100 somewhat deep questions

Okay, I’ll admit it – I’m wasting time.

What I mean is, I actually had homework from the job today. My self-review is due before Thursday (read – tomorrow), and I have yet to finish it. So I brought it home to work on it tonight.

Yeah, not making much progress.

So instead I’m listening to my Pandora stream, filling out this questionnaire.

Let me just say – I am no good at talking myself up. I can be honest, but I’m not good at talking myself up. Last year, Diane recommended that I not fill out the self-review, because I was being “too negative” in my comments, even though I was being honest.

Go figure.

Anyway, here is the questionnaire.

1. How are you, really?
~ I’m just fine, thank you.

2. How do you feel right now? What are you thinking about?
~ I am tired, but good. I am thinking about nothing in particular, but about the future in general, if that makes sense. Vague, I know, but there it is.

3. What’s your favorite color?
~ Blue.


4. What’s your favorite food?
~ Don’t really have one. I like food, but there are times I don’t like it. I mean, I know we need it to survive, but sometimes I wish we didn’t.

5. What’s your favorite dessert?
~ I have a sweet tooth all around. The only dessert I don’t like is most types of pie (except french silk pie – I love french silk pie; it’s chocolate, so go figure).

6. How old are you?
~ I am old enough, but not so. I’ll always be a child at heart. Does that make sense?

7. What have you learned today?
~ About the Muslim situation in my city and my state. I really don’t think it’s right that we’re turning away Syrian refugees. This country was basically founded by immigrants, if you think about it, so it doesn’t make sense to turn them away now. Did you know the oldest mosque in America is located in the city I live in? I did not know that.


8. What was your favorite subject in school?
~ English or writing.

9. What do you do?
~ Currently, I am a records specialist at a local insurance company. I am also a writer, and it does help to declare myself as such.

10. What are some of your favorite books?
~ The Language of Goldfish by Zibby O’Neal is my all-time favorite. Otherwise, I like anything by Sylvia Plath and Sarah Vowell. I have a whole mini-library of books.

11. What are some of your favorite movies?
~ It runs the gamut. “Badlands” is my all-time favorite movie, though.

12. What kind of music are you into?
~ All of it. I have eclectic taste.

13. If you were going to write a book, what would you call it, and what would it be about?
~ See my “Works in Progress” page for more such information. If it were an autobiography or memoir, though, I’d probably call it Poor Original.

14. What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done?
~ Anything to do with heights, because I’m slightly scared of heights. And the Ring of Fire ride at the Iowa State Fair – it was a ride that did a complete 360. Scary as heck!


15. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
~ Living. I’m serious.

16. Are you married?
~ No.

17. How did you meet your spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend?
~ We met online, then in person.

18. Do you think it’s better to get married when you’re young or better to wait a while?
~ By my experience, I’ll have waited a while, which I think is better for me. It all depends on an individual.

19. Do you have any kids?
~ No, but I would like some in the future. Right now, I’m not quite in a good financial position to have children.

20. Have you ever thought of adopting?
~ Like I said, I would like children. Right now, it just isn’t feasible. I don’t care how I come by a child, whether natural or adoption. I’m completely open to adoption.

Silhouette Child Circle
Silhouette Child Circle

21. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
~ A writer, no lie. Or else a singer, actress, or meteorologist.

22. How did you get into [INSERT CAREER FIELD]?
~ Basically insurance. Call it a family thing – my dad works in insurance, and I believe my aunt Laurie and uncle Larry do as well.

23. Would you recommend [INSERT CAREER FIELD] for other people? Why or why not?
~ I would. Because it’s interesting and challenging work.

24. What do you do for fun?
~ Write, read, listen to music, walk, bike, swim, blog, travel, play with pets, hang out with friends.

25. Do you like traveling?
~ Love it!

26. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?
~ Australia.

27. Who are some people you’d like to meet someday?
~ There are too many to name, both famous and non-famous.

28. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?
~ I honestly don’t know. I’m not the kind of person who is good at giving advice. I would say something like “Keep holding on, because it will all get better.”

29. What’s one of your favorite habits you have?
~ Writing.

30. What are some things that make you really happy?
~ Everything and anything anymore.

31. What are some things that make you really sad?
~ Everything and anything can make me sad – par for the course with depression.


32. What are some things that scare you?
~ Bees, needles, driving (to a degree).

33. Do you like to plan things out or be spontaneous?
~ A little of both.

34. Are you a religious person?
~ I was born and raised Catholic, and while I still observe certain events within the Catholic calendar (namely Lent), it really has no bearing anymore.

35. If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet?
~ Sylvia Plath.

36. Would you rather live in the country or in the city?
~ I could live in either place. I prefer the country with its quiet solitude and peaceful scenery, but then I like the city with all the hustle and bustle.

37. What was your life like growing up?
~ It was no different than anyone else’s. Except I knew from a very early age that something was not quite right with me. Took twelve/seventeen years to diagnose it as depression.

38. What were you like in high school?
~ A raging closeted goth. And a loner. And a band geek. And a semi-nerd. And a bookworm. And a writer. I was all over the map in high school!

39. Do you have any brothers or sisters? How many?
~ Three: Older Sister, Younger Brother, and Youngest Brother.

40. What’s your favorite part about today so far?
~ Getting some more of my room done.

41. Who in your life has influenced you the most? How did they do it?
~ My parents. Just by being.

42. What’s your favorite joke?
~ “Hey, want a Hertz donut?” thwap across the arm when they say ‘yes’ “Hurts, don’t it?”

43. Have you ever tried sushi? (Did you like it?)
~ Yes, and yes. It was an ahi tuna piece. It was really good.

44. Do you like spicy food?
~ As long as it isn’t too spicy, spicy is all right.

45. How do you like your steak cooked?
~ Well-done. But I have to be in the right mood for steak.

46. Do you have a favorite number? Any particular reason why you like that number?
~ 5 and 7, just because those are sorta traditional lucky numbers. And then 17, for obvious reasons.

47. If you were a type of animal, what would you be and why?
~ A cat. Just to lounge belly-first in the sunbeam. :) Or else a mouse, for obvious reasons.


48. What’s one of the strangest things you’ve ever done?
~ Sneaked into someone else’s house. Eh, another story for another time.

49. What kind of vacations do you like?
~ I like vacations that are planned yet spontaneous. Like, we can go out of town to a predetermined destination, but when we get there the sky’s the limit on what we do. We don’t exactly plan out what to do – we just let the vacation happen. You know?

50. What are some of your major goals in life?
~ To write one novel and maybe see it published; to perhaps be married and have children; to go back to school; to travel outside the country once more.

51. What are some of your smaller goals in life?
~ To get my driver’s license; to continue to write; to continue to plug away at daily life.

52. What do you like least about yourself?
~ That I’m so darn shy and awkward.

53. What embarrasses you?
~ People who don’t have a clue. No, this is weird. For example, there is a guy who rides the bus who is mentally disabled. And he is sex-obsessed, because he tells anyone who will listen that he can’t wait to have sex with his girlfriend, and how someone accused him and his girlfriend of already having sex (while on the bus), and they’re working out how to have unsupervised visits, yada yada. And I feel embarrassed for him, because he doesn’t really know any better that people don’t want to hear that stuff, you know? I embarrass easily, I guess is what I’m trying to say.

54. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?
~ A meteorologist.

55. What’s your earliest memory?
~ One of my fondest is of me, Older Sister, and a couple uncles running through the leaves in the park in the small Illinois town where we began life.


56. What’s the best decision you ever made?
~ This may sound morbid, but trying to take my own life.

57. Who’s your best/closest friend?
~ Johnny.

58. What do you think people think of you?
~ I don’t really care anymore, though I’m sure they think I’m quiet.

59. What were your grades like in school?
~ They weren’t terrible, but they weren’t great either.

60. If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn?
~ Drawing and painting!

61. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
~ I’d be more of an ambivert, to tell the truth.

62. Have you ever taken a personality test? How did the results turn out?
~ I took the MBTI, and I turned out to be an INFP (in case you were curious). Contradicting my ‘ambivert’ answer, it wasn’t far from the truth.

63. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
~ Personality. Seriously. I can tell instantly about people.

64. Do you think people can control their own destiny?
~ To a degree.

65. Do you think all people are equally valuable, or do you think some people in certain situations might be more valuable than others?
~ All people are equally valuable.


66. Do you think people are basically good or basically bad?
~ I believe that people are basically good unless they prove otherwise.

67. Do you think morals are universal or relative to the beliefs, traditions, and practice of individuals or groups?
~ I used to think they were universal when I was a child, but I’d have to say now that they’re relative. Hate to think like this, but someone somewhere honestly thinks blowing people up or shooting people on a massive scale is good in the eyes of whatever god they believe in.

68. Do you think God exists?
~ He’d better. That’s all I have to say.

69. Do you think any kind of afterlife exists?
~ Again, it better. I hope to see a couple people there, happier than they’ve ever been.

70. Do you vote? Why or why not? If you do vote, how do you usually vote?
~ Yeah, I vote. Not like it matters in the long run. I vote because I can. As to how I usually vote, I usually try to go with who I think is the lesser of two evils. So far, the outcomes have been half and half. I’ll keep you posted as to the next one. Let me put it this way – I already know who I’m not voting for.


71. Do you think gay people choose to be gay? Do you think straight people choose to be straight?
~ I think people can be wired differently than each other. I do not think being gay or straight is a choice. I think it is entirely innate. I do not see anything wrong with anyone being gay, straight, bisexual, or transgendered, or any other such orientation. People are people, and they’re doing the best they can. And the good Lord hasn’t smote any of us yet, so make of that what you will.

72. Is torture ever a good option? If no, why not? If yes, under what circumstances?
~ I hate the very idea of torture, in any form, so no. Because what does it really accomplish?

73. Would you kill an innocent person if you thought it might mean saving a dozen other lives?
~ No.

74. What’s the most money you’ve ever given away?
~ I haven’t. I’m not a penny pincher, but I haven’t made donating to causes a habit. I should really change that.

75. What’s the biggest personal change you’ve ever made?
~ I have made so many personal changes, it’s hard to say which is the biggest. Perhaps dating is the biggest, because I put my trust in someone other than family. It’s been good so far, cross my fingers. I like Johnny a lot, and I don’t wish to lose his companionship.

76. What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?
~ Sneaked into someone else’s house. Hey, I was five! That’s another story for another time.

77. What do you think would be one of the best steps we could take toward ending poverty around the world?
~ This is going to sound bad, but I honestly don’t know. Maybe have fair food prices?

78. What do you think we could do to best improve the education system?
~ I don’t know. Do away with superfluous standardized testing? I mean, keep the SAT and ACT, but do away with all the others. I never got behind standardized testing.

79. In general, what do you think about art?
~ Art is imagination and life and warmth and profound. How I wish I could draw and paint, but I really can’t.


80. What are some of your favorite websites?
~ WordPress (duh), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, NaNoWriMo, Modcloth, Etsy, Pinterest.

81. What’s the biggest turnoff in a man/woman?
~ The biggest turnoff in anybody, at least to me, is intolerance or hatred.

82. What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told?
~ That I had my homework done when I really didn’t. That was in third grade, and because of the repercussions of my lie, I haven’t told a lie since.

83. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
~ Believe it or not, I wasn’t always this shy and quiet. Bullying can do a number on a personality.

84. What’s something you wish everyone knew about you?
~ That I can be funny.

85. What are some of the first things you do in the morning?
~ Well, duh, I pee. Then I’ll either get my medicine or get dressed, depending on what I feel like doing first.

86. What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you?
~ A suicide attempt.

87. Do you cry easily?
~ I can cry easier than most people, but I do not cry easily, if that makes sense.

88. How do you feel about public speaking?
~ I’d rather curl up under a rock, but I am much more confident about it than I was, say, as a seventeen-year-old.

89. Do you like to talk on the phone?
~ Yes.

90. How many emails do you get each week, roughly?
~ Personally or at work? Plenty either way.

91. If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you hope would play you?
~ It would have to be someone unknown. Hey, as they say, everyone has a doppelganger somewhere in the world. Somewhere some girl strongly resembles me. Good to know.

Someone, somewhere....
Someone, somewhere….

92. What’s one of your favorite questions to ask new friends or to get a conversation going?
~ I like to ask about music. That is, if I am brave enough to open my mouth.

93. Would you ever sky dive or bungee jump?
~ I wouldn’t bungee jump, that’s for sure – too much could go wrong. At least with sky diving, there are usually professionals involved, but I’d only want to go with a group of people.

94. Have you ever been in a fist fight?
~ Almost. I slapped a boy named Robert once, because he was picking on me. But he didn’t hit me back. He ran away instead.

95. What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled?
~ I haven’t. I’m a good girl. However, the best prank I’ve ever heard pulled off was when the band was in Europe. Some of the kids sneaked out of their rooms in the middle of the night and knocked on random doors. Hey, considering the band director, that prank was pretty funny.

96. What did you do on your sixteenth birthday?
~ Hmm. Good question. Let me consult my old journals……..um, it was that time of month on my sixteenth birthday, so I didn’t feel like doing much. So I barely celebrated. It was just another day. I’ve always felt that way about my birthday – it’s just another day.

97. What do you think is one of the most undervalued professions right now?
~ Teachers.

98. How would you explain your basic life philosophy?
~ It’s hard to sum up, really. No, it really is. I haven’t quite figured it out yet.

99. Would you rather be hated or forgotten?
~ Forgotten.

100. If you knew you would die tomorrow, would you feel cheated today?
~ No.

Well, that’s done. I guess I’ll work on my review after all then.

Later, all!

Tune for Tuesday – a two-fer!

Mind you, these Tunes for Tuesday are not a split mood thing this time. :) Just a couple tunes I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

First up, from her 2000 album “Tonight and the Rest of My Life,” is Nina Gordon with “Now I Can Die.”

Next is my favorite, Neko Case, with a song from her 2009 album “Middle Cyclone.” This is “The Pharaohs.”

No tricks, no hints, no mind games, not meant to be any sort of comment on anything. Just two good songs.

(I actually meant to do this last week Tuesday. There you go.)

Happy listening!


So the local radio station has started playing their Christmas music 24/7, starting this morning and going all the way through Christmas.

Not sure how I feel about that. I mean, I like the music enough (especially the John Lennon song), but I think it would have been better if they’d waited until Friday, after Thanksgiving.

How much more ambivalent can you get?!?

Some questions

1. Why not me?
~ I dunno. Why not?

2. Am I nice?
~ I like to think so. Hopefully, I am.

3. Am I doing what I really want to do?
~ That depends. I am where I want to be, not necessarily doing what I want to do per se, but getting there. It’ll still take time, but I think I’m prepared to have to wait.

4. What am I grateful for?
~ My family, my boyfriend, my writing, my job, my pets. My life, basically.

5. What’s missing in my life?
~ Time to write, to a degree. I know, I just have to sit down and do it, but I really do not have the time sometimes.

6. Am I honest?
~ You betcha. I haven’t told a lie since third grade.

7. Do I listen to others?
~ Yes.

8. Do I work hard?
~ Yes.

9. Do I help others?
~ I try to.

10. What do I need to change about myself?
~ I wish I weren’t so shy and quiet, but it’s the only way I know how to be.

11. Have I hurt others?
~ Hopefully not. At least not intentionally.

12. Do I complain?
~ Sometimes, because sometimes it ends up for the better.

13. What’s next for me?
~ Ask me tomorrow.

14. Do I have fun?
~ I try to.

15. Have I seized opportunities?
~ Difficult to say. I tend to stick with what’s safe, but lately I’ve been jumping all over particular opportunities.

16. Do I care about others?
~ Very much so.

17. Do I spend enough time with my family?
~ Yes. I live with Mom, Older Sister, and Youngest Brother.

18. Am I open-minded?
~ Yes. Always have been.

19. Have I seen enough of the world?
~ In the broad scheme of things, yes, but there’s always more to see, and to see again. :) Country-wise, I’ve been to Europe once before, and I’ve visited several states and cities in the US.

20. Do I judge others?
~ I try not to, but I’m sure I do in some respects. Let me put it this way – I don’t really think about it.

21. Do I take risks?
~ Like I said, I tend to stick with what’s safe, so no, not really.

22. What is my purpose?
~ 42. tee hee. That’s everyone’s purpose. Seriously, though, I have thought about it, and I still don’t really know.

23. What is my biggest fear?
~ Bees.

24. How can I conquer that fear?
~ Um, I don’t know. I daren’t. I won’t.

25. Do I thank people enough?
~ I hope so.

26. Am I successful?
~ Yes. Never used to think so, but yes, I am.

27. What am I ashamed of?
~ Being bullied, and letting it happen.

28. Do I annoy others?
~ I’m sure I do sometimes, being I am so quiet and non-talkative. I’m working on that, though.

29. What are my dreams?
~ To be an author, to be a mother, to maybe be a wife, to travel, to be a singer and songwriter.

30. Am I positive?
~ Yes.

31. Am I negative?
~ Yes.

32. Is there an afterlife?
~ There’d better be, because I hope to see certain people there, happier than they’ve ever been.

33. Does everything happen for a reason?
~ Perhaps. I’m more inclined to take the bull by the horns these days and make good things happen for myself.

34. What can I do to change the world?
~ Share my story. Speak up and speak out about mental illness.

35. What is the most foolish thing I’ve ever done?
~ Indian dancing at a wedding. Supposedly – I don’t remember doing this, but everyone else does.

36. Am I cheap?
~ I like to think I am frugal, not necessarily cheap.

37. Am I greedy?
~ I like to think I am not, though I’m sure in some ways I am.

38. Who do I love?
~ My family, my boyfriend, my pets, life.

39. Who do I want to meet?
~ I don’t know. There are a lot of people, both famous and non-famous, that I would like to meet.

40. Where do I want to go?
~ Everywhere.

41. What am I most proud of?
~ Putting The Book together for family and friends. And that’s just this year!

42. Do I care what others think about me?
~ I used to, back when I was younger, but not so much anymore. I’m sure people think I am quiet.

43. What are my talents?
~ Observation, writing, quietude.

44. Do I utilize those talents?
~ Yes.

45. What makes me happy?
~ Everything in life nowadays.

46. What makes me sad?
~ That’s touchy. Anything can make me sad, even happy things. It’s complicated, yet par for the course with depression.

47. What makes me angry?
~ Intolerance, hypocrisy, lying.

48. Am I satisfied with my appearance?
~ Yes, and it took me a long time to be able to say that.

49. Am I healthy?
~ Yes. In fact, if I drop below a certain weight level, I’ll get sick. So, yes, I am healthy.

50. What was the toughest time in my life?
~ Adolescence. Like it is for everyone.

51. What was the easiest time in my life?
~ Childhood. No, it really was. Nothing was expected of me, really, and I didn’t expect anything in return. Just to run and jump and have fun. Yeah.

52. Am I selfish?
~ I like to think I am not, but I probably am in regards to particular things.

53. What was the craziest thing I did?
~ Hasn’t really happened yet.

54. What is the craziest thing I want to do?
~ A polar bear plunge. Don’t know why – I just thought it’d be cool to try once.

55. Do I procrastinate?
~ Ask me tomorrow. tee hee. Sure I do. Not all the time, though.

56. What is my greatest regret?
~ Not holding someone’s hand when I had the chance. Another story for another time. (I know, I keep saying that, and I really should tell you. All in due time.)

57. What has had the greatest impact on my life?
~ A particular January morning when I was seventeen.

58. Who has had the greatest impact on my life?
~ Everyone I know or have known. I don’t forget people or what they taught me.

59. Do I stand up for myself?
~ Hardly. Though I have gotten better.

60. Have I settled for mediocrity?
~ That depends on what you consider mediocre, I guess. In my opinion, life is quite grand at the moment.

61. Do I hold grudges?
~ No. Never have.

62. Do I read enough?
~ No, but I’m working on changing that, now that I have an hour for lunch at work.

63. Do I listen to my heart?
~ Yes.

64. Do I donate enough to the less fortunate?
~ No. I wish I could change that.

65. Do I pray only when I want something?
~ No. Sometimes I just talk to air as though God is there listening to me.

66. Do I constantly dwell on the past?
~ Not constantly (anymore), but I do think about it at times.

67. Do I let other people’s negativity affect me?
~ Sometimes. I’m getting better about deflecting it.

68. Do I forgive myself?
~ Hard to say. Depends on what I did.

69. When I help someone, do I think “What’s in it for me”?
~ No.

70. Am I aware that someone always has it worse than me?
~ Very much so.

71. Do I smile more than I frown?
~ It’s about half and half nowadays, none more than the other.

72. Do I surround myself with good people?
~ Right now, yes.

73. Do I take time out for myself?
~ Not really. I feel bad when I do.

74. Do I ask enough questions?
~ Yes. At least, I hope I do. I’m getting better at it.

75. What other questions do I have?
~ “If time flies, why can’t people?” There. Ooh, and “How could it be ‘too big’ to be a space station?”

Friday Overheard Yet Read Funny

First of all, for the record, bacon jalapeno corn muffins – not a good idea. What’s the deal, cafeteria?!? It was surprisingly dense for a corn muffin. I maybe tried two bites of it before I threw it away, sorry. Tasted even worse because I thought mayo would go good with it. Ew! I mean, I guess there are some people that get food satisfaction from such a combination. Not me. Regular corn muffins (with butter) will do just fine, thank you.

Second, we’ve had quite the situation at home. Bo somehow got fleas! We’re still trying to figure that out! The general consensus is someone must have tracked something inside somehow. So it’s been clean city at the house, vacuuming and spraying and bathing and wiping down. We got a flea comb and we comb all five kitties twice a day, which is an adventure in and of itself (Nuala). The only cat who lucked out was Teag – we found nothing on Teag, not even flea dirt. Bo, Finn, Nuala, and Camille all had fleas, though not a lot, maybe one or two each. Must be something about Teag that the fleas don’t like. And of course, Jasper is clean, too; these are cat fleas, not dog fleas, so he’s in the clear.

Sheesh! Well, that’s the perils and pitfalls of owning cats.

Third, here’s the Friday Funny. One of my Facebook friends likes ‘The Best of Tumblr,’ and I’m pretty sure this is where I saw this, on her newsfeed. This isn’t verbatim, it’s paraphrased, but you’ll get the idea:

Overheard in Target: “My son loves that ‘Big Hero Six’ movie, but I’ve had a hard time finding the first five movies….”

tee hee. When you get it.


In other news, we’re in for the first major winter storm of the season. And the snow total keeps going up. Used to be 4 to 6 inches – now it’s 6 to 10 inches. And we’re in for cold temperatures and gusty winds.

Brilliant! And I mean that. I’ve missed snow.

Welcome to winter in Iowa!

Happy Friday!

A wild and crazy questionnaire

I forget where I found this, but thought it too good and witty to pass up. I’ll give it a try, and try to be silly with it.

If we say we are here to help others, what are the others here for?
~ Um….to receive the help? Or to help as well?

How can you be “all ears” to something when you only have two? You should be “both ears”!
~ tee hee. Funny! That’s true! I have nothing to add.

How can you “lend” someone a helping hand when you can’t take it out?
~ Unless you’re Captain Hook, or someone with a prosthetic. Sorry, but it’s true.

Does one of your socks have a hole in it?
~ Some of them do, yes. If you think about it, everyone has holes in their socks – how else do they get them on their feet?

Why do people ask “Going up?” even when they see you are standing at level 0 waiting for the elevator?
~ Because hell is beneath us all. Maybe they think you have a ticket to hell or something?

If a bus stops at a bus station, does your work stop at a workstation?
~ I know mine does!

If it is illegal to drink and drive, why do bars have parking lots?
~ So people can park there, get slobbering drunk, call for a cab, go home, sleep it off, and return when they’re sober to pick their car up. Isn’t that how it works?

If man evolved from monkeys and apes, how do monkeys and apes still exist?
~ They do! They’re called Donald Trump.

What treatment would you seek if you were addicted to therapy?
~ Hmm. Good question. I honestly don’t know.

If the universe it everything, and scientists say the universe is expanding, what do you think it is expanding into?
~ Vastness. The universe is everything because it is vast. It can only go outward and upward. Dunno, really. That’s something to think about.

Why are boxing rings square-shaped?
~ I’ve often wondered that myself…. Well, if the ring were circular, how else would the announcer be able to famously say “In this corner….”?

What’s wrong in saying there’s nothing wrong with going wrong once in a while but it’s very wrong to go wrong always? And how many times did I say ‘wrong’?
~ I understand the question. What’s the problem with saying it’s okay to mess up once in a while but it’s not okay to mess up all the time? Luck of the draw with some, I guess. And you said ‘wrong’ about six times there.

What to do if an endangered animal eats endangered plants?
~ That’s the cycle of life, I guess.

If you were a geometric shape, what would you like to be?
~ A circle.

If you were of the opposite sex, who would you be like?
~ My Youngest Brother. He’s just like me, only male.

If ‘pro’ is the opposite of ‘con,’ is ‘progress’ the opposite of ‘congress’?
~ And that is exactly what is wrong with our country today. (Only the other way around – Congress is the opposite of progress.)

Don’t you think the term ‘free gift’ is a redundant use of words?
~ Never really thought about it. It is pretty redundant, isn’t it?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
~ I’d say morality comes from morals, but the way the politicians go, you could make a case for morons.

Would you believe in a liar who admits he is one?
~ Ah, but how do you know he isn’t lying about that as well?

If you are to take a picture of cheese, what do you think it would say?
~ I dunno. “Flash”?

Have you been to jail?
~ No.

Someone accidentally steps on your foot, then asks “Did that hurt”? Why?
~ Well, with me, sometimes it just startles me more than it hurts. I don’t know why they would ask that.

Do you twist your tongue while saying a tongue twister?
~ Not literally, no. But it does screw with it. (tee hee.)

Don’t you think the eyes must be jealous of the nose for not letting them see each other?
~ They can see each other just fine in the mirror.

What’s the need to ask “What are you doing here?” upon meeting at a movie theater?
~ Someone could be a worker at the concession stand instead of seeing a movie. Ever think about that?

If Iceland has ice, does Finland have fins?
~ Is Greenland green? Finland probably has fish in its waters so, sure, it has fins.

What’s the point in asking a waiter “Is that dish good?” What waiter would say it isn’t!
~ Sometimes you get honest waiters.

Aren’t the ears already outside? So why say “Keep an ear out”?
~ Hmm. Technically, I think the bulk of the ear is inside. These are only, um, fleshy protrusions that you see. All the actual hearing stuff is inside.

Why do people ask “Were you sleeping” upon waking you from sleep?
~ Well, some older folks will claim that they were just resting their eyes. Sometimes when I’m lying down, I’m not sleeping yet. I could be reading or just thinking.

How would you know if the dictionary has a wrongly spelled word?
~ I’d know. Grammar and spelling Nazi here.

Why do people preface something with “You know”? How would you know before they finish speaking?
~ Could be they are verbally phrasing something you are already thinking.

What if a wrong number is busy? You’d never know it’s wrong!
~ Actually, if the line is typically free and I get a busy signal, that’s when I clue in that perhaps I dialed a wrong number. Always double-check. I know, I’m stupid. You know what else really bothers me? People who don’t have their phone numbers memorized – and their excuse is “Well, I never call myself!” Ugh!

What would you call the fear of fears?
~ Pantophobia. Think Charlie Brown, folks! Pantophobia is the fear of everything, ergo, the fear of fears. To a degree.

What’s the point in saying “What are you saying?” when you know what’s being said?!?
~ Some people just require a little more clarity, I guess.

A TBT, and some fun questions

This photo is today’s Throwback Thursday post, and comes courtesy of an uncle.


I was either posing or else just waking up from a nap when this photo was taken. My boyfriend liked this photo a lot when he first saw it, so I’m sharing it with you today.

Just felt like sharing it.


Anyway, here are some questions I answered. Feel free to take them for your own use.

Why are you here today?
~ In the grand scheme of things, blame my parents. tee hee. Seriously, I dunno.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
~ A mouse. For obvious reasons.

If you were a cartoon, which one would you prefer being?
~ Daria.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
~ Suckling pig’s leg….or butt, depending on what you wanted to call it.

What’s the worst thing you did as a kid?
~ Sneaked into someone’s house. Another story for another time.

What do you do to have fun?
~ Write, read, hang out with Johnny, listen to music, watch movies, travel, swim, work out, walk, blog….

Have you ever been told you look like someone famous?
~ Nope.

What is that one ‘thing’ that makes you different?
~ Ehh, I dunno. Everyone is unique.

If you were the Miss World, what would your message to aspiring models be?
~ Seeing as how I won’t ever be Miss World, I got nothing to say.

If you were to name one piece of clothing that describes you, what would you say?
~ A soft, heather/charcoal gray hoodie sweater with long sleeves and a muff in the front to put your hands. *shrug* You asked.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
~ I’d trade the bus ride for a car ride any day. I really need to get my license!

If you wake up as (someone famous), what’s the first thing you would do?
~ What everyone does: pee. Duh! Seriously, though, I don’t know.

Name one funny trait you have that you would like others to know.
~ That I can be funny in the first place!

Which letter of the alphabet describes you best?
~ O. Because some people mistake it for zero, while others know it’s an O.

If you turn into your partner for a day, what would you do?
~ Dialysis nursing. Interesting.

What’s the funniest pick up line used on you?
~ “If I could lay out some cheese, I bet I could get a mouse to fall into my trap.” Yeah, creepy, initially, but funny in hindsight.

Share one truth and one lie about your personality, and let others guess which is what.
~ Yeah, that’s not going to work. You’d know straightaway which is what. Where’s the fun in that?

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you title it?
~ Poor Original.

Which body part would you choose to get a tattoo done?
~ Two. One on my left wrist, and one on my lower back.

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and why?
~ The one on my left wrist would be a semicolon, for Project Semicolon. The one on my lower back would be a barcode with the words “Poor Original” embedded within. And I would think it was funny.


Name one thing that’s impossible for anyone to do.
~ Dunno. Simultaneously patting one’s head and rubbing one’s tummy? (Admit it, you’re trying it right now.)

Tea or coffee?
~ Tea, thanks to Johnny.

Earth or Mars?
~ Earth.

Crayon or paintbrush?
~ Both. But I’m not artistic in that way.

Candy or ice cream?
~ Ice cream.

Famous Five or Secret Seven?
~ Huh? What? *Googles it* Ohhh, I see! I didn’t read either one, my apologies to Enid Blyton.

Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
~ Getting started on any chore.

What’s your pet peeve?
~ People standing/sitting right behind me and/or reading over my shoulder. It’s the writer in me.

Have you ever been in jail?
~ No.

Have you ever been drunk?
~ No.

Name one thing that drives you crazy.
~ Other drivers.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
~ My phone.

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
~ A writer, always and for truly. Otherwise a singer, an actress, or a meteorologist.

What’s your motto in life?
~ “Look down the road.” Thank you, Calvin and Hobbes.


Share a funny incident in your life.
~ Okay. Once, long ago, my aunt Ellen taught Older Sister and I a new word: “decapitate.” She demonstrated by pulling the head off of one of our dolls. We almost burst into tears, because we thought she had broken the doll, but she was quick to point out that “The head goes back on!” Then it was a game to us. We used to interrupt our parents’ friends by running into the room, screaming “Decapitate!” while pulling off a doll’s head, and then running out. See? We were warped children!

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?
~ As I am trying to declutter my living space, I couldn’t really say without getting anyone mad at me. (Psst, it’d be books.)

What’s the funniest prank ever played on you?
~ I got the old snakes in a can bit once, which was hardly funny; I was five, it scared me, and so I burst into tears afterward. Pranks were never played on me, but one of the more audacious pranks I’ve ever heard done was while the band was in Europe. Some kids sneaked out of their room(s) in the middle of the night and knocked on random doors. Considering the band director at the time, that prank was pretty funny.

What’s the naughtiest thing you have done in school?
~ Spoke out of turn.

If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? Or who would you like to exchange roles with?
~ I don’t know. Quoth the Bad Guy Affirmation from “Wreck-It Ralph”: “There’s no one I’d rather be than me.”

What’s the funniest daily horoscope you have read?
~ Oh, man! I can’t remember! I remember the most meaningful one, because I wrote it down. The funniest one had to do with existentialism, and I actually got the joke. Wish I could remember it.

What’s the silliest thing you have heard people say about you?
~ That I’m plain and peaceful. HA! I’m anything but, let me tell you.

Share one funniest, one silliest, and one wackiest status you have put up on social media.
~ One of my more recent statuses involved that Duran Duran song “Hungry Like the Wolf,” wherein I pondered the meaning of the line “Smell like I sound.” Yeah, I know, I’m stupid.

Would you rather be a giant rodent or a tiny elephant?
~ Contrary to my mousy personality, I would much rather be a diminutive elephant. I prefer being small and meek.