I generally ignore tags. But they're good for blogging slumps, so I've decided that a tag would be most appropriate in light of my recent . . . er . . . slumpish-ness. Thanks to Cassie for tagging me, and to those who also tagged me! Okay. Formalities out of the way. Let us proceed.

1. What's the best prank you've ever pulled? 
I told my little brother that our dog could lay eggs. I also told him that you could determine the gender of the subsequent offspring based on the color of the eggs. Pink ones were girls, blue ones were boys. He asked Mom what the green eggs were, and that was the end of that.

2. What do you like most about blogging? 
Blogging really works for me as a creative outlet, so that's why I actually do it. But when I first started out, I didn't realize that I would meet so many different people and have the opportunity to build incredible friendships. That's been a great surprise.

3. A book that made you think for days:
Good question. When someone mentions "thinking" books, Chaim Potok's books always come to mind, and so does To Kill a Mockingbird. Most recently though, The Year of Magical Thinking had me mulling over family, relationships and grief. Steal Like an Artist was another thinking book that I read this year. It's just a simple, lighthearted book about creativity. But it sparked a lot of thoughts about the creative process, and led me to read more about creativity, which was great.
4. Do you like to keep things messy, or clean? 
I'm not sure it's a matter of preference or ability. I would like it if my room was always clean, and I'm capable of being very organized. But in actuality, my room is usually messy.

5. If you had an infinite amount of money, what would be the first thing you'd buy? 
This is going to sound pretty shallow, but I'd buy half a dozen t-shirts from Out of Print. I'd also buy a really great pair of brown leather combat/ankle boots. And then I'd spend all day at Barnes & Noble. After that, I'd start to plan things out and consider much more serious matters. 

6. What's your favorite movie and why? 
I'm not sure I've ever had one, which is probably not normal. I love animated movies. Specifically Despicable Me, Tangled, and Megamind. I also love Mary Poppins.
7. What's your favorite book and why? 
To Kill a Mockingbird. It's hard to voice why. It just resonated with me and I connected with the story in a way that I usually don't. When I first read it, I particularly identified with the character Jem. Since then, it's always been that one book. It means something to me.

8. A guilty pleasure: 
I'm not sure I have any pleasures that I actually feel guilty about. I eat dessert for breakfast whenever possible. But I don't have any guilt or regrets about it. Absolutely none. No regrets concerning chocolate either. Just so you know.

9. If you could be one person, living or dead, for a day, who would it be? 
Tough question. Since I can, I'll say Alice Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt's daughter). She seemed to have an incredible zest for life, and I suspect she had a blast everywhere she went. Look her up. She was easily the best First Daughter ever. (Also, who wouldn't want to try that hairdo for a day?)
10. Something insanely cool that the rest of the world needs to know about? 
The blog Humans of New York. Utterly satisfies my people-watching soul.
11. Something that makes you really, really mad?
Anyone who tells another person that God hates them.

Okay. I'm going to tag Cait, Lacey, Kristin, Emily, and Jordan. Feel free to ignore or comply as you wish. The questions I will ask you are as follows . . .

1. What's your comfort food?
2. Any pet peeves related to blogging?
3. Favorite youtubers?
4. What book are you currently reading?
5. Favorite tumblr blog?
6. What movie do you find yourself quoting incessantly?
7. Beverage of choice?
8. Favorite book you've read this year?
9. Current favorite television shows?
10. Favorite blog post you've written?
11. Favorite ice cream flavor?


Warbird Salute

     We spent a couple hours at the airport this afternoon. They're having a Warbird Salute to Veterans, so there were a bunch of World War II airplanes that had flown in. My Dad (who works there) and my brother Sam were volunteering, and the rest of us came to see the planes.
     It was very hot, even though there was a nice breeze. But the boys liked the airplanes and I liked the music, and it was a fun event to be a part of. Seeing and hearing small parts of history is the best way to learn and remember, I think.

GI Jive by Johnny Mercer on Grooveshark 
     We saw the DC-3 take off and it looked incredible against the clouds. Oddly enough, I've never flown in an airliner, just in small Cessnas. And it's been a while since I've done that. I'm excited for the time when my dad will be able to have his own airplane again.

     We've had a rough last year, what with moving and living in a too-small, temporary house. Dad's been working on a masters degree, so he's had no time to spare and it's been hard on everyone. In a few months though, we'll be settled into a new home and Dad will be through with school. We're a very project oriented family, so we're about to burst with all the things we want to do with all that time and space. Can't wait. <3


Literary Dinner Party

    Hello, wonderful people! Thanks for hanging around. I didn't intend to bother you with more posts related to my book blog. Buuut, I've been reading all these wonderful posts from our linkup this week, and I had to try my hand at hosting a literary dinner party. So here you have it.

1. What are we eating?
Cucumber sandwiches and buttered muffins, from The Importance of Being Earnest.

2. Who's cooking?
Minny and Celia, from The Help. I've informed them that, considering the circumstances, we'd all prefer caramel cake over chocolate pie.

3. Who's funding this dinner party?
Mr. Bingley, from Pride and Prejudice. (Thanks to Lydia Bennet's persuasive powers.)

4. Invite a villain. (Be careful.)
The Dread Pirate Roberts, from The Princess Bride. He's quite clever and (fortunately) not very cruel after all. I think he would make an excellent conversationalist and dinner companion. 

5. Who's likely to make a scene if the food is late?
Reepicheep, from Prince Caspian. He's slightly offended and entirely on edge because he believes that several of the other guests have deliberately snubbed him. (In reality, they simply overlooked him due to his lack of stature.) He's only staying for the food, and he's likely to explode over the lack of it.

6. Party feels a bit tense. Who's the comedic relief?
Mr. Gilbreth, from Cheaper by the Dozen. He likes nothing better than a good show (particularly one put on by himself) and a dinner party suits his outrageous personality immensely. 

7. Someone's monopolising the conversation. Who's the hero at this dinner party?
Inigo Montoya. He's telling about his revenge on the six-fingered man and the guests are hanging on his every word. "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die."  *Cue gasps*

8. Who wishes they weren't there?
Winnie-the-Pooh. Cucumber sandwiches and caramel cake have their place, but Pooh is craving honey. He's got a brand new pot at home and he can't focus on anything else.

9. Who's the couple more interested in each other's gorgeous eyes then the food?

Valancy and Barney from The Blue Castle. Don't bother asking them to pass the sandwiches. They're much too absorbed to be any use.

10. Aw, someone's pet is eating food off the guests' plates. What's the creature and who's the owner?
Tricki Woo the overfed Pekingese, and his lovable but annoyingly indulgent owner, Mrs. Pumphrey, from All Creatures Great and Small. Mrs. Pumphrey knows Tricky Woo is under strict orders from Uncle James, and she knows he's liable to go crackerdog or flop-bott if he doesn't stop eating. But, oh dear . . . how she hates to disappoint the darling.