Thursday, March 7, 2013

20 questions!

Let me preface this by saying that little quiz things like this were a big part of the spouse and I's early relationship, back in the dark ages of internet communication (ie no voice or video yet). We first met in person for just a few days, then started "dating" via online communications, spent a weekend together, and then got engaged shortly thereafter while chatting on the phone and then went on our first actual date after we were engaged...). Strange deal all around, but we emailed quizzes like this one back and forth for weeks in there as a way of getting to know each other like you would usually do on a date. Lots of fond memories of quizzes like this for me (or maybe my hormones are weirdly broken still).

Check out everyone else's responses over here at PAIL!

1. What was the last thing you threw in the garbage/recycling?
 A random rectangle of white cardboard went into the recycling.

2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
 This was surprising, so much so that you get a top 5 list. "Tried To Save The World" from the Planet 51 soundtrack is number 1 (who listens to this song all the time? huh?), "Waiting For The Bus" by the Johnson Twins is number 2 (unsurprising as I love this song since it reminds me of city life and missed connections), "The Mountain" by Mason Jennings is number 3 and "California" also by Mason Jennings is number 4 (but neither is even in my top 10 favorite songs by him... hmm...), and number 5 is "Tomorrow" by Jeremy Messersmith (which IS my favorite song by him).

3. What is your favorite quote? "To the man with only a hammer in the toolkit, every problem looks like a nail" - Abraham Maslow

4. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Taking out the trash and putting away the dishes. My spouse would probably say "all of them" though.

5. What is your favorite form of exercise?
Canoeing or cross country skiing

6. What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Day: 6:45am when the kid is chirping in her room and Little Monster is grunting in her bed and all is right in the world.
Week: Fridays after 4pm (when class is over this semester)
Month: September, when it's cooler and the leaves are lovely

7. What is on your bedside table?
A moving box. It's still in the garage for some reason. On the headboard are about 6 random paperbacks (half romances, half sci fi/fantasy), a heap of kleenex, an adult toy, a 32 oz gas stationcup of water, a kid's version of a religious text, a Junie B Jones book,  a puzzle in its box, and a decorated rattling box with ribbons the kid made when she was about 3

8. What is your favorite body part?
On other people: legs, especially calves.
On myself: My eyebrow. Yes, there's just the one and I am very fond of it.

9. Would you use the power of invisibility for good or evil? Elaborate.
Odds are, probably good and mischief. So not quite evil per se.

10. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
I would pick 29, because it seems like a good age (although I haven't gotten there yet, I have plans that it will be AWESOME)

11. What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
 Pay off all the student loans and prepay the rest of my tuition

12. What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who say they'll do something and then don't. Don't say yes if you won't do it! Sheesh!

13. If you could know the answer to any question, what would it be?
Who shot JFK and why?

14. At what age did you become an adult?
I quit living at home when I was 16 (I had a dorm room!), had my own place at 19, and got married at 20, so one of those.

15. Recommend a book, movie, or television show in three sentences or less.
Everyone should read "Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde because it's a really interesting look at class/race, dystopian futures, and arranged marriages. It does a great job of building a really interesting post-apocalyptic world where an obscure art history text becomes central to life. Also it's fun to read a book that has a slightly different title than another very popular book to shock certain people.

16. What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
The short answer is staying out late. The long answer is almost anything and everything I could think up. One particular incident I got busted coming home at 4am (which I'd been doing for weeks on the weekends) and instead of letting me go to sleep, my parents gave me a long lecture BUT they let me leave at 6am for a something or other meet (speech team, mock trial team, something else), having slept about 75 minutes.

17. What was the first album you bought with your own money?
I believe it was three at once, and probably Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson, Place In The Sun by Lit, and Ixnay on the Hombre by The Offspring.

18. If someone wrote a book about you, what would be the title?
 "How did we get here anyway? Tales of life on the scenic route"

19. What story do you wish your family would stop telling about you?
I get right fed up with the story of how I insisted on keeping all the dairy animals, and once I moved to the farm and saw how much work it was, 3/4 of them were sold within the week that my mother is so fond of telling. Inaccurate! I wanted the bunch kept so I could personally get a sense for production and quality of the animals by hanging around with them, and the plan was all along that I'd make substantial cuts once I'd had that chance. It took me a month and only half of them got sold (the lousy half).

20. True or false: The unicorn is the greatest mythical creature. State your case.
False. The dragon is the greatest mythical creature. It breathes fire or steam, can fly, is nearly invincible, and may employ errant princesses as a cook/librarian (based on Patricia Wrede's novel "Dealing With Dragons"). Unicorns are mostly glorified horses, and horses are super needy animals, therefore unicorns cannot be the greatest mythical creature.


  1. I remember doing these with boyfriends back in the dark ages as well. :)

    One eyebrow?? I know you're anon, but c'mon, you have to post a pic of that awesome eyebrow!

    1. Think Bert from Sesame Street making that face where his eyebrow is in a slight V. I'll tweak a picture of me in a fabulous sterile compounding get up and post it eventually.

  2. I misread "Shades of Grey" as "50 Shades of Grey" and I was all I THOUGHT I KNEW YOU!!!!

    Carry on!