Remember when you were young and a game of tag was an innocent way to kill time and maybe skin your knee? In the blog age, it has become an insidious blood-sport wherein innocent keyboard-tappers are snagged by their fellow-bloggers and forced to answer grueling surveys. Really, what I need are fewer ideas and more focus. But since I was amused by my tagger The Snee's responses, I'll play.
1. if you have pets, do you see them as merely animals, or are they members of your family?
I see her as an animal which makes her an ideal member of our family. Also, she helps prewash the dishes.
2. if you can have a dream to come true, what would it be?
Umm, I'm was raised Lutheran so I can't do that. Or how about none of those mentioned in the next question.
3. what is the one thing most hated by you?
"most hated" those are strong words. How about Greedy Despoiling Bastards?
4. what would you do with a billion dollars?
I don't know how far that would go. Maybe fund a bunch of social entrepreneurs including my husband and myself. Send a gaggle of people to college. Fund free clinics. Clean something up. Have a studio. Buy a lot of shoes.
5. what helps to pull you out of a bad mood?
Walking on ice. Gardening in skimpy clothing. A new idea. Stitching. Silly books. Very loud music (of my choice). My friends. When the kids fold the laundry and put it away. My husband cooking dinner with produce from the garden, while we listen to very loud music, I knit, drink a glass of wine and pat the dog. Boys!
6. which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
It's a two-way street.
7. what is your bedtime routine?
Yell at sons to get off You Tube, brush thoroughly, remove their dirty socks and get in bed. Then collapse on couch before trying to do same. Creep in dark bedroom trying not to knock over ironing board thus awaking early-rising husband. Extract craft projects from bed, spend much time re-arranging covers just so. Still, we often wake up with yarn or fabric in the bed.
8. if you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your partner?
Physics Class. He asked what happened in the last class (which he skipped so he could ask me what happened.) I told him it was all in the textbook. He said didn't I hate the weather. I said I love the rain. Fortunately, he was persistent. And he didn't know about all the fiber in his future.
9. if you could watch a creative person in the act of the creative process, who would it be?
10. what kinds of books do you read?
A lot of fiction, memoirs and the New Yorker.
Speaking of books, I need some good escapist literature. I keep picking up books, inspecting them for that special mix of levity without frivolity, starting them and then being blindsided by death and accidents. Any suggestions? If they are too light I get annoyed, too heavy I get bogged down. Non-fiction is fine, but my attention span is not so hot right now.
And if you want to answer a survey, there is one above. Give the link to your answers in the comments.