- How long can you sit in front of the TV without wanting to kill yourself? Oh, at least a few days. Honestly.
- Describe your ultimate day of relaxation. Sleeping in (obviously). Breakfast. Not needing to change out of pjs. Lounging about in front of the TV alone or not, or reading a good fiction book. Eating whatever makes me happy (comfort food, usually, like mac & cheese, or Swedish pancakes, or grilled cheese & tomato soup). The phone doesn’t ring all day. No roommates are home. The cats aren’t obnoxious but just loving. If it’s nice outside, I want it to be sunny and just warm enough to go for a walk without a jacket but not get sweaty, and then going for a walk, to the park, just laying in a hammock outside, these would all be nice additions.
- Do you prefer your work environment to be fast paced and stimulating or comfortably routine? I don’t do so well with the pressure, especially when it’s because other people didn’t do their job on time and now it’s all on me. Routine isn’t bad.
- Do you do laundry on a regular basis, or do you wait until you’re turning socks inside out? On a fairly regular basis. Sometimes I run out of work pants and that’s the motivator, but I never run out of socks or underwear (I’ve got like 5 or 6 weeks’ worth, last time I checked), so its never really become an issue.
- Do you prefer to take the stairs or wait for the elevator? Everywhere I go it’s either elevator or escalator. I walk up/down escalators most of the time.
- Who do you aspire to be like? I’ve got some friends that I’d like to be more like in some aspects (, ). I used to have more people I wanted to be like when I was in ministry, but now I’m without some of that.
- Does it bother you when your significant other is friendly with members of the opposite sex? Absolutely not. I trust him, and am confident enough in myself and our relationship. I don’t look good in jealousy anyways.
- Does the amount of media attention that someone like Paris Hilton obtains seem unjust? Unjust, no. Stupid, overrated, ridiculous, yes.
- Has your own unhappiness ever caused you to unintentionally resent the happiness of another person? Absolutely. I tried very hard when got engaged to be happy for her, but there was a part of me that felt sad for me. I know there were many more times in high school and probably college where this was even more true, but hopefully I’ve grown since then. I’ve tried very hard to separate my joy for someone else’s happiness from my feelings for myself that are only brought about by their situation, so I can be happy with them and not encroach on their joy, but also recognize what I’m thinking and feeling and deal with that on my own.
- Have you ever changed to fit in with a desirable group? Isn’t that what junior high and high school are about? I never really did the “fitting in” thing well though. I just am who I am, and as apologetic as I can be about that, it’s not going to change. I’m not a good chameleon. I’ve kept quiet sometimes so that people might think I’ve changed to fit in, but really I’ve just tried to avoid conflict or didn’t think it would be beneficial to share that I was on the opposite side of the argument. I think everyone changes a little bit depending on who they’re with – it’s our nature. That’s why we all feel a little off-kilter when our worlds collide. I don’t swear at all around , and rarely at work, but am much more likely to with and . There are some friends I feel much more comfortable talking about faith and belief with, and some I feel more comfortable talking about work-related things, and I could go on. I’m more likely to try hard to be friendly and appear interested when talking with friends’ parents than, say, co-workers. Different sides of the same coin.
- Would you ever lead someone on if it was financially beneficial to you? No. I’ve only led someone on intentionally (well, not so much intentionally as just knowingly) once, and the hurt I caused them is enough to stop me from ever doing that again.
- What’s the most expensive thing you own? My CD collection.
- What’s more important, job satisfaction or a fat paycheck? Satisfaction, definitely. It’s why I’m changing careers. Plus, I’ve never thought I’d have a job where I’d make a lot of money.
- How much money would it take for you to whore yourself out? As in… prostitution? There isn’t enough money in the world. Sex is way too big a deal and sacred and… personal to ever use as a means to an end.
- Would you be morally opposed to stealing something if you knew you could? I think it depends on the situation. Though stealing is always wrong, all sins are forgivable and if my family was starving, I think I wouldn’t feel all that guilty about stealing a loaf of bread. But I would feel guilty about robbing a bank for way more money than we needed to survive on. So… proportionate stealing, relative to the situation and need.
- Have you ever caused someone physical harm deliberately? Not since and I were little. Oh, and I hit a lot of boys in the shoulder the first half of college.
- What mundane things in life frustrate you the most? Wrong number phone calls at work.
- Have you ever had a screaming match in public? No, never. I screamed at my parents a few times when I was younger, and I’ve yelled at youth group kids a few times, but I try not to express my anger inappropriately or un-constructively, even though its hard at times.
- Which celebrity do you wish would just drop dead? Jessie Ventura. (.01 seconds to reply)
- Do you believe in the death penalty? No. I think it’s a much greater punishment to live without freedom.
What was the worst…
- Date you’ve ever been on? Senior year of high school I went on a date with this guy (Daryl, and yes it was always joked, “and his other brother Darrell” by my youth pastor and the youth group guys). It was our first date, and I was really excited about it because I’d been crushing on him for a while but he was really shy. So anyways, he picked me up and we went to a movie (James Bond: Goldeneye, which had way too much sexual content for my comfort) and then for ice cream and then back to my house, where we sat on the living room couch (no TV in there) and talked (boringly). I suppose it doesn’t sound that bad, but he just wouldn’t go home and wouldn’t get the hint. By this time it’d been seven hours long, and I mentioned something about him being late for his curfew and he didn’t care and it was all just… too much. No kiss good night, no second date (though he did call me four months later, after I’d been basically ignoring his existence, and ask me to prom, and I turned him down to go with girlfriends, and then he said, “well, let me know if you change your mind,” which just sealed his fate with me, because that kind of… neediness or loserness or whatever you want to call it when someone doesn’t get it after you keep rejecting them… is really unattractive and unacceptable in my book).
- Embarrassing high school moment? Early freshman year I tripped up a flight of stairs on my way to French class and there were some juniors and seniors nearby. They might have laughed (I don’t remember). That’s not the most embarrassing thing that happened to me between 1992 and 1996, but it’s the only one I can think of that happened at high school.
- Party you’ve ever been to? I don’t really go to parties because I don’t like them, so without sounding too rude, most of them would fit in the category of “worst party.” I only like the ones I throw (because then I know everyone that’s invited and feel completely comfortable in my surroundings).
- Lie you ever told? The one I can think of (because I lied to my parents a ton in junior and senior high, and I just can’t remember it all) is the summer after freshman year of college when I dated this older guy and didn’t tell my parents specifically because I knew they wouldn’t let me but he had the same name as a friend of mine so I just sort of implied I was going out with him instead.
- Vacation you ever went on? I’m going to throw out there the camping trip that and I went on this fall, with the rain storm and soaked tent/sleeping bag and sleeping in the car and losing the car keys and generally lots of not-fun-things. I want a re-do.
- What song(s) would you like played at your funeral? I’m hoping that my funeral is far enough in the future that any song I picked out today would seem ridiculously out of date. But, if I get hit by a bus today on the way home from work… maybe “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan, and “Spoken For” by MercyMe.
- Do you ever give nicknames to inanimate objects? oh dear, yes. Cars have often been named, and lots of inanimate objects have, at the very least, genders. also, while they’re not inanimate, my cats have middle names (though they don’t technically have last names), just so that when they’re being really bad, I can use their “full name,” or just the middle one, because “Romeo” sounds much too sweet, but “Joseph!” can really be belted out (likewise for “Matea” versus “Louise”).
- Why are women so catty? I think that (to play the blame game) society has set us up to always be in competition with each other. Who’s prettier, who dresses better, who has a better job or boyfriend or house, etc. I’ve always said groups of 3 women are the worst, because usually it’s 2 against 1 and someone’s always left out, because that’s just what happens. Conveniently, this hasn’t happened with , and I, but I think we’ve also worked to not let that happen. As far as cattiness goes, I blame women’s magazines.
- Would you prefer to work hard and earn a million dollars that you could be proud of, or inherit it? Eh, I really have no need for a million dollars. Enough to pay off my student loans would be nice though. And I could really care less where it came from (if, for instance, my grandma gave me a lottery ticket for Christmas and I won, that’d be OK by me). I know a lot of people would place more value in the earned money, and I understand why, but I just don’t feel that way about money. About other things, yes (like education, friendship, trust, respect, etc).
- Do you consider you life more important than that of a hobo? I don’t consciously and intentionally consider my life more important than anyone’s (except when I remember that the world really does revolve around ME – just kidding!). To quote , “all life has value.” And while I don’t apply that to, say, spiders and raccoons, I do believe in the inherent value of humanity, that God created each and every person with a purpose and loves each of His creation equally and more than we will ever comprehend. And it’s my job to attempt to see people that same way (I am, by the way, very, very bad at this).
- What’s your earliest childhood memory? I’m posting a photo for this one.
- What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon? I’m not sure. I remember fighting with over whether or not we had to watch Looney Toons (because I wasn’t a huge fan, and she was), and that we both agreed on the Smurfs and… perhaps Care Bears or something about a treehouse…?
- Did you ever have any themed lunch boxes, Pj’s, sleeping bags or other childhood items? Were you ever made fun of for your choice of theme? I had a Crayola sleeping bag. I know that my lunchbox was blue, but can’t remember what was on it. We didn’t get a lot of stuff like that, though.
- Looking back, which fads were your favorites and which ones make you hang your head in shame? Four words: M C Hammer pants (aka Harem Pants). made me a pair in a teal-and-purple paisley. That could quite possibly be the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever admitted here. I was really just a huge dork. Other horrible fads: the side pony-tail, junior high bangs, blue eye shadow, pants that had such narrow ankles it took another person to pull them off my feet…. Can’t think of any favorite fads. That’s sad.
- What was your favorite kiddie cereal? Malt-O-Meal (which is why there’s a box in my cupboard at home).