Mkay, so I started this last night with the intention of just typing and not editing anything, but I faltered halfway through and didn’t finish it – here we go (again)!
What was the last thing you threw in the garbage/recycling?
Paper towels in the bathroom (at work) after washing my hands.
What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Don’t have an iPod and not sure how to even retrieve that info from my iPhone (where I have the most music), if it’s even possible. I generally just leave it on shuffle/random and skip past songs I don’t feel like listening to. It’s a silly way to listen to music when I could make actual playlists, but I am indecisive and lazy about organization of…most things, but I liken it to the way I also enjoy scanning through the radio stations on a commute every once in a while, just to see if I’ll hear a song I hadn’t thought of in a long time. Radio in my city generally blows, though, so I don’t often get that lucky. The song I play most, though, is on CD – Muse’s Madness. Ike used to fall asleep in the car to it all the time when he was tiny, and I still try it when he gets fussy while I’m driving, but it doesn’t work much anymore.
What is your favorite quote?
I have many regrets, and I’m sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret…if you have any sense, and if you don’t regret them, maybe you’re stupid. ~Katharine Hepburn
What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Pretty much all of them, but if I had to pick the worst, I’d say cleaning the bathroom. Things are awfully dusty around here, too.
What is your favorite form of exercise?
The closest thing to exercise that I manage is yoga. I wouldn’t say that I have a practice outside of snatching up Groupons for all the new studios that keep cropping up all over the ‘burbs here. I am, however, signed up to run a Warrior Dash in August. I should probably start thinking about training a little bit for that, maybe. Soon.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Weekdays, arriving at my parents’ house to pick Ike up, and getting that big smile when he sees me. Weekends, lying in bed as long as I can after waking up and listening to baby babble, having our nonsense chats. Saturday is my favorite day of the week, year round, and I love spring, so let’s say May. When green things start poking up out of the ground and flowers start budding and blooming, I feel better. To put that all together, I’d say waking up on a Saturday in May, windows open to let in the scent of the lilacs outside the bedroom. Can’t wait to do that with Ike this year.
What is on your bedside table?
A lamp, a Kindle reading light that I designated a night light, the copy of Anna Karenina I’ve been trying to finish since…I think I was still pregnant (!), and a stack of Ike’s books. Right now, there are Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a Cleveland Indians book, and a couple Sesame street books about numbers and shapes. Also usually a glass of water. Surely a good deal of dust.
What is your favorite body part?
On me? Years ago I would have said my hair, but since about three months after Ike was born it’s been shedding like crazy, so for now I guess I’d have to go with my feet. As far as feet go, they’re pretty not bad. Neglected, being near the end of winter now, but a pedicure is within sight!
Would you use the power of invisibility for good or evil? Elaborate.
I can’t imagine not getting a little evil with it, at least. Hopefully I wouldn’t have to choose absolutely between the two, and could use it for a lot of good and a little evil? Fund some Batman-type do-gooding, or something like that. Force the most fortunate to help the least.
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
Probably somewhere in the 23-25 range. Finishing school, falling in love, getting married. Good times.
What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
Pay off all our debt. Depending on the jackpot, maybe I could still make a serious donation to March of Dimes or something similar (would require much research) and take a serious vacation.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Consistently atrocious grammar. Occasional fuckups that don’t cause actual confusion, I can generally deal. But COME ON. It’s not that hard to get the basics right, most of the time.
If you could know the answer to any question, what would it be?
This is a hard one. Since I’ve come to terms with my atheism/agnosticism, I’m much more okay with not knowing things that are just unknowable. Everything I can think of, like…will Ike be happy and okay even after Mike and I are dead and gone, leads me to more awful possibilities where that wouldn’t be an applicable question. Yeah, I don’t like this idea! I’m going to cop out with this: will I die content?
At what age did you become an adult?
Probably 23, when I graduated and officially moved out on my own after school (even though I basically had lived with Mike for a year or more already) and got a “real” job related to my degree.
Recommend a book, movie, or television show in three sentences or less.
The Wire. If you haven’t seen it, go on a binge – watch as many as you can at a time, and you will not regret it. It’s tragic at the same time as it’s hilarious and thought-provoking. Good, good TV – and I even like some bad TV now and then!
What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
Not nearly as many things as I did that SHOULD have gotten me into trouble! I was a pretty wild teenager, but I was extremely crafty at not getting caught. I like to think of it as being young and stupid, but not quite recklessly stupid. Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll – standard, stereotypical stuff. Without going into much detail (here anyway, if you ask privately I will divulge more), the one time I nearly got into actual legal trouble involved an ex-boyfriend so dumb he admitted to a drug abuse charge in order to report drugs as stolen (it wasn’t me!). Thankfully, there ended up being no juvenile record (nor is there an adult one!) to have sealed, but only due to me being lucky and/or smart enough to do dumb things in intelligent ways.
What was the first album you bought with your own money?
I’m not sure, honestly, if I ever have, as impossible as it sounds. I know I requested some things as gifts when I was a kid (NKOTB, etc.), but I have never been a big purchaser of music. Most things were given to me by friends who made copies of their own for me. I may have bought a copy of STP’s No. 4 after I lost the one my brother gave me for a birthday, I think. Love that album, still. Even when I fall in love with a song, I can’t justify spending money on it when I know there are ways to hear it for free (I know, the artists should and do hate people like me).
If someone wrote a book about you, what would be the title?
… And She Got Away With It, Too
What story do you wish your family would stop telling about you?
Probably the childhood one from when I was apparently regressing a bit or being upset about not being the baby – when my (younger) sister was learning to cut her own food, I was being stubborn about cutting mine, even though I obviously had the ability. She’ll still offer to cut my pancakes for me whenever the opportunity arises.
True or false: The unicorn is the greatest mythical creature. State your case.
No way. When I think mythical creature, the first thing I think of is Cerberus. Three-headed dog! Actually, I have a hard time suspending belief; I don’t get into sci-fi very much at all, and I like fiction that is at least possible, if not plausible. Still – any one of these creatures sounds more interesting and intimidating than a unicorn to me! Plus, the whole thing about only virgins being able to capture a unicorn (yeah, I totally had to look that up, too)? Gag.