Twenty Two Questions

I have been nominated again for the Sunshine Blogger Award, but I am, again, in no position to follow all the required rules, so I will sincerely thank Kim @ Writer Side of Life for the nomination, and gladly tackle the eleven questions attached, inviting any other bloggers to join in the fun if inclined to answer them:

1. What is your favourite place in the world? Home.
2. What do you want people to get out of your blog? A broad perspective of Mexican culture and food.
3. Cat person or dog person? Definitely dog person (see below); and unfortunately, I am allergic to cats.
4. Who is your best author? Isaac Asimov.
5. What is your favourite comfort food? Potatoes and cheese, any form.
6. As a child, what did you dream of doing for a living? Either being a Kindergarten teacher or a scientist; I became the second.
7. Most dangerous thing you’ve ever done? I don’t know, taking the subway in Mexico City?  I am an overly cautious and worrisome person (AKA coward), so I avoid danger like the plague.
8. Would you trust a self-driving car? At this point, no, but I trust they will be perfected and become super efficient, so it will be the way to go.
9. What’s the best thing about your own country? Japan is my ancestors’ country: its traditions; I was born and raised in Mexico: its culture; Canada is my home now: everything!
10. Which 3 famous people would you invite for dinner? (Dead or alive) I have answered this one before for “historical figures”, so for people who are alive: 1) Eric Clapton, 2) Pope Francis, 3) Donna Strickland (yes, she is famous!)
11. What is your favourite quote? “Hang in there, Madeline” – Pepito (Madeline, 1998 film.) Madeline is a classic French cartoon set in an all-girl Catholic boarding school in Paris.

Now, for the other eleven questions, I was congratulating MsJadeli @ Tao Talk for her Liebster Award nomination and her proposed questions, and she invited me to answer them, so here are my answers:

20181001_085956 (4)1. Pets or no pets? If pets, please do tell about them. If no pets, why not?  I have a nine-year-old Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix dog; his black hair with white markings is called “phantom” coat.  He is very smart and has me and the whole family well trained.
2. What’s the farthest you’ve been from your home? Iceland, 4,630 km from Southern Ontario (check my post here.)
3. What’s the funniest thing you ever saw? I am not sure I can pinpoint one thing, but the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes is one of my favourites for its smart humour.
4. Who is your favorite comedian? Germán Valdés, a Mexican comedian from the halcyon days of cinematography in Mexico, known as TinTan, who was also very talented dancer and singer, and did some dubbing for Disney movies. Fun fact: He was asked to give consent for his image to appear as part of the parade of celebrities on the cover of The Beatles’ “Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, but he requested a Mexican “Tree of Life” ceramic craft to be included instead.
5. What’s your favorite TV series, past or present? Monk.
6. If you had a time machine and could go to only 3 places, where would they be and why? Oh, the fear of the Butterfly Effect is too great, I think I would pass.
7. What do you consider your greatest skill? Being organized.
8. If you could be frozen in a cryogenic tank right now and wake up in 50 years, would you do it? Why or why not? Nope, I would be worrying in my sleep about what could be going on outside.
9. If you had to choose between losing your hearing and losing your sight, which one would you choose to lose? Hearing.
10. What is your favorite fairy tale? No royal stories for me; I much prefer tales about creatures of the woods, such as night sprites, sometimes related to fireflies and the souls of the dead.
11. What is one thing you hope to get for the holidays (if you celebrate where gifts are exchanged)? Board games and snacks; then, a rousing evening enjoying them with my daughters and husband.


I just learned that The Universal Gardener has nominated me for the Bloggers Recognition Award; thank you so much, TUG for including my blog in your nominations; I always enjoy reading your blog and learning about gardening and homesteading in Australia! Since I have received that award before, I am just going to include the link to that post. FUN FACT: I also just learned from TUG that in Australia, eggs are also called cackleberries, bumnuts and cluckplums!

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9 thoughts on “Twenty Two Questions

  1. Irene, it was very enjoyable reading your answers. You do appear to be very organized by the way you lay out your recipes. Your dog is so cute. He has “I’m the boss” written all over him. Asimov is a dreamer and one of the “gold standard” SciFi writers, imo. I’ll have to look for TinTan. You know, I’ve seen a lot of people say, “Monk” is their favorite TV show. Maybe I need to check it out…

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      1. Clue is fun! I love Scrabble and the word games. Also the longer strategy games like Ticket to Ride. Love Chinese Checkers, Taboo, and Codenames. I just bought a fun little game called Crazy Cat Lady. 🐱🐱🐱

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