Monday, May 10, 2010

Tagged by Shannon McMahon

I ran fast. I ran hard. I got tagged anyway. And inside I'm smiling. Thanks, Shannon.

The rules: Answer the five questions below, five times each. Then tag five other super awesome blogging friends.

Question 1 – Where were you five years ago?
1) Wobbling up hills on my bike “training” for a bike tour through Austria
2) Springboro, Ohio
3) Leading a MOMS group of fantastic women
4) Finally rid of baby weight from #2
5) Unaware of the trials awaiting me

Question 2 – Where would you like to be in five years?
1) Agented and published
2) Anywhere God plans to use me
3) More content
4) Frequently visiting my mom in Florida
5) Near water would be nice
Question 3 – What is on your to-do list today?
1) Volunteer at my daughter’s school
2) Get my 1000 words in
3) Take a walk
4) Fall madly in love with my bread maker again as I make cinnamon rolls
5) I should probably shower
Question 4 – What snacks do you enjoy?
1) I tried the best medley at Java Mamas (our church mom’s group) the other night. Wasabi nuts, orange cranberries, rice crackers and a mix of other delightful things from Trader Joe's
2) Dove chocolates
3) guacamole
4) baked brie with apples
5) pistachios
Question 5 – What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
1) Travel to beautiful and intriguing places
2) Give most of it away—pour it into a cause(s)
3) Shop at Whole Foods ;)
4) Go to at least four writer’s conferences a year
5) I might get my nails done every once in a while

And now my turn to tag five bloggers:

I tried to write the first thing that came to mind. I'm curious, readers of All in a Day's Thought, how would you answer question #5?

*photo by flickr


  1. It's fun to learn more about you! I love Dove chocolate too:)

    Answer to question five: I'd give money to good Godly causes, travel with my hubby and family, join and attend ACFW conference and other writing conferences, finish remodeling projects around the house, buy a new car.

    Have a great week,

  2. Wow, Austria? I'd love to go there--my fav composer is Strauss.

    So, that's the first thing I'd do if I had a billion dollars--travel around the world.

    Next: give, give, give to the Lord.

    Buy my mom a decent house in an accessible neighborhood.

    Buy myself a house surrounded by trees and grandkids.

    Start my own publishing company and publish all my blog friends' books. And mine. HA!

  3. My answer for question #5 is that I'd buy a house (and a comfortable one, not an ostentatious one), and start an animal rescue/rehabilitation center with the rest.

    Nice blog!

  4. LOL, should probably shower. As busy writer moms, sometimes that gets left out!

  5. Fun! I'll try to get mine posted later today.

  6. Oh, dear. I'm gonna be a blogging pariah as I don't have time, with my supposed upcoming trip, to tag five other lovelies. But the questions are so intruiging, I MUST answer!

    Question 1 – Where were you five years ago?
    1) In Ireland, doing research for An Irishwoman's Tale, my first novel!
    2) raising teenagers
    3) living and loving in Normal

    Question 2 – Where would you like to be in five years?

    Wherever God wants me!!

    Question 3 – What is on your to-do list today?
    Dear one, I would be writing all day. Right now I'm on the phone with American Airlines, hoping God works out kinks in our trip so I can: pack, get traveler's checks, buy some gifts for China friends, clean house, cook, do Bible study for mentoring tonight...I will stop now.
    I did send off my proposal to Natasha! Yippee!!

    Question 4 – What snacks do you enjoy?
    1) Chocolate
    2) nuts.
    3) the best is Dr. Krackers spread with crunchy peanut butter and dotted with nuts and cranberries and other dried fruit

    Question 5 – What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?

    Give it all away per God's instruction

  7. So fun!

    I see a lot of similarities between you and I, though I'm not surprised. :)

  8. Wendy, I enjoyed learning more about you. Five years ago, you were training for a bike ride in Austria. Did you take it? How was it?

    Thanks for tagging me. Here are my abbreviated responses. Five years ago, I was in limbo. Our one and only was finishing the eighth grade and my days as a classroom volunteer were drawing to a close. I didn't know what I was going to to do next. When she started high school the following year, I began writing, which I've done since. I'm now an Empty Nester with an awesome agent and am revising a story, one I plan to work on today. (I'll shower at some point. ;-) If I had a billion dollars, I'd pay off our church's mortgage, choose several Christian organizations to support, buy Gwynly his choice of classic British sportscars, set aside money for him and our DD to visit Germany to their hearts' content, and treat myself to a shopping Spree at the Coach store.

  9. What very fun questions, Wendy!! A bike tour through Australia? Did you bring your family or go by yourself? Sounds very fun! :-) Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

  10. How fun! The bike tour thing is awesome.

    For number five, my first two are the same as your first two. I'd also buy a bigger house and have LOTS more kids (I'd adopt them if I had do :D) I'd like to go to more conferences, too, and get more books on the craft.

    Just noticed you're reading Surrender Bay on your list. I just finished with that one last week!

  11. You are made of awesome, Wendy. :)

    As for being a billionaire, I'd get a house and stick some away for a rainy day. I'd like to adopt a family of siblings. And I'd use the rest to help others who needed it. And if I'm being completely honest, I'd probably also buy some books. O:)

  12. Bless you child for not tagging me. ;) And I LOVE Pistachios! My DD asked yesterday if we could pull out the bread machine. Let me know how those cinimmon rolls turn out. I may have to give it a try. I love how you would shop at whole foods. Isn't it the truth? Who could afford to feed a family at that place? Well, I guess a billionaire. =)

  13. I just got me some Dove dark chocolates for Mother's Day. YUMMY!!!

  14. Fun post, and how did the Austria biking go?

    With a million $, I might buy a little writing hideaway in the mountains somewhere, or maybe along the shore.

  15. Oh wait a minute, you said BILLIONAIRE. Wow. Well, maybe I'd buy one of each.

  16. Loved getting to know you better. I think I would answer #5 similar to the way you did. Great answers!

  17. Bike training for Austria? Wow!

    #5? I would definitely be traveling. I'd also like all of the items in a Williams & Sonoma store. :)

  18. I freaking love baked brie!!! Gosh, good question. I've often wondered what I'd do with that much money. I like the idea Keli had of paying off the church's mortgage. I think I'd do that, along with whatever other debts needed to be paid. Second, I'd buy my husband and I a house with enough land to start our own little farm - grow our own veggies, raise some cows and goats and chickens. Thirdly, I'd go green and organic as much as possible. Fourth, I'd start having kids! Five, I'd start a scolarship fund for young Christian artists.

  19. I'd also like to travel and support great causes, build libraries and art centers. I'd learn something new.

  20. Karen, Are you planning on going to ACFW in Sept. I am. Already excited about it.

    Jeanette, I love the trees bit. And you are certainly welcome to publish my books. I will not stop you. ;)

    devon, Thanks for visiting. We watched an animal show last night about all these mama animals and it moved me so much. A noble cause.

    Georgiana, You know me, I tell it like it is here. ;)

    Julie, Liked yours. Read it. Still decided whether coffee counts. :D

    Patti, I hope the kinks got worked out. So glad you answered. I was curious. Dr. Kracker. Sounds like a rap name. I've always wanted to go to Ireland.

    Janna, I knew it! :D

    Keli, I need to connect w/ you on this Germany thing. Did you ever shower? We did go on the trip and I have a story coming out in a book in July about it...will keep you posted.

    Jody, I hope your Mother's Day was meaningful too. My husband and I went with his company. Sans little ones = good for marriage. On bikes = not so good for back side.

    Cindy, Hmmm, so more children, eh? ;) I am loving Surrender Bay so far. Reminds me of some ideas I've had and takes place on same island as the one you've read some of.

    Danyelle, With a cherry on top! :D I already spend most of my "extra" money on books, but I drool to think about the library I'd have with one billion dollars (holding pinky to lips).

    T.Anne, Ever noticed how everything tastes extra good from there? And the rolls--yum-O!

    Diane, They make me smile. Even throw an almond in for health...still smiling.

    Joanne, Oh, and you could rent them out for free to...well, to me! The trip was beautiful. I loved zipping down the hills. Biking up...another story. Let's just say I refused to walk the bike.

    Susan, Thanks and happy one year anniversary!

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    Jill, OOO, does food taste better in those pots?

    Alyssa, I freaking love it, too! We need to bring it to study! You hooked me up with those bagels. Come on...bring it. ;) I'd come like a Hobbit and raid your farm. And does writing count for your fund?

    Enjoyed reading your responses. Is anyone proud of me that I showered?

    Here's to hoping your night is enriched with fluid and interesting conversation and/or generous sleep (whichever you need more).

    Thankful for this life!
    ~ Wendy

  21. Ohps, Mary...just saw yours. I'd visit your libraries.

  22. Ha! I'd probably exchange mani/pedi for a spa day. :0) But I'm all there for the others!

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  24. Well 5 years ago I had was about to have #3! Off to kindergarten she goes now! How fast it all goes.

    I wanted to connect Wendy about Mt. Hermon- I went and had a great experience! I would recommend it to all your readers.

  25. Wow, a bike tour through Austria.

    Good luck getting agented and published!

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