Fun and interesting questions

Found this on Tumblr, and am feeling sorta talkative, so I thought I’d fill it in.

Tell me the 3 best things about you.
~ I’m observant; I listen; and I am happy with myself as I am.

On a scale of 1-10, how strict are/were your parents?
~ They were about a 5 or a 6. I mean, they weren’t ‘spare the rod, spoil the child’ kind of parents, nor were they pushovers, either. I think our parents raised us very well – we ended up very well-rounded and common-sensical.

Who was your worst teacher? Why?
~ The worst teacher? I would have to say Choir Directors 1 and 2 my senior year here in Iowa. Why? First of all, their priorities were all screwed up. They were more invested in the extracurricular show choirs then they were with the actual school choir; and if you weren’t in the show choirs, you may as well have not existed. But then, they tried to make up for that, by trying too hard to be friends with the actual choir students. For example, Choir Director 1 was too physically touchy-feely, at least to me. And during class, Choir Director 2 was always loudly proclaiming that he was “living in sin” with his wife (which, by the way, I still don’t understand what that even means), and sharing stories about his sexual escapades, as if he were trying to find something in common with the rest of the kids (yeah, because sex would do it). And finally, one day, Choir Director 1, frustrated by our lack of improvement on a particular song, went on this long spiel about how “Some of us in this room have talent and some of us don’t….Some of us in this room are more equal than others” (and he was African-American to boot). That was the day I dropped the class. No, I did not just make this stuff up – it really happened. So I’d have to say those were the worst teachers I’ve ever had, because they were both so demoralizing.

Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
~ That was Mrs. Bouldin, my creative writing teacher in 11th grade in Aurora, IL. She was understanding and motivational, and believed in all her students, which included me. I wish we were still in touch.

Which would you pick: being world-class attractive, a genius, or famous for doing something great?
~ I don’t care about being attractive anymore, or even being a genius (because I’ve always known I was never cut out to be one in the first place). I would like to have done something great, maybe to advance the understanding of mental illness.

Who are the 3 greatest living musicians?
~ Living?!? Ooo boy. You’d be better off asking my dad that question. My answers would be incredibly biased and not based on all the facts/artists that are or have ever been. That said, Neko Case is one, definitely.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
~ I wish I weren’t so shy and awkward.

What was your favorite toy growing up?
~ Samantha, no question. Samantha was my doll. I still have Samantha, by the way. I’m not going to ever get rid of her, unless I have a daughter of my own.

Name 3 celebrities you most admire.
~ Perhaps Demi Lovato, for her work with causes regarding mental illnesses, and how she isn’t afraid to speak out about her own. Perhaps Malala, just because – who wouldn’t admire Malala? And perhaps, flying in the face of the next question, Caitlyn Jenner, because she’s trying to bring attention to issues that need to be addressed. So.

Name a celebrity you think is lame.
~ All the Kardashians, especially naked-selfie-posting Kim. I can’t even…. So very lame, the lot of them.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
~ Living. And also putting The Book together.

Which of your friends are you proudest of? Why?
~ Johnny, of course. He’s had a lot stacked against him, if you think about it, and he’s come through. He is brave and smart and funny and strong and a good person. I am so proud of him.

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
~ The Cologne cathedral in Cologne, Germany. Meghann and I could barely breathe inside, we were so awestruck.

What are your 3 favorite movies?
~ “Badlands,” “The Fury,” and “The Dark Crystal.”

How would you describe me to your friends?
~ Hmm. How would you?

Which historical figure would you like to be?
~ Sylvia Plath. Not historical enough? Okay, um….gee, I dunno. Somebody who made a difference. Maybe someone who made a difference in the world of mental health (although not Freud, please).

What’s the right age to get married?
~ That all depends on individual taste and maturity levels, I guess. My folks got married when they were both about 21; granted they divorced 25 years later, but still. Gina was 28 when she married Jonathan. If I were to ever get married, I’d be….well, I’d be older. It all depends.

Tell me 3 things you remember about kindergarten.
~ I won my first writing prize in kindergarten; I got stung by a bee for the first (and so far, only) time; and my best friend’s name was Hisako Matsakura.

What paper that you’ve written are you most proud of?
~ Wow. That’s going back to college days! I would have to say my paper entitled “Homecoming Heartbreak.” Eh, another story for another time.

What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
~ Nothing much. Just wander.

Who would you like to live like for a day?
~ I wouldn’t. I like the way I live, and I like who I am.

If you could time travel, where would you go?
~ I would go back in time, to see either Woodstock live or Live Aid live. I mean, I sorta kinda did see Live Aid live on television when it happened, but I was too young to fully appreciate it.

If you could live in any TV home, what would it be?
~ Daria’s, just for her room with the padded walls. And the house is beautiful.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
~ Mint chocolate chip.

Would you rather live for a week in the past or the future?
~ Good question.

What’s your most embarrassing childhood memory?
~ Apparently, I sent my aunt Julie a letter one time that said, in not so many words, “I hate you.” And I signed it “Hate, [Mouse].” I don’t remember doing that – maybe that’s why it’s so embarrassing. I love my aunt Julie, she’s an amazing woman. She says she still has that letter somewhere.

What’s your best childhood memory?
~ I have several. One of my most cherished is when aunt Ellen taught Older Sister and I how to waltz, using Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” as music. Darned if I remember how, exactly, we did it, but we did.

What’s your favorite holiday?
~ Halloween. Though not for obvious reasons.

If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
~ Hmm. Good question. I’d eat my mom’s spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, I’d eat shrimp pho, and I would probably eat something sweet like Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy ice cream.

If you could be a cartoon character for a week, who would you be?
~ Daria.

What’s one choice you really regret?
~ I don’t regret anything I’ve done or not done.

What’s your favorite childhood book?
~ I remember Danny and the Dinosaur the most. When I was younger, I could say the pronounce words like ‘dinosaur’ better than I could say words like ‘can’ and ‘said.’ And Mom and Dad like to tell people that I taught my other siblings how to read.

What’s a great book you’ve read recently?
~ I Am Malala.

Do you feel like a leader or a follower?
~ A follower, definitely. I mean, I know they say a person never knows what he/she is capable of, but I’m pretty sure I do not have a leadership bone anywhere in my body.

If you could ask your pet 3 questions, what would they be?
~ “Do you love me?”, “How are you feeling?”, and “What did you do today?”

What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
~ Life. Yes, that’s the most courageous thing I’ve ever done and been doing. There have been several moments where I wanted to end it all, and almost did a couple times, but I haven’t. And good thing I didn’t.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?
~ Someone unknown.

If you could be an Olympic athlete, in what sport would you compete?
~ Gymnastics, no question.

If you had to live in a different state, what would it be?
~ Well, that’s a moot point right about now, seeing as how I might be moving in the near future. I’ll keep you posted.

What living person, other than family members, do you most admire?
~ Good question. Too many people, both famous and non-famous. If I had to choose one, I’d say Sarah Vowell, because she isn’t afraid to say what a lot of people are thinking. And she says it with proper tact and pointedness.

What has been your favorite family vacation?
~ We didn’t take family vacations, because schedules never really allowed it. That said, I went on a vacation with lots of relatives back in August 2000, to Winter Park, Colorado. And that was a blast. Gina, Melissa, and I were inseparable the whole trip.

If you could choose your own nickname, what would it be?
~ I’ve chosen it. It’s Mouse.

Who is the funniest person you know?
~ Elvie was. Elvie was Filipino, and therefore didn’t always understand American ways or turn of phrase and the like. But she never let that stand in her way. She could find the humor in so many things.

What’s your favorite thing about one of your grandparents?
~ I love all of my grandparents, equally and unconditionally. Pop, though, always has the best stories to tell about the olden days, and about how the country and life in general has changed over the years since he was young. I love listening to him talk about it all.

Tell the person to your right your favorite thing about them.
~ That would be Older Sister. My favorite thing about Older Sister is that she is pragmatic, logical, and can see other options when other people can’t. She’s sort of Spock-ish in that regard.

Do you ever talk to yourself? When and what do you say?
~ All the time! I can be quite self-deprecating with myself, too.

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
~ I listen to music. I try to write. I sleep (if I can). I take deep breaths, or else I take a long walk.

Which TV family is most like your own?
~ You know, I really don’t watch a lot of TV to tell you for certain. We’re a unique, happy, healthy, nominally normal, dysfunctional family unit.

What’s your favorite smell in the whole world?
~ Burning leaves. I have more, but that’s a clear favorite. While we’re on the subject, my least favorite smell is gasoline.

What do you think is the greatest invention of all time?
~ The Internet. It connects everyone on a massive worldwide scale, and that is awesome!

Using one word, how would you describe your family?
~ Warped. And if you knew my family, you’d understand.

Would you rather win an Olympic medal, an Academy Award or the Nobel Peace prize?
~ Hmm. Difficult. I’d say the Pulitzer, actually, for writing.

What’s your favorite time of day?
~ I’m an all-day sort of person, so I would say all day is my favorite time.

What’s your favorite season?
~ Fall, followed closely by winter.

What’s the one food you could never bring yourself to eat?
~ As curious as I am to have the chance to try it, I think it’d be escargots.

What is the sound you love the most?
~ My cats purring.

What 3 famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party?
~ Um. Let me think. Sylvia Plath, definitely. Then Abraham Lincoln. Then….I don’t know….John Lennon.

If you could ask the President one question, what would it be?
~ “What do you intend to do about the plight of the mentally ill?” And then wait until he/she responds truthfully enough.

If you could pick a new first name, what would it be?
~ Sarah, no question.

If you had to leave earth on a spaceship and take 4 friends with you, who would they be?
~ Johnny, definitely. Then, um, my friends Serena and Cora, because they’re both practical and smart. And then my friend Brooke, if I ever get back in touch with her; we’d need a little cynicism up in space.

What is your favorite movie quote?
~ “….Instead I sat in the car and read a map, and spelled out entire sentences with my tongue on the roof of my mouth, where nobody could read ’em.” Holly Sargis (Sissy Spacek), “Badlands.” Story of my life, that is.

What’s your pet peeve(s)?
~ People standing and/or sitting right behind me, and/or reading over my shoulder. People who crack their knuckles/joints (it’s like, doesn’t that hurt?!?). People who walk slowly in grocery store aisles.

Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
~ Um, I don’t know. In? To quote Vanellope Von Schweetz, I sleep all bundled up, “like a little homeless lady.”

Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
~ Lately, I’ve started doing that. Should I be concerned?

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
~ Just something simple – turkey with lettuce and tomato and mayo on wheat bread.

What’s your dream job?
~ Writing for a living. But seriously, I’m at it, something in an administrative capacity.

Cake or pie?
~ Cake.

Who is the kindest person you know?
~ I would have to say Carmen, because she’s very helpful in any situation. And she calls everyone ‘dear.’

What’s the best part about having siblings?
~ We are warped in ways no one would expect of us. We also have our own special rapport that no one can take away from us.

What is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?
~ I dunno. I was weird, in that I always knew it was just a movie, and therefore there was really nothing to be scared of. That said, one of the scariest individual scenes I’ve ever seen was when the Cowardly Lion jumped through the window in “The Wizard of Oz.” I think it was the fade-to-black that did it.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
~ To Taiwan with Johnny.

What is your favorite family tradition?
~ We’re not really a traditional family. We don’t have any traditions.

Who’s your celebrity crush?
~ Don’t really have one at the moment. Nicolas Cage and Tim Curry were two big past ones.

What trait do you like the most about yourself?
~ Physical trait or mental trait?

What are you good at?
~ Writing.

What fictional character do you wish you could meet?
~ Novalee Nation (from Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts).

If you could be great at one sport, which would you choose?
~ Volleyball.

What’s the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?
~ Unpack, duh! And then probably do laundry.

Would you rather spend five days exploring Disney or New York City?
~ New York City.

Whose parents do/did you wish you had?
~ I don’t. I love my parents, and can’t imagine having anyone else for a mom and dad.

If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?
~ Maurices.

What personal trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
~ My stubbornness.

Which celebrity chef would you most like to fix you a meal?
~ Don’t know. I don’t know many celebrity chefs.

Who is your favorite athlete?
~ Don’t really have one.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
~ Ms. Fulleron, my 11th grade English teacher, once told me that finding someone to trust sometimes involves taking a risk. That advice has served me well.

If you had to pick a new name for yourself, what name would you pick?
~ Sarah would be my first name. Don’t know what my last name would be.

Would you rather be the most popular kid in school or the smartest kid in school?
~ The smartest.

What do you like to do on a rainy day?
~ I like to snuggle down within blankets and listen to the rain against the roof and the window awnings.

Would you rather be the best player on a horrible team or the worst player on a great team?
~ I would rather just play. Doesn’t matter if I’m the best player or worst player. I would just want to play.

What is your favorite thing about the beach?
~ I’ve never really been to the beach before. I think beaches are romantic, in that you can walk hand-in-hand with your sweetie in the sunset.

If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?
~ With Johnny.

What is your favorite Disney movie?
~ It’s a tie between “Frozen” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

Which of the Seven Dwarfs is most like you?
~ Bashful. But everyone has a little of every one of the Seven Dwarfs in them.

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
~ It would be a dramedy, with just a subtle touch of science fiction. *shrug* You asked. (I’ll leave the science fiction part up to your imagination.)

Name a product or service you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson.
~ I don’t like a product or service that much.

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

If you were guaranteed to be successful in a different profession, what would you want to do?
~ I’d want to try to be a meteorologist. Or, if I could do away with my squeamishness and my phobia of needles, I would try a career in the medical profession.

What’s the worst thing you did as a kid?
~ Sneaked into someone else’s house. I was five years old. Eh, another story for another time.

What is the best part of being a part of your family?
~ We love each other unconditionally and without judgment. That’s my whole entire family – immediate, relatives, everyone. And we all have very warped senses of humor, and we understand that about each other.

What is your favorite day of the week?
~ Saturday, because that’s truly the weekend.

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