You Asked, I Answered – Part 2

This is the continuation of the Q&A with me. If you’d like to read part one, you can do so here.

Florinda asks:

Have you ever lived anywhere other than California? And if you haven’t, would you want to, and where?

In part one of this series, I mentioned that I lived in Manhattan for a very short time. I lived there from birth until the age of two and then came to California. I haven’t lived anywhere else, but I would love to live in Oregon. Preferably, Lake Oswego. I visited once and just loved it there.

Patty asks:

I feel as though I know so much about you…well…just the bits you have shared…you seem to be normal, like to cook are reasonably well adjusted…and I love that you work at a university…ok…what was your major in college…your specialty so to speak…and how do you get such amazing books to review.

All through junior college I majored in Business so I continued with that when I got to the university. Once there, after taking hours and hours of accounting and economics, I thought about how nice it would be to study something in the arts. I changed my major to Film Studies with an emphasis in screenwriting and then completely psyched myself out and ending up getting a B.A. in Mass Communication.  It took me so long to get my degree that I never thought I’d ever step foot on college campus again so then what did I do? I got a job here.

As for the books that I review, I get them from all over. Initially, I got some from Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program. Later, when I had a bit more confidence I’d email publishers and ask them for review copies. Once they got to know me, they began to offer books to me. I also do a lot of tours and network with authors on FB. I only take books that I want to read anyway so it all works out.

Diane asks:

I am curious as to whether you have always lived in CA, and whether you have ever visited New England?

Since I already answered the first question (above) I will tackle the second. I’ve never visited New England but would love to.

Kay asks:

OK, I’ll ask a couple of questions that are a little more light – and I totally agree with you about blogs and “hearing” the blogger’s voice – I know my posts are much like my conversations – it’s how I talk.

First, I am also a Disney fan and I want to know what is your favorite ride at Disneyland? When we used to visit Disneyworld in past years, my daughter and I had a tradition of always beginning our vacation stay with a ride on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – then they took it away! We were crushed.

Also, what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream – Ben & Jerry’s if that floats your boat – any other kind if you are not a B&J lover.

I love Disney! I have so many favorite rides though but if I had to choose just one, I’d say Peter Pan. My favorite part of that ride is when you soar over the city. I love all of the twinkling lights. Mr. Toad is still here in California so you will have to come visit!

My fave flavor of ice cream is Häägan Dazs, Vanilla Swiss Almond. I’m simple. Creamy vanilla with almonds covered in dark chocolate. Yum. However, if Ben & Jerry’s is the ticket then it would be Cherry Garcia.

Wallace says:

I LOVE hearing about bloggers too (like you — it’s a lot of what draws me to the blog). I want to hear more about your childhood as well… it sounds fascinating. Also, how did you and your husband meet (gotta get a cute romantic story in there somewhere!)?

My childhood in a nutshell: Lived well. Lost everything. Mental illness in one parent. Alcoholism in the other. Baby sister to take care of. Ran around the streets of Hollywood. Saw some horrible things. Had dreams and wished hard. Got out. There is a ton of stuff in-between but that pretty much sums it up. The weird thing is that although that was a very difficult time, I was in HOLLYWOOD and saw that Hollywood sign every day. I fantasized about stuff all the time like becoming famous, etc. That part of my childhood was very much like any other kid. I think.

The story of how The Hub and I met is sort of cheesy. I was working at a bank at the time and he was a customer. He fed me some corny line that I totally fell for, and that was that! He was The One. LOL. He says it was because of all his money, but trust me…there wasn’t any money. Afterall, I knew his entire financial portfolio. He forgets that part.

Well, that’s it for this week. I’ll post part three sometime next week.  If you’d like to ask me something,  just leave me a comment below.

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28 thoughts on “You Asked, I Answered – Part 2”

  1. Ti, thanks for answering my “lite” questions. I didn’t realize that Mr. Toad had moved his residence only to Anaheim. Guess he got tired of the Florida humidity! 🙂

    I know about Vanilla Swiss Almond and it is really good. However, I’m a Cherry Garcia lover from way back. Glad you’re a fan as well. LOL

    1. It was hard to pick just one ride. I love so many of them for different reasons. I love the “smell” of the Matterhorn, the design of Space Mountain, the theming of Pirates and The Haunted Mansion at night? Sublime. However, now that the kids are older and don’t drag me all over the park, I could spend the entire day on Main Street. I love it there.

    1. I didn’t forget! It will be posted on May 9th. I think that’s what I said in my email reply.

      If you need the reply sooner, given the question, let me know and I’ll email you.

      Sent from my BlackBerry

  2. I loved the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland because it’s the first roller coaster ride I’ve been on that wasn’t too scary for me. It was just perfect. 🙂 Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was a family favorite though.

    It sounds like you had a very difficult childhood – I’m glad things have turned around for you.

    1. I love Big Thunder, too. There really isn’t much I don’t like there. Splash Mountain is probably my least fave because of the water factor. I don’t like it when my hair is de-poufed.

  3. I really think that you are such an example of such a strong, normal person coming from a non-ideal past. I know others have said it before, but you should totally write a book. I think there are so many kids out there who are told that they’ll have “issues” and won’t ever be able to get past them to have a fulfilling life — you are the proof that it is not the truth. Thanks for sharing.

    Love the story of you and The Hub! Brave guy to ask you out when he knows he still has to come back to the bank whether you said yes or not!

    1. Want to hear the real icing on the cake? The customer before him also asked me out, and I said no! The Hub thinks that’s hysterical.

  4. Thanks for sharing.. your childhood sounds really tough. I am happy that everything turns out right for you now and that God bless you and compensate for the many years to come.

    I love Splash Mountain and the Tower of Terror (or was it Horror?) best, especially with the special effects of ghostly figures and free fall drop of the escalators! Hair raising!!!

    1. I love the Tower of Terror AFTER riding it, but I work myself up into such a frenzy before the ride, that it’s almost not worth it. Something about being pushed out and then dropped doesn’t appeal to me. I can deal with the Splash Mountain drop because it’s a one-time thing and I have to keep it together for The Girl or she’d flip out.

  5. Awesome post…and Patty asks such astute questions…don’t you wish she was closer…for book sharing, cooking and a drink or too…lunch and shopping of course…

  6. It is so fun getting to know you better. I do think you have the makings of a memoir in your childhood from what you’ve shared here and previously. Looking forward to part 3!

    And I’ve never emailed and asked a publisher for a book. Maybe I will try that!

  7. Sheesh. The entire blogging universe read these, except for me. What is not to love at Disney? It would be so hard to pick just one ride. What about Soarin’? I could ride that one over and over.

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