Survey Saturday: More Sunshine

sunshineAnother Sunshine Award for me?

Deborah from It’s All About Me Fitness nominated me, and her questions are so much fun that I decided I might as well give ’em a whirl. As busy as I’ve been, it’s likely to be my only post this week.

I did just ship the manuscript for my second book, BEAUTY AND THE BALLPLAYER (due out in March 2014), off to my editor Friday afternoon before work. And my birthday is Monday, so I’m going to a Foreigner concert in Camp Verde tonight as an early celebration. There’s also a book festival in Sedona today. If I get my words written early enough in the day, I’ll head down before the concert.

Next year, I might be able to set up shop there as an author … Wouldn’t that be something?

Anyway, let’s get on with Deborah’s questions:

What is your favorite vacation spot?

From the balcony at the Hyatt Escala ...
From the balcony at the Hyatt Escala …

Park City, Utah, was pretty sweet last May — and it gave me a chance to see my brother and his family in Salt Lake City. I also loved the RWA conference in Anaheim in 2012, and my overnight trip to Tucson a couple of weeks ago.

I’m not picky. My favorite vacation spot seems to be anywhere I can go and be job-free.

Coffee or Tea?

You ask the tough ones all right. A couple of years ago, I’d have said tea without hesitation. But coffee grows on  me more every year. Lately, I’ve even taken to drinking iced coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts, which has a much stronger coffee flavor than lattes from Starbucks..

What is one place within the United States that you want to visit?

Seattle. I wish I’d have had the money and time to go to FitBloggin’.

What is your favorite type of blog posts to write?

The ones where I get to report I’ve lost weight — few and far between these days. *Big sigh* I’m back to where I started 2013. I’ll be writing the annual “It’s my birthday, time to reflect” post soon.

But seriously … I like those lifecasting types of posts with lots of pictures that shout “look at the fun I had.” Like this Sedona hike or one of my Blend Retreat recaps. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of fun to report on. Most of my free time is spent at Starbucks (writing, editing, drinking and — too often — eating), work (working — duh!) and home (blogging, more writing and — not enough — sleeping).

If you could become an animal for a day, what would you be and why?

Enjoy this gratuitous picture of my cats, in a rare moment of togetherness.
Enjoy this gratuitous picture of my cats, in a rare moment of togetherness.

A cat. They live a good life — lounging around all day, sleeping as much as they want and getting attention.

Describe your perfect weather day?

Maple grove in Oak Creek Canyon
Maple grove in Oak Creek Canyon

Early fall. Temperature in the low to mid-60s, sunny and not too windy. Bonus points for being in a place with vibrant autumn colors.

Do you prefer sweet or savory dishes?

Depends. Lately I’ve been craving salty, savory carbs — a sure sign I need to cut back on said carbs. I’m considering going back to Atkins again.

Linking seasons with color, what is your favorite season and your favorite color that best represents it?

I love autumn, with its riot of fall colors. Can I pick two colors? Red and orange.

If you could create a signature ice cream/fro-yo flavor, what would it be called?

Something with chocolate and coconut, maybe? Coffee? I can’t make up my mind. Moonlight & Mocha Madness?

What is the one piece of advice you give to newbie bloggers?

Have fun. Blog because you love it and are excited about what you’re saying, not because you feel obligated. Readers can tell the difference.

Again, I’m going to bow out of nominating my own recipients — I think pretty much everyone I’d pick has already been tapped. Thanks for the award, Deborah! Hope we can see each other again at Blend 2014.

One thought on “Survey Saturday: More Sunshine”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s