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Question 19: What Are Five Things on Your Bucket List?

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Question 19: What are five things on your bucket list?

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Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. So it's important to keep track of the things you want to do, so make a bucket list and check in with it every once in a while to ensure you're on your way to fulfilling your dreams

  1. Ride in a helicopter — Despite my trepidation of flying, I think that this would be an incredibly freeing experience.
  2. Learn another language — So I'm signed up to take French classes around the corner from work!
  3. Write a book — There was a time I thought I wouldn't have anything to write about. Boy, was I wrong.
  4. Go on safari — Oh to go to Africa, and see the wilderness I've only seen on Animal Planet.
  5. Attend the Olympics — While I really enjoy watching it on NBC, there must be nothing like being there, cheering on your country and waving our flag.
  6. You think we need one more? Yeah, we should probably get one more.

  7. Marry the love of my life — Because who doesn't want to spend every day with their best friend?

What's on your bucket list? Tell us in a post, and tag it LoveWriteWin!

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 19, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 18: Why Did You Give Your Blog This Name?

Each day, we're asking a new question to get you that much closer to winning our OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge. You can join the challenge anytime this month, but this is too much fun to miss.

This week's HP Pavilion dv6t laptop, with premium sound with Beats Audio, will be awarded to the OnSugar blogger with the most followers on this week's posts. So go make friends!

Answer this question in a post, or write another post on something that lets us get to know you better. Just make sure to tag it LoveWriteWin to qualify. Learn more about the contest.

Question 18: Why did you give your blog this name?

I readily admit that the OnSugar Official Blog does not carry the lightness of poetry and prose. However, it's functional, and you know exactly what you're getting! Where else are you going to find our daily question, and all the important information on how to enter the OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge!

So don't judge a . . . website by its title . . . after all, it could be my favorite name in the whole world.

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 18, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 17: What Time Period Would You Want to Live In? How Would Your Passions Change?

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Question 17: What time period would you want to live in? How would your passions change?
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Forever an Anglophile, I have fallen in love with Downton Abbey, a British television period drama series on PBS. Beginning in 1912, with the sinking of the Titanic, it tells the story of three daughters of an earl who cannot inherit their family's estate, unless through an arranged marriage. But more importantly, it tells the story of the relationships between the Crawley family and their servants, and the era's dynamics between the young and old, the elite and the poor. After all, they believed that there is "nothing worse than a maid serving a duke" and that after marriage, a woman's "husband will tell her what her opinions are." So why would I want to live in this time? Well, the fashion is incredible, and I'm enthralled with the importance of family loyalty and inheritance being of the utmost importance. So while a very difficult time to be a woman, a very intriguing one.

It was also the time when cinema was being born, and I think it must have been amazing to see your first moving picture. After all, look at the excitement that The Artist has brought back to movies.

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 17, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Our Second Weekly Winner Is . . .

Karrie B. from West Virginia! While competing in the OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge, Karrie won our second weekly prize for receiving the greatest number of comments on her new OnSugar blog, Beautopia. She will receive the HP Pavilion dv6t laptop, with Beats Audio and crisp viewing on its 15.6-inch HD display!

Each day, we're asking a new question to get you that much closer to winning our OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge. You can join the challenge anytime, but why wait? You could be this week's winner! Just receive the greatest number of followers on your posts this week, and you can win the same great prize.

And that's not all! At the end of February, we're giving away the grand prize, the premium Ultrabook PC HP Envy14 Spectre and an external drive, to the blogger who inspires us the most. So answer today's question in a post, or write another post on something that lets us get to know you better. Just make sure to tag it LoveWriteWin to qualify. Learn more about the contest.

Congratulations to Karrie!

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 16, 2012 at 11:23AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 16: Have You Been Successful in Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions?

Just joining us? Or have you been blogging along since Question 1? No matter, you can enter the OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge anytime this month. Just be sure to answer 10 of our questions, or write 10 posts, tagged with LoveWriteWin to win the prize for most followers, the sleekly designed HP Pavilion dv6t laptop, or the grand prize, the extraordinary HP Envy14 Spectre and external drive.

Question 16: Have you been successful in keeping your New Year's resolutions?

Where did January go? And why do we make resolutions at all? I imagine most of us vow to quit smoking, make a career move, get organized, save money, and lose weight every year around this time.

Truthfully, I have not been concentrating that hard on my resolutions, and I'm glad this question came along to remind me. Maybe February is my month! It's never too late to start, after all. So enough excuses about the lack of time and constant fatigue. Time to make a plan. After all, they've done studies, you know. Sixty percent of the time, it works every time.

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 16, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 15: What Things in Life Should Always Be Free?

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Question 15: What things in life should always be free?

It is often said that the best things in life are free. The very valuable things in life don't cost a penny: the air we breathe, love of family, friends, and significant others, and good health. It is too difficult to limit it to three when shelter, food, health, clean drinking water, the freedom to live life as one pleases, and the right not to be judged should all be free as well. But there are three that stand out to me:

What are some things in life that you think should always be free? Write a post in your OnSugar blog and make sure it's tagged LoveWriteWin!

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 15, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 14: What's Your Guilty Pleasure?

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Each day, we're asking a new question to get you that much closer to winning our OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge. Answer in a post and be sure to tag it LoveWriteWin. Learn more about the contest. If you want to do your own thing, feel free; just tag LoveWriteWin on any post you write that shows off your writing skills and your passions.

Question 14: What’s your guilty pleasure?

I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly . . . . No, I kid, my guilty pleasure has to be food. Indian, Japanese, chocolate mud pie, I eat it all. In fact, the only two things I don’t eat are cottage cheese and melon, either separately or together.

Since I’ve moved out to the West Coast, an omelet and BLT are forever changed in my eyes with the addition of some slices of avocado. I had never even heard of Bolani until I went to the nearby farmers market and tried a sample. Artichokes, oh you crazy Californians! Wait, wow, these are amazing. All these delicious and fresh new things at my fingertips make me wonder what I was eating in NYC my whole life! Oh yes, pizza, bagels, and black and white cookies. Although I miss them, I’m too busy enjoying the freshness that these wonderful markets provide. After all, the pizza in New York City isn’t going anywhere.

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 14, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 12: List 2 Truths and a Lie About Yourself. Have Us Guess!

Each day, we're asking a new question to get you that much closer to winning our OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge. You can join the challenge anytime this month, but this is too much fun to miss.

This week's HP Pavilion dv6t laptop, with premium sound with Beats Audio, will be awarded to the OnSugar blogger with the most comments on this week's posts.

So answer this question in a post, or write another post on something that lets us get to know you better. Just make sure to tag it LoveWriteWin to qualify. Learn more about the contest.

Question 12: List two truths and a lie about yourself. Have us guess which is which in the comments!

  1. I lived in Paris for two years after college and speak somewhat fluent French.
  2. On average, I read about two books a week.
  3. At the age of 14, I started riding horses who were considered too fast and strong for others to ride, and given a few months to retrain them.

So what's your guess? Tell me in the comments below . . . or maybe you can't handle the truth.

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 12, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 11: If You Could Have a Conversation With Anyone (Alive or Dead), Who Would It Be?

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Question 11: If You Could Have a Conversation With Anyone (Alive or Dead), Who Would It Be?

It’s very difficult to narrow down just one, as I'd love to have a dinner party with Michael Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Jon Stewart, Madonna, and Walt Disney. But if I could only pick one, I'd choose to have a lengthy chat with myself when I was 16, and older me would do all the talking.

A few reminders that young, stressed-out 16-year-old Eileen needs to hear bear repeating even now, many years later:

  1. We deserve the same amount we give, and not one iota more or less. Jot that down. Refer to daily.
  2. Don't take for granted your freedom, three-month college Summer vacations, and carefree lifestyle that your early 20s provide.
  3. Remember that good friends stick around and always step up to the plate much more than you ever thought possible.
  4. That romantic comedies, although great to watch on a Friday night, always end when things are easy.
  5. That the things that seem to matter right now are meager compared to the big picture and all the experiences you are still to have. So instead say: Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one.

Let that be a lesson to you . . . and a worthy point to make to Abraham Lincoln, or whomever your conversationalist may be.

Source: IMDB, Getty

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 11, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 10: Who Would Play You in a Movie?

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Question 10: Who Would Play You in a Movie?
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It appears I have one of those faces. Doppelgangers in every city. Second cousins of friends who bear a striking resemblance to me. And I've also been compared to a wealth of celebrities who don't resemble one another, so the whole thing is peculiar. But I will admit that my everyday looks are sometimes having a great day, like when someone on the street thought I was Rachel McAdams and asked for my autograph. Made . . . my . . . day.

But I feel a lot more in common with Tina Fey. Actually, I imagine I'm probably a lot more like her character Liz Lemon. Not only do we have the same hairstyle, optional rectangular glasses, small facial scar, and sarcastic wit, but we also both make up our own words (pwomp!) and have the same world view: "All of humankind has one thing in common: the sandwich. I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich." Indeed, Liz Lemon, indeed.

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 10, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments