At some point today I will post my weekly ramblings about the smallest person who takes up the largest portion of our house (as well as go to the library, eat lunch, do laundry, write magnetic poetry...). But first things first.
The lovely Meg over at Che La Luna (whose art I love love love! and don't go a week without thinking of this illustration she did for the Tsunami Relief) sent me some questions, which I shall answer while finishing off my bowl of Grape Nuts.
Five Completely Inane Questions:
1. Apart from childbirth and marriage, what is the single most important thing you've done in your life? (And my thanks to Meg for allowing me to skip past the obvious...)
I suppose it's a bit of a tie: the non self-absorbed me says the most important is having taught scores of students to write and expose them to literature, as well as taken them to London and Paris to see the grandness that is Europe. I see the effects of this as they have gone on to college and jobs and it makes me proud. The self-absorbed me says the most important was the paper I wrote for my Irish lit class which earned the comment "best in the class" from the professor. It did wonders for my psyche that I could write a kick a** paper and be a good mom.
2. What are three cd's you couldn't live without?
When I first read this question I thought it said five, and so labored over picking five. But three? Yikes. Okay. In no particular order:
- Sense and Sensibility soundtrack. Perfect for melancholy, inspiration and peace.
- U2's "Joshua Tree." I really like U2, but I pick this one mostly because whenever I hear them I think of my husband who is a huge fan.
- The CD mix I burned of hymns, because it reminds me of my family, my faith, and my life with music. Plus, I know all the words and can really belt out some of the tunes.
- And just for kicks I should also include my all time favorite feel-good CD "Pulse" which is a mix of dance tunes. It's so hard to be grumpy when 'Rhythm is a Dancer' is cranking through the house.
3. If you could have one "do-over" (erase one mistake, right a wrong) what would it be and why?
For reasons I don't even remember, my best friend from high school and I parted ways after high school. I wish that I would have been kinder, more loyal, more forgiving, more everything because a best friend is hard to come by (and I never had another best friend after her). She also would helped me through the rough time I had in college.
4. Think way back now, what is your earliest memory?
I have a hard time distinguishing real memories and memories that I have conjured up because of photographs. I have one vivid memory of going to the sea lion caves on the Oregon coast when I was three, and being scared to look over the edge of the railing at the barking sea lions below. It was very noisy, smelled like fish, and was cold and damp. I remember holding onto my mom's hand and watching my dad take pictures.
I remember visiting another cave when I was four (what's up with all these cave memories? Must be why I'm afraid of the dark). We were on a road trip to North Dakota, and we stopped to go visit some cave that had bats in it. I remember being terrified a bat would fly out and bite me, but my dad told me to "be brave" and wear his hat, which would protect me.
5. Describe for me what a perfect day would be for you.
Even though I love my home and my town, I have to say the perfect day would be spent at my uncle's vacation house in Reno. Jason wouldn't have his allergies, and I wouldn't worry about the piles of laundry or umpteen projects waiting for me. We all would sleep in, after having had a full night's sleep (which I haven't had in a year and a half!). Jason would make me apple pancakes while Sydney and I went for a morning run. We'd go out for coffee, walk around downtown Reno by the river. For lunch we'd go to Bento's, a hole in the wall Mexican restaurant, and eat tacos and enchiladas sprinkled with too much cilantro. The afternoon would be spent back at the house, admiring the view, watching the wild horses run around the foothills, reading a good book. Dinner at the house: bbq'd steaks, bake potatoes, Black Butte Porter, blueberry cobbler. Watch Finding Neverland and fall asleep to the sound of the creek running behind the house.
And a 6th, because Meg likes to bend the rules- What is your one absolutely-can't-live-without-it beauty product?
John Frieda's hair serum.
Thanks Meg, for such great questions! And now my turn to pass along the interviewing goodness.
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