Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jeannie VS. Ellen: Part the Second

Girl Ellen was forced into dresses by her mom,
but secretly liked the corn-shaped barrettes.
Girl Jeannie styling in her horn-rim
glasses, cowboy boots and
cut-off jeans.

Please take the following quiz to determine if you are more like Superromance author Ellen Hartman or Jeannie Watt.


Because there's a prize involved.

Keep track of your answers, then follow the scoring directions at the end.


1) It's you, your hammock, a perfect summer day, and one hero from a classic novel. Who do you choose?
A. Rhett.
B. Heathcliff.

2) I reread favorite books:
A. All the time. If it's good, it's even better the second or twentieth time.
B. Rarely. Too many books, too little time—but I will reread favorite scenes.

3) Reading the end of the book first is:
A. WRONG. It's bad and wrong and should result in a loss of library privileges until you learn to read books properly.
B. Totally legal—especially if it’s an animal story.


4) The one movie I will not miss this summer:
A. Channing Tatum's stripper movie.
B. Magic Mike.
C. This is a trick question. Real fans of Channing Tatum's stripper movie know A and B are the same thing.
D. Who are these people?


5) My favorite old movies are:
A. 80’s teen movies
B. 40’s detective movies
C. 60’s beach movies


6) We agree that the all-time greatest sports movie ever is Slapshot, a hockey movie starring Paul Newman. So, what's the second-greatest sports movie of all time?
A. Remember the Titans. No...Miracle...No...One on One (young Robby Benson!!!!). Wait, Hoosiers is amazing and I have such a soft spot for Air Bud Golden Receiver. Ah, it doesn't matter anyway. Second place is really the first loser, so who cares what comes in next? Sports movies are awesome.
B. I can't believe someone made a list of sports movies that doesn't include Rocky.
C. The obvious answer is Major League. And number three is The Replacements.


7) I have a separate dresser entirely devoted to my underthings.
A. True
B. False. And I'm laughing at you if you picked True.

8) When it comes to shoes:
A. My most exotic pair has high heels and zebra stripes.
B. My most exotic pair would be completely appropriate for an afternoon of tennis. (Playing or watching.)

9) In 1985:
A. I got my hair permed in the salon--only a pro could give me those perfect spiral curls. 
B. At the kitchen table--the smell of the solution will always remind me of my mom/sister/cousin-who-went-to-beauty-school.
C. I may have been a girl, but I was not a Material Girl. No perms for me.

WEDDINGS (AKA An Excuse to Mention the Goat)

10) My wedding memorabilia includes:
A. A snap shot of my mother and mother-in-law having coffee under the wedding goat.
B. A life-size wedding portrait. (Almost as good as having a wedding goat.)


11) The things I write on my calendar include:
A. Nothing. I have a calendar because my family makes a photo one, but I don't write anything on it. Live in the moment, baby!
B. My menu, my to do list, my goals, my deadlines, my appointments—and anything else I can think of.

12) I plan my outfits for the week:
A. Never. How would I know what I want to wear on Wednesday until it' know...Wednesday.
B. Sometimes, but I reserve the right to change my mind.
C. Always. It saves me time in the morning.

13) The one organizational tool (calendar, phone, receipt folder, notebook, etc.) I can't live without is:
A. Nothing. Organization stresses me out. I don't even have a watch. If it's important, I write it on my hand. If it's really important, I use a Sharpie.
B. All of the above. Organization makes it easier to procrastinate well while still making deadline.


14) Neither of us is the primary cook in our household, however….
A. When I do cook, I get deeply into it and love to try new things.
B. When I do cook, I put lots of raw food in pretty bowls and call it a buffet. Or else I make grilled cheese.

15) If I had to choose a household chore as a favorite, it would be:
A. Polishing the silver. 
B. Laundry. I love the chemistry involved and the satisfaction of successful stain removal.


16) When I’m stressed while writing or working, I:
A. Drink lots of coffee or tea and become wildly distracted by…well…everything.
B. Eat M&Ms and watch the Magic Mike trailer on repeat.


17) When people purchase beer for me as a prize after winning Internet bets, I prefer my beer
A. As a slow pour with a shamrock drawn in the creamy head.
B. In a bottle. 
C. In one of those big, red plastic cups.
D. I don’t really care, as long as I’m sitting with my friends when the payment is made.

Each answer selection is followed by a J or an E. If you have more J’s, you’re more like Jeannie. If you have more E’s, you’re more like Ellen.
1. (a) J (b) E;  2. (a) J and E (b) no points  ;  3. (a) E (b) J;  4. (a) E (b) E (c) E (d) J;  5. (a) E (b) J (C) no points;  6. (a) E (b) E (c) J;  7. (a) J (b) E;  8 (a) J (b) E;   9. (a) E (b) no points (c) J;  10. (a) J (b) E;  11. (a) E (b) J; 12. (a) E (b) J (c) no points;  13. (a) E (b) J; 14. (a) J (b) E;  15. (a) E (b) J;  16: (a) J (b) E;  17: (a) J (b) E (c) no points (d) j and e


If you're an Ellen, you like your classic heroes broody and untamed, but your personal reading habits tend toward the orderly and well-loved. You not only know who Channing Tatum is, you've seen Step Up and the 21 Jump Street movie. When it comes to sports movies, you like your angst followed by triumph. You won't win any style awards based on the contents of your closet, but even Martha Stewart would approve the interior of your silver chest. Planning ahead gives you hives and you've been late for your share of RSVP's, but you can be flexible and like to rise to the occasion. Cooking will never be high on your list of fun times, but you have your staples and no one goes hungry (although they might go for takeout when your back is turned). Your favorite household chores are the ones with a stunning Before and After contrast--dusting just doesn't have the same rewards. Your favorite times are spent with good friends--beer's not necessary, but if they're serving it, you like yours cold. 

If you’re a Jeannie, you like your heroes with a touch of wry cynicism that hides a caring heart.  You wonder who Channing Tatum is and you’ve watched and loved the original 21 Jump Street. You like your sports movies raunchy, but have nothing against angst preceding triumph. You enjoy dressing up and your closet is organized—not because you’re OCD, but because you need to remember what all you have in there.  You also enjoy not dressing up—old sweats are your friend, but you don’t wear them to the grocery store...usually. You have a lucky shirt/socks.  You enjoy cooking, but you also love it when you can get someone to cook for you--no need to hog all the fun. Your favorite household chores are those that involve organization—like, say, laundry. Plotting, planning and scheduling make you very happy—as does a closet full of shoes. And yes, you may have a dresser dedicated only to your underthings--but it's probably a very small dresser, right? Your favorite times are also spent with good friends—who may well be buying the cold beer.


Please share in the comment section whether you are a Jeannie or an Ellen. We have a prize riding on the outcome. When Ellen wins, Jeannie will make her a glass mosaic mirror. In the very, very outside chance that Jeannie wins, Ellen will stop lying about who won the first time. And you, my  friends, have a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card and a copy of Ellen's book, The Long Shot and a copy of a book from Jeannie's back list--print or digital. We're looking forward to hearing from you.


Kristina Mathews said...

I'm going to say I am equal parts Jeannie and Ellen. Because the tie breaker questions were ones that I couldn't honestly answer either way.

The funny thing is that on the other questions I am so totally one or the other. It's like that little webcam on my computer is hoodked up and you both have a direct feed.

Thanks for the fun quiz. I swear I didn't cheat or try to guess the "right" answer.

Mary Preston said...

I am so much a Jeannie. Obviously separated at birth!!

Snookie said...

I came out with 9, 6 and 2. The two were J & E, so no points and I'm LOL and betting you can guess who the 9 and the 6 belong too :)

Snookie said...

I forgot to mention I love those pictures of you two :) I use to have little barrets like yours Ellen. They were great for keepig my hair back from my face. And the one of Jeannie reminds me of younger days! We wore cut off jeans with our boots too! And we rode bareback with our cut off jeans and boots and often barefoot!

Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Kristina,

A tie? Hmm. Maybe we need a super secret extra question to resolve any ties.

I think it should be this: I have written a book about an evil character named Ellen. A. True (J) B. False (E).

Does that help to break the tie?


Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Marybelle,

As much as I don't want to admit this, being a Jeannie is a very good thing. Congrats on your outcome!

Ellen Hartman said...

Hello Snookie, my friend.

Excellent. With Kristina's tie breaker answer and your vote, I'm ahead already! :-)

I loved those little barrettes, too. I don't know why, but I really thought they were wonderful. Did yours come in a set? I liked the green pea pods, too.

Jeannie Watt said...

Hi Kirstina--the super secret tie-breaker is... "I know the highway number of the loneliest highway in America." So...are you a Jeannie or an Ellen? :-D

Jeannie Watt said...

Way to go Marybelle! Glad to find a long lost sister!

Jeannie Watt said...

Snookie--So glad you stopped by because I think we may have been separated at birth, too. I also have a deep fondness for the little corn barrettes. I have very fine hair and they were the only ones that would stay in. I loved riding bareback in my shorts, too! Who had time to saddle? Remember what happens to the back of the thighs after riding in the dust on a sweaty horse? Ah the memories.

Beth Andrews said...

Good morning! Nothing better than a fun quiz to start the day :-)

I am totally and completely a perfect blending of both Ellen and Jeannie! Yay me!! Honestly, I have 8 E answers, 8 J answers and the last one was J & E.

I'm an Elleannie! No? How about a Jellen?

Love the pictures! I'm pretty sure I had those barrettes, too. I may have even had those bangs.

liztalley said...

I've been waiting for this because last time I was a Jeannie, and I had to confirm it, and, uh, that didn't happen.

And I think this is mainly because I'm not an organized person. I sometimes wear a watch (if it matches my outfit) and I never write anything down outside the legal pads on my desk and then when I have to find something, I have to flip, like, through 10 of them to find where I wrote the note.

But as much as I'm like Ellen in my approach to organization, I don't really care all that much for Channing whatever his name is. He doesn't really look all that bright, but I guess that's part of the appeal? Who needs brains when you got a body like that? Oh, and I couldn't even answer the wedding goat question, but I'm very intrigued....

Anonymous said...

An Ellen. I would really like to see Ellen stop lying cuz that's bad karma. LOL.

Liz's comment about Channing not looking too bright? I thought that in the Step-Up movie!!

You two are a hoot!


Eli Yanti said...

woho... i'm much jeannie then ellen :)

Rula Sinara said...

You two are way too much fun ;)

Last time I was a Jeannie...and this time I'm a Jeannie again (sorry Ellen, but I did just finish The Long Shot and loved it. Does that make up for it :) I did have 4 toss up questions, but in the end J won by 4 points.

I did get a perm...but it wasn't in 1985. It was in 88 I think...and I swore I'd never do it again.

And Jeannie, I really do have a small dresser dedicated to underthings. Stop laughing Ellen! We all know you probably have a shelf dedicated to sports movies. Heck, you probably have a dvd player dedicated to sports movies, right? LOL.

Jeannie Watt said...

Beth--I believe the technical term is Elleannie. Frankly, I think Ellen and I are Elleannies. We have to work to find differences. Welcome to the club!

Jeannie Watt said...

Liz--I wasn't always organized--although I did give birth to an engineer who color codes everything. In fact, if you looked at my house right now, you'd think that the last word that describes me is organized, but I do love to categorize, plan and schedule. Now if only I could make myself follow those schedules.

As to the goat, I got married during grad school and the roommates my husband and I lived with were from east Texas and Louisiana and they loved to cook. They put a goat in the ground for the reception barbecue. I have a photo of my mother and mother in law drinking coffee under the goat carcass which was hanging in the kitchen.

Jeannie Watt said...

Marcie--Thank you. I, too, would like to see Ellen stop side stepping the truth.

Jeannie Watt said...

Eli--Way to go, fellow Jeannie!

Jeannie Watt said...

Rula--You have vindicated me! I am so glad you have a small dresser for underthings. I knew I couldn't be the only one. Although my house is a wreck because we're putting in a new floor, my underwear is neatly categorized!

Ellen Hartman said...

OMG. It's deja vu. Isn't this how the quiz started last time...all Jeannies until my eventual victory?

Elleannies--this sounds like my mom calling me and my sister, Anne. ;-) I like it!

I wasn't too sure about Channing either until I saw 21 Jump Street. I think you have to be smart to be funny and that movie was pretty darn funny. Hmm. Maybe I'll have to see Magic Mike several times in a row in order to decide this important question.

Carry on with the quiz. My mom will be here later to even things out.

Laney4 said...

Hmmm. 8 Jeannies. 7 Ellens. Guess I'm a Jeannie. Who knew?

BTW, I enjoyed the questions immensely. Many thanks for the laughs.

Anonymous said...

11 Ellens and 6 Jeannies this time

Woo hoo - I got Ellen!!!

And I already had super curly hair in 1985, so I did not need a perm.

This was fun!!

Anonymous said...

11 Ellens and 6 Jeannies this time

Woo hoo - I got Ellen!!!

And I already had super curly hair in 1985, so I did not need a perm.

This was fun!!

Anonymous said...

Let me see if I can stop laughing long enough to type. Love, love, love these Ellen and Jeannie shows! And though last time I was a Jeannie, this time I'm an Ellen! Despite having never seen Step Up or the 21 Jump Street movie, despite having no silver to polish and not being a fan of beer, I'm an Ellen, with a score of 9-7! This helped decide it for me: "Your favorite household chores are the ones with a stunning Before and After contrast--dusting just doesn't have the same rewards." Yes! This is why I don't mind mopping the kitchen floor! Well, mostly. Thanks for the laughs, ladies! :-)

BW said...

I'm more Ellen then Jeannie.

I also look forward to seeing Magic Mike.

Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Beth,

I almost included a question about Hammer pants in the 80's section. I really wanted an excuse to force you to relink that photo of you with the special honeymoon pants. :-)

The bangs make me wonder what exactly the corn barrettes are for. I mean, was my side hair going to swoosh across my face somehow?

Maybe, like Jeannie's zebra-stripe shoes, they were just for decoration.

Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Liz,

You mean you don't have a life-size portrait of yourself in your wedding dress? And you also didn't have a wedding goat? You're missing out.

In my defense, I've tried to throw the life-size portrait out several times, but my hubby keeps retrieving it from the trash. He's either devoted or trying to torture me.

After my last failed attempt to throw it away, I decided to keep it. I'm sure one of my future daughters-in-law will enjoy it as a Christmas gift.


Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Marcie,

Thank you for worrying about my karma. You're a good friend.

However, since you came out an Ellen, you're not doing much to further the cause. Maybe after I win again and I'm gazing into my glass mosaic mirror, I can remind myself that lying is bad. We'll see how it goes once I've got the mirror.


Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Eli,

Hmm. But your name is soooo Ellen!


Congrats on being a Jeannie. Jeannies are excellent people.

Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Rula,

After I stopped laughing, I read your comment and realized I'd forgotten all about Friday Night Lights. Maybe when I get home tonight, I'll take it off the shelf and watch it. (Again.)

Glad you enjoyed the quiz!

Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Laney,

Another Jeannie! If I didn't like Jeannies so much, I'd be getting a bit irritated right around now. :-)

Glad you liked the quiz.

Ellen Hartman said...

Yay for Tammy and her twin Tammy!!

Two Ellens in a row. I think I hear Jeannie sharpening her glass snippers so she can get started on my mirror.


Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Kathy!

Whoo hoo! Fist bump, sister! :-)

I knew I'd find my kindred house cleaning friends. I don't like mopping my kitchen floor because whoever put it in chose WHITE ceramic tile and I live with two teenage boys and a dog. The "After" when I clean the floor lasts about a nanosecond.

On the other hand, my kitchen floor helps me keep my imagination in working order. I just imagine that it's sparkling clean as I go about my business.

Glad you had fun!

Ellen Hartman said...

Hi BW,

I'm glad you showed up. I was getting worried that Jeannie might finally win one of these contests. ;-)

My friend and I have cleared our calendars for the opening night of Magic Mike. I hope it's fun. :-)

Kristina Mathews said...

What a fun post. And the responses are just as entertaining.

I have to get back to packing, as the Mathews family is about to invade the Lonliest Highway in America. We'll be taking a total of three vehicles, so it may lose it's designation.

Maybe a question next time could be "Have I ever gone on vacation with my Mother-in-Law? More than once?"

I want to be both Jeannie and Ellen.

Jeannie Watt said...

Laney--So glad you're a Jeannie. I had a feeling you were.

Jeannie Watt said...

Tammy--I was in town and unable to log in when I read your double post and I immediately wanted to mention that Ellen did not get two votes. And she doesn't, because I didn't get two Kay votes last time. Ellen called a technical, so I will do this same thing this time.

So that's ONE vote for Ellen. And Tammy, I love you even if you have more Ellenist tendencies.

Jeannie Watt said...

Wait. Kathy--I don't mop the kitchen floor either. I mean, why? Maybe if I spill spaghetti sauce and it's noticeable, but otherwise *pffft*. So that probably means that you are still a Jeannie. Think about it...

Jeannie Watt said...

BW-Are you sure you want to see this Magic Mike/Channing Tatum person? Wouldn't you really rather see Johnny Depp in the orignal 21 Jump Street. I mean, you could surf on his hair. It's so much fun to watch him--even if he does look like he's thirteen. Think about it.

Jeannie Watt said...

Kristina--Have fun on the Loneliest! I wanted to take a trip down it this summer, but the house renovations are slowing me down.

Jeannie Watt said...

Ellen--I am most certainly NOT going to sharpen my glass nippers yet! Before I do that, we may just have to revisit the last Challenge and get another count.

Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Kristina,

I've been on vacation with my mother-in-law a bunch of times. Never in the car, though. I hope this means I get your vote. :-)

Enjoy your trip. It sounds great!

Ellen Hartman said...

Just to clear up any misunderstandings...I love the original 21 Jump Street show. The movie has nothing to do with it beyond sharing the name.

Maybe another tie breaker question could be this. "True or False: I have worn a bandana on my head in the Tom Hanson style."

Ellen Hartman said...

Dear Jeannie,

Don't you worry about recounting the last quiz. You have enough to be concerned about right here and now.

And also, how do you know Tammy Two wasn't a legitimate same-name twin? This is the Internet--anything is possible!

I'm having such a nice time today. Thanks to you and all the other fun Super blog folks!

Anonymous said...

I only posted once - not sure why I doubled -

Nice try, Ellen to get an extra vote.

Good catch to keep her honest, Jeannie

Kaelee said...

I'm a Jeannie. I must mention that I'm a Jeannie in the first and last parts but an Ellen in the middle. This does not mean that Ellen can count my vote because I'm her at heart.

Thank you so much for all the laughs everyone. I'm so glad I took a break from gardening to read the blog.

Snookie said...

HEHEHEHE Ellen, you're too funny! Yes, the corn barrets and the pea pod ones came in pairs. I had bangs like yours too for a little while, but my hair was curly curly and I had to keep it out of my eyes, so the barrets actually worked until I was cantering away on my horse or my hair got hung up on a guava or Christmas berry tree!

Yah Jeannie, I remember the horse hair on the thighs and the wet bottom if we rode for a long time or cantered (hated trotting bareback) :) I loved that sweaty horse smell, still do. I think becaue I equate it with fun times!

Actually I think you too have a lot in common. With these two quizzes, I've been a tad more Jeannie, but I have Ellen tendencies too!

Snookie said...

aargh, that should have said "you two", not "you too".

Mary Brady said...

I start to "vote" but then more shiny Harley's "potato potato" by on the road in front of my house and I have to go watch them and I forget what I decided because of the testosterone floating through my window, but I'd be happy to be either of you great ladies!

Ellen Hartman said...

See, Jeannie. Tammy only voted once. It really was her twin who voted the second time.

Thanks for clearing that up, Tammy! ;-)

Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Kaelee--if I have to give you up, I'm glad Jeannie gets you. :-)

I'm glad you came by, too. I wonder if you just confirmed something I've been suspicious of all day.

Is it Heathcliff who's sinking me? Not that I'm about to give him up, but wouldn't that just be fitting. Poor guy can't even catch a break in an Internet quiz.

Ellen Hartman said...

Snookie--I love your horse memories. I'm a fan of horse smells, too. I guess that's not going to be a tie breaker question around here.

Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Mary,

Since you're happy to be either one of us and I'm the one who's here...score! Welcome to Team Ellen.

Also, I can see how you'd be distracted. Really distracted. :-)

Helen Artman said...

Another quiz! So exciting.

While I love a well-organized drawer and I wouldn't be caught dead in a hammock with Heathcliff, I must say I'm an Ellen.

The silver polishing did it. I love shiny silver treasures. My great-great-great aunt on my father's side was the dread pirate Annie Artman. I've inherited a shocking amount of her devilish DNA.

P.S. I do hope you'll post pictures of Ellen's mirror once Jeannie gets it finished. Perhaps Jeannie can craft a Channing Tatum figure from cut glass?

Anonymous said...

What a fun post....I remember doing this in the past! The comments are fun, too. Well, I am a 4 points (tied on one)! Will love an AGC card!
Jackie S.

Jeannie Watt said...

Ellen--I just know that Tammy doesn't have a twin.

And yes, Tammy, I'm glad I caught her before this went too far. Pretend twin votes indicate a touch of desperation, don't you think?

Jeannie Watt said...

Kaelee--We have a lot in common, you and I, and I knew you were a Jeannie. Thanks for stopping by!

Jeannie Watt said...

Snookie--Wet horse smell is still a favorite of mine, too. I bet you got to ride on the beach! If so, I am officially jealous!

Jeannie Watt said...

Yay, Jackie for being a Jeannie! (Jackie is a favorite name of mine, too.) Thanks for stopping by!

Weannie Att said...

Ah, Helen. So you've shown up. I usually lurk, but I promised myself that if you posted and claimed to be an Ellen, then I was simply going to have to speak up. I can't have Jeannie going down because one of her biggest fans refused to de-lurk and proclaim her Jeannie-ness. So, let it be known that Weannie Att is 100% Jeannie. I would even get into a hammock with Rhett.

Karina Bliss said...

Great post, gals. I'm clearly schizophrenic as I'm both. Thanks for the diagnosis!

linda s said...

Too funny. I have to be an Ellen as Zebra shoes, to do lists and underwear dressers are beyond my imagination. I want to see a pic of the mirror.

Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Karina--I don't think you warrant a diagnosis until you actually start posting with your multiple personalities.

(Yes, I am looking at Weannie Att. 100% Jeannie, indeed.)

Ellen Hartman said...

Hi Linda,

Well, your vote gets me one step closer to that mirror. Thank you, Ellen-Friend.


P.S. When Jeannie posts the mirror photos maybe she'll also post a photo of those shoes. I'd also like to see them.

Rogenna Brewer said...

Just now catching up, but I do love my Ellen and Jeannie posts--always so much fun :)

Pamela Hearon said...

Jeannie6, Ellen 9 and a couple of no pointers for me. Love Channing Tatum--even saw The Eagle:-) Such a fun post!

Ellen Hartman said...

Hey Ro--you didn't cast a vote last time either. On a post like this it's a-okay to play favorites...even if you're a Jeannie.

Pamela--I haven't watched The Eagle yet, but I was inspired to read the book when I found out Mr. Tatum was in it.

Was the movie any good? <---My question really is...does he dance in it?

Pamela Hearon said...

He doesn't dance in it. He broods...and fights...and looks scrumptious as a Roman soldier:::sigh:::

Snookie said...

Yea Jeannie, I got to ride on the beach... not much though, only a couple of times. Mostly got to ride around the farm and on some mountain trails :)

Jeannie Watt said...

Karina--So happy to be able to help. It's good to have a duo nature. (And Helen, uh, I mean Ellen--I have no idea what you mean with that multiple personality remark.)

Jeannie Watt said...

Linda--Zebra shoes are so much fun. When I look at my feet, I smile. As to the mirror, if I were to make a mirror, I'm thinking of making it out of beer bottle glass. That will help remind Ellen of the shady results of the last challenge.

Jeannie Watt said...

Pamela and Ro--Good to see you here. Ro, you're a Jeannie, right? I'm sure you are. And Pamela, I understand being more of an Ellen. There's not one thing wrong with that--except for not getting my beer and perhaps having to break a lot of beer bottles to get the necessary glass.

Jeannie Watt said...

Snookie--I've always wanted to ride on a beach. I did a lot of trail riding and just-around-the-place riding, too.

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