The “Tagged In” Blog Award

Both C and John nominated me for the ‘Tagged In’ Blog Award!


The rules for this award are as follows:
* Post the award to your site.
* Nominate eleven other bloggers for the award.
* Ensure to post these following rules.
* Share eleven facts about yourself, including an image to go along with it.
* Answer the eleven questions allocated to you.
* Decide on eleven new questions and ensure your nominees answer them.
* Make sure you notify your nominees of their award nomination.

Well, since I’ve been nominated twice, I will be answering both sets of 11 questions. However, I will only share 11 facts about myself, not 22. And I will only only ask 11 new questions. And, instead of nominating 11 others, I will abide by John’s rule, and only nominate 8 others.

Mouse’s 8 Nominees (in no particular order):

1. Mckenzie at the unabridged girl.

2. Gabbie at Tell me, when will my life begin?

3. Brea at Finding Brea.

4. ME, I, AND US.

5. Pete Denton – Writer.


7. Her at justthegirloverthere.

8. Curves Become Her.

Tag! You’re all it!

Mouse’s Eleven Questions to Her Eight Nominees:

And if you, any reader, would like to answer any of these questions yourself, please do!

1. What is ‘funny’ to you?

2. How do you spend a typical Saturday night?

3. How do you best handle stress?

4. What three words would you use to describe your personality?

5. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night person?

6. What is your favorite sport, either to participate in directly or to watch on TV?

7. Who do you regard as your biggest role model, and why?

8. Is there a particular song that you feel best fits or describes you?

9. Who is/are your favorite actor(s) and actress(es)?

10. If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

11. What is your favorite kind of weather?

Eleven Facts about Mouse (including some images):

1. I’ve been trying to curb my swearing. Not that I had a habit of swearing, but I did it too much for my own comfort. Anymore, if I have to say something ‘offensive,’ I usually say something completely nonsensical, like “Oh gol drat it.” Or “Oh globitz!” which is courtesy of Berk from “The Trap Door.” Lately I’ve been using the good old Pooh Bear standby of “Oh stuff and fluff.” I think I might have said it too loud at work one day and made someone laugh with it.

2. I love cartoons. Absolutely love cartoons. If I ever watch TV, chances are I’m watching some sort of cartoon show. My top six favorite cartoon shows of all time are “Daria,” “Invader Zim,” “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” “Animaniacs,” “Ed Edd n Eddy,” and “Garfield and Friends.” Of course, I also adore all the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts.

3. Years ago, I tried at being vegan. I did not eat meat, at all. It didn’t last. But I can only eat lean meats, like chicken and turkey. I don’t eat a lot of beef or pork, and I really do not like steak and red meats. So. I’m strange, I know!

4. Here’s another strange food-related thing for you. I like fish, of course, but I cannot eat tuna straight from the can. I can’t eat it plain, and I don’t like tuna salad, either. The only time I can eat tuna is if I mix it in with macaroni and cheese. Strange but true.

5. Within the family history, there was a relative (by marriage, not by blood) who changed the spelling of our family’s real last name. She wanted our last name to look more poetic. Ah, a relative after my own heart.

6. Even though I can’t paint or draw, I love art. I’ve recently discovered the painter Canaletto. I love M.C. Escher and Salvador Dali. Of course, I like Monet and Degas. And Georgia O’Keefe! I love Georgia O’Keefe! Youngest Brother is also a big fan of the website DeviantArt, and often shows me digital art that he thinks I would like – I don’t know if I like it all, although some of it is really good; I’ve found a couple images for blog posts.

7. I also love photography. In 2008, when I accompanied my mom on a work conference she had to attend in Milwaukee, I went to the Milwaukee Art Museum, to their Foto exhibition, and I could barely breathe looking at the various photographs on the walls. My two favorites were the Hans Bellmer photo and the Erno Berda photo.

This is the Hans Bellmer photo, titled “Self Portrait with the Doll”:

Found via Google search for 'hans bellmer'
Found via Google search for ‘hans bellmer’

And this is the Erno Berda photo, simply titled “Hand”:

Found via Google search for 'erno berda'
Found via Google search for ‘erno berda’

And I love love love the Victorian photography of Julia Margaret Cameron. I can’t remember how I found her photos – I think via an innocuous Google search for some emotional image – but I just love her work!

This is a photo of hers, of actress Ellen Terry:

Found via Google search for 'julia margaret cameron'
Found via Google search for ‘julia margaret cameron’

8. I may be a tomboy at heart, but I do love to wear skirts and dresses. Just, you know, only during the spring and summer months, and some fall days.

9. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to dress up for Halloween once as Christine Daae from “Phantom of the Opera.” But I haven’t been able to find the right sort of costume. This is the exact costume I would want to wear:

Scanned by me, courtesy of a piano book my mother had
Scanned by me, courtesy of a piano book my mother had

10. I have dreamt a couple stories in my sleep before. The best one would have been the one about a girl and a cursed necklace. If I could have remembered it upon waking, it would have made a fabulous story. That is why I never go to sleep without either my recorder nearby or a notebook and pen nearby.

11. Or my Neo. My Neo has been instrumental in helping me with my writing since I got it in 2008. This is my Neo:

Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me

No, it is not a laptop. It’s just a little portable word processor, and it can save up to eight files on it. All you do on it is type. I carry it with me in my bookbag everywhere I go, just in case inspiration strikes.

Mouse’s Answers to C’s Eleven Questions:

1. What is your favourite hobby?
~ I’ve now got several. Writing, of course. Music, both listening to it and playing it. Watching movies. Walking. I will soon be biking – within the next month, I will have a new bike, and I can’t wait for that!

2. If you could choose a favourite piece of attire, what would it be?
~ I actually just bought a new dress via Kohl’s online. It’s an Apt. 9 design, and the Kohl’s website describes it as a ‘floral empire maxi dress in Natalia orange.’

Photo courtesy of Kohl's website, via cut-and-paste-in-Paint
Photo courtesy of Kohl’s website, via cut-and-paste-in-Paint

Of course, I didn’t get a chance to try it on first, so I was dreading its arrival, because what if it didn’t fit at the bust properly (because I am, um, busty). When I got it, I tried it on, and it fit just fine. And now I can’t wait to wear it.

3. What is your favourite scent?
~ Burning leaves in the fall. So wonderful. So poignant.

4. Do you know what true love is?
~ No.

5. What is your favourite piece of advice?
~ Just be.

6. Do you enjoy chocolate too?
~ Not often. Just every now and then. And then I can only eat milk chocolate.

7. A place you dream of living at?
~ Somewhere that has four seasons. Or else either Seattle, Washington or London, England. Or else just somewhere in Illinois – because all roads lead to Illinois….

8. What is your biggest fear?
~ Aside from losing someone I love, it’d be bees. Yup. Bees are the spawn of Satan, to coin a phrase of Older Sister’s. The day killer bees invade the city I’m living in is the day I stop going outside, period.

9. Do you want to learn any new things?
~ Nothing new. Just old made new again. I’d love to take up piano and/or keyboards again. I would love to learn to draw better. Or perhaps dancing, because I can’t.

10. What is your favourite meal?
~ Spaghetti and meatballs, as made by my mother. (I’m still working on perfecting the sauce!)

11. What is your favourite colour?
~ Blue. As Regina Spektor sings, blue is “the most human color,” and I agree with her. (Song at the end!)

Mouse’s Answers to John’s Eleven (well, actually twelve) Questions:

1. What is the nicest thing anyone ever said to you or about you?
~ Well. It would have to be that a gentleman said I was beautiful. And he and I tried at a relationship, but it didn’t work out. It wasn’t him. It was me. So. No regrets, though.

2. What is the best thing about your blog (I mean yours!)?
~ My blog? I don’t know. Maybe the picture of my cat with her face buried in ribbon whipped cream from a while back. Funny!

3. What is the worst thing about my blog (mine, that is)?
~ I’m being totally honest when I say there isn’t a worst thing about your blog, John. Because there really isn’t. There are some posts I have to read more than once before I understand them, but that’s it.

4. In descending order, from the best to worst, rate these five things: a) fine chocolate, b) fine wine, c) fine sex, d) fine bdsm (no sex), e) deep kindness of some random stranger to you.
~ e) is best, for sure, and then a). And that’s it for me. I don’t have any experience with b), c), or d).

5. If I asked you to spit on me, would you, now that you know me?
~ No. Probably not. Sorry.

6. Favourite brand new song.
~ Moetar’s “Dichotomy.” Thank you, Mozo!

7. If you can remember a dream, tell it to us.
~ It’d be considered a recurring dream, and a dream about a child to boot. I dream that I’ve had my very first child – I can tell it’s my first child because of how I feel in the dream, scared and nervous and proud and so full of love for the babe. And in every dream the child is a boy, and in every dream I give him the same name. Only I won’t tell you what I named him….in case it’s meant to be a dream come true.

8. Favourite movie of the last 12 months.
~ It’s actually from 2009, but I first saw it within the past year – “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans.” Definitely a movie you should see before you die. And Younger Brother tells me I would like “The Silver Linings Playbook,” which I wanted to see but didn’t, and so I’m waiting for the DVD, if it’s not out already.

9. Have you ever enjoyed pain? Explain a little.
~ No, I haven’t ever enjoyed pain, or even inadvertently causing pain.

10. Last time you remember noticing that you were really happy or serene….where were you?
~ It was very recently, and it was a strange day. Overall, I was feeling down that day, but I was with family and we were having lunch together, and it was like we were in our own little happy bubble, and I just felt so completely happy and thinking that this was where I wanted and needed to be in my life right now, right where I’m at, with what I’m doing right now, and surrounded by those who love me.

11. Are you mostly a happy person?
~ For a pessimist, I’m eternally optimistic. So, yes, actually, I am mostly happy.

12. Do you know what love is (and if you do, explain it)?
~ No. I only know unconditional love, like from family and pets. I do not know true love. Not to say I wouldn’t know it if I ever felt it, but I probably won’t ever, so.

I’ve always loved this quote; Jason Jordan said it:

Found via Google search for 'jason jordan quote'
Found via Google search for ‘jason jordan quote’

Song time!

From her 2009 album “Far,” this is Regina Spektor with a song called “Blue Lips,” therein containing the sentiment about the color blue expressed above.

Most likely catch you again on Friday!


6 thoughts on “The “Tagged In” Blog Award

  1. Great answers..thanks for the effort you took, but have you never had nice chocolate? really…you need to one day. And love Regina Spektor….

    • I only like milk chocolate, and that would basically be Hershey’s. So, no, I’ve not ever had nice chocolate. (I think that’s what you meant, yes….?)

      • Actually I leave that interpretation to you…..that clarifies….say why, after all these years would you not try chocolate made by a European chocolatier….they really are exquisite….put it on the to do list next time you go to France …

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