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.
Penelope

8 comments:

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! :)