[about the author]
i actually like speaking in front of large crowds. freakish,
i work crossword puzzles in ink.
i am the american nigella lawson. or maybe the american eddie
izzard. can't decide, really.
i would be a really good mom, but i'm cool with being a really
i am sometimes more perceptive than i would like to be.
i am fiercely loyal. sometimes, stupidly so.
i never play dumb. never.
i am way too hard on myself.
i am a change agent.
i sometimes cross that fine line between assertive and aggressive.
i am not afraid to tell people that i love them.
i am militantly pro-choice.
i am pro-adoption.
i know a little bit about alot of things.
i typically enjoy the company of men more than women.
i am capable of being really mean and nasty, but i fight it.
i am a lifelong cubs fan. do not laugh.
i have been known to hold a grudge.
i have hips.
i am not my sister.
i am lousy at forgiving myself.
i am an indoor kind of gal.
i am a bargain shopper. to the point of obsession.
i am 32 flavors. and then some.
that shark has jumped
about two weeks ago, all the cool blogger kids were playing this “ask me five questions” game. and, uh, through complete fault of my own, i missed out on that.
the lovely and amazing sassy little punkin did indeed send me the requisite five questions.
and, uh…i…uh…didn’t answer them.
so, i think i’m supposed to include the rules here. even though i don’t think anyone is still playing the game now. because i suck.
i think you’re supposed to leave a note in the comments if you want me to ask you five questions.
then i'll send you five questions. and it won't take me two weeks to do it. i swear.
and then you post the answers on your site. and, again, just do as i say, not as i do and try and get them up before the holiday season is upon us.
and include links.
oh, hell, i don’t remember the rules, honestly.
so, anyway, now, the questions asked of me by the lovely and amazing sassy little punkin:
1. aside from basic operational knowledge, how would you rate your understanding of how technical things work? could you (though i'm not requiring you do!) with confidence explain how a camera, a vcr, the internet, for example, work?
wait, that was non-responsive. well, let’s see…i can program my vcr to record in complex way [e.g., two consecutive shows on different channels, the same show every wednesday], but i have no idea how the image gets put on the videotape. i know what iso is and how and when and why to adjust it…but i don’t know how the camera captures the image and makes a picture. the only thing in the list that i really do know inside-out is the internet. i know how it works. but they made me learn that for my job. so, you know…that might not really count.
did i answer the question?
i guess i’d say i’m about a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10.
2. how do you feel about convicted criminals receiving degrees while incarcerated? what about marriage or profiting from books or films about their lives while they are in prison?
i’m a pretty liberal gal in most regards. but, i have to admit that i do have a problem with prisoners profiting from books or films. presumably, those books and/or films would include the acts for which they’re incarcerated, and i don’t really see how you can look at imprisonment as punishment if you’re profiting from it. plus, i find it offensive to the families of the victims [assuming there were victims]. as for degrees? i say, more power to them. marriage? ditto. knock yourselves out there.
3. what are the elements of a great movie?
that’s tough to say. i love movies, and can find something to like about most. of course, good writing is critical. i think editing might be more important than directing. but, i sometimes think that it’s the intangibles that really make a movie…chemistry between actors, or a particularly charismatic character or actor, or a story that somehow touches something close to your heart…i think those things explain why some people love movies that others find fairly unremarkable.
man. what a cop out answer that was.
4. i’m an only child. what is it really like to have a sister?
at the risk of sounding cliché, it is a blessing and a curse. growing up, the five years between us was a gaping chasm. there was no bridging it. period. i resented my sister growing up. we had little disposable income, and splitting it between two girls was excruciating. we competed in unhealthy ways. didn’t support one another. didn’t really communicate at all, actually. unless, of course, beating counts.
now, i can’t imagine my life without her. we laugh about the days when we didn’t get along. we appreciate one another now. love each other unconditionally. see the value in each other, despite the undeniable truth that we are very very different. i also love the fact that my sister has given me the gift of being an aunt and a godmother to my niece. she is an amazing child, and i am so in love with her that it makes me giddy.
my sister’s very existence is a source of enormous strength to me. her love for me and her best wishes for me make me smile. knowing that we will lean on each other through the hard times to come is comforting. knowing that, even if i never marry or become a mother, i will still have a family around me when my parents are gone is reassuring. she is my rock. and i think i am hers too.
5. ben and jerry's have created a flavor in your honor! so, tell me, what are the ingredients of my pint of tequila mockingbird ice cream?
hmmm. well, it’s definitely nutty. and then there’s probably a layer of dark chocolate – which is a little bitter and sharp. but underneath that layer is the part that is really surprisingly sweet. not everybody gets to that layer. some people get put off by the nuttiness and the bite. i don't know...i guess i’m just sayin’ that it’s definitely not plain vanilla over here.
lightning round bonus question:
what is your favorite katharine hepburn movie?
easiest one in the list…the philadelphia story. hands down.
so, there you go. feel free to ask me to ask you.
even if none of the cool kids are doing it now.
i mean, i'm still wearing leg warmers over here. clearly, i care not what the cool kids are doing.
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