Vidi Dominum has invited me to be part of a Super-blog-a-thon. The idea is that each person invites 11 people to answer 11 questions, then they each invite 11 new people to answer 11 new questions, and so on. No cosmic consequences; just the chance to have a bit of fun and visit some nice blogs. Thanks, Vidi Dominum.
First the rules (which, so I’m told, are not obligatory).
1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2. They must also answer the 11 questions the “tagger” has set for them.
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4. They must then choose 11 bloggers and tag them in their post.
5. These “lucky” bloggers must then be told.
6. No tag backs.
Eleven things about me. Most of these you’ll know if you’ve been following this blog for a while. 1. I’m an adult convert to Catholicism. 2. I’ve been married for 41 years and admire my husband just this side of idolatry. 3. I’m grandmother to a tribe of children aged between 2yrs and 12 yrs. 4. I enjoy making patchwork. 5. I work as a professional writer. 6. I’m a sucker for dark chocolate – plain or any flavour, but particularly peppermint. 7. My favourite meals include veges and fruit fresh from the garden. 8. I enjoy watching people, the more colorful the better. 9. I hate crowds – I prefer small groups where I can hear what everyone is saying. 10. I’m bothered by very loud music or very strong scents. 11. I’d rather play Scrabble than Monopoly.
Here are my answers to Vidi Dominum’s questions.
- What was the last book you read? I read a lot. I’ve just managed to get hold of SM Stirling’s latest Change novel – Lord of Mountains. Before that, I was on a Romance Historical jag – Mary Balogh, Carola Dunn, Anne Gracie, Eloisa James, and the like. I’m also currently reading ‘The Help’ by Katherine Stockett. I’m about half way through a book on keeping free range chickens while gardening. I’ve made a start on Michael Woods ‘The Story of England’ – great book. I have ‘The complete idiot’s guide to the middle ages’ to pick up when I have a minute (Timothy Hall). I also have James Rickards ‘Currency Wars’, but I haven’t been in the mode for economics, since my daytime job for the last four months has involved rewriting investment statements in simple terms for beginners.
- If you could visit one country right now, which would it be? Scotland. My sister has just been and has only good things to say.
- If you could be adopted by another culture, which would you feel most at home in? Early 20th Century country New Zealand or Canada, when communities were strong and still church centred, and the rights movements had gained momentum but not lost its way.
- How do you pronounce “lieutenant”? Lef + tenant
- Do you speak or read any other languages? Not well.
- What is your favourite costume you’ve ever worn? I don’t do the favourite thing very well. Picking just one is tough. I liked the eastern queen outfit I wore to a work do a few years back. Shimmer, glitter, and sway is a different look for me.
- What is one of your favourite quotations? Knowledge comes. Wisdom lingers.
- Favourite flower? Can’t pick one. I love anything with a subtle scent. I tend to avoid strong scents, like lavendar, because they make me sneeze, but I love sweet smelling roses, sweet peas, peaonies.
- Do you prefer heat or the cold? The cold – though I don’t mind dry heat. Can’t stand muggy heat, though.
- Preferred birthday cake? Banana Chocolate Chip with Lemon Icing. Gluten free, of course.
- Do you like muffins? Yes, especially boysenberry or those surprise ones with cream cheese and a strawberry inside, so that you don’t know it’s there till you take a bite. Unless you’re the one that made them.
My 11 questions for the bloggers I’m about to name:
- What five books would you take to be marooned on a desert island with?
- What’s your favourite board game?
- Have you read a children’s picture book so often you can recite it sight unseen cover to cover? If so, which one?
- Name one of your favourite music artists.
- Describe one of your favourite deserts.
- Who invented the pavlova, and in which country?
- How is your parish marking the Year of Faith?
- Who is your favourite saint?
- What Mass (or Masses) do you generally go to at Christmas?
- What about Easter?
- What’s your favourite devotional practice?
For the fun of it, I haven’t chosen any of the bloggers on my sidebar blog list. All of these are well worth visiting if you haven’t been to see them for a while, but I’m hoping that some of the bloggers I’m tagging for the Blog-a-thon will be new to you:
Australian Catholic Families: where families who love and live the Catholic Faith can share, encourage and support each other.
Aussie coffee shop: where Therese blogs about her family, her faith, and her life.
Fallible blogma: Matt’s tagline proclaims that he’s in messy pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful.
Aggie Catholics: where two people from St Mary’s Catholic Centre, which serves Texas A&M University and Blinn College, blog about the faith.
Donum Vitae: where another Therese covers a very diverse range of topics.
Catholicanuk: which is about faith and life in Canada from the viewpoint of a happy Catholic.
Grow the roses: which Chelsea says is a place for her to write about her passions – her family, her faith, God, the media, and living sustainably.
McDermott’s Miscellany: where Catholic teacher Ferdi McDermott shares his thoughts on what he’s reading and heaps of other things.
Battlements of rubies: where Clare (self-described as London Irish) talks about her faith, home education, and life.
Eve Tushnet: because she makes so much sense, and she writes beautifully.
The ironic Catholic: because she makes me laugh.
Now to tag them all.