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1. Are you a young heart or an old soul? Young at heart, I guess–as I never feel as old as my chronological age.
2. What makes someone a best friend? Someone who knows deep things about you, who can disagree with you without judging, who you can freely look foolish in front of, and who would go out of their way to help you.
3. What Christmas present do you remember the most? I got a Barbie Dream House one year and it makes me smile to think of my parents putting it together and arranging the furniture.
4. Tell me a movie/song/TV show/play/book that has changed your life. This is hard—there are a few. But going way back—when I read Harriet the Spy for the first time (when I had the mumps in 2nd grade!) that was the first big chapter book I had ever read by myself. I loved it and it sparked my appetite for more—and I’ve been reading pretty much nonstop ever since.
5. Name one physical feature that you like about yourself and one that you dislike. I like my hands and fingernails. I dislike my upper arms right now because I’m getting that “fifties flab” –but I try not to obsess over it.
6. Can money buy happiness? No, but it can buy physical security—which should never be confused with happiness.
7. What’s more important in a relationship: physical attraction or emotional connection? An emotional connection lasts much longer than any physical attributes.
8. Is there anyone close to you that you know you can’t trust? Not anymore—I removed that person from my life almost exactly two years ago today.
9. Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid? In the summer when I was a kid I loved riding my bike with a friend to the library downtown and then to the candy store on the next block—then we’d come back to my house and we’d sit in the back yard reading our library books and sharing our candy.
10. Have you spent a night in the hospital? No
11. Do you enjoy being only with 1-2 friends or with a large group of people? I do better in small groups-big social groups tend to make me uncomfortable.
12. Have you ever been bullied? When I was in third grade a girl in my class wanted to fight me, but I have no memory of why—and the fight never happened.
13. If your partner wanted to wait until marriage until having sex, would you stay in that relationship? I think so.
14. Do you believe in God? Wow, you want me to sum that up in just a couple of sentences? I believe in a higher power or force that is bigger than us, but not as a physical being.
15. Out of all the social networks in the world why use a blog? Why not?
16. What is your quirkiest habit? Hmmm. . . I shelve all my books by theme. When bringing a bag of books home from the bookstore, it would NEVER occur to me to just put them all on an empty shelf together. No—they need to go in their correct sections.
17. What is normal? Are you normal? Being normal is relative! I feel normal to me . . .
18. Someone close to you is dying! You have the choice to let this person live for 10 more years but if you do you cause the death of 10 strangers. I hate this kind of question! Pass . . .
19. What is one thing you could never forgive? Betrayal.
20. When you’re alone in your own home, do you talk out loud to yourself? Absolutely! Although I guess it’s not really to myself since the cats are always listening.
21. Who is your favorite super hero? Don’t have one.
22. Could you be in a long distance relationship? I’ve never been in one—I think it would be tough but worth it with the right person.
23. Do you know what makes you happy? I do! I just need to work on recognizing it when I have it!
24. Who was your first crush? Jimmy Logan in 2nd grade.
25. Where is your favorite place to go out and eat? On The Border for Mexican—I love their stuffed avocados and their chips & salsa.
26. Are you an early bird or night owl? I used to be a total night owl—especially in college. I rarely even started getting ready to go out until about 9-10 pm. Now—if I’m not in bed by 10pm I know I’m going to be cranky the next day.
27. Give me an unpopular opinion you have. Fair doesn’t always mean being equal—sometimes fair means someone else having more or someone else having less.
28. Do you believe in giving kids medals and trophies for participation? Not as a rule. Life does not give prizes for participation—you have to learn to find that reward within yourself, and you might as well start that habit young!
29. What song best describes your life right now? I’m stumped on this one!
30. How do you express your creativity? Luckily my job provides an outlet for my creative side, as I do a lot of copywriting and even some design work. Plus—I am ALWAYS writing a story in my head!
31. Describe your neighborhood. I live in a quiet townhome community in the suburbs. It’s close to a major road, but set back enough so that there’s not much noise from traffic. I’m within easy walking distance of the grocery, the vet, several fast food places, my bank, the hardware store, and the drycleaners. There’s grass and trees and birds and rabbits. The neighborhood has become a pretty even mix of small families, couples, singles, and retirees.
32. Give me the story of your life in 6 words. Never thought I’d end up here!