Friday, July 17, 2009

Stuff you never wanted to know about me

My friend Karen tagged me, and I was thankful. You may not be, but at least I have something to blog about that was fairly stress free. Not too difficult to answer a few strange questions, and I don't have the time lately to think of wonderful topics, so there you go.

And here I go.

1. What is your current obsession?
Packing up my house. Also, I will admit to having read the entire Harry Potter series in the last week. Between packing boxes and all. I'm a fast reader.

2. What do you hate the most that everyone else seems to love?
Twilight. Although that's probably the cliche answer, it's true. And I can't think of anything else.

3. What are you wearing today?
Khaki capris with a black tee that says "Western Cowgirl" on it. It's cute, even though I'm the least likely candidate to actually be a western cowgirl.

4. What's for dinner?
That is a question you'll have to ask my personal chef, er, husband.

5. What would you eat for your last meal?
Fettucine alfredo with chicken and garden veggies. Pumpkin pie for dessert.

6. What is the last thing you bought?
Brunch at the Bellagio Buffet.

7. What are you listening to right now?
The dryer spinning, the air conditioner humming, Sophia singing.

8. What do you think of the person that tagged you?
I think she's wonderful and I regret not ever getting to know her better when we were neighbors. After reading her blog, I have found that she is one of those rare kindred spirits.

9. If you could have a house--fully paid for and totally furnished--anywhere in the world, where would it be?
New York City.

10. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would it be?
That's kind of a difficult question. Anywhere in Europe, but top choice would probably be Vienna. Or London. Or Venice.

11. What is one of your hobbies?
Just one? Photography.

12. What is ONE of your favorite quotes?
This is a bit more forceful ONE, is it?

Only put off until tomorrow that which you would be willing to die having left undone. Picasso

Not that I follow it or anything, but I try.

13. What is your favorite color?
Red. In all its various shades.

14. What is your favorite piece of clothing in your wardrobe?
I'm pretty finicky about that, but it's usually likely to be something super dressy that I never have much occasion to wear. Like my fabulous aubergine concert dress.

15. What is your dream job?
Opera singer or recitalist. Or pro photog with all the amazing equipment to go with it.

16. Describe your personal style.
I would dress up every day if I could in heels and everything. Not being practical, I'd describe my personal style as being classy casual. Or something like that. Not today though.

17. What is your favorite tree?
Honestly, I have never put any thought to this. I am rather fond of weeping willows, though.

18. What are you going to do after this?
Edit some photos.

19. What is your favorite fruit?
I am really not much of a fruit lover. I blame my pregnancy with Bria for that. It would probably be some type of berry if I have to pick.

20. What inspires you?
Beautiful design and photography. Singing voices that are so stunning that they seem to stop time. Exciting music. Mothers.

21. Who was the last person that you kissed?

22. What are you currently reading?
Nothing. After the Harry Potter fiasco I decided it isn't really safe for me to be reading anything for the next few weeks. We'll see how well I can keep to that.

23. Go to your bookshelf, take down the first book that you see with a red binding, turn to page 26 and type out the first line.
I have packed most of my books already, but all of our music books are still out so Joel can do course planning more effectively. Red binding? Here you go:

"Amahl was the first opera written expressly for American television."

24. What delighted you the most today?
Watching Joel as he experienced taking Sophia to her little speech therapy preschool for the first time.

25. By what criteria do you judge a person?
Wow. This a deep one. I don't know if I have a set criteria as I find myself just judging people on how I feel when I'm around them. I guess that's the criteria then.

26. What was your childhood nickname?

27. What are you afraid of?
Failure. Looking stupid. Bugs.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I'm afraid of the same things as you---plus the ocean:)

    I noticed your last meal did not include chocolate---was that on purpose?!

  2. Ah. I feel like I know you that much more. :o)

  3. This was really a great meme. I learned a lot about you.

  4. weeping willows are my favorite tree :)

  5. Fun questions, and great answers. I always feel like I learn so much about people based on those kinds of memes. And it takes a bold person to admit they don't like fruit. :)

  6. Wow, I learned a lot about you today! this is fun, I might have to borrow this one, for when I don't have anything to say.

    Good luck with the packing. that's the worst part about moving (besides the unpacking).

  7. Your Harry Potter problem cracked me up! Twice! I have the same gift/issue. I love to read, am able to read pretty fast, but can't put the book(s) down once I start!

  8. I'm glad you told me I didn't want to know those things about you because after reading them I totally feel like I DID want to know them. But, of course, I knew from your title that I actually didn't. So I'm trying not to be fooled by my feelings.

  9. Love the quote, would love the see that concert dress, and I hate bugs, too.

    PS: What is the Harry Potter fiasco?? Did I miss something?

  10. Great answers! And I finally understand the "Lala" part of "Lalakme"!

    I'm completely the same way about books—I'm really not capable of reading a little here, a little there. I always seem to go whole hog, drop everything (especially important stuff that shouldn't be procrastinated) and devour books. Harry Potter = especially bad; I just re-read the whole series a couple of months ago. Here's the kicker: I'm a pretty slow reader, even with stuff I love (even slower with "required" reading). I really can't be trusted around books!

  11. O.K., surprisingly I not much was a shock to be except your answer on the paid house thing....New York? More expanation needed I think. Is it for broadway, the opera, the symphonies? I could see it then I guess. That was a fun Meme to read! I agree completely with Twilight, but in AZ I feel very much alone in my sentiment.

  12. Is it totally lame that I like you more for not being a Twilight freak?

  13. I love live oaks. And weeping willows, too.

  14. This is a fun questionairre. Definately one for the files. . .

  15. I would have a really hard time choosing my last meal. I bet you knew with the first thought.

    Looking stupid. Funny. me too, though I probably do sometimes.

  16. I actually enjoyed reading this tag, and loved your explanation of how you judge people. Excellent explanation. I believe I do it the same way. Only, unfortunately for them, I probably carry with me also the baggage of how am I feeling that day before I ever even encountered them. booo.

  17. This tag is a good one...original questions. And you have very original answers, I must say! Fun read!

  18. This is why I love blogging. I could never live in New York and I don't even own heels. Yet, I love being friends with you!

  19. Wow, lots of great answers!

  20. that is totally funny! at one certain moment my nickname was also Lala :))! hugs!

  21. Soooooo glad you don't like Twilight. Makes me like you even more. :)

    Loved reading everything! How is the moving going?

  22. Fun questions, fun answers!

  23. This was great! I hope you are doing well and I'm glad you are breaking up the moving with Harry Potter. Smart girl!! :)

  24. Loved this! so grateful that no matter where you go, blogs know no boundaries.