Monday, April 09, 2018

The Four Things Tag

Eva did this on Coffee, Classics, and Craziness and tagged anyone who enjoys rewatching movies.  I ADORE rewatching movies, as you undoubtedly know, so... I consider myself tagged and am filling this out accordingly (with some asides to narrow down the categories a bit).

Four Jobs I’ve Had


Four Things I Don’t (like to) Eat

Boiled potatoes
Baked potatoes
Mashed potatoes
Stewed potatoes

(My reaction to 'taters.)

Four Places I’ve Lived (since I was an adult)


Four of my Favorite Foods

Peanut butter

(From Pinterest)

Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once (with my best friend)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
The Lone Ranger (2013)
Slow West (2015)
Hamlet (2011)

Four TV Shows I (am currently) Watch(ing)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
F Troop

Four Things I’m Looking Forward to This Year (2018)

Publishing my next book, Dancing and Doughnuts
Visiting the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum (I hope)
Seeing my best friend again (someway, somehow)
Cleaning up the giant mess that my bedroom has become

Four Things I Can’t Live Without (besides the obvious things like water and air and food)(and not counting people or God, cuz they're not things)


Four Places I’ve Visited (over and over)

Colonial Williamsburg, VA
Mackinac Island, MI
Charleston, SC
The Wisconsin Dells, WI

(A pic I took in Colonial Williamsburg last year.)

Four Pet Peeves (or things that annoy me, anyway)

The number of people who don't differentiate between an opinion and a fact
Lots of Alan Ladd's movies aren't available on DVD
The phrase "try and" -- it's bad grammar and ought to be "try to"
The way the big toenail on my left foot just won't go back to normal after getting ripped off like 2 years ago

Four Things I Wish I Could Do

Fence (with swords, I mean, not put up fences)
Enjoy housecleaning
Eat as much bacon as I want
Decorate really pretty cakes

(From Pinterest)

Four Subjects I Studied at School College

Creative Writing

Four Things Near Me Right Now

My Wolverine coffee mug
The Sons of Katie Elder soundtrack on CD
A box of my daughters' nail polishes
My red camera, Francis

There, I finally finished this tag!  Yay!  I hereby tag anyone who loves bacon :-9


  1. Aw, your answers are so fun!

    I used to not like mashed potatoes, but I've softened a little lately. French fries are still my favorite, though. Annnd I don't like peanut butter or pears. :P

    F Troop makes me smile. I keep bugging Mom to buy both seasons on Amazon, because those few episodes you sent only whet my appetite.

    My big toenail got ripped off several years ago and it took forever for it to look normal again, but it did happen! (I'm actually not sure which toenail it was now.) So there's hope. :)

    1. Thanks, Eva!

      The trouble with pears is they're only really good for about 6 hours. Before that, they're too hard to be yummy, and after that, they're pulpy and gross.

      I hope you can find both seasons of F Troop cuz they're sooooooo fun!

      This one got ripped off about 5 years ago, to be honest. And then it just keeps getting smashed or stepped on or mangled in other ways, so it is all weird now. Grr. But thanks for the ray of hope! You never know, it could be normal again one day.

    2. Apparently, I've never eaten a pear in the perfect six-hour window, because they're always too mushy or too hard.

      To get both seasons would be about forty dollars on So that's doable. :)

      Ugh. That doesn't sound like fun. But, yes, here's hoping!

    3. Eva, yeah, it's hard with pears from grocery stores to get them where they're good. If you can ever find them at a farmer's market or something, try one!

      We lucked out and both seasons were on sale for like $12 when we bought them, but I think they're about $40 altogether here now too.

    4. Haha! $12 all together would be an insanely good bargain.

    5. Indeed. I saw season 1 at the used bookstore yesterday, but it was $20. No cheaper than Amazon.

  2. Love Leverage and Castle so much! I need to watch Agents of Shield... I love marvel movies but somehow never got past a few episodes of AoS. And now you've inspired me to listen to the soundtrack of Sons of Katie Elder... I always love Elmer Bernstein's soundtracks. And now I kind of want to rewatch the movie.

    1. Lois, Agents of SHIELD took about 14 eps to hit its stride. On a whole, the second half of every season is better than the first half. I'm a few eps behind right now, but hoping the same will be true of this season, cuz I wasn't a big fan of the first half. Cowboy's decided to quit watching, which is hard on me cuz I have very little watching time right now except Friday nights when he and I watch stuff together. Hmm.

      Anyway, LOVE the soundtrack to Katie Elder. Bernstein is a master. This was only recently released -- all that was available for years was a really short version, but this is remastered from the original score and is wonderful. It's a limited edition, though, so if you can find it, snap it up! Amazon doesn't have it, but you can find it on ebay. It's got the image I included in my post. I was so excited at how good it is, I bought a back-up copy just in case something happens to mine.

      And yeah, I'm in the mood to watch the movie basically any time. It's my fave John Wayne movie <3

    2. I've heard Agents of SHIELD gets better so I would really like to get back to it. My husband already watches it but he's way ahead of me so I can't watch it with him.

    3. Lois, I understand that difficulty. Cowboy has decided he's not interested in Agents of SHIELD anymore, so now I have to try to find watching time without him, which is tricky.

  3. I know what you are talking about with your toe. I had that happen with a few of my fingernails a few years ago, and I currently have a problem with my toe that won't go away!!!!

    1. MC, don't you hate that? Sigh. My dad always teases me that if I'd only wear shoes, my feet would be so much safer. But I hate shoes, so I gues funkified toenails are the price I pay for happy feet.

  4. Nice answers! I was thinking throughout the whole tag, "Hmm, I haven't HAD four of some of these things . . . " (i.e. jobs, homes, etc.).

    1. Thanks, Olivia! Yeah, it wasn't until I went to college that I'd lived 4 places. And not until my senior year that I'd had 4 different jobs.

  5. Nice to get to know you here! :) Lots in common...also a homeschooling mom-writer to three kiddos. But not married to a cowboy :) Love all things classics and am falling in love with all things Shakespeare! Currently reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

    1. Hi, Fancied Freedom :-) I'm not actually married to a cowboy, that's just by nickname for him. He has a desk job and writes memos, he doesn't herd cows or anything, alas.

      Mmmm, Shakespeare <3 As you might guess from my blog title and username, I'm a pretty big fan of his, especially Hamlet :-) But I enjoy lots of his plays! Midsummer is a fun one.

  6. Every time you say you don't like potatoes, I have to grin, because to me, potatoes are such a staple of life that I tend to assume EVERYONE likes them. Potatoes are like bread, you can't live without either of 'em. (And this is where you can hear my combined Polish-ness and Lithuanian-ness talking . . . ;-) )

    How are you liking Leverage? I used to enjoy that show more than I do now, I think; but I still think it's really really cool.

    1. Jessica, yeah, a good Midwestern, half-German girl ought to like potatoes. I just don't.

      Bread, though, is life.

      I've just started season 2, and I only get to watch an ep every once in a great while (think every month or so?), but I'm liking it :-)

    2. Bread is life, indeed. What's your favorite kind? I love pumpernickel and rye.

      Nice! It's a really good show.

    3. Jessica, there's not a lot of bread I don't like. I love a good rye when it's toasted and then spread with butter. Or for making corned beef sandwiches :-9 Same for pumpernickel. Our grocery store has this fantastic stuff called Marco Polo bread -- it's dusted with rice flour, and it's soooo crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, and oh, so good.

      For years I just thought I couldn't bake bread from scratch because my mom never did, and I thought it would be really hard or take too long to learn. And then my best friend and one of my s-i-ls started baking bread, and I was like, "If they can do it, I can do it." So now I bake bread. Not all the time, but once or twice a month, sometimes more.

      (Sweet breads, though, like banana bread and zucchini bread, I've made since I was a kid.)

    4. *nods* I love rye bread for salami sandwiches, with cheese and mustard.

      My mom bakes bread BEAUTIFULLY and I love how it tastes; but--alas--I can never bake bread myself, because I'm kind of super allergic to live yeast. It's weird.

    5. Jessica, well, that's the best reason I've ever heard of for not baking bread yourself!

  7. This was really interesting! I love this tag. :D

    Haha, your 'taters answer! (And Gollum's face. xD) I really can't believe you don't like them! I LOVE potatoes, and like Jessica said - they're a staple thing in my diet. :P (They're my favourite vegetable, too.) But hats off to you for LIKING asparagus. *shivers*

    I love doing creative writing!! I'm currently doing an Intensive in the Institute of Excellence in Writing and I get to re-write Aesop's fables in the style of other authors... I just re-wrote the Hare and the Tortoise in the style of Mark Twain, and me oh my, he's a fun one. ;D

    You know, I think I'd like to try my hand at this tag, although I may not have enough answers for all of them. I'll get a separate comment.

    1. Gabby, yeah, I know -- potatoes are a huge thing for so many people. Sigh.

      Sounds like a fun writing course! I got to help teach creative writing one semester as part of an internship in college, which was fun. Now I'm teaching it to kids ages 5-12 in our homeschool co-op this year!

  8. I mean, I love bacon, so... ;)

    Four Jobs I've had:
    - Sweeping
    - Dishes
    ... oh, I'm sorry, do you mean a REAL job? Well. Um.
    - Gardner for my neighbour, haha
    - Volunteer work in the horse rings at local shows (mostly doing admin and telling the participants what to do and where to go with their horses)
    - Volunteer waitress
    - Baby-sitter (little siblings count, right?!)

    Four Things I Don't (like to) Eat
    - Avocado
    - Mushrooms
    - Sardines
    - Sausages

    Four Places I've Lived
    Uhhh... we have only moved twice since I was born, and they are all within about one hour away from each other. :P

    Four of my Favourite Foods
    - Pizza
    - Cake
    - Grapes
    - Ice cream

    Four Movies I've Watched More Than Once
    (Just about every movie I've seen, ever.)
    - Soul Surfer
    - The Bourne series
    - The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
    - The Greatest Showman

    Four TV Shows I've watched
    - The Three Musketeers (currently watching)
    - The Good Doctor (currently watching)
    - White Collar
    - Sherlock

    Four Things I'm Looking Forward to This Coming Year
    - Finishing school
    - Getting my driver's license
    - Performing my play
    - Going on our family holiday at the end of the year, at the beach

    Four Things I Can't Live Without
    - Books
    - Pen and paper
    - Music
    - Potatoes ;P

    Four Places I've Visited
    - Rockhampton, QLD
    - Bundaberg, QLD
    - The Blue Mountains, NSW
    - The largest second hand book sale in the Southern Hemisphere

    Four Pet Peeves
    - Bad Grammar and spelling
    - People with little or no enthusiasm
    - Bad communication
    - People who won't make an effort

    Four Things I Wish I Could Do
    - Take dancing/singing/drama lessons
    - Be able to cry on command
    - Be able to do a cartwheel
    - Be able to do the splits

    Four Subjects I Studied at School
    - Ancient Latin
    - French
    - Ancient Greek
    - Government/politics

    Four Things Near Me Right Now
    - My waterbottle
    - My dumbbells, ready to do a work-out
    - My little sister's rubber band loom
    - An array of pens

    This was fun. :D

    1. Gabby, fun answers! Let's see...

      I love mushrooms. And I really like avocados and sausages :-9 I'll trade you my potatoes for them, okay?

      "The largest second hand book sale in the Southern Hemisphere" sounds awesome!

      Also, I am 100% there with you on the annoyance with unenthusiastic people. I mean, it's one thing if you're clinically depressed or something, but people who are just blase about everything On Purpose bug me.

      I've never in my life done a cartwheel. Sometimes I wish I'd learned. My kids are learning from Cowboy, so that's something, anyway.

      Glad you had fun! I enjoyed reading your answers :-)

  9. I can't do the four movies I've watched more than once if I have to have watched it with my best friend... I always watch movies alone.

    I can only do FOUR pet peeves? I guess I could condense most of them with "Jackass Drivers"....

    1. Quiggy, you don't have to do it as movies you've watched more than once with your best friend! Everything in parentheses is just stuff I added to it. Cuz I've watched SO many movies over and over, so that was one way I could think of to narrow it down a bit.

      Haha, I didn't even think of driving peeves. How about "people who don't understand free-flowing right-turn lanes and STOP in them instead of freely flowing?" Cuz I get bugged by that one a LOT.

    2. Rolling stops are at the top of my list. I don't know what a free-flowing right turn is. Maybe that's a local thing in your state... In Texas every right turn has either a stop sign or a yield sign. And we have tons of jerks who will ignore them and pull out in front of oncoming traffic (usually me...)

      I usually don't do these tags because my blog is specifically a movie blog, but I have put this in a queue to get done sometime.

    3. Quiggy, I think free-flowing right turns are a thing in bigger cities, more, where you have a lane that only turns right, and it turns into a new lane that no oncoming traffic can get into, so there's no need to stop or yield because nobody will be coming up behind you as you turn. It's a great idea IF PEOPLE WOULD ONLY USE IT.

      Rolling stops are especially awful with 4-way stops. Ugh. Come on, people.

      I will look forward to reading your answers to this at some point!

    4. It's up now


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