Saturday, May 15, 2010

Unplanned meme

Stolen from Dana.

1. What was the last thing about which you procrastinated? 

Currently, I'm procrastinating about switching over from satellite TV+DSL+local & LD service from the phone company to Fiberoptic TV+fiberoptic internet+fiberoptic VOIP.  There are a lot of reasons for this, mainly the work involved in doing price comparisons, but also just the basic hassle of changing anything having to do with technology.  My dear Luddite husband doesn't like change and will take awhile to adapt, even if the change is good and will save us money.

2. How long does it take you to fall asleep, and do you sleep through the night?

I fall asleep almost instantaneously.  As a child I was a raging insomniac.  It would take me something like 2 hours to fall asleep every night, though I did stay asleep most of the time.  My cousin Pat showed me my first example of someone who really could just blink out at will.  She, her younger brother and I shared a room once and while Johnny and I whooped it up (we were about 9), she settled onto the pillow and just...went to sleep.  Johnny and I were so sure she was faking it, but after awhile we believed, and that eventually helped us to calm down and do likewise.  I don't always sleep through the night, but do most of the time.  Since going on metformin, my type 2 diabetes is much less likely to rouse me for a water or bathroom break.

I noticed recently that one of my guilty little pleasures is going to bed while it's still light out.  Not something I get the chance to do very often.  My mom would sometimes get tired drunk and try to get me to go to bed at 5 pm on a summer day.  The horror!  Funny how things change.

3. Which decade would you choose to exemplify your favorite fashion styles?

Oh, the 1970s, for sure.  No designer labels, no big hair, Earth Shoes, okay to look sloppy and dress for comfort.  The only things I didn't like about the '70s were hip-hugger pants and long, straight hair.  

4. What is your personal best dish to feed a crowd?

Salad.  When in doubt, salad.  Endless customization options.

5. Are you an impulse shopper? What was the last thing you bought on impulse?

Thankfully, I don't have enough money to throw around impulsively.  When I do impulse-buy, it's something tiny and piddly.  Like a $2 tube of sunscreen, or an 89-cent apple pie at the dollar store.

6. What is one wish you have for your own funeral?

Seriously, I want overflow SRO crowds, a news crew, and gridlock for a 10-block radius around the church.  Why not?   You only live die once.

7. If it's true that joy is found in the simple things in life, what does your joy look like today?
Good one!  Today I got ambitious and rearranged some bookcases in the living room and office.  Cleared out a few cardboard boxes, condensed, dusted and reassessed.  Didn't cost me a dime and it felt GREAT!

8. What is your favorite type of bread?

Favorite is rye with caraway seeds.  I now, finally, understand why my dad didn't like the seeds, which get in between teeth and hurt, but I still like 'em.  Second favorite kind of bread is any kind of French or Italian baguette -- very crusty on the outside, soft & hot and butter-melt conducive on the inside.

9. What trait do you fear developing the most? (Laziness, greediness, grumpiness, etc.)

An old saying is, "When the mind goes, the heart shows."  I fear developing dementia and reverting to the selfish, insensitive, egocentric brat I used to be.  I want my heart to have evolved a bit in the last few decades.

10. What trait would you like most to develop?
More ambition, and perseverance.  That's two traits, but they seem to go together.

11. Which room in your house best reflects your personality? Why?

My office.  A work in progress, but it's my sanctum sanctorum and I'd sleep in here if I had to.  A bed and a fridge, and I'd probably never come out.

12. How do you maintain balance in your life regarding, work, family, church, other organizations and activities, and blogging?

This will sound weird, but I feel like the more stuff I cram into my schedule, the better.  I do occasionally feel burned out, mainly with regard to the neighborhood association.  This comes from a deep fear that I am going to screw up.  Beyond that, I love it all.  Blogging falls into this category, too, actually.  I post infrequently, always feeling like my topics are a waste of someone's time.


Dana said...

I like it when you steal from me - it was fun reading your answers!

Kay Dennison said...

Great!!!! A new perspective of you!!!!