From Sunday Stealing
Getting to Know You
1. Would you prefer to be smart or happy, and why?
A. That is a hard question. I would prefer to be both. I will go with smart, because I really don't have much of a feel for how "happy" without "smart" actually works. One hopes, too, that a smart person would eventually figure out how to do "happy," although my own experience might prove that theorem wrong.
2. If you could choose one superpower, what would it be and why?
A. I would like to be able to travel through time.
3. What is your biggest regret in life so far?
A. Not being able to have children.
4. If you could marry a fictional character, who would it be and why?
A. I would marry Legolas in the Lord of the Rings books, because he is loyal, brave, trustworthy, and very capable of using his bow and arrow to shoot down mistletoe for holiday decorations.
5. If money and career were no object, where in the world would you choose to live?
A. On 10,000 acres in the south of France, with my house in the middle of it.
6. What’s the last book you read that you simply could not put down until you finished?
A. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah.
7. What television show do you plan your day around in order to see it live?
A. None. Well, when Game of Thrones is on I try to make sure I stay awake to watch it, but honestly HBO shows it so many times during the week that it is easy to catch it without too much effort.
8. What extracurricular activities or sports did you participate in when you were in high school?
A. I played in a rock and roll band as well as the high school marching band. I was on the debate team for a brief period of time.
9. Of all your pet-peeves, which is the strangest?
A. That one where I can't stand to be in crowds in Walmart.
10. Is it better to beg forgiveness or ask permission?
A. I think it is easier to do something and beg forgiveness later, but more moral to ask permission.
11. If you inherited or won a million dollars, what would you do with it?
A. I would pay off our bills, pay off some things for a few family members, give a nice donation to my alma mater, and invest the rest to pay for my health insurance.
12. What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
A. Maybe that time I came up out of the water after being knocked over by a big wave and I was totally naked because it knocked my bikini completely off? Fortunately my husband came running over with a towel. That was about 32 years ago, on our first vacation to the beach. After that I only wore one-piece bathing suits.
13. Which fictional character do you believe is the most like yourself?
A. I am a combination of Nancy Drew, Frances Mayes in Under the Tuscan Sun, and Evelyn Couch in Fried Green Tomatoes.
14. Are you superstitious? If so, what are you most superstitious about?
A. I am not superstitious, although I have been known to "knock wood" on occasion.
15. Do you believe it is vital to everyday life to know what is happening in the world around you?
A. I think it is vital to democracy to have an intelligent, moral, and educated public. In practice, it appears the less informed you are the happier you are.
16. What is the nicest thing anybody has said, or you believe they would say, about you?
A. That I care about my community.
17. What are your life and career goals in 5, 10 and 15 years?
A. In 5 years - maybe have a book written. In 10 years - travel. In 15 years - still be healthy enough to get around.
18. Would you rather live in a large house in the suburbs, or a tiny apartment in the city with an excellent view?
A. The suburbs, I guess, although I'd rather just have a small home in the suburbs. Large houses are too much trouble to keep clean.
19. What are your three weaknesses?
A. I think too much, I love too hard, and I believe people are inherently good, and they always prove me wrong and break my heart.
20. How would you describe yourself in three words?
A. I'm a picker, a grinner, and a midnight sinner.
21. Which is more logical to follow—your heart or your head?
A. Your head.
22. Are you spiritual or religious in any way? If so, how?
A. I am spiritual in that I find solace in nature, the moon, and stars. I have great empathy for others, even the ones who let me down. I try to encompass the whole of the world. Religion seems to create great divides and sets up "us versus them" types of situations that I find difficult to navigate, since I seldom see things in that black or white light.
23. If you could have any career possible, what would it be?
A. I would be a hack writer tossing out books like Janet Evanovich.
24. Have you ever been arrested or contracted any diseases?
A. What an odd juxtaposition of questions. I was picked up by the police as a juvenile when I ran away from home once. In the mid-1990s, I had e-coli from drinking bad water. I was very sick.
25. Which is better—a novel or a movie?
A. They are equal. They both have their good and bad points.
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