The Getting to Know You Questions
1. Would you prefer to be smart or happy, and why?
Happy, but I suppose that would get tiresome after awhile. I dunno. I think there's no way to pick just one of these since situations and needs change so frequently.2. If you could choose one superpower, what would it be and why?
Invisibility.3. What is your biggest regret in life so far?
Just one? I have so many....4. If you could marry a fictional character, who would it be and why?
My first answer was going to be Almanzo Wilder, but he's not really fictional. So...Robert Parker's Spenser. (or Hawk)5. If money and career were no object, where in the world would you choose to live?
Right now, as winter approaches, pretty much any random Greek island, or specifically Ydra.6. What’s the last book you read that you simply could not put down until you finished?
I can't think of anything that's grabbed me like this for awhile. I mean, I've read some good books, but my life has been so fragmented this year that sustained, unputdownable reading is not happening.7. What television show do you plan your day around in order to see it live?
I don't watch anything live. Even football games get DVR'd so we can skip ads. OK, maybe SNL...naw, we DVR that too.8. What extracurricular activities or sports did you participate in when you were in high school?
I was in Band, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. I was in a couple of clubs too but nothing real time-intensive.9. Of all your pet-peeves, which is the strangest?
I'm not sure I'd notice if they were that strange, would I? Honestly, I can't think of any weird peeves. Maybe people who claim to be Christian but clearly don't let it affect their actual behavior toward others. Ever.10. Is it better to beg forgiveness or ask permission?
As a Mom, I must say that it always better to ask permission. As a human being, I'd rather ask forgiveness.11. If you inherited or won a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Pay off the house. Put the rest in an IRA or something similar.12. What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
The most mortifying moment was whipping around at work because I had HAD it with a coworker interrupting me... and it was my boss who was trying to get my attention. I saw the next few months and years in startling clarity in that moment. Weirdly, accurately, and horrifying.13. Which fictional character do you believe is the most like yourself?
Jo, from Little Women. Or at least I wish.14. Are you superstitious? If so, what are you most superstitious about?
I would love to say no, but I do knock wood and other silly things like that.15. Do you believe it is vital to everyday life to know what is happening in the world around you?
I've made it this far without knowing everything that's going on, so ... Seriously, I do think one should try to keep track of the Big Wide World in general terms so as to not do too much navel-gazing.16. What is the nicest thing anybody has said, or you believe they would say, about you?
Beast told me several years ago that he was amazed at how kind I am. I was floored. I certainly never would have said that about myself.17. What are your life and career goals in 5, 10 and 15 years?
I'd like to be alive. Perhaps in 15 years I'll be able to retire. The way things are going though, that's not necessarily likely.18. Would you rather live in a large house in the suburbs, or a tiny apartment in the city with an excellent view?
Can't I have both? Really, I'd rather be in the suburbs, but not in a large house. Smaller is better.19. What are you[r] three weaknesses?
I have way more than just three!! The first three I thought of are my big mouth, my inability to let sleeping dogs lie, and my impatience.20. How would you describe yourself in three words?
Smart, anxious, middle-aged.21. Which is more logical to follow—your heart or your head?
Logic = head.22. Are you spiritual or religious in any way? If so, how?
Yeah, I am. But I'm less than interested in converting anyone. I just want people to not be hypocritical and horrible.23. If you could have any career possible, what would it be?
I like my current career. Although hanging around doing nothing all day has its perks as well.24. Have you ever been arrested or contracted any diseases?
... How are these related? I've gotten a speeding ticket. And of course I've had diseases: strep, hyperthyroidism, hyperparathryoidism, various eye issues, influenza, pneumonia, German measles, chicken pox, hyperglycemia.... What a ridiculous question.25. Which is better—a novel or a movie?
Depends on the book or movie in question. Usually, the book, though.