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11 Things {a Meme}

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dressed for sledding in the Arctic Winter of Michigan.
I've recently discovered a new blog, The Paper Mama. She has recently begun hosting a fun meme: 11 Things. It's a way of getting to know readers and readers getting to know bloggers. I do hope many of you will join in the fun and share the link to your meme in a comment below. I know Mr Speech & I would enjoy visiting your blogs and reading your memes. For this inaugural 11 Things Meme, I - Mrs Speech - am writing it. You may recall that I am on holiday in America while Mr Speech is holding down the fort back in Brisbane. Shout out to Mr Speech! You Rock!!! {You all should know I'm not shy about how I feel about my handsome husband.}

The rules:

1. Post a photo of yourself

2. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.

3. Create 11 new questions and ask people to answer them.

The Paper Mama Asked:

1. If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?
"Mom" or even "Mum"...I've been hoping, praying, and waiting years to change my name to Mum. And, you know what...with my heart full of hope, I will continue to pray and wait.

2. Are you a collector of anything?
Teacups. You may recall this post where I swoon over the tea cups at T2. In the past I collected teapots...whimsical and lovely teapots. However, that collection remains Stateside while my tea cup collection is ever growing Down Under. Perhaps one day the two collections will become one and I can host a huge (YUGE) tea party!

3. What is your first thought when you wake up?
"Tea!" - when I'm home in Brisbane. While I'm in Michigan on holiday, "French Vanilla Coffee!" Either way, the kettle is going on and having a hot cuppa is the first thing on my mind.

4. Do you prefer sweet or salty foods?
Yes! Both. I like the sweet and savory together.

5. Name one thing you miss about being a kid.
Playing. I have so enjoyed time with my three-year-old nephew while on holiday in Michigan. Playing is the most important thing in the world to him. And, I realize at my graceful age of {ahem} 40 {shocking, I know} that there is much to learn from a three year old. I miss being three.

6. Are you a morning or night person?
Ha! I would say night, but it's a struggle to stay up much later than 10 p.m. these days. I can wake up between 6 or 6:30 without an alarm, but I'm not happy about it. Can a person be in transition? I don't think I am either a morning or a night person. When pressed, I would rather stay up late than wake up early. But, there's no guarantee I won't be grumpy {poor Mr Speech...he's so patient and kind when I get the grumpies - - - that's one of the reasons I love him so}.

7. List 5 items on your life’s to-do list:
1) Write a Children's Book
2) Adopt a baby girl from China
3) Have breakfast in Paris with Mr Speech
4) Finish all of my current unfinished quilts/sewing projects
5) Travel Europe researching my ancestry

8. Share one thing that people may not know about you.
Though I was born and raised in a state surrounded by the five Great Lakes and renowned for being a Winter Wonderland, I do not water or snow ski.

9. What is your all time favorite song, movie, and book?
Song - Jesus Loves Me
Movie - It's A Wonderful Life
Book - Psalms

10. Do you have any hidden talents?
Teaching...I was a missionary teacher before I met and married Mr. Speech.

11. Are you a really clean or super messy person?
Good question! I think I am a happy mix of both. People pay me to clean their home, while my own for the most part is "lived in". Ideally, I like to have a place for everything and everything in its place, but that's not reality. Especially, when I get out my fabric. Watch out! My works-in-progress lead to clutter. Organization is an area I'd really like to grow in...share your tips in the comments below or email me!

My Questions For You To Answer
1. Valentine's Day is tomorrow, if you HAD to pick just ONE which would you choose for a gift: 1 lb. heart-shaped box of chocolates, 1 dozen long stem red roses, dinner and a movie, or other?
2. What is the name of the most recent movie you saw at the cinema?
3. Your plans have changed and you have 30 minutes to make dinner, what do you make/do?
4. Do you have a Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall birthday?
5. What is your all time favorite book children's book - favorite you read over and over again, perhaps memorized, as a child?
6. If you are a quilter/crafter, take a photo of your most current project and share it with us. If you are not, please share your hobby.
7. Are you a Downton Abbey fan?
8. List the top 3 places you would take me to if I visited your hometown.
9. What is the name of the last blog you visited?
10. Favorite Love song?
11. Tea or coffee?

Your turn! I hope you will play along and answer this 11 questions meme! If you answer my questions, please come back and put a link in the comments. I’d really love to visit your blog and learn a bit about you!
Then be the fifth to comment!
  1. Hi There Mrs. Speech! Nice to meet you, and thanks for commenting over on my blog! Here's the link to my original post, and the answers to your 11 questions:


    1.Dinner and a movie - preferably a chick flick and sushi!
    2.Goodness, I can't even remember, I'm looking it up....we'll whatever it was, must not have been all that great since I can't remember it and it's not in the theater anymore. Hah.
    3.Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches on San Luis Sourdough! Yummy!
    4. Spring!
    5. As a family, every Christmas we would read The Polar Express. It's still my favorite and a tradition I hope to keep up with my kids, if/when we have kids.
    6.I desperately want to make a quilt, so let's go with that (I love to craft as well but have no projects going on at the moment) But since I've never actually made a quilt, I have no photo to share :(
    7. LOVE LOVE LOVE Downton!
    8.The Grand Canyon, NAU, Downtown Flagstaff
    9.Ashley Ann Photography
    10. My wedding song - Josh Abbott Band - She's like Texas
    11. Coffee!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and answering my questions! It's great to meet you and read about who you are!!


    As for your questions...
    1. Box of chocolates for sure!!!
    2. The Hobbit
    3. A kitchen sink salad!
    4. Summer
    5. Meanwhile, Back on the Ranch...
    6. I'm a crafter and a quilter and my current project is a valentine for Boyfriend which I will probably post on my blog tomorrow!
    7. What is Downtown Abby?? So I guess that's a no...
    8. The Avenue of the Giants because everyone has to see the redwoods, Moonstone Beach because it's my favorite, and my house since it's like a vacation every day!
    9. theinbetweenismine.com
    10. Wagon Wheel
    11. Coffee

  3. Hey! Thanks so much for participating in this on my blog. :) Loved your questions, too. Here are my answers:

    1. Other--my husband bought me a couple pairs of shoes I've been coveting, and that was a pretty amazing Valentine's Day present!
    2. Oh my gosh--it's been forever, I'm ashamed to say. I think The Dark Knight Rises?
    3. Assuming I have everything I need--I have a recipe for pesto pasta that's super quick and tasty, so probably that. :)
    4. Fall. I'm an October baby.
    5. "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman
    6. I constantly have a ton of projects going. Right now I'm trying to (learn how to) knit a scarf; I have a couple embroidery projects going, and I'm painting some pinecones for a centerpiece.
    7. Big time! SO upset with this season, though.
    8. Hayden's BBQ, my childhood home, and my grandma's house.
    9. Moorea Seal
    10. Either "Mango Tree" by Angus & Julia Stone, or "Nothing Fancy" by Dave Barnes.
    11. Usually tea. I love Earl Grey with lavender. Sometimes I need a good coffee pick-me-up, though.