It is 2013 and my game of Tag Chicken with Trisha at eclectic/eccentric is still going on. To celebrate, I thought I’d make a Face in Hole.
Let’s get going before these questions expire! First, I answer Trisha’s questions.
When is the earliest acceptable date to decorate for Christmas? (I just had to hear your “rather strong feelings”)
For residential homes, the absolute earliest date you should decorate for Christmas is the day AFTER Thanksgiving. Ideally, you should wait until the first week of December. For retail establishments, this business of putting out Christmas stuff in September is insane. First you do Halloween. Then you do a bit of fall decor. Then, starting in early November, you are allowed to put up Christmas stuff. But no Christmas carols playing over the store loudspeakers until AFTER Thanksgiving is over!! The early arrival of Christmas is one of my huge pet peeves. It tends to make it less special when you see all the decorations and hear the music THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE ACTUAL EVENT. Whew. Thanks for letting me get that out.
What is the funniest book you’ve ever read and what made it funny?
I remember giggling hysterically when reading Nicholson Baker’s Mezzanine (but that was on a flight back from London and I think I was just exhausted.) I’ve been almost constantly amused when reading some of Christopher Moore’s books (You Suck comes to mind immediately). Most recently, Caitlin Moran had me laughing through both of her books (except for the serious bits). I also was dying of laughter during Steve Hely’s How I Became A Famous Novelist. Basically, any book with a slightly skewed world view and lots of snark will get me giggling and I love to giggle. The most I’ve ever laughed while reading was the one chapter in David Sedaris’s Me Talk Pretty One Day when he was talking about Easter in his French class.
Do you say Kleenex or tissue?
Tissue. And really, you should write it as Kleenex®. The fact that many people use Kleenex® as an interchangeable word for tissue is one of the cautionary tales about protecting your brand that they taught us in journalism school advertising classes.
When hanging pictures on a wall, do you measure and level or just eyeball it?
To Mr. Jenners’s annoyance, I’m an eyeballer. It is why I’m not allowed to hang pictures in our house.
If you could have anything you wanted for Christmas, what would it be? (And I’m not talking world peace or anything else a ditzy beauty pageant winner would say).
C’mon, Trisha! What do you expect from me … I’m way too selfish to say “World Peace.” HAHA! I’d say hardwood floors in the downstairs of our house. Sadly, Santa didn’t come through this year … but I did get an awfully cool labelmaker!
And now my five questions for Trisha (unless she feels like conceding victory to me):
- Which celebrity would you rather smack some sense into: Kim Kardashian (now pregnant by Kanye West … did she learn nothing from her 72-day marriage?) or Taylor Swift (who falls in and out love so fast and publicly that I cringe on her behalf)?
- Which books coming out in 2013 are you most excited about reading?
- If you had to dress from head to toe in one color for the rest of your life, what color would you choose?
- What are three things on your bucket list and are you doing anything to get them crossed off?
- If you had to pick one word to guide you during this new year, what word would you choose?