8 Holiday Questions for 8 Authors!
8 Questions for 8 Authors
I am so honored to be one of 8 authors participating in this holiday blog hop. Since this is the last post in the hop, I hope you’re still reading!!
1. What is your best (or worst) holiday memory?
I am Jewish and so my typical Christmas day consists of seeing a movie with my parents and going out for Japanese food – Hibachi. As my birthday is December 23rd, Christmas is also the day I celebrate my birthday with my folks. I have two older sisters and 5 nieces and nephews but this day is just me and parents. I cherish this day every year because on this day, I am not a grown woman with a job and responsibilities, I am the youngest child who has the undivided attention of her parents. (This often means I have to answer, or more likely avoid, my mother’s prying questions into the details of my relationship but at least they pay for my popcorn!) This year, I will be spending Christmas in Michigan with my boyfriend’s family but since I cherish him too, I am sure it will be a special day and I look forward to making a new holiday memory. As long as he doesn’t forget to wish me a happy birthday!
2. Favorite holiday beverage?
After walking the crowded streets of New York City on a frigid winter day, I love to sit by a window in a cozy bar with a cup of hot mulled wine. My German friend calls it “Gluvine.”
3. What would you add to a snowman to personalize it?
As an avid fan of baseball with a loyal allegiance to the New York Yankees, I miss my boys during the off months. I would personalize my snowman New York Yankees style with a Yankees branded scarf, hat and banner
4. What are three things you can’t survive the holidays without?
My iPod because, less face it, all of the radio stations play all Christmas music ALL OF THE TIME and quite frankly, it’s annoying.
My credit card because, damn the holiday season sure is expensive!
My family – this year will be different because, as stated above, I am spending the holidays as well as my birthday with my boyfriend’s family. Hopefully they will treat me right!
5. Santa – sexy or let’s just be friends?
“Santa, it’s not that I’m not attracted to you but I am already seeing someone. Can we just be friends? Really close friends who get each other super awesome gifts for the holidays?”
6. Favorite holiday song, album or movie?
Whenever I am asked to choose one, I always cheat. Today will be no exception. My favorite holiday song(s) are Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland version) and I don’t want a lot for Christmas (I love the version in Love, Actually) Adam Sandler’s Chanukah song is pretty cool too! Favorite Christmas movies are Meet me in St. Louis, Love, Actually and It’s a Wonderful Life.
7. It’s midnight New Year’s Eve – you can kiss any celebrity, living or dead. Who’s it going to be?
Bradley Cooper – I want to run my hands through his messy longish hair and plant a juicy kiss on his luscious lips. Then I want him to flash me his dazzling white tooth smile and tell me it was the best kiss he ever had 🙂
Don’t we look cute together?
8. What is your worst/funniest holiday travel tale?
One year my friend and I decided to take a holiday to Jamaica the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Both of us are pretty anal about being on time and so for our early flight, we arrived at the airport before security even opened. First to arrive at our gate, we breathed a sigh of relief until we were told that the airline overbooked the flight and they were looking for people to volunteer to give up their tickets and fly out the following day. My friend and I had already pre-paid our all-inclusive vacation and there was no way we were voluntarily missing a full day but it seemed no one else was willing either. Then we were told that due to an impending snow-storm, there would be a delay in departure time. We were told to go get food and that they would announce over the loud speaker if there were any developments in departure time. My friend and I went to get food and when we returned to the gate (less than 30 minutes later), we were told that the flight had already departed. In case you missed that last sentence, THE FLIGHT HAD ALREADY DEPARTED. Without us. Since we were told to go get food and no announcement had been made asking all passengers to return to the gate, we were sufficiently pissed off. I was cursing and throwing a fit, of course. But there was nothing we could do about it. We were given tickets for a flight the following morning and shuttled to the Ramada at the airport. The hotel room and dinner were paid by the airline and we were also given a voucher for a free domestic flight. Since our trip was supposed to be 7 days and nights, we decided that losing one day wasn’t the worst thing that could happen, especially since we got that free voucher for another flight. Unfortunately, neither of us had packed any clothes in our carry-on and had no clean underwear for the next day. The hotel store had underwear but only Hanes Men’s briefs. What’s a girl with no clean panties to do? Wear Hane’s Men’s briefs of course! Without any further complications, we arrived safely in Jamaica and enjoyed one day of sunshine and 5 days of torrential downpours. And then on the return trip, I left my passport in the cab that drove me home from the airport. Along with all of the souvenirs I bought. And my voucher for a free domestic flight.
Vacation: Epic fail!
If you haven’t had a chance to read my fellow author’s answers, you can find them here!
Why am I not surprised by your snowman idea?? Great one! And I bet I can guess that crappy airline but I won’t say it out loud. And HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY! –Francine
My Yankee allegience is no secret 🙂 Thanks for the birthday wishes!
Omigosh, Meredith! I can’t imagine how long that vacation story was processed until you finally saw some humor in it. It would be a great scene in a book, of course! I loved your post. It was a delight getting to know you better. My wish for you is this holiday is even better than you hope!
It took quite a while to get over that vacation and I will probably never go to Jamaica again! Certainly not during the winter break! Best wishes back at you, Sharon!
Wow! What a nightmare that Jamaica trip was! I’m surprised you ever wanted to travel anywhere again after that horrible experience.
How awesome that you love Judy Garland! She’s one of the great vocalists of all time IMO. I adore her movies and have several CDs with her music.
Your birthday/pre-holiday tradition with your parents is so sweet! Are you still planning on doing Japanese & a movie with them before or after you go to Michigan?
Thanks for sharing some holiday memories with us, Meredith! 🙂
Yes, my folks and I are postponing our movie/dinner tradition until the following week!!
I hope you have a great birthday/holiday break in Michigan.
I also think that tradition with your parents is so sweet. I have three siblings, and I know that even as a grown-up it’s fun to pretend from time to time that I’m an only child to doting parents. 🙂
Great way to end this fab series. It was fun getting to know all of you a little better.
Thanks, Laura! We’re also stopping in Chicago for a few days and I’m REALLY look forward to that part.
Siblings are great, aren’t they? Most of the time…
Of course I LOVE your snowman idea!! I have a couple of Yankees snowmen in my house and on my tree, in fact. Never miss a chance to support the boys.
And I highly approve of Bradley Cooper, yes indeed!!
As for your Jamaica story, I would have sworn off all holiday travel after that. What a disaster!
Michelle – I KNEW you’d appreciate the Yankee snowman!!
It was a toss-up between Bradley and Adam Levine. Hard choice!
What a perfect end to our series! That Jamaica trip is such an epic fail, but I’ll bet you looked awfully cute in those briefs. Oh, Bradley Cooper. Do you think we can share him? I like you too much to fight for him!
Samantha Stroh Bailey
We can share Bradley. On your days, I’ll settle for Adam Levine. That’s how much I like you!
Yikes – that’s a brutal vacation tale! Also – let’s get together and make a team of AL East snowmen. I call dibs on the Jays 😉
Happy early birthday! I hope your boyfriend’s family treats you well! 🙂
Thanks, Kaley! I love your snowmen idea! But let’s place the Red Sox snowman directly in the sun so it melts the fastest 🙂
Yes! Brilliant idea. 🙂
Great post! That vacation story – oh my goodness! What a nightmare – but makes for a great story now! 🙂
Am I the only non-Yankee fan around here?? Boy! Love the Bradley pick though. You and Sam have to work me in to that rotation!
Awesome post! I love your Yankees snowman! … It makes me want to build one using gear from my beloved (and dearly-departed) Expos.
Hope you have a great time in Michigan. Happy holidays and happy birthday!!
Ummm… when Sam is done with Bradley and Adam is free, can you send him my way?? Thanks so much! 🙂
Meredith, you and Bradley Cooper look SO cute together!! He should be aware of this. 🙂 Fabulous post! I’m a big fan of Meet Me in St. Louis too and now I have a sudden urge to view it again. What a classic.