Yesterday I invited you all to ask me anything. And geez, you guys got creative! You made me laugh, and you made me think. And you made me type. And type. I’m still typing, but in the meantime here are some answers. I’m still working on the rest, so there’s still time to hop over here and ask away.
What is your favorite movie of all time? The one you curl up with and see repeatedly. You know the one. (Ti)
I actually never intentionally choose to re-watch a movie. Just the thought makes me antsy to do something else. However, Hamburger will watch the same movie over and over and over. And over and over. In fact, just the other night he watched that Marky Mark movie where he takes over as a singer in a famous band for the 10,000th time. But there are three movies that I can think of that I don’t mind watching again if he happens to tune in to them: Shawshank Redemption, Napoleon Dynamite (although I’m approaching my limit on this one, even if it is wonderfully quotable), and Little Miss Sunshine.
What is your biggest pet peeve these days? (Ti)
These days? People who only want to talk about their medical problems (I’m a bad, bad girlfriend). But historically, my answer to this question has always been people who click or tap pens repeatedly (repetitive noises drive me crazy, because as a teacher I was trained to ignore them). Now that I no longer teach, I no longer ignore.
If you could be any character from a book, who would you be? (Ti)
She’s a real person, not a character, so I might be cheating an eensy weensy bit. Alice Steinbach traveled to different places and did fun things and then she wrote about it and got paid and then they paid her to do it again. I want to be her. Kind of like Frances Mayes, only less “let’s move to Italy! let’s make a movie!” famous.
What was the most horrible book that you have ever read? The book that you would rather throw in the trash than have another reader exposed to. (Zibilee)
Too Much Tuscan Sun. I won’t even link to it. It’s full of obnoxious stereotypes and the author thinks he’s the best thing around (he’s an Italian tour guide). I bet you thought I’d say Moby Dick, but since I never actually finished that book, it doesn’t count.
Does anyone call you Soda Pop in real life? (Kathy)
Soda Pop, no. Softdrink, yes. Hamburger calls me that all the time. As did his 4 roommates at the time we first started dating. They’re the ones who gave me the nickname. Why? Because they already called him Hamburger.
What’s the one place you’ve never been that you’re dying to visit? (Kathy)
Agh! This is hard. I really want to go to Washington D.C. and Ireland, but those would be repeat visits, even though I barely saw them the first time around. And I want to do a road trip across the US, but that’s more than one place. Iceland is a possibility. And New Orleans, although I’m a bit nervous about that one. Montreal. Maine. I’d love to see the Northern Lights, but I don’t know where. St. Petersburg (aka Leningrad and before that Petrograd and before that St. Petersburg). Scandinavia. Amsterdam. Someplace in England that I haven’t been, although I don’t know where exactly, which means I could go through London, which is my favorite place ever.
You see my trouble? Where would you suggest?
I am curious as to why you divorced yourself from the term book blogger. (Sheila)
Because I don’t want to be known as someone who “reviews” books. I want to casually chat about my thoughts, whether those thoughts are on books, travel, or whatever else pops into my mind. I don’t want to take books so seriously and I no longer want to accept books for review. I don’t want to get caught up in debate or drama, whether it’s on accepting/requesting books, or disclosing where I got them.
And I realize I mostly already took that approach and also I can do all that (or not do that…I’m starting to confuse myself) and still be a book blogger, but I think the community has lost its sense of fun and to some degree, community. I’ve been seeing less tolerance and more people taking themselves too seriously and I don’t want to be like that.
Not that you all are like that. You’re not. I was just finding it hard to avoid on twitter and it was affecting my mood so I instituted the divorce to give myself some distance. I removed most references to book blogging from my blog and I quit twitter. Yes, really, I quit twitter. I haven’t missed it a bit.
Secondly, favorite goodie you make for the holidays? (I need some ideas ) (Sheila)
I’m not baking this year, but here’s a good cookie recipe. They don’t look very impressive, but they sure do taste delicious.
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
4 cups all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat sugar and butter until blended. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). At medium speed, beat in ricotta, vanilla and eggs until well combined. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; beat until dough forms.
Drop dough by level tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake approximately 15 minutes or until cookies are very lightly golden (cookies will be soft). Remove to wire rack to cool. When cookies are cool, prepare icing. Drizzle icing across tops of cookies and immediately sprinkle with sugar crystals or sprinkles. Allow to dry at least 1 hour, preferably longer. Yield: 6 dozen.