Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Happy Bernard Pivot Blogfest!

Good morning Bernard Pivot!
Who's Bernie? Last I heard he was battling stiff joints and hosting a wild weekend. But he's also a French journalist who came up with a little questionnaire to ask guests on his TV show. The quiz was made famous in North America by James Lipton on the high-brow interview show Actor's Studio.
Today it is being celebrated by blogger/author Nicole Ducleroir who has surpassed the 500 follower mark and wants to par-tay. All over blogland today people are answering the Bernard Pivot questionnaire, to make new friends and to share their pearls of wisdom with all blogdom.
I'm not promising any wonderful answers because my eyeballs are practically bleeding from too much computer, but I will give it my best college try. If you would like to see who else is taking part, click on the logo up there and it will take you to Nicole's blog with its list of participants. Drop around, say hi, maybe become a new follower and, if you're game, try the quiz on for size. 
By the way, please drop by my post from yesterday about my April Fool's Contest. All the details are here. Please, please, please take part!
Oh, and by the way, by the way, if you happen to be Canadian, do you not LOVE that Sydney Crosby commercial for Tim Horton's? Where he's a little kid and dreaming of doing what he loves every day? Sigh. Pass the kleenex...

  1. What is your favorite word? Feck. I think it's like the Irish word for the Big F but it's not quite as offensive. You can fit it in to any grammatical category with only slight embellishment. Noun: He is such a feckwad. Verb: He's off fecking around. Adverb: He's off fecking fecking around. Adjective: He's such a fecking goof. See? Such a handy word. I invite you to take it for a spin. I like to use it like this: Feck! Feckity-feck, feck! So satisfying.
  2. What is your least favorite word? Any of those stupid made-up words teenagers use. Like "nom-nom" which they use to describe eating or something delicious. No wonder the world is so fecked up.
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Ideas. Great ideas. Original ideas. Taking an idea and making it happen. Also, enthusiasm.
  4. What turns you off? Naysayers. Don't give me five reasons why you can't do something - give me five reasons why you can! 
  5. What is your favorite curse word? Um. Other than feck? Shit is pretty good. I often fall back on shit. When I hurt myself, or I'm really, really mad, I admit I call the Bad Boy into play. (If you say it kids, I swear, you'll be eating Lifebuoy.)
  6. What sound or noise do you love? Chickadees on a quiet winter day.
  7. What sound or noise do you hate? Loud, obnoxious music. Loud, obnoxious people. Coughing. Yelling. Food smacking. Kids fighting in the back seat. Oh, forget it.. just fetch me my ear plugs.
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? My own profession, graphic design for newspapers, is going the way of the do-do bird and there may come a time in the near future when I have to find a new career. But you know what? I can't imagine doing anything else. I love what I do. I hope like hell I can hang on until I die.
  9. What profession would you not like to do? Anything that requires being on my feet all day, or dealing with customers. Blech. 
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? You were a good person, Cathy. Welcome aboard.


  1. Feck is like an all-purpose word, isn't it? Great answers, Cathy!

  2. Your anwers are fecking amazing, Cathy! ;D

    Love the blog's new-new look, btw.

  3. a great spoof on James Lipton who uses the Pivot questionnaire at the end of every show - this is a riot if you know the show - look to 4.34 mins for the abbreviated Bernie q's

  4. Hi, I'm dropping in from the blog fest (nice to meet you!) and am your newest follower. I'm at

    Your 'feck' is my 'zounds'...the f-bomb during Shakespeare's day. I get to cuss and others think I'm quaint, whoo hoo!

  5. You were a good person, Cathy. Welcome aboard the blogfest.

  6. Fellow blogfest participant and new follower here. I must agree with #9. Dealing with customers can be a nightmare. If you get a chance, please visit me at:

  7. Dealing with customers is the pits. Makes me want to use "feckity feck feck" until 5pm ;)

    Great answers!

  8. Your answers were fecking hilarious! And when I read your list of sounds you hate, "coughing" stuck out. It made me think of hearing someone cough when you're on a plane. Isn't that the worst? Stuck in that confined space with the person's germ-filled cough-cloud. Yuck!

    Thanks so much for playing along! Love your blog layout, btw :))

  9. Yes, Feck! That comes up a lot in a Karen Marie Moning series I like. I love chickadees, too! All great answers...:)

  10. Feck, feck, feck Cathy. You're always succinct. Great answers oh no-nonsense one. Been very feckin' revealing this blogfest.

    Mine's here if you're so inclined (and it's not even #fridayflash day!)

    Bernard Pivot Blogfest

  11. Feck? Oh I am learning so many new words. Love it.

  12. Isn't it great to love your job?

    Never even heard of Feck. Going to start using it. My favorite curse word is the past tense of shit... "shat".

  13. What fecking good answers. I think I will take you up on your offer and take feck out for a spin.

    Had me laughing as usual.

    Pamela Jo

  14. haha! LOVE feck! Thanks for dropping by my blog and following. I'm now following you too :o)

  15. You have won me over to the club of feck. I will use it!

  16. Oh, I am sooooo with you on the teen speak! The collective IQs of younger generations drop with each new "word" created. Drives me absolutely fecking mad! (love that word, btw!)

  17. My feet hurt just thinking about being on them all day. Nom nom is a new one for me, and sounds more like the language of a 2 y/o :D

  18. Finally making my way over for the blogfest! Sorry I'm late visiting.

    Love your answer to #4! =)

  19. I'm always late to the party, but I love this idea. Off to read more.

  20. Ugh. Customers. Live people. Yeck.
    Thanks for sharing your answers.

  21. So sorry I missed this the first time 'round Cathy! I wanted to participate but we had a death in the family, I was sick, blah, blah, blah...what was that that turns you off? Naysayers you say? Well, feck! ;)

    Oh, you know I love ya Cat! :)

    My verify word is "flocunna"? What the hey does that mean?! I know it means something!

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