Monday, January 23, 2006

Tagged -- Seven for Seven

Ack! I've been tagged...again. This time around it was by Aussie friend and romance writer Bronwyn Jameson. Being the (sometimes) sporting person I am, I have fulfilled my obligation -- though it did take me a few days. What can I say, some of these questions are hard!

Seven for Seven

7 things to do before I die:
1. Go on an Alaskan cruise
2. Learn how to knit
3. Finish the “body in the trunk” story so Vi, Cyn, Latesha and Margie stop nagging and do not assist me to an early demise. Just hope they don't hold their breath, 'cause it could be another decade or two.
4. Return to Norway (Hellvik, Stavanger, Oslo)
5. Revisit Paris and explore other parts of France
6. Visit my grandparents’ graves (all out of town, and some out of state)
7. Read all the books in my TBR pile (Ha! Like that’ll happen!)

7 things I cannot do:
1. Ski – of any sort
2. Play poker
3. Drive (Nope...never learned. I take the bus, even for most of my grocery shopping)
4. Knit or crochet
5. Sew (cross-stitch yes, sewing no)
6. Plot
7. Draw (or paint – walls excluded)

7 things that attract me to men:
1. Eyes
2. Hands
3. Sense of humor
4. Brains (the occasional intelligent conversation is nice)
5. Personality
6. Reads without moving his lips and without a need for pictures.
7. He has a “real” job, doesn’t live with his mother and isn't a republican.

7 things I say most often:
1. Get down from there! (Said to cat on craft table or desk.)
2. What are you crying about now? (Because said cat is a big cry baby.)
3. Stop that! (Also said to whiney cat.)
4. Yeah, right…
5. Ya think?
6. Duh!
7. Not!

7 Books or Series I love:
1. MANDY by Julie (Edwards) Andrews -- my most-read book
2. OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon
3. Anything by Lisa Scottoline
4. Chesapeake Bay series by Nora Roberts
5. WITCH OF THE GLENS – another book read multiple times. I’d be the happiest person alive were I to ever find a copy.
6. HUIS CLOS (No Exit) by Jean-Paul Sartre (Yes, I only own it and re-read it in French--and have found great truth in what Sartre said, "L'enfer, c'est les autres." Hell is other people.)
7. LE PETIT PRINCE (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Again, only in French)

7 movies I can watch over and over:
1. Under The Tuscan Sun
2. While You Were Sleeping
3. Sleepless in Seattle
4. A Christmas Story
5. Ever After
6. Sabrina
7. The Shawshank Redemption

7 people I want to join in (tag, you're it), provided they've not yet done it:
1. Rose A. Middleton (Laura)
2. Jana
3. Cynnara Tregarth
4. Lynn
5. Annalee Blysse
6. Marilyn
7. Anyone else willing to give it a go


Annalee Blysse said...

Thanks for tag. I did that one a month or so back. It's hiding.

Go on an Alaskan cruise... That sunrise I saw was on the boat where you'll go. That was one lucky day. Not to often the skies do that! Well, I wouldn't know, how often am I awake? LOL!

I wanna go to Norway, I'm part Norwegian. I also want to read all the books in my TBR pile. :)
Read all the books in my TBR pile.

LE PETIT PRINCE (I read this book, in English. It's one of my faves. I didn't put it on the list, but I so enjoyed it.)

Own 6 of your favorite movies! They're great.

MorningGlory said...

I got here whilst searching for fellow "Outlander" fans. I'm intrigued by your reference to "Witch of the Glens", probably because you said you can't find it and well, we all want what we can't have, right? Who is the author? Is it something I could pick up at the local library, or is it too obscure?


Jana said...

hehehehe This one I've actually done. Least, I suppose it's the same one.

7 things

Jana said...

Went back and read it and it's missing the last two or three'll let me get away without those though...won't you?? ;)

Heather said...

Annalee, I hope to go on that Alaskan cruise some day - they're just SOOOO expensive. Almost as bad as travel to Norway, a beautiful country. I also have ancestors from there (Tromso), and was an exchange student to Hellvik in HS. And now you have me wondering which movie you're missing from your collection. LOL

Jana~ Heck no I'm not letting it slide. Crack to, girl! *insert evil laugh*

Hi MorningGlory! Thanks for stopping by. "Witch of the Glens" was written by Sally Watson (1962)and is long out of print. I have found copies for sale on but you would not believe what this book is going for -- generally $150 to $450 depending on its condition. If I ever came across it at a garage or thrift sale I swear I'd probably faint of shock.

Okay, I just skipped over to abebooks since I hadn't been there in a while and see that there are now three copies going for around $13. Most go for $100+ I can't help wondering what's wrong with those going for less than $20...wait (rereads description posted at abe)... they appear to be softcover editions reprinted in 2004 (What! And I didn't know??), not the hardcover volumn I coveted from the school library years ago.

*Sigh* Okay, I might have to break down and try to locate a softcover volumn. Won't be quite the same, but I'd have my book, right?

Story description: The time was 1644 in Inverness, Scotland. As the "wicked wee lass" raced along the steep streets, just ahead of the stones and cries of briosag! hurled at her, she wished with all her heart that she were a witch. What a spell she would put on them all! For all her seventeen years, Kelpie could remember nothing but belonging to Mina and Bogle, gypsies who lived by their evil wits. The only law any of them knew was that of self-preservation. Bogle said she had been kidnaped because of her blue ringed eyes of the "Second Sight," and she often wondered from where. A castle, perhaps? Nobility? But a series of events would change her life forever when Kelpie would encounter two fine young men.

Yup...probably the first romance I ever read.

Lynn Daniels said...

Ack! I've been tagged! Mine'll be posted tomorrow.

Loved reading your answers.

MorningGlory said...

"Witch of the Glens" sounds like a great book, Heather. I'll keep an eye out for it.

Your story reminds me of my search for a book that I wanted to buy for my daughter. I remember it as "the book that turned me into a reader". I was in about 3rd grade, and our class took our weekly trip to the school library. I checked out a book called "The Iron Peacock". The librarian said it was too hard for me, but she let me take it out anyway. So I read it, just to prove her wrong. And I loved it.

When my daughter was 8 or so (WAAAY before the Internet and Google), I looked for a copy for her, but it was out of print. I just Googled it, and found it here; of course my daughter is 22 now, in the Army, and not at all interested in having a copy, but I have hopes for future granddaughters. Just not a book I think the boys would enjoy.

Thanks for the reply; I will certainly keep an eye out for "Witch of the Glens".


Heather said...

MG, "The Iron Peacock" sounds like something I would have liked back in elementary or middle school. I read the blurb you linked to and it reminds me a bit of one I read in 6th grade, but I can't think of the title. It was about a girl who was an indentured servent, and I remember her being on the run with a boy about her age. The title is lost to me, but I know it's not the one you mentioned.

My all-time favorite as a child was "Sophie & Gussie." I did a post on favorite childhood books back in November. You can read it here if you like:

Thanks again for stopping by!

Maggie Nash said...

Oh number 3 of the first list...make sure you do it too! *stern look*

Heather said...

Margie~ You would glom onto that one....

Bronwyn Jameson said...

I love these things because I learn so many things I didn't know about my friends! See, I did not know you spoke French!

Heather said...

Oh, it's even worse than just knowing how to speak French, Bron - I um...(lowers voice to a whisper) actually have a degree in it. Woefully out of speaking practice, though.