Thursday, November 5, 2009

Awards, Honesty and Mindless Botanical Knowledge

Thanks to Patti at Book Addict for this award. I am supposed to pick 7 blogs to pass this along to, and then list 10 honest things about myself. Well, the blogs I would have picked have already won the award, and I feel sort of uncomfortable only picking 7. I read a lot of blogs, and a nice chunk of them can be seen in my sidebar. So please take a look. In addition to some really fun romance blogs (some are serious, some are irreverent, some are silly, and some are informational....and oh yeah, some are crude, rude and make me laugh!), I also have some writer's blogs, and some non-romance blogs, such as The Long and Short Of It All (a great dachshund site) and Please Pack Your Knives And Go (a Top Chef site which is hilarious). I will now attempt to write 10 honest things about myself.

1. I have been known to huddle inside the bathroom with a romance novel to avoid my children. 
2. I met my husband in organic chemistry lab (he was the lab intern).  I got a D- in organic chemistry. My husband won the organic chemistry award at graduation. I guess opposites attract.
3. Sometimes I skip meals and instead drink a gingerbread latte from Starbucks. Same number of calories.
4. My daughter and I like to play Britney Spears' videos and dance around my office.
5. I don't write because I have to, because it is my destiny, or because I have people talking in my head. I write because it's fun.
6. My dream is to live in a shack in Vermont.
7. I have a wee, little obsession with beards. (Picture Hugh Jackman as Wolverine). Get it?
8. I adore dachshunds, and when I see strangers on the street walking their wiener dogs I squeal with happiness.
9. I have a master's degree in plant taxonomy, and I pretty much know the Latin names for every freaking plant I see. Which is pretty much taking up a lot of brain cells for no apparent reason.
10. I haven't read a non-romance book in at least 5 years. Which drives my husband nuts. But it makes me very happy! :)

I am hoping to finish To Desire A Devil today. I read the second half first, and the first half second, and now I'm reading the whole damned thing. What a muddle. At least the swine flu epidemic has temporarily vacated my household. Sheesh! I'm pretty damned close to sending my kids to school in astronaut gear. Maybe that would help.


Carolyn Crane said...

Oh, hey, I love your list! How cool that you have that plant taxonomy masters. Surely it will come in handy in a romance soon.

Penelope said...

Hi Carolyn! Actually, one of my WIPs is called Diabolical, and it's a botanical mystery/romance. Hopefully, it will see the light of day before I'm 85 years old! :)

Mandi said...

I huddle in my bathroom to avoid my in-laws. The bathroom has so many uses.

I love a beard. My favorite singer, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, now has a beard for his South American tour. I stare at him all day (even more than before) LOL.

Victoria Morgan said...

That is a riot about your husband. I think you've told me the story how you met before, but it still cracks me up. But seriously, I had to write you about the Pumpkin Spice latte. Pleaaase, it's not the same calories as a full meal, is it? Say it ain't so. And here I was wondering where those extra pounds came from.....

Smokinhotbooks said...

We are coffee soul mates. Give me a latte or give me death! Since my bathroom is located in the bedroom, I usually hop into my car and read. My neighbors think I'm weird but I could care less!

Penelope said...

Hi Mandi! Too bad we can't move a nice chair and reading lamp into the bathroom. It would be the perfect hide-away! One of these days I will have to do a top ten beards of all time list.

Vicki- Hi!!!! I think you can save calories if you get it skinny and no whip, but who the hell wants to do that?????

Smokinhot- I love reading in the car! My son gets out of school at 2. I get to the school at 1:30 with a latte and a romance novel and enjoy some "quiet" time. It's the best!

Michelle Picard said...

Now that the kids are old enough, I kind of dig going to their extra curriculars. It means reading time for me. But I'm a pro at looking up at key moments as my son does karate to give him a smile and a thumbs up. Am I a bad mother? Probably, but hey, I'm there and I'm publically promoting literacy by example.

Penelope said...

Hi Michelle! You are a master of multi-tasking, babe!!! Watching karate, reading a romance novel, sipping a latte...we moms make it look easy! :)