The Who Am I Tag

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As mentioned before, I tend to be late in responding to tags and awards from my readers, but I rarely forget to follow up.

Thanks, Bookidote, for your tag. The rules for this tag are for me to answer some questions and take selected personality tests. Because such tests can be time consuming, allow me to bend the rules, turn the test into a fictional exercise and fabricate my answers. Is that revealing, or what?

What is the meaning of my name?
Karina is a derivative of “careening,” which is indicative of how I careen from certain matters, such as playing it totally straight with readers. (That would be oh-so boring.)

What is my Myer-Briggs personality type?
I challenge being typecast even though such tests often reveal that I would make an excellent shoe salesperson.  Although I’m a big advocate for the right of a foot to remain comfortable all day long, I know deep inside we all want to wear ruby red shoes and be noticed. So I refuse to judge anyone who would rather wear a sparkler than a neutral pair to go with their outfit.

Other shoe salespersons you may have run into:
Larry (Macy’s)
Chelsea (DSW)
Hank (Footlocker)

What is my zodiac sign?
I am one with the universe and so I shall not isolate any one sign to define me.  Besides, I don’t think of myself as an old goat.

What is my Hogwarts House?
After way too much sorting by my classmates who could never figure me out, I was thrown out and told to start my own house. So let’s say I’m in the doghouse.

What are my learning style(s)?
All I know is you don’t touch a hot stove. I learnt my lesson the hard way.

Am I right or left-brain dominant?
My brain tends to shift to the right and left at different hours of the day. It’s like a sundial. I follow the direction of the sun.

What is my blood type?
When it comes to blood, I prefer not to have my vital fluids typed, sketched, or drawn. Just let my blood in my veins be!

What career am I meant to have?
I’m meant to be a wonderer. I’m still wondering what I should be doing.

What Divergent faction do I belong to?
I diverged to the point of not belonging in any tribe.

What does my birth order say about me?
I wasn’t the firstborn, so I’ve never felt like a guinea pig.

As always, I open this tag to all. You can answer all questions or select just those that you feel compelled to answer. Don’t be a stranger (to yourself)!

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2016/2017 Tag

I got tagged by Shay-lon at Fitnessgrad perhaps for hanging around the locker room too much. Thanks for bringing me back to 2016 and re-thinking what I should do for the rest of 2017 with the 2016/2017 Tag!

As always, I tend to lag when responding to tags and awards. Even though we’re halfway through 2017, it’s not too late. Let’s do dis.

RULES:
1.  Mention Creator of tag
Thank you to David for creating this tag

2.  Use the image in the article
See above

3.  Mention blogger(s) who have chosen you
Woot, woot, check out Fitnessgrad

4. Answer the questions
See below

5. Tag 9 other bloggers & let them know
You know already I don’t do dis ‘cuz I don’t want to dis those who didn’t get chosen.

Describe your 2016 in 3 words
What a blast!

Write the name of 2 people that have characterized your 2016
To protect the innocents, I shall simply say him and her

Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much
It’s impossible to pick just one out of all the beautiful palaces I visited in Bavaria. See why for yourselves:  https://karinapinella.com/2016/11/05/better-schlosses-and-gartens/

Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016
Fried carp

Write the one event in 2016 that made the greatest impression on you
It’s a toss-up between the family reunion and visiting the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.

Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want to link a photo
Chocolates from Germany – they’re all gobbled up by now. Erp

Write 3 good intentions for this 2017
To turn off the lights after midnight
To bottle up my road rage
To share my popcorn

Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017
Portugal, here I come!

Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017
Prawns in fried garlic

The Blue Sky Tag

It’s a long time coming to thank Suzanne of adventuresofsweetmonday for nominating me (back in March) for the Blue Sky Tag. Please visit her blog.

The rules for the Blue Sky tag are:

– Thank the person who nominates you
– Answer the 11 questions
– Tag 11 people
– Give them 11 questions to answer

As many of you know, I tend to change the rules. In this case, rather than nominating just 11 people, I encourage each of my readers to add their blog link, describe an awesome sky scene you witnessed (sunsets, thunderstorms,  night scenes, beautiful beaches, UFOs – you name it) and note where you were when inspired. We’ll have us a real “Blue Sky” tag. My picture, by the way, was taken at Kecskemét in Hungary.

My answers to Suzanne’s 11 questions are written in red below.

  1. What is your favorite holiday?   Christmas
  2. If you can go anywhere in the world, where would it be?   Jerusalem
  3. If you had only $5 to spend for something special for the day, what would you buy?   Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Almonds
  4. What is your favorite dessert?   Tiramisu
  5. Coffee or tea?   Tea
  6. What is your idea of a relaxing day?   Doing whatever I want – read, eat, watch a movie, lounge
  7. Have you ever been to Disney Land?   Yes
  8. What is your favorite season of the year?   Summer
  9. What is your all-time favorite movie and why?   It changes every time I see a better movie – no all-time for me
  10. What is your favorite Disney movie?   Too many versions out there of different stories – PASS
  11. What is your favorite quote and why?   “Do not be afraid.” This is written 356 times in the Bible. The message is clear to me that with God assuring us not to be afraid, then I can meet each day being fearless.  

This-is-My-Genre-Tell-Me-Yours Book Tag

I’ve been tagged by the ever-playful duo at Bookidote to do 

It’s a fairly new tag, created last October by blogger, The Tattooed Book Geek.  Although the rules listed below are simple, I’m making it even simpler by openly inviting everyone to join in this book tag.

THE RULES:

  • Credit Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic, or create your own, and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.
  1. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE GENRE?
    I’m compelled to name two genres — thrillers and horror are what I read most these days. I don’t like using the word “favorite” because I also enjoy reading other genres. If I hadn’t read most of Ray Bradbury’s or Isaac Asimov’s books, I would say science fiction. Of course, there are many other good, contemporary science fiction writers out there too. (Besides science fiction, there were other years when I read mostly romance and then satirical fiction. I would go through periods of exhausting certain genres.) But, to keep this simple and easy, I’ve chosen the two genres I read the most, although I admit horror has remained a consistent favorite throughout my life.

  1. WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR FROM THE GENRE?
    I have too many authors I read and like. However, to keep it simple, I’ve shown below book titles by a thriller writer and a horror writer that come to mind right now. They are just two of my many “favorite” ones!

  1. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE GENRE THAT KEEPS PULLING YOU BACK?
    The images, action, story lines that thrill, chill, and fill me with adrenaline.

  1. WHAT’S THE BOOK THAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR FAVORITE GENRE?
    Another tough one. So many of them. I’ll say that after reading so many horror books by various writers, I feel as if I’ve exhausted the library’s collection, so then I ventured toward thrillers. I’ve presented below the book titles that I remember reading decades ago.

    5. IF YOU HAD TO RECOMMEND AT LEAST ONE BOOK FROM YOUR FAVORITE GENRE TO A NON-READER/SOMEONE LOOKING TO START READING THAT GENRE, WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
    I highly recommend the book titles shown below if you want to appreciate the thriller and horror genres.

    6. WHY DO YOU READ?
    I enjoy stories that suspend reality, enthrall, and entertain me. There are good storytellers out there, some with better writing skills than others, but the story lines are key. And I like to think that reading good writing will help make me a better writer, too.  I invite you to open the door to reading. You’ll be glad you did!

Lovefest

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Thank you, Fitnessgrad, for the Lovely Blog Award you bestowed upon me last year in July. Excuse my tardiness, but as I’ve said before – better late than never.

Now that we’re into February, I’d like to start this month with the theme of love. As I’m wont to do, I’m changing the rules for this award where you normally tell readers about yourself. Rather than answering questions about me and nominating a select few of my fellow bloggers for the award, I’d like to turn this into a Lovefest.

I invite you to comment about something, someone, or anything you love, and leave your blog link below to give others the opportunity to fall in love with your site.

I wish you all a lovely bloggin’ time. Have a wonderful weekend!

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Award

THANK YOU to Charles French for nominating me for the Lovely Blog Award over four months ago.

The Rules:
*Thank the person who nominated you, and give a link to his/her blog
*List the rules
*Display the image of the award on your post
*List seven facts about yourself (me, myself, and I):

  • I am human (I make mistakes)
  • I am woman (hear me roar)
  • I read (whenever I can)
  • I write (not the songs, the stories)
  • I work (hard for the money)
  • I eat (like a pig)
  • I sleep (like a baby)

The last rule is to nominate so many people, but I don’t really like leaving out any one and many of you are award free. Instead, I would like to tell you more about the lovely blogger who honored me with the award. Most of you probably know him by now since he’s been around the blogosphere for a while. He’s got a brand new horror book just in time for Halloween. Great looking cover too:

 

So Quote Me . . .

A belated THANK YOU to Thumbup for nominating me months ago to participate in the 3-Day Quote Challenge a Day. To be more specific, it was a couple of weeks after the 4th of July (so I’m not that late).  With Halloween-tinged trickery, I deliberately applied malapropism to three well-known sayings:

“When the groin gets tough, apply lotion to it.”
— Mr. Magoo (a cartoon character who has extreme myopia)
mr-magoo
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“Keep your hands close and your enemas closer.”
Book of Toilet Dilemmas (a rear book)
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“Two bongs won’t win the fight.”
— Chee [a Cheech-wannabee]

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