Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I Mustache You A Question

Kristina tagged me in the mustache linkup...It's too cute (and too much of a needed distraction this week!) to ignore!
Four names people call me, other than my real name:
 1. Moo - in middle school, my trio of friends called each other Moo, Meow, and Eek. Oh, '90s, you were good to us.
2. Awi - my childhood friends
3. Owlie - my mom used to call me this when I was really little
4. AliAster - pretty much all my college friends
#4 is technically my "real" name (or was); it was also my most-frequent nickname. It's just really fun to say altogether like that!

Four jobs I've had:
1. Hostess at Chili's
2 Administration assistant at a surrogacy consultation firm - I learned so much about egg donation and surrogacy. This was just a fascinating job!
3. Barnes & Noble - So many books. So happy.
4. Waitress at a retirement home restaurant

Four movies I've watched more than once:
1. Closer
2. The Princess Bride
3. Pretty Woman
4. You've Got Mail
I mean, how can I resist?! Even though I own this movie, if it's on TV I'll always stop and watch it, commercials and all.
Obviously there are tons of movies I've watched over and over, but these are the first to come to mind. They're kind of a strange mix!

Four books I'd recommend:
1. The Postmortal by Drew Magary - This novel is about a world where they've found a cure to aging and the consequences thereof.
Funny and thought-provoking.
2. The World According to Garp by John Irving - I really love all John Irving novels. I especially love Garp and Owen Meany for their slow build and strong conclusions.
3. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb - This was the first Wally Lamb novel I read and it's still one of my favorites.
4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - The mix of historical fiction and romance in this series makes it a favorite.

I purposely left Harry Potter and all my top Stephen King books off this list. See, I do branch out sometimes!

Four places I've lived:
1. Beachwood, Ohio
Stephie and I on our back porch back in the old days.
The house we grew up in.
2. Sarasota, Florida
3. Edinburgh, Scotland
4. DeLand, Florida

Four places I'd rather be right now:
This is really hard. I'm perfectly happy where I am right now!

Four of my favorite foods:
2. Ice cream
3. Nuts (particularly almonds, walnuts, and cashews)
4. Cheese

Four TV shows I watch:
1. Bones
2. The Walking Dead
That's how you know he's hardcore.
3. Modern Family
4. Naked and Afraid

I am kind of a TV addict. There are tons more I could list. Maybe I should consider cutting down...
Four things I'm looking forward to this year:
I'm interpreting this to mean "within the next year", not "before 2014 ends in 5 weeks."
1. Finishing my first marathon (4 days! Funny how my mind goes to "finishing" it, not "running" it.)
2. Going to DC again with my students. I didn't go last year and I'm sorry I missed it!
At the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Any wonder I'm scared of sea creatures?!
3. Continuing to decorate and renovate our house.
4. Our upcoming weekend getaway to Captiva Island.

Four things I'm always saying:
1. "Ladies and gentlemen, why are we talking?" - to my students
2. "Fun fact..." - when I'm channeling Hermione Granger and laying down some knowledge
3."Seriously?!" - when responding to gossip
4. "I'm tired." - pretty much all the time

Four people I tag:
1. Courtney
2. Janelle
3. Rachel
4. Heather

Well, that was a nice distraction! Now back to obsessively reviewing my to-do list before marathon day!

Join in, commenters! Tell me four things about you!


  1. Replies
    1. Nah, just Alison. But my maiden name is Aster and my friends would just smoosh my first and last name together into one because they like how it sounds.

    2. Wow, Ali Aster is the coolest name ever! I love alliteration. I really like the name Alister but I thought it was a guy's name.

  2. I've never seen Closer, but I totally forgot about The Princess Bride, Pretty Woman and You've Got Mail when I was making my list! I've definitely watched those multiple times... and Notting Hill! I don't know how I forgot about all of these classics!

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!! :)

    1. I love Notting Hill but I'm not sure why! Julia Roberts's character is such a horrible person in it! Why does he love her?!

  3. Great post, Ali! Seriously I am so excited to hear about your marathon. Make sure to carb load well tomorrow :) Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks Liz!! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  4. You are so cute to nominate me! Is this your way to lure me back into blogging? :) Can't wait to hear about your marathon!

    1. YES IT IS!! I figured it was a nice way to nudge you...if you were feeling the urge to come back!

  5. Four things about me...well...1. I've watched Lord of the Rings an obscene amount of times. Like more than 200. 2. I love to read too! I could hang out all day in Barnes and noble. 3. I'm addicted to coffee. Starbucks and Panera love me. 4. I try to find the positive in all life situations. Like my injury giving me time to re focus on yoga for a while...

    1. I am not a naturally positive person but running has forced me to become one in many ways! I hope you heal up quickly!

  6. So cute! LOVE The Walking Dead!!!! You lived in Scotland?!

    1. Well, I studied abroad there for 6 months. I consider that living there!

  7. I don't know how I completely missed this post?! So cool that you worked at B&N. I think I would spend my whole paycheck on books if I worked there!

    1. I worked in the stock room mostly, so I got to see the new books and put them aside. Plus we got FREE paperbacks if they were overstocked. HEAVEN.