnaire at the end of his television interviews. James Lipton of The Actor's Studio took the questions and modified them for American audiences.


Jenna Wallace said...

#1 just cracked me up. Mine would be "but" or "just" or something equally useless.

And you'd hate my street. Nothing by lawnmower noise for hours on Saturdays.

Adriana Noir said...

I agree with the music, and the sound of children laughing. both are amazing. I'd love to hear more about your rule! It's been fun getting a chance to "know you!"

Kari Marie said...

#10 was perfect. I've never met you, but from that answer alone, I think we may have a few things in common.

Laura Pauling said...

I loved your answers and the fact you got confused part way through. I would have too. And curse all lawnmowers before 9am! Though around here you can't use them that early b/c the grass is too wet!

Summer Ross said...

n't think you messed up number three like you suggested on my blog- I think you did what was right for you. :)

Great answers

Patti said...

I loved your answer to number 3 and I agree with your profession you wouldn't want to work in. That and a dentist's office. The smell alone would drive me nuts.

Unknown said...

LMAO! I loved all your answers! I have the same answer for #9. Nursing? NOT for me!!

Really, you don't curse? If I cut out all my curse words, I'd be half as quiet as I usually am. LOL

Thanks for playing along!

Angela said...

That's so cute that you're favorite sound is your little girls giggling. I noticed you didn't say chuckling. :)

Myne said...

Lovely answers and yeah, I do know you a bit more now. Happy birthday to your brother too.

Unknown said...

So I take it you don't like snot or lawnmowers... that's cool! Loving this blogfest.

RosieC said...

Oh, I also really dislike the lawnmower in the mornings. Luckily we live in a neighborhood of renters where no one mows their lawn before 2am when they wake up :) Ha!

Wow is a great word for many reasons. And a great 4-pt harmony.... :) Great answers.

Tracy said...

Those are fun...actually I had a friend who hated, HATED the word 'moist' and I'd say it to her just to get her goat!
I laughed at answer #10...yeah! that would be a cool thing to hear!

Arlee Bird said...

Enjoyed your approach to answering these questions. I can understand not liking the word snot, but what's this thing so many have had with "moist". I mean a moist chocolate cake sounds better than a dried out one--and now I'd like a piece of moist chocolate cake.

Tossing It Out

Diana said...

snot. lol. I deal with a lot of that.

It is funny a few people have put "moist" and now I absolutely hate it too.

I'm following.

Kristin Rae said...

broadway performer for the win!!!

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Funny, moist has been coming up more than I would have thought.

Jessica Bell said...

LOLOL! Does that mean you might like to deal with dried snot? As long as it's not moist, right? ;o)

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

lawn mowers at any time are horrible. ;)

J.L. Campbell said...

I can do without being woken up early on a Saturday morning by anything with an engine.

DEZMOND said...

"fearful people who refuse to change and grow. Especially the ones who try to control others as a result."

now, those are the worst ones! I'd agree with you fully!

Old Kitty said...

LTM!!! I think "snot" should be your curse word! LOL!!

Wow! Is a great word! I so agree! take care

Ellie Garratt said...

Great answers, especially for number 10. I hope that's what God says to me also!

BK Mattingly said...

#9 had me laughing. Great answers.

Denise Covey said...

Great answers. The lawn mower thing is pretty universal. Zoom zoom.


Rachel Searles said...

Snot is a pretty bad one. I was in a cooking class last night and the instructor described the desired texture of one of the ingredients as "snotty." Yikes.

Charity Bradford said...

Love your answers! It's always nice to meet new people, and kids giggling is one of the best sounds ever!

Julie Musil said...

Oh, this was such fun! I loved getting to know more about you. Oh, and I totally am with you on the working at the hospital thing. My husband is a firefighter, and I can barely listen to the stories he brings home. *shudder*

Corinne O said...

loved your list... I had coffee with a non-blogerly friend this morning and asked her these questions. Her hated word was also "snot". She couldn't even say it she was cringing. I bet she was imagining moist snot.

New follower!

N. R. Williams said...

Nice, I love harmony too.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

DL Hammons said...

Yep, we are totally in sync with regards to music. It can cure the common cold as far as I'm concerned. And what's the deal with moist? I've seen that multiple times today. :)

LTM said...

Thanks, guys! I email-replied to those I could~
@Laura--sigh. Yes, I should've read through the questions before starting... grr.. lawnmowers before noon... ;p

@Summer--That's the spirit! Thanks~ :o)

@Diana--Yay! Welcome, and yikesey! Sorry you're having to deal with the fluids... :p

@Wendy--That's b/c it's gross. :p

@JL--Agreed! :o)

@Rachel--Oh Lord! And he/she expected you to EAT that??? :p now I might barf.

@Corrine--OMG. I'm sure of it... Yay! Welcome ((squeeze)) :o) <3

Mason Canyon said...

Love your responses. You had a smiling all the way through.

Oh, and Happy Birthday to your brother.

Thoughts in Progress

Ella said...

Fun answers, snot is just not good. I totally agree with you on the profession thang....not me.

I love hearing children laugh, nothing like one's kids giggling, makes the heart smile!


Lydia Kang said...

Moist snot?

When put that way, I think they've become my most unfavorite words as well.


Stina said...

Wow is an awesome word.

Love your answer to #5

I wouldn't want to be a dental hygienist. I decided that the other day while dying of boredom at the dentist. It's combination of boring and gross. ;)

Al said...

Love the early and late line. I must remember that one.

PK HREZO said...

Ha ha! I have a friend who hates the word "moist." So funny.
Yes on the giggles and no on the profanity. Great minds think alike. AND I use that line from Steel Magnolias all the time ... along with many others. :)

LTM said...

@PK--it's just gross... OK, unless it's CAKE, like Arlee said... :D

It's not so much that I say it as it is that I just DO it... ;p <3

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Leigh,

Lawnmowers and don't forget the leaf blowers!


Hope you're doning okay... IT was nice to see you yesterday.


Hart Johnson said...

I have another friend that every time I really want to bug her I say 'moist towelette' *snort* Man, I had fun teasing her with that--she shivered every time. In my life I've acquired the habit of using snot as a verb, so I often have a character who does the same "Geez, I'm sorry, I snotted on you"--Yup... that line is in my cozy mystery... This came from my lifetime BFF and I being there to cry together so the other didn't have to cry alone. Snot, the verb, is a beautiful thing.

Talli Roland said...

I loved this blogfest!

The sound of lawnmower on a weekend morning is THE WORST! Luckily in London I don't really need to worry about that, since no-one has any grass to cut!

Lola Sharp said...

OMG, the neighbor on our bedroom side of the house gets on his rider mower every Saturday morning at 7am...I kid you not. Like clockwork. (he's not a nice guy in general. Very snobby and anal.)
Every single Saturday at 7am, during the grass growing season, I have very evil thoughts about him while I lay in bed...damning him and simultaneously mourning my loss of sleep. These murderous thoughts likely give me bad juju just for thinking them...painful, bloody thoughts. The later I stayed up the night before writing (usually 3-4 am) the more creative my tortured imagination gets. ;)

Yeah. I hate that sound. Hatesss it.

Fun answers, as one would expect. :)

Shannon said...

Finally making my way over for the blogfest! Sorry I'm late visiting.

Yep. Separated at birth. ;)

Loved your replies.

Tracy said...

"Glowered" and I would like you to know that we're both highly offended on his behalf and find your answer . . . snotty


Kittie Howard said...

Great answers! Especially loved #10! But, a lawnmower early in the a.m., wish I'd thought of that, also the weed eater.

Hey, I saw on your profile that you were at WAFB-TV...isn't that the one in Baton Rouge?? Went to LSU with a guy who worked there a bit.

Carolyn Abiad said...

Sheesh! this early and late business slipped right past me! So...glowered (or any form of glower) is one of my peeves too! :)

Jennie Bailey said...

"See? You did better than you thought." - I laughed! I love that. I hope I hear that too. And moist made Abby's list as well. It's an awful word. It makes me shudder!

Jemi Fraser said...

Totally agree with the harmonies - anything with good harmony sends shivers up and down my spine! :)