sticking her tongue out

I Am What I Am

Who are you? I am what I am.

sticking her tongue out
Tiny-Posing for the camera!

My friend Kelly from DeBie Hive tagged me to answer 25 questions and since I am practically sleepwalking through this morning I am completely grateful. I’ve been staring at the blank screen drinking coffee by the gallon and I am not getting anywhere. It’s just one of those days where you wake up from a bad dream and feel more tired than you did before you went to sleep. I am thinking in images and not words. Thank goodness for lists and directions and friends who are REALLY Super Heroes no matter what other people say.

Here goes:

1.  Where were you born?  I was born in New London, CT. Yay…not sure what else to say about it.

2.  Were you named after someone? No. My mom liked writing my name in cursive because she thought L’s were pretty.

3. How many children do you have?  One. She’s my favorite, obviously.

4. How many pets do you have?  3 dogs (large, medium, and sort of small), 2 cats and a homeless stray cat that refuses to leave, and two chickens.
5. Your worst injury.  Does childbirth count? Oh wait, that’s not an injury. Probably when I stepped on a nail and it went through my foot.
6.  Do you have a special talent?  Most of my talents aren’t special. I am so average it hurts. I can burn food like a boss….
7.  Favorite thing to bake.  I love to bake. I can’t pick one thing. Bread, cake, cookies, muffins…I LOVE IT ALL!
8. Favorite Fast Food.  French fries, coke, hamburgers…I am going to go with the green chili cheese burger from Burger Time or Lot-o-Burger.
9.   Would you bungee jump? Heck no. I have no desire to do that. Not ever.
10.  What is the first thing you notice about people?  If they smile.
11.  When was the last time you cried?  A couple of days ago when I watched this: High School Basketball Player Passes Ball To Mentally Challenged Player On The Other Team
12.  Any current worries.  I woke up worried about choosing whether I was an artist or a writer. I’ve been worried about where this blog is going and if I am driving it in the right direction. Then, my friend posted something on her timeline saying, “I don’t have to choose. I can have both.” so that has been my mantra this morning.
13.  Name 3 drinks you drink regularly.  Coffee, water, more coffee, Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water (I am addicted).
14.  What’s your favorite bookA Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.)  
By Betty Smith (the most American and generic name I have ever seen). My Grandpa gave it to me when I was 16. I have read it three times. The idea that everyone should have something to waste has always stuck in my mind.
15.  Would you like to be a pirate? No. I think my fear of sharks would keep me off the boat. Maybe I could be a dragon instead, or a unicorn…or an artist.
16.  Favorite Smells.  Bread baking, cake baking, fried dough at the fair, laundry that has been dried on a clothesline, Thanksgiving.
17.  Why do you blog?  I want to make people laugh, think, and pay attention to me. It’s the only place in my life I get to be a STAR (even if my star power only exists in my own mind). I also like conversations and community because I live in a rural, small town where I don’t fit in all that well and sometimes I get lonely. Plus, I like learning new things which happens daily around here.
18. What song do you want played at your funeral?  I fell into a burning ring of fire….The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow….Maybe we should just stick with a poetry reading. I can’t think of any appropriate songs.
19.  What is your least favorite thing about yourself.  I’m too sensitive and get my feelings hurt too easily. People say I wear my emotions on my sleeve. Or call me a cry baby. Yep, even the good things make me tear up.
20.  Favorite hobby.  Painting, writing, singing with Tiny-Small.
21.  Name something you’ve done, you never thought you would do? I was in a play and sang a solo, I went to South Africa, I completed a Master’s Degree, I live in a dome, I moved to New Mexico…maybe I should just list my entire life. It’s all been a bit of a surprise to me.
22.  What do you look for in a friend.  Someone who makes me laugh. Someone who does most of the talking. Someone who doesn’t need my attention 24-7 because I like my space too. Someone who does not thrive on drama…this is why I have so few close friends. They are hard to come by.
23.  Favorite Fun things to do?  Traveling, dancing with Tiny-Small, eating dinner with Jim, painting, blogging, reading blogs, making bad jokes on Twitter.
24.  Pet peeves. When people leave the kitchen cabinet doors open.

25.  Whats the last thing that made you laugh?  Tiny-Small singing “Jingle Bells” while eating French toast with her dad at the breakfast table this morning.


Now I am supposed to tag a gaggle of other bloggers to answer these questions so I am going to…cue evil laughter, or if you are stuck like me today…tears of joy!

1. A Faded Ginger 2. Quirky Chrissy 3. A Fly On Our (Chicken Coop) Wall 4. Words For Worms 5. First Time Mom and Dad 6. Bear And Lion Mama 7. Family Mobile Apps 8. Still Life Miniatures 9. Little Red Writinghood 10. World’s Worst Moms.

29 thoughts on “I Am What I Am”

  1. I LOVE A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Love it. Also, I decided after my Grandma’s funeral (where the played the tri-fecta of sad church songs) that I didn’t want to ruin nice songs with sadness for anyone. So. I want Celine Dion’s greatest hits played. Everyone already hates that anyway!

      1. When I read special skills I was thinking like tie a cherry stem with your tongue or do weird double jointed flexibility poses…I think my talents are more hard work than anything special…haha!

  2. YOU ARE INCREDIBLY SPECIAL. Anything but average, really. A supremely talented creative beautiful lady, you are! And I really needed this today. Every post I’ve started this morning has been crap. So thanks for that! 🙂

    1. Awww thanks. I don’t think of my talents as special because they have mostly developed out of hard work. Plus they are sort of conventional…like I can’t juggle or ride a unicycle or sing like Celine Dion…haha!

  3. Dammit! Lilly!!! You keep proving me wrong about being sure I could not love you anymore!! I have never heard of a Tree Grows in Brooklyn But am ordering it immediately!! The hubs hates when I leave the cabinets open too, he hits his head on the high ones. The nail in the foot gave me a visual, I threw up in my mouth a little. You are so far from average it’s a word you should NEVER ever use with your name in the sentence, unless NOT is right in front of it. And Our first play date… needs to be at a burger joint! Thanks for the tag sugar plumb. xx

  4. I cried just yesterday over that same video! How can you not?
    It drives me bonkers when people leave cupboard doors open.
    You are far from average. Far, far, far from it.

    Thank for the tag. My head has been swirling, never landing on one thing to write. Clearly, focused questions is what I need today!

  5. Oh you tagged me! So now I know what I will be doing on Friday’s night…;)
    And btw this answer: “If they smile” made me laugh – I was talking to my brother the other night how much Americans value smile. In my country people rarely smile and nobody pays attention to that…I wish we could be more like the Americans in that department!

    1. Smiles are contagious. The more I see a smile the more I smile and then the happier I am. They have to be genuine, open smiles to count. 🙂

    1. That seems to be going around today! Not fitting in is difficult. I feel lucky to have the Internet, otherwise I would be incredibly isolated!

  6. Fun to read! I love blogging for the same reason ; ) Love your book pick and agree about bungee jumping! Oh and your painting and writing qualifies as special talents!

  7. Yay! I’m glad you liked doing this one! You’re awesomesauce, on a green chile burger with fries. Please tell me there is a gigantic Coke too.

    1. You saved my butt once again, Super Hero, Lady!

      Yes, giant coke! I only have coke a few times a year…because I LOVE it too much (Addict alert….whoop, whoop).

  8. It was definitely interesting reading that list, I got to know you better! I hope when I start writing these lists will be circulating! You are an incredible, talented person..far from average. I’m sure any woman would be super excited to be your friend. Wished me lived closer.

    1. I wish we lived closer too! The lists will be here…there will be new lists and when you get going you can make your own lists for other bloggers!

  9. evil cackle noted! great answers… why didn’t answer painting on your list of talents??? your water colours are so incredible, some are so bold, while other’s more subtle. anyhow… i’ll get cracking on my list! haha!

    1. I think when I read “special” talent I may have had circus stunts stuck in my mind. Like being able to eat 25 pies in a row or being able to walk on my hands uphill, in the snow. Painting has been more about practice than a natural born talent for me.

  10. You ARE a star! And I cried over that basketball video, too! I will also try remembering to shut the kitchen cabinets should I ever visit. Sorry about that. I’m very forgetful.

    1. I have to keep my cabinets shut just so things don’t fall out of them…haha! Too bad that isn’t really funny.

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