I Accept the Nomination on Behalf of Bloggers Everywhere

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11 grafittiI have great news to share with those of you who are following Bloggy Mountain Breakdown. Jennifer McMurrain is a nominee of the Liebster Award and she in turn nominated me as one of her 11 nominees. (I think that is what she did). I graciously accept the nomination on behalf of bloggers everywhere.  These opportunities come along once in a lifetime. How can I say no? Here is what I am honored to do:

1. Write 11 random things about myself.
2. Answer the questions I was asked. 3. Nominate and notify 11 bloggers of their notifications. 4. Ask 11 questions of my nominees. 5. Link back to the person who nominated me.

The real purpose in this exercise is to help blogger friends, Jennifer McMurrain and Heather Davis reveal new blogs to numerous people.

Eleven Random Things About Me:

  1. I had rather laugh than cry. I laugh at things that aren’t funny to anyone else. I thought Jurassic Park was a comedy.
  2. I only have 9 toenails. I was born that way. By the way nail polish doesn’t stay on bare skin.
  3. Writing is good for my mental health. It is the only thing in my life that occupies 100% of my thought life while I am doing it.
  4. Three things I wanted to become  when I was a child, a writer (of course see #3), a ballerina (too short, too shy, too poor), a NASCAR driver (I’m a girl raised in the south, it was a total boys club back then)
  5. I prefer books over movies. The last movie I saw in a theatre was True Grit. Did you notice they spoke properly and did not use contractions while speaking?
  6. I don’t like sweet desserts or candy. Blue m&ms are an abomination.
  7. I would like to be a sommelier (look it up). I have been told I have a highly refined palate. I would love to teach others the skill. Then, I could write about their tasty experiences.
  8. I am an introvert, not shy but a loner.
  9. I have lived in Tennessee (twice), Alabama, North Carolina, Florida (twice), and Oklahoma (twice).
  10. I only have two things left on my bucket list. (time to kick the bucket?) My husband made most of them happen.
  11. I am extremely organized, a neat freak, and a germaphobe. If you shake my hand, I will sanitize it immediately. You cough near me and I will run. I can open any public doors without out using my hands. NO! I don’t want to have a sip of your drink or a bite of anything that has touched your lips. Never, never double dip, I will heave.

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Eleven Questions I was asked:

What is your biggest pet peeve?  Laziness

What was your first car?  A brand new, 1977 Monte Carlo, buckskin interior with a landau roof

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be? My grandmother’s homemade buttermilk biscuits slathered with real butter.

What is your favorite clean word, that you make sound like a swear word?  Bean Soup

What movie deserves a sequel?  The Book of Eli

Who would you hate to see naked? (DO NOT say yourself) Honey Boo Boo‘s mom or New Jersey‘s Governor Christie

Where do you not mind waiting?  Airports. I know it sounds silly but I like to take my time to get my ticket and go through security. I hate rushing to get to the gate, I had rather get there early, sit, wait, watch weird people, and read.

You can be on the cover of any magazine, which one do you choose?  Rolling Stone (old, half dead rock stars can be made to look good, maybe they could make me look good, too)

Where do you like to relax? At home, on the sofa, a great book, my man beside me, and a nice glass of wine.

If you had to dispose of a body, how would you do it? (I’m asking for a friend, really.) It totally depends on where I lived. In the mountains of TN or NC, I would go to a remote ravine and throw it in, animals would take care of clean up. In FL, I would weigh it down and dump it in a swamp or the Everglades. In AL, I would leave on the football field at the University of Alabama, they are killing and disposing of entire teams this year!

If you were a member of any sitcom T.V. show family, which family would it be?  Everybody Loves Raymond ( I would kill the mother in law Marie, then the show would be a drama, I would dump her in a NY dumpster).

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My nominees for the Leibster Award:

Katelyn Brown, Shel Harrington, Mary Kincaid,  Anne Marie Davis,  Jonah Gibson, Barbara Shoff, Joy Lewis, Sarah Leslie, Margie Louise McCown, Jennifer McMurrain, Heather Davis

Eleven Questions for My Nominees

  1. What is the worst job you have ever had?
  2. What is your favorite crayon color in the 64 pack of Crayolas?
  3. If you knew you couldn’t fail and money wasn’t an issue, what would you pursue in life?
  4. Boxers or briefs?
  5. Wine or beer?
  6. What is your favorite restaurant in any place in the world?
  7. If you could choose where you live, where would it be?
  8. Have you ever broken the law?
  9. What is your favorite national park?
  10. How do you like to sleep? (On your back, side, naked, lots of pillows…)
  11. What does your mate/significant other do that gets on your nerves?

MY 11 NOMINEES, PLEASE DON’T BLOW ME OFF! I am a serious writer and you are, too. I wouldn’t nominate just anyone. Here is what you do, 1. Write 11 random things about yourself.
 2. Answer the questions I asked you. 3. Nominate and notify 11 bloggers of their notifications. 4. Ask 11 questions of your nominees. 5. Link back to the person who nominated you(that is me). I know you are busy and so am I, take time and have fun. All authors should stick together. Ready, set, go. I bet you can do it by this time tomorrow!

Southern Celebrity Sightings

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I live in a small town in Oklahoma and we’ve had our share of celebrity sightings the past couple of years. There have been two movies filmed here. Ben Affleck  and Jennifer Garner were spotted in Wal-Mart. Julia Roberts and the twins were feeding the ducks at a small city park. George Clooney even  had a facial by the aesthetician at my hair salon (giggle, I made my hubby an appointment the next day to see if she could make him look like George but he said it’s girly). The celebrities said this is a great place to film because it’s safe and friendly. They also said the local people don’t stalk them or impose on their personal lives.

boo boos momI think I had a sighting of my own this week. I was in the grocery store and I think Honey Boo Boo‘s momma was shopping right beside me in the produce aisle. She looked just like her only she hadn’t plucked her chin and lip whiskers in a month. She was dressed like her and most of all she sounded like her. There was an oversized child of undetermined gender sitting in the middle of her shopping cart (Yankee speak for buggy). This child was bossing Honey Boo Boo’s momma and Momma Boo Boo was yelling threats that were embellished with swear words. This woman was scary! She threatened to take away the Moon Pies if the child said another word.

I slowly moved away and she hollered after me. “Hey! Do your youngins do this?” I lied as I was running away, “No, I don’t have kids, they frighten me!” She let out a loud belly laugh and by belly, I mean a big, dimpley, smiling navel, belly. Half of it was exposed, hanging out from under her wife beater t-shirt.  Calling after me, she actually said, “See “you ins” (Oklahoma speak for y’all)  later.” woman and cart

I knew then, I would never darken the door of that store again. But, for a fleeting moment, I did consider going back to snap a photo of her for this blog. You know, seeing is believing.

Temptation has never been stronger but when I doubled back to hide in the potatoes to get her picture, I heard her shouting at the child, “That’s it! No Honey Boo Boo for you tonight!”

Enough said, I left.

If you suspect you have a southern celebrity sighting, please snap a quick shot with your phone. I promise I will post it, you can have your name in the credits or remain anonymous. Be careful, it’s a dangerous pursuit. If you need a therapist after the encounter, call me; I have the name of one in Hollywood.

 

 

 

Sunday Supper

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grandpa jonesWhen I was growing up, we always watched Hee Haw on Saturday nights. Every week they would feature a Hey Grandpa, What’s for Supper? segment. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=hee+haw+grandpa+what’s+for+supper&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=9A57899B6F0D3FCA12859A57899B6F0D3FCA1285

It was my favorite part of the show. Grandpa Jones would reel off a menu that included road kill and weird combinations of southern dishes. It made me giggle each time I watched him.

Tonight at our house, we are having a meal that might make Grandpa turn a backflip. We are having Carolina Pulled Pork, Butter Beans, Collard Greens, Fried Apples, Cornbread, Sweet Tea (of course!) and chocolate pie.

So, in keeping with tradition, I want to ask you, “Hey friend, what’s for supper?” All you have to do is enter it in the comment section and post. If you are planning a gourmet meal or Yankee food (heaven forbid), please give us a shout out. A good southern cook never turns down a creative menu, even from her Yankee friends. Recipes are welcome, too!

Happy eating, if you want to know how to cook any of the dishes I am having, let me know.   P.S. please help us gain readers. Pass this blog on to your friends and family.