(Q & As, Texas Independence Day, a recipe, shopping, some pics, and a weekend update)
Sheesh.. that's a lot to cover! But I'm gonna give it a go!
As I say "Hey" to you on this Friday morning and get ready to head off for the weekend (my one "no blogging" zone!), I've got a lot to give to you! I hope you're ready! lol
First off, I LOVED all of the great questions that all of you posted for me to answer. This is going to be SO fun! I will answer one question a day for the next week (not counting my non-blogging weekend; ha!).
These are the questions that I accumulated from all of you (and, boy, do they make it hard to choose which ones to answer!):
* You talk about food a lot (ha!), so what is your favorite place to go out and eat? (Gin)
* What is the funniest thing that has ever happened inside your home? (Gareth)
* About how many scrapbooks do you own? (MS Songbird)
* How did you land a spot on the design team for you LSS? (Telah)
* What was the first pick up line
* Out of all of
* From Bama’s history, who would you pick as your starters? and your coach. (Phats.)
* What is one of your happiest memories from childhood?" (Michelle)
* If you could have a dinner with three living people and three people from the past who would they be? (Marg)
* What kind of skincare do you use? (Tammy)
* We all have those "oh my gosh did i seriously just do/say that" moments that make us laugh our bottoms off later down the road...what is one that keeps popping up in conversation because people think it's so funny they just can't let it go? (Jessi)
* What do you like to read and write? (Scrapperjen)
* Where is your dream vacation? (Jen)
* Why did you decide to give your daughter the nickname Scout? Ever since reading To Kill a Mockingbird I have loved, loved that name! (Aimee)
* When was the point in time when you decided you wanted to become a writer? What was it about writing that became such a passion for you? Can you describe your earliest memories of how you knew this was your life calling? (Maria)
* What is your all-time favorite meal? And what's the strangest combination of foods that you think are fabulous, but if you explain them to someone else, they may call in the men in white coats? (Rene)
* How did you and Gary meet? What was your first job ever? Who is your favorite writer? (Rene)
* Where did you go to college and what did you study? (Amanda)
* Are you orginally from
* Aside from your strong faith what would you say has helped you maintain your positive nature?? (Ms. L)
* Are your girls named for anyone or thing? (Susie Q)
Aren't those some AMAZING questions?? And you know, I was thinking that a lot of those would make really good jumpstart questions for your own blogs when you're kinda stuck about what to write about. Just make them personal to your own life and experiences and voila, instant blog post!
So, I will answer one of those questions at the end of this post, but I did say that this was going to be a bit of a long, all-over-the-place post so I have a few more things to tell you about.
~ The first thing on my mind on this day--March 2--is that it is Texas Independence Day!! This is the day that Texas declared its independence from Mexico. In 1836, Texas became its own country and remained a country until it became a state in 1845. I am a native Texan, although I lived most of my life in Arkansas and now Alabama, and everyone knows that if you were born in Texas then you have a special bond and love with the state. There is so much I LOVE about Texas--my family who lives there, the food, the sports, the whole "attitude," and the history!! So, today is a wonderfully fun day for me to remember the special history that Texas has!!
And believe it or not, we actually celebrate it in our little family. Forget that none of the rest of the family was born in Texas (they are all Alabamians)--I still make them celebrate the day by eating a Tex-Mex dish and request that they yell "Remember the Alamo!" to me or join in while I sing "The Eyes of Texas." And, well, they appease me and do it!
For our celebration this year, I made my favorite Tex-Mex homemade dish--Mexican Chicken Casserole. I served it last night, even though it was a day before the Big Day, but I knew that tonight would be very busy!!
In case you'd like the recipe:
MEXICAN CHICKEN CASSEROLE
1 chicken, cooked and cut in pieces
1 med. pkg. tortilla chips
1/4 c. onion
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies (10 oz.)
1 sm. pkg. Cheddar cheese
In 9x13 pan place tortilla chips. Lightly cook the onions and green peppers, and then mix them with the cooked chicken, soups, can of tomatoes with green chilies, and half of cheese. Pour a layer over the chips; then repeat the layers. Grate Cheddar cheese and sprinkle on top.
Bake at 350 degree for 1 hour. Can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake. Delicious!! (It will make you yell, "Remember the Alamo!" even if you've never even stepped foot in Texas!)
(Do you think I might be the only person in Alabama who owns a Texas-shaped cake pan?)
~ Also on my mind is the massively successful shopping trip I had to the thrift store a few days ago. I am very cheap when it comes to buying just about anything (well, except for food! LOl), so I LOVE to shop at thrift stores. I went with my Mom on Wednesday and found some great things!! I got Sydney six different outfits, three brand-new dresses for me, and some books (my favorite is a gorgeous hardback copy of The Grapes of Wrath).
Sydney put on one of her new dresses last night and actually volunteered to model for me (right now, she usually makes faces at me instead).
~ Okay, now I will answer my First Question. I want really badly to answer the questions about how Gary and I met, and Phats' sports question (my dream Alabama team), and Susie Q and Aimee's about the girls' names (and so many more), but those will take more time and thought. So, you will have to wait on those.
I, then, will start with a simpler one that will take a short amount of time to answer (since this is now threatening to become The Longest Post Ever in the History of Life with Cheryl!)
I'm going with Scrapperjen's question, "What do you like to read and write" and also one of Rene's questions, "Who is your favorite writer?" since they are connected.
For my "job," I write nonfiction articles for various newspapers and magazines. I write about a lot of different topics, but my favorite articles over the years have been on travel, inspirational topics, and things from my own experiences. I also got to write an article about Shaun Alexander this past Fall which was a real thrill (he's one of the neatest guys in the world and a great former Bama player). I also love to write in this blog everyday and in my journal; I also have been known to dabble in poetry (pretty bad poetry usually! lol) andI really want to finish my mystery novel this year. I also have an idea for a scrapbooking book that I'm rolling around in my brain. So, really, I guess the answer to the writing question is: A lot of things!!
As for reading, I also have many different interests and genres I love to read. My "guilty pleasure" is mystery novels. Not hard-boiled, bloody crime novels, but cozy novels about caterers or housewives-turned sleuth. I LOVE those!! (My current fave mystery author is Joan Hess; so witty!) And then I love all sorts of classics and I guess this would introduce you to some of my favorite writers. My fave books (and, therefore, their authors) would include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Love in the Time of Cholera, poetry by Emily Dickinson, poetry by Pablo Neruda, The Sun Also Rises, A Prayer for Owen Meaney, My Antonia, Their Eyes were Watching God, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Murder on the Orient Express, and oh my goodness so many, many, many more!! That's one of those questions that once I get started I can just go on and on and on.... I love books and reading, so that was a wonderful question to get to answer!! Thanks Scrapperjen and Rene!
~ We made it through a very rough day of weather yesterday. Had bad thunderstorms here and several tornadoes touched down across the stage (including a deadly one in south Alabama that was very sad!)
~ And now, on to the weekend. This weekend is ALL about softball!! It is opening weekend at our ballpark, so we will have a parade and then a full day of games on Saturday. I'm sure there will be some fun pics of it all on Monday! In fact, I think you can count on it . . .
Thanks for making it through that VERY VERY LONG post. I really am quite surprised that you're still here! I think you all deserve a big honkin medal for that!!!
You guys are great!!
See ya on Monday!!