20 Questions & Songs For a Rainy Day

Although it may not be rainy where you are, the cold rain here even has Athena down in the dumps!

20 questions

This is a real-time picture! I looked behind me at the sad dog, took this grainy photo, emailed it to myself, and provided it here to show you what the cold rain does to us around here. Let’s hope it’s better on all the plants and trees.

20 questions

Couldn’t you just hug my dog? Yesterday when I was pulling out of the school parking lot, with my windows down, I was blasting a little gem (video below). It took me back in time, the same way Lisa’s blog did yesterday with this meme. It reminded me of a simpler time of blogging, which wasn’t that long ago. It was when Elaine used to do Old School Blogging link ups that we could link up posts with. It was a great way to get to know each other, and to write about ourselves.

Isn’t that why we blog?

It’s definitely why I started. So I’m going “back in time” today. Feel free to write your own! Please! Oh, and I didn’t do the full 30 questions because I tend to talk too much. And I hope you enjoy my musical answers. They just seemed to fit!

1 – Do you have a lucky number and why is it lucky? I’ve always favored four. My brother thinks I made it up (in middle school) because that’s how many boys I liked at once. While not far off, it was because I had had three boyfriends and then one for good luck. I like even numbers more than odd numbers. So it just stuck. Four has been my lucky number since then..

..but I don’t like four boys at once anymore, or ever.

2 – Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one? No. And, yes. Which makes no sense. Here’s my story: I was babysitting one of my favorite families. The older boy was only a few years younger than me but still needed a sitter because both kids had a seizure disorder, and the younger one was a handful. We would usually put the little one to bed and then stay up late watching “Star Wars” together until the parents came home. One night we finally got him in bed and we were standing in the old, creaky hallway of this very old house and we BOTH saw a little boy run across the hallway in FRONT of us.

“Bobby, get in bed!” We yelled in unison at the little brother who should have been in bed BEHIND us. Guess what? He WAS in bed, behind us. And even if he was faking sleep, he still couldn’t have gotten there in so little time. It was FREAKY.

3 – What kind of music do you like most and what is the last song you downloaded? I don’t think I could ever answer that thoroughly enough because it’s like with movies – I tend to favor dramatic ones with huge climaxes that make you feel a lot. That said, I love pretty much every genre of anything, as long as it makes me feel. And that range is WIDE. I haven’t fallen in love with jazz or country yet, but there’s time still. As for the last song I downloaded, here’s another song for a rainy day:

This one is SO me.

4 – Do you play any instruments? If not, what instrument would you like to learn? I played piano twice in my youth and I was GOOD, but I stopped. I can still play by ear but it’s a big mental block. Piano is my answer for everything.

5 – Which personality trait of yours is your most favorite? Least favorite? I love that I’m intense and dreamy. I hate that I can accidentally shut off my emotions, and then they bottle and spiral out of control and they’re too much, too STRONG.

6 – What is the furthest you have traveled from where you live? Didn’t you know I went to Alaska?? I still think about it every day and dream about it nearly every night. All the things I’ve done, and all the things I should have done there.

7 – If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? I actually answered this one for a linkup not to long ago. I wrote, “Stop crime, travel free, creep around.” I’d like to think less emphasis on creeping around? I’m no creep.

8 – If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy? A latte! And home renovations/mortgage type stuff.

9 – When you go to the movies, do you get popcorn or candy? If candy, which kind? For just me, I only get popcorn. I love it. I know it’s awful there but we have a local theater that uses REAL BUTTER. It’s so magical! Almost like stovetop.

10 – Speaking of movies, what is the last one you saw in a theater? I have a song for that!

11 – What were your best and worst subjects in high school? English was my best and math was my worst. And that was really funny when it came time for college placement exams, and I only did average with English, but scored so high on the math exam that I placed out of college level math and never had to take it! I took computer science instead. To this day, the only math I’ve done since then is (poorly) helping Scarlet with her homework. And yet, I’m a math genius apparently!?

12 – What were the mascot and colors of your high school? We were the Roxbury Gaels. And I think we were blue and gold?

13 – What time is your alarm clock set for and what sound does it make (buzzer, radio, a particular song)? I haven’t used an alarm clock in at least ten years, but I would totally set it to this, if I had to use one:

14 – Are you an early bird or a night owl? Has that changed with age? I’m both! And yes, it has changed with age. I was always a night owl until my 20’s and then I got sleepy at night. Now, I am horrified by early morning but I thrive so well there. I think my ideal sleeping time is 11-8. When left to my own devices, I sleep until nine. With kids? It’s like 12-7, unless I pass out on the couch around 8-10, OR find myself wide awake at 5:00am. I just never know. I can find magic in the night, and even more magic in the morning. I love daylight, but I love alone time too. Whenever I can get that!

15 – If you were only allowed to have one type of dessert for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Ice cream. It’s so versatile. And there are enough flavors to keep me satisfied for life, and then I’d just make my own!

16 – Have you or would you ever skydive or bungee jump? It’s not a plaguing issue for me to skydive, but I suppose I’d rather do that than bungee jump. I’d love to feel like I’m flying. I love any chance to feel like I’m flying.

17 – Do you frequently remember your dreams? What is the last dream you recall? YES. They’re deep. So deep. Like this one last week – For well over a decade, I’ve had some variation of the dream in which I have final exams coming up for classes I forgot to attend, and certainly didn’t study for. (do you??) In last night’s dream, I ran into a girl at a store and realized with a start that I knew her from a class I had stopped attending. For the first time in history, IN THE DREAM, I stopped for a minute and thought, “Well, hey. I guess Rutgers took my money and realized I forgot about my courses, but WHO CARES?? I’m self-made, I use my journalism major, and people pay me. Who needs those classes anyway??”This is a startling development for my plaguing nightmare! I also always have and always will dream about this guy:

18 – Who is the last person you actually called (no texting!)? What was your conversation about? Don’t get too excited! We called Cassidy’s mom on our way to Connecticut over the weekend to wish Grandpa Ernie a belated Happy Birthday.

19 – Are you a hugger? Other than spouses or children, who is the last person you hugged? I have hugged friends and clients over the last few days, and people who are both friends and clients. I AM a hugger, but it’s weird and on my own terms, so it can look like I’m decidedly not one. If I can get out of the weirdness of my own.. weirdness, I’d never let you go!

20 – Using the first letter of your first name, list the following- all beginning with that letter.

Food – Toffee! (tomatoes)
Drink – Toffee Coffee! My sources says that doesn’t exist, even though it does, so.. Tomato Juice! (I don’t even like tomatoes)
Item of Clothing – Tankini (obvs)
Something in the bathroom – Toothpaste
Something in the kitchen – Toaster, baby
A city – Taipei.. is that one?
A movie – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (oh, dear)
A Book – Treasure Island

The End! A medal for you if you read all of that.

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  1. You’re adorable.
    I was not a fan of Beauty and the Beast. I know. Hate me.
    I used to play the clarinet – terribly.
    My alarm clock is a child and a senior dog who wakes me up at least 3 times a night.
    Shawn sang creep one night while playing Rock Band with friends and he will never live that performance down.

    1. YOU’RE adorable!
      My sister played the clarinet, and I thought it was terrible!
      No senior dogs but cats love to wake people up! Only after she does it, will Athena run in all like, “Hey, I want to eat too but I wasn’t the one to wake you up, just so you know!”

  2. Now I just learned a few more things that I didn’t know before. I still have Alaska on my bucket list. Maybe I’ll make it there one day but for now I’ll just vicariously through your posts and photos.

  3. Love this! Like you, English was my best subject and Math was my worst. Ugh. Still hate it. Beauty and the Beast was my most recent movie too. Thanks for the trip down memory lane with those videos. Queen forever! “Under Pressure” was my mantra at my former job. Thank God I escaped! LOL

  4. Wow, so much fun, tamara. I’m getting to know you because I knew some of these answers before I read them. I believe in ghosts (have seen one or two). I dream vividly and try to understand them. My school colors were blue and gold, too. University colors were green and gold. I love Brilliant Disguise sooooo much! I love your dessert choice. Mine would be chocolate cake with the melted chocolate center. Could eat that 4 the rest of ma life. Loved the music accompanied here, Tamara!

    1. mm.. Cassidy makes an incredible cake like that. I think it’s call lava cake? Molten cake? Something like that!
      I’d love to hear your ghost stories one day!

  5. Eek about the ghost! I’ve always believed in them. I’ve felt a presence but have never seen a ghost.

    I am NOT a hugger. I don’t mind my family, but it’s weird with anyone else for me.

  6. I love these memes. I often believe these details reveal more than we realize. Beauty and the Beast was the last movie I watched on a fun mother-daughter date. We opted for popcorn and Sourpatch.

    1. I feel the same way and if I see a good meme on one of your blogs, I always borrow. They’re too good to miss!
      Cassidy LOVES popcorn and Sourpatch.

  7. Oh #2, creepy. Kind of. Maybe some day we can talk about my paranormal experiences. There have been a lot. Might leave you scarred though…

    I love posts like this. Thanks Tamara. This was a fun read tonight 🙂

  8. We’ve had some awesome spring weather the past week or so, but rain is coming back with a vengeance this weekend 🙁 Oh Well gives me an excuse to stay in the house and work work work lol. Working from home is time consuming. I could totally cuddle with your dog, so sweet. Oh Tamara Back in Time takes me back to a better day! Dancing around the house with my Sister watching Back to the Future, it was so much simpler back then. I downloaded Shine by Beyonce. Starting my own business is hard and this song reminds me to keep my head up and keep moving forward. If I won the lottery the first thing I would do is get a Art Agent so they could help me share my art with the world. I would love all that money but I also want to make it as an artist and fulfill my life long dream.

  9. oh man I absolutely love when you do old school blogging! That ghost story? FREAKY but I totally believe that happened. I learned early in life not to mess with the spirits…..because they are all around. Anywho! I always said that if I ever get a random windfall I would fix my house…my kitchen in particular!!

  10. I am totally the same when it comes to emotions. (You thought I was going to say the amount of boyfriends I had at one time in high school now didn’t you – lol)… But seriously. I turn off emotions and then… BAM – FIRE WORKS. Not the good time. The Catastrophic kind that cause forest fires. HAHAHAHA! It’s funny though, I tend to only get insanely EMOTIONAL when I feel like the people I love the most are judging me. Then Yellowstone National Forest burns down again! LMFAO!

  11. It always makes me so happy to learn more about you. I saw Beauty and The Beast last weekend with my sister and fell in love with it. I always put m&M’s in my popcorn at the movies – it’s so good. And you should definitely try sky diving!

  12. Awww, I love you for sharing this <3 Also it's a terribly gross rainy day here in NJ, so I needed some good happy music to start my day. And Huey Lewis is hitting the sweet spot, so thank you! Also I totes want to hug Athena. She looks so snuggly in that pic!

    That haunted story is SO CREEPY! But I love it. You know, me and my fascination with ghosts 🙂 Did I tell you my bestie and I are planning a trip to a haunted town in Texas? I can't wait!

    PS: your best/worst subjects were mine, too. Though science was up there with math–glad I don't have to use them much (though the math probably would come in handy if I didn't have a calculator on my phone, ha!).

    1. Funny because it’s four months later and I’m finally answering, but it’s a gross day today in MA! It’s been a lot of gorgeous ones, though.
      Huey Lewis is all about the sweet spot! (that sounded gross, didn’t it?)
      I NEED to hear more about this Texas trip.

  13. Oh I love these questions! I feel just like Athena does every time that I have a rainy day. Well they make me a little sad, they also make me contemplative. I have to say I do believe in ghosts although thankfully, I have never seen one. Thank you for the metal too!

  14. Before kids I always went to bed early. But now I’m always trying to get something done or either relax once my kids are asleep. I wish I could get back in the habit of going to sleep early.

  15. I feel like I just went back to high school. My youngest made a motion machine thingie for school and when we videoed it we used “back in time” as the soundtrack. Because it had a train and back to the future and all that.

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