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My Life According to Great Big Sea

I did this as a FB note, but I’m diggin’ it too much to not do as a meme here as well 🙂
Consider yourself tagged…let me know if you do it!

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, answer these questions. Pass it on to at least 10 people and include me if you want to. You can’t use the band I used. Try not to repeat a song title. It’s a lot harder than you think! Re-post as “my life according to (band name)”. If I tagged you, it is because I know you like music and want to see your answers.

Pick your Artist: Great Big Sea

  1. Are you a male or female?
    Old Brown’s Daughter
  2. How do you feel:
    When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down)
  3. Describe where you currently live:
    Boston and St. John’s
  4. If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
    French Shore
  5. Your favorite form of transportation:
    A Boat Like Gideon Brown
  6. Your best friend is:
    Graceful and Charming
    (Sweet Forget Me Not)
  7. What’s the weather like?
    Rant & Roar
  8. Favorite time of day:
    Love Me Tonight
  9. If your life was a TV show, what would it be called?:
    Ordinary Day
  10. What is life to you?
  11. Your fear:
    End of the World
  12. Best advice you have to give:
    Let It Go
  13. Thought for the day:
    Sea of No Cares
  14. How you’d like to die:
    Consequence Free
  15. My soul’s present condition:
    Everything Shines
  16. My motto:
    Dance Dance

A to Z

We all know I love these alphabet memes (as evidenced by favorite TV shows, MoviesBooks, Foods, and Potatoes).

This one’s a little different in that it’s not favorites, and because it’s taken from a FB note (again)…

A – Age: 34

B – Bed size: King

C – Chore you hate: Name a chore – I’m gonna hate it

D – Dad’s Name: Mike

E – Essential start your day it: COFFEE!!!

F – Favorite actor(s): Hugh Laurie, Zachary Levi

G – Gold or Silver: both

H – Height: 5’4

I – Instruments you play(ed): Clarinet, a little Piano, very little trumpet

J – Job title: Senior Technical Writer

K – Kid(s): 3

L – Living arrangements: with husband and kids

M – Mom’s name: Fran

N – Nicknames: Nance, Nan, mommy

O – Overnight hospital stay other than birth: 9 days of hospital bed rest before the twins came…Birth of all 3 kids

P – Pet Peeve: having to repeat myself – especially to adults

Q – Quotes you like: “There are nice people everywhere, be one of them.”

R – Right or left handed: Right

S – Siblings: Older brother, older sister, 2 younger sisters, and a bunch of step-siblings

T – Time you wake up: as late as possible!!

V – Vegetable you dislike: beets, sweet potatoes

W – Ways you run late: distracted by kids

X – X-rays you’ve had: wrist

Y – Yummy food you make: Crock Pot Burger Soup

Z – Zodiac: Libra

You Know What Else Everybody Likes? Parfaits.

Because I don’t want to be “Onion Boy” – I’m going to layer myself like a nice parfait.
(Yep – we watch a lot of Shrek in this house 😉 )

I saw this over on Heather’s blog, Wanting What You Have, and I really liked her answers, so I thought I’d try it out myself.

Tell us your…

  • Name: Nancy
  • Birthday (month, day): October 9
  • Birthplace: Vermont
  • Current location: Massachusetts
  • Eye color: Brown with a ring around
  • Hair color: Brown with fading auburn (*sigh* fading to gray)
  • Height: 5’4″
  • Righty or lefty: Righty
  • Zodiac sign: Libra


  • Your heritage: Oh geez…Irish, Scottish…more…
  • The shoes you wore today: Socks. Didn’t set foot outside.
  • Your weakness: carbs/sweets/sweet carbs
  • Your fears: losing loved ones
  • Your perfect pizza: pepperoni and onion
  • Goals you’d like to achieve: Get completely out of debt
  • Your first waking thoughts: It’s too *BEEEP*ing early!!
  • Your best physical feature: People always comment on my eyes. I’ve been asked if they’re real before. Ah…ya.
  • Your most missed memory: I really miss my Grandmother. I miss talking with her on the phone and in person around holidays. I miss her cooking!

Do you…

  • Smoke: No
  • Cuss: Hell no. (hah)
  • Sing: Yep. lots.
  • Do you think you’ve been in love: I don’t think I have – I know I am.
  • Did you go to college: Yep. BS in Technical Communication at Clarkson University; MS in Professional and Technical Communication at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
  • Liked high school: At the time. Wouldn’t ever go back though.
  • Want to get/stay married: Married and plan to stay that way.
  • Believe in yourself: I have to work up to it. I’m better than I used to be.
  • Think you’re attractive: Not lately.
  • Think you’re a health freak: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH Oh, that’s funny.
  • Get along with your parent(s): All of ’em.
  • Like thunderstorms: …if I’m inside.
  • Play an instrument: I used to play clarinet, and I was pretty good. But I haven’t touched it since High School. I can plunk a few things out on the piano as well…not great at it though.

In the past month have you…

  • Drank alcohol: Month? Try past few hours 😉
  • Smoked: No
  • Done a drug: Does Alieve count?
  • Made out: Yes
  • Gone on a date: No
  • Gone to the mall: nope
  • Eaten an entire box of Oreos: No
  • Eaten sushi: No…not ever! blech.
  • Been on stage: No.
  • Been dumped: No.
  • Gone skating: No.
  • Gone skinny dipping: No
  • Stolen anything: No

Have you ever…

  • Played a game that required removal of clothing: I don’t think so…?
  • Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: yep.
  • Been caught “doing something”: sort of…
  • Been called a tease: Only in jest (at least, I think it was in jest! 😉 )
  • Gotten beaten up: No
  • Shoplifted: Yes. Still live with the guilt.


  • Age you did get/hope to be married: Married at 28.
  • Numbers and names of children (either you have or want): 3 kids: Burke and Maggie will be 4 in January. Logan is 15 months.
  • Describe your dream mate: Easy – Mike.
  • How do you want to die: Surrounded by family, with no pain – for them or me.
  • What did you want to be when you grow up: I’m a grown up?? I thought I was going to be an electrical engineer.
  • What country would you most like to visit: I’d love to spend more time in Ireland.

Now tell…

  • Name a person you could trust with your life: Mike
  • Name a favorite CD that you own: Great Big Sea – Road Rage
  • Number of piercings: Four – 2 in each ear…although, I’m fairly certain that 2 have closed over.
  • Number of tattoos: none.
  • Number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper: Uhmmm…no idea. None since High School? I’m not even sure we put the marriage announcement in LOL (In HS, I was in for Girl Scout stuff and for honor roll stuff).
  • Name a past experience that you regret: I don’t have many regrets…I’m a firm believer that if I had done *anything* differently I wouldn’t be where or who I am today. (Are there things I’d like to forget? SURE – regret them though, nope.)

Christmas Meme

This fun Christmas meme is from the lovely Cheryl over at Twinfactuation. You know I can’t resist. 🙂

  1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Paper for Christmas. Gift bag for Birthday. Not sure why…
  2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial since we are usually in VT with a real tree, but we can’t not have a tree!
  3. When do you put up the tree? uhm…a few weeks before Christmas. Never before Thanksgiving though!
  4. When do you take the tree down? Mid January-ish
  5. Do you like eggnog? I always think I do…and then I taste it again…and BLECH
  6. Favorite gift received as a child? My stuffed panther
  7. Hardest person to buy for? My mom or Logan
  8. Easiest person(s) to buy for? Burke
  9. Do you have a nativity scene? No…but we should
  10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail (Do people really email cards out?? I had no idea)
  11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I don’t know about worst, but strangest were these flamenco dancer plastic figurines
  12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Year Without Santa Claus
  13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Not soon enough
  14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I don’t think so…not a bad idea though
  15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Pie
  16. Lights on the tree? Yup. White
  17. Favorite Christmas song? Carol of the Bells
  18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? To VT for a bit
  19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? I think so. Might take me a minute though
  20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star – the kids picked it out this year
  21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Morning
  22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year. Not being able to find that ONE LAST gift
  23. Favorite ornament theme or color? We have lots of regular ol’ glass balls on the tree. Blues, slivers, whites, and purples
  24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Dessert
  25. What do you want for Christmas this year? My kids to get everything they want…even though they haven’t really asked for anything

What about you?

Favorite Movies: A – Z

Hey! Did you know that you can apply this Alphabet stuff to anything?? *grin*

I really enjoyed the Favorite Book post, so I thought I’d try out one for movies as well. Like the books, there are probably some letters that get the default movie title if it’s the only one I’ve seen starting with that letter…doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a favorite though. You’ll also notice that there aren’t a lot of recent movies listed. . . not a lot of time to get out to the movies lately. Go figure 😉

A – Airplane (A classic in my family)

B – Back to the Future

C – The Count of Monte Cristo

D – Dodgeball

E – Elf

F – Fever Pitch

G – Ground Hog Day

H – Holes

I – Indiana Jones (all of them – and yes, I know that the best one starts with an R)

J – The Jungle Book (Disney’s animated)

K – A Knight’s Tale

L – Lean On Me

M – Minority Report

N – The Never Ending Story

O – October Sky

P – Pump up the Volume (or the Princess Bride??)

Q – The Quick and the Dead

R – The Rookie (first date with Mike 🙂 )

S – The Sixth Sense

T – The Thomas Crown Affair

U – The Usual Suspects

V – Victor Victoria

W – With Honors

X – X-Men

Y – Yours, Mine, and Ours (the original)

Z – Zorba the Greek

What Have YOU Done Lately?

I found this meme while blog hoppin‘ and thought it was kinda cool.

Things I have done are highlighted:

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (Does a high school band count?)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (ANY speed on a motorcycle seems like it’s speeding.)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Not sure why there aren’t 100, but there you have it. 48 out of 99. Suppose I should get to work on some of these, except that I really don’t want to kill and prepare an animal for eating – so I’m definitely not going to get to them all. 😉

Let me know what YOU’VE done.

A Book Meme

What a Card tagged me for a meme that I’m loving. I used to read a *lot* of books…nothing too intellectual, but lots of trashy romance, and lots of mystery. Writers who do both – love ’em! Young adult? You betcha. Now? I just can’t seem to find a lot of time. I always have a book that I’m reading, but it definitely takes me quite a while to get through it. An hour a week while waiting for Burke at his speech class just doesn’t cut it. ANYWAY…

Here are the rules:

Grab the nearest book. Open the book to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the next two to five sentences on your blog along with these instructions. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST. Tag five other people to do the same.

As I’m looking around, I see (like WAC) lots of kids books. And none of them hit 56 pages. Luckily – I just brought my book in from the car and I know it’s on the oven and the closest (longest) book.

Here’s the fifth sentence (and more) from page 56 of Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts:

“Deal with it.” Cian dropped Glenna back on her feet, caught the fist aimed at his face just before it connected. “Do your business,” he told her. “Quietly. Then take off. Keep a lid on the magic. Both of you. King.”

Now, I tag:

  1. Goddess in Progress
  2. Laura at Catholic Teacher Musings
  3. Debi at Who Says 8 is Enough
  4. Cheryl at Twinfactuation
  5. Cat at Juggling Act of Life

Feel free to do it…or not 🙂

My Husband

I saw this Meme on Southern Blessing’s blog and figured I’d, ah, borrow it. If you decide you’d like to embarrass brag about your husband too, leave me a comment so I can laugh too learn more about your hubby.

1. He’s sitting in front of the TV: what is on the screen? Awesome man that he is, it’s usually what I want to watch…

2. You’re out to eat. What kind of dressing does he get on his salad? Ranch

3. What is one food he doesn’t like? Cooked pineapple – won’t touch my Hawaiian pizzas.

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order? Duh – beer!

5. Where did he go to high school? Longmont, CO

6. What size shoe does he wear? I stay as far away from his shoes as I can…

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? He used to collect beer steins…

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? Dagwood

9. What would the Husband eat every day if he could? Ice Cream (we do try to fulfill this dream 😀 )

10. What is his favorite cereal? Honey Bunches of Oats

11. What would he never wear? Sandals

12. What is his favorite sports team? Indians or Browns

13. Who will he vote for? Probably Bob Barr

14. Who is his best friend? Chad

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do? I’m perfect, of course! 😉 Uhmmm…there’s too much to list.

16. How many states has he lived in? 3 – CO, Ill, and MA

17. What is his heritage? Euro Mutt

18. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind? Bake?? I get an Ice Cream cake 😀

19. Did he play sports in high school? LOTS; ones that I know of: football, baseball, wrestling

20. What could he spend hours doing? Sleeping if he could – we never get enough!

Shamelessly Stolen Meme

Laura over at Catholic Teacher Musings posted this on her blog and happened to mention that she was passing it to everyone on her bloglist…since I love memes (you know. all about ME!!!!), and I don’t have a lot to write about today (I need to download some pictures before writing about my mom’s visit), I snagged it…shamelessly… along with the cute little button.

The rules – even though Laura broke them ( 😉 ) – are these: answer the following questions with one word answers, then pass the award on to seven others.

1. Where is your cell phone? Beside
2. Where is your significant other? work
3. Your hair color? Auburn-ish
4. Your mother? Florida
5. Your father? Vermont
6. Your favorite thing? Reading
7. Your dream last night? Disturbing
8. Your dream/goal? Debt-less
9. The room your in? Bedroom
10. Your hobby? Blogging
11. Your fear? Loneliness
12. Where do you want to be in six years? Wealthy 😉
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. What you’re not? Skinny
15. One of your wish list items? Deck
16. Where you grew up? Vermont
17. The last thing you did? Breakfast
18. What are you wearing? PJ’s
19. Your TV? Off
20. Your pet? Cats
21. Your computer? Laptop
22. Your mood? Sleepy
23. Missing someone? Grandma
24. Your car? Orange
25. Something you’re not wearing? Bra
26. Favorite store? Costco
27. Your summer? Over
28. Love someone? Bat-shit-crazy-in-love
29. Your favorite color? Purple (Green? BOTH!)
30. When is the last time you laughed? Earlier
31. Last time you cried? Dunno

I pass this along to:

  1. Giovanna Diaries
  2. Goddess in Progress
  3. Juggling Act of Life
  4. Mommy, Esq.
  5. Twinfatuation
  6. Want What You Have
  7. What a Card

It’s been around for a while, so I’m sure some of you have gotten it before…it’s all good. 🙂

Mommy meme

Giovanna tagged me for this one. I like her answers 🙂

First: Post a picture of you and your kids. Since I’m usually the one behind the camera, I had my nanny take a few when I got home from work today.

Burke, Maggie, and Logan on Mommy lap

Burke, Maggie, and Logan on Mommy's lap

Second: Answer the questions.

  1. How many children do you have?
    Three – B/G twins and another boy
  2. What are their ages?
    The twins are 3 1/2 and the other one just turned 1
  3. What time of day do you start your day?
    As late as possible. The kids wake up anywhere between 7:00 and 8:00.
  4. What do you eat for breakfast?
    A bagel and coffee – in the car.
  5. Do they watch TV?
    The twins do. Probably more than they should.  The little guy isn’t into it.
  6. What are their favorite activities?
    The twins *LOVE* to color. Logan loves climbing…and giving his mom a heart attack.
  7. Do you get a break during the day from them?
    Almost too much of a break since I work full time.
  8. How do you end your day?
    Eating dinner and watching TV with my husband (we’ve been really into Ghost Hunters and America’s Got Talent lately).
  9. What is your best parenting advice or tip?
    Parent TOGETHER. Even if you disagree with what the other one is saying, hold your tongue in front of the kids and discuss it later. Back each other up…My husband is always saying “You heard your mom…” LOVE that.

Third: Tag 5 people.
So I tag:

  1. Laura at Catholic Teacher Musings
  2. Cat at Juggling Act of Life
  3. Mommy at Mommy, Esq.
  4. Heather at Wanting What You Have
  5. Debi at Who Says 8 is Enough