Band of Bloggers-August

Pop quiz, hotshot: How well do you know your favourite Band of Bloggerette? Sure, we’re all reasonably up to date on each other’s interests, hobbies and the pretty, glittery things that make our hearts go pitter pat, but when it comes to the vitally important markers of a person’s character – favourite band, desert island scent, fight stance in the zombie apocalypse – how well do we truly know our virtual neighbours? 🙂 Let’s delve into 10 deeply random questions and find out, shall we? *Excellent timing, I finally updated my Bio page to reflect a little bit more what I’m about*

1. No really, zombie apocalypse survival strategy: Fight or flight? So happy this question made the cut. In the event of the zombie apocalypse, a rallying point has already been established–Walmart. Think about it, any supply item one could need is available (even wax) and the best part is: many customers already act so much like zombies, that actual zombies would be confused! Cramming up the aisles, ambling in corpse-like fashion with disregard to surroundings, parking a bulky scooter ‘just so’ to block anyone attempting to grab a frozen pizza. To outlast the initial zombie fallout for any length of time, all you’d have to do is adopt the zombiesque nature of typical Walmart shoppers and you’re golden. There you have it, essentially, my survival tactic is to blend in. (If that doesn’t work, there’s always the Winchester Pub.)

2. You’ve been a bad, bad kitty and you have just one final meal coming your way. What’s on your plate? I defer to the Elaine Benes (from Seinfeld) answer to this question: “So you would choose your last meal based on the method of execution?”
Elaine: “Right, right. I mean, if I was getting the chair, I’d go for
something hot and spicy. You know, Thai, maybe Mexican. Lethal injection,
feels like pasta. You know, painless, don’t want anything too heavy.”- excerpt from episode 170 “The Strongbox”   I’d finish it off with a massive hot fudge sundae piled with all the toppings, overindulging to the point of such fullness that the end might bring relief. 

3. Aside from wax (or nail polish, or crafting supplies, or beauty products) what item do you have major multiples of? Luckily (and lazily) for me, I recently posted on this very topic. Anyone curious about my non-wax collections, check here. Aside from books, bookish items and globes, I pick up a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars sneaks often enough to have a mini-show of multiples.20170802_113024My love for the iconic skate shoe that anyone can wear emerged back in high school with my first pair of Chucks, the classic parchment color low-tops. Unsure why I identify strongly with this footwear; I’ve never been a skater and the canvas really doesn’t keep one’s feet warm, but they are familiar, casual and will always be a classic.

4. You’ve just won the lottery. Before best friends you didn’t even know you had begin to show up on your doorstep, what’s the first thing you buy without even thinking twice? Ugh, I never not think twice. A vacation home large enough for the whole family?? 

5. Biggest celebrity crush? This can be anybody – an actress, a musician, a fictional character from a favourite movie, book or television show, or maybe even an historical figure. Julie may be the only one who knows that my current celebrity crush is the Freeman, Martin Freeman. Boyish charm, comic nature, wit, thoughtfulness, and those playful facial expressions get all my 100s and heart eyes. Do I even need to mention he was the original Tim, aka Jim from the U.K. Office, Bilbo Baggins and the best Dr. John Watson in Sherlock? 

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6. Flats or heels? Or are you running barefoot through life like some sort of hippie? I’m the queen of flats. My tailbone troubles mean heels are killer for me. Also, this recovering germophobe despises going barefoot.

7. Whether it was created through a customs order or simple pick-and-mix blending at home, what’s the greatest scent blend you’ve ever stumbled upon? I’ve been quite the mix master lately, gleefully experimenting within my stash and creating custom wax. Of the vendor blends, my mix of Briarcliff and Rosemary’s Baby both by Super Tarts got rave reviews. My favorite unintentional blend has to be L3 Waxy Wonders’ Deep Throat (1000 Kisses, shave cream) melted alongside Bath and Body Works’ Black Tea Rose 3-wick. The deep resins and delicate florals mingled harmoniously with the cedar wood creating an undiluted perfect pairing.

8. It’s snack time! Are you reaching for the sweet or the salty? Bring on the bacon, the olives, the guacamole and corn chips, salt + vinegar chips are even better, especially with a craft brew to help wash it down. I have a saline tongue rather than a sweet tooth, though I’ve also never met a cookie I didn’t like. Go figure.

9. What’s a personal style moment you’d never care to re-live? My back-to-school page boy haircut in 8th grade haunts me to this day. Even worse was the poodle-curl perm from 6th? grade, not sure, all photo evidence has been sought out and burned. Man, the 80s were hideous for hair.

10. You are going to live in a biodome beneath the sea for the next three years and have been allotted space for just ONE book (tiny dome!)  What cherished book will keep you entertained for the next 1095 days? Would a Chrome Book be cheating? Probably isn’t the spirit of the question. Okay, there are 171,476 words in the extended Oxford English Dictionary, which means I could read 150+ words a day to finish in 1095 days, and emerge from the dome with a stunning vocabulary. Learning word origins and alternate definitions is already entertaining to me as it is, I only lack the study time. If we’re talking fiction novels, I’d bring The Princess Bride.
If you’d like to play along at home, please feel free to answer these questions in the comment section below, and we hope you’ll visit these Band of Blogger blogs and help support the blogger community!

Amanda at Thrifty Polished

Deb at It’s Always Something

Jaybird at The Candle Enthusiast

Jessica at The Meltdown Blog

Julie at The Redolent Mermaid

Lauren at LoloLovesScents

Liz at Furianne

Sandra at Finger Candy

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14 thoughts on “Band of Bloggers-August

  1. Hmm, Wal-Mart. That is a pretty good idea actually lol. I may just join you!
    Ahh yes, the good ole converses. They are truly timeless and probably my favorite shoes. Funny how they started out as basketball shoes than now it’s kind of a fashion statement.
    I’m sorry that you were also scarred as a child with an awful haircut lol. Mine still sends shivers down my spine and there are still pictures floating around of the dramatic experience.


    1. We can form a united front against the zombies! I forgot that Chuck Taylors started as court shoes, you’re right. I always think of them as skater couture in the 90s. Btw, I love that your husband designed a custom pair for you, what a great personalised present.


  2. Walmart; definitely a great place to stock up if you can beat the rest of the looters there.

    Converse are always a classic. Although I don’t have any at the moment, I always think about them with fondness.

    Am I extremely uncultured if I don’t know who Martin Freeman is?


    1. Not uncultured, but you clearly don’t spend a lot of time around the more fandom-y corners of the Internet – he’s super popular with the Sherlock set. If you’ve seen Love, Actually, he’s the stand-in guy in the ultra high budget porno movie or whatever the heck that is!


    2. Looters won’t be much different from some of the ppl I currently see there. Think I might hide out in the camping section, or maybe the toys. It would make my apocalyptic nightmare complete because I hate spending time in Walmart.
      Yes! Converse=forever classic. I bet you could sport some smashingly with your outfit combos.
      Hmm, you don’t know the Freeman? He’s well-known for the 3 roles I spoke of, but he also starred as the Love/Hate lead character in Fargo, season 1, was the lead in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and had a small but comicly, lovable impactful role in Love, Actually. His more obscure bits are in the Cornetto trilogy with Simon Pegg. I guess it’s fair to mention I have a thing for Brits.


  3. I *just* went and checked out your bio the other day – didn’t realize you had recently updated it. Dun dun duuuunnnn…I like how nice and conversational it sounds. Also honest and right out-there – it takes a lot to put some of those sentiments out there, brave you (if you needed me to say so, which, probably not!)

    I love your Walmart-centric approach to Z Day. My husband also thinks we should head to Walmart, but to loot and raid. Because that always works out SO WELL in the movies! But really, you’re right, *is* there anywhere else to head but the Winchester? We know where all the exits are, plus Ed can smoke. Then we’ll just hang out, have a pint and wait for this all to blow over.

    Martin Freeman, so not a scumbag. Speaking of Edgar Wright movies, he’s so great in At World’s End – very dry, very sarcastic, and his fight scenes were awesome. Also, he’s adorable in Love, Actually – that super high budget porno or whatever he’s in is hilarious. Total cutie, I approve (again, not that you need it!)

    Cons! I moved over to Vans a couple of years ago, but I used to be all Cons, all the time. My first pair were tan, although I’ve had a vanilla pair as well. 😉 I used to scrawl the song lyrics to Sloan songs (Canadian pop rock outfit, heavy on the bluesy and Beatle-y influences) across the instep of every pair I bought – such deep thoughts as “I hate my generation” and “It’s not the band I hate, it’s their fans.” Ah, angst-ridden teenagehood, never change.

    We also share – again – a saline tooth. Holy cats, I love salt. But cutting extra salt out of my diet netted me a huge, immediate weight loss – goodbye, water retention. Now I’m quite sensitive to salt – a little goes a long way, which is how I think it’s supposed to be.


    1. Yeah, boyyyeee! That’s a much better plan, but dogs can look up!

      Eh, it’s not so brave. I reference my illness in passing sometimes and just needed to put the information somewhere for a reader to refer to if she/he was confused. Most days I truly don’t even think about it. Your Freeman approval is welcome, as I respect your scumbag radar. I do think he exudes kindness and intelligence through every pore and I believe At World’s End is underrated!

      Is it just me or have Vans gone total mainstream in style? Love them too though, I have a pair of Vans I got for working at Yankee actually. They’re all black except for the red tag on back, which I covered with electrical tape. I must get into this personalizing my sneaks you guys got going on, it’s just that I’m decidedly not a fashion rebel. Not surprising that you reference the Canadian band Sloan just days after my fave station the Summit out of Akron played a song and mentioned the name:)
      I crave salt something fierce and that is good to know about the weight loss, I ‘m sure you’re right. But I don’t want to risk a salt deficiency!


      1. No, you’re correct about the Vans thing, and I blame twenty one pilots – they’re all about the Vans. I swear the resurgence is due to them. Probably not Kevin Smith slouching around in those horrible black and white-checked ones he’s been wearing for the past 20 years (I love Kevin Smith, but jeez, man, put on a pair of long pants for once!)

        NO WAY Sloan showed up on an American radio station; I did not think that could happen. We’ve had Sirius for about seven years now, and despite riding the kind of channels that deal in Sloan-type music quite extensively, I have heard them but once. And the DJ was, like, BEGGING people to check them out and not change the channel. I love them so much, have probably seen them four or five times live. Ha, that’s so cool! Makes me smile. 🙂

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  4. Martin. Can I tell you how long I gazed at the photos you posted? drinking in his goofy grin and sweet eyes? Oh Martin, you are such a funny guy.

    The chucks. I love mine too. I have grey and white and used to have green ones but I wore those plumb out. I do have some cat Vans I love too.

    Sounds like you are all set with your zombie apocalypse plans.

    We have a bag of salt and vinegar chips in the pantry at all times. My oldest is a salt girl too. She will pass up ice cream and sweets every time but dangle a chip in her face or a piece of bacon and she is gone.

    Hope you have a nice week!


    1. He is sorta our Martin. There’s just so much face in that face, it heightens anything he’s performing in. I know it causes me to watch a little closer.

      The love for Chucks seems long and dear with the BoBs, which brings a smile. Sounds like we go for similar colors, I’ve worn my gray nearly out but I wear my green sparingly because I adore them and found them on such a discount. The other grayish pair is a subtle herringbone pattern which makes quite a natty skate shoe:)
      A bag of S+V chips doesn’t last long in my house, and I can’t blame it on anyone else because Shel hates them. Been a salt girl since youth myself and crave it too much, yet I rarely pass up ice cream. However I’ve only indulged in it twice this summer, I guess that’s pretty good.
      Thanks, you too.


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