- Are you named after anyone? Would you name a child of yours after you? I am not named after anyone, nor would I name a child of mine after me. I would, however, use family names as middle names (still not my name though – Kelly doesn’t seem like a very good middle name).
- If you were born a member of the opposite sex what would your name be? If you could switch names with a friend who would it be? My parents were going to name me Eric. I don’t know who I’d switch names with.
- Are there any mispronunciations/typos that people do with your name constantly? Would you drop your last name if you became famous? I occasionally get Kelley, but not that often. Usually the problem is people forget my name and think I’m Jill (apparently I look like a Jill) or they have problems with my last name (pick one, new or old, people are just difficult). I wouldn’t be able to drop my last name if I were famous – do you know how many Kellys there are in this world? How ever would people Google me?
- Name two celebrities that have really great names. Name two celebrities that in your opinion have strange names. I’m skipping this one.
- Do you like your name? Does your name have a special meaning? I like that the combination of Kelly Laura means “warrior woman with a crown of laurel leaves.” I think it means I’m secretly Xena, Warrior Princess. Don’t you? It’s an OK name. My parents could have done better, but they really could have done a lot worse too.
- What two things do you “have” to wear when it is chilly/cold outside? Mittens and a scarf.
- What are two good things about wintry weather? Snow is pretty. Also, when it’s super friggin’ cold here in Minnesota, the sun shines brightly. I like that.
- What two things do you really dislike about wintry weather? Cold. That could really be the entirety of the list. But, for a second one, I will say that I also strongly dislike how short daylight hours are. It makes me sad.
- On average, how cold does it get in your city/town and how long does the cold weather last? Um, I live in Minnesota, land of 10,000 winters. Or something like that. The cold ranges each year. The coldest was the third year I lived here when I lived in that attic apartment and it got down to somewhere around 10 below zero. A lady drove up to the bus stop in her SUV and offered to let me wait for the bus in it. That’s Minnesota nice for you. Winter can last from the end of October through sometime in April, but I would generally say mid to late November through end of March.
- Would you rather be stuck at home because of a blizzard or flooding? Blizzard, definitely. Flooding would mean… well, in my current house, it would probably mean that the world had ended. Plus, we don’t have a basement, so that would mean that we were stranded upstairs, without a television. Blizzard just means no going to work or going outside. As long as grocery shopping has been done, I could keep myself entertained indoors for days, possibly weeks, on end. Assuming, of course, that the heat stays on. Otherwise, I’d be dead. That’s no fun.
- Be the person next door or the fantasy person that appears unattainable? (explain) Haven’t I always been the girl next door? I doubt I was ever considered to be the unattainable fantasy. And I think girl-next-door would be better anyways, because while the fantasy might have more admirers, the girl next door doesn’t end up alone (usually).
- Lie to maintain a “goody-goody” rep or not care what people thought about you? (explain) First of all, any goody-goody reputation I have isn’t because I lied about it, but because people assumed things without asking what reality was. But, I’d prefer to not care what others think about me. I’m sure I don’t do as good of a job at this as I’d like to (I’m not immune to knowing what others think about me or caring about it), but I’d like to think that I at least have escaped the fate of being a people pleaser.
- Go back in time to undo your mistakes or deal with the mistakes and learn from it? (explain) Well, I try to live on the premise of not having regrets (which is true for the most part), which means that I have to deal with my mistakes and learn from them. For instance, when a former friend of mine died last spring and I hadn’t seen her, I regretted that (one of the few things in my life I truly regret), and so when my aunt got sick this summer, I made sure to write her a letter and do what I could to feel as though I ended that relationship the way I wanted to. In the end, I still wish that I had gone down to visit her one last time, because I think that would have helped me in the grieving process (though being perfectly honest with myself it would have been extremely difficult to do so, both emotionally and logistically speaking, and wasn’t really practical to take a trip at the time). So I’ll try to learn from that as well.
- Be friends with people that make you look good or people that make you appear to have an edge? (explain) Neither. I prefer to be friends with people who make me feel good about myself and who challenge me in some way and who are smart and who are generally good, nice people.
- Stay friends with a person that betrays you or break it off and not give her/him another chance? (explain) Loyalty is a big thing with me. used to say of my friendships (in elementary school, no joke) that I was loyal to a fault. That being said, however, betraying my loyalty, depending on the situation, could be an unforgivable offense. I’d like to think that I’d extend grace, since we are all fallible and I’ve enacted my fair share of offenses. But it’s possible that I could be in just the right mood to say to myself, “enough is enough, I need to respect myself more than this, and I can’t do this anymore.” So… best I can say is, I’ll try my hardest to not betray my friends, and good luck to you if you betray me.
- You witness a nonfatal car wreck, do you help (stop and/or call 911) or continue on? Witness? I’m not sure. I have a cell phone. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be much help outside of calling and/or trying to keep someone calm if necessary. I think there’s some sort of obligation to stop if you actually witness it so the police have someone to talk to other than those involved. But, if I was really busy or late or something, it’s possible I could skip out on that. I don’t think I’d want to.
- You witness a robbery, do you help (stop and/or call 911) or continue on? Can I discreetly call 911? I don’t want to get involved, because I have a self-preservation instinct.
- You see a child who appears to be lost or hurt, do you help (stop and/or call 911) or continue on? Help. It’s a kid, for Pete’s sake.
- You hear a person yelling for help, do you help (stop and/or call 911) or continue on? Um… not sure. I’m not terribly brave or strong, so I guess it depends what kind of help was needed.
- You see a fire in your neighborhood, do you help (stop and/or call 911) or continue on? Call 911, yes. Stop and stare, yes. Help? I’m not really a firefighter, and not very strong, and not too fond of being on fire. But I could make lemonade, were it near my residence. People like lemonade.
I’d never…at least I don’t think I would ever
- List two items of clothing you would never wear again. Skinny jeans. Anything with shoulder pads.
- List two food items you would never eat again. That 100% Ghirardelli chocolate bar. Eggplant.
- List two types of music you would never intentionally listen to again. Rap. Banjo.
- List two TV shows you would never watch again. Dirt (that new one on FX). Rescue Me and Nip/Tuck tie (also on FX).
- List two beverages you would never drink again. Um… can I say orange juice? I must have had it when I was a child at least once, but I can’t remember ever consuming it. Also… certain restaurant’s margaritas.
A day late, a dollar short, whatever. I was sick. Give me a break.
- Two celebs that you feel are the most overexposed: Paris Hilton and Madonna
- Two news items you wish the press would stop talking about: the Rosie O’Donnell / Donald Trump thing. I could care less. Could everyone please shut up?
- Two songs that you are tired of hearing on the radio: I don’t listen to the radio that much, so… I got nothin’.
- Two TV shows that should NOT be renewed for another reason: The Apprentice – please, can it end now? Drrt, the new show on FX – we watched the first episode and it was CRAP. It will probably be renewed for multiple seasons, like Sex and the City and The Sopranos, neither of which would I / have I watched.
- Two movies (that are currently showing) that you would recommend: I’m not going to movies right now, so this isn’t from first-hand experience, but I hear that “Happy Feet” is fabulous. As for a second one, find a local theater that plays old/retro films.
- Name two things you love about the city/town you live in: I love that it’s a large city with a neighborhood feel, residential and mid-size-town like, but with all the amenities of the major metropolitan area that we are. I also love… well, I just really like my neighborhood. I’ve been here over 3 years now (2 different apartments), and I really feel quite comfortable here.
- Name two things you dislike about the city/town you live in: In my neighborhood particularly I feel a lack of good places to eat. Also, downtown has nothing going on outside of the 9-5 M-F routine.
- Name two cities/towns you would live in if you couldn’t live where you are now: I looooove San Francisco, but could never afford to live there. Also, the western part of Michigan, on the lake, is really nice.
- Are you a “true local” (born and raised) or a transplant of the city/town you live in? I am a transplant, though in 16 days I will have been here 5 years, and it really feels like home (though I will stay say I’m going “back home” when traveling to Illinois).
- Do you like to leave your city/town when you have a long weekend or do you like to stay home? I spend almost all of my weekends at ‘s house in the suburbs, including long weekends. I don’t think it really counts as leaving, since it’s only 13 miles away and I’d be there if it was a long weekend or not.
[Editor's Note: Really, I'll get around to a real post soon. I actually have things to say. But I have work to do too, and am only in until 12:30 today. So... blog gets neglected. Sorry!]
- The perfect autumn day and what activities you enjoy: Clear blue sky, cool enough to wear long sleeves and a sweater, and maybe gloves or a hat, but a jacket is not needed. Leaves all over the sidewalk that crunch when I step on them. I perfectly free afternoon with nothing to do but enjoy the weather. The sun is shining (it’s been awfully dark and dreary lately – I miss the sun!). I like to… go for walks in the fall, breathe the crisp air, drink something toasty warm, look at the changing colors, and enjoy all the colors of clothing and everything else commercial that’s in stores this time of year.
- Two things about yourself that make you different from everybody else: My hair makes me pretty different – it’s rare that there’s someone with hair exactly like mine. Also, I have a very rare personality type, if you’re into Myers-Briggs.
- The last time you laughed really hard and why: I get the giggles when I get tired, and this past weekend when watching football, repeated references to “tight end” did me in. Also, likes to tickle me, which leads to lots of laughing.
- Two items of clothing that best represents who you are: My cream Old Navy zip-front hooded sweater, and my grey sweatpants. Both are comfy and cuddly and beautifully neutral. They go with everything.
- Yourself as others see you and how you see yourself: Um… yeah, I don’t really think this can be described in a sentence or two. So… I’m not answering it.
Choose and explain…
- Shower or Bath: Maybe one day when I don’t have roommates, I’ll take more baths, but really all a bath means right now is spending half an hour on my knees scrubbing the tub before being able to enjoy the spa-like atmosphere that my occasionally-clean bathroom offers. Not exactly fun. Plus, it’s impossible to wash my hair. I’ll agree that shaving is easier, but hardly worth the effort of a bath.
- Comedy or Drama: Historically, I’ve preferred comedy over drama, but in recent years my tastes have changed. I really like a nice… middle of the road drama that’s not too tense and has some humor in there every once in a while. In musicals and plays, I prefer drama. And I love physical comedy. So… yeah.
- Coffee or Tea: I am a coffee girl. Have been since childhood, when my parents would have a cup of coffee after dinner and would let us have the last half-inch at the bottom of the mug (cold, black coffee – yum! I don’t know why and I thought this was such a treat).
- Fiction or non-fiction: I try to read non-fiction. I own a lot of non-fiction. But it always seems much more like work than an enjoyable leisure activity. So the fiction books get read and the non-fiction ones look pretty on a shelf. It’s not right, I know.
- Television or Movies: Yes. I like all both. I’m more a fan of movies on television than in the theatre, just because I can watch a wider variety on the small screen. (Anything remotely scary or tense is just overwhelming on the big screen with the surround sound and the inability to hit pause.)
- Did you go on vacation? If so, where? If not, where do you wish you had gone? I actually went on 3 vacations this year, which was amazing! Camping twice (Scenic State Park and Tettagouchee State Park) and an actual vacation on a lake shore in a condo in Grand Marais. I can’t remember the last time I was this well-traveled, or well-relaxed.
- How many times did you swim in a pool? How many times did you go to a beach or lake? I swam in a pool exactly once, at the birthday celebration for and myself. I was at a lake many times… Scenic had one, and Tettagouchee and Grand Marais are both on Lake Superior, as well as Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls.
- What are the two best things about summer? Explain: I love the long days of sunlight, when the sun doesn’t set until almost 10, and I love that, because of the nature of my workplace, summer is really quite relaxed and not much is expected to be accomplished.
- What are the two worst things about summer? Explain: It ends just as I’m beginning to catch my stride, and while I love the sun, it exhausts me, and turns me the color of lobsters.
- Recall the two best memories you are going to remember about this past summer (2006): Can I just lump all my time spent with into one? (Highlight: this past weekend’s trip to Grand Marais, and yes, photos are coming – be patient!) Also, maybe a tie between moving here, time spent in my hammock, and ‘s dad buying me a bike.
- I’m adding a question: Two least-favorite memories of this summer: All the moving that people did, in and out of my house, … at least I didn’t have to move furniture for ! Also, saying goodbye to was heart-breaking, and a relief.
- Where were you 2 hours ago and what were you doing? Two hours ago I was… sitting right here in my cube, checking my email. Boring, I know.
- Who was your 2nd boyfriend/girlfriend and how old were you? Officially, the second person I could actually call my boyfriend was… . It was freshman year of college, so I was 18.
- Who are your 2 closest friends and explain why you chose them? While I’m going to refrain from listing people, because it totally depends on the context for who’s closest (I share more with them on a daily basis, I have a long history with them and we can catch up with no problems after months of absence, I have the most in common with them in terms of beliefs and ideas and that sort of stuff….), I do have to say that, generally speaking, I don’t choose my friends. They choose me. I’ve always been terribly shy, and never good at making new friends. In college, in life, all of the new friends I’ve made in the last… ten years, have been because other people made it a point to include me and draw me into their lives. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t have chosen to be friends with any of them – in fact, I would have pursued friendships with many of them, were that my personality. But I tend to take a rather back-seat approach to friendship.
- What 2 accomplishments are you most proud of and why? Right now, I’m proud of… starting school again, and making it to one year with . As you know if you’ve been reading here, I had quite a few frustrations with finding a class to take in the last few weeks, and was originally going to start last year, and I’m proud of figuring out a way to make it work and forcing the issue. And my longest relationship before now was with the boy mentioned in #2, and that lasted 3 months (OK, 2 weeks, then we broke up for two weeks, and then another 2 1/2 months). Plus, it’d been a really long time since I’d even had guy friends, and you relate different to guys versus girls. And I was pretty sure for the first several months of our relationship that I was going to somehow f* things up. So… we’ve obviously overcome all that.
- What were the last 2 television shows you watched and did you enjoy it? Um… two episodes of Friends that I wasn’t terribly familiar with (they were from the last season, so they haven’t been on reruns that long), and an episode of Stargate SG-1 (I’m now caught up for the season!). I enjoyed, but wasn’t overly thrilled with any.
(I know, I said I was going home, but then, well, I didn’t. Sue me.)
- Do you care what other people think? Explain: Yes and no. I try very hard not to do things because others want me to, but I know I also fall prey to caring what they think in regards to certain things. It all depends on who they are, I guess.
- What two things do you sense you’re supposed to do before your life is over? I hope that through my church work, I accomplished one of them, which would vaguely/broadly be “to change the world.” Other than that, I guess I don’t really know. Make a positive contribution to society. Life the life God planned for me.
- Is your family life the way you imagined it would be? If not, what can you do to change it? This is way too deep of a question that opens a whole bag of worms, and, well, it’s time to go home for the day, so I’m pleading the 5th.
- If you can go back to your childhood for one day. What day and age will you choose? I think any time before junior high, because I don’t remember my childhood well, nor do I remember it terribly happily because of chemical imbalances in my brain, but I know that I had a good childhood and had fun, and I think it’d be nice to experience even a piece of that, knowing what I know now (and medicinally-altered as I am).
- What are two skills you’ve wanted but don’t have? I wish I had any artistic talent in terms of painting or sculpting or the visual arts. I also, sometimes, wish I had a tad more grace, because that would enable me to dream for several skills, like… not falling down stairs, or dancing, or just generally being less self-conscious.
- Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? Why or why not? I answered this yesterday.
- What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? And do you think it would be different if your romantic situation were different? What does it mean? I never really thought about it. Hearts and pink and love.
- What two gestures would you consider the most romantic? Wow. I have absolutely no idea. Somebody give me some ideas in the comments.
- What is more romantic, the amount ($) your significant other spends on you or the creativeness of the gestures? Creativity, thoughtfulness. I’ve never been one for extravagant gifts.
- Do you believe in “happily ever after”? Why or why not? I really want to.
- Have you been called annoying? If so, were you offended? I was a junior high girl. I’m quite sure I was called that and it was true and deserved. And I’m sure I was offended, being the highly sensitive, emotional girl that I was. And I think that some youth group kids have referred to things I’ve done as annoying (as in, won’t tell them what games we’re playing, won’t let them tell each other to “shut up,” that sort of thing).
- Have you ever insulted someone? If so, did you feel guilty later? Hasn’t everyone? But at the same time, not really very much to someone’s face. In my first elementary school, there was this boy with red hair who was covered with freckles, and we called him “Freckle Face,” which I’m sure sounds especially cruel coming from me, but it was eat or be eaten in second grade. And in junior high, girls are particularly mean to each other. I don’t know if I felt guilty about any of it at the time, but I sure don’t now. All things considered, I think in terms of face-to-face interaction, I’ve dished out far less than I’ve received.
- What is more important to you, someone who looks great or who has a great personality? Why? Personality. A great personality and character (which is really more important than both of them) makes someone much more attractive. Likewise, a beautiful person can become really unattractive just by opening their mouth.
- When was the last date you went on and how did it go? Um… do I have official dates anymore? I just spend lots of time with . If they’re assumed, maybe they’re not dates. But suffice it to say, it went well, whenever it was (seeing as how we’re still dating).
- What is more embarrassing, food stuck in your teeth or food spilled on your clothes? Stuck in teeth, definitely. I’m quite used to having food spilled on my clothes, and am rarely embarrassed about it anymore. Most of high school had me spilling coffee down the front of my shirt before lunchtime anyways, and it’s just far too easy. Of course, it’s pretty easy to get food stuck in my teeth, since they’re all wedged in there pretty tight, but I try to be… diligent about not letting that happen. Depending on the meal, it’s definitely a fear of mine.