Yesterday on her blog Peggy took a Vanity Fair questionnaire and then challenged her readers to do the same. I love the idea and thought the questions were fun so I decided to play along. Here we go.
Quickly name a unique item you have in your house.
Handmade items. Some made by me, some made by friends. Paintings, a dream catcher, and various other craftiness. I love being surrounded by things made by the folks I love.
What are your two favorite names?
Lucinda and Montgomery, my children.
What do you consider a necessary luxury?
Fancy beauty products, perfume, and makeup. It doesn't matter if no one but me knows that I'm wearing Chanel nail polish. I know and it makes me feel pretty. There isn't a ton of money in the budget for these types of splurges, but I still try to treat myself a few times a year.
What type of car would you like to drive?
A Toyota Prius. (Yeah, I know. I'm one of those people.) Really though, I don't care that much what car I'm driving as long as it's equipped with satellite radio. So yeah, maybe satellite radio is a necessary luxury also. I'm starting to feel spoiled.
What is your favorite color and has it changed over the years?
Blue. It's always been blue.
What quality do you most admire in a man?
Sense of humor. Also, the ability to discuss the occasional book with me.
In a woman?
Hmmm....interesting. Lately I'm drawn to women who are somewhat independent and can think for themselves.
What is something you long for?
I desperately want both of my children to find careers that they enjoy and that can finance a decent, fairly stress free life. On a more immediate note, I wouldn't mind finding a good lotion to get rid of the dry skin around my bra line. Seriously, it is such a good thing I'm already happily married because the constant boob scratching I do would get me no action.
If money were no object what would you buy yourself?
An apartment right in the city. And a really good boob lotion.
What charity would you donate a million dollars to?
I'm stealing Peggy's answer-anything to do with women/children. Especially children. The playing field needs to be a bit more level. I hate that certain kids have it so hard while others (mine included) have it so easy just by being born into a better family situation.
What book have you just finished reading?
I'm really not sure what the last book I read was. I've been reading Last Child in the Woods for over a week now, which is a long time for me. It's a really good book and I'm savoring it.
Name one book that made an impact and why?
This one was really hard for me because there are so many books that I've read that have made an impact. Sometimes even the shitty ones have a way of making an impact. But right now I'd have to say, I'm Perfect, You're Doomed by Kyria Abrahams, it's the true story of a gal raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. It was the first book I had read that I truly could relate to. I still highly recommend it.
Name one liquid always in your fridge?
Organic milk. My kids drink a lot of milk and it's the one thing I insist on being organic. (Shit! Maybe that's a necessary luxury too!)
Name one food item always in your fridge?
Ketchup. My daughter puts it on everything.
What could you eat everyday?
Everyday I drink...
Coffee. Lots of coffee.
TV Guilty Pleasure:
Adult animation like The Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and most of Adult Swim on Cartoon Network.
TV Show I Don't Miss:
Ha! I couldn't narrow it down to just one. 30 Rock, Portlandia, The Ricky Gervais Show.
Name a favorite fictional character from a book.
Adrian Mole (No one ever knows who I'm talking about when I mention Adrian Mole, so here's the Wikipedia page with more info.)
From a movie:
What phrase or motto do you over use?
I'm constantly telling my kids to "Take it down a notch."
I own a lot of:
I don't know if I own a lot of anything anymore. I'm not as much into 'stuff' as I used to be. I'd rather have 'experiences'.
I try to avoid:
One thing I know:
As shitty as things can be sometimes, I am very, very lucky.
Set aside time to read a book. It keeps me sane.
The last time I wrote a letter and mailed it was:
About a week and a half ago. My dad sent me a letter confronting me about celebrating holidays and no longer being one of Jehovah's Witnesses. I immediately wrote him back, telling him my honest feelings. I haven't heard from him since. No surprise really.
Dog or cat?
Probably cat, but I love all animals.
Might I now suggest that you folks take the quiz?