My friend, Nicole, has a blog - Constructive Compulsion - and it is probably the best-written blog I read. She works as an editor and I tremble at the thought of ever having her look at something I've written because I'm pretty sure she'd smile at me while tearing it to shreds. Not in a mean way, mind you - but in the "this medicine is good for you" and "why don't you know this with all your degrees" kind of way.
But anyway, she has her first meme up and I figured I'd have a go at it. What blogger doesn't love to talk about herself/himself? (One who doesn't really have a blog, probably.)
1. Post the rules
2. Share 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions posted to you from your tagger
4. Come up with 11 new questions for the people you tag
5. Tag your peeps on Twitter, Facebook, or on your blog
11 Random Things About Me:
1. I like to put french fries on my cheeseburger.
2. I am obsessed with Kate Middleton (aka the Duchess of Cambridge).
3. I cannot stand an unmade bed. I've made my half of it while my husband was still sleeping in the other half.
4. I did actually sit at my desk at work and cry the day R.E.M. announced their official breakup.
5. I still do math on my fingers.
6. I am fairly anti-hand sanitizer (the whole creation of supergerms thing), but am completely addicted to the smell of it.
7. There probably isn't more than a day that goes by where I don't think about how much I would love to live in England or France.
8. I avoid most creamy white condiments/foods (mayo, ranch dressing, rice pudding, sour cream, cream cheese). They skeeve me out but I can deal with some of them in some states - like dessert (sour cream, cream cheese). So the mayo on fries in Europe would be an issue. (Or maybe I'd stop eating fries. Bonus.)
9. I own probably around 50 pairs of shoes but I wear fewer than 10 of those pairs throughout the year.
10. I hate the movie The Notebook. I'm missing the genetic marker that says women have to love that movie. I reeeeally, really hate it.
11. My favorite joke in the whole world is:
Q: What do you call cheese that doesn't belong to you?
A: Nacho cheese (not yo cheese!)
Nicole's 11 Questions:
1. What is your favorite way to spend a lazy day?
I don't remember the last time I had a lazy day. The closest I get to a lazy day are the rare weekend days where I say, "Eff the housework for today. Today, Nate and I are going to play and have fun and I'm going to spend naptime relaxing." (This always leads to the next day being the opposite of a relaxing day, but it still works somehow.)
2. Your first concert?
Tiffany at a local community college - I think the concert was at 4pm or something.
3. Your biggest fear and how you did/would conquer it.
We're basically always one financial issue away from not being able to afford our rent. My fear is that that will happen and we'll have to move in with relatives. We're currently working really hard to pay down debts, find other ways to earn, and increase our financial stability. But it's terrifying.
4. What profession would you least like to have?
Anything that had to do with death, ever - like doctor, veterinarian... Even though a lot of it would be pleasant, it wouldn't be worth the sad times for me. I especially could never be a pediatrician.
5. Do you still draft with pen and paper, or have you gone completely digital?
Depends on how I feel. Whatever I'm working on kind of "tells me" how to start. I like taking notes and organizing ideas on paper, but when it's time to write an essay, I sit down at the computer.
6. If there were no health repercussions, what one food could you live on forever?
Pizza or pasta.
7. What kind of exotic animal would you own as a pet if you could?
I'm at a place where I'd rather have no pets. I can't think of anything exotic I'd have any interest in taking care of at this point, probably because one toddler is exotic enough. LOL
8. Three movies you will never turn off:
It's Complicated, Say Anything, and Star Trek.
9. One thing you would change about your life:
One? If I think about this in terms of things I, personally, can change without needing someone else to change or some other thing to happen (like more income), I think I would watch less television. I'm trying to work on that now, recording fewer shows, but it's hard. I like TV; it's my "space out and de-stress" go-to. But I could get better things done.
10. What is your fondest childhood memory?
I always have a hard time with this question. I have a terrible memory, so I really don't remember a lot of things. And the things I do remember usually don't have something positive related to them - or even if they were a good time, I still remember something negative about it, too. (I must have been a real charmer of a child, I know.) I remember that I enjoyed a lot of things: my 8th birthday party, my 5th grade trip to the World Trade Center, the day I got contacts, my 16th birthday down the shore - but nothing that I'd consider a "fondest" memory.
11. Worst date you've ever been on?
Well, it wasn't the worst date so much as the worst aftermath. Second date with someone, he told me he was leaving the next day for a business trip and would call me after he got back. He never called and I'm pretty sure there was no trip. LOL
I'm not going to tag anyone in particular. If you read this and you want to do it, go for it and leave me a comment so I can go check yours out! I love random questions. If you decide you want to do this, follow the rules above - post 11 random things about yourself and answer my 11 questions:
1. What was your favorite vacation and why?
2. If you could live anywhere in the world and not have to worry about things like family being far away, where would you live?
3. What reading significantly impacted your life? (Book, article, poem, anything)
4. What's one thing you hate that it seems like everyone else likes?
5. What do you daydream about?
6. What did your bedroom look like when you were younger? (Any age you want to share.)
7. What's your morning routine?
8. Is there any food you absolutely refuse to eat (other than things you may be allergic to)? Why?
9. If skill/ability/money was no issue, what would be your dream job?
10. What memory has stuck with you even though you wish you could forget it?
11. What do you want your life to look like when you're 75?
P.S. I started this blog post on Monday. That's what my life is like right now. But I promise, checking out Nicole's blog is worth it any day. Go read it, right now. Go. I am in 100% agreement with her thoughts on contemporary concert-going.