Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tag, I'm It!

I've been blog tagged twice with these questions, I think that is a sign I better buckle down and answer the seven questions. Unfortunately, I'm not interesting so message me if you make it all the way through and let me know how much coffee it took to accomplish that feat.

1) Do you think you're hot?

Yes! I can't help it; I blame my metabolism. Also, having a female roommate at work never helps, either, as she makes me feel guilty when she has to come to work in a sweater... in July.

If I could, I'd turn my office into a meat locker! I'm sweating here!! Somebody remind me why I live in the hot desert?

As a side note: dual-climate control in a car is the best invention EVER!

2) Okay, here is what I use at work:


I love it. Thrice I've had people do a double-take at my monitors because it actually looks like somebody put that sticky note on my screens.

3) When was the last time you ate chicken?

The week after the LDS Story Makers Conference, which is a shame because I love chicken. While visiting my brother-in-law during the conference he made some chicken strips and they were DELICIOUS!!! I asked him what they were and he was nice enough to go out of his way and post this picture to his Facebook wall:


I rushed out to the store and picked up a bag. Oddly, I haven't had any since but I just bought some yesterday while passing them in the frozen food isle. So I'll be having some again, soon.

This is all riveting stuff, isn't it?

4) The song(s) you listened to recently.

I just finished watching the first "Back to the Future", which had a bunch of music from Huey Lewis. As a side note, remember that scene when he is auditioning for the battle of the bands and he starts playing that song by Huey Lewis and the judge interrupts him and says, "I'm sorry, you are just too darn loud. Next please!" That is Huey Lewis!!

As for albums, I bought the new Owl City album "All Things Bright and Beautiful" because I loved their first album. The second album sounds a LOT like the first but I still loved it anyways. I have probably given it about ten listens already with more on the way.

To show off my geek a bit, I fully intend to buy "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album "Alpocalypse" on Tuesday.

5) What were you thinking as you were doing this?

It sure is hot in here!

6) Do you have nicknames? What are they?

My last name is Duckett. Because children might read this blog I won't go into any detail but it doesn't take much imagination to figure out most of my nicknames.

In pleasant, polite, and/or proper company, I go by James, Jim, and Duckett. As a teenager, I only went by Duckett and when people would ask for me at the door, "Is Duckett here?" my mother always thought the response, "Which one?" was funny. Well, it was funny, but I wasn't going to admit that as a teenager.

I think the oddest nickname I've ever been called was Jeeves. A girl who liked me called me that. I'll never know why.

Other ones: King James pops up now and then. Oh, and several people call me Doctor Duckett. That is a reflection on my handwriting, not my intelligence.

7) Tag 8 Blogger Friends

The first two are obvious. NOT only because they tagged me (I would have tagged them regardless), but turnabout is still fair play.

1) Small Town Shelly Brown - Because she is the funniest blogger I follow. Hands down. Also, she is nice enough to promote my blog from time to time. Did I mention she is hilarious? She is also pretty funny. Best of all, she is funny, too!

2) Brenda Sills - Because she is the NICEST person I've ever seen on the Internet. The Interwebs if full of trolls, jerks, dweebs, and flamers and it is nice to see somebody who does NOTHING but say nice things about everybody. How rare is that?

3) Tristi Pinkston - Who is a great writer and I owe her one for proofreading one of my earlier blogs. I value her input on the Authors Incognito email list a LOT.

4) Matthew Tandy - This buy blows my mind. He blogs. Daily! Now that is dedication. And it isn't quick, "just doing my daily blog" type of deal. He does interviews. He talks about writing and the challenges. I've noticed we both share the same time challenges yet he does a much better job than me working around them.

5) Jamie McHenry - This guy caught my attention while we were tweeting at LDS Story Makers. Oddly, we kept tweeting a table or two apart from each other. I've been following him ever since.

Side note: Congrats on 15 years of his marriage!

6) Donna K. Weaver - Donna writes very helpful blog on writing properly. I think everybody would benefit following her blog because I have found it VERY informative and educational. I could use help in grammar and she offers it regularly.

7) Rob and Amy Shupe - I'm going to cheat and go with family on this. She isn't a writer but Amy does a great (and regular) job of blogging on her adorable family, while keeping things fun and creative.

8) Ariell Larson - I've called her slacker because she doesn't blog enough, in my opinion. But you have GOT to see her kids, they are adorable. She has a lot of talents, and making cute children is definitely one of them. She is also a writer and has been a true friend through the ages.