I’m participating in the Crappy Day Present Exchange this month. Have you heard of this? It’s amazing. Rachel over at Doing My Best runs it, because she is a saint. Basically you pick out a few inexpensive treats or small gifts, wrap them individually, pop them in a box and mail them to a buddy. Someone else sends you a box. And then, when a shitty day sneaks up on you, voila! You get a present. What could be better? My crappy days now have an element of glee to them, because I have a small pile of warm fuzzies on my bookshelf (compliments of Linnea, who is wonderful). So, to facilitate the lucky person who drew my name, here is an old school getting to know you meme. Enjoy, or skip if you hate fun.
What is your favorite color? Green! All shades, from yellowy chartreuse to deep black forest.
What is your favorite season? Spring and Fall are my favorites. Windows open season.
What is your favorite treat? Creme Brulee, or ice cream with fruit on it, like sour cherry compote or poached peaches. Or lately, caramel frappucinos from Starbucks, oof, I need to stop that. I am not a crazy chocolate person, but do enjoy it (milk or white only). I love caramel, and frosting, and … ok, sugar, apparently.
What is your favorite scent? Not a big fan of scented stuff, but I love natural, light smells – pine, flowers, fresh cut grass, citrus. And that smell before it rains (petrichor! Word of the day!)
What is your favorite coping mechanism? Exercise is the most effective, but usually least used. Knitting while watching many episodes of a TV show in a row. Eating all the food. Holing up with a book.
What do you like to do in your free time? Read, knit, play with my kiddo, try to be better at life.
What do you not enjoy doing, and why, but have to do anyway? Cleaning. I hate cleaning. It’s such a Sisyphean task. I especially hate vacuuming. Why so loud, vacuum?
If someone gave you money with the instruction that you had to spend it on something
frivolous for yourself, what would you buy? Possibly jewelry – I’ve spent a lot of time convincing myself (and my husband) that I don’t like jewelry, but I think I secretly do. I’d probably talk myself out of that, though, and into yarn or e-books.
Do you have any decorating themes in your home/office? Green. Every wall in our house is painted green or teal, except my daughter’s room (purple, used to be green). Most of our stuff (art, small kitchen appliances, towels, etc.) is green or has green accents. It might be a little weird but I like it.
Is there something that you REALLY, REALLY like? (Burt’s Bees, horses, cats, fairies,
unicorns, birds, patriotic stuff, babies, chocolate, Diet Coke, etc….) Green things, diet coke, dinosaurs, chickens.
What is the VERY! BEST! present you have ever received and why was it the best? (The purpose of this question is to give people another idea of the sorts of things that make you happy.) God I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but honestly? Megan recently sent me a box with some chocolate covered pretzels, and she included a picture of ET in the box. I am terrified of ET. But I have never laughed that hard upon opening a present.
What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? Lakes of Pontchartrain (The Be Good Tanyas), followed by Weight of Life (Avett Bros) and Boy with a Coin (Iron & Wine). Those are the songs I zone out to if I’m stressed.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Time: when I get to leave work. Or first thing in the morning when the day could be ANYTHING! Day: Saturday. Month: May, i.e. SUSIE MONTH.
What sound do you love? Wind in trees. Ocean. Thunderstorms. Nature sounds, apparently. OH OH and banjos. I like banjos.
If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for? I’m not so much a party thrower. But I enjoy hosting dinners and potlucks. Thanksgiving is my favorite – we host every year for anyone who wants to come, friends, family, coworkers, whatever. I love it. You should come.
What type of pets do you have? Two awesome cats, Squish and Alfalfa.
What is most memorable about your high school years? That I got a plaque for perfect attendance. Seriously. You can see it when you come in my front door, right behind the naked lady lamp.
What is your favorite food? Right now? Cauliflower. Can’t get enough. Whipped cream is a close second.
If you were on an island, who would you want to be with? Why? Hmmm. Someone sensible and resourceful and tolerant. Maybe my brother? He’s not exactly tolerant, but we can fight and make up because we’re siblings. I feel bad for not saying Kevin, but uh… I don’t know, I think survival skills might be important, and computer skills not so much. I’m hoping we can eventually escape the island, or make an awesome Swiss Family Robinson set up and then bring our spouses and kids over. Also, monkey servants. OK, I am really into this question.
If you had 1,000,000 dollars to give away, how would you do it? I’d give a portion to family or friends for pressing debt, and I’d invest the rest into some sort of Snoozie Endowment, donating earnings to my pet interests. Today that would be: vaccination programs, support for people who’ve gotten screwed because they were “just” gay married, maybe a merit based scholarship of some kind (for narcoleptics! yeah!). It’ll be something different tomorrow, I’m sure.
What was the last national park you visited? Rainier. We go a lot – it’s pretty close to us, and it’s my favorite place to camp and hike around here. I’ve also been to Everglades, Grand Tetons, Great Smoky Mountains, Mammoth Cave, Olympic, Redwood, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. Yosemite is my favorite overall (so far). 9/58 – that’s not great, considering how much I love them. I’d like to see more, and more often.
What book can you read over and over again? East of Eden. At least five times. I love it so.
If you could see 24 hours into the future what would you do with this ability?
Probably go slap out of my mind.
If you had it to do over again what would you study in school?
Possibly engineering. Or maybe pharmacy school without completing my bachelors, so it would have been free. But I think I would have gotten bored either way.
What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
Probably head cheese. I’ll eat just about anything my friend Nat prepares, though.