100 Questions Tag… well, sort of.

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Cheila did the 100 Questions Tag two weeks or so ago and I thought I’ll give it a go because I love doing fun tags. It’s 100 questions, so if you plan on sitting through this post, I suggest you grab your popcorn.

1) What’s your favorite season?

Football season. 🙂

2) Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.

The Bible is the book always nearest to me. Page 18, line 4 taken from Genesis:

And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the

3) Who was the last person you texted?

My father.

4) Before you started this survey, what were you doing?

Learning motor vehicle regulations with my sister.

5) What is the last thing you watched on TV?

France v Wales. It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to a football match. I now look forward to watching that game we have against Germany on Tuesday, God’s willing.

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6) Without looking, guess what time it is.

5:24 pm

7) Now look at the clock–what time is it?

5:29 pm

8) With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?

Frogs croaking and parrots chirping. Wait, do parrots chirp? I think they squawk. 

9) Do you like fish?

Once it contains scales and fins.

10) Mac or PC?

Definitely PC.

11) Do you remember your dreams?

Sometimes.

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12) When did you last laugh?

A few minutes ago.

13) Do you remember why/what at?

It was to do with a question on the regulations manual that my sister is studying for.

14) Have you ever been to Canada?

Not yet.

15) Shoes, socks, or bare feet?

Bare feet.

16) Do you wear perfume?

Yes.

17) What is the last film you saw?

American Made. I didn’t write a review, but Tom Cruise SLAYED.

18) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

*sighs* Anywhere in France.

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19) If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?

I know that this is not relevant to the question, but I’ll give to churches and charities, open a franchise and travel the world on missions for the Lord.

20) What’s your favorite band?

I don’t care for music anymore, but Depeche Mode and Dobre Brothers.

21) Have you ever had to have surgery?

No.

22) Do you enjoy school?

Never liked school.

23) What do you think of these questions so far?

24) Are you a righty or a lefty?

Right, although I wish I was ambidextrous. 

25) Who made the last incoming call on your phone?

My bestie Tammykins. ❤

26) What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?

New fonts!

27) Last time you swam in a pool?

I can’t swim.

28) Type of music you dislike most?

I don’t listen to music like before.

29) Are you listening to music right now?

No.

30) What’s your favorite color?

Blue eyes.

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31) Is there anything you’re disappointed about?

No, I am content and blessed. 

32) What was the last thing you bought?

Books. It’s always books! 🙂

33) Sun or rain?

Both, although of late, I am favoring the rain. 

НК-иллюстрирует: “ Дожди ”

34) Would you rather go bungee jumping or skydiving?

I’d love to do both!

35) What’s your zodiac sign?

I don’t follow/believe in signs.

36) What’s your hair color?

Black, reddish-brown at the very back.

37) What quote do you live by?

Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

38) What’s your favorite zoo animal?

I don’t like the zoo, but if I had to choose it might be the giraffes.

39) Do you have any pets?

Yes, a cat and a dog. ❤

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40) What color are your eyes?

Brown.

41) Do you wear any kind of jewelry 24/7?

No.

42) Do you turn the water off when you brush your teeth?

Yes.

43) Do you know how to change your car’s oil?

I don’t have a car.

44) Do you have any phobias?

Not that I believe.

45) What’s your lucky number?

I don’t have one, but my favorite number is 4.

46) Have you ever eaten a crayon?

No, but I have eaten chalk! 

47) Can you solve a Rubix cube?

Never tried to.

48) What are you listening to right now?

The sound of my mother’s voice. ❤

49) Do you like unicorns? 

No.

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50) Do you wear the hood on hoodies?

Sometimes.

51)  Is the glass half empty or half full?

Neither.

52) What’s the farthest away place you’ve been?

San Fernando. ❤

53) Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

My shoes don’t have laces.

54) What’s your favorite radio station?

I don’t listen to the radio.

55) Are you allergic to anything?

Rudeness and lies.

56) Were you named after anyone?

No, thank goodness!

57) Do you wear glasses/contacts?

I wear glasses when I have to read.

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58) Have you ever walked out of a movie theater before the film was over?

No. Even if the film was bad, I stayed because movies are expensive. I don’t go to the movies anymore, though.

59) What’s your least favorite school subject?

A toss up between Maths and Science… when I used to attend school.

60) Put your iTunes library on shuffle. What song comes up?

I don’t have iTunes, but I can shuffle the playlist on my phone… Michael W. Smith’s Above All.

61) Do you wear jeans or sweatpants more?

None.

62) Where in the world would you like to travel?

A lot of places, but France remains the top priority.

63) Are you traveling anywhere soon?

I hope so. 🙂

64) Have you ever built an igloo?

No, but I’ll love to build one!

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65) Best thing at Starbucks?

Strawberries and crème frappuccino. I haven’t been to Starbucks for a while, though.

66) Do you like watching scary movies?

No.

67) What’s the best thing about school?

With a smile ten miles wide on my face I can happily say that my school days are behind me.

68) What were you doing at midnight last night?

Working on Dangerous Obsession. 

69) What’s under your bed?

Shoes.

70) How do you really feel about what you’re doing right now?

I know this word is overused, but I am just content right now.

71) Think fast, what do you like right now?

The food I just consumed.

72) Are you sarcastic?

No. I’m about as dry as a used lemon. 🙂

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73) What time do you get up?

5:45 am or earlier on weekdays, 7:15 am for church and I sleep in late on Sundays.

74) What was the name of your first pet?

Skipper. He was a red tomcat.

75) What color are your sheets?

Blue of course!

76) How are you feeling right now? 

Terrific!

77) What was your favorite food as a child?

Saltfish and dumpling.

78) Can you whistle? 

Partially.

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79) Do you drink soda?

Not anymore.

80) Have you read the harry potter series?

No, and I have any intention to.

81) Can you drive a stick shift?

I don’t have a car.

82) What’s your favorite candle scent?

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83) Have your pants ever fallen down in public?

No.

84) Do you sing in the shower?

Yes!

85) Can you speak another language?

Some French.

86) Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?

Of course!

87) Dogs or cats?

Although I have both for pets, I’ll always prefer dogs.

88) Do you make wishes at 11:11?

No.

89) What’s your favorite type of chapstick?

I don’t use chapsticks.

90) Which came first–the chicken or the egg?

The egg.

91) What are you reading now?

The Holy Bible.

92) Can you touch your nose with your tongue?

Just tried it… almost, my tongue isn’t long enough.

93) Can you walk in heels?

Yes, but I haven’t worn heels for a while.

94) How many rings before you answer the phone?

Give or take, two.

95) Any new and exciting things you’d like to share?

Well, Tammy came to my work twice last week and it was a blessing to see her because she’s busy with rehearsals. 

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96) What is most important in life?

Living for God.

97) What inspires you?

Jesus Christ is my true inspiration. 

*** I numbered it accordingly because I am a little OCD when I see things out of place, but while answering the questions, I realized that there was no Q 9, Q 21 and Q 80. I am not tagging anyone to do this, but Tammy, I’ll love to read your answers if you’re up for the challenge. 🙂

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Catalonia parliament has declared its independence from Spain.

It’s chaos in Spain!

On 9 July 1816, Argentina, Uruguay and part of Bolivia declared independence from Spain.

Catalonia’s parliament has declared independence from Spain in a vote earlier today. And how did Spain react? They sacked Catalonia’s government and assumed direct control over the region. This means that central government ministries will assume direct powers of the Catalan administration until a regional election takes place on December 21.

It is not going to be smooth sailing for Catalonia where it concerns EU given that countries such as Germany and France are among European countries that back Spanish unity. The US State Department also issued a similar statement on the matter. So far, Finland is the only country preparing to go against Spain and recognize Catalonia’s independence.

What does this mean for FC Barcelona?

Football fans are more concerned with what would happen to their beloved FC Barcelona when Catalonia is finally independent. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said that the Catalan giants are determined to remain in La Liga. However, at the moment, nobody knows. All we know is that their future in the Spanish league into jeopardy.

I’ve supported this football club for years and whatever happens, I’ll continue to support them.

Visca el Barça i Visca Catalunya!

Share your world for week of October 16th

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Cee’s Share Your World Challenge continues this week and I am excited to get to these questions so let’s go!

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? 

The answer is basically the same as always to this question: France.

The country’s background is rich in history and to be able to see the magnificent buildings up-close, to walk down that cobblestone street in Avignon, take pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, holiday in the French Riveria, get lost in the Palace of Versailles where my favorite King once lived, to watch a football match at the Parc des Princes, to eat in the oldest French city…

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What color would you like your bedroom to be?

It is already in the color I want it to be: blue, my favorite.

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What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.

So many things make me happy! I’ll just list the first six things that come to mind.

* His Word!

Waking up every morning to see another day.

* My family and friends. 

* Sunrises and sunsets.

* Pancake, macaroni pie, and tiramisu.

* You wonderful readers. 

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What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This past week was a blur! It just went by so fast that I did not have the time to sit and write the articles that I wanted to work on for the blog. Things got pushed back and my writing stalled for just a little bit, but I am utmost grateful to have made it through the week. 

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Book #69: Garlic, Mint, & Sweet Basil. Essays on Marseilles, Mediterranean Cuisine, and Noir Fiction

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A short sublime book on the three things dearest to Jean-Claude Izzo’s heart: his native Marseilles, the sea in all its splendor, and Mediterranean noir – the literary genre his books helped to found. This collection of writings shows Izzo, author of the acclaimed Marseilles trilogy, at his most contemplative and insightful. His native city, with its food, its flavors, , its passionate inhabitants, and its long, long history of commerce and conviviality, constitute the lifeblood that runs through all of Izzo’s work.

Author: Jean-Claude Izzo
Publisher: Europa Editions (May 7, 2013)
Chapters: 13 wonderful short stories
Pages: 107

The founder of the modern Mediterranean noir movement, Izzo passed away in 2000 at the age of fifty-five. He was the son of immigrant parents: a Naples barman and a Spanish seamstress. He used this experience in his work to make it more realistic.

This book was TERRIFIC!

The writer blew my rooftop off!

Izzo’s stories showed passionate affection and love for his beloved Marseilles and Mediterranean coast. Nostalgia at its best. I wish I can write that way about Trinidad. I was there with him as I took that visionary trip to Marseilles. I could taste the food, smell the air and hear the people. I took a vacation without leaving the comfort of my bed and I loved it!

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THE MEDITERRANEAN AND ITS NOIR

The Mediterranean: Possibilities for Happiness

Wherever he traveled, he took with him ‘a geography of possibilities for happiness’. He discovered, loved and appreciated his country for what it was.

Listening to the Sea

Just what the title says.

I Am At Home Everywhere

“It’s when I think about them that my feet start to itch, and I take out my cardboard suitcase and dream of setting off. To go and meet them, and share what we have in common, the pleasure of the universe. The pleasure I taste when, at home, in the still of the air of summer and noon, I read Louis Owens and put myself in the shoes of an Indian.”

This was one of my absolute favorite shorts to read and I treasure it because I can relate. Books take us to places beyond our front doors and we escape reality, but, for a short time “With a guidebook in our hands and a return ticket in our pockets.” Sometimes I wish I did not have to return.

The Blue and the Black

This story is basically about how Greek tragedies were born.

“In the beginning of the Book. And that moment in which Cain kills his brother Abel. In the blood of this fratricide, the Mediterranean gives us the first noir novel.

There may have been other murders before this, but this one is written down and establishes forever the singular problem of mankind: that crime is the driving force that, over the centuries, will govern relationships between people. Whoever they are. Masters or servants. Princes or emperors. Free men or slaves. In the beginning, indeed, all the motives for murder already existed. Envy, jealousy. Desire, fear. Money. Power. Hatred. Hatred of others. Hatred of the world.”

There is something truthfully chilling in those words! The Bible is there for us to learn from. It is there to make sure that mankind does not make the same mistakes as their ancestors once did, but alas! We’re living in terrible times where people don’t care about their own sanity.

MARSEILLES

Marseilles is in my Heart

“I was born in Marseilles. Of an Italian father and a Spanish mother. One of those crossbreeds to which this city holds the secret. Nobody is ever born in Marseilles by chance. Marseilles is, and has always been, the port of exiles, of Mediterranean exiles, of exiles from former colonial routes, too.”

I Like to Feel Marseilles Pulsating Beneath My Tongue

All about food!

“As many people have said: there is no innovation in the cuisine of Marseilles, no fusion, just self-perpetuation. Eating takes us back to our countries. To sit down to a meal, whether at home or in a restaurant, with our families or with our friends, is to recover our memories.”

Garlic

“The first girl I ever kissed smelled of garlic. It was in a hut in Les Goudes, at that hour on a summer’s day when adults take an afternoon nap. I learned, that year I turned fifteen, to love garlic.”

Mint

“We love mint for its smell. It’s the most popular. Ask us to name a plant that smells good, and it is mint, and only mint, that comes to mind.”

Basil

Another one of his favorite smells.

Here, My Darling, Taste This

“Words exchanged amid the noise and bustle: “Fire! Fire! My watermelon’s on fire!” Spoken in that drawling accent that takes time to say things. “Here, my darling, taste this!”

Marseilles: A Musical Trading Post

The music of the city that captivated his soul.

Marseilles Between Sea and Light

An ode to the sea and the bay.

FABIO MONTALE

Fabio Montale’s Christmas Dinner

I want to read more of this Montale character.

Jean-Claude Izzo on Fabio Montale

Fabio Montale’s Favorite Places

Fabio Montale’s Music

Fabio Montale’s Books

I recommend this book for foodies, Francophile, and literature lovers.

VERDICT:

4

EXTRA!

Enjoy the beautiful view of Marseille. ❤

 

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The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

Another Tattoo

Short Story #20

Whoa! I haven’t updated Short Story Sunday in a long time because I did not have the inspiration to do so. I still don’t have the inspiration to, but today’s short is an addition to the last short story I wrote call Tattoos and I’ll be free writing so forgive my grammatical errors and my French as well. 

Antonio Caster was wiping down the counter and humming along to an old Spanish song when the doorbell chimes signaling that he had a new customer. With a smile, he straightens his frame, ready to greet his fifth and probably final customer of the day. However, when the tall, bald-headed man with the piercing silver gray eyes confidently walk into his tattoo parlor, Antonio lost his smile. This man was a regular client of his and a good tipper, but one night when he tattooed the name of a fallen hitman on the Frenchman’s back, he realized that Jean-Pierre Papin was more than just a regular client.

Jean-Pierre was tattooing the names of his fallen enemies on his lower back and this made Antonio wondered if the bad man had a mild case of amnesia.

He forces his best smile when the man approached the counter. “Bonjour. How can I help you today?”

“Another name,” Jean-Pierre impatiently flings a piece of paper on the counter.

Antonio picks it up and gasp. “Isn’t this the name of your girlfriend?”

Jean-Pierre darkly looks at him.

“Right on it,” Antonio said with less enthusiasm as he led the Frenchman to the back room. “Where would you like it?”

“Same place,”

He killed her! I can’t believe he actually killed her! Antonio panic inside. And now he wants to tattoo her name alongside his enemies. Oh, Marilyn! What have you done to deserve this!

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Jean-Pierre walked out of Antonio’s Ink an hour and a half later with a puzzled look on his face, his skin still stinging from the fresh ink. He did not understand why the man hesitated to ink Marilyn’s name on his skin. Was it because he was putting her name next to his enemies? He had no other choice in the matter, though.

When he returned to his Montmartre flat, freshly brewed coffee assaulted his senses causing him to gag. He hated coffee. “Do you mind?”

“Oh, you’re back!” a surprised feminine voice answered. “Désolé pour le café!

“I put up a lot for you because you’re lucky I like you a lot, Marilyn.”

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Merci Camille Lacourt!

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Yesterday, I watched Camille Lacourt say good bye to swimming by winning his third straight world title in the 50 backstroke at the World Championship in Budapest. He won gold ahead of Junga Koga (Japan) and Matt Grevers (USA).

The swimming master bade the sport adieu in style and I couldn’t be any prouder of my favorite swimmer (Well, Yannick Agnel is another favorite of mine, but he retired last year). Lacourt was a joy to watch and I can only wish him all the best in his future endeavors. 

Merci mille fois! Chapeau!

via Twitter. Kudos to the creator of this beautiful collage!