- If you’re only as old as you feel, how old are you? Mid twenties. A lot of my early to mid twenties weren’t that fun, and I kinda feel like they shouldn’t count.
- What habits, traits, or behaviors
to do you engage in that might be considered too young for you? Which might be considered a trait of someone older than you? OK, I totally read this question wrong at first because there’s a typo. Let me correct that. For my age, I should probably dress up more for work, not say “yeah” all the time, and have better professional phone manners. I should also not consume as much sugar as I do, and care more about what I eat. I’m not sure what traits I have that are “beyond my years.” A decade ago I could have answered this, but perhaps I’ve remained stagnant on that front and let my age catch up to my actions.
- Do you ever wish you were a different age than you are now? Why? Not really. Sometimes I wish I could re-do my early to mid twenties, but then I remember that I like my life the way it is, and if I had a do-over everything would be different, and that’s no good. So I’ll stay what I am thanks.
- Do you deliberately behave or dress a certain way to appear or feel younger than you are? How about older? Um… I don’t think I dress to appear a different age, but I know that my hair, depending on its mood, can make me appear older or younger. I’m not sure about the new cut which one it does. We’ll have to let people who’ve seen it weigh in on that one.
- What is your *real* age? I’m not telling. Not 30.
- When was the last time you went on vacation (where a vacation means time away from work/school and not at home)? My last vacation was… um… a little help here? Please, someone tell me it wasn’t last August when and I celebrated our anniversary in Grand Marais. I mean, that was a wonderful vacation. But that was also a year ago. Well, 49 weeks ago. Whatever.
- When on vacation, are you more likely to do and see as many things as possible or kick back and watch the world go by? I’m a fan of relaxing. Hammocks. Sleeping in. Staying up late to look at the stars without caring about the next morning’s repercussions. Fresh air. Doing fun things when I want to do them, not because we’re on a schedule and have to cram as many things in as possible in a short period of time.
- You’re visiting a new place. Would you rather go shopping or hit the museums? Neither. Or both. I guess it depends where it is. Some places don’t have one or the other that are worth going to. Some are known for one or the other. Some places are much better experienced by other sights, like a lakefront, or skyscrapers, or mountains.
- Where are your favorite vacation spots? If my cell phone doesn’t work, that’s a pretty good start to a good vacation spot. (That practically means that any time I’m at home, I’m on vacation, since my service is so crappy in my house.) I like water. And clean air.
- Do you have any vacation-specific fears or worries, like a fear of flying or of forgetting your toothbrush? Um, I’m usually quite sure I’ve forgotten something, but isn’t everyone? I don’t mind flying. I haven’t really been anywhere that I’ve been afraid of being lost, but that could be a concern in the right location.
- How do you celebrate the arrival of Spring? I don’t do a pagan ritualistic dance, if that’s what you’re wondering. My grandma’s birthday happens to be the first day of Spring, so that’s nice, but I don’t really do anything for that other than send her a card if I remember. I don’t particularly celebrate in any specific way, but I just enjoy knowing that it’s coming, that the winter is finally over. There have been birds chirping in my neighborhood all week, clearly indicating that Spring is just around the corner.
- What other holidays and events do you celebrate or mark in the spring? I don’t celebrate St Pattie’s, and dread Daylight Saving (just because I lose an hour of sleep). But Easter is a big holiday. And then May comes complete with ‘s birthday (his dad’s as well), Mother’s Day, and then Memorial Day. Those first two will be delayed in celebrating, since Mother’s Day and ‘s birthday both happen to fall on the same date this year, and it happens to be the Sunday right before finals (I have one Monday, one Tuesday, and one Wednesday). And then after Memorial Day, it’s just a short trip to Father’s Day and then ‘s birthday and then my birthday and then ‘s birthday. July is chock-a-block full of family birthdays/celebrations also. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
- Do you have an interesting traditions that take place during this time of year? Nope.
- What colors and imagery do you associate with spring? Pink. And flowers. And t-shirts without jackets. Green everywhere.
- What are you most looking forward to about spring? The fact that it’s not winter anymore. Seriously. I get tired of being cooped up inside, being cold all the time. I look forward to being able to air out the house, walk around without a coat on, go for walks for fun. I wore a tank top yesterday while at home just because I could, and forgot how much I love wearing them. Sandals too. Spring, to me, is really a precursor to summer. Not that it’s not enjoyed in it’s own right, because it is, but I think part of the power and excitement of Spring is the promise of Summer.
- What stresses you out? Things that I let have that affect on me. Most of the time, when I am very stressed, it’s relatively within my control to stop letting it have that power over me. That’s the kind of outward stress stuff that other people see. It’s the stuff that others can’t necessarily see that’s the hard stuff, because that I have very little control over.
- How well do you cope with stress? I think that depends who you ask.
- What techniques do you use to relieve stress? If it’s the little stuff, I just rant and rave and talk to people and generally get it out there, as well as talk too fast and too much, and pace a lot. The big stuff… often I clean, obsessively, at inappropriate times. When I lived in Michigan, often I’d scour my kitchen or bathroom at 2 am. Last Tuesday, while was in labor, parts of my house got very clean.
- When was the last time you did something for yourself to relax? Um… I watch a lot of TV and veg out – I try to give myself time each day to relax and be myself and not have something to do.
- What is your favorite comfort food? Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha if at work. Hot Cocoa if at home.
- Given a choice, and imagining that money and time were no object, would you rather cook dinner, eat out or order in? Order in – the best of both worlds. Someone else does all the cooking, but I still get to eat in bed while watching TV.
- What is the most elaborate meal you’ve ever prepared yourself or purchased at a restaurant? Two Thanksgivings ago, I shunned all celebrations and had a day all to myself. I made Cornish hen with wild rice and spinach stuffing, and … a whole bunch of other stuff. And I drank an entire bottle of wine over the course of the day and never felt its effects. That was a good holiday.
- What food do you find yourself making and/or eating way too much? Chef Boyardee Ravioli. Because I’m not 8 years old anymore. But it’s sooooo good.
- What was your most disastrous cooking/eating out experience? Oh, I have had way too many disastrous cooking experiences in my life. I am 1) not very good at reading recipes and tend to forget ingredients, do steps in the wrong order, or otherwise mess up, and 2) always wanting to “slightly” change the recipe and experiment. As you can imagine, this does not always turn out well. There’s a story from my childhood (OK, I was a teenager – once and I hit a certain age, we had to come up with one dinner idea per week for the family menu, and also cook dinner once per week) where I made muffins, but forgot to put in the leavening ingredient, and I made little hockey pucks. That’s just the first one that comes to my mind.
- Would you rather cook for someone else or have them cook for you? I think both are fun. It’s nice when someone else wants to do something nice for you, but it’s also nice to be able to make someone else happy with your efforts.
Shipping & Handling
- What method of shipping do you prefer when receiving a package? I don’t care as long as it’s not signature upon delivery.
- Do you know your local delivery person? Not at all.
- If you receive a tracking number for a package, how do you use it? I obsessively check the website until it arrives. They made those things up for people like me, you know.
- What service do you use to send packages? The US Postal Service. Because they’re right here.
- Do you ever send mail-order or Internet purchases back? Almost never. We had to return ‘s Panini Press and that wasn’t much fun (though it had to be done, so it was worth it). It’s slightly annoying to have to carry the package all the way on the bus to downtown to mail it back.
Chicken Soup for the Friday Fiver’s Soul
- How often do you usually get sick each year? Once in the winter.
- Which is worse to catch: a cold or the flu? I wouldn’t know the difference, because I don’t run a fever or vomit when I’m sick.
- Do you plan to get a flu shot? Why or why not? Yes, because they’re free through work and… it just seems like a good idea.
- What are your favorite home remedies for cold and flu symptoms? Chicken soup with fresh crushed garlic and cayenne pepper for a head cold. Or hot orange drink (like “Tang”).
- When you’re sick do you take “sick days” or do you force yourself to continue working? It depends on how things are at work. As long as I won’t feel bad leaving them to fend for themselves, I’ll stay home. I have no problems staying home – I earned those sick days, darn it!
Back To School Blues
- When you were a kid, do you do back-to-school shopping? Yes we did, though just to get the required school supplies and maybe a new outfit for the first day of school. More often, it was taking advantage of the sales to get new clothes because I’d outgrown all mine. didn’t have this advantage, because she was small for her age and got a lot of hand-me-downs, but she hated shopping as a kid anyways.
- Do you still peruse the back-to-school aisles now that you’re grown up? No, because they’re swamped with moms and kids and I just can’t handle the crowd. It’s like the Christmas section, only at least then I’ve got some motivation.
- What back-to-school item did you just have to have, only later to find out it wasn’t as useful as you thought? I’m not sure about usefulness, but the thing I remember being a must-have was a Trapper Keeper. They were all the rave.
- What is your favorite TV show about school? This is a pretty general question, isn’t it? I pick… Felicity.
- What was your favorite and least favorite part of going back to school? I don’t do new things well, so that will go as my lease favorite. The best part was that by the time the end of August rolled around, we were super-bored, so going back to school seemed like a good thing.
Editor’s Note: I’m working on a new template, but still having FTP problems, so it might be awhile. Patience, my darlings.
- How often do you indulge in something sweet? Waaaaaay more often than perhaps I should. Like… hourly. Perhaps more often, depending on my mood. I’m having serious chocolate cravings this week.
- What is your favorite kind of sweet food/beverage? Chocolate. Or coffee. Or Coke. But sometimes I just crave sugar, in which case Skittles or gumdrops are good.
- Do you have a preferred sweetener (artificial or natural)? Um, no. All of them are good. (Though I pick the “pink” packets for my coffee.)
- Chocolate or fruity? Chocolate, all the way.
- What is the sweetest thing anyone has done for you? Oooh, tough one. I’m pleading the 5th. All the sweet things I’m thinking of… I’m keeping to myself.
Tell me more, tell me more…
- Did you get very far? What’s the farthest away from home you’ve gone on a summer vacation? I’m too lazy to run the distances on a map, so the options are: San Francisco, Arizona, and North Carolina.
- Like does he have a car? What car would you like to have for the summer? Anything convertible. And pretty.
- Was it love at first sight? Have you ever felt love at first sight? Maybe not first sight, but within 24 hours.
- Did she put up a fight? What was the last fight you had about? Um… and I disagreed on how many tennis courts were at a park we walked by…. I really don’t like fighting though, so if you’re looking for raised voices you’ll have to go elsewhere.
- But you don’t gotta brag. What accomplishment or talent are you most proud of? My Access database project is supercool and I am a goddess.
(I’m feeling meme-y today.)
- What was the last book you read? Must be Pride and Prejudice (again). I’ve read bits and pieces of other stuff, but haven’t done a lot of reading lately. It’s not easy to read and knit at the same time….
- What book(s) are you reading now? I’m currently reading Finding Our Way Home. I’m on the last section, so hopefully I’ll be done soon.
- Do you have a library card? Do you use it? I don’t have a library card, because I managed to forget to return some books and now the library has a price on my head. Sad.
- How do you choose a new book to read? Fiction books are easy – I usually just have a stack of ones that I’ve wanted to read, and pick the one that feels right at the time. Non-fiction is harder, but I try to pick the ones off my shelf that I’m motivated enough to finish.
- We all had to read books in school. Which was your favorite? Your least favorite? Do you think you would feel differently about them if you read them now? I hated every book I ever had to read for a book report. Honestly. Some of them were probably good books, but it didn’t matter. I have a really hard time with literary analysis, and would much rather just read a book for enjoyment than try to get something out of the symbolism in the story, unless it’s really obvious (like 1984).
- Do you do spring cleaning? If so, what do you do? I love it when it gets warm enough out to be able to finally open all the windows and air out the stuffiness of the winter. This year, any spring cleaning has been taken over with the whole roommate moving out, me moving rooms, and new roommate moving in thing. There’s been a lot of cleaning. And throwing away. That’s the best part of spring cleaning – throwing away crap, finally giving yourself permission to get rid of something you’ve been holding onto for years unnecessarily.
- What’s the most cluttered area/room of your home? There’s this section of our hallway that is “organized clutter.” It’s used for storage of… craft projects, winter hats and scarves, and lately, anything I can’t find room for in my new living space.
- How do you split up cleaning duties in your home? Do you have a system? How about a schedule? We don’t have a system or a schedule. Basically, whenever or I feel like it, we clean something. Or if one of us is having company over. Or if it’s really disgusting. We try to generally clean up after ourselves and keep some semblance of cleanliness all the time. It doesn’t always work, but is a lot easier now that is gone.
- What are your favorite and least favorite cleaning chores? Least favorite: anything to do with the bathroom, or moldy food in the fridge, because they both make me want to wear rubber gloves and vomit simultaneously.. Favorite: (aside from… organizing stuff into piles, because I don’t think that really counts) making the bed, because in under 2 minutes you can instantly make the place look nicer.
- If you could rid yourself of one household chore forever, what would it be and why? Litter box cleaning (the little crystals that escape and roam around the floor, the general needing to scoop and… yeah, you know), but only if I can get rid of it and it is magically taken care of. I don’t want to just… stop. My cats smell bad enough when I am a day or two overdue to clean.
- Have you filed your taxes yet? Yep – two weeks ago. I even got one of my refunds already.
- Do you use e-file or the old fashioned paper forms? E-file all the way.
- Do you do your taxes by hand, with the help of computer software, or do you hire an accountant or tax firm? Online, with the help of site software. I can do them by hand, and don’t need to pay anyone to do them for me, since they’re so simple right now.
- How soon do you do your taxes? Are you a procrastinator or do you do you start them before you even have all of the supporting documents? A little bit of a procrastinator. I could have had them done about a month before I did. But I don’t like waiting until the last minute. Four years ago I was fired on Tax Day, and then had to go home and do my taxes, which just sucked. It’s not a happy day in my mind since then anyways, so I like to avoid as much unpleasantness then as possible.
- Imagine you were subjected to a tax law like the Stamp Act of 1765. Would you be willing and able to give up your favorite beverages (coffee, Diet Coke, etc.) and manufactured goods in a boycott like many women did during the American Revolution? I don’t think I’m political enough to boycott Starbucks for a law. But I am poor enough that if they tacked on enough taxes, I’d have to.
- What is your favorite time of year? Any time when the sun is shining and it’s warm enough to not have to wear a jacket. Preferably those times when I can wear a tank top and sandals. (Assuming, of course, that there’s some shade nearby, because as much as I love the sun, it does not love me.)
- What is it about your favorite season that, well, make it your favorite season? In the winter, the days get so short and it’s dark out so much of the day, plus it’s grey and cold, and I just feel like I’m hibernating for months on end, missing out on really living. The sun and the outside and the warmth make me feel alive again.
- What is your least favorite time of year? That time when to work a full 8-hour day, you have to wake up before the sun rises and you get off of work after it has set. I hate that.
- Do you do anything to celebrate or recognize the changing of the seasons? No. Minnesota’s kinda weird in that you can’t get too excited when the seasons change (especially winter to spring) because they might quickly change right back. Like the snow yesterday, even though last weekend I walked around without a coat on.
- What’s your favorite thing to do outside? I really like walking. And listening. And taking deep breaths. Frisbee’s fun too.
(late start on the memes today – like you cared anyways)
- Are you Irish? Nope. Not a sliver. Even though I have red hair. This is a very hard concept for some people to grasp.
- Are you by any chance wearing green today? Absolutely not. (OK, the band of my underwear might have little green stripes, but that’s totally incidental.)
- What kinds of special things do you do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Nothing. I don’t celebrate. Getting drunk is not exactly my thing. (Well, today a co-worker brought me a cupcake they were giving out in the Skyway, and I ate it, so if that counts….)
- Do you believe in luck? How about fate? Not so much in luck (worked at a church once that really didn’t believe in luck, to the point they couldn’t have “potluck” dinners). And as a matter of semantics, I don’t believe in fate, but I do believe that God has it all planned out, and some would call that fate.
- What would you do if you found a pot of gold? Pay off my student loans. And then move to an island in the tropic.