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TAGGED: Anything but Books Tag

I was recently tagged by fellow blogger Abbey over at Three Cats and a Girl. *waves at Abbey* If you haven’t done so yet, go check out her blog! This tag is typically answered by avid readers but have questions that are a little bit all over the place and have nothing to do with books (hence the name of the Tag). Clever! 🙂

QUESTIONS

Name a cartoon that you love.

Hmmm. Haven’t watched cartoons in ages… BUT Bugs Bunny has some pretty funny lines that went right over my head as a child but looking back now make me crack up with laughter.

What is your favorite song right now?

I’m still liking Havana by Camila Cabello – it’s so fun to sing along to.

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Planning stuff whether it’s my garden, travel, my bucket list items… I am a Planner with a capital P and love lists of all kinds.

What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

This is another tough one because I blab about just about everything I love doing on here. BUT – perhaps gaming is something I don’t blog about much. I’ve been a World of Warcraft fan for about 12-13 years. I’ve played all kinds of games (PC and console, even in arcades back in the day) – during the early days it was Super Mario, Sim City, Civilization, Castle Wolfenstein, Gauntlet. Then I went through a micro-management phase with Caesar, Pharaoh, Age of Empires, the Sims. Then my husband started playing WoW, I joined him soon after and the rest is history. I’m also currently a big fan of Scrabble on Facebook. I like words. 🙂

What is your favorite, unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

EVERYTHING. I have a habit of making lists of things that come up in casual conversations that I don’t know the answer to but want to look up later. It could be about anything. It’s become much easier to find answers to things that arise in the course of every day life with access to the internet from a SmartPhone. One of my pet peeves is saying/hearing “I don’t know” and not making the effort to find out.

What is something unusual you know how to do?

Name all the countries in the world (196 independent nations!). I have always enjoyed memory games and when I was small it was reciting simple lists like Santa’s reindeer and the seven dwarves. I worked my way up to Canadian provinces, then with capitals, then the 50 states, then state capitals. I’ve now got the countries down (and can do them in about 10 minutes) and am now working on world capitals. 🙂 Crazy, I know.

Name something that you’ve made in the last year.

I like making things and am pretty crafty . One of the nicest things I made last fall were lavender sachets from the lavender that we grow in our garden/yard. They smell so good and last a really long time. Can’t wait to make more!

What is your most recent personal project?

I’d say this is more of an ongoing one that I continuously work on and have been for years. Most of you already know about my Life List (or bucket list). It’s years in the making and no end in sight. 🙂 Life truly is a journey, not a destination.

Tell us something that you think of often.

Oh boy – this is tough because my mind never shuts off. Let’s say the top 5 recurring topics these days are travel, retirement planning/investments, gardening, work and food/cooking.

Tell us something that’s your favorite, but make it oddly specific.

Slippers – I love slippers, and my favorite is the pair I happen to be wearing. I always have a pair of slippers in the house, usually more than one (at least one for warm weather and one for cold). Right now, I have a pair of real moose hide moccasins that I received as a Christmas gift last year that I live in when at home. Love them. 🙂

Tagging

I think I’m a little late to this tag and many have already done it…but if you’re reading this and feel like participating, consider yourself tagged! 🙂

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Blog Report: 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2013 in review on my blog!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 83,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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I’ve been able to cross a few items in the last little while. I successfully completed my Goodreads book challenge, even with the revised total that I increased in July. As of this week, I have hit my target of reading 40 books this year and I have two whole months to go!

Many of you know I’m in the process of a long-term cooking challenge as well and before the release of the Barefoot Contessa’s new cookbook Foolproof, I had cooked 201 of her 607 recipes. I got the new book earlier this week and have yet to update my count but I did manage to cook a new recipe today: Winter Minestrone with Garlic Bruschetta. I was craving soup in this cooler weather and it was perfect. 🙂

I was also able to cross off a few items on our last cruise including:

  • Fly first class: This was actually accidental since we had to book a new flight back home after our ship was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy and the only space left was in first class. It was a very pampered flight home, much needed after that last night on the boat – 30 foot waves are not for the faint of heart! And now I’m spoiled and never want to fly economy again! 🙂
  • Do a helmet dive: Awesome time in St. Thomas – highly recommend it to anyone!
  • I crossed one more cruise so my count is now at 8 cruises of a target 10.
  • Read in a hammock: Done in the Bahamas!

Onward!

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I’ve been super busy lately and have neglected my blog. Yes, I feel terrible. 🙂 Here’s a recap:

My husband and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary earlier this week. I bought Chris 2 things – one has yet to arrive. The 9th anniversary traditional gift is leather and I bought him a bracelet that’s got metal and small leather inserts – it’s very cool-looking and was to replace the last bracelet he had that broke after several years of wearing. I also got him a leather toiletry case which I know he’ll love since we travel regularly. He got me a new office chair to replace the squeaky monstrosity I’m using now – I’ve had it for years… We went out for dinner last night to celebrate and I enjoyed one of the best Italian meals I’ve had in a long time! We went to Trattoria Timone and even though we didn’t have reservations, they were able to find a table for us. I started with one of the best caesar salads I’ve ever had – super garlicky! followed by the jumbo seafood ravioli – truly decadent and really delicious. Shrimp, scallops and lobster wrapped in one massive ravioli in a tasty rosée sauce – perfection. Paired with a yummy Malbec. Tiramisu and a cappuccino for dessert. I blew my whole bank of WW points on that meal but it was worth it! 🙂

Last weekend, family came down to visit from Montreal and we took them to the Badlands – I love this place, I feel like I’m walking on Mars…  My sister-in-law and I did some fall shopping as well and I think I bought out the entire RW & Co store. Ha. Just kidding. But I did stock up on work clothes for fall including 3 skirts, 3 tops, 2 cardis and 2 pairs of pants. I’m all set – except for the elusive hunt of the new handbag for fall. Must find this soon now that the weather is cooling down.

We closed the pool (snif) but we’ll be back in sunny climes soon enough during our cruise in October. Funny story – a rep from the cruise line contacted me asking if we wanted to upgrade our ocean suite to the grand suite for an extra $720. We countered that we’d do it for $300. We’ll see what happens. 🙂

I’ve been hooked on a book series by Jean Auel about caveman times – it’s really a very engrossing story that’s set about 25,000 years ago when both Neanderthals and Cro-magnons lived at the same time. The characters are very interesting and I’m enjoying learning about the way of life back then which mainly focused on survival and finding food, shelter and surviving the elements. I’ve just started book 5 – highly recommend for something a little different. I watched the movie they made of book 1 (The Clan of the Cave Bear) with Darryl Hannah back in the mid-80s but it doesn’t do the book justice.

I think that sums it up.

I feel much better now – you’re all caught up! 🙂

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 59,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 22 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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