saturday 9



1) This song was inspired by a young Ellie Goulding's fear of the dark. What scared you when you were a kid? dying young, as my mum did
2) She thinks back to the room where her brother and sister slept and she felt safe. Did you share a room when you were growing up? I shared a room until I was 17 years old

3) Ellie Goulding grew up in public housing and worked her way through the University of Kent in Canterbury. Back in those days, her favorite job was theater usher because it offered her the perk of seeing plays for free. What's the most recent "freebie" you scored? (This includes a buy one/get one deal, extra points on your credit card, etc.) I was in a Pay it forward line at the coffee drive-thru--unfortunately, I had pre-paid for my order
4) Even though today she is an international music star, Ellie still lives modestly. She describes herself as "still in university mode," and limits herself to $10/day for lunch. Where do you economize? Ugh--I don't and that's part of my ongoing financial issue.

5) Ellie has proclaimed herself "a cat lady" and often posts pictures of her cats to her Instagram account. What's the most recent photo you took? I'm watching dogs sleeping by the fire on YouTube on my tv.

6) Ellie appeared on Sesame Street. She, Elmo and Abby thanked clouds for raindrops, lakes, and the water we drink. Would you be thankful for a little rain this weekend? it actually is raining this weekend--we've had a drought since mid-June, so those with wells are very thankful

7) In 2011, the year "Lights" was a hit, Prince William married Kate Middleton. Ellie not only attended the wedding, she sang Elton John's "Your Song" for the couple's first dance. Tell us a song that reminds you of a romance in your life. Del Amitri's "Tell Her This" reminds me of an old flame
8) Also in 2011, AT&T abandoned their attempt to buy T-Mobile. Which company is your cell phone carrier? Are you happy with them? I have US Cellular and I love them!

9) Random question: What recent experience made you feel old? oh, my word--wishing a former student a happy 30th birthday!  She's still 16 to me...


  1. We're doing better these days, but I fear all our years of not economizing will come back to haunt us in the future. Even if we "retire" I imagine we will have to work at least part-time at something to subsidize our income.

  2. I am SO going to find that video on YouTube! lol
    What a beautifully written song that is. It is the key it's written in,but the words are so beautiful.. the cadence...
    I'm feeling very old today. Old and Busted. hehe

  3. Fortunately, for the most part, my husband and I have always been thrifty. I don't know that we will have enough not to eat cat food when we're 75, but fingers crossed.

  4. Dying young, that is scary ...

  5. I discovered Del Amitri while mourning a break-up. I thought songs like "Roll to Me" would cheer me up. They didn't.

  6. That pupper! How cute is that? I am listening to an audio book right now. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.