20 Questions

1. When you wash your hands, do you use the cold or hot tap (faucet)?
~ I use a combination of both, going for as lukewarm as possible. My hands get incredibly dry and chapped sometimes, and I try to minimize that by using water that’s not too hot or too cold.

2. If you had to be straight/gay for a day (whichever you’re currently not!), what celebrity would you most like to take on a date?
~ If I were gay for a day….I don’t know. No, I honestly don’t know.

3. What is the biggest injury you’ve ever sustained and how did you do it?
~ I haven’t had a ‘biggest injury.’ I have several scars that are stories worth telling – one on my wrist from putting my hand through a window, one on my tailbone from surgery from a pilonidal cyst, and one that looks like a circular band-aid grafted under my skin from a nuisance bug bite. Recently, I did something to my legs and ankles in running at work – perhaps I taxed myself too much?

4. What is the most unusual food you’ve ever eaten?
~ Crawfish. Sort of tasted like shrimp, only saltier.

5. What is the most unique animal you’ve ever touched?
~ A cow. Cows are so sweet and gentle. Nothing else exotic or unique.

6. What’s the most expensive gift you’ve ever bought for someone? How much did it cost and who was it for?
~ I don’t remember. And that’s being honest of me. I love buying people gifts, and price is usually no object. So.

7. Which 3 countries would you LEAST like to live in and why?
~ Iran, Iraq, and Syria, just because of all the war going on over there.

8. If you could make just ONE change to this world, what would it be and why?
~ That there would be no war. War is just horrible, and I would want it to come to an end. So.

9. If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in 3 additional languages, which would you choose?
~ French, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese.

10. Which would you rather out of these 3 options? A: Be good looking and extremely intelligent but so poor you live on the streets. B: Be extremely intelligent and a millionaire but what society classes as ugly. Or C: Be good looking and a millionaire but extremely academically challenged? Why?
~ I would rather be who I am right now, instead of whatever society deems acceptable or unacceptable. So D: None of the above.

11. What are the top 10 movies to make you cry? (Or at least make you sad!)
~ I can’t name ten, because I haven’t seen that many movies that make me cry. One movie guaranteed to make me cry is “Ever After.” I just love that movie. The only other movie I can think of is “Gods and Monsters,” because Ian McKellen was just so compelling in that movie.

12. What’s the scariest nightmare you’ve ever had? Describe it in detail.
~ It’s nothing too incredibly scary. When I was a child, I used to have nightmares about Balok, an alien from the original “Star Trek” series:

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He would be standing amidst miles tall and miles long rows of televisions that had that grainy black and white fuzz on them. Usually, though, those nightmares were a harbinger of my becoming physically ill, so make of that what you will.

13. Would you rather raise 25 children or have the chance of ever having children taken away? Why?
~ I would rather raise 25 children, because I don’t want to fail at being a mother. Hopefully one day, I’ll have the chance to be a mother. I couldn’t bear the thought of having a child taken away from me.

14. Would you rather go on a relaxing beach type holiday to the Caribbean, a cultural holiday to Japan or an adventure packed holiday to South Africa?
~ I’d rather take the cultural holiday in Japan. I like learning about other cultures.

15. If you went to a desert island for just 6 months but could only take one album with you, what would you take?
~ Ooo. Tough call. I couldn’t choose just one. Could I take an MP3 player with me instead, please oh please oh please? That way, I’d have a little of everything I like.

16. Put these in order of your favourite movie genre to least: Horror, action, thriller, adventure, superhero, romance, drama, comedy, musical and dance?
~ Drama, comedy, romance, musical, adventure, action, superhero, dance, thriller, horror

17. If you had to lose one of the 5 senses, which would you choose and why?
~ Hmm. I know I could never give up hearing, because I would die if I couldn’t hear music. Smell is very important as well, and I couldn’t do without touch. I guess it’d be sight, because I could always make stuff up in my head.

18. What have been the top 3 most brilliant days of this year? Describe them in as much or as little detail as you like.
~ The top three most brilliant days of this year? So far? Well, February 21, because of my audition. Gina’s wedding day, so January 17th. And every day spent with Johnny, which is more than 3, but they’ve all been wonderful, so.

19. What do you believe we as human beings take most for granted in this world?
~ Love.

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20. How many concerts have you been to in your life and which was your favourite? If you’ve not been to one, who would you most like to see?
~ I have never been to a concert before. I would love to see Neko Case live, or go back in time to see Queen live with Freddie Mercury.

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TGI….S

Thank Gosh It’s Saturday.

That means Friday, and my surgery, is over.

Yeah, it went all right. I worried and fretted for nothing, as I am wont to do. The worst part of it was getting the needlework beforehand – getting blood drawn, and getting the IV put into my hand. The last thing I remember was getting wheeled into the operating room, and the anesthesiologist saying there would be a burn in my IV as the medicine was injected in. Then I woke up in recovery. It barely took an hour. The surgery started at 8:30, I was awake in recovery by 9:45, and home by 11.

Pretty good.

Only now I’m tired and a bit sore. I prefer lying down or standing to sitting down, so I’m not going to say much, as I’m currently sitting at the computer. It’s uncomfortable sitting for long.

Anyway. That’s that.

What else has been going on, besides surgery?

Not much.

Inspired by my boyfriend, I got a wireless speaker that will sync up to my phone, and it plays music really well. It’s a round gray Logitech brand speaker. It’s pretty excellent. That way, in the future I’ll be able to listen to music in my car, because I doubt I’d be smart enough to know how to sync up my phone to my car speakers. This’ll work in place of that. So.

It’s cloudy and rainy out. It’s a good day to stay inside and do nothing. Except tomorrow, I’m going to start on the arduous task of cleaning my room. I’ll take it in corners. First is closet and clothing, then my library of books, then music and movies, and finally middle of the room, and yes, it will probably take me a month to clean my room. I’ll do it over the course of several weekends.

I have a busy weekend next weekend. Guitar lesson, voice recital, and baseball game next Saturday, and then more running around on Sunday (probably grocery shopping) and maybe hanging out with Johnny.

We were planning on going to visit relatives in Illinois over Mother’s Day weekend, but we’re not going to. We are instead going to keep to our original plan of visiting over Memorial Day weekend. So that’s coming up.

Might have a surprise for you tomorrow. Perhaps. Older Sister and I have to work on it some more, but perhaps. You’ll just have to wait and see. :)

Until then. I’ll try to do better next post.

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Adventures in….

….keeping anxiety under control! Well, for the most part. Johnny helped me to pinpoint that I have a sort of performance anxiety, as well as social anxiety and general anxiety. But in all of these stories, anxiety has played a role. So. Make of that what you will.

DRIVING:
My first driver’s ed class was on Monday, February 16th. I didn’t have much hope for the class. Now, don’t get me wrong – I had high hopes of learning important information, which I did, plus experiencing a very poignant flashback (another story for another time). It’s just….I had to survive being the lone adult weed amongst all the teenage buds, because everyone else enrolled in the class was 17 years old or younger. I haven’t forgotten the pitfalls and perils of knowing teenagers; I was once one myself, but not so, if that makes any sense. Most of the kids in the driver’s ed class were on their best behavior and hopefully learned as much as I did. But there were two boys who were obnoxious as hell and would not shut up to save their lives. Every class they were absolute disruptions. My final classroom session was April 1st, and while I wish all the kids good luck in their driving endeavors, I also say “Good riddance” to them. But on the bright side, there was a whole week in March where we didn’t have class. Why? Because of spring break. Go figure.

Now, actually physically driving was a whole different story. Before three of my six behind-the-wheel sessions I was in tears, because I was just so afraid to do it. But once I finally explained my anxiety issues to the instructor (at Drive 5 of 6), wouldn’t you know, the anxiety abated. Again, go figure.

Aside from being the nervous wreck, I did all right in the end. I maintain excellent speed and lane position, and my turns are getting better and better. I can parallel park pretty good, and I found I prefer highway/interstate driving to city driving (there doesn’t seem to be as much traffic on the highway as there is in city driving). I got yelled at only once during the course of driving lessons, when I baulked at a particular left turn, but it was my fault – I had plenty of time to make the turn, and I just didn’t. April 12th was my final driving lesson, ergo my final exam, and I passed it! Now all that’s left for me to do is practice some more, and then I can see about getting my driver’s license, hopefully by early summer.

RUNNING:
I had signed up for a training program at work called Couch to 5K. It’s a nine-week program designed to help beginning runners train for and complete their first 5K. The first class met March 17th, and every Tuesday thereafter. I really enjoyed it. Well, I do like to run, and I especially loved being outside during the work day. And pushing myself to do just that little bit more and not stop running before the minute or three minutes was up. It was really freeing, and I felt loads better after every run.

Now, I know you’re probably all doing the math, and saying, “But Mouse – it’s just been a little over one month; four, five weeks into the class. What gives?” Well, I enjoyed it while it lasted. I don’t know what happened, but the pain started in my left Achilles heel, and then both of my legs just seized up and felt like the muscles would snap at a moment’s notice. It hurt to walk and stretch, and it still hurts a bit as I type this. In fact, this past week, my ankles swelled as the day went on and I had to ice them at night. I think the pace of the class was just a tad too fast for me. So I dropped out of the program. Drat me! I will try it again next year when it is offered. In the meantime, I will continue to train in running once my legs heal, and after an impending surgical procedure is completed and healed (more on that later).

WRITING:
Oh, the life of a writer. Creative writing has stagnated, to a degree. I’ve got a couple ideas I’m working on but haven’t really written anything down for. They’re still developing in my head. But on the bright side, eventually I plan on going back to school for a degree in English and/or creative writing. That may be a couple years down the road yet, but it is still possible. No, I want it to be possible. Let me get a couple things paid off, and let me get driving on a regular basis, then I’ll see how it goes.

I should take this moment to mention This Is My Brave, which is going to be in about one month. I’ve been working on editing my piece for that, to try to get it under a five-minute read-aloud piece. I think I’ve got it down. I’ll keep you posted.

WORKING:
Work is the same old. Some days are busier than others, which suits me fine. I love being busy. The team I work with is a superb group of ladies. It’s been a great job, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

FAMILY:
To quote Anna and Elsa: “I like the open gates.” “We are never closing them again.” Gina and I have been talking frequently since her wedding. I am so glad for that. I missed talking with her. She’s got great wit and clarity, and it helps talking to her.

On the flip side, *SIGH*. We’re not without drama. Let me just say that my immediate family – Mom, Dad, Older Sister, Younger Brother, and Youngest Brother – are all doing fine. It’s a contingent of relatives on one particular side of the family causing all the tension. Sadly, for us, we’ve found we no longer really give a hoot anymore. I mean, we do care, because we love our relatives dearly, but it has become increasingly clear that, for whatever reason, they no longer love us back. We have one more card up our collective sleeve that we’ll play shortly, but if that is rejected, I suppose we would be considered estranged from one another. I wish it wouldn’t come to that, but we’re going to do what we’re going to do.

DATING:
Johnny and I have had one spat, and one spat only, about communication, which was totally my fault. I think we have worked things out, though, because we’re still together, and we’re still going strong. I will see him tomorrow. I’ve really enjoyed every moment we’ve spent together, because it’s all been totally new to me. And I’ve been happier in a relationship than I ever was single. That’s a good thing. Sorry I don’t say more about it. I’d have to ask permission first, to see what would be proper to talk to you about. Just know that it is going well.

HEALTH:
I had my yearly physical done and, aside from cholesterol being slightly elevated, I am in good health. Except for one teensy little thing, and this’ll probably be TMI, but I’m going to say it anyway – I’d never had a pap smear done before. Circumstances being what they are now, I thought it was high time to get one done. I knew it would probably be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but I wanted to just get it done and over with. You know?

Dr. A couldn’t do it. She tried, but it hurt me too much. So Dr. A referred me to an OBGYN, saying that an OBGYN would have more methods and, at the very least, pain-killing medicine to get the job done.

The OBGYN couldn’t do it, either!

It couldn’t be done because, well, and this’ll also be TMI, but I have a tight ring of tissue (the hymen) hindering any possible examination. Yup, the hymen of doom, as one picture put it. Well, I am still a virgin, after all. So that surgical procedure I mentioned above is actually called a hymenectomy. The hymen will be cut and recessed back, making it not only possible to get a pap smear done without any pain, but for less painful intercourse as well. I am having the procedure done this coming Friday (the 24th), and I’ve been told I should be back to work the following Monday, which is good. It will take a month for the incision and recessed tissue to heal and then I will have a follow-up appointment wherein an initial pap smear will be done, and then I should be good to go.

WHEW, huh?!?

You might have noticed I made a major change to this blog as well. I deleted my ‘Media List’ pages. Yeah, because it was difficult to keep them updated, plus I just had that ‘Mouse, nobody really cares’ thought, and it probably was pretty self-centered of me to have them.

So what’s on tap for me this week? Same old – work, sleep, eat, play guitar, practice singing. Tomorrow, I will begin the long purge of my room (because it will take me a while to clean my room), and I will also see Johnny.

Overall, life is good.

Now that I have driving lessons over and done with, I hope to have a little more time to spend here on the blog. So I will try to post more often than just once a month! And I’ll try to do better the next post.

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Yes, I’m still here

Okay, so it’s been about two weeks since I posted last.  I apologize for that.  I’ve been incredibly busy, and the blog just took a back seat.  I will do my best to post more often.

So, what’s been going on?

First of all, I am almost done with drivers ed class; the last classroom is April 1st.  As for driving lessons, I have three left, and they are going really well.  This past Sunday saw me taking to the highway for the first time.  I loved highway driving!  There wasn’t as much pressure as there is with city driving.  As a bonus, I didn’t have a major anxiety attack beforehand.  I am practicing driving, and they’re right – it gets better with practice.  So I am looking forward to getting my license perhaps by late spring or early summer….and perhaps my first car.

Wow.  I’ve come a long way.

Work is going good, too.  I have started a training program at work called Couch to 5K.  It is exactly what it sounds like – it is a program for beginner runners to work their way up to running a 5K.  It’s a nine-week program.  This past Tuesday was Week 2.  I like running, and it’s going to be a good class.  We have two days worth of homework in addition to the class.  Older Sister is my homework buddy, so we run together every Thursday and Sunday.  I feel better when I’m done running.  I’ll keep at it.

I have a voice recital coming up in May.  I’ll be singing “On My Own” from “Les Miserables.”  I’m really working on it, so.

In guitar lessons, I’m working on that Duncan Sheik song “Barely Breathing.”  It’s been really fun.

I’m off work today, because I had an oddly timed dental appointment to get a permanent crown affixed. 

My boyfriend comes home on Saturday.  He’s been in California visiting his family since last week Wednesday.  I get to pick him up at the airport on Saturday (along with my mom to drive, of course).  I am counting the days.  Can’t wait!  I really like Johnny, very much.

I had a doctor appointment on Monday, just for the yearly physical and blood draw to check cholesterol.  I am healthy.  That’s all you need to know.

This Is My Brave happens in May.  There are a couple rehearsals coming up, which I will attend.  I have some more editing to do on my piece, to get it to under 5 minutes, but it will be done.  I can’t wait to tell my story.

So, that’s been life lately.  Running and driving and working and boyfriend and….life. 

Yeah.  It’s all good.  :)

I’ll try to stay in touch more.

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Hmm….

So I found this particular quote in a packet of gum. Yeah, I know.

But it was compelling, so I kept it.

But I’m wondering why.

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Yes, I get it. I do understand.

But nobody’s perfect.

So what does this quote really mean?

I’m probably just missing the point. As usual.

Anyone care to enlighten me?

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Two more questionnaires

Because I don’t want to go to sleep just yet, and I wanted to post something, so here it is. They’re both short, and I liked doing them, so.

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QUESTIONNAIRE NO. 1:

Was your last real relationship a mistake?
~ I have only been in one real relationship, and that’s the one I’m currently in, and it is definitely NOT a mistake.

Who did you last say “I love you” to?
~ My mom.

Do you regret it?
~ Hell no. She’s my mother.

Have you ever been depressed?
~ I am depressed, yes. I’ve always been depressed.

Are you a boy or girl?
~ I am a girl.

What is your relationship status?
~ I am in a relationship with a great guy.

How do you want to die?
~ I don’t really want to think about that right this moment, thankyouverymuch.

What did you last eat?
~ Mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Played any sports?
~ Yes. When I was little, I played teeball and soccer. I love volleyball, biking, walking, and swimming. And hopefully running soon, because I signed up for a training class at work that involves running.

Do you bite your nails?
~ Not anymore. In fact, you’d never know I used to bite them.

When was your last physical fight?
~ Years and years ago, back when I was in elementary school. I was trying to get a bully away from me, and hit the kid.

Do you have an attitude?
~ Sure. Everyone does. Although I like to think my attitude has mellowed with age.

Do you like someone?
~ Yes, my boyfriend Johnny.

What is your real name?
~ Mousenomia Tadpole. But just wait for it.

Are you gonna get high later?
~ On drugs? No. On life? Yes.

Do you hate anyone at the moment?
~ Nope, not at the moment.

Do you miss someone?
~ Yes, my Younger Brother and my Dad.

Twirl or cut your spaghetti?
~ When I was little, I had to cut my spaghetti, because I didn’t know how to twirl it. Nowadays, I twirl it. I don’t even remember how and when I learned to do so.

Do you tan a lot?
~ Not anymore. I used to as a child. Now I just burn, and I burn easily.

Have any pets?
~ I have a cat named Nuala and a parakeet named Little Blue. My Older Sister has three pets, a dog named Jasper and two cats named Camille and Teag, and they are just as much the family’s pets as they are Older Sister’s.

How exactly are you feeling?
~ Tired but happy.

Ever eaten food in a car while someone or yourself is driving?
~ I have only eaten food in a car when someone else is driving. I don’t think I could multitask like that at this stage in my driving development.

Ever made out in the bathroom?
~ No. I don’t think that would be hygenic, do you?

Would you take any of your exes back?
~ That would require having any exes first.

Are you scared of spiders?
~ Yes. I am such a girl!

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?
~ That depends on what time period it would be, because I’m assuming I’d only get one chance.

Do you regret anything from your past?
~ Yes. One is not having a closer relationship with my cousin Gina. The other is not holding someone’s hand when I had the chance; that’s another story for another time.

What are your plans for this weekend?
~ My guitar lesson, my driving lesson, and hanging out with Johnny. And perhaps taking a walk or a bike ride, depending on the weather. But it should be nice, so a walk or bike ride is a possibility.

Do you want to have kids?
~ Yes, absolutely.

Did you ever kiss someone whose name starts with an M?
~ Yes, my Mom.

Do you type fast?
~ Yes. Last time I was tested, it was about 90 words per minute.

Do you have piercings? How many?
~ I have two piercings in each ear.

Want any more?
~ I’ve thought about getting my ears pierced a third time – that way, I could wear studs, silver half-hoops, and a main pair of earrings all at once. But I had some problems with the second piercing, so I think I’ll hold off on that.

Can you spell well?
~ Yes, ever since elementary school. I love words.

Do you miss anyone from your past?
~ Sort of. I wish I hadn’t lost touch with my friends Cora and Serena. But that’s about it.

What are you craving right now?
~ Thin mint cookies.

Ever been to a bonfire party?
~ Yes. My aunt Ellen used to host Halloween parties, and bonfires played a part. I love bonfires.

Have you ever been on a horse?
~ Yes. Its name was Rattles, and it was an ornery beast, let me tell you.

Kissed someone in a pick up truck?
~ No.

Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
~ No. At least, I hope not.

Have you ever been cheated on?
~ No.

Have you made a boyfriend/girlfriend cry?
~ No. Not a boyfriend, anyway….at least, I hope not. A girl friend, yes.

Would you live with someone without marrying them?
~ Yes.

What should you be doing?
~ Sleeping.

What’s irritating you right now?
~ I itch for some reason, on my arms, and I can’t figure out why.

Have you ever liked someone so much that it hurts?
~ Yes.

Does somebody love you?
~ Well, my family does, unconditionally. As to anyone outside my family, well, I don’t want to be a spokesperson for anyone else’s feelings, so.

What is your favorite colour?
~ Blue.

Have you ever changed clothes in a vehicle?
~ Yes, when we were on a family trip to Colorado. I was soaking wet from a dip in the Colorado River, and I needed to change clothes. The only place I could do that in private was in a parked vehicle, so.

Do you have trust issues?
~ Hard to say. I think I’m too trusting, but it takes a while for me to trust someone, if that makes any sense at all.

Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
~ Yes. If I think about it, I always have.

Do you believe your most recent ex thinks about you?
~ That would require having an ex, so no.

Who was the last person you cried in front of?
~ My driving instructor. I had another anxiety attack before driving this morning.

Do you give out second chances too easily?
~ I don’t think so. I give them out just enough.

Is it easier to forgive or forget?
~ You forgive so you can forget sometimes. But it’s just better to forgive.

Is this year the best year of your life?
~ It is shaping up to be. But don’t jinx it, please.

What was your childhood nickname?
~ I can’t tell you that, because the future depends on it.

Have you ever walked outside completely naked?
~ No. I wouldn’t, either.

Do you believe everything happens for a reason?
~ To an extent, yes.

What is the last thing you did before you went to bed last night?
~ Turned off the light.

What is bothering you?
~ Nothing major, really. I’ve got a bit of a headache, but that’ll go away when I go to sleep. I have a particular train of thought that’s bothering me, but I don’t wish to discuss that on the blog just yet.

Have you ever been out of your province?
~ You mean out of my state of residence? Sure, many times.

Do you play the Wii?
~ No.

Are you listening to music right now?
~ Not currently. It’s almost bedtime.

Do you like Chinese food?
~ Yes.

Do you know your fathers b-day?
~ Yes. It’s in July. And I do know the exact date, but I won’t reveal that here.

Are you afraid of the dark?
~ I used to be, but not anymore.

Is cheating ever okay?
~ No.

Are you mean?
~ I hope not.

Can you keep white shoes clean?
~ Nope. Believe me, I’ve tried.

Do you believe in true love?
~ Yes.

Do you like the outside?
~ Yes. Except for when bees are around. Then, I hightail it back inside.

Are you currently bored?
~ A little.

Do you wanna get married?
~ Perhaps, if it’s the right person. I dunno – I’m sort of torn. I’d guess I’d like to marry, but my parents are divorced and I’m just afraid of making similar missteps. Nothing against my parents or anything. It’s just me.

Is it cute when a boy/girl calls you baby?
~ Yeah, I think so. I mean, I have been called that, so, yeah.

Are you hungry?
~ Currently? A little.

Have you ever made out for more than a half hour straight?
~ Um….well….

What makes you happy?
~ My family, my pets, my boyfriend, writing a good story or poem, listening to a good song, a sunny day, a rainy day, a snowy day, this list could go on and on, but I’ll quit there.

Would you change your name?
~ Perhaps. I’ve always like the name Sarah.

Ever been to Alaska?
~ No.

Do you watch the news?
~ I try to every night. It’s routine.

What’s your zodiac sign?
~ Capricorn.

Do you like Subway?
~ Yes.

Would it be hard to kiss the last person you kissed?
~ No.

Your best friend of the opposite sex likes you. What do you do?
~ I don’t really know. I mean, I’m in a relationship with my best friend of the opposite sex, so I don’t really know. And it wasn’t an awkward transition at all.

Do you talk like your friends?
~ No. Sometimes, I don’t talk at all.

Have you ever seen someone you knew & purposely avoided them?
~ Yes. Sorry. It’s an anxiety thing with me. If I’m in the store, and I see someone I know, I will avoid them, because it feels weird to see them, and because I’m currently focused on my shopping, I will feel like my routine is broken if I stop and talk to them. I know that sounds weird, but I’ve always been that way. Like, I’ve seen Doris (my boss’ boss) at Wal-Mart before, and that was just awkward to me.

Do you have a friend of the opposite sex who you can act your complete self around?
~ Yes, my boyfriend Johnny.

Who was the last person of the opposite sex you talked to?
~ Johnny.

Does it matter if your boyfriend/girlfriend smokes?
~ Yes. I would not like it.

Who’s the last person you had a deep conversation with?
~ Johnny.

Favourite lyrics right now?
~ I can’t remember what they were, but it was a repeated phrase, and it was really cool.

Can you count to one million?
~ One, two, skip a few, nine hundred ninety-nine thousand nine hundred ninety-nine, one million. There. I just did.

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QUESTIONNAIRE NO. 2:

Is it easy for someone to make you smile?
~ Yes. But it’s difficult for me to make someone smile. I wish I was more witty.

Tell me why you like the last song you listened to?
~ That was “Summerlong” by Kathleen Edwards. It’s so plaintive and lovely a song.

What color are your eyes?
~ Brown.

Where was the last place you fell asleep other than your bed?
~ Um….well….

How many people of the opposite sex do you fully trust?
~ My boyfriend, my father, my grandfathers, my brothers, my uncles, my male cousins, Doctor, Dr. S Version 2.0. That’s quite a few.

What would your name be without the first three letters?
~ Se. That’s “Mouse” without the “mou.”

Last thing you touched not computer-related?
~ My light switch.

What colors are you wearing right now?
~ Grey and black, for the most part. And white socks.

You currently in a fight with someone?
~ Nope.

Have you ever stood up for someone you hardly knew?
~ No. I am guilty of keeping silent when I should have spoken up, on many occasions.

Do you have an older brother?
~ No.

Have you ever laughed so hard you cried?
~ Yes, but that was a long time ago. I can’t even remember what it was about, but I know relatives were involved.

Do you look at the keyboard when you type?
~ No.

What are you listening to right now?
~ My sister is watching “New Girl” in her room next door. And the keyboard clattering as I type this.

Do you laugh a lot?
~ Nowadays, yes.

Are you ticklish?
~ Probably. It’s been a long time since I’ve been tickled. I think everyone is ticklish, in their own way.

What always makes you feel better when you’re upset?
~ Writing, music, my family, my boyfriend, taking a walk, sleeping if I’m really upset.

Have you ever been on a boat?
~ Yes. And I wish it had been more memorable than I made it out to be, because it was a boat cruise on the Rhine River in Germany.

Last person you gave a hug to?
~ My mom.

Tell me about the shirt/shirts you’re wearing?
~ It’s grey and black, soft, and it’s “Despicable Me” related, as it has a picture of one of the Minions on it, and he’s waving, and the word “GEEK” is above his head in collegiate style lettering. Pretty cool, because I am a geek for the most part.

When you are home alone, do you still close the door when you shower?
~ Yes. Call it a habit.

Do you have plans for today?
~ Not anymore for today, other than sleep. Tomorrow I’ll go to work, then come home, and then go right to driving class.

When is the last time you took a nap?
~ Egad! I can’t remember! December sometime, I think. I wasn’t feeling well one particular weekend, so I napped a lot that weekend and felt better by Monday. So.

What was on your mind most today?
~ Johnny. I know that’s a who, but he was on my mind the most.

Do you talk about your feelings or hide them?
~ When I was younger, I was almost forced to hide them, because no one wanted to be bothered with me. These days, I try to be more open about my feelings, because keeping them inside hurts more.

What instant messaging service do you use?
~ Um. Whatever text messaging service is on my phone? I don’t have an IM of any sort on the computer.

How long does it take for you to fall asleep at night?
~ Between 15 and 20 minutes, depending.

Do you have any siblings? Do you get along?
~ I have three siblings, Older Sister and my two younger Brothers. Yes, we get along.

What are you drinking?
~ Nothing at the moment.

Honestly, if you could go back 8 months and change something, would you?
~ Yes. I’d go back to September and try to head off my depressed streak before it even happened. (That’s almost 8 months, cut me some slack.)

Do you know what you’re wearing tomorrow?
~ Yes. Clothes. As to what specific clothes, I will determine that in the morning.

Do you know anyone who smokes weed?
~ No.

I best head to sleep now, because I have to go to work tomorrow.

Good night!

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50 Obscure Questions

So. Having fun with questionnaires, again. I found this somewhere, can’t remember where, and felt like filling it in.

Don’t worry. I will have more posts of substance in the future. :)

1: What eye color do you find sexiest?
~ Blue. But I appreciate brown much more now. *blushing*

2: White, milk, or dark chocolate mocha?
~ Milk chocolate. But not as a mocha – I don’t drink coffee.

3: If you could get a Sharpie tattoo on your back, what would it be?
~ On my lower back, I’d get a barcode design with the words “Poor Original” embedded within. Bonus points if you could actually scan the barcode. tee hee.

4: Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?
~ I grew up in a small town in central Illinois. Yes, I liked it. Often times I’ve wondered what would have happened if we had never moved from there….

5: Your favorite adult as a child (and not your parents, if they were your favorite)?
~ My uncle Thomas.

6: What kind of smoothie sounds really good right now?
~ A mint breeze smoothie from a local cafe.

7: Most embarrassing moment from your elementary school years?
~ Well, being bullied. That was all-encompassing embarrassing.

8: Most embarrassing moment from your middle school years?
~ Ooh, I know. That whole “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” unit in gym class. As in Richard Simmons’ “Sweatin’ to the Oldies.” And we had to do it in the hallway, because the gym was being renovated (if I remember correctly), so anyone walking through the halls saw the class doing it. Totally embarrassing. No offense meant to Richard Simmons, but I’ve always been vaguely embarrassed by him anyway, and I have no idea why.

9: Most embarrassing moment from your high school years?
~ When the bullies read my journal, claiming they thought it was my school notebook because “You’re always writing in it!” Well, yeah, but it’s personal, not for your eyes. You know? I almost died of embarrassment and anger that day.

10: Pirates or ninjas? Why?
~ Pirates. Just because. I really liked the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.

11: Have you ever climbed a tree more than twenty feet off the ground?
~ Yup, back when I was little. I would climb higher than that, I think. I liked swaying with the breeze in the branches and the leaves.

12: Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing set?
~ I loved to swing. Yes, I still love swinging, but I don’t do it, because I weigh too much.

13: If you could have any pet in the world, illegal or not, what would you get?
~ Just a little grey rabbit. Or else a ferret.

14: What’s your most favorite part of your body?
~ My hands, I guess. I don’t know. I don’t think like that.

15: What’s your most favorite part of your personality?
~ That it’s unconventional.

16: Madonna or Lady Gaga? Neither? Both? Who cares?
~ Who cares?

17: Have you ever watched the Super Bowl all the way through?
~ Years ago, when the boys and Dad were really into sports. I think the last Super Bowl we really watched, the Packers won.

18: Have you ever watched any major sporting event drunk?
~ Nope. I have not ever drunk and will not ever drink alcohol.

19: What’s the most delicious food you’ve ever eaten in your life?
~ Ricotta pancakes. Only problem is, they are super rich, and you can’t eat any more than you’re served. Sometimes, I can’t even eat the whole serving.

20: Margarine or butter? Which did you grow up with?
~ Margarine, I think. We tended to use margarine for bread and butter, and real butter for cooking purposes. So I grew up with both.

21: Whole, skim, 1%, or 2% milk? (Did you know they make 1 1/2% milk?)
~ Either 1% or skim milk. No, I did not know they made 1.5% milk. Hmm.

22: Which continents have you been on?
~ Europe and the United States.

23: Do you get motion sickness? Any horror stories?
~ No, though I once took Dramamine before a flight as a precaution.

24: Backpacks or satchels?
~ Backpacks.

25: Would you wear a rainbow jacket? A neon yellow sweater? Checkered pants?
~ I would wear the jacket or the sweater. Not the pants.

26: What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
~ I had several. I can’t pick just one, because it varied so much. Like, there was “He-Man” and “She-Ra” in there, and “Jem and the Holograms,” and “Inspector Gadget,” and “Garfield and Friends,” not to mention all the old Nicktoons and Cartoon Cartoons. Plus there were all the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. And Pink Panther. And “Tiny Toons” and “Animaniacs.” And those old Disney series, like “Darkwing Duck” and “Tale Spin.” Yeah, I can’t pick just one favorite. I loved them all. I think cartoons are the greatest pop culture medium there is.

27: If you had to have a cow or a pig, which would you take? Why?
~ A cow. Because cows are just so sweet and gentle. Nothing against pigs, though.

28: If you had to look at one city skyline for the rest of your life, which would it be?
~ New York. Or San Francisco. I don’t know for sure.

29: Longest plane ride you’ve ever been on?
~ It was a little over 8 hours, from New York to Paris. At least, I think it was 8 hours. Might have been more. I don’t really remember.

30: The latest you’ve ever slept?
~ Until 1 in the afternoon. I’d been really sick, though.

31: Would you buy a sweater covered in kitten pictures? Would you wear it if someone gave it you for free?
~ No, I wouldn’t buy it. But I might wear it at least once if it was given as a gift.

32: Do you pick at scabs?
~ Yes. That’s a bad habit I have.

33: Favorite kind of bean? Kidney? Black? Pinto?
~ I’m not a big bean eater. I can’t even eat green beans anymore.

34: How far can you throw a baseball?
~ I don’t know. It’s been a long time since I’ve thrown a baseball.

35: If you had to move to another country, where would you move?
~ Probably to Europe somewhere.

36: Have you ever eaten Ethiopian food? Vietnamese? Korean? Nepalese? How was it?
~ I’ve had Vietnamese food before, thanks to Johnny; it was shrimp pho, and it was delicious! As for Ethiopian, Korean, or Nepalese food, I’d be up to trying them.

37: Small, liberal arts school or public university? Why?
~ Small liberal arts school, because they usually have enough staff for one-on-one interactions, if need be. When I went to college for the first time, that’s the way it was.

38: A relationship with love or one with sex?
~ Love. I mean, both love and sex are important, but love would be most important.

39: Do you eat enough vegetables?
~ No, and I need to change that.

40: Do you like horror movies? How about thrillers?
~ I went through a phase where horror movies were all I would watch, but I grew out of that phase. I cannot believe I was once a fan of “Suspiria”! Eek! Certain thrillers are still good, but I don’t watch them on a regular basis.

41: Would you scratch a crotch itch in public?
~ Uh, no. Used to work for an attorney who would ‘adjust’ himself in public. Ew.

42: Do you swear in front of your parents?
~ Before, never. Nowadays, yes.

43: Coolest thing you’ve ever been for Halloween?
~ A spider queen.

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The costume was not mine, though. I think it was aunt Ellen’s. So.

44: If you could change your natural hair color, would you? To what?
~ I would change it permanently to auburn if I could, because I have reddish highlights in my hair anyway.

45: Do you want to get married? Have kids?
~ I would like to have children, yes. Not sure about marriage; not like there’s a long story behind that, but my parents are divorced, and I’d be afraid of making the same, um, missteps, I guess is the best way to put it. But if it’s the right person, I would. I’ve actually been thinking about that a lot lately….

46: Do you use a reusable water bottle? If not, you should.
~ I do. I’m not an extreme tree hugger or anything, but I do my part to protect the environment.

47: City or nature person?
~ Nature person.

48: Have you ever used something other than “makeup” as makeup? (Like paint? Markers?)
~ Yes, back when I was really little.

49: Can you walk well in high heels? Even if you’re a guy?
~ No. So I will never wear high heels.

50: Post 5 awesome things about yourself. BRAG AWAY!
~ You know, I’m not going to do that, because I’ve sort of done that already. Just go binge read past entries, if you want to know something “awesome.” But here’s something I’ve mentioned before, but feel like mentioning again: I have been told, by many a discerning Iowan, that I have a Wisconsin accent. I myself don’t hear it, but there must be something in the way I talk that reminds Iowans of Wisconsin. So I don’t know. It’s a mystery!

This was fun! Good night!

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