I'm it.

My good (bloggy and irl) friend Adrienne tagged me in a survey!!!!!!!!!

I shouldn't sound so excited.
But I am. So deal with it.


WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? I was almost named after an implement of asian warfare—does that count? See, my parents were going to name me Matthew Robert (MattBob for short) since I was supposed to be, uh, a boy. After I was a girl, they looked at me and spontaneously decided to name me Samara (not the usual pronunciation; they were going to call me SAM-ruh.) At the very last possible second, my uncle said that it reminded him of a samurai sword, and his comments were a sufficient-enough deterrent to make them decide on Nicole. I'm glad they did.


WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? When my dad spanked me in fifth grade. Just kidding. I cried about something less than a month ago – I just don't remember what about.


DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Sometimes.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? If I'm having a sub sandwich, I like Italian.


DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Well. In an ecumenical matter of speaking, we're all God's children, right? So they're all my children….wait. That doesn't work.

No. I don't have kids.


IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? That strongly depends. Which other person?


DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Is there a difference between trying to use sarcasm, and actually using it? If so, then no.


DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Keep your hands off my tonsils! Yes.


WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? All depends on the length of the bungee cord.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I haven't eaten a regular bowl of cereal (you know, milk, bowl, spoon, etc.) in almost ten years. I like dry cereal, but I just can't stomach the whole drinking-milk thing. Isn't that weird? Anyway, when I do eat dry cereal, ALERT granola is really, really good. No seriously. If you've never had it, I have only two words for you: make it.


DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? My theory is this: when I'm putting my shoes on in the morning, I'm perky, energetic, and ready to go for the day (well, at least I'm energetic in direct proportion to my quality of sleep the night before, but let's not stray OT). When I take my shoes off at night, I'm tired.
Question answered?


DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? I can have a strong personality, but I strain to pick up a fifty-pound bag of dogfood at Costco.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Ice-cream, categorically, is my favorite. Thing. Ever.


WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their gender?


RED OR PINK? Red.


WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? Don't ask.


WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My brother. I feel like I rarely see him anymore.


WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Cute little brown shoes that I wish I'd bought five pair of when they came out. They're professional enough to wear to work (heels, leather) and they're flip-flops. Flip-flops!


WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Whatever it was, it was way too long ago. I'm starving. Actually, it was a burrito my mom made—and some chips. Actually, no. It was a breath-mint. Do breath-mints count?


WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? A modern work environment. [HT: my formal job description]


IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Probably the one that got chewed up so badly [by the dog then the baby] that nobody can tell what color it used to be.


FAVORITE SMELLS? Pear blossom body spray, roses, campfires, and autumn. Yes. Autumn is a smell. Well, sort-of.


WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My sister. We talked for eight minutes and twenty-eight seconds. Yesterday.


FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Hockey! I love to watch people get their teeth busted out! Or not. I really don't watch sports, but I'm mildly fond of football, I suppose, if there is positively nothing else to watch.


HAIR COLOR? On a good day: brown. After a summer of swimming in high school, it was green. (Is that WTMI? Sorry. It really was green. Public pools and chlorine, I tell you…)


EYE COLOR? Grey.


DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? I wish! But I can't even put eye drops in my own eyes.


FAVORITE FOOD? The stuff my mom makes. To be a little more specific, we have a fettucini alfredo recipe with romano and nutmeg that is really something else, I like to make orange chicken occasionally, and, best-till-last, I am currently on a corn-tortilla tacos kick. Every night when I come home from work I ask, "Mom, are we having tacos tonight?" No, really. I do.


SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? I like suspenseful movies that end well. There.


LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? In the theater, Fireproof.


WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Brown with white cuffs and collar, three-quarter sleeve. Nancy told me that I look nice, so it must be true. ;-)


SUMMER OR WINTER? I'm gonna pull a Sarah Palin – autumn.


HUGS OR KISSES? I don't have much experience with the latter, so I'll have to say the former.


FAVORITE DESSERT? Ice-cream (duh). On birthdays and special occasions, I like cheesecake.


WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? I'm on my umpteenth reading of, "To Kill A Mockingbird", and am dabbling, somewhat consecutively, in some Ted Dekker books, "The Silver Chair" by C.S. Lewis and the procedure manual at work.


WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Two words: Lap top. Wait. That's one word. Laptop.


WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? That question is obviously for people who have way too much time on their hands. I didn't watch anything.


FAVORITE SOUND? Music is beautiful. I like to hear the sounds in my backyard, too.


ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Why does it have to be one or the other? Why can't we all just get along? *lights bic lighter* All we are saying / is give peace a chance.

Neither.


WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME??? Maine. With Adrienne (and her hubby and little girl!) It was amazing.


DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I'm sure I do somewhere. I'll let you know when I find it.


WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Here in this valley. I had a dream the other night that my parents bought a house down the street, and I woke up under the impression that it had been a nightmare, since we haven't moved in twenty years. Well, nineteen. Which is basically twenty. Speaking of twenty, next month I'm going to finish being twenty. Isn't that amazing?!


Okay. The tagging selection:

Based on completely arbitrary lottery-of-the-mind, I choose:



Catherine Kinz

Gavrielle Houser

Josh LeMaster

Minch Minchin



None of those people have blogs.

So they'll have to post their answers in the comments.


4 comments:

Wordwonker said...

WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My maternal Grandfather: a man who I am exceedingly grateful to know. After my mother and father, the greatest human influence in my life.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? When I heard an exceptionally beautiful part of Handel’s Israel in Egypt. September 2nd, 2008.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Sometimes.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? There is lunch meat and then there is lunch meat. I like a whole ham, cut up in think slices on wheat. I like butterballed chicken on wheat. I like roast beef with onions on sourdough.

DO YOU HAVE KIDS? No.

IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? There is no way to objectively answer this question.

DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Too much for my own good.

DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Unless something happened that I am unaware of. I did wake up with a miserably sore throat one morning.

WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? If I felt it to be situationally justified.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Something that Kellogg’s stopped making about 14 years ago. It was a certain type of Nutri-Grain with lots of almonds.

DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Yes.

DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Yes.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Depends on craving.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Oral health and eyes.

RED OR PINK? Depends on what I need.

WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My humanity.

WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My friends in Chicago, Nicole Hearn, and my deceased great grandfather.

WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Black.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Pork ribs.

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Charley Pride.

IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Puce or vermilion.

FAVORITE SMELLS? The mixture of citrus, chocolate, and evergreen.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My sister.

FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? College football, baseball, and basketball.

HAIR COLOR? Dark brown.

EYE COLOR? Greenish brown.

DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No.

FAVORITE FOOD? This is an absurd question.

SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Scary movies are for the buzzards.

LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.

WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? It has tiny black and cream spots. From afar it looks olive.

SUMMER OR WINTER? Depends on where I am.

HUGS OR KISSES? Kisses.

FAVORITE DESSERT? I don’t know, but involves chocolate.

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? John

WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Laser mice don’t need no stinkin’ mouse pad.

WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? I didn’t.

FAVORITE SOUND? Depends on what I want to hear.

ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? The Beatles were definitely more socially influential. (The only song I know from either is the Beatles' "Hey Jude.")

WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME??? I am transient and Pilgrim. I have no home.

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
“. . . but a faithful man who can find”?

WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Pensacola, FL.

Gavrielle said...

Well i never guessed I'd comment on your site...here goes:

WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? As far as I know my dad made it up...before he was married. How weird is that? I'm a girl and I have never given children's name a thought. Well, I do like the name Frodo jk

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Hm prolly a few days ago. Believe it or not, I cry for retarded things now. Movies, books, sad stories. Ugg.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yep! It works.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Pastrami, with sauerkraut of course. I am part German after all.

DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Nope! No kids till I'm 50. maybe not even then ;)

IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Is this saying there would be two of me? Noway then! I would drive me crazy.

DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Yesh.

DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Ya. The docs tried to take em, but I'm a skeptic of that profession.

WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Absolutely not.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I'm with Nicole. Cereal is for the weak of heart. Eggs on the other hand supposedly weaken your heart. I choose eggs.

DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Shoes?

DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Yes.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Mint Chip. It is from God.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Teeth. Always have.

RED OR PINK? Red.

WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? As if I'm going to say that here...

WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? School friends. I can't believe its been over a year since grad!

WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? I don't wear shoes! haha.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Rice I think.

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The sound of my keys.

IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? I don't believe in being a crayon. I'd be a marker tho. Black.

FAVORITE SMELLS? The smell after the rain. I will clarify. ONLY in the high desert do i like the smell after the rain. Other places it smells like frog homes, or smog.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Shaylene.

FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Football, if I have to watch a sport.

HAIR COLOR? Blonde.

EYE COLOR? Green.

DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Nope.

FAVORITE FOOD? Is ice cream a food?

SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy ending please! Life is too short to be watching movies that end tragic.

LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? 10,000 BC.

WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Blue and white stripped.

SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer for sure!!!

HUGS OR KISSES? If we are talking about chocolate then kisses.

FAVORITE DESSERT? Same as my favorite food.

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Do textbooks count?

WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Laptops baby! No mouse pad for me.

WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? The Office. People its the best!

FAVORITE SOUND? Anything that breaks silence.

ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles.

WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME??? Florida?

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I spill water. All the time. Its an art people.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Somewhere out in cali...haha thats lame eh?

They shoulda asked...If you could be a villain in Star Wars which would it be? Darth Maul baby! woot.
couldnt resist.

Daniel said...

Ditto ditto ditto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(on the ALERT granola thing)

It is indeed the best cereal/granola that I have ever had. Unfortunately I don't have a supplier right now. :(

Daniel said...

Also....I do believe that West Chester PA, is farther from you than just about anywhere in FL.

BTW when are you coming up to visit again?