A fun questionnaire, to keep you and me awake, tee hee….

No, I’m not on a caffeine high, and no, I’m not depressed. I simply cannot sleep. So I’ve got my Pandora stream playing softly, and I’m filling out this questionnaire, can’t remember where I found it, but damn, it’s fun!

Are you an innie or an outie?
~ Innie. Also an introvert, so it all works out. tee hee.

Have you ever written a song?
~ Working on that. I’d love to be a songwriter. I’m thinking about setting a poem of mine to music one day.

Can you make change for a dollar right now?
~ Not at present. Last week, I could’ve, but not now.

Have you ever been in the opposite sex’s public toilet?
~ Not on purpose! I’ve accidentally walked into a men’s room before, but that’s because the doors weren’t clearly labeled, strange but true. Thankfully, it was empty!

Have you ever written a poem?
~ Several over my lifetime. Don’t have a favorite poem of mine, either, which I suppose is odd.

Do you like catsup on or beside your fries?
~ Beside. I like to dip my fries, not smother them.

Have you ever been a boy/girl scout?
~ No, but I had a friend who was a Girl Scout. Parts of it seemed cool, but I was never really interested in joining.

Have you ever written a book?
~ Not an official novel. I finished The Book for family and friends, though.

Have you ever broken a mirror?
~ Yes. Not on purpose, though.

Are you superstitious?
~ A bit. I don’t walk under ladders, I don’t like stepping on cracks, I don’t step on grey tiles, I don’t like breaking anything. I’ve been known to hold my breath and cross my fingers when passing a cemetery….and some of those cemeteries can be looong….

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

Do you slurp your drink after it’s gone?
~ You betcha! Though I gather that’s very rude to do in a restaurant.

Have you ever blown bubbles in your milk?
~ Yes.

Would you rather eat a Big Mac or a Whopper?
~ Neither. I’m not a big beef eater.

Have you ever gone skinny-dipping?
~ No.

Would you ever parachute out of a plane?
~ Depends, I guess.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve done?
~ Participated in a walk-out in seventh grade. I just remember my friends and I walking quickly down the hallway, giggling. We got caught, but we didn’t get in trouble for it.

When you are at the grocery store, do you ask for paper or plastic?
~ Our grocery store doesn’t have such a choice – it’s plastic or nothing, unless you bring your own bag(s), which I do sometimes.

True or false: You would rather eat steak than pizza.
~ False. I’d rather have pizza any day. I’m not a big steak fan; I have to be in the right mood for steak.

Did you have a baby blanket?
~ Yes. It’s currently in my mother’s cedar chest.

Have you ever tried to cut your own hair?
~ Yes….

How did that turn out?
~ ….and it was a total disaster. I really got yelled at for it. (I was really little at the time.)

Have you ever sleepwalked?
~ Not that I know of.

Have you ever had a birthday party at McDonalds?
~ No.

Can you flip your eye-lids up?
~ No. That hurts just thinking about it.

Are you double jointed?
~ No.

If you could be any age, what age would you be?
~ Fifteen.

Have you ever gotten gum stuck in your hair?
~ Yes.

Do you ride roller coasters?
~ I enjoy them, yes. I love feeling the little flip in my tummy. It’s cool.

What’s your favorite carnival ride?
~ The Ferris wheel.

What is your dream car?
~ Something small and compact, but big enough to carry a lot of stuff. I don’t have a particular brand in mind. Maybe a Toyota Yaris or a Nissan of some kind.

What is your favorite cartoon of all time?
~ “Daria,” followed closely by “Invader Zim.”

Have you ever eaten a dog biscuit?
~ No.

If so, would you eat another one?
~ N/A.

If you were in a car sinking in a lake, what would you do first?
~ Try to open a window.

Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
~ Yes. It was after I put my hand through the window.

Can you pick something up with your toes?
~ Yes.

How many remote controls do you have in your house?
~ Hmm. Total? Let me think….uh, too many to count. I know I have two in my room, one for my TV and one for my DVD/VCR combo.

Have you ever fallen asleep in school?
~ Yes.

How many times have you flown in an airplane in the last year?
~ Once, in January. Although, technically, it was two separate flights, but I count it as one trip.

How many foreign countries have you visited?
~ Four – France, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.

If you were out of shape, would you compete in a triathlon if you were somehow guaranteed to win a big, gaudy medal?
~ No.

Would you rather be rich and unhappy, or poor and happy?
~ Poor and happy. Like I am now.

If you fell into quicksand, would you try to swim or try to float?
~ Try to float. Quicksand apparently doesn’t work like everyone thinks it does.

Do you ask for directions when you are lost?
~ Yes. And I ask for help at stores when I can’t find something.

Have you ever held a Mexican jumping bean?
~ No, I don’t think so.

Are you more like Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland?
~ Alice in Wonderland.

Would you rather have an ant farm with no ants or a box of crayons with broken points?
~ The crayons. You can always sharpen crayons, you know.

Do you prefer light or dark bread?
~ As in white or wheat? Wheat. Or do you mean toasted? I don’t like burnt toast.

Do you prefer scrambled or fried eggs?
~ Depends on my mood.

Have you ever been in a car that ran out of gas?
~ Yes. I vaguely remember this. I was really little at the time, and I think it was somewhere in Kentucky or Tennessee (we were living in Georgia at the time). And it was really hot, so it was in summer. That’s about all I remember.

Do you talk in your sleep?
~ I wouldn’t know. I’m asleep.

Would you rather shovel snow or mow the lawn?
~ I don’t prefer either task, but I do both tasks in their respective seasons.

Have you ever played in the rain?
~ Yes.

Did you make mud pies?
~ No. I wasn’t that kind of kid. I collected rocks – rocks were my thing. I still collect rocks from time to time.

Have you ever broken a bone?
~ No. That was Younger Brother.

Would you climb a very high tree to save a kitten?
~ Yes!

Can you tell the difference between a crocodile and an alligator?
~ I think so, but I can’t remember what it is off the top of my head. I think it has to do with the shape of the snout?

Do you drink Pepsi or Coke?
~ I drink both, but I prefer Pepsi. There’s a funny story as to why I don’t like Coke all that much.

What’s your favorite number?
~ Either 5 or 7. Or 17.

If you were a car, would you be an SUV or a sports car?
~ I’d be a small useful compact car.

Have you ever accidentally taken something from a hotel?
~ No, not even on accident.

Have you ever slipped in the bathtub?
~ Yes. Gave myself a nice knot of a bruise, too.

Do you use regular or deodorant soap?
~ Regular. I can’t use fragrant soaps, because they irritate my skin.

Have you ever locked yourself out of the house?
~ Yes. I forgot my keys once.

Would you rather make your living as a singing cowboy or as one of the Simpsons voices?
~ I’d love to be Lisa Simpson. But I love singing, too. Maybe both!

If you could invite any movie star to your home for dinner, who would it be?
~ Nicolas Cage (actor) or Keira Knightley (actress).

Do you need corrective lenses?
~ Yes. I wear glasses.

Would you hang out with/date someone your best friend didn’t like?
~ Probably.

Would you hang out with someone your best friend liked, but you didn’t like?
~ Sure, because my best friend sees something good about this person. Maybe I would, too, eventually.

Have you ever returned a gift?
~ No.

Would you give someone else a gift that had been given to you?
~ No.

If you could attend an Olympic Event, what would it be?
~ Track and field. Dunno why.

If you could participate in an Olympic Event, what would it be?
~ Gymnastics, no question.

How many pairs of shoes do you own?
~ At present? Five – a pair of tennis shoes, a pair of work shoes, a pair of sandals, a pair of formal dress shoes, and a pair of boots.

If your grandmother gave you a gift that you already have, would you tell her?
~ No.

Do you sing in the car?
~ Yes, depending on what song it is.

What is your favorite breed of dog?
~ I love Yorkies.

Would you donate money to feed starving animals in the winter?
~ Yes, and I do that every time I go to Petco.

What is your favorite fruit?
~ Apples.

What is your least favorite fruit?
~ Peaches.

What kind of fruit have you never had?
~ Hard to say. I’ll try any fruit.

If you won a $5,000 shopping spree to any store, which store would you pick?
~ ModCloth.com.

What brand sports apparel do you wear the most?
~ Danskin.

Are/were you a good student?
~ I was a B and C student, so not really.

Among your friends, who could you arm wrestle and beat?
~ Don’t know.

If you had to choose, what branch of the military would you be in?
~ Navy. It’s part of the family history, that’s why.

What do you think is your best feature?
~ I don’t.

If you were to win a Grammy, what kind of music would it be for?
~ Alternative folk, like Neko Case. Although why they label her as that, I have no idea, because no label fits Neko Case.

If you were to win an Oscar, what kind of movie would it be for?
~ A gritty dramatic role.

What is your favorite season?
~ Fall.

How many members do you have in your immediate family?
~ Five – Mom, Dad, Older Sister, Younger Brother, and Youngest Brother.

Which of the five senses is most important to you?
~ Hearing. I’d die if I couldn’t hear music.

Would you be a more successful painter or singer?
~ Ooh, that’s tough. I’d love to be able to paint, but I can’t. I sing now, so a singer.

How many years will/did you end up going to college?
~ Off and on for seven years. It just didn’t work out, both financially and academically. If I go back, I would try to make it for the duration, so four years.

Have you ever had surgery?
~ Yes. Just not plastic surgery.

Would you rather be a professional figure skater or professional football player?
~ Figure skater.

What do you like to collect?
~ Notebooks, writing utensils, dolls, buttons, stickers, temporary tattoos, and angel figurines.

How many collectibles do you have?
~ Too many to count, mostly angel figurines, so.

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Two questionnaires – one on books, one on music

Because books and music make the world go ’round.

(I couldn’t find a questionnaire like this about movies; otherwise, this would have been a multimedia extravaganza! So, sorry about that.)


My initial library; it has since exploded....

My initial library; it has since exploded….

What book is on your night stand now?
~ I am currently reading The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey by family friend Alan Guebert.

When and where do you like to read?
~ I usually like to read either during my lunch hour at work or before bed in my room.

What was the last truly great book you read?
~ Girl, Interrupted for the umpteenth time. Susanna Kaysen is just brilliant. Everyone should read that book – they’d garner a whole new perspective of mental illness.

Are you a fiction or a nonfiction person?
~ Mainly fiction. Though I have a lot of nonfiction books, mainly about mental illness or writing how-to books.

What’s your favorite literary genre?
~ I don’t think there’s a word for the type of genre that I like. I like coming-of-age, character-driven stories with good plots that just pull you in. Perhaps they consider that literary fiction. I don’t know.

Any guilty pleasures?
~ Phantom by Susan Kay. Yeah. That’s about it. Which is odd considering I didn’t like Phantom of the Opera; no offense meant to Gaston Leroux.

What book changed your life?
~ The Language of Goldfish by Zibby O’Neal. I was ten years old when I first read it, but it pretty much set me up for life.

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
~ Hmm. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. Would you consider it a cautionary tale, perhaps? No, not really. I just think a president would gain a lot of insight into how the masses really think by reading that book. Because Sarah Vowell says a lot of things normal people are too scared to say aloud, myself included.

What is your ideal reading experience?
~ Uh. I don’t really know. Just laying quietly in bed, reading a good book.

Do you prefer a book that makes you laugh or makes you cry?
~ Both.

Do you prefer a book that teaches you something or one that distracts you?
~ I like to learn when I read, so I prefer a book that teaches me something. I don’t think I have many distracting books. Then again, I guess that’s in the eye of the beholder.

What were your favorite books as a child?
~ Danny and the Dinosaur was a definite favorite. I also liked all those Little Golden Books, and Berenstein Bears, and those Disney books where there was narration and at the glissando sound of Tinkerbell’s wand you would turn the page.

What book do you like to read to children?
~ Oh gosh. I haven’t read to a child in a long time, not since sixth grade at least. So I don’t know. I don’t know the children’s book market nowadays. What do kids like?

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: Which book(s) did you feel as if you were supposed to like, and didn’t?
~ I was really looking forward to reading Bossypants by Tina Fey, but somehow that book just seemed very mean-spirited, and I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. I’ll keep the book, but I don’t know if I’d read it again. One book I didn’t like that I am not keeping is The Liar, The Bitch, and The Wardrobe by Allie Kingsley. I don’t know, I thought I’d like that book, owing to its ‘clever’ title, but I really didn’t like it.

If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you want to know?
~ I would love to have met Sylvia Plath, of course, just to hope some of her incredible writing influence would rub off on me. I’ve met both Sarah Vowell and Wally Lamb, but I could only screw up the courage to ask Wally Lamb anything. I asked Wally Lamb what his advice for aspiring writers would be. He said that ‘revision is the real writing,’ and to ‘find a writer’s group.’

What are your reading habits?
~ I don’t really have any. Just to keep an open mind while I’m reading, and hopefully learn something.

Do you read paper or electronic books?
~ Paper, no question. Electronic books are sort of silly, if you think about it. I mean, I’m not knocking it, because I know some people have Kindles and Nooks and swear by them. But I think electronic books are just silly. It’s just another electronic device. Plus you pay the same for an electronic book as you would for a plain paperback. Just get a paperback! They last forever if you’re careful with them. Besides, nothing beats the feel and smell of a new paperback.

Do you take notes?
~ NO! Never! I daren’t write in margins or within books, because books are sacred to me.

Have you ever written to an author?
~ Once, a long time ago, for school. We were supposed to write to an author of a book we admired. I wrote to Betty Ren Wright, the author of The Dollhouse Murders, which was a phenomenal book when I was younger. I even got a reply, though I don’t remember what it said. I don’t even think I still have it; I think I kept it, so it must be somewhere among my papers.

What book made you want to become a writer?
~ There really wasn’t one. I pretty much knew from the get-go that I wanted to be a writer, so I can’t point to one exact book that planted the seed, as it were.

Which of the books you’ve written is your favorite?
~ I’ve only really ‘written’ one book, and that’s been The Book for family and friends. So that would have to be my favorite.

What’s the best memoir you’ve ever read?
~ It’s Always Something by Gilda Radner.

What do you plan to read next?
~ The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan.

Found via Google search for 'pile of books'

Found via Google search for ‘pile of books’


My CD library

My CD library, missing a few….dozen….

1. Do you play an/several instrument(s)? If so, what instrument(s)?
~ I play guitar, and I sing (see below). I used to play flute and piano, and can still eke out a song on either instrument.

2. Do you sing? If so, what style?
~ I sing, but I don’t have a certain style. I am a mezzo-soprano.

3. Do you beatbox?
~ No.

4. Are you a DJ?
~ No. But my dad is.

5. What do you think about classical music?
~ Classical music puts me to sleep. And I mean that in a good way. When we were little, Mom always used to put on classical music to get us kids to take naps. And it worked. So, if I’m feeling particularly untired, I can put on Bach or Mozart and fall asleep within minutes.

6. What do you think about rock?
~ Rock makes the world go ’round, in many ways.

7. What do you think about pop?
~ Pop is fun.

8. What do you think about jazz?
~ I like jazz. Vince Guaraldi is one of my favorite jazz pianists.

9. What do you think about alternative?
~ I dunno. I used to love alternative, because it was angry to me. But that was back when I was younger, and now that I’m older, I don’t listen to it much. That doesn’t mean I don’t listen to it….

10. What do you think about electronic?
~ I like very few electronic artists, and sometimes electronic can get too, well, metallic-sounding. Like metal scraping against a chalkboard – it’s awful sometimes. Dot Allison is one of the only electronic artists I actually like.

11. What do you think about metal?
~ Some metal is good. Some isn’t. It’s a taste matter. I like Metallica.

12. What do you think about rap?
~ Does this question include hip-hop? I used to be of the vehement opinion that rap was not music – it was just ripping other artists off. But it’s growing on me, thanks to my knowing Johnny. Some of the lyrics, while vulgar or obscene, are quite clever. Plus, I like several female hip-hop artists, to-wit, and in no particular order: Eve, Rihanna, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, and Aaliyah.

13. Is there is a genre that I haven’t listed that you’d like to comment on?
~ Progressive. Because it’s the future of music. Always has been, given artists like Genesis and Rush and Yes and….oh, just give my dad’s radio show a listen, and you’ll see what I mean. And then I like some country music, namely Miranda Lambert and Dixie Chicks.

14. What is your favorite genre?
~ I don’t really have one. I like them all.

15. Do you prefer older or newer music?
~ I haven’t listened to the radio for about ten years now, so I am clueless as to the lastest acts that are out there. That bugs me a bit, because there could be some truly talented folks that I have no idea exist yet. But in the grand scheme of things, I prefer the older music, because it’s familiar and it can still shift in meanings. And some of those songs are simply timeless, man.

16. Who is your favorite artist/band?
~ My favorite artist is Neko Case. My favorite band is Queen. I have many more favorite artists/bands, of course, but those two are clear favorites.

17. Is there a musician in particular you admire?
~ All of the musicians/bands/singers I admire, I like. So there.

18. What is your favorite song currently?
~ All of them.

19. Is there a song you find very special to you?
~ A couple. “Take Me Home” by Phil Collins reminds me of family. Outkast’s “Hey Ya” reminds me of working at the cafe, which are okay memories. And Avril Lavigne’s “I’m With You” reminds me of one person in particular; unfortunately, he’ll never know who he is.

20. What song would you most likely listen to if you are sad?
~ That depends on how sad I really am. If I’m flat out sad, then I can’t summon the energy to listen to any music. But to make me cry, sometimes I just need to listen to a song like Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” or Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You.”

21. Are you mutable when it comes to your music interests?
~ You bet!

22. What was your favorite genre a long time ago? Has it changed since?
~ A long time ago? No. My musical tastes have really not changed, even when I was little. When I was little, I disliked most of the kiddish records we were forced to listen to, because I wanted to listen to my dad’s music.

23. Can you read musical notes?
~ Yes.

24. Do you wish you could play an instrument? If so, which one?
~ I wish I was better at piano.

25. Do you wish you could sing? If so, what style?
~ There’s not a style I wish I could sing. I just like to sing, just as I sing.

26. Is there a certain genre that annoys you?
~ Um. Dunno. Opera? Something about opera just doesn’t sit right with me, leastaways because most of the time I do not have the slightest idea what they’re singing about. I don’t really care, either, I’ve found.

27. Do you sing in the shower?
~ All the time. Bathrooms have great acoustics.

28. Do you even like music?
~ Of course I do!

29. How often do you listen to music?
~ Every day, if I can.

30. Is music very important to you?
~ Very. Music is life.

31. What is your least favorite instrument?
~ I don’t have one.

32. Who is your least favorite artist/band?
~ Teenybopper crap or boy bands. Let’s just leave it at that.

33. Do people (in general) think you have a weird/bad taste in music?
~ Weird, definitely. I used to get picked on for liking certain bands. But I’ve never been told I have bad taste in music, so that’s good.

34. Do you think the people around you have weird/bad taste?
~ Nope. I’m very open to the musical tastes of others.

35. Are you picky when it comes to liking music?
~ Not really. I like a little of everything.

36. What do you think about mainstream music today?
~ I can’t listen to it, which should be a good indication of what I think of it. I think it tends to all sound the same. Like I said, there could be some hidden gems out there that I don’t know about, which is bad of me, but for the most part, I can’t listen to it.

37. Are you in a band (school band included)?
~ I was.

38. Are you in a choir?
~ I was. Biggest waste of a class ever!

39. Have you ever written/composed/created a song before?
~ Working on it, with a poem I have.

40. Have you ever been to a/several concert(s)? If so, which concert(s)?
~ I have never been to a concert.

41. Are you listening to a song right now? If so, which song?
~ At the moment? I am listening to my Pandora stream, and it’s set to ‘shuffle.’ In the course of my filling out this questionnaire, it’s played, like, twenty songs. Yes, I am listening to music right now and they are all great songs. So there.

42. Have you ever sung karaoke before?
~ Yes! Johnny and I went to Bubbleology, which is a karaoke bar in Iowa City. We spent two hours just singing and talking. It was fantastic.

43. Have you ever been in a singing competition?
~ No, but I have been in a couple recitals.

44. Have you ever performed musically in front of an audience?
~ See 43 above.

45. What would life be like for you without music?
~ Life would be empty and dreary and not worth living without music.

Found via Google search for 'pile of CDs'

Found via Google search for ‘pile of CDs’

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Friday “Chariots of Fur” Funny

I love Road Runner and Coyote cartoons, always have. This is a fairly recent cartoon, actually, released back in 1994 (so, okay, maybe not recent). It was the last Road Runner/Coyote cartoon to be directed by Chuck Jones. And I think it does the series of cartoons justice. I don’t have a favorite part of the cartoon – it’s all good.

So here it is, “Chariots of Fur.” (Many thanks to Youtube user Kevin Aze for the video.)

Enjoy! And Happy Friday!

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Tune for Tuesday – A Fine Frenzy two-fer!

So today, I woke up thinking of one song, but by day’s end, I was thinking another.

Both of these songs are from A Fine Frenzy’s 2007 debut album “One Cell in the Sea.” I highly recommend the album. I recommend all three of her studio albums, which are “One Cell in the Sea,” “Bomb in a Birdcage,” and “Pines.”

I woke up thinking of this song, called “Ashes and Wine.” Another wonderfully depressing song.

But by day’s end, I was thinking this song, called “Lifesize.” This is a happier song.

There you have it. My two moods for today. Because it was a moody day.


I’ll try to do better next post.

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Found via Google search for ‘a fine frenzy alison sudol’

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A unique questionnaire

So the point of this questionnaire is, you have to put an ‘X’ by the things you identify or agree with. I cannot for the life of me remember where I found this, but it’s a cool questionnaire. Feel free to partake in ‘Comments’ or on your own blog. I just commented on each and every ‘question,’ just to put in two bits, you know? I’m feeling talkative, so.


[X] You love hoodies.
~ Yup. Among my favorites in my wardrobe are my two NaNoWriMo hoodies and my Queen hoodie.

[X] You love jeans.
~ Yup.

[] Dogs are better than cats.
~ I disagree. Dogs and cats are equals.

[] It’s hilarious when people get hurt. (Well, sometimes.)
~ I cannot watch “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” because I wince with every ball-to-the-crotch video I see.

[] Shopping is torture.
~ I used to think so, but I am such a girl now; I love to shop now.

[] Sad movies suck.
~ No. Sometimes they’re therapeutic.

[X] You own a car racing game.
~ “Mario Kart” games, if those count. Used to own and love “Mega Race.”

[X] You played with hot wheels cars as a kid.
~ Oh yes. My siblings and I had quite the collection. We also tried out some of the track systems that Hot Wheels often puts out, but we weren’t too thrilled with them. Let me put it this way – they didn’t work like they did in the commercials. :(

[] At some point in time, you wanted to be a firefighter.
~ No, that was Younger Brother.

[X] You owned a DS, PS2, N64, or Sega.
~ Yes, yes, yes, and yes….well, not me personally, but the family as a whole. You name the game system, the family probably had it once. We even had a Sega Dreamcast for a time. And legend has it we even had an Atari at one point, although I don’t remember that.

[] You used to be obsessed with Power Rangers.
~ No way.

[X] You have watched sports on TV.
~ Sure, because, to quote Gilda Radner, “it makes it feel like there’s men in the house.” I watch baseball and hockey, mostly.

[] Gory movies are cool.
~ Certainly not all of them. “Suspiria” was good, but I can’t watch it anymore.

[X] You go to your dad for advice.
~ On occasion, yes.

[] You own like a trillion baseball caps.
~ I have two baseball caps, one with a Chicago Cubs logo and the other with a Green Bay Packers logo.

[] You used to collect hockey cards.
~ Nope. Baseball cards, yes. Just for the gum, though.

[X] Baggy sweats are cool to wear.
~ Word.

[X] It’s kinda weird to have sleepovers with a bunch of people.
~ Even though I’m a girl, I used to think so, and still do.

[X] Green, black, red, blue, or silver are one of your favorite colors.
~ Blue above all others. But I like them all.

[X] You love to go crazy and not care what people think.
~ Yes.

[X] Sports are fun.
~ Yes. Although I can be extremely competitive when I play sports, so I just have to watch myself.

[] You talk with food in your mouth.
~ No, I try not to.

[X] You sleep with your socks on at night.
~ I have to sometimes, otherwise I’m too cold and can’t sleep.

[X] You have fished at least once.
~ Yeah, and I wish I had enjoyed it more.


[X] You love to shop.
~ Yes. Even grocery shopping makes me giddy. Weird, huh?

[] You wear eyeliner.
~ I don’t wear a whole lot of makeup, on account of I’m allergic to a lot of it.

[X] You wear the color pink.
~ On occasion, yes.

[X] You go to your mom to talk.
~ Yes, I do.

[] You consider cheerleading a sport.
~ Eh, let’s not go there.

[] You hate wearing the color black.
~ Nope, I love wearing black.

[X] You like going to the mall.
~ I like a mall because it’s always abuzz with people and activity. On occasion, and being a writer, that’s what I like to experience most about going to a mall.

[] You like getting manicures and/or pedicures.
~ Not really. I’m not a mani/pedi/massage kind of girl.

[X] You like wearing jewelry.
~ Just don’t overdo it.

[] You cried watching “The Notebook.”
~ Never seen it.

[X] Dresses are a big part of your wardrobe.
~ But I rarely wear them in wintertime, because some of them aren’t long enough, and I’ll get too cold.

[] Shopping is one of your favorite hobbies.
~ While I like to shop, I wouldn’t call it a hobby.

[] You don’t like the movie “Star Wars.”
~ Love “Star Wars.” The original “Star Wars,” at least – not the prequels.

[] You are/were in gymnastics.
~ I was completely into watching gymnastics and really wanted to be a gymnast, but I was told I was too old to start.

[] It takes you around one hour to shower, get dressed, and make-up.
~ Nope, more like 20 minutes.

[X] You smile a lot more than you should.
~ Nowadays, yes, what with my hilarious co-workers and my boyfriend.

[] You have more than 10 pairs of shoes.
~ I have approximately 5 pairs of shoes: a pair of tennis shoes, a pair of sandals, a pair of formal shoes, a pair of dress shoes for work, and a pair of winter boots.

[X] You care about what you look like.
~ I do take care of my appearance, yes.

[X] You like wearing dresses when you can.
~ Sometimes, dresses are more comfortable.

[] You like wearing high heel shoes.
~ Nope. Cannot wear them. Will never wear them.

[X] You used to play with dolls as little kid.
~ I still have some dolls, but for collection purposes, not for playing with.

[] You like putting make-up on others.
~ I don’t know how to apply makeup very well.

[] You like being the star of everything.
~ I prefer being the wallflower.


[X] I am shorter than 5′5″.
~ By half an inch.

[X] I have many scars.
~ I have a scar on my wrist from when I “accidentally” put my hand through a window; I have a scar on my tailbone from pilonidal cyst surgery; and I have a scar on my left arm from a nuisance bug bite, that looks like a circular band aid grafted under my skin.

[] I tan easily.
~ I used to, when I was little. Nowadays, my skin is so fair, I just burn.

[] I wish my hair was a different color.
~ No. I like the brown. I dye it auburn on occasion, but I like it brown.

[] I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color.
~ Nope.

[] I have a tattoo.
~ Nope, though I’ve often thought about getting one.

[X] I am self-conscious about my appearance.
~ Par for the course. Although I’m much less self-conscious now than I’ve been before.

[X] I’ve had/have braces.
~ Does a space maintainer count?

[X] I’ve been told I’m attractive by a complete stranger.
~That was my first almost-relationship.

[] I have more than two piercings.
~ No, I only have two piercings, in my ears.

[] I have/had piercings in places besides my ears.
~ Like where? Belly button? No thank you.


[] I’ve gotten lost in my city.
~ Not so far.

[X] I’ve seen a shooting star.
~ On many occasions.

[X] I’ve wished on a shooting star.
~ I still do, on occasion.

[] I’ve seen a meteor shower.
~ I’ve meant to, but I can never stay awake long enough to see it.

[X] I’ve gone out in public in my pajamas.
~ Although my pajamas can be subtle sometimes, and not look like pajamas. So, ha!

[X] I’ve pushed all the buttons on an elevator.
~ All the while quoting Baby Plucky: “Ellelator go up! Ellelator stop! Ellelator go down the hole!”

[] I’ve kicked a guy where it hurts.
~ I tried, but I didn’t make contact where it would have counted. This was back when I was being bullied.

[X] I’ve been to a casino.
~ It was for work. Go figure.

[] I’ve been skydiving.
~ No. Probably never. At least not by myself.

[] I’ve gone skinny-dipping.
~ No. Although it intrigues me.

[] I’ve drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour.
~ Not in one hour. In one day, yes, not one hour.

[] I’ve crashed a car.
~ Not yet. Cross your fingers. Knock on wood.

[] I’ve been skiing.
~ Not yet. Johnny and I were just talking about that recently! I’d like to try it once. Maybe.

[] I’ve been in a musical.
~ No. I auditioned, but didn’t make it, because I couldn’t dance.

[X] I’ve caught a snowflake or snow on my tongue.
~ Yes. And it thrills me every time.

[] I’ve seen the northern lights.
~ Again, I’ve had the opportunity, but I couldn’t stay awake long enough.

[] I’ve sat on a rooftop at night.
~ Oooh, I’d love to. That’d be sorta romantic.

[] I’ve played a prank on someone.
~ Nope.

[X] I’ve ridden in a taxi.
~ For about one week, I rode a taxi daily to a particular destination, but a parent picked me up from the destination. It’s a reliable means of transportation.

[X] I’ve seen “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
~ Yeah, and I wasn’t too keen on it. either. It’s not how I want to remember Tim Curry.

[X] I’ve eaten sushi.
~ One piece. It was a tuna piece of sushi. It wasn’t bad.

[] I’ve been snowboarding.
~ No. Like skiing, though, I’d maybe like to try it once.


[] I’m single.
~ Not anymore.

[X] I’m in a relationship.
~ With the best guy, I might add.

[] I’m engaged.
~ Not currently.

[] I’m married.
~ Not currently.

[X] I miss someone right now.
~ I’m always missing someone, so.

[] I’ve gotten divorced.
~ Not yet.

[X] I’ve told someone I loved them when I didn’t.
~ Family related. It was complicated.

[X] I’ve told someone I didn’t love them when I did.
~ Again, family. Again, complicated.


[] I’ve done something I promised someone else I wouldn’t.
~ No.

[X] I’ve done something I promised myself I wouldn’t.
~ Yup. Nothing major! Just little stupid things.

[] I’ve snuck out.
~ Thought about it, but couldn’t.

[] I’ve lied to my parents about where I am.
~ Never.

[] I’ve cheated while playing a game.
~ How, I might ask?

[] I’ve ran a red light.
~ Not yet. Again, cross your fingers, knock on wood.

[] I’ve witnessed a crime.
~ No. Hopefully I won’t.

[X] I’ve been in a fist fight.
~ Well, not a true blue fist fight, but I did slap someone once during the bullying days. He didn’t hit me back – he simply took off running after I’d slapped him.

[] I’ve been arrested.
~ No.


[X] I’m afraid of dying.
~ I mean, I’m not afraid of dying per se, for everyone will die one day. I’m afraid of the manner of my death.

[] I hate funerals.
~ I’ve attended one visitation in my life. I have never attended a funeral yet.

[X] I’ve seen someone/something dying.
~ My mother hit a squirrel with the car once, and I looked back. And burst into tears at what I saw. Poor squirrel.

[X] Someone close to me has attempted/committed suicide.
~ Yes.

[X] I’ve planned my own suicide before.
~ Yes. On several occasions.

[] I’ve written a eulogy for myself.
~ No. Because isn’t that for someone else to do for you? Maybe?


[X] I can sing well.
~ Well, I can at least carry a tune. I’m taking lessons.

[] Stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant.
~ How would one do that, I wonder?

[] I open up to others easily.
~ Not really.

[X] I watch the news.
~ I try to nightly, and I try to read the paper on a daily basis.

[X] I don’t kill bugs.
~ Yeah. I try not to. Not because I’m squeamish or anything, but because they’re basically not doing anything to bother me. I mean, I take ladybugs outside and release them outside if I find them inside the house! Unfortunately, spiders or silverfish have to die if I see them in my room or in the house. The only bugs I’ll kill without mercy are bees….if I can screw up the courage to get near them to kill them, that is.

[X] I sing in the shower.
~ Yes. Bathrooms have good acoustics, you know.

[] I am a morning person.
~ I’m an all day sort of person. I don’t excel in either morning or night.

[X] I paid for a cell phone ring tone.
~ That was before I realized it was free all along. Oops.

[] I am a sports fanatic.
~ No. I mean, I like sports, but I’m not fanatical about them.

[X] I twirl my hair.
~ When I’m nervous, I’ll twirl my hair or twist my fingers.

[X] I care about grammar.
~ Too much, I’m afraid. I am a self-proclaimed grammar Nazi.

[] I have “?”’s in my screen name.
~ No.

[] I’ve copied more than 30 CDs in a day.
~ No.

[X] I bake well.
~ Yup.

[X] My favorite color is either white, yellow, pink, red, blue, black, purple, or orange.
~ Blue above all others. But I like them all.

[X] I would wear pajamas to school.
~ To work, even, if I could get away with it.

[] I like Martha Stewart.
~ Not by a long shot.

[] I know how to shoot a gun.
~ It’s on my bucket list.

[] I laugh at my own jokes. cause they’re funny.
~ Well, sometimes, but I know when they’re funny and when they’re not.

[] I eat fast food weekly.
~ No. I can’t do that anymore.

[X] I’ve not turned anything in and still got an A in a certain class.
~ Music classes didn’t require us to turn anything in. So.

[] I can’t sleep if there is a spider/cockroach in the room.
~ Hard to say. It hasn’t happened yet. I usually smush the spider when I see it, so.

[X] I am ticklish.
~ Probably. It’s been a long time since I’ve been tickled. I think everyone is ticklish, to a degree.

[] I love white chocolate.
~ Nope. It’s too sweet.

[] I bite my nails.
~ I used to. Bit them ’til they bled. You’d never know it now.

[X] I’m good at remembering faces.
~ Yeah, I don’t forget faces.

[X] I’m good at remembering names.
~ More so now than when I was little. Isn’t that weird?

[X] I’m good at remembering dates.
~ Certain dates are embedded in my head, thanks to my journal. I even know the date my friend Virginia broke up with her boyfriend Chris in high school. She walked into class on that day saying “I feel weird.”

[X] I honestly have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.
~ Though I have a pretty good idea of where I’d like for it to go now.


[X] All my answers were totally honest.
~ Absolutely.


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A year without laughter….

Has it really been one year since the death of Robin Williams?

Kinda seems surreal, doesn’t it?

I mean, morbid as this sounds, I knew he would die one day. I just sort of thought he’d outlive us all, you know?

Well, thanks to cinema, he will.

Robin Williams completed suicide….Yeah, I know, it still doesn’t make sense, even a year on.

I guess better late than never, to put in my two bits. Yes, I know I didn’t even make a mention of it when it happened one year ago. I mean, I wanted to, but I didn’t know what to say at the time.

I still don’t know what to say.

That’s how much it affected me. I’m still at a loss for words.

But I suppose I should start with the honest truth.

There is something you should know about me….

….and that is….

….I was never a Robin Williams fan.


*GASP* I know. Call me heartless or soulless or say I have absolutely no sense of humor. Go ahead.

It’s so hard for me to explain why I didn’t like him.

(As the saying goes, “Do not speak ill of the dead.” I’m definitely not! I’m just trying to speak.)

Even as a child, I always thought there was something a little….off about Robin Williams. I’d seen other comedians, but they could be alternately serious and funny at and during the appropriate times. Robin Williams was just funny. All. The. Time. And, for whatever reason, instead of making me laugh or even smile, he made me recoil. And it was quite visceral and vitriolic because, to me, he was basically manic. It was too much, every time. Every time, it was like “Where the hell is the ‘off’ button on the man?” You know? I just couldn’t tolerate his performances, and I was very outspoken in my disdain.

Yet no on else gave it a second thought. They listened to him. And laughed with him. And loved him.

So why did I not like him?

Perhaps it’s the notion that ‘likes repel.’ We both suffered from depression, and I’d known since I was old enough that he had depression, but I just could not wrap my mind around that knowledge. It wasn’t a denial or anything like that. I just….well, refused to believe it. How could HE be depressed? He, the comedic genius? I didn’t want to have anything in common with him. I couldn’t understand what made the difference between someone like him, who seemed to have it all and more, and someone like me, who was wallowing in her teenage angst.

Don’t get the wrong idea. I understand he was human, just like everyone, and that he had his good and bad days. And I understand he was a gift to comedy, and he was extraordinary at it. There is and will never be an equal to Robin Williams. I get that.

No one else understands that I understand that. In fact, upon calling me the day Williams’ death was reported, the first question out of Younger Brother’s mouth to me was “Well, why do you care?”

I don’t know.

Perhaps because I wouldn’t wish depression and suicide on anyone. Because I know what it’s like.

This is a far-reaching claim, I know, but there was a kinship there all along, between Robin Williams and me. I could see it, but I refused to believe it.

I would like to say that the year’s introspection has blessed me with a new perspective of Robin Williams, but in most ways, and to be painfully frank, it hasn’t. The world continues to turn. I understood him very little, I guess, save for the depression aspect, and I understand even less with the nature of his death. I still remember the frigid punch-in-the-gut feeling I felt when I saw the breaking news, and when Youngest Brother, shocked, asked how Williams had died, I couldn’t even say the word “suicide” out loud – I mouthed it to my mother.

Perhaps the only new insight I’ve gleamed is how brave he was, to keep on smiling and making others laugh, even when he was in the midst of unbearable emotional pain. *raises hand* Been there, felt that. I know what he was going through.

In that regard, while I never liked him very much, I will always respect him and look up to him. Despite it all, he kept up a very brave facade, persevered, and lived his life to the fullest.

I just find myself wishing I knew what, exactly, made him change his mind.

In case you were curious, my family swore by everything he was in. EVERYTHING! From “Aladdin” to “Mork and Mindy” to “Good Will Hunting” to “Toys” and to his appearance on “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” I seem to recall Older Sister and Younger Brother were really into “Death to Smoochy,” if you’ve ever seen that movie.

But my favorite films of his are and remain “The Birdcage” and “Insomnia.”

Rest in peace, Robin Williams. Know that you were and are loved.

Actor Robin WIlliams from the film "World's Greatest Dad" poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009.  (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Actor Robin Williams from the film “World’s Greatest Dad” poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

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Tune for Tuesday – Deb Talan, “Rocks and Water”

This is a song that my Pandora stream recommended to me one day, and has since played it often. It is wonderfully depressing, but that’s not why I chose to post it today. In all honesty, I had no Tune for Tuesday planned, but this song kept playing in my head this morning, so I took it as a sign, and thought I’d share it today.

Deb Talan is best known for being one-half of the duo known as The Weepies. I like The Weepies, and I guess I never realized that was her. So.

From her 2004 solo album “A Bird Flies Out,” this is Deb Talan with “Rocks and Water.”


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