Today, we're thrilled to have Tammi (Tammi's World) with us...
The panel has their questions ready...
Exactly HOW MANY pairs of magic pants do you own?
Actually - I have 2. The ones I just bought from the Tall Girl Shop and then a pair I got at Gap a couple of years ago. I'm tellin' you - every woman should have at least 1 pair of magic pants. They do WONDERS!!!
And does the magic wear off or are they eternally magic?
I don't know about the eternally part, but that one pair is goin' on 2 and a half years and they are still uplifting.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I love what I'm doing now. I take such pride and pleasure from helping sales reps succeed and actually enjoy the process as much as I do. What I do now has always been my "by the time I retire" goal. Kinda scary.
What do you like most about your new location?
I love THE Valley. I love the quaintness. I love the pace. And I actually really enjoy living in The Belfry. It's great with as busy as I am right now - no yard work and it only takes about 20 minutes and Voila, It's Clean.
What do you miss most about Florida?
That's kinda complicated. I miss Cuz and the family - very much. I miss LeeAnn and her DH. There are so many folks I miss. And I miss the water. I loved that on a bad day, I could just head to the water and it would all just be - fine. I really really miss boating. Really. I miss it. Oh-and the "beachy" lifestyle. Huh - guess I still miss Florida a bit.
What is one thing you cannot live without?
Yikes. One? Have you seen how much crap I have?!?! That does it - you're comin' up here next time I move!! Actually - there is no THING I cannot live without. I never thought I'd say that, but it's true. Cell phone? Did that. Didn't like it, but I did it. Computer? 'Bout killed me, but I did it. What I can't live without are my friends and loved ones. That is what keeps me going... Crap - there I go, gettin' mushy already! Sorry.
What is the greatest life lesson you have learned?
No regrets. Live your life so you have no regrets. If you love, say it. If you can help, do it. If you've hurt someone, make it right. No. Regrets. I'm still working on this, but it's what I'm aiming for.
Do you ever forget other things besides your underware?
Now that you mention it - no, no I don't. Huh, wonder what that says???
How drunk do we have to get you to sing at blogmeets?
It's not so much the amount of alcohol involved - it's the crowd that's there......I'm not a "rocker" (anymore) my voice just doesn't handle that so well. Blogmeets - well, that mellow stuff ain't what folks wanna hear so, there you have it.
Have you ever "done" someone just to do "it"?
Well, here goes what's left of my reputation. No. No I haven't. Geesh - please tell me you'll respect me in the morning!!!!
Paper or plastic?
Fireman or policeman?
Don't Make Me Choose!!!!! Hmmm, hose or gun? Boots or briefs? I don't know, I don't know - but damn. I'd sure like the opportunity to have to figure that one out!!! ;-)
If you were stranded on a remote island with only a radio and an endless supply of coconuts and pinapples, what would you wear while dancing the macarena?
That's easy. My magic pants of course!
How many times have you moved in your lifetime?
In my life? 28 times. BUT - 12 of those have been in the last 10 years.
If you could take a vacation where money was not an issue, where would it be?
I would take a month and tour the islands. Sand water beach. Oh yeah. Then - I would take a month a travel Scotland. By car/hiking. THEN (you did say money wasn't an issue, right?) BACK to the islands to thaw out and regroup. Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Just not during hurricane season. I've had enough of those!
What is your favorite sandwich and why?
Not a big sandwich girl. Especially cold. I do love grilled peanut better and jelly sandwiches, and grilled cheese. The grilled cheese is obvious (in my mind). MELTED cheese. Duh. The PB &J is just....yummy. That peanut butter is all warm and smooth - very good. Very VERY good. But both have to be on Wheat Bread. Otherwise it just ain't right. Oh and I adore Beef Manhattans - some folks call them hot roast beef sandwiches with gravy, but I call 'em Beef Manhattans. Hmmmmmm
Favorite pizza topping?
Cheese. With cheese and then just a little cheese added for texture.
Exactly whose feet are in your blog header? And where are they running to/from?
Mine, of course. (not) I'm a big girl. If my feet were that small, I'd fall over! And they aren't running to/from anywhere. It's all just a state of mind......
How did Maggie May get her name and if you get a new car, do you have a name picked out already or do you have to see the car to name it?
The day I picked out Maggie May - got in, adjusted the seat and such and started the test drive. In my head I just heard 2 words. Maggie May. That's it. She was mine. The next car? It'll work the same way. Who KNOW'S what I'll come up with!!
when you sleepdrive, do you dream? what about?
Well sure I dream. I dream I'm driving.
where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself still here - in THE Valley. Probably still workin' in Consumer Packaged Goods. By then I hope to not be traveling for business as much. Maybe owning a little place with just enough land to keep it interesting. Simple. Calm. Steady.
Where exactly is Tammi's World? I can't seem to find it on my map and I need to know how much ammo to bring for the trip... just in case.
Just head south. :) Drive til it looks right.
Where does your fascination with candles come from?
Hell that ones easy. It's the light. EVERYONE looks good in candlelight!! Well that - and I love the way my home smells when I'm burning my favorite scents.
Do you still hold a grudge over a certain picture of a sail boat incident?
No grudge. Not at all. Well, not over the incident itself. Now the ransom I had to pay to get the thing back - that's a whole 'nother story............
What does it take to get some of your famous Mexican Manicotti?
Just ask - then get your ass back over here!
Are you looking forward to this upcoming winter in Illinois?
Well, I'm not dreading it as much as I did last year. It helps that there are NO PLANS to move until after the spring thaw. That, and I'll be heading south a bit this year, so I'll get some relief.
You find yourself once again a bit of a road warrior. How do you feel about that?
Mixed emotions. I'm trying to hard to build balance into my life. You see, I'm very greedy. I want a career I love and enjoy (in CPG industry) but I also want a home, with a family. Friends that I can spend time with. It's almost impossible. But if there's a way - I'll figure it out. I have to.
What is the best thing about being on the road?
It's never boring. I love getting out in the stores, meeting with customers, training the reps. You never know what's gonna happen. Keeps you on your toes.
Coming home from a trip. I don't know why, but getting off a plane and knowing there's no one at home that really wants to see you. That. Sucks.
What do you feel is your best moment as a blogger?
It was when we did that Birthday card for Sgt. Hook . It was his 40th Bday and he was over in Afghanistan. The response we got was fabulous. And to know we did something that cool for someONE that cool just made me incredibly happy. I just wish I would have known the comments go away after a while. THOSE were the best part.
What do you feel is your happiest moment as a blogger?
It was when we finally got off of Blogspot and I had something with some STYLE. I really like what Ogre and Pam did with the Tammi's World banner and template. It reflects my mindset and me perfectly. I was pretty damned happy when that all came together.
What do you feel is your most embarrassing moment as a blogger?
I'm thinking anyone that reads me would say it was one of the bets I lost. Either when I had to write UT on my person and post a picture or when I lost to RedNeck and had to give up control of the blog. But actually - I got myself into those so I can't really be embarrassed. Plus it was funny as hell. I'd have to say - to date - I don't have one. But give me time. My name, after all, IS Tammi.
What was your saddest moment as a blogger?
It's not so much a moment, but a movement. And I'll probably get a lot of grief over this - but I'm gonna be honest. It seems that so many bloggers have moved away from writing what they think and feel and made it more into a popularity contest. I'm not so good at those. Not at all. And it's not why I started blogging in the first place. I'd love to see us go back to that freedom and innocence. But you can't go back. And that. That makes me sad.
Come on, admit it, it wasn't that cold at Howl on the Prowl...
Are you NUTS!?!?!?!?! Single Digits Dude. And me, with no (long) underwear!!! That's all I'm sayin'.
What has been the best part of blogging for you?
As corny as it sounds - the people. The close friends I've made through this whole thing are just amazing to me. My life is 1000000x better because of y'all.
What has been the worst part?
Not knowing how to do coding and graphic stuff. I don't have time to learn and it's very frustrating not being able to post some of the stuff I want to share.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
OMG. I don't have a single favorite movie. Does that make me weird(er)?? My list of "love" movies is:
Hell Boy - new favorite
Just about any musical (from the 40's & 50's that is. None of that "new age" stuff for me)
What is your favorite book of all time?
Geesh. You're bound and determined for me to give out my horrible little secret aren't you?!?!? Ok. It's a trashy novel by Judith McNaught - Paradise . It's trashy and moving and makes me deal with issues I don't want to face. But I've read it every year at least 1x a year for the past 15 years. I've been through 3 replacements and will need to pick up #4 soon. Oh, and yes - I've read the sequel just as often.
How does a sawed off runt like you reach the top shelf?
Do you smoke Cigars?
Yes I do on occasion. But I'm a bit of a wimp. Rather partial to the thin sweet cigars. The stogies don't do much for me. Throw in a glass of Frangelica and WOW. I'm just gellin'......
I know you wear boots. Do you don the big white hat?
Not very fond of the white. I do have a black one though.....
You get in your car and look at your receipt. The cashier failed to charge you for your $25 sunglasses. What do you do?
Go in and tell them. Yep. Done it before. Does that make me a sap?
I'm an adoptee too. Do you ever wonder about your bio-parents?
Yes - and I've taken steps to find them. Well, my bio-mother that is. Pop doesn't know I exist. I don't know what's keeping me from taking that final step, but as each year passes I know I need to make up my mind. I'd hate to miss out because I'm afraid. Goes back to that whole "no regrets" thing.
Was there ever a time when you were exceedingly glad to be 6'2"?
Exceedingly GLAD? No. But I'm at peace with it now. Back when I was growing up it was not nearly as common to see a tall girl as it is now. Plus, I was 6' at 13. THAT'S tall. But now - it doesn't bother me as much. I wear heels, I try to have good posture. And now that I can find pants and jackets that allow me to do that I'm kind of enjoying it.
Do you have any "bad grammar" pet peeves?
Are you nuts?? Have you actually listened to me when I talk?!?!? My grammar sucks - both written and verbal. Those in glass houses should not throw stones.......
What's your worst experience in a public restroom?
Hmmmm - I think it was when I worked at Trop. I was pulling a late night and was really into the analysis I was working on. So much so that I put off going to the bathroom until, well, it was cutting it awfully close. I did the pee pee dance into the bathroom all the while undoing my slacks. I had no idea the cleaning guy was in there and he had no idea anyone was working that late. Good thing my undies match my outfit most days...... (hmmmm actually admitting this? Does it count towards that "most embarrassing moment question?)
Besides "over 6 feet tall", what's on your checklist for a guy you'd consider "a keeper"?
They have to be intelligent. Have a sense of humor, quirky is best. Strength of being - I tend to be a bit "strong" and have no time for someone who lets me walk all over them. And a good heart. They have to be a good person.
Harvey is your adoptive blog faddah... who is really responsible for you blogging?
Well, reading wise Smash and Blackfive got me started. But when I started my blog it was Laughing Wolf and Neptunus Lex that were my biggest supporters and advocates.
Why'd you let that pervert Harvey adopt you?
I have no idea. I think he's just so damned cute I couldn't say no!!!
It's been said, by you and AWTM as a matter of fact, that you two share a brain, and are sisters. Who's got the largest half of the brain, or is it evenly divided?
I should let her help me answer this, but I'm comfortable speaking for both of us. JERK! Ok, now that THAT'S outta the way.....yes, we do share a brain and it's evenly divided. We balance each other very nicely, thankyouverymuch. :p
What is a good way to tell if your windows are tinted, even if one is rolled down?
Have I mentioned lately what an ass you can be? No? Well, consider yourself reminded!!!
What... is the land speed of an unladen cornish hen?
Just slightly slower that a cooked goose.
What's going on at Fritz's?
This was one question I was hoping you wouldn't ask. I didn't want to be the one to tell you. It seems business really tanked starting around the end of May. Instead of Fritz's Wooden Nickel, it's now Fritz's Porcelain Teapot. The change over is going fairly well - and it's very entertaining to watch the farmers and the bikers sitting with their delicate teacups, sippin' with their pinkies in the air. AND the cucumber sandwiches have been a BIG hit.
What's the most redneck / White Trash thing you've ever done?
Holy Cow. I'm so redneck at times I don't even realize what I'm doin'. I did dress up for Halloween one year as a redneck housewife. Complete with cold cream, hair in curlers, flannel nightie and boots. Actually made sales calls like that. Other wise? I'd say it's how messy my car is. I dated a guy once that told me if there was any doubt I was a redneck, just look at my car.
Thank you, Tammi, for a wonderful interview. This was tons of fun.
Next week, we have interviews scheduled with Wyatt Earp (Support Your Local Gunfighter) and Irina (The Ignoble Experiement, a.k.a. Live Dangerously!). You won't want to miss those.