A Southern Grace: when the weather outside is frightful...

June 17, 2008

when the weather outside is frightful...


...and I'm stuck in an airport, I appreciate a good distraction. Luckily for me, Kristin from The Kitchen Sink (an incredible blog with delicious dishes and wonderful writing) tagged me for a little questionnaire.

What were you doing ten years ago? Although I'm not certain, it's a safe bet that for me, June of 1998 was spent at various basketball camps and tournaments. It's a safe bet because it's what I did every summer from ages 11 to 18. Yes, folks, basketball was my world for about a third of my life.

What are five non-work things on my to-do list for today?
#1. Begin preparations for my weekend excursion to New York City [New York City! (said like the fella in the Pace commercials...)]. That's right, folks. This country girl is taking a deep breath and going in!
#2. Give money to undeserving people. This is more commonly referred to as "getting gas."
#3. Eat massive bowl of this:

#4. Fertilize tomato plants.
#5. Deposit latest expense check in the bank. Money in the bank is a good thing.

What snacks do you enjoy?
#1. Guacamole. Salsa. Hummus. Various other dips.
#2. Yogurt and granola. Yogurt and berries. Yogurt and various other additions.

#3. Glazed walnuts. Salty cashews. You got it--various other nuts.
#4. Kashi Go-Lean Crunch. Honey Nut Cheerios. Various other cereals.
#5. Apple chips. Grapes. Various other fruits.

bonus (because who can be healthy all the time?):

What would you do if you were a billionaire?
#1. Travel to Greece and Italy and Australia and Ireland and all those places I've longed to visit.
#2. Purchase a sports team, preferably the Atlanta Braves. How much are they going for these days?
#3. Have Lasik eye surgery. Contacts are a pain.
#4. Get some land where I can have peace and quiet, a real garden, and all the pets my heart desires.
#5. Buy the Mamominator a new car.

Where have you lived?
#1. Conception to age 18--Floyd, VA, a small town occupying a huge portion of my heart.
#2. 18-21--Salem, VA, for college.
#3. 21-23--Blacksburg, VA, for more college.
#4. 24--Johnstown, NY, for a scary three-day stint in a hotel with most of my worldly possessions stored in my car while I looked for an apartment.
#5. 24-present--Amsterdam, NY.

What jobs have you had?
#1. Recreational basketball referee. I learned that parents of athletes (no matter how young) can take things way too seriously and take out their frustrations on strangers (i.e. completely undeserving teenagers like me).
#2. Basketball videographer. I learned that most camcorders do indeed record sound and that I should keep my opinions of the members of the men's basketball team to myself.
#3. Donation solicitor. I learned that people who call and ask for donations to a college must be extremely bold and brave and that you should always be nice to them--they're just doing what they're paid to do!
#4. Barista. I learned that most people are pretty particular about how their coffee beverages are made and can get downright rude at the slightest imperfection. It's a hectic job, folks--cut 'em some slack next time!
#5. Winery lab technician. I learned that yeast wrangling is a fun pastime, Concord and Niagara grapes are a pain to juice but a delight to eat, and the wine-making process is much more involved than you can ever imagine.

I'd like to know some more about these folks, if they're willing and haven't already participated:

Sharon of Culinary Adventures of a New Wife
Leslie of The Hungry Housewife
Erinn of Sunday Dish
Vera of Baking Obsession

A merry Tuesday to you! (And yes, I finally made it home, safe and sound.)


Anonymous said...

Interesting! I was going to have LASIK until I saw the DVD on how it's done and it freaked me out quite badly lol. I think I'm a big chicken.

And a visit to Australia would be excellent! :)

Anonymous said...

Grace-Thanks for sharing, nice to know some interesting tidbits about you and your life. Have fun in New York it's a trip of a city.

Anonymous said...

Always fun to learn a little more about my daily reads!

Anonymous said...

Ah, I am so jealous of your trip. I can think of the restaurants I could visit now......

April was in CA now MA said...

Since we've moved to CT from the south EVERY. single. time. I see that "NY CITY" interstate sign the Pace commercial goes through my mind. Will it ever stop??

LASIK is on my list too!

LyB said...

I so agree with the traveling part of your answers. If I had the chance, I would travel so much I don't think I'd remember where I'm from! it was fun to learn new things about you. :)

Anonymous said...

Your "gas" comment left me in stitches! I'm with you on the Lasik!

Anonymous said...

Grace, it's great to know you better. And I'll probably go and answer all these questions... Oh, I'm terrible in this. But thank you for expressing interest :)

Have a wonderful trip!

Sophie said...

how fun! a winery lab tech! :D

Vicarious Foodie said...

It always interesting learning these little tidbits. Have you tried the Kashi cereal that has big pieces of strawberry in it? I'm hooked.

Have fun this weekend!

Y said...

Wow you must've been stuck at the airport for a really long time! :D
Forgive the potty minded mind for a minute, but I love the juxtaposition between eating a massive bowl of fruit swirl ice cream and then fertilizing the tomato plants! ;)

Anonymous said...


Thanks for your kind words and for playing along! Fun to learn more about you.


Anonymous said...

i'm glad you played so we could know you better, but i have one question.....where does the great sense of humor come from? you have a wonderful way with words!!

Anonymous said...

Grace! Interesting to know more about you, and your humor, for sure. Thanks for the tag...I must admit the "what were you doing 10 years ago" question made me pause...
I do believe, I'm getting old!
Thanks for making me laugh.

Deborah said...

I always love learning about my blogging friends. And if you like Kashi GoLean, you'll love a recipe I have coming up in the near (hopefully!) future!

Sharon said...

Can I put that filling out this list is on my list of to-do's? :)

I had lasik done last year and LOVE it. I agree, contacts are a pain!

Anonymous said...

Glad you're home safe and sound...and that one about giving your money to undeserving people? I laughed out loud at that one.

Geggie said...

Floyd, Va? Wow...that's where this company is based (www.greenlable.com) and I love their stuff. And I've heard of Floyd Fest, but I've never been.

The Blonde Duck said...

I just stumbled across your blog and love it! Will have to stop by often.

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