So. My favorite online perv posted this list of 20 questions (which she had been tagged with) and invited others to snag it and answer them too. And since I've been woefully lazy about my blog, I figure this is as close to a sign as I'm gonna get that I need to get off my virtual ass and get to blogging. The questions, and my answers:
1) Do you remember playing 45s?
Yes – those Disney read-along records that came with a little book! "You will know that it's time to turn the page when you hear Tinkerbell ring her chime, like this: d-dl-i-ding!" My favorite was a record for the cartoon version of Lord of the Rings – I hated Gollum, so I played the clip of him falling into Mount Doom over and over again. I thought it was hilarious, and fitting – he deserved it! This was, of course, before I grew up and read the books and gained a little empathy for him. I still think he deserved it, though.
2) What is the worst band you ever liked?
I'm gonna have to say Milli Vanilli, since they barely even qualified as a band. Worse, I saw them at the Delaware State Fair.
3) Have you ever done the macarena?
No. I'm not coordinated enough. I can *barely* manage the Electric Slide.
4) Are there books/magazines are currently in your bathroom? (if yes, what?)
5) Have you ever done one of those embarrassing group dances at weddings?
Certainly! I refused to have any at my own wedding, but I've participated in Chicken Dances in the past.
6) Coffee or tea?
Yes! With a LOT of sugar in them.
7) Whip or no whip?
Whipped cream? Never. I hate the stuff. And if you've ever considered using it for "adult play", ask Ruthie for her Whipped Cream Lecture. As for "other" interpretations, I'm not into pain and neither is Chris (as far as I know…)
8) Did you ever have an imaginary friend and if so, what was he/she/it named?
No, but my sister and I invented a ghost named George who we said haunted the closet in the bedroom we shared in the farmhouse we lived in when we were very little. I don't even remember where the notion came from. Maybe he was real and we just thought we made him up?
9) Do you know how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver?
Yes. My sister and I practice it regularly, often without warning. Of course, we also play such games as Full Contact Walking and Full Contact Chair Sitting.
10) Do you still celebrate your birthday? A day all about me?
Hell yes! It helps being a Valentine baby (and female), of course – the day itself calls for demanding and self-indulgence.
11) Do you or have you ever cross dressed? (women in overalls and men in kilts don’t count)
This is a kinda tricky question for me. I see cross-dressing as dressing *as* the opposite sex, which I have never done. But many of my sweaters are mens' sweaters because for some reason clothing manufacturers want women to wear hideous colors like pastels, and reserve the good colors (jewel- and autumn-toned greens, reds, blues, and browns) for men. Also, I have broad shoulders for a chick, so said sweaters often fit me better anyway. And when I'm at the weight I prefer, my hips are still broad enough and of a certain shape where mens' pants look better on me than those supposedly designed for women. So I own many clothes intended for men (which some might perceive as cross-dressing), but I don't wear them to look like a man.
*Side note*: my brother and his son wore kilts to my sister's wedding in Vegas a few weeks ago. No particular reason why or anything. My brother just likes kilts, I guess. And Liam was beyond adorable in his! Strangers left and right were coo-ing and going gaga over him in his little black watch plaid kilt.
12) What is the worst food you ever ate?
Oh God, this was recent – tofu shirataki noodles! I love tofu, and I love noodles, and I heard good things about these so I bought some. I should have known there would be a problem when I read the instructions that had me rinse and boil them a bit to dispel their "natural odor" (which was pure icky fish). Then I tried to pull one out to try it before putting the sauce on them, and it stre-e-e-e-tched like a worm does when a robin tries to pull it from the ground. Failed warning from the Universe #2. I was even more nervous at this point, but determined to give them a fair shake. So I put it in my mouth and chewed and gave it an open-palate-and-nose taste and nearly vomited. Literally, and totally involuntarily. The taste was an almost indescribable fishy awfulness that I can't fathom NOT making people want to hurl, and it was freakishly *chewy*. Like I imagine uncooked brains would be chewy. I spat it out and rinsed my mouth out, and ran into the living room and sat shuddering on the sofa. I eventually gathered the courage to go back and dump the remainder down the drain – I have no idea how the garbage disposal managed them, but it did. I'm still pissed at those damn noodles, because I *really* wanted to like them!
13) How old were you when you had your first real kiss?
Thirteen, a goodbye kiss at the beach with a boy named Randy I had just met a day or two before.
14) Have you had your 15 minutes of fame?
No, and I hope I never do! Hermits are exempt from this, right?
15) What is the longest you ever went without sleep for?
More than 24 hours, less than 72. I can't remember a specific occasion, but I pulled a number of these in college.
16) If your hair could be any color, what would it be?
I like it exactly how it is, colored just like a penny. Usually brown, but out in the sun it shines copper and almost gold sometimes.
17) What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
I refuse to choose just one, since mood is all. Especially with ice cream! My top 3 are Breyers Coffee, Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip, and Dove Unconditional Chocolate.
18) Wax, bleach, pluck, or shave?
Pluck and shave. Someday I hope to add "laser" to this list.
19) If you were a super hero, what would your power be?
Telepathy. I don't trust people, and being able to read their minds would make everything easier for me! Besides – a superhero who can prevent the villains from ever striking is better than one who cleans up their messes, right?
20) What is your favorite smell?
Seriously – who writes these things? And how am I supposed to choose just one? Again, I refuse. I'll generalize and say that I love the smell of good foods cooking (spaghetti sauce and bread come to mind). Also baby anythings – baby humans smell wonderful, as do baby cats, dogs, ferrets, squirrels, and birds. I'm sure it's an evolutionary thing. There are the amazing smells in nature – the ocean, the forest, night breezes, grass and other vegetation when one lies face-down in them, the scent on the wind bringing a thunderstorm, the smell of impending snow, that first crisp autumn night… The smell of a pet who has grown up and grown old in your presence. I still remember the smells of my cat Cleo, who was with me from age 7 to adulthood. The unique individual smells of loved ones. Maybe my obsession with scent is a side-effect of my terrible eyesight, but smell is as important to me as any other sense. Can anyone choose their one favorite "thing to look at"? I doubt it :~P
If you're reading this and like the questions, then go ahead and tag yourself!