11 Questions and Answers

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You may be aware of this sudden tagging phenomenon going on in the bloggy world the past couple of weeks. Lo and behold, I was tagged 3 times.

That’s 33 different questions to answer and honestly, you’ll be deathly sick of me by the time I come to answer question 7.

So what did I do?

I went to random.org and generated 11 random numbers from 1 to 33 and these came up.

5, 6, 7, 13, 15, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29

Hence I will answer questions 5, 6 and 7 from the first blogger who tagged me (Ado from The Momalog), questions 2, 4 and 10 from blogger #2 who tagged me (Shannon from mynewfavoriteday) and questions 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 from the final blogger who tagged me (Jennifer from Just Jennifer).

Confused yet? Good, that’s my intention. If you think I made that up just so I can say, “I did not pick my favorite questions, it’s entirely random, dude!” – you may or may not be right.

Here goes.

11 Questions and Answers

From Ado:

1. What’s your favorite book? Why?

This is a tough one. I’ve read hundreds, if not thousands of books in my 30 something years. If you asked me 10 years ago, my answer would be different. So I’ll go with the most recent book I enjoyed – Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Mindy (Kelly Kapoor from The Office) is funny, sweet and I wish I was her best friend and hanging out with her. I’m terrible at reviewing books, so I’ll just leave it at this – I laughed, and laughed hard at many parts in the book. And I finished it in 2 days, which is saying a lot. Thank you, KLZ, for recommending this gem.

2. What’s in your fridge?

Right now, my husband is away. Which means I don’t need to cook gourmet meals for a week – translation: there’s not much in way of food in there.

The (incomplete) list of items in my fridge:

Full cream milk, chocolate milk (for the toddler – don’t judge, he doesn’t like the taste of milk), a can of Coke (my husband’s), three cans of chrysanthemum tea,  vanilla yogurt, three oranges, two lemons, two yellow bell peppers, vanilla essence, mint essence, chocolate and  chocolate ice cream.

There, a pregnant woman’s fridge contents. Look away now.

3. Do you make your bed every day? Do your kids make theirs? Why/why not?

Yes, I do. I need everything in my house to look as it should and unmade beds drive. me. crazy. If I could get the toddler to make his bed, trust me, I would.

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From Shannon:

4. What is the last vacation you went on, where did you go and who with?

All the details are here, where I talk about snot. A lot. In case you don’t want to click over, I went to Western Australia with my husband and the toddler a few weeks ago. We went to two beach locations, Mandurah and Scarborough Beach.

5. What is your favorite movie?

I haven’t watched a movie in AGES. So I honestly can’t name one. I love action thrillers though.

6. Best piece of advice for a new blogger, go!

Oh hey, I’ve written a post about this! Out of the 10 tips there, 3 things I would highlight are: Be yourself. Write from your heart. Read and comment meaningfully on other blogs.

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From Jennifer:

7. What would your dream house look like?

Like this.

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8. Obviously you love blogging, but is there anything about it you don’t like? Be honest.

I don’t like meaningless blog hops, where blogs are expected to follow each other and that’s that. I also detest word verification and Captcha.

9. What would your death row last meal be?

I love Japanese food, so I’ll have an appetizer of a California maki. I also love Thai food, so I’ll go for a green curry chicken with rice for my main course. For dessert, refer to my Pinterest Sweet Tooth board – I want to eat ALL of it.

10. Facebook or Twitter? Why?

Do you mean which I prefer? Or which I want to strangle with my bare hands?

I like Twitter for obvious reasons.

I think Facebook has its uses, it’s the users that annoy me sometimes.

11. Coke or Pepsi? Why?

I don’t drink either. Carbonated drinks make me burp.

Gosh, this post is getting LONG. And I’m still not done. Because I have to post….

The Rules:

  • You must post these rules. (Okay, bossy)
  • Each person must post 11 things about herself on their blog. (Answering 11 questions do not cover this?)
  • Answer the questions the “tagger” listed for you in her post, and create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer. (I’m one of those terrible, terrible people who don’t forward chain letters, so I will break this tag right here and not torture you with 11 questions. Read: I could not come up with 11 questions.)
  • Choose 11 people to tag and link to them in the post. (Read above.)
  • Let each blogger know that you have tagged them. (I’m a rule breaker.)
Alright, I am done. Thank you, I’ll see you when my fingers heal from typing this long ass post.

 

Okay, I actually do have ONE question: gummy bears or candy floss (or cotton candy)? Why?

Alison
Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • February 20, 2012 Stephanie

    Gummy bears. The name candy floss makes my teeth hurt just thinking it!
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      A girl after my own heart.

  • February 20, 2012 Susi

    I’ve been tagged 3 times as well in the past couple of weeks and wish I had thought of this idea… very nice. I’m the same way when it comes to making beds and I very rarely drink carbonated drinks… because i burp like a sailor!!! 🙂
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      Glad to know I’m not the only burpy one!

  • February 20, 2012 Just Jennifer

    You are a very smart lady randomly generating numbers to choose your questions.

    Your dream house looks AMAZING!
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      It shall remain a dream. For now. 🙂

  • February 20, 2012 Kristin

    Now I feel like a total slacker because I only got tagged once (your so POPULAR!) and I’ve pretty much decided I’m not even going to play along. Not because I don’t appreciate being tagged (I do – thank you Cynthia Meents!) or didn’t like the questions (they were awesome, actually), but because I just did my SITS Day post in which I listed 10 weird facts about me and I’m pretty sure everyone would be totally sick of me if I did this too.

    So, there you go… automatic out! 🙂
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      Lucky you!!

  • February 20, 2012 Kristin

    Oh, and gummy bears. I don’t even know what candy floss is but it sounds disgusting.
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      Candy floss = cotton candy.

  • February 20, 2012 Jamie

    Cotton Candy makes me want to throw up in my mouth. I detest it and everything about it.

    Sorry that was more harsh than I intended! I do love gummy bears though. And if you ever get your dream house I am inviting myself over for a visit!!

    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      That’s okay, I’m not a fan of cotton candy either!

  • February 20, 2012 julie gardner

    I don’t like gummy bears or cotton candy.
    But I do like you…

    So.
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      You’re ever so sweet, Julie.

  • February 20, 2012 Kimberly

    Which one to strangle with both hands…I’ll give Facebook a nod on that one. Can’t stand it…yet I made a page :::slap hand to forehead:::
    I do not like chocolate so both of those things make my heart swoon…however I would pick the gummy bears because I have a tub of it in my closet 😉
    Ps. Thanks for preventing the spread of the STD of blog land. I was tagged a lot and I am even more of a bad blogger bc I haven’t answered them yet. I’m an asshole
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      Yay, fellow gummy bear fan!!

      (and yes, this tagging thing – can be so urgh, right?)

  • February 20, 2012 tracy

    Okay I’m out of touch lately as I have not heard of this blogging illness going around.

    Also, I don’t like gummi bears, candy floss or cotton candy. If it’s not chocolate…that candy ain’t entering my mouth. 😉
    xo
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      You’re a chocolate snob and I love that.

  • February 20, 2012 Tonya

    I like how you randomly selected your questions, but I REALLY like your dream house! Can it be mine too?
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      We could get houses side by side!

  • February 20, 2012 XLMIC

    I am so glad you answered the dream house question with a picture. That is the best dream ever.
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      Right??? I just LOVE beach houses.

  • February 20, 2012 My Inner Chick

    Mama, A,
    I love getting to know more about you.

    And I adore your fantasy home. Quite stunning. Quite Tiger Woods.

    btw, I noticed you have lots of chocolate in your house. I’ll be right over to share w/ you.X
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      This house is not a home without chocolate!! I’ve got some with your name on it.

  • February 20, 2012 Jessica

    I pick chocolate over gummy bears and cotton candy.
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      Yes, you would, I knew that.

  • February 20, 2012 Kimberly

    Gummy bears. Also? I have to make the bed every day. Shock, right?

    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      Hah! No shock AT ALL.

  • February 20, 2012 pam

    Cotton candy….gummys stick to my teeth
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      Fair enough! 🙂

  • February 20, 2012 Mark

    You make your bed everyday? I think I’m in love with you. That totally turns me on!
    I should move in with you and we could clean all day long together. Sound good? But sorry, I don’t cook!
    Your Friend, m.
    p.s. Help me to love Twitter. I can never stick with it. m.
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      How does takeout sound? I prefer baking to cooking, so if eating brownies and cupcakes regularly isn’t a turn off, you’ve got a deal.

      Get on Twitter NOW, and we’ll make you love it.

  • February 20, 2012 Blond Duck

    I don’t like the bubbles in carbonated drinks!
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      The only bubbles I like are in a bath 🙂

  • February 20, 2012 Elena

    Gummy bears for sure. One of the only sweet treats I like. I want to come live with you in your dream house and I’m the same as you – all beds need to be made. I have even been known to make the bed after work if Charlie didn’t in the morning (since I leave before he gets out of bed).
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      Yay, soulmates!! You can come live with me if you promise to cook the meals and I can just bake whenever I like.

  • February 20, 2012 Mirjam

    Did someone say chocolate?! The gummibears I just eat when they are available instead of chocolate..
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      You know chocolate is ALWAYS in my house 😉

  • February 20, 2012 dumb mom

    I don’t like being tagged for things (hint-hint). Mostly because there’s no way I want to have to admit that I don’t make my bed everyday (or ever really).
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      I think most bloggers have a love/ hate thing with tagging – they’re flattered they’re tagged but are loathe to do as the tagger asks! So here, I try to meet in the middle 🙂

  • February 20, 2012 Ado

    OMG that beach house! I’m breathless!
    I love the contents of your fridge. They are the contents of a gourmand and I’m a bit jealous. Also, the full fat milk – right on. We pretty much have ketchup in ours. (-:
    Thanks for answering! You got uber-tagged, didn’t you!?
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      Your use of the word ‘gourmand’ is way too generous, Ado! It sounds more like the fridge of a dairy addict 🙂

      And yes, I did get uber-tagged!

  • February 20, 2012 Natalie

    I totally could live in your dream house! I am taking a trip there in my mind right now….
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      It’s a mind trip I take frequently 🙂

  • February 20, 2012 Adrienne

    Great advice for the new blogger, I want to live in that house too, and I also do not like the “follow back” kind of hops. I want to follow or subscribe to something I actually want to read. Something relevant, and I would expect nothing less from someone that stops by my place. I love to meet new people, and I get all excited when I have a new reader, but I hope they come back b/c they want to read, not just to gain me as a follower.
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      Yes, exactly! There are many though, who just care about the # of followers they have, not actual readers.

  • February 20, 2012 The Mommy Therapy

    Gummy bears for sure! I can’t fathom eating cotton candy anymore. It’s been off my list since I was about 8.

    Great answers. I can’t wait to check out your book recommendation, I’m always looking for new ones.

    I studied abroad in Perth, Australia and your beach references brought back a flood of memories from trips to the beach while I was there. So amazing. Thanks for the fun memory trigger!
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    • February 20, 2012 Alison

      Perth is lovely isn’t it? My husband’s from there, we got married there, honeymooned in Margaret River, had our first son there and now, our first vacation in the area!!

      Hope you love the Mindy Kaling book!

  • February 21, 2012 Mrs. Weber

    I didn’t pay attention to anything you wrote after you mentioned your sweet tooth board. It’s epic! I want to eat everything you post, too.

    And gummy bears all the way! Although any sugar in general is good by me 🙂
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    • February 21, 2012 Alison

      Yay fellow gummy bear lover!

  • February 21, 2012 Lady Jennie

    I’m most interested in the book! Did not even know it existed and I totally love her.

    And that dream house is too open for me – everyone can see my business. Or if it’s secluded, then only the stalker with binoculars can see my business. 😉

    Thanks for breaking the chain.
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    • February 21, 2012 Alison

      I hope you’ll enjoy the book – it’s such a great light read!

      Yes the house is a little open. I’m thinking windows that let you see out, but no one else can see in, should fix it 🙂

  • February 21, 2012 liz

    I haven’t had good Thai food in ages! There was a great place here in Memphis that somehow went belly up while we were in Boston.

    Sad Panda. ;-(
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    • February 21, 2012 Alison

      Aw! I hate it when favorite restaurants shut down. Hope you find another alternative – Thai food is too good to never eat again.

  • February 21, 2012 Julia

    After reading this I feel the need to go make my bed, lol.
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    • February 21, 2012 Alison

      Hah! Do it, it’s therapeutic.

  • February 21, 2012 FranceRants

    kick ass dream house!!

    • February 21, 2012 Alison

      And a dream it shall remain, sigh.

  • February 21, 2012 Stephanie

    Hi! I am a new follower! I tried to comment on your original blogging tips post but couldn’t so thought I would put it here. YES on the “follow me cause I follow you” thing- One of my biggest pet peaves with blogging- I am a rebel and will purposefully not follow if someone says that to me, is that terrible? Anyway, I’m looking forward to following along and getting to know you a little more! This was a great first post to read 🙂 Thanks!

    Stephanie
    http://thegimlinfamily.blogspot.com

    • February 21, 2012 Alison

      Hi Stephanie, thanks so much for stopping by! I close comments on posts older than 60 days 🙂

      Glad you liked the post, look forward to getting to know you better!

  • February 21, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Facebook is annoying me a lot lately too.

    I need to read Mindy Kaling’s book. It sounds really funny and I just really like her.
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    • February 21, 2012 Alison

      You must, she’s hilarious!

  • February 21, 2012 Galit Breen

    Loved learning more about you here, lady!

    (And cotton candy. Obviously. Don’t judge.)
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    • February 21, 2012 Alison

      Hee! I never judge 😉

  • February 21, 2012 Stasha

    So many people told me that carbonated drinks cannot make you burp. But they do!! I am so glad you said that. I like the house! ANd no one would execute a lady with such wonderful taste in food…
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    • February 21, 2012 Alison

      They absolutely make you burp – all those bubbles!! I sure hope no one wants to execute me 🙂

  • February 29, 2012 Robin

    You’re such a rebel. 😉 And I think your fridge sounds fine.

    Love that dream house. If you get it, can I come and live with you?
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    • February 29, 2012 Alison

      Yes, yes you may. Bring that awesome little boy with you too!

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