Five on Friday: Last Will and Testament

[lots of the memes today were kinda deep. apparently we’re feeling quite introspective.]

  1. Have you written your will? I’d like to note that I can answer all of these questions for Mom, who has told me repeatedly what her plans are. I have not written my will. I don’t really own anything (other than debt and 2 cats).
  2. Would you prefer to be buried or cremated? Why? Cremated, but I’m not sure why. I guess I really just don’t need to be taking up space in a cemetery, and it seems so much more… I don’t know… clean? permanent? future-friendly? eco-friendly? Whatever. It’s what I want.
  3. What do you imagine your funeral to be like? I want a party. That’s right.
  4. What would you like to be remembered for? I don’t know – I’d like to think that some of my best work is still yet ahead, that there are things in the future that will significantly add to or change how people remember me.
  5. Do you believe in reincarnation? Absolutely not. Bunch of hogwash crap. (Which is why it was so unfortunate that that Robin Williams movie relied heavily on the concept, because it was artistically and visually stunning and I just couldn’t get over the worldview.)

Five on Friday: Bed Bugs

  1. What do you wear to bed? My blue satin Vickie’s pj’s, or my black ones (with pink accents, of course) from Target at Prince Charming’s house.
  2. What side of the bed do you sleep on? I have a twin bed. There aren’t sides.
  3. Do you sleep on your back, side, or stomach? Yes, to all of the above. It depends on my mood or the temperature or… whatever. This morning I woke up on my stomach, with Romeo sitting on my back licking my hair.
  4. Describe the bedding on your bed right now. How does it change with the seasons? Are you particular about your pillows or linens? Down comforter from Ikea, with white duvet. It only changes in the summer when it gets really hot (no air conditioning for me, well, except the window unit I have, but I barely ran it last year), and then I have a thin “natural”-colored blanket. I have… 3 sets of sheets, the flannel one that I only use in the winter obviously. There’s a green & purple set that came with the bed (from Alison), and they’re kinda annoying because they’re for a twin-long (her college days), but they work. And I don’t want to spend any more money than I have to embellishing my little bed. I’d rather wait until I had a “big girl’s” bed. I’m particular about my pillows though – feather is the way to go.
  5. Do you hog the bed, steal covers, or snore? I used to snore, but don’t think I do anymore. As far as other annoying habits, you’ll have to ask Prince Charming, since he’s the only person I’ve shared a bed with in a long time (Mom comes up next on the list…). I’m a really sound sleeper, so I could do all sorts of things and never wake up. (This comes in handy for roommates who want to run the dishwasher late at night, or make cheesecake at 1 am [actually happened this week], or come in stumbling drunk.)

Five on Friday – Growing Up

  1. What did you want to be when you grew up? All sorts of things, but none of them terribly fantastical. Actually, nothing really sticks out. I know that in high school before I decided to go into ministry I was looking at teaching, law, and psychology. I probably wanted to be a ballerina at some point (though, having never taken ballet, that would be difficult).
  2. Did you follow through? If not, what happened? Um, yeah, not applicable.
  3. Is your life turning out the way you thought it would when you were a kid? If not, is it better or worse? Absolutely not. But not in a good or bad way. When you’re little, you’re so naive as to how the world works, that nothing you plan is really all that practical or realistic. And you don’t understand or see the little details that make real, grown-up life… real (like paying bills and relationships with co-workers).
  4. Paradoxes aside, if you could time-travel back to when you were 10 years old, what would you tell your 10-year-old self? Ooh, didn’t I answer this for Prince Charming once? I think, instead, I’d talk to my parents (when I was 10) and tell them it’s not going to be just a phase, that therapy and medication might help, and that high school is just going to suck and so if they could not make it more difficult, that’d be great.
  5. Do you think the child you were, would like the adult you’ve become? I think the child I was is still a part of me. My childhood, indeed every step of my life up until this day, has made me who I am today. If the child I was didn’t like the adult I’ve become, that would mean I don’t like who I’ve become or who I am. And that’s not true. I don’t think the child I was would necessarily understand how we got here, but I hope that she’s still with me and peeks her head out every once in a while to be amazed or innocent or unreserved.

Five On Friday

Get Your Drink On

  1. What is your favorite beverage? Why? We’ve done this here before. White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks. And Coke original in a glass with ice. And really good milk (but I’m very picky about it).
  2. Your preference: Tea, coffee, or hot cocoa? Truthfully, hot cocoa, then coffee, then tea.
  3. Favorite thing to drink in the heat of summer? Lemonade-Iced-Tea.
  4. Worst beverage you’ve ever tasted? Beer.
  5. How do you take your water: flavored, bottled, carbonated, or straight from the tap? Tap, with ice.

Five On Friday – Wall Flowers

  1. What is the wallpaper on your computer? I just changed it to a b&w photo of a little kid with an umbrella jumping in a puddle.
  2. What color are the walls in the room you’re in right now? I’m at work, so they’re mostly white. There are a few that they “cleverly” painted random colors, but the colors they chose are hideous (well, not necessarily on their own, but the combination is atrocious).
  3. Describe some of the wallpapers you have lived with. I can’t remember the last time I actually had wallpaper, or really any of them. When I lived in Michigan I put up a border in the guest bedroom that was sunflowers (it matched the bedspread and curtains).
  4. Would you ever consider using wallpaper to decorate? What would it look like? Mainly no, though the textured stuff you can buy and then paint might be cool if used right.
  5. If you could use anything not specifically intended for walls (no paint, wallpaper, etc) to spruce up your walls, without any nasty consequences, what would you use? I’d love to do a huge decoupage wall (just one, though, or else it’d be too much and I’d just get dizzy all the time) of things cut out from magazines and photos of friends and… so very high school, I know.

Five on Friday

  1. How many books do you read per month? How many are for work/school? One or two, depending on the nature of the books (Jane Austen takes longer to read than average fluff). I don’t read books for work unless I’m at work, and that’s rare (though I talk about it here when I do – the last one was my 1200 page Access 2002 book that I “read” in a week, but that was back in September-ish).
  2. What is your favorite genre of book (fiction, self-help, etc…)? Fiction all the way. It’s why my bookshelves are filled with books I haven’t read – all the non-fiction ones (that I really want to read) get put aside for fiction ones that I can get into much easier. Plus, I like reading as entertainment and a way to relax, and most of my non-fiction books are definitely thinking books, about theology and psychology and homelessness, etc. Not so much a “free time” activity, or something to read before going to bed.
  3. Do you subscribe to any magazines? Which? Are there any you’d like to subscribe to but haven’t? Mom got me a subscription one year to Real Simple but I let it expire, so I purchase it when I think about it and I’m at Target. Other than that, I haven’t had a magazine subscription since high school, when Teen and YM and other silly magazines were the source of divine wisdom about boys and how to be pretty.
  4. Where do you get your reading materials? Online? Bookstore? Library? I buy most of my books at the Borders across the street from Target, because it’s easy for me to get there. Amazon is another favorite, but I haven’t used it much lately. I’m technically not allowed to buy any more books until I read the ones I’ve got, but that hasn’t stopped me (just slowed me down).
  5. List 5 books you recommend people read:
    1. Anything Jane Austen
    2. The Red Tent by Anita Diamante
    3. Anything by Jennifer Weiner (if you like good chick lit) or Kristen Billerbeck (if you like good Christian chick lit)
    4. The Bible (you know it was going to show up here, didn’t you?)
    5. Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard