I’ve been tagged!

June 19, 2014




Bloggers are funny (both “ha-ha”and “strange”) kinds of people. Highly intelligent and good-looking (that’s not my opinion, just relaying the message) but kind of on the silly side too.

So now, somewhere out in bloggaritaville, someone has decided to recreate the middle school version of a “slam-book” and send these questions around the internet so bloggers can “tag” each other and then they have to go through the process of answering these questions that no one really cares about. But here’s the catch . . . if you don’t participate, then you get labeled as the “stick in the mud” and you won’t be included in any more reindeer games. Since I’m also the spoilsport for chain-letters, I feel the need to work on my bad attitude and play along.

But the main reason I’m going to participate, is because one of my favorite Gulf Coast bloggers, Ron, from Uptown Acorn was the one who tagged me. If he’s going to be a good sport, then I need to buck-up and follow his lead. He’s such a good example in kindness.

So here it goes. Some things about me you never wanted to know. (and by the way, if I have to answer these questions, I expect all of you reading to pick one question and answer leave your answer in the comment section!)Samford University


1. Are you named after someone?


The official story is that they just liked the name Leslie Anne, but also the President of Samford University in Birmingham, where my parents met, was Leslie Wright, and they liked him too. When I was a baby, they took me to the campus and I crawled all over his desk. But when it was time for me to go to college, Samford had temporarily cancelled their football program, so I decided to seek other educational opportunities, since football is so important to a Southern girl’s education.


2. When was the last time you cried?

I can’t remember – not because it’s been so long, but because it’s all the time. National anthem. Parades. The NFL guys getting head injuries. Hymns at church. Running out of coffee. Babies at the Piggly Wiggly who are so ugly they’re cute. All of the above and much more.


3. Do you have kiddos?’

Let me use this opportunity to say, I hate the word “kiddos.” I even detest the word “kids,” although I sometimes use it. They are my children, offspring, sons, darlin’ lambs and chief irritants.

Two boys. One starting finishing college -OMG!!!! And one starting finishing high school – OMG!!!!! Both of them hilariously talented young men.


4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

Yes. I’m a loyal friend and deeply value loyalty from others. Plus, I’m fun at a party and I’ll play with your kiddos.



5. Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Eating salty, crunchy snack foods while watching Lawrence Welk (not kidding) and Brit-coms: “Beautiful day! Completely conducive to contemplating charismatic country cottages!” (bonus points for knowing who said this).



6. Do you like handwriting?

I taught kindergarten, so I value perfectly straight printing abilities. Although I gave both kiddos penmanship lessons each summer, they still write like pigs, which I’ve now decided is a sign of a genius.


7. What’s your favorite cereal? 

Captain Crunch, did you write this silly question?


8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Somehow honesty and genuineness always shines through. Maybe through their eyes, smile or attitude, but a truly happy and nice person is always interesting.


9. What’s the color of your eyes?

My eyes are blue. I can use them to make children shudder and men fall to their knees.



10. Favorite TV show?

Hmmm. Hard one. I already mentioned Lawrence Welk. My husband thinks I’ve always looked like Samantha from Bewitched, so that’s fun to watch as she changes Darren into a toad. Watching Mad Men is a ritual. Breaking Bad was the scariest thing I’ve loved. The Middle is funny, but hits too close to home sometimes, and currently, I enjoy old episodes of Newhart on Netflix. That Bob Newhart was a hoot!


11. Summer or Winter?

These are the names of two of my son’s teenage friends. Are you asking me to choose? One is a sweetie, the other a tart.


12. Do you have any special talent?

I asked my husband and he said, “charm,” (but I sometimes use it for evil).


map_of_florala_al13. Where were you born?

Florala, Alabama. The hospital sat one block from the Florida state line. Hence, the name of the town, “FLOR” – “ALA.” (But it’s pronounced by locals as “Flor-Ella”) It’s a beautiful little town with a big lake and a state park. Times have been hard for Florala, but I think it’s coming back due to the nice people and beautiful location.


14.What are your hobbies?

I play the piano and flute. I used to paint and was exhibited at a few galleries, but I haven’t had time lately. I’ll get back to it someday.



15. Do you have any pets?

Well, everyone knows Lois Lane, my darling beagle, and you can click HERE to read about Doug, our adopted mutt.


16. Favorite Movie?

Well, well, well . . . I just happen to keep a list of these on my computer! And someone thought I was wasting my time writing them down! Ha!

Steel Magnolias, Babbette’s Feast, Amelie, Chocolat, When Harry Met Sally, Muriel’s Wedding, Grease, Enchanted, Gone With the Wind, Sound of Music, Forrest Gump, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Toy Story 1,2,& 3, The Patriot, A League of Their Own, The Pursuit of Happyness, Independence Day, The Jerk, It’s a Wonderful Life and the Rodgers and Hammerstein version of Cinderella, featuring LESLIE ANNE Warren. (okay, she spells it differently, but for technical reasons, my computer has to spell it my way).

6776346-mIn my own little corner in my own little chair . . .



Thanks Ron, for tagging me, and thank you readers for sticking with this! I’ll be sure to pass it on to another lucky blogger who is game for big – big fun!

And now your turn. Pick a question, and let me hear your answer!



  • The last time I cried:
    Yesterday when I read your column about the healing powers of the Gulf. It was also the first time I ever sent a comment to a columnist. Thank you, again.

  • My question is what sort of art do you like? I used to live in Selma, taught flying and took lots of students down to your area, landed at Fort Morgan when it had a strip, and enjoyed eating fish caught by folks there who wanted to share. Mighty good eating! And now an art gallery owner, dealer, restorer, appraiser and more. If ever in Atlanta please look me up and we’ll talk with some fun stories. I have many!

    • Okay then! Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you in Atlanta someday.

  • Valerie King Cash says:

    “Richard, I have reason to believe that something’s pooped in my Polyanthus.”

    Dear Leslie Anne,
    When I was a young girl, I picked up a book my Mother had been reading, called “Norma.” The author was Norma Zimmer. You may know her as The Champagne Lady … well, feeling very sophisticated for reading a biography, I read the whole thing, and fortunately it was very interesting. I’ve been intrigued with biographies ever since. If you ever run across a copy, check it out, as it seems relevant to [one of] your passions. I am very happy I happened upon your blog, you obviously bring smiles to people, and I love that.

    • Oh, that Richard! Thanks for the note Valerie. I think Norma would be a fun book to read. So glad you found the blog and hope you return to read many more times!

  • I’m going to resist listing all the things I just learned about you that we have in common because there is already so much it is getting a bit strange (alma mater, sorority, block fanatic, teacher). But I’m totally freaked out that you watch Lawrence Welk. WHAT is wrong with us L.A? I have never met anyone else who loves those bubbly reruns. Is it the hair-sprayed helmet head male singers? The Gunne Sax style dresses? Or the cat-eye glasses of the women from the audience on the dance floor?

    • Leslie Anne says:

      The similarities are just a sign of quality!
      My boys scream when they see Lawrence Welk on the TV, but they slowly open their eyes and end up watching it as if it’s some sort of comedy show. I showed them the clip from Saturday Night Live about the girl singers, and now they think it’s even funnier than before!

  • Each answer is funnier and more clever than the last one..I may never stop laughing!

  • #6–My life changed when Ron, the real one, my husband, gave me a Cross fountain pen for Christmas last year. Now I am looking for excuses to write anything, anywhere, any time. What a joy to write with a fine instrument such as that. My penmanship has improved to the point that anyone who receives a note from me comments on it. I have become a connoisseur. I am daily writing in three prayer journals at once. I may be the last of my kind.

    • Leslie Anne says:

      Gotta love that Ron!

  • I’m a brunette, but I was named after the dizzy blonde in Vertigo. Kim Novak and I have two things in common… Our name and the dizzy thing.

  • Funny! I played piano and flute, too. I long ago decided that my son must be a genius because he, too, seemed immune to learning cursive.

  • Question #5, which has been answered, (Hyacinth). British shows are the best, and Hyacinth definitely is one of a kind. My family also loves Good Neighbors and are the proud owners of a number of British shows and watch them over and over.

    I also love “the middle”…it is hilarious!…and yes, it is close to home sometimes.

    • Leslie Anne says:

      We’ll have to watch a Hyacinth marathon someday. I’ll bring the biscuits and you make the tea. We’ll invite Elizabeth and watch her spill it everywhere!

  • Deb McKathan says:

    Love your blog and wow, Florala, AL! I live in the Pleasant Home community and one of my co-workers is from Florala. I believe the people and the tourists are helping it rebound. Hope to make it to Fairhope tomorrow for a post birthday celebration.

    • Leslie Anne says:

      Talk about a small world! Not many people even know where Florala is!
      If you are in Fairhope tomorrow (and want to eat in a church fellowship hall), stop by and say hi at the Ransom Cafe!

  • Love your sense of humor, Leslie Anne. I would love to meet you in person someday. We could have a sing-off of all the songs from Cinderella. Don’t wanna brag or anything but – I know every word to every song! Can’t remember a darn thing I learned in school but could sing every song from Cinderella. Going off right now to practice my own rendition of “Ten Minutes Ago I Met You….”

    • Leslie Anne says:

      There’s something to be said about learning things through music. That’s how I learned my elementary multiplication tables. If my high school algebra teacher had worn costumes and sang, I would have aced that class too.

  • Who can top your funny answers!

    • Leslie Anne says:

      I love it when they sing songs about rain and use the fake rain on the set and dance with umbrellas.

  • For bonus points: Hyacinth Bucket (Bouquet)

    • Leslie Anne says:

      Winner!! Don’t you just love her?

  • I loved reading this and glad you “played” along. Handwriting for most is a lost art. I used to love penmanship class and writing in cursive. Have a great day! xo

  • I’m jumping up and down in my chair, crying, laughing and shaking all over! First of all, I’m shocked to know you are a Breaking Bad fan!!! I was a fan starting out with season 3 and I never met ANYONE who had seen the show or even heard of it. Only in the last couple of seasons did the whole world join in. Best show ever on TV. I would never have pegged you as a fan. I’m seeing a whole new side of you now Ms. Leslie Anne!

    And then…then at the end you mention R&H’s Cinderella with Leslie Ann Warren. I think I had quoted that song in one of my blog posts. I cry cry cry whenever I see this show, hear this show, (and I cry at parades too!). I bought the video but I can’t watch it. I saw it performed once on stage and cried through the whole thing. What is wrong with me? I think it evokes memories of a childhood gone by. It used to come on TV just once a year and I always looked forward to it.

    Fun post!

    • Leslie Anne says:

      And I learned something about you . . . never would have guessed you were a Cinderella fan! See??? Life is interesting when you dig far enough!

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