Feeling somewhat talkative, so here’s another questionnaire.
1. Who is your hero?
~ My parents. Both of them. They both taught me how to persevere, and they both instilled a good work ethic in me. They are both fair and non-judgmental. So.
2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
~ Most likely somewhere in Illinois, close to family. But wherever I am loved would be home.
3. What is your biggest fear?
~ Aside from losing someone I love, it’d be bees. Sorry, nothing deeper than that. I’ve told people that the day killer bees invade the city I’m living in is the day I stop going outside.
4. What is your favorite family vacation?
~ We never really took family vacations. Our vacations consisted of visiting family in Illinois. And I like going to visit family in Illinois.
5. What would you change about yourself if you could?
~ I wish I weren’t so shy and inherently awkward.
6. What really makes you angry?
~ Intolerance. Lying. Hypocrisy. (So, in a word, politicians.)
7. What motivates you to work hard?
~ Independence. Sorry, that’s the only thing I thought of.
8. What is your favorite thing about your career?
~ That I can be flexible with my time, and still keep busy.
9. What is your biggest complaint about your job?
~ Having to deal with bank statements. Something about that just gripes me.
10. What is your proudest accomplishment?
~ Putting The Book together for family and friends. And that’s just been this year.
11. What is your child’s proudest accomplishment?
~ I do not have any children at present, so N/A.
12. What is your favorite book to read?
~ The Language of Goldfish by Zibby O’Neal. Then Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen. Then anything by Sylvia Plath or Sarah Vowell.
13. What makes you laugh the most?
~ Dry, cynical, witty humor, like “Daria.” “Red Vs. Blue” also makes me laugh.
14. What was the last movie you went to? What did you think?
~ The last movie I saw in theaters was “Ex Machina.” It was all right. Very realistic. I’d definitely watch it again.
15. What did you want to be when you were small?
~ An author, an actress, a singer, or a meteorologist.
16. What does your child want to be when he/she grows up?
17. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
~ Spend it with Johnny.
18. What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?
~ My favorite sports to watch are baseball and hockey. My favorite sport to play, even though I don’t play it right, is volleyball. I like playing games like Life and Trivial Pursuit on occasion, but I usually recuse myself because I can be competitive. Yahtzee is one of my favorite games to play.
19. Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?
~ In that order.
20. What would you sing at karaoke night?
~ Fiona Apple songs.
21. What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?
~ I don’t. I don’t prefer radio. I prefer my Pandora stream, because it’s more personalized to my listening tastes.
22. Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house?
~ In this order: vacuum, dishes, bathroom, mow.
23. If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cooking, cleaning, or yard work?
~ Definitely yard work.
24. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
~ Ew. I don’t know. I don’t like food that much.
25. Who is your favorite author?
~ It’s a toss up between Sylvia Plath and Sarah Vowell.
26. Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?
~ My self-imposed nickname is Mouse. That is what I prefer to be called. I have other nicknames, of course, but none that I want to post here.
27. Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or why not?
~ I like good surprises. Because, well, they’re good and they’re unexpected. So.
28. In the evening, would you rather visit a relative, play a game, watch a movie, or read?
29. Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?
~ I’d rather go to Alaska. Why? I don’t know. Just….colder/cooler climates just fascinate me more than tropical. Because everybody wants to go to the tropics. Why not go against the norm, you know?
30. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? And why?
~ While winning the lottery would be nice, it wouldn’t buy my happiness. And I’d be happiest working at the best job for me. So. I’d work at the perfect job.
31. Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?
~ My loved ones. Party!
32. If money was no object, what would you do all day?
~ Um. I don’t know. Probably what I do now – work, then come home, hang out with Johnny, then go to sleep. Nothing different.
33. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
~ When I was fifteen.
34. How would your friends describe you?
~ Quiet, shy, serious.
35. What are your hobbies?
~ Writing, listening to music, reading, watching movies, biking, running, walking, traveling, blogging.
36. What is the best gift you have been given?
~ Blank books.
37. What is the worst gift you have received?
~ Well, those times when my monthly cycle hit when I was physically ill. Nature’s bounty, I’ll tell you.
38. Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
~ Lately? Sorry to say it, but my cell phone.
39. List two pet peeves.
~ Distracted drivers, and people standing and/or sitting behind me.
40. Where do you see yourself in five years?
~ Probably where I am right now, perhaps married, with children, driving, but loved wherever I am. Hard to say, really.
41. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
~ Five. And each pair serves a purpose. I don’t frivolously buy shoes.
42. If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
~ Telepathy, telekinesis, and flight.
43. What would you do if you won the lottery?
~ I’d pay off my bills, divide some of the winnings among family and close friends, sock some money away into a savings account, and give some of it to various charities. And do see my answer to question 30 for more about that, in that a lottery win wouldn’t buy my happiness.
44. What form of public transportation do you prefer (air, bus, boat, train, car, etc.)?
~ Car, bus, train. Haven’t had a lot of experience with air or boat travel. That may change.
45. What’s your favorite zoo animal?
~ Pandas or koalas.
46. If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
~ Dunno. Everything made me who I am today. I’m of the opinion that everything happens for a reason, but if I could change one thing, I’d try to stop the bullying before it got too out of control.
47. If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
~ Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Sylvia Plath.
48. How many pillows do you sleep with?
~ I sleep on two pillows, and sleep alongside one.
49. What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep (and why)?
~ Three days. Just to prove I could. That was back when I was about sixteen, though, and in the thick of, in hindsight, either a depressed or manic spell, quite possibly manic, though I could’ve been depressed. It makes sense, trust me.
50. What’s the tallest building you’ve been to the top of?
~ The John Hancock building in Chicago. This was looking north from the top of the tower:
51. Would you rather trade intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence?
~ That’s sort of a stupid question, don’t you think? Notwithstanding, I’d trade looks for intelligence. I’d rather be smart and ugly than stupid and pretty.
52. How often do you buy clothes?
~ Perhaps once every other month.
53. Have you ever had a secret admirer?
~ Hard to say. If that was a secret admirer, that was the wrong way to go about getting my attention. Eh, another story for another time.
54. What’s your favorite holiday?
55. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
~ Participated in a walk-out in seventh grade.
56. What was the last thing you recorded on TV?
~ Egad. That was years and years ago, and it was the TV remake of “Carrie” starring Angela Bettis. At least, that’s the last thing I vividly remember recording off TV. On VHS, mind. We don’t have any sort of digital recording service in our house, so no tiVo or anything like that.
57. What was the last book you read?
~ Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen for the umpteenth time.
58. What’s your favorite type of foreign food?
~ Ooh. Thanks to Johnny, I’ve had a lot of foods I ordinarily wouldn’t have eaten. I’d have to say dim sum, which is more of a meal, I guess, but I loved it, the variety, and everything was so good. Italian, Mexican, and Chinese are all good. Vietnamese, even though it’s only been pho, but it’s good, too. I haven’t tried Indian food yet.
59. Are you a clean or messy person?
~ A bit of both. Everyone is.
60. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
~ Nobody. No, seriously, it’d have to be someone unknown.
61. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
~ About 15 minutes.
62. What kitchen appliance do you use every day?
~ The fridge.
63. What’s your favorite fast food chain?
64. What’s your favorite family recipe?
~ My mom’s spaghetti sauce recipe. And Mud, which is a type of upside-down chocolate cake.
65. Do you love or hate rollercoasters?
~ Love them. It’s been a while since I’ve been on one, though. That may change.
66. What’s your favorite family tradition?
~ Putting the nativity scene out at Christmas time.
67. What is your favorite childhood memory?
~ Oh boy. Once again, there are many vying for this distinction. But every time I’m asked this question, one memory in particular always springs readily to mind: it’s me, Older Sister, and a couple of our uncles, running and playing in autumn leaves in the park in the small town where we began life. So.
68. What’s your favorite movie?
69. How old were you when you learned Santa wasn’t real? How did you find out?
~ I don’t remember. I was probably about ten. And it wasn’t that I suddenly found out. I’d been wondering for some time, and when I did find out the truth, it made total sense. However, there are real life Santas out there. I’ve seen stories. So don’t not believe, you know?
70. Is your glass half-empty or half-full?
~ It’s there. Make of that what you will.
71. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of love?
~ I haven’t done such a thing yet. I’ll let you know if I do.
72. What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
~ Pragmatically, food, water, and some kind of shelter. But neverending paperandpencil, an MP3 player that doesn’t run out of batteries, and….I don’t know….some kind of shelter.
73. What was your favorite subject in school?
~ Creative writing.
74. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
~ Hmm. Nothing too unusual. Those egg tarts when Johnny and I had dim sum in Chicago. That was definitely different, but soooo good.
75. Do you collect anything?
~ Yup. Angel figurines, stickers, buttons, notebooks, writing utensils, dolls, temporary tattoos, those Funko PoP figurines (all “Frozen” related). Rocks on occasion.
76. Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?
~ Don’t know. I’m no fashion plate, by any means.
77. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
~ I am an introvert. But am I really? I read an article once about ambiverts, and that sounds more like me.
78. Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?
~ My sixth sense. Actually, I think it’d be hearing, because many times I’ve heard things others don’t hear.
79. Have you ever had a surprise party (that was actually a surprise)?
80. Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous?
~ Not that I know of.
81. What do you do to keep fit?
~ Drink plenty of water, bike, run, walk.
82. Does your family have a “motto” – spoken or unspoken?
~ No. Although I like Hobbes’ motto – “Look down the road.” That could be our family motto, I guess. We spent a lot of time looking down the road….
83. If you were ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce?
~ “Everyone is created equal.” Too broad? Okay, then, um….no one could own a gun.
84. Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?
~ Mrs. Bouldin, my creative writing teacher in 11th grade. She believed in me and helped me so much.
85. What three things do you think of the most each day?
~ Johnny and what our future holds together; writing; and tomorrow.
86. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
~ tee hee. “Poor Original.” Yup, that’s about it.
87. What song would you say best sums you up?
~ Ooo. Difficult question. I’ll have to think about that.
88. What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
~ Believe this or not, Keira Knightley. Don’t know why. She just seems like someone I’d like to be friends with.
89. Who was your first crush?
~ Okay, this’ll be going way back. My first celebrity crush was Tim Curry back when I was four years old. My first non-celebrity crush was Matt Wolf in seventh grade.
90. What’s the most interesting thing you can see out of your office or kitchen window?
~ Nothing interesting out of either. However, from my bedroom windows, I have the best view of the foliage in the fall.
91. On a scale of 1 to 10, how funny would you say you are?
~ We’re assuming 10 is the funniest? I don’t know. I’d say 4.
92. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
~ You know, I can’t really even see past tomorrow. Not like I haven’t thought about it, but, you know, I just don’t think like that.
93. What was your first job?
94. If you could join any past or current music group, which would you want to join?
~ Hmm. Interesting. I wouldn’t really know. And I mean that – I’m not that talented.
95. How many languages do you speak?
~ One, and that’s English. Or, to quote Bruce Willis from “The Fifth Element,” “I only speak two languages – English and bad English.” So there.
96. What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
~ See Question 66. Also, briefly, we had a tradition on Christmas Eve of making those Chef Boyardee pizzas and watching “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” But we don’t do that anymore.
97. Who is the most intelligent person you know?
~ Well, gee, I tend to think everyone is more intelligent than me. So everyone.
98. If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?
~ Nothing so deep as a cat, I suppose. So I’d be a cat. Not that I’m nimble and lithe, no, but I am just inquisitive about things, and I’m both loyal and stubborn. I can be temperamental. Plus I can sleep anywhere. So.
99. What is one thing you will never do again?
~ Um. Stick my elbows out on that ride at Lost Island Water Park. I scraped up my left elbow really good on one particular ride. I won’t do that again!
100. Who knows you the best?
~ Family and Johnny. And you, my blog readers, to a degree.
I have been feeling really good the past couple days. Feeling good. So.
That’s all for now. I’ll try to do better next post.