Monday, May 25, 2009

I've Been Blog-Tagged

I've been blog-tagged by an author, which means I have to answer her questions and then tag four more people. Why does this feel like the new chain letter? I can do it, though, because it beats writing a novel right about now. Here are her categories and my choices:

4 movies you would watch over and over:

  • Gone with the Wind
  • O Brother Where Art Thou
  • Murder by Death
  • Star Wars Trilogy (the original)
4 places you have lived:
  • Tacoma, Washington (born here)
  • Paynesville, Minnesota (raised here)
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota (rebelled here)
  • Battle Lake, Minnesota (inspired to write murder mysteries here)
4 TV shows you love to watch:
  • The Office
  • House
  • 30 Rock
  • Little House on the Prairie

4 places you have been on vacation:

  • Cozumel (scuba diving and snorkeling)
  • Florida Keys (scuba diving)
  • Aruba (snorkeling and a wedding--not mine)
  • Canada (um, the Canadians?)

4 of your favorite foods:

  • Popcorn
  • Ice Cream
  • Bagels with cream cheese
  • Dark chocolate with nuts

4 Websites you visit daily:

  • Inkspot
  • Mine (to make updates)
  • St. Cloud Technical College
  • Google

4 places you would rather be right now:

I believe in always making the best of whatever place, person, or moment in time I am so I'd like to just say I'm happy right now where I...screw it:

  • At a bank, cashing a check for $1,000,000 for a three-book deal
  • In the arms of that rare intelligent, funny, and emotionally mature straight hot guy who is telling me he loves me
  • On a beach with my kids, teaching them to snorkel
  • At my French villa with friends and family, drinking red wine, eating cheese with crusty bread, and playing Trivial Pursuit

Tag 4 People you think will respond:

  • Janet Evanovich (why not?)
  • Alan Orloff
  • GM Malliet
  • Keith Raffel

What would be your four answers to any of the categories above?


Keith Raffel said...

How and where do I respond?

Julia Buckley said...

Jess, we agree on so many things without realizing it. I think I am your soul sister. Except that I never warmed to HOUSE, and I never intend to snorkel in this lifetime. I don't even like getting wet in the shower that much. :)

But the villa with the bread, cheese and trivial pursuit? Please invite me. And since you just made a cool mill, maybe send a private plane.

G.M. Malliet said...

Hi, there. Same question as Keith's.

[But I think you're on vacation now?]

Please invite me, along with Julia, to the villa.

Jessica Lourey said...

Keith and Gin, you can respond here, in the comment area. You're technically supposed to respond on your own private blog.

Leaving for vacation on Friday. Whoo-hoo! Anyone have recommendations for places to visit in northern Italy or southeastern France?

Jessica Lourey said...

I know you hate to fly, soul sister Julia, so I will bring the villa, cheese, and wine to Illinois. :)

Alan Orloff said...

Jess, Nice is nice. Have fun on your vacation!

I've responded on my blog:
A Million Blogging Monkeys

G.M. Malliet said...

You're going to Aix already, yes?

Jessica Lourey said...

Alan, tell me more about this 7-week cross country road trip! That sounds like my dream vacation.

And arugula is gross, dude.

Jessica Lourey said...

Gin, we hadn't planned on going to Aix. Would you recommend it?

Keith Raffel said...

Jess Lourey, "the literary love child of Agatha Christie and Garrison Keillor," tagged me. What does that mean? That I need to answer the following questions. Because it was Jess who asked, I did.

4 movies you would watch over and over (tie for 4th):

1. Mark of Zorro (1940 version)

2. Groundhog Day (best movie of the past quarter century)

3. To Catch A Thief (cinema reaches all-time heights in beauty and elegance here)

4. The Godfather (a briefing guide to business in Silicon Valley)

4. The Graduate (still looking for the right answer to life)

4 places you have lived:

1. Oxford, England (how can you not study if you're here)
2. Palo Alto, California (where the prodigal son returned)
3. Washington, D.C. (picked up enough material for 10 novels)
4. Chicago, Illinois (abandoned birthplace)

4 TV shows you love to watch:

1. I Spy (remember watching with my dad)

2. Perry Mason (whiled away grad school watching reruns)

3. Burn Notice (needed to put something current on list)

4. Castle (I've told you why on this blog)

4 places you have been on vacation:

1. Victoria, British Columbia (with kids)

2. Nice, France (drove down from UK in my MG)

3. The Big Island, Hawaii (honeymooned)

4. Saratoga Springs, New York (bet the ponies)

4 of your favorite foods:

1. Kashi Frozen Cheese Pizza

2. Life Cinnamon Cereal

3. H&H Whole Wheat Bagels (while still hot)

4. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (had to put something on the list that was a little less healthy)

4 Websites you visit daily:

The Rap Sheet
First Offenders
SweetSpot(Rob Neyer on baseball)

4 places you would rather be right now:

1. On Fresh Air with Terry Gross (being interviewed about my upcoming novel Smasher)

2. With #1 in Spain (where she is in fact now)

3. At a beach house with the whole family

4. At the motion picture premiere of Too Big To Miss

Jessica Lourey said...

You are a charmer, Mr. Raffel. What I got from your post is that I need to watch Groundhog Day. How was the drive from UK to Nice?

G.M. Malliet said...

Jess - I seem to be functioning on my low power setting lately. So I'll answer as many of these as I can!

Also, I've responded off-post to your question about's a definite must-see.

4 movies you would watch over and over (tie for 4th):

1. Gosford Park

2. Terms of Endearment

3. Gone with the Wind

4. ?

4 places you have lived:

1. Oxford, England (path did not cross with Keith's)
2. Cambridge, England
3. Washington, D.C. (ditto)
4. San Francisco

4 TV shows you love to watch:

1. Midsomer Murders

2. Ugly Betty

3. Wallinger

4. PBS Mystery Monday (or whatever they're calling it these days)

4 places you have been on vacation:

1. Aix (must-see Cezanne habitat)

2. The Netherlands

3. Hawaii (Oahu, Maui, Big Island)

4. Normandy

4 of your favorite foods:

1. Anything from Trader Joe's

4 Websites you visit daily:


4 places you would rather be right now:

1. The Netherlands

2. Tuscany

3. Provence

4. With the Inkspot gang at the motion picture premiere of Too Big To Miss