interactive friday: blog my blog

I always love when Kailani of An Island Life plays “Blog My Blog.”

Now it’s Bleeding Espresso’s turn.

Here’s what happens:

1. I start with a question/phrase.

2. The first commenter answers that question and leaves a new question for the next visitor to answer. It could be a general question, fill in the blank sentence, a “tell me about a time when,” etc.

3. The next commenter answers the new question and provides a question for the following visitor (i.e., the third commenter).

4. And so forth until you’re all bored to tears. Yes, I expect actual tears before we stop (photographic evidence will do).

5. Note: I reserve the right to delete or modify any questions that, you know, rub me the wrong way. Ahem.

6. In a situation where two commenters have answered the same question and you’re next to answer, please either choose one of the questions or answer both; if you don’t answer both, you are free to pass along the question you didn’t use or come up with a new one. I can’t believe this has happened 3 times already today!

The first question:

When you close your eyes to go to sleep at night,
what do you see/think?

P.S. Buon weekend!

And go check out Barb’s Scalloped Potatoes for La Buona Cucina Americana!

60 Beans of Wisdom to “interactive friday: blog my blog”
  1. 04.04.2008

    Before I fall asleep I say affirmations.

    What’s that last good book you’ve read?

    LA Blogger Gal’s last blog post..It Was 15 Minutes Max!

  2. 04.04.2008

    “An Accidental Man” by Iris Murdoch.

    What do you think of Los Angeles?

    Judith in Umbria’s last blog post..The popover

  3. Joanne

    It has only snowed once where I am – and that was in January, we’re at 18°C here.

    What is your favourite ice cream flavour and why?


    Joanne’s last blog post..Chocolate chip loaf

  4. A very big city that I just don’t know if this small town girl could fit in.

    What did you have for dinner last?

    Jen @ One Moms World’s last blog post..Organized Milk… For the Next Generation

  5. 04.04.2008

    Split pea soup, homemade of course. Made with yellow split peas. You know the kind they make dahl with?
    The kids did not fancy it. Eh, imagine that!

    What do you think of when you hear the words “reality television”?

    cheeky’s last blog post..Bush By Foot

  6. Gil

    Turn off the television!

    Is it still snowing where you are?

  7. 04.04.2008

    Pistachio – hands down! But, only in Italy. Not too fond of it in America!

    Where was your last vacation?

    Cherrye’s last blog post..Birthday Wishes for Mom

  8. 04.04.2008

    Ok me. Last vacation was in Montreal Quebec. First time the kids were there and they enjoyed it.

    What is your favorite movie and why?

    running42k’s last blog post..Friday Feast

  9. 04.04.2008

    Only one? Then, Shakespeare in Love. It’s romantic, dramatic, funny, and incredibly well written.

    What do you want for your next birthday?

    anno’s last blog post..Notes & Observations

  10. Maryann

    I’d take a bubble bath:)

    Who is your hero?

    Maryann’s last blog post..The Daring Bakers French Loaf

  11. 04.04.2008

    Let’s see, that’s tough. How about a contributing writer’s gig for a health and fitness magazine? More realistically…a new, energy-efficient front-load washer and dryer.

    What’s your favorite beverage and where’s your favorite place to get it?

    smtwngrl’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #19

  12. 04.04.2008

    Ice water on a hot day—from my mother’s tap in the country.

    Question: If you discovered a free hour in the day, what would you do with it?

    nova’s last blog post..They Pay You to Do This?

  13. carrieitly

    My parents.

    When was the last time a stranger did something nice and/or unexpected to/for you?

  14. 04.04.2008

    My two little girls and the baby on the way.

    What’s your nickname and who calls you by it?

    themommykelly’s last blog post..Flaunting Insanity: The Pregnant Man

  15. 04.04.2008

    My favorite book is the Time Traveler’s Wife. Because it was interesting in that it kept bouncing all over the place and was the sweetest love story.

    What’s your favorite tropical place & why?

    Carrie’s last blog post..Google Reader Trends

  16. 04.04.2008

    A guy in a busy metro station stopped (himself and the people around him) so I could get by.

    Where is your favorite place in the whole world?

    jessica in rome’s last blog post..Rome Business

  17. 04.04.2008

    My mom’s house in Popayan, Colombia. I am homesick now!

    What makes your world go round?

    Beatriz’s last blog post..Fast, easy pasta.

  18. 04.04.2008

    My husband calls me Babe, and my Mom and siblings call me Sis…

    What’s your favorite book and why?

    Heather’s last blog post..Vosges #3

  19. 04.04.2008

    A seperate peace……not sure, just pulls me in and makes me think…..

    If you were stranded on an island and could only have 3 things…what would they be.

    pennucci’s last blog post..Easter Tradition

  20. michelle

    Oops! Simultaneous answers! For the next commenter, you can answer either Carrie or Pennucci’s question or both if you’re feeling especially answery 😉

  21. 04.04.2008

    Kerala, India. It’s where my parents are from and it’s gorgeous.

    What’s your most embarrassing moment?

    Linda’s last blog post..Election Cavolate!*

  22. 04.04.2008

    Passing wind at THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, when it was really quiet and the girl was in the pit and Clarice was searching the dark. I sneezed and tooted at the same time and everyone in the movie theatre laughed their head off. It was one of the most intense scenes in the movie. There was not an empty seat in the movie theatre. Lucky for the guy beside me, it wasn’t a stinker. My boyfriend on the other side of me couldn’t stop laughing.

    Lucy’s last blog post..Yesterday and Today – Spits and Spats

  23. 04.04.2008

    Ummm…I forgot a question…

    What is your favourite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?

    Lucy’s last blog post..Yesterday and Today – Spits and Spats

  24. 04.04.2008

    Going for long, long walks in the sun, and watching what other people do with their Sundays.

    What super power do you wish you had, and what would you do with it?

    Paolo’s last blog post..why I choose to expatriate

  25. 04.04.2008

    I wish I could stop time, like Evie on “Out of this World.” I’m sure this would be useful in all sorts of situations, but I’ll admit the main reason it’s appealing is I could stop time when my alarm goes off and sleep in as long as I want every day.

    Um, this probably isn’t a very good answer. I should have said “Flying,” right?

    What is the best decision you’ve ever made?

    Stefanie’s last blog post..It’s Choose Your Own Blogventure Day!

  26. 04.04.2008

    I wish I had the power to heal people, both physically and emotionally, and through that spread peace and goodwill around the world. That would be my first super power. Followed pretty closely by the ability to fly…just because. 😉

    “What is the nicest/most generous thing you’ve ever done for a complete stranger without expecting anything in return?”

    Christina Arbini’s last blog post..Happy April Fool’s Day!

  27. michelle

    Another overlap!

    Next commenter–please choose either Stefanie or Christina’s question…or answer both….

    Just remember to leave a new one (or pass along whichever of Stefanie’s or Christina’s if you don’t answer them both).

  28. 04.04.2008

    The best decision I’ve ever made was probably marrying my hubby. He’s my soulmate.

    I’ll pass Christina’s question along…

    “What is the nicest/most generous thing you’ve ever done for a complete stranger without expecting anything in return?”

    Quirky’s last blog post..4/3/08 Excellent!

  29. 04.04.2008

    I have no idea. Honestly. I know I’m surely not mean or heartless, but I guess I don’t think I do enough generous things. I recently gave someone change at the subte station, does that count?

    My question…

    Are you a morning person or a night owl?

    Tina’s last blog post..Coming full circle – again

  30. 04.04.2008

    I used to be a night owl but that has changed over the course of the years, I prefer gettin up early in the morning and enjoy my day as much as I can.

    My question:
    What’s the first thing you do after you get out of bed in the morning?

    Jientje’s last blog post..Proudly Proclaiming

  31. 04.04.2008

    Count to see all other bodies in the bed are accounted for. Once I found the baby on the floor (sleeping) instead of in the bed.

    Question: What small thing(s) in your daily life makes you really, really happy?

    Waiting for Zufan’s last blog post..Random Ethiopia photo

  32. 04.04.2008

    Small things that make me really happy…my pet fish, both of them. Seems silly, I know, but I enjoy watching them swim around their little fishbowls and do little flips for me when I feed them. They make me smile.

    If you could have your dream job, what would it be?

    Karina’s last blog post..The bad economy hits home

  33. SabineM

    My favorite flower is the Tulip, Yellow ones! Why? Well I am not sure, I just do. It is a spring flower and I LOVE Spring!

    Question: How do you find time to blog?

    SabineM’s last blog post..New Photo Project

  34. 04.04.2008

    I would love to be able to work for a publisher and have the good fortune to read books all day long. How great would that be?

    If you had the opportunity, would you choose to live forever?

  35. ally bean

    My dream job would be to work continuity on a movie set. I’m really good at seeing things that are out of place, so I’d be great at making certain the set was right for each take.

    Question: what is your favorite flower? and why?

  36. michelle

    How do you keep answering questions at the same time?! As always, next commenter, please choose a question (or answer both) and then ask a new one or pass along the one you didn’t answer 🙂

    That’s it. I’m putting it up in the rules!

  37. 04.04.2008

    I schedule a block of time in the morning and the evening.

    What’s your ultimate vacation travel destination?

    e-Mom @ Splash*

    e-Mom’s last blog post..Photo Friday: Far From Home

  38. 04.04.2008


    What is your favorite cookbook?

    The Food Hunter’s last blog post..GREAT GIVEAWAY

  39. 04.04.2008

    This is difficult, I love cook books and have so many favorites, at the moment I am using Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver, Feast by Nigella Lawson, all the River Cafe cook books, by Rose Gray and Ruth Rodgers and as always anything by Nigel Slater and Elizabeth David… I could go on.

    What did your last text message say?

    amanda’s last blog post..The garland maker

  40. 04.04.2008

    RU volunteering 2 Hula?

    Question: Do you take photos of your food when you are dining out?

    Linda’s last blog post..what’s cooking wednesday’s – not so mucn

  41. 04.04.2008

    Yes, I have done that… a few times. The best one was in Paris in a little cafe’ across from the Musee’ D’Orsay… had to keep that lovely lunch forever.

    Do you really connect with most people, or just smile and wave?

    Wanderlust Scarlett’s last blog post..Write about that!

  42. 04.05.2008

    I usually connect with people. I am usually the one who has all the info on what’s happening to who.

    If you had a desire that you’ve never told anyone, what is it?

    Homebody at Heart’s last blog post..A Lovely Sunday Drive

  43. 04.05.2008

    Leave everything, move, and start over in another county (preferably Italy), by myself – sink or swim.

    The theme song for your life is called?

    Chris’s last blog post..Spring Orzo

  44. 04.05.2008

    I’m keeping a blog on books I’ve read this year. 14 book since Jan 1. My fav for this year so far was the latest “To Kill a Mockingbird”. The movie is good, but it can’t possibly cover the depth and breadth of the book. I highly recommend it. In fact if you want to see all the books I’ve read you can look at

    Books I’ve Read

    My Q: Have you followed any diet in the recent past to lose weight? if so, did you lose any weight? did the diet work? do any diets work?

  45. 04.05.2008

    “Over The Hills And Far Away” by Led Zeppelin

    What book have you read in the recent past that you really enjoyed?

  46. 04.05.2008

    I have never really been on a ‘diet’ as such, however I did try not to eat sweets for a few days…but failed straight away as since I was not allowed to have any, that was ALL I could think of! I decided it was best to have some when I want it, rather then obsess and think of sweets all the time.

    QUESTION: Who is the last person you received a phone call from?

    Leanne’s last blog post..How to tell if a house is ‘abusivo’

  47. 04.05.2008

    My Mom. Just a quick check in call since I missed her call last night.

    If you could have a shopping spree at any store which one would you pick?

    Shan’s last blog post..strikes and gutters

  48. 04.05.2008

    I always look people in the eye when I talk, in fact it freaks ME out when people can’t look me in the eye.

    Q. What other language, other your your native one, do you know? Which other language would you like to know?

    My Melange’s last blog post..The River Arno

  49. 04.05.2008

    The grocery store. The price of living is out of hand!!!!!

    Q. Are you comfortable with looking people in the eye when you talk, or does that make you squirmy?

    Billy’s last blog post..Stream of Consciousness Friday

  50. Ariana from Chicago

    I speak and read some Italian, and can understand it fairly well. It would be fun to learn French. Once on a business trip to Lyon, our associates were talking about boring business stuff but with a French accent it sounded so poetic!

    Q. (Inspired from a recent new book) If you could have just 1 more day with someone you loved that has passed away, who would it be and what would you do?

  51. I would love to spend just one more day with my ba noi (paternal grandmother). I don’t think we’d do much. Hold her hand one more time while she told me stories of her childhood. Help her in the kitchen and try to learn all of her recipes.

    Q. If you’re a blogger, what made you start blogging? If you’re not a blogger, what made you start reading blogs?

    Wandering Chopsticks’s last blog post..WC’s Ca Ri Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Curry) by Danielle

  52. 04.05.2008

    I started blogging just to document my trips to Italy. Once I started reading other blogs, I was inspired to talk about more than just my trips.

    Q. What is your favorite childhood memory?

  53. 04.06.2008

    mmm…there are so many. One that jumps to mind is when my father would take us to get ice cream (always bubble gum flavored) and then we would go to the small local airport to watch planes take off.

    Q: How do you like your coffee?

    Ginny’s last blog post..You know you are obsessed with blogging when…

  54. 04.06.2008

    Decaf (caffeine gives me heart palpitations) with one spoon of sugar and a little cream.

    If you had to choose, which would you be and why: a vampire or a werewolf?

  55. 04.06.2008

    I’m sure you’re busy, but I tagged you in a fun meme! Hope you had a great weekend!

    Lisa’s last blog post..TGIF

    Thanks for letting me know Lisa 🙂

  56. 04.06.2008

    a werewolf because i really don’t care for blood but i do enjoy a good howl at the moon from time to time!

    what is your favorite flavor of gelato?

    qualcosa di bello’s last blog post..minutia

  57. 04.07.2008

    A mix of raspberry and vanilla. Yum.

    If you could have one person over for dinner, famous or not, living or dead, who would it be?

    Charlotte’s last blog post..Change

  58. Enza

    Mary, the mother of Jesus!

    If u had a choice to go back in time, what year would u go back to and why?

    OK I’m going to answer this one and officially close our interactive weekend.

    If I could go back in time, you better believe I’d be somewhere in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. I don’t know if I’d choose to be in the book depository, on the grassy knoll, or just on the parade route in general, but I’d be paying *very* close attention. Why? Because I *really* want to know what happened that day. A lot.

    Thanks so much to everyone who played along! I really didn’t expect such a fabulous response–we’ll be sure to do this again soon, OK?

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Green beans, potatoes, and pancetta
Glazed Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon Muffins
Pasta with snails alla calabrese
Onion, Oregano, and Thyme Focaccia
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