The Sunday Salon – Odds & Ends


I’ve been tagged by Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness for the Four Things Meme! I love these things so thanks for the tag Kim :)


Four Jobs I’ve Had:hunter dd

  1. Elementary School library assistant
  2. Retail salesclerk
  3. Alarm systems monitor
  4. Stay-at-home mom (lol)

Four Movies I Can Watch Many Times:

  1. Donnie Darko – my son loves Donnie Darko too ——>
  2. Heathers
  3. Monty Python And The Holy Grail
  4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre – the original 1974 version, no remakes for this fan-girl!

Four Places I’ve Lived: (I’ve always lived in Nova Scotia, so here are 4 streets I’ve lived on)

  1. Hillside Avenue
  2. Prince Street
  3. Strawberry Hill
  4. Kaye Street The Kiss 2

Four TV Shows I Love(d):

  1. Twilight Zone – original 1959-64 with Rod Serling 
  2. The X-Files
  3. Lost
  4. House M.D. – Cuddy and House *la sigh* ——>

Four Places I’ve Vacationed:

  1. Boston
  2. New York
  3. Quebec
  4. Saskatchewan

Four Novels (or Series) I’ve Enjoyed Re-Reading:

  1. The Stand by Stephen King
  2. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
  3. House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  4. Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson 

Four Websites I Visit Often:

  1. Google Reader
  2. Gmail
  3. Chapters
  4. Facebook

Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now:

  1. On vacation somewhere warm
  2. Cuddling with my dogs and reading
  3. At the movies watching Rock’n’Rolla
  4. In a cafe eating cheesecake


7 random

Mo from Un-Mainstream Mom Reads tagged me for the 7 Random Things About Me meme.  

I love randomness, so this is a fantastic meme for me. But I’m posting this about 2 weeks after being tagged *sorry* however my lateness makes a perfect entry for #1 in this list.



  1. Lateness, putting things off, generally being a slacker – that’s me! No matter how easy something is or how necessary it is, I have the tendency to set things aside for later. Which is totally at odds with my impatient nature. Example – I will pile the laundry room full to the ceiling with dirty clothes, telling myself it makes no sense to do a small load. Then I have to spend an entire weekend doing laundry in my bathing suit or some abysmal outfit from the 80’s (because of course there’s nothing in the closet!)

  2. About two years ago I quit smoking cold-turkey with no problems, in an effort to be a healthier person. Knowing how alot of women gain weight when quitting, I made sure to exercise more and eat NO junk food. A year later I had gained 40 pounds!! I am positive this 40 pounds was straight from the devil, no amount of working out got rid of it. I watched what I ate even closer. No result – the chub stayed. I’m totally not a vain person, but I could not deal with not having any clothes that fit right. So I started smoking again – it was either that or lose my mind. Moral of the story – don’t start smoking ever!

  3. I don’t like my food to touch on my plate. Ever. I have no idea why. I also eat my food in a certain order. Thanksgiving dinner is a time honoured tradition – potatoes first, followed by squash, turnip, parsnip, carrots and sweet potatoes. Then turkey, stuffing and sweetbread. Cranberries and asparagus are last. It’s been this way as long as I can remember. My family still looks at me funny.

  4. My family is very traditional not by choice but I think rather by luck, you would have to go into third or fourth cousins to find a divorced couple. Although I call my partner ‘hubs’ we aren’t actually married, neither of us believe that a marriage licence would make our union any stronger or more important than it is now. We wear wedding rings, do all the other things couples do, and that’s really all that matters to us. Our relationship has outlasted most of the people around us. Our family and friends are very accepting and respectful of our decision and consider us to be a married couple despite the missing paperwork.

  5. Speaking of un-traditional, I don’t tend to conform to the expected appearance of the average mom. I’ve always been experimental with my hair, so sometimes I change my haircolor every month. I’ve got 11 earlobe piercings, a cartilage ring, piercings in my lower lip called ‘snake bites’ and a vertical belly bar. I’ve a tattoo on my bicep and two more in progress. Gimme an hour and I clean up well though :)

  6. My great grandparents lived on a farm, and growing up I spent most of my weekends there. I loved running around the barn and the fields. I named all the cows, snuck the horse apples, and brought the wild barn cats into the house every chance I got. I loved all the animals. The giant evil rooster was a different story, he followed me around pecking at me and making horrible squawking sounds – he scared the crap out of me! So one day I snuck up behind him and booted him right in the ass. He was never the same again. But I still don’t feel bad, seriously, this rooster was evil!

  7. My first and middle names are Joanne Elizabeth, I have disliked this name since I was about 10. I always wanted to be a Fiona or Siobhan or Iona. No one has ever called me Joanne though, I’ve always been Jo. School was difficult because the staff never used nicknames, so the teacher would be taking attendance and get to me, “Joanne? Joanne?” So used to being called Jo, I never even realized the teacher meant me. Now that I’m in my 30’s I’m content with my name.


How cool is this – softdrink aka Jill over at Fizzy Thoughts tagged me with the Bookworm Award. This award comes with an assignment, here it is:

Open the closest book to you, not your favourite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence, as well as two to five sentences following.

And I reach out and grab the book sitting on the plant stand beside me, and it is Just After Sunset by Stephen King. It is his newest collection of short stories and I’ve gotten about halfway through so far this weekend.

just after sunset

There was no time to waste congratulating herself, and not just because she might hear the Pillbox’s front door open anytime. She had other problems. Her muscles were strained and trembling from trying to walk in what was almost a sitting position; she felt like an out-of-condition amateur attempting some outrageous Tantra yoga position. If she didn’t do this at once, she wouldn’t be able to do it at all. And if the chair was as strong as it looked — But she pushed this thought away.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.


bermudaonion said...

You and I could not be movie watching buddies! You and my son could be, though.

Trish said...

Loved reading your random things, and I kind of have a lot to comment on so I'll try to be brief (I can never be brief, unfortunately). Loved Heathers! I think I'm the only person I know who even knows what it is, but love it.

I put off my 7 things meme for several weeks as well--almost a month because I was tagged right after the read-a-thon. I don't know why I do it either because it always ends up being more work. Oh well.

I'm a pretty clean-cut gal (as you saw in the video), so people are always amazed that I used to have 11 piercings in my ears (including the rook, which I loved and the conch which hurt like hell). This all went well with the short spiky hair. I always wanted a nose piercing, but work doesn't allow it. Boo!! So now, do you go by Jo still or Joanne?

Anonymous said...

I bet it was fun being a library assistant at an elementary school. I've always, always wanted to work at a library or a book store. I keep meaning to go volunteer some time or join the library association or something, but I just keep putting it off. Someday, someday.


Literary Feline said...

My husband loves Monty Python and the Holy Grail. :-) I'm a big fan of Lost. I can't wait until the next season starts up--it's getting closer!

I hope you have a great week!

Nymeth said...

I love your taste in movies! And I think it's great that you have 11 earlobe piercings!

I don't find "official" marriage necessary either, though I understand why people like the idea of it. But I probably won't get married myself unless my partner and I find that it will make our lives easier in some specific way or another. And this definitely doesn't mean we don't take our relationship seriously or think it won't last!

I really enjoyed reading your answers. Thanks for sharing :)

Scobberlotcher said...

Oh, what a fun post! Thanks.

Mo said...

I love all four of those movies too! Especially's really underappreciated.

My favorite X-Files episodes were the ones with the creatures. I wasn't so big on the conspiracy theory ones.

The Stand was a wonderful book. What did you think of the way the Dark Tower series ended?

I don't let my foods touch either! The flavors contaminate each other, and I always eat in an order too.

I am in the same "Married without Paperwork" situation as you, and it suits us just fine :)

I have only 2 ear piercings right now. In the past I had 4 on my ears, 1 cartilage hoop, and double belly button. I also have three tattoos! I used to dye my hair every month, but at 27 I am starting to see greys so I am just coloring temporaries over the grey in my natural color. But I've been black, every shade of brown, every shade of red, plus a few blondes, and pink :)

I always secretly hated my name because of my initials. My mom alphabetized my names (MNO) embarrassing. Bloggy people call me Mo, my guy calls me Honey, and my kiddos call me Mommy.

I'm jealous you're reading Just After Sunset right now. I've have it since Friday, but I have promised myself I'd get through my library pile first. I'm excited to read your review though.

naida said...

fun memes! very cool about getting to stay on the farm, sorry about the evil
I love the orginal Twilight Zone too and always watch when they give the marathons.
I remember the movie Heathers, it was really good, I liked how dark it was.
Still cant watch Texas Chainsaw Massacre though.

I havent grabbed my copy of the new S.K., but will do so this week.

sharonanne said...

I tagged you with this one as well;

chartroose said...

Monty Python, woot, and Hunter Thompson, double woot! Go check out my banner--this way you'll know we have a lot in common!

gautami tripathy said...

Good to know a bit about you!

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