The “Focusing on” questionnaire

So I found this 40 question questionnaire somewhere. Thought it would be good to do today.

I still do not yet know if I have the mumps. The doctor’s office hasn’t gotten the test results back yet. Until they know for sure, I’m ‘quarantined’ here at the house, meaning I can’t go anywhere – not to work, not to the store, not anywhere. All I’m allowed to do to go outside is run the dog.

So I’m a bit restless. What do you expect?

Anyway, here’s the questionnaire.

FOCUSING ON: Things you enjoy doing

1. What was the best job you’ve ever had? And the worst?
~ The best job I’ve had is the one I’m at right now. I haven’t had a worst job, but I sure wasn’t keen on being a sales associate, only because I was improperly trained for the job.

2. What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
~ The trip to Wisconsin Dells that Johnny and I took this past summer. Best. Trip. Ever!

3. What’s the most recent movie/book that you’ve seen/read?
~ *takes a breath* Okay. The most recent book I’ve read was The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan; I am currently reading I Am Malala. The most recent movies I’ve seen: at home with family – “Inside Out;” by myself – “Stories We Tell;” with Johnny, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End;” and in theaters, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

4. Tell us about your first kiss.
~ It was back in January 2015, after Johnny and I went to a friend’s house for hotpot. Or was it after the group met at the restaurant for hotpot? Anyway, it was after a hotpot date. Johnny asked if he could kiss me, which was sweet of him. And the kiss was sweet, too. 🙂

5. What’s your favorite town/city in the world? Explain.
~ I was enthralled by Cologne in Germany and Brugge in Belgium. They were both just beautiful cities, “postcard pretty” as someone said. But sentimentally, I’d have to say that small town in Illinois is my most favorite place ever.

6. Share with us a fun experience you’ve had recently.
~ Playing Cards Against Humanity with my siblings, aunt Ellen, and a couple cousins Labor Day weekend 2015. Wow. I didn’t know they had it in them!

7. Sing a few lines of a song you love. (Don’t tell us the name; let us guess.)
~ “….What wasted unconditional love/On somebody who doesn’t believe in the stuff/Oh well….” Could’ve used that song back in 9th grade, let me tell you.

8. Tell us your earliest childhood memory.
~ So many to choose from, and it’s hard to tell which one, exactly, is the earliest. So I’ll just choose one – me and Older Sister and a couple uncles are running in the park in the leaves in the fall. It was pretty and cool and humid, and we were having a grand time.

9. What’s your favorite sport or physical activity?
~ I like running, walking, biking, swimming, and body pump. I like to watch hockey, baseball, and old school gymnastics (pre-2001).

10. What’s your favorite dish to cook for friends? For just you?
~ I can cook but I can’t cook, if that makes sense. What I mean is, I can follow recipes and cook, but I can’t improvise and whip something up off the cuff. That said, give me a recipe and I can make something. I don’t have a go-to dish for friends, and everything I’ve made has turned out all right.

11. Describe the best museum/gig/play/game you’ve ever been to.
~ The best museum I was ever at – it’s a tie between the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Milwaukee Art Museum. They were just cool. The best gig was when the band played over in Europe. I haven’t been to a lot of plays, so I couldn’t say. The best game I’ve ever been to is always hockey games – no shortage of entertainment at hockey games!

12. What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?
~ Wasn’t a cut. It was a perm. Never. Again.

The offending haircut
The offending haircut

FOCUSING ON: Life philosophy

13. What’s your morning ritual like?
~ Well, after the usual first ritual of waking up, I usually either get dressed or get my medicine. Depends on my mood for the day. Then I’ll get breakfast, wash my face, brush my teeth, and then it’s about time to head out the door for work.

14. How do you like to spend a rainy day?
~ Curled up under a blanket, listening to the rain.

15. Describe your own outlook on life in six words.
~ It would take more than six words. (See, there’s seven right there!)

16. Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?
~ Audrey Hepburn’s “Nothing is impossible. The very word itself says ‘I’m possible.’”

17. If you could invite four famous people to dinner, who would you choose and why?
~ So many to choose from! Okay. Nicolas Cage and Keira Knightley, because they’re my favorite actors. Um….Sarah Vowell, because she’s my favorite author. And um….I don’t know. Sarah Polley, because she’s another favorite actor and a good storyteller, and she seems like a good dinner companion.

18. If you could replay a fun (or deep or big) moment in your life, what would you choose?
~ That January 15th, all those years ago.

19. What would be a perfect afternoon for you?
~ Anywhere with Johnny, doing something awesome.

20. Describe one past action (big or small) you took to improve the quality of your life.
~ That January 15th, all those years ago.

21. Which person in your life do you most admire? Why?
~ My parents, both of them. Gee, do I really need a reason why?

FOCUSING ON: Pressing your buttons

22. If you were mayor for the day, what three things would you change about your city?
~ This is assuming I actually had a magic wand and with every flick of the wand, these things would be done. I’d fix the horrible roads in town; I’d make all the higher ups, politicians, and bigwigs tells the truth; and I’d do away with all the factory odors.

23. Describe the most terrifying situation you’ve ever been in.
~ Anything to do with heights, because I’m slightly terrified of heights. (It’s called falling.) And in any plane that encounters turbulence, because I’m terrified of plane crashes to begin with, and turbulence makes me really nervous.

24. If you could go back in time and change history, what would you change? Why?
~ In my personal history, I would try to stop the bullying before it got too far. In all of history, I don’t really know. Maybe stop them from inventing the atomic bomb or nuclear power.

25. What’s the most anti-establishment thing you’ve ever done?
~ Participated in a walkout in seventh grade.

26. What would you do in life if you knew you couldn’t fail?
~ Hmm. Paint and/or draw. I’d love to be that artistic. I once did a whole post detailing my artistic abilities, which are nil.

27. If you saw someone getting mugged on the street, what would you do?
~ I would, unfortunately, wait until the perpetrator has left the scene. No way I want to be mugged or hurt myself. But I’d try to get a good look at the crook for police purposes. When the coast is clear, then I’d go try to help the person who’d been mugged.

28. Describe one experience you’ve had where you took a huge leap of faith.
~ Well, dating, for one. No, hear me out. It’s a leap of faith in that I’ve had to put faith and trust into someone other than family. And it’s turned out all for the best. I like Johnny a lot, and I miss him.

29. What was one new experience you tried that, at the time, was completely unknown or uncomfortable to you?
~ Everything new was uncomfortable in one way, shape, or form. You just have to buckle down and do it. Sometimes it turns out good, sometimes not.

30. Describe a real-life situation where you stood up for someone/something.
~ That hasn’t really happened yet. I’m much more of a follower than a leader or someone who speaks out. That said, I did become friends with Cora, which was sort of my standing up to the bullies. Cora was bullied just as much as I was.

FOCUSING ON: Revealing something new about you.

31. Who were two role models you looked up to as a kid?
~ My aunt Ellen, because she’s always been outspoken and sincere about her beliefs. And the late Father Mike, because he was the closest to a real-life Jesus figure as I’ve ever known.

32. The last outlandish/wild thing you did – tell us all about it.
~ I haven’t. I’m a good girl.

33. What’s the naughtiest present you’ve ever received?
~ I haven’t. Hopefully, I won’t. I’d be too embarrassed by any naughty presents.

34. What three things do you love about your friends? And three you could do without?
~ I like that friends will not judge you, will listen, and will always be there for you. I dislike that friends sometimes are catty, and too social and gossipy, and sometimes talk about me as if I’m not right there.

35. What is your favorite smell? What memory does it remind you of?
~ Burning leaves, because it reminds me of that small town in Illinois where I started life.

36. What’s one favorite thing you do by yourself?
~ I like to do a lot of things by myself, but one of my favorite things is writing.

37. Share one bizarre encounter you’ve had in life (could be at work, personal, from travel, with friends.)
~ I can’t remember it entirely, but when I was a sales associate, some customer came in and was hitting on me in the oddest way. No, it was really weird. And I had to help him take something out to his car, which made me very uncomfortable. Thankfully, nothing untoward happened.

38. Share one thing you didn’t understand about the world when you were a kid.
~ Politics. Wish I was still a kid in that regard, because ignorance is bliss when it comes to politics.

39. Describe an embarrassing moment you’ve had.
~ That would be the two times in my life someone has read my writing without my permission.

40. Share a personal fact no one would ever guess about you.
~ I wasn’t always this shy and quiet. I kid you not.


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