sunday stealing

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A to Z Meme

A) What does the last text you sent say? And to whom? to my bestie as she chaperones a high school trip to NYC: Are you there yet? Hahaha. Hope you're having a great trip.
B) What does the last text you received say? And from whom? AAA: Help is on the way!
C) What time do you wake up most mornings? weekdays, 5:15
D) Are you afraid of walking alone at night? no
E) What do you do to relax at the end of a stressful day? knit
F) Where did your last kiss take place and with whom? at my parents, the dog
G) Do/did you get into trouble a lot at school? no
H) Do you enjoy your job? If unemployed, are you content being so? yes, most days
I) Do you often pick up on double entendres and innuendos? unless it's slang I don't know, I do pick it up easily
J) Have you ever been offered drugs but declined? no, I have never been offered drugs
K) Have you ever met someone who has completely altered your way of thinking? at school, yes
L) Have you ever been offered drugs and accepted? no, I have never been offered drugs
M) Tell us something weird that turns you on. I can't think of anything
N) When did someone last admit romantic or sexual feelings for you? Was the feeling mutual? it was with my last boyfriend and they were mutual
O) What is something you have given a lot of thought to lately? contract negotiations
P) When did you last swallow your beliefs to avoid an argument or confrontation? I can't think of anything
Q) Do you usually initiate hugs? depends on the situation
R) Are you a very affectionate person? yes
S) Can you roll your own cigarettes? no
T) What are you looking forward to? vacation
U) Do you have any tattoos. Do you want any/more? yes and yes
V) Are you mentally strong? yes
W) Are you physically strong? not really
X) Do you think you’re a good person? yes
Y) Name one thing you wish you could change about your life right now. less clutter
Z) What do you usually eat for breakfast? Kashi granola bar


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.


determined to make it spring

Spring nails!

saturday 9

Best Day of My Life

1) This song begins by mentioning clouds. Do you see clouds in the sky this fine Saturday? I do not

2) Lead singer Zac Barnett sings that, "Everything is looking up." What are you looking forward to today? I am looking forward to hanging out now that I've completed my errands

3) 2016 is not yet half over, but what's been your best day so far this year? I'd have to say Tuesday this week was a good day--especially because I got almost everything I wanted from the contract negotiations session that evening

4) The members of the group, American Authors, met in college. When is the last time you heard from a school chum? Do you know them from grammar school, high school or college? most of my long-term friends are high school friends

5) One of the all-time best-selling American authors is romance writer Danielle Steele. She's been writing for more than 40 years and has sold more than 800 million books. Have you read any of her work? I have read enough to know her work is formulaic

6) Have you ever dreamed of being an author? no

7) Do you have an e-reader? I have (almost) every model of Nook and I adore them

8) American Authors rang in 2016 in Chicago, giving an outdoor concert on New Year's Eve on a stage not far from Lake Michigan. There are 5 Great Lakes in all,including Lake Michigan. Without looking it up, name the other 4. Huron, Ontario, Erie, Superior (thanks to the acronym HOMES!)

9) Random question: You see photos on Facebook of a dinner party hosted by a friend. You recognize most of the attendees, yet you weren't invited. How do you feel? Left out and angry? Do you wonder what you may have done to offend your friend? Or do you just forget about it and move on? I wouldn't think anything of it


friday 5

  1. What’s your favorite dancing scene in a movie?
  2. I love the prom dance scene in Footloose
  3. What’s your favorite chase scene in a movie?
  4. The Blues Brothers
  5. What’s your favorite courtroom scene in a movie?
  6. Legally Blonde
  7. What’s your favorite kissing scene in a movie?
  8. The Wedding Date
  9. What’s your favorite scene in a non-musical movie where the characters spontaneously break into song?
  10. Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You


booking through thursday

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Does the price of a book affect your decision about buying it? Do you wait for cheaper editions of books you want? From the archives.

Sometimes I do wait for Nook books to drop in price to around $10. But if it's a must-read, I'll splurge.


yarn along

Join in every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting and reading too!

Knitting the TVG shawl and listening to The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

w.w.w. wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading Purity by Jonathan Franzen and The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Both are book group selections.

• What did you recently finish reading? nothing this week.

• What do you think you’ll read next? Can't wait to start The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater!


ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is: 10 Movies You Have To Stop & Watch When You Come Across Them While Channel Surfing.

1) Under the Tuscan Sun. When Frances Mayes learns her husband is cheating on her from a writer whom she gave a bad review, her life is turned upside down. In an attempt to bring her out of a deep depression, her best friend, Patti, encourages Frances to take a tour of Italy. During the trip, the new divorcée impulsively decides to purchase a rural Tuscan villa and struggles to start her life anew amid colorful local characters, including the handsome Marcello.

2) Notting Hill. This is the first film that made me really like Julia Roberts.

3) Elf. Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs, a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

4) Mrs. Doubtfire. An unemployed voice actor creates a character so that he can spend time with his children.

5) The American President. A widowed U.S. president and a lobbyist fall in love. It's all aboveboard, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway.

6) Jeremiah Johnson. A Mexican War veteran becomes a mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit and becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians when he proves to be the match of their warriors in one-to-one combat on the early frontier.

7) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. A classic holiday family movie--where anything that can go wrong does go wrong.

8) Something's Gotta Give. When aging womanizer Harry Sanborn and his young girlfriend, Marin, arrive at her family's beach house in the Hamptons, they find that her mother, dramatist Erica Barry, also plans to stay for the weekend. Erica is scandalized by the relationship and Harry's sexist ways. But when Harry has a heart attack, and a doctor prescribes bed rest at the Barry home, he finds himself falling for Erica -- who, for once, may be out of his league.

9) It's Complicated. This was one I saw at the theater and couldn't wait to own on DVD. I just love this story of a middle-age woman who's powerful and in control, even if it is complicated.

10) The Holiday. A movie about a Christmas vacation. Two women on opposite sides of the Atlantic swap homes for a 2-week vacation. I am compelled to watch it every time it's on TV.


musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• I’m currently reading…
• Up next I think I’ll read…
• I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
• I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I can’t wait to get a copy of…
• I wish I could read ___, but…
• I blogged about ____ this past week…

This week’s random question: Your favorite poem, or collection of poetry?
I found this visual of my favorite Cummings poem.