Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Interviews With The Inappropriate: A Blog Hop

Well, here it is everyone!  The More Than Cheese and Beer addition to "Interviews With The Inappropriate: A Blog Hop".  I hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about me.  Please be sure to check out all of the Bloggers who contributed questions and participating in this Blog Hop at the bottom of this post.  Let's get started......

What made you start blogging?  I started blogging on a few years ago because I was learning so many things, and I kept seeing people asking the same questions on the forum over and over again.  After awhile, I wanted to be able to share what I had learned there with others.  I started a blog.  I was incredibly unhappy with it.  I restarted....decided I wanted to write about more than being on a diet and sucking at it and here we are.  

What is the meaning behind the name of your blog?  I originally wanted to shoot for something along the lines of "The Kitchen Witch"....I could get Midwest Kitchen Witch but even the options for that were limited. From an earlier post I made when I hit 100 followers on my Facebook page: 

When I started "More Than Cheese and Beer", the goal was to explore my inner growing Foodie, share those previous blogs I found to be informational and move past the stereotype that Midwest Cooking is just about Cheese and Beer (because sometimes, it feels that way).  The intent was never to really be "real", but after scooting around on the Internet and making some friends I realized how stifled I felt by the restrictions of being "non-offensive" and only writing about things that, while I have a passion for food, weren't my day to day and didn't really reflect me as a person.   More Than Cheese and Beer became truly that...MORE.

Blogging is a great, quick way for a writer to reach an audience; how has blogging affected your daily life and do you get nervous when posting your thoughts for the interwebs to judge?  There is a sense of amazement, wonder, and giddy stupidity when the numbers on my blog start climbing or when people "Like" my page and interact with me on Facebook.  I LOVE IT.  I would say that loneliness is not the absence of people but rather the absence of people who understand you.  I don't think I'm understood, necessarily, but I think people can relate and that means the world to me.  The downside...I'm inappropriate and I know it.  I sometimes struggle with how far to take the things I say.  I look for things to write about every day.  And I spend a lot of time online, far more than I ever did before.

I get nervous EVERY time I post something.  Truth is...sometimes, I'm just not that entertaining or funny.  Sometimes I can be insensitive.  I would never want to write something that would hurt someone.  And....people on the Internet are mean.  I've seem downright evil, cruel things people say and I'm terrified that one day someone is going to attack me because of something I say.  Haters gon' hate, and it'll bother me when it happens. 

 How does your partner/others in your life feel about blogging? Do they find it invasive or do they fully support the blog effort?  The BTW wasn't aware of my blog for a long time.  Then, when I got a Facebook page I told him about it.  He didn't care.  He didn't care to read it.  He didn't care what I said.   He once tried to throw the fact that I've written about him and the kiddo in my face like it was some kind of terrible thing to do, but he never read it so he couldn't really say anything.

Not many other people know about it.  I actually don't push my blog on my personal FB page very much.  My family laughs about it.  Every time I see them, I tell them how many "Likes" I have on my page and they laugh-none of them actually read it.  I think my mom is both afraid and happy for me because it makes me happy.  My friends just kind of roll their eyes and seem uninterested, very few actually read it.  I know one ex reads it...or, at least likes the FB page and comments from time to time. 

What are your limits on your blog....?  (What don't you talk about, who don't you name, ect)  I swore I would never use my name or anyone else's name outright...while I give everyone nicknames, it isn't hard to find out who I am because I frequently post as myself on blogs and not as "More Than Cheese and Beer" by mistake.  But I don't use names of anyone.  I try not to use photos of the children.  I do keep some things private, but one of the best things about my blog is I DO try to keep it a place where I can write about anything if I so choose.

What is the most inappropriate/awful/shitty thing you ever blogged about, and did it you actually post it to your blog?  I've totally written some shitty things.  As a writer who writes for "release" I've totally written huge, long, inappropriate rants that I ended up deleting.  Sometimes, it makes it to the blog before I change my mind and tear it down within 2 minutes. 

How do you feel, as a writer, about the digitization of books? Do you prefer your Kindle or an old fashion paperback?  I don't know how I feel about the digitization of books.  I'm sure I would appreciate it if I ever got to a point where I felt like I wanted to write a book because small, cheap e-books seem so easy to publish (sooooo many bloggers I know have them).  But I also think there is probably some huge ego-boost and pride associated with having an actual book with your name on it that you can sign for people.  And...I don't have a Kindle.  I should, but I prefer books.  Especially because I like to read in the bathtub and sometimes I fall asleep.  A Kindle and I....well, one of us would just end up dead. 

What 3 things are you reading online (blogs/websites, e-magazines, or social media), do you follow or always read when you see new content, even when you’re busy?   I'm a goddamn sucker for advice columns-Dear Prudence, Annie's Mailbox ect.  I read PostSecret every Sunday.  I'm on social media DAILY. 

What song/singer/band is on your iPod that would surprise people the most?   I don't think people would be surprised, I have pretty broad music tastes.  But I bet it would surprise people to know that I don't have an iPod. 

Who is your biggest celebrity crush?  After seeing "This is The End", both Seth Rogan and Channing Tatum are out.  But my favorite celebrity crushes... Kevin Smith, Kevin James, and Charlie Hunnam *No commentary here please....I know, one of these things is not like the others. it.  :)*

Yeah, I want to bang Silent Bob.  I know he's older now (this is from Dogma-one of my favorite films EVER) but...yeah, don't fucking judge me.

If loving his body is wrong, I will give up my right as a woman to be Right.  I will be wrong any way he could ever want me to be.  Seriously.  When I look at him, Genuwine starts singing "Pony", my clothes prepare to fall off, and my mouth starts watering.  And I fucking cried when he dropped out of "50 Shades"....

What is your guilty pleasure?  I don't really have one.  I kind of indulge myself whenever I want so nothing ever feels like a guilty pleasure. 

If you could offer a baby only one piece of advice (kind of like the fairies in Sleeping Beauty), what would it be?   Love Yourself.  The greatest thing you will ever learn is to love and be loved in return and you should start with yourself.  Love Yourself enough to do right by you, to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done, to put yourself before others (not selfishly, but so that you don't spend your life trying to please others) and to chase your dreams instead of helping others achieve theirs. 

Has your biggest fear ever come true?  I think I would have to be able to determine my biggest fear first. 

When something awesome happens to you, who do you call first?  It depends on the awesome and who will appreciate it the most.  

What is your passion and do you do it for a living? If not, why not?  I have a lot of things I'm passionate about.  None of which I do for a living  because it requires things I don't have the funds to make it work.  If money were not as object, I'd run a cupcakery (and I'd totally make adult themed cupcakes).

Give us your worst/funniest/silliest/most interesting SELFIE picture.  (If you don't have one you love, just take any picture of yourself, go to PicMonkey or any other online service or program and add a mustache/glasses/anything!)  

What is your favorite childhood movie?  Hard to say, but I still love "Now and Then" and I never outgrew "The Princess Bride"

 If you could be any kind of animal, what would you be and why?   I don't really know.  I love animals, not sure I want to be one.  

What's your favorite adult beverage?  The list of what I don't like is shorter.   But...come over and you'll always find Vodka or Wine.  I also like to keep men like Jameson, and Dr. McGillicuddy around.

How many drinks does it take before you get drunk and what is your bad drunken habit (think: tequila makes her clothes fall off....)?  Depends what I'm sipping for both.  But...after a little Tequila I think I love everyone, more Tequila and I'll end up naked in the bathtub, with no water, singing one verse+one line of Margaritaville (because at that point I can never remember the words)

 If you had to appear on the popular Gameshow, "Baggage" as a contestant (, what would your 3 pieces of baggage be? (NO explanations)

I am a cat lady.

I don't believe that there is one person for everyone.

I've been to Prison. 

Do you hover over the toilet in public bathrooms?  Like a space ship over a field of cows.  And I don't splatter, and if I do sprinkle when I tinkle, I'm a sweetie and wipe the seaty.

What's the strangest talent you have? My open-mouth/insert-foot disorder keeps me flexible.  I can also flare my nostrils at rapid speed. 

If the zombie apocalypse were to happen, how long would you survive and why?   Not long.  I'm fat and don't do cardio (aka Rule #1), but I'm also pretty sure that I taste like chocolate and booze.  If I were a zombie, I'd want to eat me. 

What are 3 things you think people usually assume incorrectly, misunderstand or don't "get" about you either in real life, or as a result of your blog?

I think people sometimes believe that I'm a genuinely rotten, hateful, spiteful, negative, and mean-spirited person because I'm sarcastic, dark/morbid on occasion, and I firmly believe in Karma (schadenfreude, anyone?).  Sometimes, I think what I'm trying to say gets lost in how I say it.  I've really learned that people who believe any of those things about me, don't really know me. 

I have an incredible self-deprecating sense of humor sometimes.  Just because it is OK and funny when I say it, doesn't mean I think it is OK or funny when you say something similar to/about me. 

I'm not as outgoing as one might think.  I'm actually very shy in social situations.  I hate crowds.  And I'm pretty quiet until you get to know me. 

Last question, at the end of the day…what will have made your life a success?  At this point in my life, if I were to die tomorrow I think I would be happy if I could say that I made a difference in the life of one person.  I want to know that my presence in someone's life impacted them positively, made it better, taught them something....whatever. 

The other thing....I want to know that someone loved me.  Really and truly loved me....there are lots of people in my world who love me for how I make them feel, how I love them, what I think about them, or what I do for them.  Most people have seen that meme that has been circulating since MySpace that says something along the lines of "To the World you may be 1 person, but to 1 person you may be the World".  I want to be the World to 1 person.  I really and truly do not believe I ever have been. 


Comfytown Chronicles 

Thank you all again for joining us in our first ever blog hop. Hopefully this will be the first of many fun posts to come!


  1. I laughed, I cried, I loved it! Thank you so much for helping this hop happen. Also, thank you for the Charlie Hunnam photo. I will be wrong right along side you.

  2. This is so great! Love the Kindle comment - one of us would end up dead, lol!

    1. It's true though. I'd fall asleep and electrocute myself (because it would have to be plugged in because I never remember to charge anything), or I'd drown it. Sad day.

  3. Oh god...Kevin Smith...It's his mouth and his mind that I find super hot. Dirty mother fucker.

  4. This is so good, I read it twice. And I think I'm going back to read it again!
    By the way, THIS:
    "I kind of indulge myself whenever I want so nothing ever feels like a guilty pleasure."
    THIS is everything. It might not be the way Dr. Oz tells us to live our lives, but in tough times, you have to find pleasure wherever you can. I love THIS.
    I also love the line about you tasting like chocolate, hahahahaha! I'm sure I taste like that, too! AND I can't run fast, so I better start practicing my shovel-hitting!
    I love The Princess Bride, and I LOVE your blue mustache Movember selfie! Such beautiful hair!
    This was so fun, I'm glad we did it and I'm glad you guys invited me. Sorry I was so late doing mine. You don't even want to know what my stress level is like. My stress level understands how things like "Beer-rita" get invented. Damn, I'm posting that sentence to my Facebook page right now :)