Friday, May 30, 2008

A “Get to Know Me” Meme

I wasn’t exactly tagged, but Valerie in Le Marche did invite us bloggers to play, so I am!

1. Last movie you saw in a theater?
Hate to admit it, but don’t even remember. I think it was the last James Bond film and it was in the states. I am considering going to see “Sex in the City”, but not sure it will have the same “impact” in Italian.

2. What book are you [re]reading?

Again, embarrassing, no books these days. But hey, it’s high season here in Italia, so a woman’s gotta work! Last book was “Eat, Prey, Love”....maybe that’s why I have not read since, how stupid beyond the first few pages.

3. Favorite board game?

WAS Trivial Pursuit but have given up board games since moving to Italy. Boy, I sound like a barrel of fun, don’t I?!

4. Favorite magazine?

RED (British), DOVE (Upscale Italian travel magazine) & VILLE E GIARDINI.

5. Favorite smells?

Wisteria and jasmine which are so in bloom right now, yum! And my dog, Lucy, no joke.

6. Favorite sounds?

Lui saying “buongiorno” each morning when we wake, the chime of Lucy’s collar and snorts.

7. Worst feeling in the world?

Feeling betrayed or feeling alone. Good thing those don’t happen often!

8. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up?

Luigi to the left and Lucy to the right (but on the floor!), can it get any better than this?!

9. Favorite fast food place?

In & Out Burger and it’s been a lonnnnngggg time....

10. Future child’s name?

God willing and time permitting, Carolina for a girl and Michele Francesco for a boy.

11. Finish this statement. “If I had lots of money I’d….?

Pay off any family debts, buy “The Mother” (the most fantastic house in Lerici) and adopt a few children.

12. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?

I consider Luigi one sort of. And of course there’s Lucy, but on the floor again! :)

13. Storms - cool or scary?

Cool, but way too common this year. I’m over them for 2008.

14. Favorite drink?

These days I am in to Spritz with Aperol. In California, no doubt, a margherita rocks with salt. Hmmm, maybe time to buy some tequila???

15. Finish this statement, “If I had the time I would….”?

Like many, write a book about my life in Bella Italia. It would be pretty entertaining. Also, completely gut and redo the garden. And learn to sew.

16. Do you eat the stems on broccoli?

All of it.

17. If you could dye your hair any color, what would be your choice?

I’m really ok with being blond.

18. Name all the different cities/towns you’ve lived in?

Laguna Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Florence, Montecatini.

19. Favorite sports to watch?

Beach volleyball and then I’d say calcio and collage foootball (American that is).

20. One nice thing about the person who sent this to you?

I have not had the pleasure of meeting Valerie in person yet, but I do enjoy her blog lots.

21. What’s under your bed?

3 boxes and some Lucy hair, for sure.

22. Would you like to be born as yourself again?

No doubt.

23. Morning person, or night owl?

Morning person, but not too early!

24. Over easy, or sunny side up?

Over easy on a bed of refried beans and tortillas and some great Mexican salsa!

25. Favorite place to relax?

In our garden overlooking Lerici and the sea after dinner. Simply paradise.

26. Favorite pie?

Fresh out of the oven American Apple Pie.

27. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Stracciatella (chocolate chip).

28. Of all the people you tagged this to, who’s most likely to respond first?

I don’t know how to tag! So whoever wants to, just join in! :)



Jill said...

Buon weekend to you! Nice MEME, thanks for posting...

AmyEmilia said...

I'll play! :)
1. Last movie in theater? We go to the dollar movie (which is $1.25 now!) to see the latest movie that is NOT horror - my rules. I think the last one may have been "Enchanted", the Disney one with Amy Adams.
2. Last book? Just finished Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, by Mungo Park (1779), currently reading YOU - Staying Young by Mehmet Oz, as well as The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and Delizia! by John Dickie. These are all on my Kindle.
3. Favorite board game... SCRABBLE! I don't get to play it much though. I do play word games like Text Twist and Literati on line though.
4. Favorite magazine... probably Real Simple. Also I read Asimov's Science Fiction and Reader's Digest on my Kindle.
5. Favorite smell... rain hitting dust after a long dry spell, new mown grass, lilacs, tulips.
6. Favorite sounds... Andrea saying Emilia, or poodle, or squirrel - these words are particularly charming in his wonderful Italian accent.
7. Worst feeling... contemplating the aging of my parents.
8. First thing I think upon awakening... what time is it? I don't always use the alarm...
9. Favorite fast food place... would have to be McDonald's, for the french fries.
10. Future child... I'm too old for that, but I always liked Isaac for a boy and Fern for a girl.
11. If I had lots of money... fund several charities (Habitat for Humanity, Doctors Without Borders, American Leprosy Missions); give out scholarships for endangered crafts like bookbinding or leather working; buy a fabulous penthouse apartment in Rome near the Pantheon (my favorite Roman site); and make sure my neices, nephews, and step-grandson have their educations provided for.
12. Stuffed animal? No, but I still have the real rabbit-fur koala that I got for my 9th birthday.
13. Storms are... very cool unless they are tornadoes, or hurricanes.
14. Favorite drink... Monsters, the blue kind.
15. If I had the time I would... finish a book that my grand-uncles wrote about their childhood. And I would finish my Italian classes!!!!
16. Broccoli stems? Of course!
17. No-limit hair color? It would be fun to be fuschia and blue... but right now the boldest that I can be is that I let my hair go to it's natural color, which turns out to be an interesting mix of brown, ash blonde, and grey. Prettier than I expected!
18. Towns I have lived in... this may take a while, I'll try to do it in order. Houston, Texas. Berrian Springs, Michigan. Nyankanda, Burundi. Oicha, DR Congo. Rethy, DR Congo. Aitch, Pennsylvania. Neuchatel, Switzerland. Petit Martel, Switzerland. Kimpese, DR Congo. Kinshasa, DR Congo. Honolulu and Waikiki, Hawaii. Laurel, Maryland. Dallas, Arlington, and Grand Praire, Texas. Kansas City, and Lenexa, Kansas. Laurel, again. Houston, now!
19. Favorite sport... I like to watch surfing... never been too good at it but it sure is fun.
20. Nice thing about Megan? Although I've not met her it's been fun reading her blog!
21. Under the bed? Nothing but dust.
22. Born again as me? Sure, it's been a great life!
23. Morning, or night person? I used to be a morning person but now much more of a nightowl.
24. Over easy, or sunny side up? Over easy - I like my eggs cooked.
25. Favorite place to relax? On the boardwalk over the Laguna Madre bay, South Padre Island, Texas. There is no more peaceful a place than that for me. A close second is walking the beach - any beach.
26. Favorite pie? Key lime!
27. Favorite ice cream? Lemon gelato, and java chocolate chip ice cream from HEB.
28. Like Megan, I have no clue how to tag. But this was fun!

Anonymous said...

Great meme, Megan. And, Amyemilia!

I love key lime, too.

Megan in Liguria said...

Thanks for playing amyemilia & grazie girls! M:)

Anonymous said...

Great, informative blog, but who is the old lady with you eating Panagacci???? SOM

'A Tuscan view.....from Umbria' said...

Wow 2 memes for the price of one! This was great reading. I'm drinking that spritz too, it's a perfect sun downer. Ciao Amanda :)