The pictures are so you can bear the long long post that follows. I’ve recently been tagged for three (THREE) memes. An unusual number, considering the last time I was tagged in my eons/aeons of blogging was never. If you don’t mind, then, I’ll be babbling on about myself and my opinions even more than I usually do. I promise I’ll try to add unrelated pics each time to keep it interesting.
What are your current obsessions? Digital SLRS (to buy or not to buy, which one, and when?), the impossibility of keeping a house straight and toys in it, asparagus.
Which item from you wardrobe do you wear most often? My red flannel pjs. Luckily in Prague it stays cold until June so I can wear them at least 9 months of the year.
What's for dinner? Pho soup doctored with tomatoes, spring onions, dried mushrooms, and extra bits of chicken and ham; eaten with chopsticks.
What's your greatest fear at the moment? I’m flying to Arizona at the end of the month on a business trip and it will be the first time that I've left James overnight. Will he remember me when I get back? Will he be wearing clothes when I get back?
What are you listening to? The hum of the fan belt in my computer (everyone except the computer and myself is asleep).
If you were a goddess what would you be? Does a muse count? I’d like to be the muse of music.
What are your favourite holiday spots? France, particularly the Ardèche and bits of Brittany. I also love visiting European cities for long weekends. Copenhagen, Dresden, Zurich, Vienna, Bratislava all make wonderful weekend trips. I am currently looking forward to visiting Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Berlin soon.
What are you reading right now? I’m reading Swallows and Amazons to Caroline right now, and Keeping the World Away, by Margaret Forster, to myself. I picked up a new mountain of books in Switzerland over Easter and have felt like a kid ripping through a pile of presents ever since. Gleeful gluttony is what it is.
What is your guilty pleasure? Reading books when I should be doing everything else, not having to fold laundry, taxis.
Who or what makes you laugh? My family for sure - Caroline in particular is very funny and dramatic. And Will has a wonderfully dry sense of humor.
What is your favourite spring thing to do? When spring arrives, my first thought is "Time to go on a trip to Germany to buy fresh asparagus!!" In March I start checking German news sites to find out when it will be in the markets. Also, spring in general means travel to me, and lots more light for photographs.
Where are you planning to travel next? Berlin. It is only a few hours away by car and I can’t believe we haven’t visited yet.
What is the best thing you ate or drank lately? It would have to be the Colombian meringues from Essen. Also, a wonderful muesli cereal made with grated apples, white yogurt, and oats soaked overnight so they turned fluffy and delicious. Yum! And, of course, the deviled eggs from last weekend.
When was the last time you were tipsy? Probably last Saturday, though I could still feel my toes so I'm not sure if that counts.
What is your favourite ever film? I adore Singing in the Rain. Music, physical comedy, no plot and dancing - what more could I want? I also really love the movie Once. I could watch the scene where the couple first plays music together over and over.
What is the biggest lesson you've learned from your children? That stubbornness is most definitely inherited. Also, that reading out loud is much more fun than I could have imagined.
What song can't you get out of your head? “Ghost,” by Neutral Milk Hotel. Very rocky, but I love it.
What book do you know you should read but refuse to? Ulysses, by James Joyce. I’ve bought the book and every James Joyce day I pick it up, determined to read a chapter, but never get through it. Maybe this year?
What is your physical abnormality/abnormal physical ability? I have never lost a limbo contest, even when I was 8 months pregnant. I’m pretty flexible. Of course, this might also demonstrate a certain competitive streak I'm rumored to have.
What is your favourite colour? Red for small goods, orange for accents, light sea blue for walls, dark blue and burgundy for shirts, green for grass and trees, white for plates at a table, silver for candlesticks and gold for rings. I love color, but have never been able to pin down a favorite.
Following the rules of the meme, I tag Poppy in Provence, Meg, Lucy, Liz, and my sister, Ee. I'm leaving her unlinked until/unless she accepts the challenge!
If I'm not working or hanging out with our 10 year old while a bouncy 5 year old dances around us, there's a good chance I'll be hammering away on our piano, reading a book or trying to sketch. I live in Prague, Czech Republic and hail from the U.S. South.