1. How tall are you?
I think I'm still 5' 1". I've been that height for pretty much forever. It's not so bad. :)
2. Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
Well... "I would love to become a professional whistler. I'm pretty amazing at it now, but I want to get, like, even better. Make my living out of it."
(For all you Madagascar 2 fans out there. Anyone else besides me? Anyone?)
Perhaps my hidden talent has to do with my response to Question 7. Not sure if I'm really all that talented at either, but hey! At least I have fun.
3. What's your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
Maybe an overabundance of ads. Or a lack of interaction with readers. Or those silly, difficult to decipher CAPTCHA verifications and the spiteful spamming that necessitates them. Grr.
4. What's your biggest non-blog-related pet peeve?
The ways I too-often thwart myself with greed, materialism, and misplaced priorities.
5. What's your favorite song?
I love music so much that I don't want to name a favorite favorite song. But John Denver's songs always remind me of coming home, and "Sunshine on My Shoulders" has been dear to my heart through the years.
6. What's your favorite Etsy shop that isn't yours?
Christy's Belle on a Budget has been my go-to Etsy store for gifts for myself and others. :) Such sweet and fun jewelry!
7. What's your favorite way to spend your free time when you're alone?
Singing along to music. And dancing around my apartment, like a certain character or two from my upcoming release. :)
Ummm...all of it? Well, maybe not quite, but still. Let's go with chocolate. I have an insatiable sweet tooth - just ask my coworkers.
9. Do you have a pet or pets? If so, how many, and what are their names?
There's a cat who lives at my grandparents' house that's my baby. My grandparents bought Mr. Murphy for me when I was ten, and I love him so. He's so sweet and such a great listener. :) Sadly, I live in a practically no-pets apartment, so I couldn't bring him with me. Since he's now thirteen and content with roaming my grandparents' property, it's probably for the best. But with my grandparents' house on the market, it's a difficult thing.
At home with my parents and sister, there's Muffin Man (another cat) and Candy (the bunny). And a kitten has been added to the family since I moved out - a sweet thing named Paris that I'm eager to meet sometime!
10. What're your number-one favorite nofiction and fiction books?
These are always the hardest questions to answer. I'm going to cheat by directing your attention to my "favorites" shelf on Shelfari.
11. What's your favorite beauty product?
I don't really wear much makeup, so I guess it would have to be cover-up (does one ever completely outgrow acne? *sigh*) and good ol' chapstick.
12. When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
I get embarrassed frequently. One of the more recent incidents was at the young-adult group associated with the church I've just started attending. Let's just say that my sister got all the artistic genes, and who knew my attempts at drawing an ape for Pictionary would have everyone guessing that it was some sort of bear? No point for our team that round. *hangs head in shame*
13. If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Probably low-fat milk. Or some sort of juice.
14. What's your favorite movie?
There are a couple of Hallmark movies at or near the top of the list. Also, Always. You've Got Mail. Tuck Everlasting. IQ. Kate & Leopold. Anne of Green Gables and its sequel. The Journey of Natty Gann. Brother Bear.
15. What were you in high school? Prom queen, jock, nerd, cheerleader, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?
Valedictorian. And prom queen. Okay, maybe not the second one (just in my own mind). ;)
16. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
There are lots of places I'd like to travel to, but as far as living... Well, I'm really quite happy right here in Oregon for this season of my life.
At the Sea Lion Caves on the coast of beautiful Oregon
17. PC or Mac?
PC. I'll leave the Macs to the designers in our marketing department.
18. Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boyfriend, or spouse?
Is it just me, or does this question feel like a land mine for those who aren't in a relationship, no matter if there are "crush" and "date" options? I'll step very carefully around it and just say "a listening ear." Having someone express genuine interest in what you have to say can be such a meaningful gesture, friend or otherwise.
19. Favorite celebrity?
Hmmm... I guess some of my favorites would be Adam Young (AKA Owl City), Scotty McCreery, Zachary Levi, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, and JJ Feild (who played Henry Tilney and Henry Nobley - *swoon*).
The sweet little owl my mom bought me on her last visit :)
20. What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?
Is "all of them" an acceptable answer? ;) Seriously, I'm so grateful for my blogging friends, including the awesome and ever-thoughtful Rissi (Dreaming Under the Same Moon) and the fantabulous, kind-hearted Kara (Flowers of Quiet Happinesss). And there are so many colleagues and former clients I'd love to meet in person!
I now tag lovely bloggers Emily (Zerina Blossom) and Ganise (Rêves Bleus), if they'd like to participate. :)