Fancy Coffee Friday: You Asked

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: You AskedAt some point over the life of this blog, I asked readers what they would like to know about yours truly. There were a few takers and with good intentions, I wrote these questions down and promptly misplaced them. Thankfully, what was lost has been found! And without further ado, what you asked…

“After a full day of work, cleaning the bar, feeding the kids (I am sure they meant goats), chickens et al, writing, modeling and being an awesome person, what wine do you choose for accompanying roasted peppers and pickled herring?” @BernieHengels via Twitter

Well Bernie, those sound like items one would find on a smorgasbord, and since I’ve been to a few parties thrown by Swedes, I feel confident in saying that the recommendation would not be wine, but snaps.

“What prompted you to start blogging?” @LiveClothesFree via Twitter

This is not a simple question, easy, but not simple. I think I created this blog for a variety of reasons, such as getting my thoughts and writing out in the world and hopefully getting more work modeling. I have accomplished the former, but failed with the latter.

“What’s your favorite ‘oddball’ modeling gig?” @ScottTrautsch via Twitter

That’s my butt!

I have to say that my favorite ‘oddball’ modeling gigs have been those with the great people at Bare Necessities and N Magazine. In both cases, I got to travel internationally, met a lot of fantastic people who I can still call friends, and my butt made the article lead image in Islands Magazine!

“How did you get into modeling?” @LiveClothesFree via Twitter

The short story is that a friend had started a modeling agency and asked me to audition. I declined. After a few more asks and a few more refusals, I caved. The rest, they say, is history.

“If you could be any stuffed animals, what stuffed animal would you be and why?” @HontouniHeart via Twitter

Hmmm, I’m not sure. I had a big yellow dog that I have since passed along. I also had a custom-made stuffed horse – also passed along. And many other “stuffies” from lemons won at the county fair to teddy bears, which have all been passed along for the most part. I can’t think of a specific style of stuffie which I would be, but it would be something portable, well-loved, and that would be able to be cuddled.

“What is your favorite coffee beverage?” @HontouniHeart

Straight-up, black coffee. BUT! I have been known to enjoy a fancy coffee from time-to-time, and my go-to order (usually) is a medium, peppermint mocha, non-fat, no-whip, and half syrup.

“What is your favorite thing to cook?” @HontouniHeart

Everything! I really enjoy cooking (and baking).  Have a rather significant collection of cookbooks, and with the Internet, there is no shortage of new recipes to try. However, I think one of my favorite things to do is to see what is languishing in the fridge, freezer, or cabinets and see what tasty dish I can create. I also have been declaring “challenge ingredients” for myself and our housemate (who also loves being in the kitchen) – which are often some variety of condiment which has been around for a long time, or of which we’ve acquired a large number of bottles.

“What is your favorite animal and why?” @HontouniHeart

I was about to answer that I couldn’t decide, but I had my fascination with sharks come to mind. I think the fact that sharks are incredibly misunderstood and I felt a kinship with that is one of the reasons I enjoy them. They are also incredibly elegant animals and play a crucial role in the world.

“Mr. Muse: What’s it like being an International Man of Mystery?” @HontouniHeart

“Well, it’s tough, it really is. First, you gotta keep up the “International” part. You can’t just step into Canada, once, and be considered International. It’s an ongoing international process. Then, there’s the mystery part and let me tell you – you can’t see out of those masks very well, and the TSA really frowns on them. But sometimes you luck out and you get the hot TSA agent patting you down and then it’s all worthwhile.”

And there you have it. I have finally answered these questions and you get a special bonus question, and answer, for Mr. Muse.

Do you have any more questions?


The Amusing Muse is a writer, farmer, and crocheter living in South Central Wisconsin. She has been working on her oubliette of projects, which includes cross-stitch and embroidery, as well as reading lots of books that have lived on her shelves for ages. In her free time, she writes this blog, after making sure her school work is finished.


Clip art in blog title image courtesy of Clipart Panda.

About The Amusing Muse

Deep thinker whose mind operates at warped speed. Philosopher pondering the big (and little) things in life. Storyteller. Office Ninja. Model. Teller of bad jokes. User of big words.
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4 Responses to Fancy Coffee Friday: You Asked

  1. Shawn Bourdo says:

    What U.S. travel destinations are still on your list? Any places that are a definite “won’t go back again”?

    • There are so many places that I’d like to see around the USA. Some I’ve been and I’d like to go back, but I can’t really think of anywhere I’ve been that I thought, “Okay… I’ve seen it. I don’t need to come back again.”

      Mr. and I are planning our next trip (places West, again), but we also have weekend camping trips that we want to get set up, too.

      The top places on our USA list at present are (in no particular order):
      -Oregon (we’ve not been anywhere in this state)
      -Washington (liked Seattle, but there is SO MUCH TO SEE)
      -Maine (mostly focused on Acadia NP)
      -FL Panhandle (we’ve been to south FL a lot, but haven’t spent any time in the Panhandle)
      -Savannah, GA (I’ve read good things about the food, and well… I’m a Civil War History buff!)

  2. John says:

    How exactly did you get into nude modeling?

    And yes, sharks are terribly misunderstood. As are spiders.

    • Well, when I was with the agency I was instructed to set up an account on a national modeling site, which resulted in requests to model for various photographers but the first one who asked me to model nude was looking for someone who wasn’t “just turned 18”, who was mature, would show up, get the work done, etc. Some of those images ended up in an issue of N Magazine. It was the first time I’d modeled nude AND with a male model, also nude, who became a friend (and my massage therapist – you meet such interesting people!). And while I have been known for some impulsive behavior, that shoot was entered into with a LOT of conversation between Mr. Muse and me as well as me and the photographer. After that, Mr. Muse has been supportive of whatever I decide for shoots and I still go into a thorough discussion with the photographers beforehand. Many shoots don’t happen because rather than being photographers, the people are what I refer to as “fauxtographers”, just looking for nudes for their spank banks. I’m now to the point where most of the inquiries I get fall apart early because I ask “too many questions”, so I’ve fairly given up on nude modeling outside of photographers I’ve worked with already and have proven records.

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