Table Topic Tuesday 4/8. Meet the team.

Today, I’m introducing y’all to my Table Topic Tuesday peeps. I started this little game without proper introductions. Now you can connect a face to the funny.

Every Tuesday, I’ll pull a table topic conversation starter and send it to my pals to get their take.

To help you get to know the panel that will be answering a weekly question, I asked my friends to answer a few, yup, questions (I get to answer first).

What song do you listen to more than any other song? (Me? Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby. Foolproof for any mood. Dare you to try it.)

What’s your favorite writing utensil–pencil, sharpie, etc? (Purple pens. I don’t like slippery, smudgy ink. Black and blue are too legal and red is way too angry. Purple is just right.)

What’s your favorite quote? (I have a bunch of favorites.)

What’s your favorite dessert? (Pecan (that’s pee-can) pie, salted caramel, coffee ice cream)

What’s your biggest pet peeve? (mouth noises, pity parties, mean people)

And the best for last: What is your all-time favorite Disney ride, attraction or movie?
(Magic Kingdom: Big Thunder & Wishes. EPCOT: World Showcase. Hollywood Studios: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest. Movie: Beauty & The Beast)

Now, the panel’s up.

Meet Javi.

Meet Javi
Meet Javi

Javi says:

Song? U2’s For the First Time.

Writing utensil? A keyboard, headphones and my iTunes library.

Best quote eva? Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge

Yummiest dessert? Cookies and milk.

Pet peeve? Any denial of my right to failure Disney highlight? Peter Pan:  “think of all the joy you’ll find, when you leave the world behind and bid your cares goodbye.”


Meet Lindsey.


Meet Lindsey
Meet Lindsey

Lindsey says:

Song? That’s really tough. It varies all the time. Right now “stronger than me” from the Nashville soundtrack.

Writing utensil? Blue ink pen. (distinguishes originals from copies). Lawyer thing.

Best quote eva? “be a best friend, tell the truth and overuse I love you. Go to work, do your best and don’t outsmart your common sense. Never let your prayin knees get lazy. And love like crazy”

Yummiest dessert? Root beer float or pecan pie

Pet peeve? When people don’t follow through with what they say they’ll do.

Disney highlight? Because I can’t decide: Ride: rockin roller coaster, attraction: world showcase, movie: Cinderella


Meet Lynda.


Meet Lynda
Meet Lynda

Lynda says:

Song? Who Wouldn’t Want to Be Me…Keith Urban

Writing utensil? Definitely a black roller ball pen…always. Unless I’m doing a crossword puzzle, then pencil all the way.

Best quote eva? “What we leave behind is not as important as how we lived.”

Yummiest dessert? Rice krispie treats, because who doesn’t love a little gooey marshmallow in their life

Pet peeve? People who don’t know how to drive. Road rage is a fault of mine, which is why I maintain a 5-minute commute to work.

Disney highlight? Spaceship Earth…hands down. With the Norway movie coming in a close second.


Meet Matt.


Meet Matt
Meet Matt

Matt says:

Song? Probably a tie between “Carousel” by blink-182 (My friends and I all take our hats off during the intro, out of respect), “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows” by Brand New, “Pursuit Of Happiness” by Kid Cudi and “Halftime” by Nas

Writing utensil? Whatever is in front of me. I do usually write out scripts, headlines and posts on paper before typing them out.

Best quote eva? “You’re not useful to me until you’ve made three momentous mistakes.” – Dan Wieden; “Everybody is wrong about everything, just about all the time.” – Chuck Klosterman; “You idiot, the Boston Tea Party was in England” – My friend Noah; Everything Bill Murray has ever said

Yummiest dessert? Pinkberry original with fruity pebbles, almonds and gummy bears

Pet peeve? Having to declare one pet peeve as the biggest. (A few highlights: People who call the Nike ‘swoosh’ a check; cotton balls; cats; drivers who don’t use blinkers; every person in every airport, ever)

Disney highlight? Somewhere at my parents house I have a full set of Disney trading cards, every issue of the short-lived Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers comic book series and a 3rd grade yearbook picture of me wearing a homemade Pluto Christmas sweater. Top 5 Disney movies: 5. Peter Pan 4. Snow White 3. The Great Mouse Detective 2. Beauty and the Beast 1. The Rescuers Down Under


Meet Lindsay.


Meet Lindsay
Meet Lindsay

Lindsay says:

Song? This changes every few months, but I love Burn It Down by Awolnation

Writing utensil? Black pens because I’m boring.

Best quote eva? “If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.” –Andy Rooney

Yummiest dessert? Cookie dough ice cream

Pet peeve? “Literally”

Disney highlight? One from each park:
Epcot — Spaceship Earth
Magic Kingdom — Space Mountain
Animal Kingdom: Everest
Hollywood Studios — The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights


Meet Erika.


Meet Erika
Meet Erika

Erika says:

Song? Depends on the week!

Writing utensil? My laptop. How unromantic, right?

Best quote eva? “I don’t think any day is worth living without thinking about what you’re going to eat next at all times.” ― Nora Ephron

Yummiest dessert? Publix’s Carrot Cake. To. Die. For.

Pet peeve? When my husband throws his towel on the bathroom floor instead of the hamper.

Disney highlight? The Little Mermaid!

Your turn! I want to hear about your favorite song, writing tool, quote, dessert, pet peeve and Disney highlight.

Table Topic Tuesday. 9/3.

Uh oh. Guess what day it is.


It’s Table Topic Tuesday.

Here’s the question:


Well, there’s no way I can pick one favorite. So, here are a few highlights.

I heard a football coach say once: If your feet touch the ground, you’re tall enough. I kinda could’ve kissed him.

Before he was my husband, Jeff said: I wanted you the second you ordered banana and pecan (pee-can) pancakes. I did kiss him.

And here are sage words for work–that I can’t always follow while I’m at work. You can take it literally: write on red wine, edit on coffee. I also read it this way: write on right brain, edit on left brain (if I only had a left brain). Or even: write in a creative cloudburst, edit in a bright quiet.


I have to include a few from the Disney persuasion, of course.

Disney Digression
Disney Digression


And I can’t choose my favorite part of scripture. But I do love this. Because every good and perfect gift is from above. And fear is just a lie.

2 Timothy 1-7

And this one. Because yes.


My sweet friends played, too.

I love Lindsay‘s pick.

Lindsay's quote

There’s something sad but very hopeful in this quote. Of all the people that smile at me during the day, how many of them actually feel happy? And how many times have I done that: faked an emotion I didn’t believe in? When I first read this I thought, “That’s so effing true.” We are our most honest selves when we’re alone — when no one is watching. If we can find that happiness when we’re not pressured to, we’ll have found something truly great.

And I’ll be pinning Lynda‘s favorite words, too.

“Judge not, lest you be judged.” (Matthew 7:1)
Yep…that’s probably the only quotation I can think of that could be considered a “favorite” of mine.  It’s also one of the few quotes I could think of that a) I can recite from memory, b) I think worthy to use as an answer to a question like this, c) I hope makes people stop and think, and d) most importantly, that I try and live in my everyday life.
It’s such a simple statement.  It doesn’t beat around the bush or take hours to decipher the meaning.  There’s beauty in simplicity and there’s beauty and honesty in such a profound statement.  I know for a fact that I do not have the life experience, the wisdom, or the self-assured attitude to believe I am more in the right than anyone else in any of my ideas or actions.  That I can pass down judgements on those whom I don’t agree with or identify with.
But…were it only as easy to practice as it is to read or say.  Oftentimes I start down the path of forming an opinion (mainly regarding something in the negative), and I will stop myself midway to remember, “Judge not, lest you be judged.”  Do I want people to form the same types of opinions about me?  Do I want them to hold a negative or incorrect view of something I did or said?  I can guarantee you that I do not.  I ultimately try and live my life viewing everyone and everything around me at face value.  I don’t look for hidden meanings.  I don’t believe people are something they’re not.  I hope that everyone truly has good intentions in both word and deed.  
Perhaps it’s why I’m so gullible.  I believe everything and believe in everyone.  Some people may think that naive, but I wouldn’t want to live in a world where I had to believe otherwise.  Life just wouldn’t be as sweet.  So try it out every now and then…quoting to yourself, “Judge not, lest you be judged.”  Give people the break you would hope they give you, and believe they also have nothing but the best of intentions.

I know you have one, or five, favorite quotes. Tell me!