Monday, March 20

Making a list...

When all else fails--and it's definitely failing me today--I go for a list. We've done heroines, heroes, books, movies, TV shows. I think maybe I should have made a list of the lists... So I'm making one up. Feel free to borrow it if you like, but better yet, give us your answers.

  1. What book did everyone else seem to love but you just couldn't connect with?
  2. What do you like most about yourself?
  3. What do you like least about yourself?
  4. Looking back at 18 (and if you don't have to look back, I don't wanna know), what, if anything, would you do differently?
  5. Beach or mountains?

My answers:

  1. The Outlander series. Isn't that crazy? I think it's because they're so long and I tend to read short, but I've never been able to get into them
  2. That I'm a good friend--at least I hope I am.
  3. That I'm not very good at letting things go.
  4. I'd save some money, travel more, go to college. Not really, because who I was when I was 18 had a lot to do with who I am now and I don't want to change that. Besides that, I met the boyfriend when I was 18.
  5. Yes.
Okay, you're up. Looking back, I don't think my list is very interesting, so it's up to you to make it so! 

I'm on Book 16 in my 50-book challenge. I'm reading Karen Witemeyer's A Worthy Pursuit and enjoying it a lot.

I turned in my due-April 1-proposal early! Breaking my arm patting my own back. Keep fingers crossed with me that it's a go. I love Libby's story and I loved the trip back to Lake Miniagua. 

Got news? Share it. And have a great week!



  1. Fun list, Liz! I've never gotten in to the Outlander series, either...not even the TV version. :) Here's my list:

    What book --- There were several, actually. Outlander, as Liz mentioned...the Babysitter's Club books...And the Sookie Stackhouse books - everyone raves about them, but the first was only 'meh' for me, so I never read on.
    What do you like most --- I can usually see the glass as half-full rather than half-empty. It's my Pollyanna side, and I embrace it. :D
    What do you like least --- I could be a better listener. Sometimes I find myself listening so I can offer my opinion rather than just taking in what is being said.
    Looking back at 18 --- I'd figure out a way to live on-campus. I loved my college experience, but I commuted so I missed a lot of the silliness of late night cafeteria runs, sportsball excitement, and spending all-nighters in the library...
    Beach or mountains --- Of course, although I go beach more often than mountains.

    1. Hi, Kristi. I'm glad my kids got at least some of the on-campus experience. Not sure it helped their grades, but... :-)

  2. 1. The 50 Shades series--I couldn't get past the writing at first and then, it just seemed sorta...I dunno...dumb.

    2. That I am a good listener, although I sometimes want to fix other people's problems when all they want to do is vent--the Libra in me. And Liz, yes, you are good friend, my little BFF!

    3. That I have a short attention span--I used to have a longer one, but now, I'm like a small child...

    4. I'd finish college and go to Paris before I got married, although I'd still marry the same guy, so maybe having to wait until 2009 to make the Paris trip is fine too.

    5. Beach if it's Lake Michigan--I'm not all that crazy about ocean beaches. Make Michigan--unsalted and shark-free!

    1. Yes, I think I've read that on virtually every sweatshirt in Michigan. Lol!

  3. Here's my list:
    1. The Janet Evanavich books. People at work were raving about them and how funny they were. I read the first couple, and I just didn't connect.

    2. I think I have a good sense of humor.

    3. I'm not as patient as I should be. Little things can drive me nuts. Ask my husband.

    4. I would tell my 18 year old self to go continue on with my education for a different career.

    5. Beach. I was surprised by how much I loved the ocean view when I visited Hawaii. I didn't think it would be such a big deal for me, but it was. Having lived on the wide-open prairies all my life, mountains make me claustrophobic.

    Fun list, Liz!

    1. I'm kind of with you on Evanavich. I liked the first...several, then tired of them. Like your list!

  4. Okay, better late than never...

    1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. It's totally in my wheelhouse but I just haven't been able to get into it.
    Outlander was also one of mine, but I read the first book last year--loved it--but got stuck in the second one. Although, a friend said to power through and the rest of the series is great. But, I haven't taken the time to yet.

    2. My sense of humor, I guess. And that I'm a good listener.

    3.My procrastination, hands down. (What? I was late posting this???)

    4.Be Brave! Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and to take chances.

    5.Beach. Always the beach. And I live--according to my social studies teacher in junior high--in one of the only places in the world where you can drive less than 90 minutes East and be in the mountains or 90 minutes west and be at the beach. I always choose the beach.

    1. Great list, Margie. I suppose if I were being held down with thumbscrews, I might take the beach, too, but my soul would forever mourn the loss of the mountains.

  5. I love lists! They help me organize and feel like I have accomplished something. Sometimes I add items to my list that I have already done just so I can cross them off! Great list, Liz!

    Here are my answers:
    1. Fifty Shades books. I just could not get into them.
    2. I like my diligence best. I finish what I start.
    3. I least like that I am a procrastinator. I have to reach critical mass on a deadline to really take it seriously.
    4. I would worry less about what people think about me and just live my life. I would also cherish the people in my life more.
    5. Beach - yes, Mountains - yes. Early morning on the porch in the mountains with coffee and a book is about as close to heaven as I can imagine.

    Thanks for getting me thinking.

    1. I've never even tried the Fifty Shades books, although I've thought I should. I'd love to have that kind of diligence, too--I don't! I think we'd all do well with your answer to Number Four. Thanks for coming by, Carolyn!