Monday, October 29, 2007

Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Questionnaire

So here goes on my answers to the WWCS that I had mentioned earlier.

What are your favorite kinds of coffee? (Brands, Roasts, anything at all you'd like to share!)
Salt Lake Roasting Company Morning Thunder was my first "favorite coffee" and it is my all time favorite coffee shop/hangout. I also like Caribou Coffee's Reindeer Blend which is a "Winter Seasonal" blend using aged Sumatra. I tend towards darker roast coffees which are generally lower in acidity than light roasts. I defiantly prefer small batch, craft roasted coffees.
Do you prefer whole bean or ground coffee?
I almost always buy whole bean, but since Jenn gave me ground I am falling in love with my french press all over again.
This time of year, there are often Holiday Blends available, and many flavored coffees - do you drink flavored coffee? Do you enjoy special blends? The afore mentioned Reindeer Blend.
How do you take your coffee? Cream and Sugar? Straight up? Decaf?
Black, strong. If I can see the bottom of the cup through the coffee, it isn't strong enough. Once in a while i will have a Cappuccino, I love that foam when it is made right. Dense, tiny bubbles, not big frothy ones.
Do you prefer drinking from a nice thick mug, or a matched cup and saucer? Mugs all the way. I misplace my coffee often enough, I don't think I need a saucer to keep track of too.

Winter and Holidays
PLEASE be descriptive! Your pal will need this information to be sure to put together a package you will enjoy!
What is your favorite part of Winter?

Snow storms. Shadows of our oak trees on the snow during a full moon. Picking out a new Christmas Eve book every year.
Do you celebrate a holiday in December, and if so, which holiday?
Advent and Christmas.
If you celebrate Christmas, do you put up a tree?
Yep. We usually go tree hunting/cutting around the twenty-second of December and put it into the stand that day. Then we (or to be honest, the kids) decorate it the next day, after it has had a chance to "settle." It doesn't come down until after Epiphany, so usually around the seventh of January.
Would you enjoy items related to the holiday, or would you prefer a Winter themed package?
Either one would be fine. The snow thing is all about the whole season of winter, not just the holidays.
Do you collect anything? Are there any holiday or winter-themed items (Snowmen, Angels, Snowflakes, Santas, etc) that you collect?
Well, I have been doing these swaps for a while now and this is a fairly common question I have always said, "No, I don't collect anything." It has recently occurred to me that this isn't quite correct. Apparently I have unknowingly acquired a collection of snowflake themed coffee mugs and other pottery items. I should have asked one of my girls all along. (I also recently realized I might just collect earrings, but I am thinking you don't need to be seeing that mess.)
Do you wear scarves? Mittens? Hats?
Scarves and mittens more so than hats.
What is your favorite holiday or winter treat?
Please share a favorite Winter or Holiday memory.
Well, I remember the Christmas my brothers had Strep Throat and I had Scarlet Fever, but it sure wouldn't be my favorite memory!
I have a lot of great memories of holidays and winter. My brothers and I building really elaborate snow forts in the back yard; going Christmas tree hunting in Island Park with a group from church; the beauty of Christmas Eve services at church; singing "Happy Birthday dear Jesus" on Christmas morning and eating birthday cake for breakfast.

Yarn and Crafting
Do you Knit or Crochet? For how long?
I have been knitting for ten years and I don't crochet.
Do you like wooden, metal, or plastic needles\hooks? Circular or straight?
Circular needles, either wood or metal, depending on the yarn.
What sort of projects do you enjoy making?
I usually have several things going at a time. One will be something complicated that I have to think about or pay attention to at least a little bit, so it usually stays home. Right now that is a charted hat for DTE. Then I always have something that is "mindless" that I can take to meetings or such. That is often a dishcloth and currently it sometimes gets to be DTY's scarf. Then I often have a random extra project thrown in like a sweater or such.
What are your favorite types of yarn to work with?
Do you spin or dye?
I feel like I spin in circles some days. Oh, that kind of spinning.... No. I do however dye both yarn and fabric.
Do you do other crafts such as scrapbooking or needlepoint or anything else?
I do a lot of beading projects, sewing, and weaving.

When is your birthday?
Early December (I can give further info as needed).
Do you have any children? (Furry kind count!)
Three kids, two Bassets, one kitten.
What are your favorite colors?
I don't have any that I would classify as favorites.
Do you have any allergies?
cigarette smoke and strong perfume smells.


Anne said...

Oh! You're the first person to mention Advent!! We celebrate Avent, since my mom's german - and I really love how you said "I misplace my coffee often enough" LOL! I got one of the sealable mugs from Caribou - it's like a sippy cup for grown ups LOL

Anonymous said...

"No favorite colors" my foot! Unless you have changed a lot, grey & maroon definitely count. Mild favorites, maybe, but favorites none-the-less.

[Arthur -- one of those brothers who built snow-forts and had strep-throat. I'm the one that invented a new way to make sandwiches from left-over turkey!]

P.S. One of these days I need to figure out how to recover my pass-word, so I can leave comments in my own name!

Michael said...

Remember the name "Clyde"?