Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tell the World Tuesday!

Hello friends! I'm very excited for my FIRST EVER Tell the World Tuesday! I mentioned that I wanted to start this feature a couple weeks ago on this post. My first guest today was nice enough to be my little guinea hen (in her words) and I must say that she is one of my favorite reads. You will soon find out why! Without further ado, here is Mollie. Take it away Mollie!

1. First things first, tell me where you blog and a small paragraph about your blog (main reason for blogging, how often you post, content, etc.)
OK in UK was started to document the experiences I have living overseas (in the UK). There are posts where I'm whiny, posts where I'm shiny. There are posts that say how I wish I was back there, there are posts that say how I love it here. Sometimes, as of recent, I post every day. I'm mindful of saturation and the point of marginal returns, so I try to find something from the day or days (if it's been a while) that highlights the cultural shock I experience as a result of my high expectations for living here. In a nutshell, there's some whack shit that happens to me and I write about it, after I've processed it of course...

2. Give me 5 words you use to describe yourself:
Humorous Realism or Realistic Humor. That's five. Count 'em. But if you're really wanting a list...eh...
Integrity, Intelligent, Weird, Bigpicture, Teacher

3. Do you use a real alarm clock or your phone? If you use your phone, what tune do you wake up to?
Does a clock radio count as a real alarm clock? If so, no. I wake up to the tune of the sweet sweet birds singing and a thirty-five pound three year old jumping on my c-section scar. That's some fun. Once upon a time, like 6 months ago, we got the lovely Samsung HTC phones with data plan. I set my alarm on it for a while. I used the 'rooster.' Not because I'm from Oklahoma as a stereotype of farm girl. It was the most annoying of all possible alerts. I used to have an actual honest to goodness big ass stereo/CD player that I set to come on at 6:00 am every morning when I was in college. It played DMB's Before These Crowded Streets. Pantala Naga Pampa is a great way to ease into the wake-up and Rapunzel was fun to sing in my head as I woke up. Later on, as an Oklahoma History Teacher, I used "Don't Drink the Water" in my Indian Removal unit. I remember the first time I ever heard What Would you Say. Changed my life forever...somehow both for good and bad.

I've totally gone 180 from what the question wanted. I LOVE IT!
(I love it too, it makes me giggle)

4. What (or who) inspires you most?
The world and its denizens. David Bowie, Woody Allen, Douglas Adams, Bill Watterson, Carrie Fisher, Gary Larson, and Dave Sedaris. The month of October. The month of April. My kid. My cringe-worthy moments from junior high. Ren and Stimpy. Tex Avery. Bugs Bunny. and Nelson Mandela.
Fourth of July and Fireworks. Duran Duran and Sting. Pat Metheny and Louis Armstrong. Neil and Lance Armstrong, for that matter. When I was in the classroom, always, always my students.


5. Do you read for fun? If so, what are you currently reading; or what is a book you recommend?
If I ain't readin', I'm bored to tears. I'm currently reading My Favourite Wife, by Tony Parsons (wrote About a Boy). So far, it's good. I recommend most of Terry Pratchett's books to anyone as well as Kathryn Stockett's The Help. Memoirs are usually pretty good...particularly poignant ones, like Winifred Foley and Elizabeth Gilbert.

6. What is something you've always wanted to do?
Base jumping. Sky diving. And the shark cage.

7. What is your favorite part of the day, and why?
Right now...because I look forward to what's going to happen next.

8. Where is your favorite place you have traveled?
Interstate 10. It smelled good. A road trip with the girls to Orlando to see our friends who had moved there. I was asleep in the backseat and woke up to the smell of orange blossoms. Heady. That was the trip that I saw the sun rising just as I was on the middle of a bridge over the Mississippi.

9. What is your guilty pleasure (food, TV show, etc.)
Jon & Kate plus 8 and 45 kids and counting. Or is it only 20 kids now? And ogling David Bowie.

10. Give your favorite inspirational quote, photo, or both!
I have two quotes that I love...may I share both?

Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.
Do or do not, there is no try.

Sadly, they're both from movies, not real people...but their characters are teachers...so it's okay, my padawan!

11. What is one thing you want to "Tell the World" today?
I'll let Ol' Blue Eyes tell it for me

Thank you so much Mollie for your honest answers (and I honestly love your wit, which is why you get to be the guinea hen.)

I love how you made this silly little questionnaire your own!

To all my readers, go check out Mollie at OK in UK, and show her some love. You won't be disappointed :)
Hey, and if you want to grab a button, you can now do so here:

Do YOU want to be featured on Tell the World Tuesday? Shoot me an e-mail at mbattiestOKU{at}gmail{dot}com, and I'll send you the questions and instructions for being featured. Happy Tuesday friends!


  1. Awesome feature!! You Oklahoma girls are pretty great. Still laughing at "In a nutshell, there's some whack shit that happens to me and I write about it, after I've processed it of course..." haha. Yep, pretty much sums up my accounts too. Thanks for sharing Mallori and Mollie!

  2. This was a great, fun thing to do! I had forgotten what I wrote. Thanks for choosing me. You're supercool!

  3. Oh my goodness! I LOVE Mollie! I'm recently a new follower of hers and I just adore her blog and I really enjoyed gettin to know her even better through your post! :)

  4. I loved this! You are so wonderful love!
    Sky diving, base jumping and a shark cage! That's amazing. I don't think I'd mind the shark cage, but I can't see myself jumping out of a plane or off a cliff. haha.
    I hope you have a beautiful day!
    Lots of love,

  5. Great post! And I hear ya Mollie...my alarm clock is my (nearly) 2 year old boy, and that consists of him patting my face and singing...fun!

  6. You had me at David Bowie, girl swoon! The whole debacle with your alarm clock, absolutely hilarious! How have I not been following you yet?

  7. I loved reading this! Food inspiring someone is something I can COMPLETELY agree with;-) ha. So fun!

  8. Loved learning more about you...such a fun blog idea! I have a guilty pleasure in Jon & Kate and those TLC shows too! ;)

    Liesl :)


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