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The Lost Generation, Singing in the Shower, and Other Things You May Not Know About Leah

March 23, 2012
One of my favorite bloggers, Lisa of cyclingrandma, recently bestowed upon me the Good Apple Award. With this award came a series of questions for me to answer. I love these question posts and decided to answer those posed of me by Lisa. So without further adieu (I had to look up “adieu” to make sure I spelled it right), here are my answers.
Do you tan, freckle or burn? Burn. I’m terrible with sunscreen.

What’s your favorite mayonnaise? Isn’t there only one kind? Best Foods.

When was the last time you cried at a movie? Don’t laugh but I cried watching Pollyanna this week with Sophie.

When was the last time you cried while reading a book? I am a blubbering fool when it comes to movies and television. (I broke down sobbing in a recent episode of House.) But not so much with books. Usually what brings me to tears are stories having to do with dogs or the Holocaust. So given that, the last book that I recall sobbing through was Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Before that, it was The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss story? The Grinch!

Do you prefer dark meat or white meat? Why? White meat. I don’t know why.

Which do you do more: online or in person shopping? Considering most of my purchases are groceries, that would be in-person shopping.

If you could travel back in time to spend a day with anyone from history or your own life, who would that be and what would you do? After watching Midnight in Paris a few weeks ago (great movie!), I’d love to be in Paris during the Roaring 20s with the members of the Lost Generation.

What do you sing in the shower? Show tunes … the Grease soundtrack is heard quite a bit.

What’s your writing pattern/schedule/secret vice? I’m a Night Owl, so most of my personal writing and blogging is done at night. My work writing is usually done early in the day. I must use different parts of my brain for varying writing styles.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? I’ve been fortunate to have many great teachers in my life. But the one who really changed my way of  thinking was a communications professor who was also my master’s thesis advisor. I loved every class of hers. And I will never look at healthcare and communication, as well as women’s roles in organizations, the same again. And that’s a good thing.

And now readers, I want to hear from you. Leave a comment with your answers. Or post them on your blog … because you’re all Good Apples in my book (or blog)!

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  1. March 23, 2012 1:30 am

    Do you tan, freckle or burn? I burn and real bad….
    When was the last time you cried at a movie? When was the last time you cried while reading a book? I cry in MOST movies and reading all books and many blogs. In fact any romance, loss, fear, etc. would make me cry. I cry most when i watch a child playing, but don’t ask me why!

    • March 26, 2012 11:02 pm

      I like that you cry watching a child play. There’s nothing like the innocence of children that can make one weep, right?

  2. March 23, 2012 2:02 am

    Congratulations Leah. Your blog is a welcoming and entertaining place. You really deserve the ‘Good Apple Award’
    For some reason it reminds me of your Grandmother’s cake I made. 😉
    Thanks for your friendship, support and kind compliments.
    I hope you don’t mind, I’m just going to do the meme part of the award.

    Do you tan, freckle or burn? Could be ‘All’ depending on the day.

    What’s your favorite mayonnaise? Kraft, but I prefer Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise

    When was the last time you cried at a movie? I have to echo your answer because it’s true for me too. I cried watching Pollyanna a couple weeks ago. There’s just something about it that hits home, you know?

    When was the last time you cried while reading a book? I know I have cried while reading a book, I just can’t think of any one at the moment.

    What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss story? My favorite is ‘Are You My Mother’ because it was my son’s favorite book when he was a toddler and I bet I read it to him over a hundred times. I even made him a tee shirt and painted the little bird on the front of it for him.

    Do you prefer dark meat or white meat? Why? It doesn’t really matter if it’s cooked right.

    Which do you do more: online or in person shopping? Again, I have to echo your answer. ‘In person shopping’ because most of my purchases are groceries.

    If you could travel back in time to spend a day with anyone from history or your own life, who would that be and what would you do? Genesis, the Garden of Eden, and I’d have a serious talk with God about many things.

    What do you sing in the shower? Now and then I’ll belt out the old country song ‘Rocky Top’

    What’s your writing pattern/schedule/secret vice? When the mood hits I write at the earliest convenient time… If I have an idea, I grab a piece of paper or cardboard or whatever is handy and jot it down until I can write it out more fully.

    Who was your favorite teacher and why? My 4th & 5th grade teacher. I was bumped up to her class when the schools desegregated. She was an awesome teacher who made learning fun. She would write the first paragraph of a story on the board and we’d write the rest of it. I loved it. She would read my stories to her husband. He was my parents friend and they apparently had many conversations about my stories. lol

    • March 26, 2012 11:04 pm

      Thanks for your nice words. And I’m so glad I’m not the only one who cried during Pollyanna!

  3. March 23, 2012 2:06 am

    I get tons of freckles and then I burn. I always cry when I read books about holocaust and I do cry at the movies when it’s not really appropriate and then people including my friends look at me funny and also make fun of me.

    • March 26, 2012 11:04 pm

      Yep, the Holocaust subjects will do it every time. I’m even worse off in the movies. I can’t even watch “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

  4. March 23, 2012 7:04 am

    I’m allergic to the sun because of the medications I take Leah, so rarely go in it, but if I did I would burn fairly easily being light skinned. Last weekend I watched the story of C.S. Lewis (Shadowlands) with a friend and absolutely sobbed my heart out, (you know when you’re crying so hard you’re shuddering?!) Anthony Hopkins did SUCH a good portrayal of C.S. Lewis, and the whole love story, and the British bit, and I better stop or I’ll be slobbering all over my computer!

    • March 26, 2012 11:05 pm

      I never knew Shadowlands was about C.S. Lewis! Now I want to watch it. Thanks for the recommendation.

  5. March 23, 2012 9:14 am

    Have you read the book The Paris Wife?

    • March 26, 2012 11:05 pm

      No, but I’m dying to read it! It’s on my list of books to read. Have you read it? Thoughts?

      • March 27, 2012 12:14 pm

        I did and I loved it! If you liked the movie Midnight in Paris then the story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife (The Paris Wife) is so interesting.

  6. March 23, 2012 10:35 am

    i cry with anything dog related, too! it’s pitiful.

    • March 26, 2012 11:06 pm

      I know! Especially an abandoned dog or one that dies. I can’t handle it!

  7. March 23, 2012 1:17 pm

    Congratulations on the award. Now I have to think up my own answer. I never finished Edgar Sawtelle (to busy at the time I bought it). Now I’ll have to go back and read.

    • March 26, 2012 11:07 pm

      I think what I loved about Edgar Sawtelle so much was the descriptions about him and the dog. I really could feel for the dog.

  8. March 23, 2012 9:02 pm

    Congrats on the blog award! I also enjoy show tunes in the shower. The acoustics in there make me sound just like a Broadway star 😉 RENT is my usual go-to musical to butcher, er, sing!

    • March 26, 2012 11:07 pm

      Oh, Rent is a good one! Seasons of Love is a classic!

  9. March 23, 2012 10:21 pm

    What a fun ost! I enjoy reading these sort of things…. I burn, too!

    • March 26, 2012 11:08 pm

      I love these posts too. So fun to write and read.

  10. March 26, 2012 9:48 am

    Fun! I cry with cotton commercials, but recently I’d say watching a british show called Being Human. The vampire was killed and I was inconsolable.

  11. jolinapetersheim permalink
    March 26, 2012 1:57 pm

    How cute this is! Sometimes I burn, sometimes I tan…it’s hard to know what’s going to happen, but I always know that getting sun equals more freckles! I got teary eyed watching Marley & Me with my mother and daughter shortly after Adelaide was born. We were all clustered together on the couch, and when Marley was getting put to sleep, all three of us were sobbing. (I don’t think Addie was touched by the story, though.)

    • March 26, 2012 11:09 pm

      Little Addie will appreciate it soon enough! Marley & Me pretty much left me in hysterics. I think I cried more reading that book though. I was a wreck!

  12. March 26, 2012 3:09 pm

    Show tunes in the shower are the best (especially Grease!). 🙂

  13. March 26, 2012 3:46 pm

    Edgar Sawtelle is on my shelf but unread. It’s going to make me cry??!

    • March 26, 2012 11:10 pm

      Parts of it will make you cry (or at least it did for me). I loved all the descriptive language of the boy and the relationship with the dog. I really felt so much for the dog.


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