Q & A (All you didn’t need to know. Curious?)

A while back when I added a page for the blog to Facebook, I put a call out on Twitter for asking for people to “Like” my page so that I could get my own URL for the page. Thankfully, enough people responded to my plea for me to make it happen. Since one good turn deserves another, when In The Powder Room put out a similar request so that they could reach 300 “Likes” (sheesh – and I only was asking for 25…) I retweeted their request….and coincidentally soon after reached their goal.

She (likely mistakenly) attributed this to my tweet. To prove to me that I have more influence than I think *you can stop laughing now*, Paula (@peabee72) from Battling On tagged me on a meme .

I will admit that I do follow a meme or two (I am a fan of “Fill in the Blank Friday”, despite the fact that I haven’t filled in any blanks lately). However, this one – coming from The Guardian Magazine – is a bit more of a challenge than the ones in which I normally participate.

Thanks, Paula.

Still, I’m not one to turn down a challenge, so I will have a go. However, I feel I am allowed to interpret the questions in any way I see fit. *blows razzberry*

Which living person do you most admire, and why? I will claim that there are too many to choose. Generally speaking, I will say teachers, as they do an important job for not enough pay, and at least at our school, do a dang fine job at it.

When were you the happiest? Oh, now that is just asking for trouble, because no matter how I answer it, I piss someone off. So it is a four-way tie: the day I got married, the day I took my son home from the hospital, the day I took my father home from the hospital, and the day I discovered that they sell Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in the UK.

What was your most embarrassing moment? Which to choose? There was the time I accidentally sent an email totally tearing into my asshat supervisor TO my asshat supervisor, instead of my then-boyfriend. Yeah, that was kind of uncomfortable.

Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought? I’d say that the last Honda minivan that we had before we left the US was pretty much up there. If automobiles don’t fall in that category, then I’d have to say my Macbook Pro. I *heart* my Mac in an unnatural way.

What is your most treasured possesion? Again, I can’t pick just one, so I pick three: my engagement ring, which is lovely, followed by a gift-wrapped box from Pea that has attached a card that explains it is filled with her love inside, and a silver ring from my grandmother.

Where would you like to live? I would love to live in North Carolina, near Raleigh-Durham. The mix of the weather, the proximity to the ocean (it’s less than the 16-hour drive we had from Chicago), excellent restaurants, the Universities nearby – they all add up to a lovely quality of life. The lack of snow doesn’t hurt, either.

What is your favorite smell? Freshly baked bread. Or chocolate cake. Or the ocean. Or: freshly baked bread AND chocolate cake from my kitchen with the smell of the ocean wafting in the patio doors. It could happen.

Who would play you in the film of your life? Sandra Bullock, which would be totally typecasting the hopeless, gawky, dorky type of characters she sometimes plays. And unfortunate, because the Hubs really, really doesn’t like Sandra Bullock.

What is your favorite book? Completely impossible for me to choose one. I refuse. I have too many favorites.

What is your most unappealing habit? It’s a toss-up between spending too much time on my computer and biting my cuticles. (Which drives the Hubs bonkers.)

What would be your fancy dress costume of choice? Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous. One can’t resist an opportunity to wear high heels, higher hair and drink straight from a champagne bottle while drawling “sweetie darling”.

What is your earliest memory? When I was about 3, my Gram watched me some days when my Mom was working. I remember walking to the corner with my grandmother to meet up with my grandfather when he came home for his lunch break. I can hear him whistling as I walked in between them.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? My absolute guiltiest pleasure is taking home a serving of Adam’s Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. However, I haven’t been to the Cheesecake Factory since I left Chicago, so I’d have to say curling up with a book, a cup of tea, and a cream scone.

What do you owe your parents? My gratitude and respect. And money, for covering what my student loans for University didn’t. And space in the basement, as I think they are still storing stuff for me down there.

To whom would you most likely say sorry, and why? My children, for all the neuroses I will likely instill (have instilled) in them and for all the years of therapy they will likely go through later in life.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? My husband and children.

What does love feel like? A squeezy hug from my 5 year old.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Thusly, “stop whining”, “shit”, “dammit”. Although usually not in the same breath.

What is the worst job you’ve done? Detasseling seed corn. If you don’t know what that is: (a) you’re not from Illinois or Iowa, and (b) you can read a really funny (and accurate) description on Jeff Miller’s blog here. The one thing that he fails to mention is that back then (for me is was more like 1987 or so) – there were no toilets available, and, at least for the foremen I worked for, we weren’t allowed to carry water into the fields with us. It was miserable; thankfully, we were paid a bit more than poor Jeff was in his account.

If you could edit your past, what would you change? I would have had more confidence in myself and stayed with my chosen program (graphic design) instead of (a) letting myself get talked into the Fine Arts program and (b) stuck that out instead of letting my lack of confidence (and a really shitty instructor) get to me, thusly changing my major to Finance. Which I now realize, I have no penchant for.

What is the closest you’ve come to death? I developed preeclampsia when I went into labor with Boo. Although, to be honest, it was the magnesium sulfate which they gave me made me FEEL like I was going to die.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? My children – despite what you may read, they are delightful, charming, and clever. And aside from that, settling in to life here in the UK – overcoming my fear of narrow B roads, driving on the “wrong” side, and sorting out the proper type of laundry detergent.

When did you last cry, and why? Watching Gray’s Anatomy a few weeks ago. I really wanted the old guy to get the medicine in the blind study he was participating in; he got the placebo. (I’m pathetic. But, in my defense, I think the Hubs teared up, too.)

How do you relax? Reading, and meeting friends for coffee.

What single thing would improve your quality of life? A housekeeper. I love this house, but seriously, I can’t cope/keep up with the cobwebs. My vacuum cleaner with the blower in front prolly isn’t helping, either. It seems like every time I finish a task, there are about 10 other things to do! The housework is non-stop so I just do the most important tasks and leave it at that. If you’re in the same position as me then you can Click here to hire an extraordinary housekeeper that will relieve you of a lot of work and stress!

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? If I keep an open mind and my sense of humor, and squeeze together a little self-confidence, I can do what needs to be done.

Am I the only one that hears James Lipton from “Inside the Actor’s Studio” in my head when I read the questions? It’s only missing “What is your favorite swear word?” (The answer is “Asshat”, by the way.) So there we have it, and that should reassure you, Paula, that you don’t look like a complete eejit. I think I just took on that title.

Next time, just send chocolate, ‘kay?

I guess that makes it my time to tag someone, so I choose:

Heather because I actually think she might do it;

Bruna because she is such a sweetheart;

Karin because she shares my love of JIF and Cheetos;

Melaina because she might play along once she’s done listing the contents of her fridge; and

Kate because I’m really curious about what she will say (if she plays along).


  1. You’re so welcome! And loving your answers too – especially the email one, that made me cringe, and asshat is officially my new fave swear word 🙂

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