From Sunday Stealing
Ask, Ask, Ask (Part II) (Part I is here.)
26 - Did you have an accident last year?
A. I hit a deer with the car in December. It did no damage to me, and I thought it did no damage to the car, because it was a glancing blow (the deer ran away), but as time has passed, I have come to realize that it dented the driver's side door a little bit.
27 - Do you have any famous relatives?
A. Not that I am aware of.
28 - Did you ever have a kiss under the moonlight?
A. Of course.
29 - Have you ever been jealous?
A. I am a human being. Of course I have. Saints don't exist except in story books.
30 - How can you prove your love to someone?
A. You can't. You can give chocolates, hugs, and kisses, but that doesn't prove love. The thing that proves love, for me, is time. Time known and time spent together.
31 - What are you thinking right now?
A. That SNL's cold opening of Cohen's Hallelujah last night was so heart-wrenching that I am now going to learn that song on the guitar. That the moon is supposed to be spectacular tonight and I need to find a good location to watch it rise in hopes of taking great photos. That I can only do so much to assuage the insanity in a crazy, foolish world. That pain means I am living. That my friend who is today taking her last breath from a quick bout of cancer does not know that I thought she was a very special person, because I never told her, and now she cannot hear me. That my five-day headache has to end soon. That my inability to sleep may have something to do with forces beyond my control. Did the super moon contribute to the earthquake in New Zealand that I just heard about? Is my husband going to be okay rounding up the cattle by himself this morning? Maybe I need a Tylenol. The answer to all of life's questions is 42. There are lots of plot holes in the Lord of the Rings movies, if you stop and think about it. I wonder why Callista Flockhart is no longer on Supergirl. Will I have the stomach to watch 60 Minutes tonight? I hope my friend who is driving to D.C. today will be okay. (As you can see, my mind races and never stops. I think I am the only person to take biofeedback lessons and fail them.)
32 - Have you ever sacrificed something important to you for someone you love?
A. I don't see how I could have been married for 32 years, 11 months, and three weeks (my anniversary is Friday), without having made such a sacrifice. When you love someone that is what you do. You stay in a job you don't like. You clean the toilets when you hate to do that. You don't pursue your Ph.D. when you really want it. And if you're my husband, you stay with your wife even if she is unable to have your children.
33 - Can you live without internet?
A. I did for about 34 years. I don't see why I couldn't do it again.
34 - Have you been so emotional that you can’t find words to explain how you feel?
A. Yes. Are these questions meant for interstellar travelers who may not experience human emotions?
35 - Did you ever badmouth someone?
A. We just had an election. My side lost. What do you think? However, I did it in the privacy of my home, to empty walls, and not on social media (well, not in any overly demonstrative way). I will eventually have a blog entry about it but I am waiting until I can write with logic.
36 - What do you prefer, jeans or skirt?
37 - Do you have trust issues?
A. I have major trust issues.
38 - What's something that you made all on your own and are incredibly proud of?
A. I have a body of written work that spans 30 years and takes up an entire storage building. Most of it is published. I have not written a book but I suspect I have written the equivalent of 100 books if not more. Heck, just the print-out of my blog from 2006 encompasses 25 soft-cover books.
39 - Who’s the person who first comes to your mind when someone mentions “love”?
A. My husband.
40 - Who was the last person you hugged?
A. My husband. He kissed me before he went out the door to round up the cows.
41 - Do you believe in the phrase “If it’s meant to be, it will be”?
A. To a degree. I think things just are; there really isn't a force of will behind what happens in life.
42 - Do people praise you for your looks?
A. Nope. Although I have been told I have nice skin. I am never sure that's much of a compliment, but I take it as such.
43 - Do you believe in destiny?
A. No. Stuff just happens.
44 - Have you ever thought “I already found my soulmate”?
A. I think if I have a soulmate, my husband is probably it. If he isn't, what difference does it make?
45 - Do you like nicknames that are from your name?
A. Depends on who is saying it and what they are calling me.
46 - Could you ever be a vegan?
A. I rarely eat red meat. I don't know that it would be much of a leap to give up chicken and pork, too. Eggs might be a problem. I like eggs.
47 - Do you currently have bruises on your body?
A. My physical therapist, twice a week, digs her hands into my stomach to try to loosen scar tissue that has bound my organs together. She leaves massive bruises on my belly. And if you think it sounds like it hurts, let me assure you that it does. It leaves me barely able to walk out to my car. Some days she has to help me to my car.
48 - What should you be doing right now?
A. It's not even 8 a.m. on Sunday. I think I am okay with what I am doing at the moment.
49 - I read in a magazine that shoulder pads are coming back. Are you happy to hear this or do you not find them to be very attractive?
A. I never minded them, and I think they make me look better. So while I actually have not given it any thought, it is not a problem.
50 - Did you ever feel like you’re not good enough?
A. I have never been good enough. My mother made sure I knew that from the moment I was born.
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