The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Monday, March 19, 2018

St. Patrick's Day, Six Word Memoir and More

photo by Austin Steele
This dog looks confident enough to pull off the beads, the
bandana and the beanie, don't you think?

photo by Austin Steele

Every year a huge St. Patrick's Day Parade goes through my school's neighborhood. This year, I was enjoying the parade from friends' house. They had a room porch and most importantly, a bathroom.

These are photos taken by Post Dispatch photographer Austin Steele.

photo by Austin Steele
This is the crowd in front of my school.

The parade inspired my six-word memoir this week:

Green seas...and rivers of beer-pee.
(I counted the hyphenated words as one word. Arrest me.)

And now onto the "more" part.

Lisa Ricard Claro nominated me (along with other bloggers) for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Here are the grueling requirements:

1. Thank the writer who nominated me. Thanks, Lisa.

2. Answer the questions. (Read the answers below if you need bathroom reading material.)

3. Nominate other bloggers for the award. (See the list at the end of this post.)

4. Write the same number of questions for the blogger who nominated me. (That means 11, guys.)

5. Notify the bloggers I nominated. (I'll send them an email.)

Now, here are Lisa's questions and my answers:

What do you most enjoy about writing/blogging?
As far as blogging, I love being able to connect with people all over the country and the world. One of the writers in my accountability group is living in England (I think). I have a blogging friend who lives in India. Getting to know these people via their writing is delightful.

As far as writing, I love being able to vent through my writing. I also enjoy taking a rough piece and polishing it up until it's kind of pretty and shiny.

Where is the coolest place you've ever traveled to?
I love France (my favorite place is a small village outside of Pau, at the base of the Pyrenees) but the coolest place I've traveled to is the ground. I've been skydiving three times, and looking up and seeing the sky and looking down and also seeing the sky is beyond cool. It's scary and fabulous and energizing.

Describe your favorite snack.
Anything that's both sweet and salty is a great snack, but since I'm trying to stay away from the sugar demon, I'd choose salt and pepper pistachios--the unshelled ones.

What's the best movie you've seen lately?
That's a tough one. I saw The Greatest Show on Earth recently, and I loved it. I saw The Shape of Water a week or so ago, and was enthralled. A couple of months ago, I saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and had a wonderful discussion after the credits stopped running. 

I can't choose. Sorry.

What's your favorite season, and why?
Fall is my favorite season. The trees change color (take that, Lisa! Those palm trees never change, do they? ;) and there's a special crispness and smell when autumn arrives.

Do you believe in ghosts?
I've never seen a ghost, but my husband has experienced something, so who knows. I do know we only use 10% of our brain's capabilities, so people reappearing after they're dead, well... I wouldn't say it couldn't ever happen. 

What advice do you give but don't take yourself?
Reach for the stars. I've had a writing idea for close to 20 years--a screenplay based on one of my favorite books. However, it seems so impossible (to get permission, for one) so the idea has just gotten dusty.

If you had to choose one color, what would it be?
Green would be my color.

When was the last time you laughed?
My husband (frequently) dances around, imitating Channing Tatum or Jason Momoa. Each time we laugh together. (I might laugh a little louder than he does, but it is a hilarious moment we share.)

Do you prefer a tablet or an actual book while reading?
When I travel on a long trip, and I can bring it, I love to take a tablet. However, I fall asleep with a book in my hands most nights, and what I have as my bathroom reading are books, so actual paper and binding books are what I prefer most of the time.

If you could have one wish granted, do you know what it would be?
I'm going back and forth between a couple of possibilities, so no, I'm not sure which one it would be.

Here are my nominees:

Val the Victorian
Donna Volkenannt
Lynn Obermoeller

Here are the questions for my nominees:

1. What was your first singer/movie star crush?
2. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be, and why?

3. What was the riskiest thing you ever did?
4. What great TV show or movie have you seen recently?
5. If you had a theme song (like Ally McBeal did), what would it be?
6. If you could have dinner with five famous people--either living or dead--who would be sitting at the six-top with you?
7. What would make up your favorite meal? In other words, what dishes/foods would be on the table for your favorite breakfast/lunch or dinner?
8. What book have you read recently that you would recommend?
9. If you had to "travel" to another era to live, which one would you not choose, and why?
10. Describe a "brush with greatness" you had.
11. What do you most enjoy about writing/blogging?

            Enjoy the rest of your week.


  1. I loved reading your answers and getting to know you better!

    1. Pat--Thanks. I should have nominated you. You would have had fascinating answers, I'm sure.

  2. So, your husband is a laugh a minute, too?

    1. Linda--Oh yeah, he's the source of constant levity...

  3. Love your answers, BUT ... I changed number 11. Guess you missed that. Here's what you were supposed to answer: You’ve just discovered you’re a superhero—what’s your name and superpower?

    Thanks for playing along! :)

    1. Lisa--I screwed up. Again. ;) I guess my name would be (after reading your latest post) Nutella Woman... Able to clean out a jumbo jar in an almost-single sitting...

  4. Thanks for the honor! I'll get right on that, as soon as I can pencil it into my busy schedule! Retirement is more time-consuming than you'd think.

    I didn't believe in ghosts either...until I saw one. And I'm also a fan of fall. And the color green.

    1. Val--Yes, you're right. I don't think it's all that time-consuming... unless you spend every waking hour trying to plot how to get Hick out of the house on a more consistent basis...

  5. Well, like Val, I'll pencil this in and get around to it.... so the questions are up to the blogger who nominates the person? As your questions are different than Lisa's. I don't know that I can nominate anyone that would do it, so it may end on my end :-)

    1. Lynn--Nooo. Don't break the chain. It's like those chain letters. If you break it, bad things will happen. ;)

  6. Great answers, Sioux. I'm green with envy that you had such a good spot to view the parade.

    1. Donna--As Irish as you are, I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

  7. But you didn't even give yourself the award, Sioux! (On the other hand, great pics of St. Pat' Day! So maybe that counts, too!)

  8. Cathy--I finally put the award into my sidebar. Thanks for the reminder.

  9. Great answers, Sioux. I know you've traveled to some pretty cool places, but the skydiving thing? Uh-uh, not now, not ever!


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