October 6, 2020

Question of the Day (A Writing Prompt)

My friend John, who was in the From Fat to Finish Line documentary with me, posts a "question of the day" on Facebook every day. They've been so much fun! I love to see other people's answers and think about the questions myself. 

I asked John if he had a list of the questions, and he shared them with me. So, on days when I just don't feel like I have anything to write, I thought it'd be fun to answer one or several of the questions. And feel free to chime in with your own answers!

(You can find John here on Facebook... where you can look for his questions of the day as well!)

What is one product you have purchased that you think is amazing, worth every penny, and you would definitely buy again? It can be for something significant or something silly, doesn't matter. It just really has to work well and make you glad you bought it.

Without a doubt, it's my Kindle Paperwhite (10th generation). My sister had been telling me for years to get a Paperwhite, but I just didn't see how it could be any better than using my iPad Mini. I had some Amazon credits and got a good deal on it, so I bought it. I figured I could return it if I didn't like it.

And it totally changed my life! I was always a "need a physical copy of a book in my hands" type reader, but that's probably why I didn't do much reading. Books are heavy, it's hard to keep a paperback open when you're in the middle of it, and they can be bulky to carry around. 

The Kindle Paperwhite is super light (lighter than most paperbacks), and the screen looks the same as a paperback page! I keep the backlight turned off, so it literally hast he same color/look as a book. And it's small enough to carry around in my purse. You can change the font size, so just because the Paperwhite itself is small, doesn't mean you can't make the font very large.

My reading has increased enormously since I got the Kindle. I even bought one for each of my family members for Christmas in the hopes that they would start reading more, too. I'm not trying to sound like a big old commercial for it, but it's truly one of my most favorite things I've ever bought!

You don't even have to buy ebooks. I borrow ebooks from my library and get them downloaded immediately to the Kindle. Then they are automatically returned after two weeks.

And the best part? There is no glare! You can read it outside just like reading a paperback. (See photo above--that was on a sunny day). 

(It's available here on Amazon--this is an affiliate link, so I might get a small commission for the referral, but I'm not associated with the actual Kindle product in any way.)

What is one photo of you that you absolutely, totally love?

This photo was taken while I was hiking in central Oregon in 2017. I don't have many photos of me in "scenic" areas like this. It was so gorgeous and I wanted a picture, but I didn't want to pose in the standard "standing here looking awkward and what do I do with my hands?" kind of way. I just sat up on the ledge like this and had no idea the picture was going to turn out so good. It's definitely my favorite photo of myself! It reminds me of a very happy trip; I like the way I look and the background is just gorgeous. 

What was YOUR favorite TV show when you were growing up?

As embarrassing as it is to admit, my favorite TV show was MacGyver. My siblings and I all loved this show and we watched it every week! It was on at the same time as Alf, and my friends used to watch Alf while I watched MacGyver--they totally missed out! ;)

Funny story... my friend Sarah (who lives in Arizona now) and I grew up totally in sync. It was like we could read each others minds. When playing board games with other people and we teamed up, it was like an automatic win for us. One time, as ADULTS, we were playing a game where you had to describe something--Catch Phrase, maybe? Anyway, I had the word "MacGyver". I remembered an episode that had really stuck with me and I was sure I'd told Sarah about it. I immediately said, "Cliff" and she yelled "MacGyver!"

Hahaha, even I was totally amazed at that. I'm pretty sure everyone just quit the game at that point ;) 

What is your favorite movie that most other people have never seen or even heard of?

I love a Disney movie called Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken that takes place in the 1920's. It's even based on a true story.

I've watched it so many times that I have it memorized. It's a coming-of-age movie about a girl who runs away from a broken home and winds up looking for a job with a moving carnival/festival. She's given a job shoveling manure, but hopes to become a "high diving horse and girl rider"--horses are trained to run up a chute high into the air and then jump off the end, diving into a pool. And a girl rides on the horse's back. 

I don't want to give up too much, but if you have the Disney+ channel, it's on there. Definitely watch it! It's a "feel good" family movie.

What is one smart phone app that you find super useful?

Lately, I've been using hoopla ALL THE TIME. It's an app that is connected to my library that allows me to borrow ebooks and audiobooks. They have a huge selection! Since I've been walking so much, I borrow audiobooks on my phone in order to listen to them while I walk. 

I've tried Audible, but the books are very expensive and I will likely only listen once. That's why I find hoopla and my library so useful! I use this app every single day.

You have three hours, wine or coffee, and the chance to talk one-on-one with any other person in the world. The only restrictions - they must be currently living, they cannot be family or friends, and you’ll never be able to tell anyone else about the conversation. Oh, and one last thing. Your choice should be made for silly, shallow reasons only. So, who do you want to join you and why?

This one is easy for me. I'd love to have coffee with Tom Hanks. Not just because he's a celebrity. I obviously don't know this for sure, but I've heard he is a kind, genuine, and humble person. I love his movies so much! I also don't get "googly-eyed" over celebrities, so I feel like we could have a good conversation. 

Although, I'm pretty sure this would be the exact look on his face while I'm talking... hahaha!

And there you have it! :) Fun question prompts by John. Feel free to answer any of them here, or you can check out John's posts on Facebook every day. 


  1. I love Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken! I saw it in the theater and then owned it (on VHS!). Years later when my husband and I were watching The Tudors, I said "That's that girl from Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" and my husband said "What are you talking about?"

  2. I LOVED that movie growing up! Fun list :)

  3. I looove Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. I watched to over and over again as a kid!!!

  4. Oh, this makes me so happy to read. I'm having a lot of fun with these Questions of the Day. Plus, we're all learning a little more about each other. And thanks for the heads-up about the Kindle. Ric and I are going to get his brother one for Christmas so it's nice to read that you love it!

  5. OMG I love love love Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken! My best friend and I used to watch it every time we had a sleepover. She had horses and I always wanted one, so it was a movie that really clicked with the both of us. Thank you for sharing that it is on Disney+, I now know what I will be watching sometime very soon!

  6. Thank you for the reminder, that will be our family movie pick this week!

  7. The Journey of Natty Gann, an 80s Disney movie that no one has heard of but that I love. (I also loved Wild Hearts Can't be Broken.)


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