I’ve really been jammed up lately, and kind of not in the bloggy mood, I think because of all my preschool solar system homework (which is a story for another post) and the scintillating presentation I was preparing on the new Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (which is way too boring to be a story for another post). So I’m stealing this from my friend Tara, just to have something to say.
1. Were you named after anyone?
My older sisters. They were named first, get it? I slay me… okay, no. My mother just liked the name.
2. When was the last time you cried?
I cry all the time since the Bomber came along. Which is not to suggest that he makes me cry. It's just that I' m way sappier than I used to be. That kid totally ruined my iron-fist-in-an-iron-glove rep. Now I’m a big pile of mush. Yesterday I teared up over something with one of my imaginary friends. Real cry? My beloved husband said something thoughtless to me about how I was dressed Tuesday morning, and I cried over that. The Friday right before that, I got weepy at the circus – THE CIRCUS – because I realized it would be H-Bomb’s last trip there with his daycare/preschool. A couple days before that, I cried over having to make a 3-D model of the solar system. See, I told you – the kid messed me up.
3. Do you like your handwriting?
No, I hate it. I’m a lefty, and have a weird grip even for a lefty. I struggled with handwriting all through school, and I was actually worried that I wouldn’t pass the bar(s) because they wouldn’t be able to read what I wrote. Apparently those people are good at reading chicken scratch. This is why all my scrapbooking, card making and journaling is done on the computer.
4. What is your favorite lunch meat?
I don’t know that I really have one. I was going to say cheese, because I frequently eat cheese-only sandwiches (and there's nothing like a good cheese and potato chip sandwich with mustard), but I realized that’s not actually a meat. So… turkey, but only when accompanied by cheese.
5. Do you have kids?
Just the one I mentioned up there that made me all sappy. He’s 4.5, knows everything, never stops talking and is pretty stinkin’ awesome.
6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
Absolutely. I'm awesome.
7. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Nope. Never. Nooooo way. Actually, that was some right there. I frequently say it’s my defining characteristic.
8. Do you still have your tonsils?
Unless some mad tonsil thief broke into my house one night and stole them, yes.
9. Would you bungee jump?
Not just no, but HELL no.
10. What is your favorite cereal?
Cheerios. Actually, to be completely accurate, it’s Publix Greenwise Organic Toasted Oat cereal. I know, that’s really boring.
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
Only if they have laces. Untying the slip-on and zip-up ones takes way too long.
12. Do you think you are strong?
I think I'm tough, but I'm not sure if that's the same as strong.
13. What is your favorite ice cream?
Vanilla. Coffee is a close second.
14. What is the first thing you notice about people?
Their smile (or lack thereof).
15. Red or pink?
16. What is the least favorite thing about yourself?
My telephone phobia. I’m not actually afraid of telephones – it’s not like I run screaming when I see one – but I do wish I was more comfortable making and receiving phone calls. I’ll go to great lengths to avoid having to do it, and I’ve been known to beg my husband to do it for me.
17. Who do you miss most?
Right this second? My friend Claire – I used to see her every day, but now I don’t, and I'm having a day where I keep thinking “I need to tell this to Claire” or “Claire would think that’s hilarious” and then feel sad she’s not just in the next office to talk to. More generally, I miss my best girlfriends and my sisters, who also count as best girlfriends, who all live too far away to see more than a few times a year. If you mean because of a loss, I’m lucky that I’ve never really lost anyone I was terribly close to.
18. What color shoes and pants are you wearing?
I'm actually not wearing pants. (I’m wearing a skirt, so all you pervs can just get your mind up out of that gutter!) I am, however, wearing brown boots. And brown socks with pink stripes.
19. What was the last thing you ate?
Penne pasta with chicken, mushrooms & sun-dried tomatoes, from Greek Boys. That thrilling presentation up there at least came with lunch.
20. What are you listening to right now?
Right now? The secretary down the hall coughing. Music-wise, the last thing I listened to was “Homecoming (Walter's Song)” by the brilliant and grossly under-appreciated Vienna Teng, in the car on my way to work.
21. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Atomic Tangerine. I actually think this question is kind of silly, and I always just go look up the list of Crayola color names and pick one that appeals at that moment.
22. Favorite smells?
A wood-burning fireplace, a freshly peeled clementine and the Bomber’s hair after a bath.
23. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
24. Favorite sports to watch?
Baseball. And Super Modified Shovel Racing. What? That’s a real sport.
25. Hair color?
The color it grows out of my head? Or the color it currently is? It’s sort of a dark blond-light browny color naturally, but it’s currently a great light blond with golden highlights, thanks to Pia, High Priestess of Hair.
26. Eye color?
27. Do you wear contacts?
Only from the moment I wake up, until the last instant before I go to bed. I wear my glasses so I can find the bed after I take them off and find the bathroom before I put them on, and that’s pretty much it.
28. Favorite food?
Pizza. Which is also the 8th deadly sin, at least according to Jimmy Buffett
29. Scary movies or happy endings?
I like them both.
30. Last movie you watched?
Last movie in a theater was the most recent Harry Potter movie. Last movie at home – Casablanca. “Round up the usual suspects!”
31. What color shirt are you wearing?
I’m not wearing a shirt. (Um, gutters… minds…) I’m wearing a brown military-style suit jacket.
32. Summer or winter?
I used to like them both equally, but my time in South Carolina has made me really wimpy, and now I can’t stand when it drops below about 45 degrees. Pathetic, I know.
33. Hugs or kisses?
34. Favorite dessert?
To eat, key lime pie. To talk about, pecan pie.
35. What book(s) are you reading now?
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, A Short History of Nearly Everything, and some really trashy Nora Roberts book about a sculptor and a cop finding love in a small town while fighting off a band of Satanists. Really.
36. What is on your mouse pad?
I don’t have a mouse pad. Years ago, I developed terrible tendonitis in my mousing thumb, and switched to a touch pad.
37. What did you watch on TV last night?
Angel, Season 5, Episode 4.
38. Favorite sound?
A train in the distance late in the evening, the bells from the church up the street on a lazy Sunday afternoon in the summer, the little sounds the Bomber makes while he sleeps.
39. Rolling Stones or the Beatles?
Beatles. No question. I named my car after one of them!
40. What is the farthest you have been from home?
41. Do you have a special talent?
I'm a peripheral visionary. I can see into the future, but way off to the side.*
Seriously, I don’t know… I can do a lot of things, but I never really think of any of them as special talents. I do make a *mean* 3-D solar system, though.
42. Where were you born?
Pequannock, NJ, in the same hospital as Derek Jeter. Not at the same time, though.
43. What time is it ?
Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?**
Okay, okay, it’s 4:15 PM right now, but thanks to the $*#&%&^ firewall at my office, this won’t get posted until much later.***
* That's a quote from Mad About You, one of my all time favorite shows to quote.
** With apologies to Chicago.
***Turns out the firewall problems are fixed, but the problem of my being too lazy and tired to sit at the computer last night remains. I have a trouble ticket in for that, though. Anyway, these are yesterday's answers. Deal with it.****
**** I certainly do have a lot of these footnote-y things today, don't I?