Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Little Meme Action


AlphaBetsy tagged me in a meme game. According to the rules I need to post 11 random things about me and answer her 11 questions. I'm also supposed to tag 11 others but I don't like tagging others... If you want to play, please feel free to do so and comment with a link to your site so others can read!  


I'll start with her questions:

1. What is your favourite children’s/cartoon character, and why?

For nostalgia’s sake, I have to say the Smurfs. I loved the Smurfs as a child. I even had Smurf pj’s. I even watched them in French. And speaking of French cartoons, I love the Barbapapas. In fact, watching it now I realize where my love of yurts and round houses came from. Totally from les Barbapapas! Who says TV can influence children?

2. Are you a tv watcher? What are your favourite shows?

Am I a TV watcher? Sadly, yes. I watch too much TV. My saving grace/excuse is that I watch it while crafting, and I spend a lot of time crafting!
Shows I’m watching now: Big Bang Theory, Grimm, Fringe, Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, Dexter, Being Erica, The United States of Tara, Whitney (because seriously, they could be me and my partner)…

Shows I have loved: Six Feet Under, Battlestar Galactica,  The X Files. You’re probably seeing a bit of theme here. I love fantasy and Sci Fi. Or things about socially inept people!  I’m not even going to look into why that might be!

3. Do you have a guilty pleasure? What is it? 

TV? Ice Cream. Shopping. In no particular order but about equally as guilty. Memes... which are a totally guilty pleasure that I like to indulge in but know that many hate so I keep them hidden!

4. Do you wear jewelry? Do you have a favorite piece? Why? 

Oh yes, I wear jewelry. I don’t plaster myself in the stuff but for some reason I’m particularly known for it. In gift exchanges people tend to buy me jewelry because they know it’s a safe purchase.  I’ve even had students who insist on giving gifts, who have bought me jewelry (costume, don’t worry) because they know I wear it regularly.

My favourite piece? Just one? Right now it has to be the amber bracelet that my Grandma gave to me, which originally belonged to her Grandmother. But there’s also that stunning piece that I bought at the outdoor market in New York 2 years ago and the upcycled silver lotus necklace my husband bought me… and….

5. How did you come to blogging?

I actually came to blogging a long time ago through a friend. I would say about 5-6 years ago.

6. What is your favorite way to unwind after a hard day?

Booze? Ok, I know, I'm NOT supposed to write that but honestly? A gin & tonic or glass of wine over a conversation/meal with my friends or my husband is just the best. Other things I do of the non alcoholic variety to unwind? Scrapbook. Paint.

7. If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?

Again with the one choice. Morocco. No, Turkey. No, southern India. South of Spain. Thailand. 

8. If you could be a character in any book, which book would you be written into? What part would you play?

The spry, clever, but slightly devious female, like Rachel McAdams' character, Irene Adler, in Sherlock Holmes. Or Dorian from the Picture of Dorian Grey. Or one of the witches from an Anne Rice novel. I like the complex, not perfect character. I don't wanna be no goody two shoes. 

9. What is your favorite fairy tale, and why?

Little Red Riding Hood because I use it all the time with to illustrate the deeper meaning beyond "don't talk to strangers" when talking about writing a thesis/essay. I love the Freudian interpretation of how the story itself is a metaphor for girls coming of age and learning to recognize the dangers that their ripening sexuality now presents them with, from an educational perspective in understanding literary techniques being used to convey meaning. But really, Angela Carter's book, The Bloody Chamber is just the cat's meow when it comes to rewriting women into the fairy tale narrative/dialogue. Screw the Prince, I can rescue myself, dang nabbit!

10. Do you speak more than one language? What languages do you speak? What languages would you like to learn?

English, obviously. Mais je suis bilingue, donc je parle, ecris, et lis le francais aussi. No habla espagnol (dos cervasas por favor). I would love to learn Spanish and relearn Dutch. When I was a child I could speak: English, French, Polish, and Dutch. Now I only speak French and English. I should probably learn Slovenian because of my in-laws.

11. Have you read or watched Eat, Pray, Love? Where would you go to Eat? Pray? Love?

Yes, and Yes. 

Eat: India.

Pray: This is a toss up for me: either somewhere hot with beautiful landscapes and solitude spaces like I imagine Ethiopia to be, or somewhere in rural Thailand, or somewhere on the west coast, but away from home... so Oregon or Washington, by the sea.

Love: Vienna. Northern Italy. Paris.

Now on to 11 random bits about yours truly:

1. I almost dropped out of High School. Not because I wasn't capable but because I was bored senseless and hated school that much.

2. I now have a Master's degree and work in education!

3. I hate the colour Salmon. Or Puce. To the point that just the names make me cringe. Blech.

4. I've been a vegetarian for 19 years

5. I love to travel. It's the only thing in my life that I've ever been sure of. If you ask me what I want to do when I grow up, my answer is and was always: travel. If I could just travel, all of the time, I would. I'm not someone who needs a home base. I could live out of a suitcase forever, going from one place to another. Deciding to stay here, with my husband, was one of the hardest decisions for me to make because it meant not traveling the globe like I envisioned. And he knew that going in. That he would have to let me go in order to keep me. Since we've been married (2 years) I have gone away without him 6 times and away with him 3 times. I've had to learn to accept that I'm not like others this way. Travel is not a want, it is a need for me.

6. Most of my friends, not so secretly, fear that I'm going to one day drop everything and disappear.

7. I can't wear orange or yellow, or a lot of reds. They make me look sick. Like green/yellow in the face sick

8. I can't sit still or else I start yawning. I shift all the time. I fiddle. I do multiple things while watching movies, TV, etc.

9. I obsess over things. First it was my graduate thesis, then wedding planning, next crafting, the house, now babies. I'm kind of an all or nothing kind of gal.

10. I almost always take on more than I can handle. I have a history of working 3 jobs at once. And I had to force myself to stop. It was very hard for me when I first had all this extra time that I usually filled with work. So now I craft. I need projects. I know this makes me sound very type A, and in some ways I am... but I'm not really competitive so I'm not sure. I just need to be busy with things, active or quiet, doesn't matter.

11. I hate video games. That's right. I don't get them. They hold no interest to me. One of my husband's fondest New Year's memories is playing Guitar Hero with his close group of friends and their partners. I wanted to die. I was so bored out of my fricken mind. I play video games for all of 15 mins and I'm done. I have dated gamers who have tried. To no avail. I just don't see the appeal of it. It's like gambling to me: I have better things to do with my money and time. No offense to the gamers out there. I will just never be part of that club. Even though I love board games. Even though I love fantasy and sci fi. Even though I love Felicia Day and the Big Bang Theory.

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