Share Your World Meets Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:

Many local regions, especially rural areas where I live, have haunted houses. Have you ever spent the night in a house that was supposedly haunted? Anything ‘strange” happen?

If I’ve ever spent the night in a haunted house then the host was smart enough not to tell me. People tend to get edgy when a grown woman bursts through their bedroom door screaming I SEE DEAD PEOPLE at 2am.

The Quidditch Cup (riding broomsticks while chasing a small ball) was a huge sporting event in the land of Hogwarts. What is the largest sporting event (or concert, etc.) that you have ever attended?

Most recently it was seeing the US Women’s National Team play in Charlotte last fall. Bear and I drove two hours on a school night to watch the women’s championship team play Korea Republic on their Victory tour. The lower level of the stadium was filled but they’d closed the upper level, though, so I guess largest goes to the FIFA World Cup game my dad took us to in Boston back in 1994.

When you go for a swim, do you prefer an ocean, the seaside lakes, or a pool?

So I’m super quirky in my old age and don’t like to swim much anymore. Ever since I had that swimmer’s ear a few years back – man, I’d forgotten how much that hurts! – I don’t like putting my head underwater. But since we’re clearing the air, here are all my quirky feels. I love looking at an ocean but swimming in one is terrifying – too vast with unseeable sea creatures and unpredictable undertow forces at work. Seaside lakes? To be fair, I don’t exactly know what these are and am therefore pretty sure I’ve never been in one. As for pools, that chlorine smell is tough to take. I guess if I could be all prima donna then I’d say I choose a saltwater pool.

Phew. That was a really long answer for a really short question.

Ron Weasley received a horrid robe to wear as formal wear to the Christmas dance at Hogwarts. Tell about the most ‘ghastly’ fashion statement that you have ever made.

Well, I look back at my ring dance dress and it was pretty godawful. That thing was typical for the times – floor length, pastel color, lace and ruffles in weird places – I cannot imagine what possessed designers in the ’80s. We should sue.


And now our traditional questions:

What is the last song you sang along to?

Werewolf by Quinn XCII, featuring Yoshi Flower. It might not be your usual fare but give it a shot, it’s pretty catchy.

What was your scariest nightmare about?

For better or worse I don’t really remember exact details of my nightmares. The ones that scare me right out of sleep involve being chased, complete dark, or feeling trapped.

What food do you crave most often?

Nachos. They can be as simple as tortilla chips with cheese melted on top or a plate piled high with everything imaginable. Except chili. Not a big fan of chili on nachos.

What’s your grossest bug story?

I was visiting BrightSide. It was my fifth year in school, his first year working post-college, and he was living in something nicknamed the Corn Crib in a tiny North Carolina town. It was basically a very small, very old building and on one of my visits we were hanging out when termites began swarming out of the walls. SO MANY BUGS. I couldn’t tell you anything else about it, I’ve blocked everything except the terrifying feeling of termites abso-freaking-lutely everywhere. Ugh.

GRATITUDE SECTION (optional as always)

I finally found the right baking sheet insert for my grill pan so I can properly make these delicious Roasted Chicken Bites. Seriously, these things are already soooo good as is but my people pointed out they’d also be delicious in stir fry so I’ll have to see if I can concoct a recipe for that. And I had a strawberry milkshake from CookOut last week so that was yummy…

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