Ten on… Thursday? A break from #reverb10

1. What do you order at Starbucks?

Iced venti extra-carmel carmel macchiato.

2. Where is your favorite place to eat breakfast?

I don’t really, um, eat breakfast.

3. Are you on Twitter? Why or why not?

Yes! @kacijohanna – I joined because I was bored one day, but now I’m really into it. It’s let me connect to fellow bloggers and learn about my community – I follow some local-ish news organizations and get some good info that way. Plus, I always hear on Twitter first when famous people die.

4. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Love, Actually.

5. Are you a good gift giver?

Um… when I actually give gifts, yes.

6. Do you like your handwriting? Bonus points for posting a picture.

It’s alright… better some days than others.

7. Is your signature legible? Bonus points for posting a picture.

Sure. You can tell there’s a “K” there at the beginning, and that it ends with an “i” anyway.

8. Have you ever been to New York during Christmas season?

I’ve never been to New York, period. BUT I was in Vegas for New Year’s once. Pretty amazing.

9. Are there any items that you are completely brand loyal?

Miracle Whip. Beddar Cheddars. Litehouse ranch. So… mostly food.

10. Who is your favorite public speaker?

Um… Josh Turner? But singing. I could listen to him sing alllll day. That voice!

Photo: Love, Actually

Ten on Tuesday: Chelsea

Ten on Tuesday – my first!

Chelsea over at Roots & Rings does this Ten (questions) on Tuesday thing and… this is me, trying to get out of a blogging funk.

Here we go!

1. What are your plans for the holidays? Do you travel at Thanksgiving? If you celebrate Christmas, do you travel then, too?
My plans are pretty much on hold right now, depending on the weather. I’m no good at driving in snow, and it’s snowing, so there’s that. Best case scenario, I’d go to my mom’s for Thanksgiving, and the traveling to the regular mish-mash of Christmas festivities starting in the middle of December.

2. How do you make the plans for the holiday? If you have a significant other, how do you decide which family to visit?
I try to plan ahead, but sometimes planning too far ahead gives me anxiety (only joking a little bit here, people) so a lot of the time I just kind of play it by ear.

3. Do you have your Thanksgiving meal at lunch or later in the day?
We usually eat at Mom’s around… 2 or 3? After snacking all morning… then I usually eat again later in the evening.

4. Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

5. After a big meal do you lounge around or get up and take a walk?
LOUNGE! Play on the internet while silly boys watch their silly football.

6. Do you shop on “Black Friday” or do you avoid it?
Nooo no no no. My big sister has tried to get me to go with her a couple times, but I am just not okay with waking up that early on a day I don’t have to go to work. I think I would like to give it a shot one of these years, though, just to say I did it.

7. When do you usually finish your Christmas shopping?
I’m a procrastinator, so… sometimes, I get my last gift on my way to whatever event at which I’m supposed to deliver said gift. Whoops.

8. Do you and your significant other exchange gifts? Is there a budget?
Budget, schmudget. Just gotta be able to pay (most of) the bills.

9. When do you decorate for the holidays?
Whenever I want. I put up a couple little things this weekend.

10. Do you go “all out” with the decor or do you keep it simple?
I usually keep it pretty simple, but then, I’ve never decorated a house I OWN for Christmas, so this year might be different?

Image source: Martin Cathrae

Ten on Tuesday: Roots and Rings

Ten on Tuesday… Or: Blog meme, yay?

… it’s still Tuesday! For a little bit!

This was definitely stolen from Chelsea at Roots and Rings, who got the questions from Sarah at Life at a Different Pace.

Whew. Too many links. Moving on… to the, um, good stuff?

So I’m just supposed to tell which product/brand I use for each of these categories, and why.

1. Cell Phone

I have the Motorola Droid, and yes that means I go through Verizon. I’d love to tell you that we’re with Verizon because I love them or their service is great or their prices are too low to pass up or something, but I can’t. We switched from AT&T to Verizon after I got my new job, because there is no AT&T coverage in my new town. (But try telling THEM that? They didn’t believe me. Some bullshit about not being able to guarantee coverage in buildings. Whatthefuckever, dude.) We probably *should* have made the move to Inland Cellular, which is not a big fatty national brand, but it gets awesome coverage in the area. But. They didn’t have the Motorola Droid and, well, those damn TV commercials worked on me. But I love my phone, so that’s that.

2. Email

Gmail. And yeah, it really is as good as you hear. (Also, I’m a Google whore.)

3. Toothpaste

Colgate? I’m not sure, nor am I picky. I’m pretty sure I just buy Colgate at this point because Colgate is what we had before we ran out… you know?

4. Car

I’ve got a 2001 VW Jetta, which I got in 200…5? 2006? Somewhere right around there. I like my car, and I’d probably LOOOOVE it if I took better care of it.

5. Writing Utensil

Pilot G2. Any color. Currently in my purse is a pink and a purple, with numerous black and blue ones running around the house. Love.

6. Lotion

Lately my skin has been so dry I’ve been using Vaseline Intensive Care with aloe something-or-other. Other than that it’s Bath and Body Works, which I have coming out of my ears because I’ve had multiple family members who have worked there. Also: Victoria’s Secret. Yum.

7. Interior Paint

So, here’s a confession: I’ve never actually painting anything on my own before. I’ve helped other people, yes, but I’ve never gone to the store, picked out the paint, bought it and brought it home before. BUT. I want to. Soon. Like, my office. And maybe some other rooms if I can get over my indecisiveness. So you out there… tell me the good brands of interior paint!

8. Soda/Drink

There are three constants in my life: Mountain Dew, Coors Light and iced tea.

Those making special guest appearances include cream soda, cherry Coke/Pepsi and chocolate milk.

9. Laundry Detergent

Tide Coldwater High Efficiency. There’s really no alternative (okay, for real though there is, I just don’t want to talk about it) with our new Electrolux washer and dryer.

10. Medicine

Just about the only thing I swear by is Excedrin Migraine for my, well, migraines. I’ve had migraines for years and nothing else works as quickly for me.

Everything else I’ll buy whatever’s cheapest. The Boy does like his Advil, though.

{PHOTO… has absolutely nothing to do with this post or my life at all but I like it anyway and I found it here.}