Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Sunday Salon - Tag! I'm It!

Happy Sunday, bloggy lovelies! This week has been some serious crazy. Hectic, hectic mess. 

Y'all may recall that I was originally teaching fewer online classes this semester than I have in previous semesters. While I usually teach four online sections, I was down to two. While it was a hit in the paycheck department, it was an increase in free (READING) time. And then this week happened. I've now inherited an additional three online sections. I cannot seriously complain since it's a blessing in the pocketbook, but it's been a bit hellacious trying to assess where the students are in the courses and put my own sections together in a week's time. Woohah! Makes for a fast-paced week and lots of lost bloggy time this week. Now that it's Sunday, I have a few minutes to sit back and take the week in and dig into some reading. 

I didn't know quite what I was going to write today, but VOILA! I was tagged by Trisha from Eclectic/Eccentric to answer her super awesome fantastic fun questions. And I will. So here we go.

1 You must post the rules.
2 Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the  people you’ve tagged.
3 Tag eleven people and link to them on your post. (I'm cheating here. Questions to come...brain drain.)
4 Let them know you’ve tagged them! (See parentheses above.)

1. What is your favorite piece of art?

My fave piece of art might be an odd choice, but I love it anyway. In my younger days I would've gone for a more popular choice like Van Gogh's "Starry Night," but for as long as I've been visiting the Dallas Museum of Art, I've been in love with Constantin Brancusi's "The Beginning of the World." It doesn't look like much here, but it's the most perfectly smooth, beautiful egg. I just want to lay my cheek on it every time I see it. Beautiful imagery here. 

2. What literary character do you think would make an awesome world leader?

Ok, I can't fall back on Estella on this one, so let's see. Mr. Knightley from Jane Austen's Emma. He's precise, concise, and morally strong. And if I can picture him as Jeremy Northam from the film adaptation, he's also a looker.

3. What color do you think should be outlawed from clothing?

Pink. All pink. Outlawed from everything. I don't like pink. Although, my first car was "raspberry" and that's too close for comfort.

4. Hats. Yes or no?

Under the right conditions--and I'm speaking only for myself. Other people are adorable in hats all the time. When I have long hair I am not opposed to a well-chosen ball cap. With my hair short as it is now, I side with floppy, crocheted, wintery hats. 

5. What contemporary novel should be added to the high school curriculum?

Feed by M.T. Anderson. It's contemporary YA. It has just enough curse words to get a high schooler's attention on a very surface level and cause a little scandal to get them interested. Then ALL the issues are so so so discussionworthy. Issues of body image and constructing beauty ideals, Internet addiction, the role of advertising in society, open access to information, environmental issues, synthetic environment vs. bonafide nature, I could go on and on. Even though it's YA, I've used it in college comp classes and we still discuss the heck out of it. Will be using it again in the coming Fall semester.

6. What book featuring real people do you think could work if the characters were switched to animals?

Oh my...this question is hard for me as I am adamantly against books starring animals. Let's go with Great Expectations. I think Miss Havisham would make a great cobra.

7. Genetically designed humans. Hell yes or absolutely not?

In literature or in life?! I read plenty of books about them but the idea of the real thing scares the pooshnickens out of me.

8. What book would you like to see get parodied a la Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

Hahhaaha, Lady Chatterley's Lover. The bad, scandalous possibilities are endless. Or maybe Madame Bovary, too!!! 

9. What book would you absolutely hate to see get parodied?

Don't touch, Gatsby. Back off, now!

10. TV. Awesome source of entertainment or horrifying time suck?

Time suck. That's not to say that I don't enjoy a lot of TV. I am completely addicted to Chopped on the Food Network and Sarah's House on HGTV. BUT, for the most part I try to turn it off and read instead. Otherwise I'll have another 30-book year, and that's unacceptable to me. 

11. What literary character should immediately jump off the page and into your bed

Trisha, questions like these are why I LOVE you so much. I always throw back to the classic novels. Let's call it a Darcy-Andi-Knightley sandwich, shall we?!

I'm tagging:
Heather from Capricious Reader
Amanda from Fig and Thistle
Emily at The Alcove
Rebecca at Drunk Literature
Chris at Chrisbookarama
Lisa at Books, Lists, Life

Your questions, should you choose to accept them...
1. Who would rank on your list of crushworthy authors--either for their skillz or their cutiepieness?
2. What is your favorite guilty pleasure book if you have guilty pleasure reading?
3. Which literary female heroine would you most like to be for a day and why?
4. Which television female heroine would you most like to be for a day and why?
5. If you found out you were preggers (stop hyperventilating) OR if you were buying for a friend or family member, which children's book would you consider a MUST HAVE for beginning a child's library?
6. Do you have a favorite independent or small press? Why do they rock?
7. Have you read any independent or undersung books lately? Something that's been flying under the bloggy radar?
8. What's on repeat on your MP3 player? (Selfish, I need new music.)
9. If you would be any pair of shoes, what would they be (feel free to refer to Pinterest or Google Image Search)?
10. If you won a million dollars, what would you do first?
11. Adult beverage of choice? 


  1. I was tagged with this one too but had no idea how to answer a few of the questions so I haven't...

    My answer to the color one would have been pink too, though. Pink, or anything in the "neon" spectrum. :D

    I always thought Lolita would make a good Zombified book. :D

  2. Interesting questions and answers.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's my surreal week, in MY SUNDAY SALON POST

  3. Pooshnickens?

    Is that really a word? Really? ;)

  4. Oh goodie! Challenge! I'll post my in the next day or so.

    Also, ulterior motives are hot. :D

  5. Also, did you ever finish your egg story? The picture made me remember it.

    And yes, I detest pink.

    I still need to read Feed. That's a lot of rhyming.

    I can totally imagine Emma as a zombie. She would eat EVERYBODY! lol

  6. This was a lot of fun! I love your suggestion of Feed and agree that a book with a few curse words and a little scandal will always pique high schoolers interest.

  7. Okay this has nothing to do with this post. I was looking at your "about" section to find you on pinterest. and 1. you have like the cutest haircut ever and the cutest earrings and you're just generally fashion-y. I love it. And 2. I couldn't find you when I searched on pinterest. So, find me! I'm under my twitter name casssiiieeeeee.


  8. I know that Feed is a popular one, but I couldn't get through it myself. I do like his Octavian Nothing books. Have you read those?

    I pleased to see tags making a bit of a comeback. There were very big years ago and then vanished from the scene. I always thought they were kind of fun.

  9. I can't think of a bigger time suck than tv even though there are some great things on it. We hardly agree on what we want to watch so I stopped letting shows I didn't care about suck me in and I read while he watches now. I went from about 20 books a year to closer to 75.

    What great questions and answers!

  10. Now you have me curious about Feed. I wouldn't have picked it up otherwise since the cover is pretty hideous. ;-)

  11. Feed! That is a WONDERFUL novel! I actually read it in college for one of my education classed and developed a few assignments around it. I would kill to teach it. :)

    I like that you equated Miss Havisham with a cobra. :)

  12. how fun! And I love the word pooshnickens!

  13. #2 - LOVE Knightley - Knightley is our King!!!

    #11 - Darcy-Knightley sandwich = yes, please.

  14. Man! I better get on this soon before all the people I want to tag are tagged!

    Jeremy Northam = Yum.

    And I'm sad about the pink. Such a yummy color! ;)

  15. Knightley!!! Hell yes! And your answer for number 11 actually gets me hot... *lasciviouswink*

  16. YOU TAGGED ME! Wow. I haven't been tagged since the fourth grade! (I totally kicked butt at freeze tag, btw. And not because I stayed on base all the time.)

    Love the piece of art you chose. I can see why you want to put your cheek on it. I think I would have to keep my hands in my pockets to keep from touching it.

    Also: YAY! I have an anti-pink buddy! Wait until I tell my friends I'm not the only one.

    Oh, wait a sec, you tagged me. That means I'm it! Better get started on those questions . . .

  17. Interesting post. :) I am always when everything works out in terms of a posting idea.

  18. But I like pink (she whines)! With black, though. I hate yellow clothes though, and I once had a car that was yellow.

  19. Ok, answering these now!

    LOVE that egg... thing....


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