Mar 31, 2009

9 layers

A meme to peel aways the layers of you. A few more hints of me.

  • Name: Eleonora (Lola) B.
  • Birth date: May 2, 1967
  • Birthplace: Bennington, VT
  • Current Location: Eternal City
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Hair Color: Chestnut & Honey (with more grey everyday)
  • Height: 1,66m (5'44")
  • Righty or Lefty: I write with my right, but my political orientation is left (I'm peeling away more than I should here)
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus


  • Your heritage: Italian-American
  • The shoes you wore today: Italian leather sneakers with heels
  • Your weakness: Food
  • Your fears: Anything that is potentially dangerous for my son's health, hapiness and freedom
  • Your perfect pizza: Michele ai Tribunali's (Napoli) Margherita: tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil and a thick, charred crust
  • Goal you’d like to achieve: I’d like to see my book on the shelf


  • Your most overused phrase on AIM: I'm still trying to figure out what AIM is
  • Your first waking thoughts: Thank you, God, for this babe sleeping next to me
  • Your best physical feature: Feet, but I'm reconsidering my smile
  • Your most missed memory: My adolescent summers in Positano, carefree and innocent


  • Pepsi or Coke: Neither, I drink wine. Water if I'm sick
  • McDonald’s or Burger King: Neither, I don't do fast food
  • Single or group dates: I haven't dated in eons, but I definitely date "one on one"
  • Adidas or Nike: Whatever, I'm not into brands
  • Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: Homemade iced tea
  • Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate, no brainer
  • Cappuccino or coffee: Cappuccino and espresso


  • Smoke: I did for a few years, then I stopped the day I found out I was pregnant, and never started again
  • Cuss: Like a sailor
  • Sing: Loud
  • Take a shower everyday: And I indulge in a bath whenever possible
  • Do you think you’ve been in love: Have I?
  • Want to go to college: It'll be one of the things I do before it's too late
  • Liked high school: Very much
  • Want to get married: Some day...
  • Believe in yourself: Finally
  • Get motion sickness: A lot less than I used to
  • Think you’re attractive: I have my good days
  • Think you’re a health freak: I believe in heathy foods, but I don't exercise...
  • Get along with your parent(s): Of course!
  • Like thunderstorms: My son is scared of thunderstorms, so I love them only because I get to cuddle him and soothe him to sleep
  • Play an instrument: Sadly, I only play the kazoo

LAYER 6: In the past month…

  • Drank alcohol: Oh yes
  • Smoked: No
  • Done a drug: Popped some Advil
  • Made Out: Not in the past month, no
  • Gone on a date: Don't rub it in
  • Gone to the mall?: I suffocate in malls
  • Eaten an entire box of Oreos?: On a regular basis
  • Eaten sushi: Not recently, no
  • Been on stage: Yes, a sound stage
  • Been dumped: Not this month
  • Gone skating: As a teen, yes
  • Made homemade cookies: Made them yesterday
  • Gone skinny dipping: Yes, in Mexico one wild summer of 15 years ago
  • Dyed your hair: No but I need to get the grey out
  • Stolen Anything: No, stealing is horrible!

LAYER 7: Ever…

  • Played a game that required removal of clothing: No, damn it
  • Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: Yes
  • Been caught “doing something”: Never
  • Been called a tease: Yes
  • Gotten beaten up: No!
  • Shoplifted: No!
  • Changed who you were, in order to fit in: Once, with a man of my youth. Swore to never again.


  • Age you hope to be married: When the right man comes along, whatever age I'll be
  • Numbers and Names of Children: 1 wonderful son, 3 years old
  • Describe your Dream Wedding: On a boat, at sea
  • How do you want to die: In my sleep, 100 years from now
  • Where you want to go to college: Somewhere stimulating, and that will accept middle-aged students
  • What do you want to be when you grow up: 41 and still trying to decide. Anything that involves writing and eating would be grand
  • What country would you most like to visit: right now it’s Australia, I've never been


  • Number of drugs taken illegally: two
  • Number of people I could trust with my life: I would say three
  • Number of CDs that I own: Do I actually have to go and count them? Many.
  • Number of piercings: One in each ear lobe, old school
  • Number of tattoos: Zero, but I'm considering getting one
  • Number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper?: I have no idea
  • Number of scars on my body: One
  • Number of things in my past that I regret: Only one, but I'm not telling what it is

Want to peel off some layers?


  1. Wonderful answers, Lola! My intuition told me most of them, which was interesting. I will gladly be an onion and join in the fun!xx♥

  2. I love the annoyance in your "voice" as you answer the questions. My son is also three, so I know and share the joy you have.

  3. G'day this is my first visit to your blog and it have been a lovely one.
    Congratulations on your award. I read about it at "lakeviewer"

    That was a nice read... the onion peel.

    take care Best wishes Ribbon

    PS I have a beautiful son too :-)

  4. Love your Italian sneakers..and good luck publishing!

  5. Michael - I'm sorry i kept spelling your name wrong in my replies to your comments! Aren't 3 yr olds a joy?!

    Ribbon - Thank you for stopping by, and for becoming a regular! I bet your son's gorgeous.

    Maryann - Thanks, how are you hanging in there, Maryann? My heart is with you.

  6. "Pepsi or Coke: Neither, I drink wine. Water if I'm sick" Lola, you are marvellous. Categorically!

    I loved reading through your layers - I laughed, nodded, shook my head in disbelief (haven't dated in eons), and smiled in recognition (suffocation in malls and skinny dipping - but not in Mexico)

  7. Tessa - *you* are wonderful, unequivocally! Tee hee...ciao ciao

  8. Really interesting answers and an interesting meme. Might get round to it.

  9. Your English is better than mine! What is skinny dipping? I liked all your answers and can picture you better now! Thanks Lola, grazie. We have a three year old grandson, and yes, they are marvellous!!

  10. Glad to know you a little bit more. Some intriguing answers. :)Last entry at No. 7 (swore to never again) - amen to that!

  11. Lola, my eldest son was born in 1967. This was a cute exercise!

  12. Lola, very interesting - You sound much younger in your writing, if that makes sense - Not that we're oldies or anything!

    Thank you for being so open and peeling back the layers of this Meme - Very detailed responses, thank you - You are so interesting and lovely - And I've just noticed that cute, cute pic of your wee one - What a sweetie - Hope you have a fine and dandy April! x

  13. Lola I just saw your little masterpiece. What a masterpiece.

    What are you making for the salon today?

    I love your meme. So dreamy.

    Love Renee xoxo

  14. Mandy - C'mon try it, it's fun. Ciao

    Angela - Darling thank you so much! Skinny dipping is swimming nude, come on, 'fess up: you've done it too!

    Sujatha - :) To dignity!

    Rosaria - It was a fun game, yes. Why don't you start playing with memes too? I want to learn more about YOU.

    Fhina - Thank you so much! I'm touched.

    Renee - Salon news in tomorrow's post... plan concieved with you in mind, dear!

  15. Thanks for sharing but a bit scary only because my wife since junior high has many similaritys like birth date, size, hair color, heritage, wants to write a cookbook, our children are everything to us, no fast food, no soda and more.... heres a few of our layers! chuck

  16. You cuss like a sailor AND play the kazoo. We're soulmates!

  17. Beautiful Lola,
    how fun this was to read more about you (and Natalie too) it brings tears to my eyes when I see the love you have for your son. I can feel it. I love that so much. I would say yes, you are in love.

  18. Nice things Lola.

    I stumbled here from Natalies blog. I might stay a while if thats ok... :D


  19. Chuck - Creepy... but cool! What's her name?

    Erin - We are. How great!

    Lori - Funny you should say that. As I was driving my baby to PreK this morning, in a silent moment in traffic, your sweet children-related worries came to mind (surfer son in Bali, younger ones spending the night in uncertain places, etc). I pondered how it must feel, and reveled at the way you deal with it, the love you have for them... well, tears came to my eyes too.

    Jen - You can stay as long as you like! Sit and read while I get lunch ready. Glass of wine?

  20. I want a red one, please, but I promise I`ll fall asleep a half hour later. If you have a corner for me? Thanks for answering my question (OF COURSE I DID!), and I have more. Well, I looked bonk up for myself, thanks, (it was in my dictionary, even), but what is Kazoo? And Oreos? And what does "to make out" mean? Sorry, but you are half American (right?), and apparently my old-fashioned American (from 1965) is not sufficient anymore!
    I like all your comments, too.

  21. ciao, my wifes name is patricia oh yeah she has been addicted to oreos since childhood! Chuck

  22. Angela - There's a comfy chaise-longue here for you, meine Busenfreundin (spelling?).

    a) A kazoo is a funny horn you blow through and it makes a goofy sound.

    b) Oreo's are an American icon: round, bite-size chocolate sandwich cookies with a creamy filling.

    c) 'Making out' means prolonged, passionate kissing, it's almost a childish term to define a form of sexual foreplay.
    Tee hee...

    Chuck - As a matter of fact, I have a box somewhere in that cupboard...

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