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Five Question Not-Quite-Friday – “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” Edition

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

I am discovering that one of the dangers of being responsible for the acquisition of Christmas-themed music is getting said Christmas-themed music stuck in one’s head. Usually the same tiny clip of the same song over and over and over for days on end. Currently if my Christmas becomes any more Holly Jolly, I may shoot someone. Probably me.

I made a tree topper for our Christmas tree yesterday. My husband’s tastes and mine are different in places on that issue, so it’s taken us a while to figure out what we could put up there that we could both live with. Last year we just left the top empty due to conflict of opinion. I have a habit of compromising a little too much sometimes when it comes to conflicts, so we also had very few things on the tree last year that weren’t in line with his style preference. I will say that he’s been pretty great about it lately, and once I realized that it was important to me to have something up there and have some of my tastes represented in our tree (in that surprise blubbering way in which I tend to realize stuff that’s been bothering me as an ongoing issue), he came home from work with a star for the tree, to try to make me happy.

(Which was awesome. Even if that particular star looked really tacky up there)

Anyway, I’ve been searching for a more permanent (and slightly less tacky) solution that could blend out tastes. He’s big on rustic. I like “natural” but I’m not so much into “rustic.” Maybe because rustic for me conjures up visions of hunting lodges, or antlers, or oversized roosters. And plaid. Lots of plaid. I’m not a fan of natural with any kind of plaid involved (though to be fair, he is not a fan of hunting or antlers or roosters or plaid either). At any rate, I think I’ve come up with something that will work. I bought supplies yesterday, and we’re going to take a walk around the little forest patch across from our house and collect some appropriately-sized sticks and use them as the basis for a homemade star of our own. I think that could work out well.

And in the mean time, I glued three mini stockings to a tree-topper base and it’s providing a good placeholder backdrop to our whimsical, non-denominational, mostly-agnostic festivity tree.

This week’s questions aren’t ones that seem designed to bring out my deepest thoughts or long and introspective answers, but here they are nonetheless. As always, I would be curious to hear your own thoughts on them if you were inspired to leave your own answers in the comments.  As per normal, they come via Mama M, and I am unlikely to actually get them posted on Friday (very “unlikely,” really, since it’s already Saturday) since Fridays kind of stink as a blogging day for me. Maybe I’ll start posting Mass of Questions Monday instead. ;)

The Questions:
1. Do you regift…and if so, do you have a regifting horror story?
2. Do you know what you are getting for Christmas this year?
3. Who brings the most gifts in your family, you or Santa?
4. What store do you love to by jeans from?
5. Christmas meal: Big, All Out Meal or Snacks and Apps?

My Answers:

1. Do you regift…and if so, do you have a regifting horror story?

Not really.  I likely would if I received something great that I already happened to own.  I have too much self-pressure to find really good gifts for people to give away something I thought was crappy.  And if I didn’t think it was crappy, I would want to keep it.

2. Do you know what you are getting for Christmas this year?

Partly?  I actually purchased some of my own gifts to myself, which sounds kind of weird, but it’s part of my Christmas present to my husband that I take care of most of our Christmas shopping, and it kind of works out for me to grab a few things for myself along the way.  He is getting me one gift that will be a surprise, and my sister will likely make me something or buy me something small as well.   I like surprises a lot, so I wasn’t sure how this arrangement would work out for me, but getting stuff I actually like has been kind of fun too.  :)   And honestly, it’s kind of fun to get to surprise them with my presents.  As long as somebody’s getting surprised, I’m pretty happy.

3. Who brings the most gifts in your family, you or Santa?

Most of our gifts are tagged from my husband and me.  According to the precedent we started last year, Santa bring treats, and activities to amuse ourselves with Christmas day, and other miscellaneous items for everyone to enjoy.  And fruit.  Because my mother started that tradition, so Santa will always bring fruit in our family.  Sometimes more practical or household items end up wrapped under the tree as well, and these come from “The Elves.”  That is also a carryover from my mother.

4. What store do you love to buy jeans from?

There is a store that I love to buy jeans from?  News to me.  I hate shopping for jeans.  The last time I tried, I ended up in a change room of a store that I am apparently now too old to shop in, with a sixteen-year-old sales girl trying to convince me that I would be great in a sweatshirt with thumb holes and rhinestone phrases on it.  Not so much.

5. Christmas meal: Big, All Out Meal or Snacks and Apps?

Both!  Snacks and treats all day long, then big meal at night.  With fifteen different kinds of stuffing.  We’ve been over this.

Five Question Friday – Not Actually Canadian Thanksgiving Edition

Friday, November 26th, 2010

I think I’m soon going to be depriving my eccentric spam filter of its fun and installing an automatic CAPTCHA check for every comment. …The spam comments are starting to get to kind of ridiculous levels these days (annoyingly many e-mails to delete every day, even with the filter in place).  The highlights last week included dog clothes, kettlebells, and a whole wave relating to lawn mowers and lawn mowing techniques.  I think I can risk missing out.

It is not actually Thanksgiving up here, but happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the U.S. Hope it was restful and lovely and you’re stuffed to the gills and loaded with leftovers for the coming week. This week’s questions are Thanksgiving themed, but since I neglected to post on our actual Thanksgiving, I suppose I’m due.

I am belatedly thankful for house, and husband, and cats. …And assorted other less significant things.

Questions come from Mama M, and I would love to hear your own answers (or whatever part of them strikes your fancy) in the comments. Sharing is fun.

The Questions:
1. What is your favorite part of a Thanksgiving meal?
2. Are you a host or a guest for Thanksgiving this year?
3. When you think of one Thanksgiving tradition, what comes to mind?
4. You have two pieces of pie in front of you and you HAVE to eat one…do you choose pumpkin or pecan?
5. Are you a Black Friday Shopper?

My Answers:

1. What is your favorite part of a Thanksgiving meal?
Stuffing! Stuffing, stuffing, stuffing, stuffing, stuffing! Since taking over the hosting of our holiday events, both Thanksgiving and Christmas have become otherwise known as The Night Of 1000 Stuffings. What can I say? I like stuffing. And variety. And a variety of stuffings.

2. Are you a host or a guest for Thanksgiving this year?
This year and last I was the host (and will likely continue to be for the foreseeable future). It’s not too big of a commitment, though, as at the moment I only have my sister and possibly her boyfriend to host for. My mother promised visits at least once a year when she moved away (longish story – if I haven’t told it here already, remind me and I will someday), and very sincerely believed that, I think, but the financial situation for her and my step father just hasn’t turned out that way. She has never actually come out and said that she wouldn’t be able to make it back for the holidays, but nor has she been able to make it back for the holidays. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think she ever will. I love my mom, but her financial planning has not always been the best. She would want to be here, but I don’t see any reason their financial situation would suddenly improve. So I guess I get to see her again when I can afford to get us down there or them up here, or if they manage to move back to the area.

…But in the mean time, hosting our own event has been lots of fun. I fully intend to hang on to it and have them over to our place for holidays if she ever does move back. :)

3. When you think of one Thanksgiving tradition, what comes to mind?
Um….turkey? Do people have elabourate Thanksgiving traditions? I don’t think we do.

4. You have two pieces of pie in front of you and you HAVE to eat one…do you choose pumpkin or pecan?
Strawberry Rhubarb.

Usually we have a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, just because that seems traditional (I hereby change my answer to question 3), but I’m not actually a big fan. It’s okay, I guess. Not particularly exciting. I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten a pecan pie. I am just this year starting to make peace with nuts other than the pea- or cashew varieties. Haven’t historically liked them much. Maybe pecan pie is next in my nut-related reconciliations.

5. Are you a Black Friday Shopper?
We don’t have that in Canada, so the answer would be no, I suppose. I’m not a big Boxing Day shopper either, which I think would probably be an equivalent. Huge crowds and long line ups do not particularly inspire me to want to shop.

And trampling? What’s up with that? Nobody needs a DVD player that badly.

Five Question Friday – Dopamine Helps Us Play Edition

Friday, November 5th, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about low dopamine and burnt out dopamine receptors. I stands to reason that mine have seen better days (they say pretty conclusively that both stress and depression have this effect), but I wonder now how much that’s at the heart of my current problems.   Since beginning to pay such close attention to my moods and behaviours, I am definitely aware that I engage in certain behaviours for addiction-related reasons (and addiction is apparently often a matter of seeking a greater dopamine response).   I am under control.  I can resist, if I push, but the draw towards certain things is not pleasure after a point. It is urge. Need. Addiction. Dopamine-seeking. And while it’s normal for everyone to feel better when engaging in these kinds of activities (dopamine is a happy chemical after all), I seem to take it a step further. And whether or not I can resist the urge, it is telling to me that it’s there.  Many of my go-to coping strategies also seem aimed towards dopamine-release.  Breaking down and eating one of those damned leftover Halloween chocolate bars was an inevitable invitation to the burning urge for MORE. My body says I MUST EAT MORE. Even when I find the flavour unappealing. When I’m down, my instincts scream at me to GO TO THE STORE and BUY SOMETHING. Even household items if I have to. I perk up much more than seems standard when presented with mental challenges, or when exploring somewhere new.  I crave that.   And the only three things I can think of so far that have the ability to temporarily eliminate my depression all together are strong feelings of being in love, Ritalin, or a cup of coffee. But all three of those do so brilliantly. All of these things point to a dopamine issue. Too bad the Wellbutrin, Ritalin, and I didn’t work out (and too bad a single cup of coffee leaves me dryer than the Sahara).

The caffeine connection I just learned about today. I had wondered if the fact that a cup of coffee seems to temporarily cure my depression might be useful information to the right person. Appears that it might. Now if only I could find that person… Makes me SO badly want to research the heck out of all of this stuff and become that resource for other people.

I think the dopamine side of things bears investigating further. Maybe there’s something I can do with diet or supplements to specifically target that. I’ll ask my naturopath as well. There seems to be much more focus on the serotonin connection, but history seems to suggest that may not be my primary problem. I’m big on anything I can do to potentially give my brain a boost in general anyway, so it can’t hurt to focus in on that in particular for a while and see what happens.

Anyway, coffee good. Dopamine better. Questions forthcoming below.

As always, questions come originally from Mama M, were introduced to me via Spokeit, and I would love to hear your take on them in the comments (sincerely – sharing releases chemicals too. :) ).

The Questions:

1. If you could have any talent and turn it into an occupation, what would it be?
2. Would you rather have a house at the beach or a cabin in the woods?
3. Is there any meaning or reasoning for the names you chose for your child/children?
4. What is your guilty pleasure?
5. Do you live in a house that is deep cleaned or straightened?

My Answers:
1. If you could have any talent and turn it into an occupation, what would it be?
Is “author” not on the list of every blogger out there? Clearly we all enjoy writing to at least some extent or we wouldn’t start doing this. And who wouldn’t want to make their living doing something they like? While we’re at it, let’s add “blogger” to that list as well. You all just let me know when you’d like to start paying me to tell you what’s wrong with me that week. ;)

Beyond that, I’m not sure. Unfortunately most of the things I would love to be more talented at (singing, dancing, theatre, photography) involve working a lot of nights and weekends for most people, and many, many talent-based careers (including author, and definitely blogger) come with some degree of exposure. See above where time with my husband helps to keep my depression at bay. Also past posts about how much I completely suck at handling criticism.

2. Would you rather have a house at the beach or a cabin in the woods?
I think I am slowly becoming a cabin in the woods girl. I’m not big on insects, but also not big on heat, and I sunburn even slathered in SPF Silly. Just typing that sentence is leaving red marks. And I like trees, but not the kind that tend to grow on beaches. Plus, what better place to write my highly-talented-author novel than from the porch of my woodland retreat? I’ll take a lake, though. Call it a compromise.

3. Is there any meaning or reasoning for the names you chose for your child/children?
No children yet. Still fence-sitting on that one, and beginning to find that fence posts are not overly comfortable to sit on for extended periods of time. Particularly the pointy kind. Anyway, no kids means no kid names. I am not someone who has had my future children’s names picked out since I was twelve. I can’t see them having any particular significance beyond my preference for them, though. I’m doubt they’d be named after anybody else or anything, and I’m not quite geeky enough to call my daughter pi.  I will likely end up picking something on the fringey side of mainstream (not in any way typical, but not completely made up either).

4. What is your guilty pleasure?
Reality television. It embarrasses me sometimes how much I actually enjoy some of those shows. Even the ones filled with idiots. Sometimes especially the ones filled with idiots (though in my defense, if there’s a clever person amongst them, I root for them every time without fail). I don’t watch them for the idiots, but I can tolerate a lot to get my fix. Often I want to watch other things. Witty, intelligent, well-crafted things. But sometimes I just want to see the pretty pictures that the models took.

But I’m too much of an intellectual elitist not to give myself just a little bit of a good-natured hard time about it.

5. Do you live in a house that is deep cleaned or straightened?
Straightened by me, deep cleaned by somebody else. Straightening things up doesn’t really bother me, but I am not a fan of full scale cleaning. I like things to be clean. I like things to have their place and stay there. Clutter bothers me a lot. But I would MUCH rather work my tail off spending extra hours doing other things to earn the money to pay someone else to break out the bucket and sponge. Hate it. Don’t know exactly why, but it is definitely on my list of Things I Like Doing Least In The World (along with “being screamed at” and “eating things that move.” …Although eat a spider vs. spend three hours cleaning? I would probably eat the spider. Unless it was a particularly ugly one). The husband cares slightly less than me on both sides (not as adamant, but not as bothered by mess either) . Consequently, our old apartment was sporadically cleaned at best (honestly, it usually it got a good overhaul when company was coming over, and we lived with it pretty much as-is the rest of the time). And even then, we VERY rarely got to the deep cleaning stage. Superficial stuff took long enough to use up our very limited supply of cleaning-related mojo. I hated it (mess seriously stresses me out), but I hated cleaning even more. Hiring someone to come in now and then is one of the best investments we’ve made. If it says anything, we will actually have lengthy conversations with each other about how thrilled we are by it. Frequently.

Five Question Friday – The “I’m Too Busy To Actually Justify Writing This” Edition

Friday, October 8th, 2010

So things are feeling a little hectic around here lately.  I’ve had what feels like one medical appointment after another dealing with the latest round of hearing loss, and all of the other random ailments that seem to gravitate towards me.  I keep a list of things that I should probably see the doctor about at some point but never end up actually bringing them up because there always seems to be something else popping up that’s more critical.  I also started a course this week, which may I may or may not have been insane to sign up for in the first place.  We shall see.  Medical/emotional unpredictability sucks.

At any rate, once again it’s Five Question Friday.  As per usual, questions come from Mama M, were introduced to me via Spoke, and I would love to hear your take on them in the comments.

The Questions:

1. What do you listen to while driving?

2. What is your least favourite thing about Fall?

3. What does your dream house look like, inside and out?

4. Would you ever own a minivan?

5. Do you wash new clothes before wearing them?

My Answers:

1. What do you listen to while driving?

Almost always the radio, which I never listen to at home.  For some reason I like it more when there’s an element of unpredictability to my driving music.  I remember being SO excited when I first got my driver’s license about getting to make a mix tape of driving music.   I remember “Where the Streets Have No Name (how appropriate, though not intentionally planned that way),” “One Headlight (also appropriate, now that I think of it),” and “Dreamlover (I had a big Mariah Carey thing, okay?)” being particular winners on that front.  I’m not sure when that changed.  I think maybe when I started buying CD’s and didn’t want to bother making mixes.  The station I listen to plays plenty of fluffy stuff to bop around to anyway (and isn’t that what driving is all about?).

I also actually kind of like it when they talk, as long as it’s passively interesting talking.  Makes me feel like I have company.

2. What is your least favorite thing about Fall?

Not sure.  I like fall okay.  It’s second to Spring, in my opinion, and somewhat less damp, which is a plus.  I guess that I dislike that it comes after summer, and before winter?

When I was working, fall was always a VERY busy and extra stressful time, so I guess that was a downside.

To be totally honest, I’m not big into the fall colours either.  I can appreciate them in their way, but I’m kind of more partial to green.  I know this makes me a freak.

3. What does your dream house look like, inside and out?

I’m not sure.  Not super huge, but not postage-stamp tiny either.  I don’t really understand the whole McMansion craze.  It would probably have a guest room, and an exercise/yoga area, and maybe a meditation room, or library, or games room or something if I’m really making a dream home, but I’m actually realizing as we live in our house that I’m happier using certain spaces for numerous purposes, so I wouldn’t actually be able to make use of a ton of extra rooms.  The organized part of my brain likes to segment activities into their own private space, but my heart likes to find one spot I feel happy and go there as much as possible.  It would look original, not like a clone house.  Lots of big windows, high ceilings, open spaces inside.  It would have a nice patch of land, with lots of trees, and privacy, and maybe a pond, and no neighbours.  …But it would also be walking distance to at least some kind of little restaurant that served up a great breakfast (the kind with fruit, and multigrain toast).

4. Would you ever own a minivan?

Ever?  Maybe?  If I found a real need for one.  I do not currently have that need, and thus prefer my cars to be almost literally as small as possible.

5. Do you wash new clothes before wearing them?

Underwear or very dark jeans, yes. Other stuff, not usually.  Every time I do the laundry I feel like my clothes are getting one wash closer to the end of their lives.  Don’t like all the chemicals that they say can leach into your skin, but I also like to get as much as I can out of any piece of clothing (and am usually pretty eager to wear it).  Jeans dye my legs if I don’t wash them, and I figure that underwear is positioned so as to have a better chance of getting all those chemicals absorbed, so I put a higher priority on getting them into the hamper.

Five Question Friday – The Almost My Birthday Edition

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Well, if nothing else, participating in Five Question Friday here has motivated me to try to make sure I’m posting more on days other than Friday.  Here’s to that.

It’s my birthday tomorrow, so currently I’m storing up any healthy feelings with plans to spend them all recklessly in the near future.  On the plus side, last year I spent my birthday vomiting from Effexor withdrawal, so it really won’t take much for this one to blow it out of the water.  I don’t know what my exact plans are at the moment (besides inadvertently saying “happy birthday” in return to at least half of the people who say it to me, but that’s not so much a plan as basic evidence of self knowledge).  Usually we get together with a couple who are good friends of ours, since the male half of that couple happens to have been born on the exact same day as me.  This year they’re on vacation though, so our Couplefest has been postponed until next week.  It goes without saying that I will get to do whatever the heck I want to this Saturday and the husband will participate with a smile.  I just haven’t decided what that is yet.  I’m inspired to do something different.

Suggestions?

Alternately, if “what random and/or interesting and/or creative and/or unusual and/or mundane-but-fun things should Curiosity do to celebrate her birthday” doesn’t catch your interest, your answers to any or all of the following questions would be most welcome in my comments as well.  Sharing is fun. …A million pre-school teachers can’t be wrong.

As usual (and by usual, I mean “last time,” since I’ve only actually posted these here once), questions originate from Mama M and caught my notice via Spoke.

This Week’s Questions:

1. If you could speak with a different accent, what would it be (i.e Australian, Scottish)?

2. Can you fall asleep anywhere? (i.e floor, couch, deck)

3. Do you use public restrooms? If so, do you sit on the toilet?

4. If you were stuck in an elevator for 24 hours, what celebrity would you most want to be stuck with?

5. Where did you & your significant other go on your 1st date?

My Answers:

1. If you could speak with a different accent, what would it be (i.e Australian, Scottish)?

You mean besides the annoying Cockney one that I pull out on occasion?  ‘Cause that one is totally fun.  …For me.  …Not so much for the listeners.

I would probably love to have a hint of a British or Australian accent.  There’s something undeniably mysterious in that.  I wonder sometimes how it is that certain accents get to be thought of as “sexy” or “cool” and others just get labelled as awkward.  Is this a media thing, or is there really something intrinsically dorky about the letter “h” that makes one immediately hotter just by avoiding pronouncing it?

2. Can you fall asleep anywhere? (i.e floor, couch, deck)

Depends.  My friends from high school will tell you that I fell asleep on the music room floor once after an all-nighter, but I didn’t really.  I just didn’t feel like responding right away and then as the moment went on if became awkward to correct their assumptions so I just didn’t bother.  Although it did earn me a decorative pillow gifted to me at the end of the year.

But I digress…

I seem to be getting more diverse in my sleeping areas as I get older.  I think that may be a factor of having my own space, though, rather than constantly borrowing someone else’s.  I like to fall asleep in places in which I feel safe, and comfortable, and protected.  My couch works fine.  As does anyone else’s couch if I’m surrounded by a group of people I feel I truly belong with.  In fact, I think I would actually sleep better sometimes surrounded by people who were still up and doing their thing if I felt that I was included and that they would protect me.  It’s comforting somehow.  Of course, that tends not to come up often these days.  It used to, on occasion, when my house was the house that people hung out in, and there was routinely a group of friendly faces chatting well into the wee hours of the night, whether or not any of the house’s actual inhabitants were still awake.  My housemate and I used to muse about creating a commune with a little stable of people to have around to keep us comfortable.  I find this interesting, since neither of us are what I would call at ease in social situations.  Random people constantly in my space would bother me greatly.  People who belong to me in my space are pleasant.

I’m not big on falling asleep on desks or in other seated postures. …Except maybe those couple of times in University.  Shhhh…  But in my defence, I tried really hard to stay conscious, and I had just eaten turkey, and eventually I did do that neck jerk thing in the process of falling over backwards and wake up.

In the day to day, I can sleep just about anywhere quasi-horizontal in my home if it’s during the day and I’m tired enough, and anywhere beside my husband at night.  If I’m being deprived of him for some reason, somehow my body knows and protests by making sleeping damned difficult.  I also, oddly, feel more at ease sleeping curled up on an angle than I do flat in my bed.  I have no idea why that is but I would presume it has to do with something physical.

I am also a champion of sleeping through body scan meditations, whether flat on my back, at an angle, seated, or straight up with my eyes open.  I rock at that.

3. Do you use public restrooms? If so, do you sit on the toilet?

If I have to go, and they’re not totally nasty, of course.  I respect that different people have different issues, but I don’t inherently understand the whole “won’t sit on a public toilet” thing.  In fact, it was only in the past year that I discovered that it isn’t uncommon for women to hover.  I do not hover.  I sit down.  Solidly.   Doorknobs in public places?  Those are gross (though I won’t hesitate to use them either).  At least public toilets get cleaned regularly.

My husband’s general avoidance of public restrooms didn’t make much sense to me until he described the general conditions of a public men’s room.  I do not tease him anymore.

4. If you were stuck in an elevator for 24 hours, what celebrity would you most want to be stuck with?

I don’t know.  I’m never any good with these “which celebrity would you most like to have-tea/work/knock-boots with” questions.  I’m not particularly interested in most celebrities, and not all that jazzed about spending long stretches of time with people I’m not particularly interested in.  Plus, I know it’s reading too much into the question, but I like to answer things sincerely, and I don’t begin to think I could know enough about any celebrity to gauge one way or the other without actually meeting them.

I would ideally want it to be someone witty, because 24 hours is a long time to go without access to anything entertaining.  But it would have to also be someone able to have a serious conversation, because 24 hours of nothing but funny would quickly degrade into “funny” and shortly thereafter begin to drive me insane.  They would also need to be intelligent.  Maybe petite, if we’re going to be trapped in an elevator.  And someone who didn’t breathe too much would be a plus too, just in case.  Is there a celebrity like that?  Okay, them.

I can, on the other hand, easily give you a never-ending list of celebrities I would NOT want to be trapped in a small space with.  Let me begin with Polly Shore, Robin Williams, Charlie Sheen, and Paris Hilton.

5. Where did you & your significant other go on your 1st date?

To a noodlery.  Followed by Silence of the Lambs at his place.  It really wasn’t supposed to be a date, though, and I was seeing someone else at the time.  In a group setting, we had proposed a viewing of Silence of the Lambs because I hadn’t seen it yet and that apparently needed rectifying, but then nobody else wanted to join in.  So we went ahead anyway, because calling it off sort of drew more attention to any potential awkwardness than just proceeding.  And besides, we were really good friends.  We hung out all the time just the two of us and had done tons of stuff together before.  That wouldn’t be weird, right?  It’s not like it was a date.  Nope.  Totally a date.  It was a dinner and a movie date.  And we both realized this as soon as we got to the restaurant and proceeded to uncomfortably flounder through conversations that would normally have been completely easy.   It’s a cute memory now, though.

I don’t remember what our first actual date as a couple was.  We sort of bypassed the casual dating phase and were pretty solidly in a relationship by the time we got together.

Five Question Friday – Sept 17th Edition

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Okay, so I make no promises to actually answer these every Friday, but I am bowing to the peer pressure of spokeit at least this time around, and posting my answers here.  I probably should have just done that all along anyway.  :)

Questions come originally from Mama M, though I was introduced to them via spokeit.  If you don’t already read spokeit and leave answers in her comments, feel free to leave your own answers in the comments here.  I would love to hear them.  I have no prizes to give you, though.  Except maybe my winning smile.  …Which you may or may not see from where you are.

(I’m lying.  My smile is generally not so much “winning” as it is “crafty and a little lop-sided.”  …But I’ll smile for you all the same )

The Questions:

1.  What is the first nightmare you remember?

2.  Even if you’re not a sports fan, what’s your favorite sport to play/watch?

3. If you could pull off one piece of trendy fashion, what would you want it to be (leggings, hats, thigh high boots, etc.)?

4. Did you make good grades in school?

5. What magazines do you subscribe to?

My answers:

1.  What’s the first nightmare you remember?
I was on a boat, and one of my cousins was there and was trying to attack my cat, and I was helpless to save him (the cat, not the attacking cousin.  Who in retrospect was probably having some issues in that dream.  …But I digress).  I must have been somewhere between 8 and 10.  That would scare the crap out of me today too.  No idea what was going on in my life that created THAT (although the cousin in question did torment me a little on occasion).  Standing by forced to watch while a pet is injured is pretty heavy stuff.  …Plus, why was I on a boat??

2. Even if you’re not a sports fan, what is your favorite sport to play/watch?
For watching, um…Figure skating?  Unless you count dance.  I think the sports drink companies have decided that dance is a sport now.  I love watching good dancing.

To play?  Whatever.  When I play, I tend to play with enthusiasm.  Generally I prefer anything that I can be reasonably good at without actually having done any practicing.  Because the likelihood of my having practiced random sports is pretty slim.

3.  If you could pull off one piece of trendy fashion, what would you want it to be?
Dunno.  Something skin tight, maybe?  Not because I’d actually want to wear it, but just because the fact that I felt comfortable doing so would probably say something about the state of my overall body image.

Alternately, anything really unusual.  I love and respect items that are original and stand out and make a statement…but I am very rarely secure enough to actually wear them.  In many areas, I am drawn to brazenly unique things, but tend end up much more subtle in my actual choices.

…Although I guess by definition, anything truly unusual wouldn’t be trendy.  Well shit, then.  Looks like I’m going naked.

4.  Did you make good grades in school?
Very.  …Unless you count elementary school, in which case I got good grades in anything artistic and B’s and C’s in everything else.  I wasn’t in it for the grades at that time, and I had a habit of either doing things very well, or not finishing them at all.  We were supposed to write a minimum of three short stories for our grade 4 creative writing folder.  I wrote none.  I was writing a novel.

This probably says something profound about who I am today.

5.  Do you subscribe to any magazines?
No.  If they were giving away free magazine subscriptions, I would take one to O Magazine, but even then I would probably rarely end up reading it.  I’m not much of a magazine person.  They’re nice in certain situations, but they don’t hold my attention well for whatever reason.  I’ll peruse the occasional individual article, but overall I’m just not interested.  I’m a book girl.  Nice non-floppy, non-celebrity-filled book, with that intoxicating book-like smell.