Welcome to Sunday Stealing. Today we owe a special thanks to "Cat" from the blog Sweet Memes for the tip that led to this week's questions.
The Mad Hatter's Meme
What’s the meaning or inspiration of your blog’s title? "I carried a watermelon" is from the movie Dirty Dancing. There's a scene near the beginning when one of the kids working at the resort has Baby help him carry watermelons up to the cabin the staff kids are having a party in. It's where Baby first meets Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and is struck so dumb that when they are introduced all she can spit out when Johnny wants to know what she's doing there is "I carried a watermelon." She is mortified. My daughter and I used the phrase for years when we did something stupid. You know, those moments that are mortifying at the moment, but that we all ultimately survive and that are kind of funny later on.
What do you consider your biggest strength? It wasn't always so, but I have learned to be forgiving of others.
What do you consider your biggest weakness? If I'm not careful, it's overthinking things.
Tell us why we should like your favorite band. Most of you know I love me some Toby Keith. I will be the first one to admit I don't always "love" his commercial radio hits, but I guess you have to put out there what will sell. Those don't do him justice, though. My favorite songs of his are those that never make it on the radio or some of the hits he covers for fun. Check this one:
Who is your favorite model of all-time? Why? I can't say that I have one. Christie Brinkley was huge when I was younger, so maybe her? She's been in some movies I like and I liked her first husband (Billy Joel) a lot.
Does it bother you when people talk about their pets? Why? Not unless they go on and on and on. I'm an animal lover and like to talk about mine to some extent, too.
Tell us about your favorite holiday. I like Thanksgiving best. It's such a low-key, relaxing day....especially since my mom usually does the cooking and our son and his family spend it with his wife's family (we get Easter and we share Christmas). It's just lots of food, watching movies and football, and playing games. It's like a final deep breath before all the hoopla of Christmas starts.
What was the last fabulous meal that you ate? Where were you? It was probably my birthday lunch at Olive Garden. It wasn't so much the food, though Olive Garden is good (just maybe not "fabulous"). It was the company and all the fun we had that made it fabulous.
What’s your lucky number and why? I really don't believe in luck, but I like the number 9. I have ever since it was my uniform number back in high school for softball and basketball.
What are five things you hate? Hillary Clinton (sorry for those of you who like her....feel free to hate Trump, though I can't say I "love" him, either), our 2-party political system, eggplant, self-centered people who talk nonstop about themselves and never give you a chance to say anything, and the drivers who wait until I am right on top of them to pull out in front of the bus (and then make the very next turn),
What are five things you love? With all of our problems I love this country and the freedom we have to express our opinions and disagree with each other, my family, my dogs, God, and everything about Fall.
Tell us a secret you can because other than us, who’ll read this anyway? Keep it under your hat, but did you know.....the Pope is Catholic? Shhhh.
What is the favorite body feature of yourself? I don't know...maybe my smile or my hands...I've been told I have "piano player hands" long-fingered, graceful, expressive.
Is there a tattoo that you want? If you don’t have one, gun-to-your-head so you have to get one, what would it be? I have one...a sweet little fish with a starfish, shells, and seaweed on my right ankle. I think about getting "Walk by Faith" tattooed on the side of my foot with little footprints. My daughter and I have talked about getting mother/daughter tats, but I don't know if it will happen or not. We can't seem to agree on one.
What do you love about yourself? I'm willing to keep learning and trying new things.
What do you hate about yourself? My weight.
Who is someone you miss? My grandmother. I was closer to her than anyone.