So my sister Molly over at Songs of Moses challenged me to this chain-letter-blog-thingie, and I thought it would be fun. But first, I feel like I must explain why I have abandoned this blog for a year and a half. So here are, in order of importance, the 52 Reasons I Don’t Write Updates:
1-52. I’m writing a book.
Yep. As fun as Pumpkins Don’t Have Ankles is, I only have so much writing energy each week, and I decided it’s far more important to work on the book than on the blog.
However, I decided to break this intentional fast to answer this fun chainmail thingie. So here goes:
First, 11 random things about me:
- I love hot tea. A lot. If Planet Earth ran out of tea, I would leave.
- In 2012, I got a new job, bought my first home, moved into said first home, transitioned to a new church, got a new nephew (yay Baby Lloyd!), made a bunch of new friends and have kind of a refreshed outlook on life. It was an exciting but busy year. So far in 2013, I have changed my oil.
- I work as a writer for a web company called DTS. We make websites for small- to mid-size companies. I often blog for chiropractors.
- I have a cat named T.S. Eliot. I think that is the most brilliant name for a cat. I was so pleased with myself for picking that out that even when the vet told me my cat was actually a girl, I still kept the name.
- I have never been on a roller coaster.
- My home decor features a lot of clocks. Big clocks, rusty clocks, clocks with maps on them. There are 7 in my downstairs area alone. And if every single one of my clocks was at the wrong time, I might not notice for days.
- I also like old maps, candles, old books, and vintage records. My living room is filled with these things too.
- I love pine-scented candles and burn them all year round, not just Christmas.
- I love audiobooks. If it weren’t for audiobooks, I wouldn’t read much at all anymore, sad to say. In the past few years, I’ve listened to everything from Anna Karenina to Freakonomics and I’m currently on Harry Potter book 6.
- I am slightly obsessed with Papa John’s mushroom pizza. OK, a lot obsessed.
- Stars on a clear, cold night are one of my favorite things ever. They remind me how powerful and eternal the Creator is, and make me happy to be alive.
Next, answering the questions Molly posed:
1. Do you believe in the Oxford Comma?
I am a staunch Oxford Comma Relativist. This is because when I was getting my Master’s in English, the Oxford Comma was required because we used MLA and Chicago Manual of Style. But then I worked for 5 years at a job in which we used AP (news media) style, which dictates against Oxford Commas for simplicity’s sake. Each style has its set of reasons for employing/not employing it, so I’m pretty open-minded. The only time I ever care about the Oxford Comma debate is when people are getting really worked up over it as though this is a Huge Life Issue.
2. If you had to paint everything in your house one color, what color would it be?
So like walls, floors, chairs, beds, dressers, dishes, houseguests, etc.? Well, if I painted everything black, I would never be able to find anything, so black is out. Everything being white would be a bit better, but I would probably get headaches. Also, dirt. So no white.
For sheer practicality, I would select a gentle boring neutral shade, like sandy beige. Or pale green. Or Caribbean Taupe. But overall, I think the one-color thing is probably a bad idea.
3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Is that what you became?
A writer, and yes! (Well, I also wanted to be a professional puppeteer, a chemist, a marine biologist, and the person who rides on the back of Shamu at SeaWorld. But for some reason none of those panned out.)
4. Which hobbit is your favorite hobbit?
Bilbo. He’s endearingly clueless at first, but later steps up to the challenge.
5. At a restaurant, are you the person who always orders the same thing, or do you try something new each time?
I usually try to branch out, unless I’m at particular restaurants. The guy at Moe’s now knows my order before I step up to the counter. True story.
6. If you had to choose between living in an underwater bubble dome or in a moon colony, which would you choose?
Both would offer distinct advantages, but I’d go with the underwater bubble dome. It would be easier to make that Jules-Verne-Steampunky, plus I’d like to see tropical fish swimming outside my window. If they invent Space Fish, I’ll reconsider.
7. How often do you do laundry? Are you a once-a-weeker, daily loader, or when-I-run-out-of-clean-clothes type?
When I run out of socks.
8. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be? Why?
I’d like to go back to England. In the grocery stores, tea comes in boxes the size of small trunks.
9. If you had a lightsaber, what color would it be?
10. Do you believe cake is a breakfast food? Defend your answer.
Cake is an even better breakfast food than cold pizza. And I live by myself so I don’t have to defend my breakfast choices to anyone.
11. In your dystopian future, which would you rather face: zombies or vampires?