Everyone's favourite topic

It's time to delve into your favourite topic of all time: ME!  Lovely Meghan at My Wishful Thinking kindly asked me to answer eleven questions and how could I resist telling you all more about myself?

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What would be the first thing you would do if you found out you won the lottery?  Throw a great big bash for friends and family, with lots of barbecue and beer.  Oh there should be a live band.  And cake.  Because what's a party without a cake?  Not delicious, that's what it is.  Don't worry, I would invite all of y'all.
What’s your favourite city (even if you haven’t been to it)?  Dear Austin, home of the Longhorns, No Pants Day, the Mexican martini and all weirdness in Texas, I truly do love you.  You were my first home away from home and the first place I felt like I really struck out on my own.  If any of you bloggers haven't experienced the magic of this town, you must go.  Now.  (Maybe this will be where my lottery party is held.)

Do you have a nickname? If so, what?  I have tons of nicknames - Roothie, Roothers, Rooth Anne, Fatty Lumpkins.  The last one is what my sister calls me... if you know where that is from, I'm giving you a HUGE Internet high five (hint - it's REALLY nerdy).  Oh, and Emmy calls me Auntie Rooth.

Favourite time of day?  For blogging - morning.  I read all of your new blog entries first thing in the morning and it takes me, oh around 1.5 to 2 hours.  Because that's how I show that I care, by reading your blogs still foggy-headed and bleary-eyed.

Do you prefer the beach or the forest?  I like pina coladas, caipirinhas, margaritas and daiquiris.  And guess what, they're all beach drinks.  So yes to the beach.  What are some forest-y drinks, hmm?  If you can name some, I might have to change my mind.

What made you decide to start a blog?  I actually started a blog a LONG time ago but as for this one, I started it because I wanted a creative outlet for all the random ramblings that would pop into my head during the day.  Plus, I started following several bloggers, saw how tight knit the community was and really wanted to be a part of that.

Do you have any phobias? If so, what?  I'm not so much afraid of roller coasters as I really don't like them.  And it's not even the roller coaster itself, it's the feeling of G-Forces tightening up in my gut.

What’s your favourite dish to cook (if you cook)?  Oh yes I do cook.  My favourite dish to cook has got to be coq au vin, which I've featured here and here on my blog.  And I have a good 'ole Staub now so I can finally cook it properly.

How would you spend a spontaneous day off?  In the country on a horse, trundling along in the sunshine and roaming around fields of flowers.  We might stop off for an impromptu picnic in the shade of an ancient Spanish oak tree.  Also, there would be no bugs or heat / humidity.  Because it's my fantasy.

Do you read magazines online or from the shops? Any favourites?  Do you ever have to order magazines to keep your airline mileage?  Those are the only magazines I end up reading and they're more business-oriented I'm afraid - like Fortune or Inc.  But you can learn a lot from those magazines about successful entrepreneurs and how they tackle strategy and planning.

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If you could change your name, what would you change it to?  Something French and unpronounceable.  Like Gaellane or Praxedes.  Just because it would be fun.  I don't actually have to have a reason, do I?


  1. I lovelovelove this! I love learning these things about you and wondering (who among us isn't self absorbed, right?) how I'd answer too. My favorite tidbit that I learned tonight: when you read blogs, and what you'd do when (not if!) you won the lottery! xo

  2. Oh Roothie, I love this Q and A post, esp your response to a spontaeneous day off. Can I come to the country with you too?

  3. i hate roller-coasters too. i can think of quite a few things more fun than twisting your gut and spinning your brains.

    as "bleary-eyed" as you say, i imagine you being a very thorough, attentive and well-rounded blog reader.

    thanks for the insight! i'm always so curious about others.

  4. I enjoyed reading and discovering these little tid-bits about you. Hm, forest drink? Whiskey on the rocks. Though, I'm not sure that would change your mind. Stick with the beach drinks; They go down easier.
    PS~I'm RSVP'ing now for your Texas BBQ extravaganza.

  5. I loved reading your answers. I love the names you chose, even though I can't pronounce them either.


  6. Haha, it's good to throw the fans a bone every once in a while.

    A picnic sounds nice--and it's one of the few events for which I can cook. The nickname your sister uses sounds very familiar, but I can't place it.

  7. I haven't been to Austin. It's right near the top of my must visit list. Sounds like an amazing place!

  8. Interesting - thanks for sharing. I actually knew someone who was called Praxedes. An unforgettable name.


  9. ha, I love that. I'd take a weird french name, too :)

  10. This is fun and thanks for sharing.
    I used to love roller coasters, then I stopped. No idea why.
    Austin sounds like a lovely place to visit. Will be noted on my list of future destinations.

  11. I love your answers. :)

    I think Austin would be a place I would enjoy, of course I've only been to the little nibbly bit on top so far {and we just stopped while driving through a billion years ago but still I think it counts}.

    I'm with you on the crazy, unpronounceable name, I like to say I'm going to hyphenate my last name when I get married since people can't pronounce it or spell it as it is, why not make it more ridiculous. I'd also like to change my fist name to something with an X like Xuxa and then act all indignant when people can't pronounce it correctly. I love your options as well.

    I totally read business and financial books so I get the magazines. I'd read them if they came my way.

  12. Great answers rooth! It's so great to get to know more about you. Are you playing the lottery regularly? If no you should. Looking forward to the bbq and the beer ;)Have a great weekend!

    PS. I think Fatty Lumpkin is a pony from Lord of the Rings, at least its name was something Lumpkin ;)Yes, I have read the books more than once...

  13. Love!

    As for drinks of the forest, they're pretty straight forward, non? Beer or wine (definitely coffee if you're in Sweden) . . . but probably mostly beer.

  14. I love getting to know bloggers better! You make Austin sound so fun...when you win the lottery, I hope I get an invite so I can see the city! ;)

  15. Auuuuunnnnnnteeeeeeeee Rooooooooooooth! Love this post because I'm a nosy person. And of course, totally stealing that name Gaellane! Bwahaha!

    Not a big fan of roller coasters too.

  16. Oh so cool to learn more about you! If I won the lottery I don't think I'd be nearly as nice as you and share the joy with people; my ass would be on a plane to Paris to buy the nicest apartment I could afford. And I'm with you on the French names :)

  17. No Pants Day and caipirinhas?! Good times!

  18. Oh man... I hear you on that G force thing. I'd love an odd French name, too!

  19. I loved learning more about you! I can totally vouch for Austin (whoo hoo!), and I happened to work at Inc. magazine for 5 years :-)

  20. Oh man, now I have the pina colada song in my head!

  21. you sound like we'd be frands IRL.


  22. Hahahh, cute post! And that's such an awesome shirt. I'm so happy that shirts/sweaters with handwritten words are becoming a thing. I want them all. XD And lol, what wonderful troll ( and pretty ) names.

    ♥ Xixia | thisisxixia.com

  23. i love your changing your name answer, that is funny :) this was great to read about you!!

  24. One of my dear friends is from France and has one of those names that no one can pronounce- Maylis. But, I love it!

    Spending a day on a horse and taking a picnic by a big, old tree minus bugs and heat sounds PERFECT!!!

    Agreed, I enjoy reading Fortune- It's very motivating.

  25. I like the title for this post haha. Feel like I know ya better :)


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