I boosted Kwizgivers Saturday 9 meme:
1. What are you proud of? You want a list?! I’m proud of my children (even when they make me crazy). I’m proud of my students (some of them more than others, but that’s to be expected, I think). I’m proud of my marriage; I think that Mr. Chili and I have it figured out (not that we have it figured out for everyone, mind, but for each other. Did anyone see last week’s Private Practice? “I’m not perfect, I’m just perfect for you.” Yeah, that). I’m proud of the commitments I make to my friendships. I’m proud of my sister.
2. What is the best thing you’ve ever won as a prize? How did you win it? Ummm… I don’t win stuff very often. OH! I won a gift card to the Steamship Authority on the Cape by submitting a clever limerick using a vocabulary word. It was a weekly contest a local weather guy used to run. He doesn’t do it anymore, sadly. If I remember correctly, it was this that won me the prize:
“Pulchritude” means something that’s pretty
like the snow when it falls in the city;
but the nature of streets
makes that “pretty” quite brief.
Feet and wheels fast turn snow grey and gritty.
3. Tell us about something you’ve done that in retrospect was a waste of time. Ugh. Fitness certifications. Really? They don’t prepare one for anything useful; they’re just ways for the certifying agencies to make money.
4. How old were you when life changed the most for you? How did it change? There are so many! At 17, I divorced my parents. I was married to Mr. Chili when I was 27. I had Punkin’ when I was 28 and Bean when I was 30 (guess how THOSE things changed me!). I graduated college with my Master’s at 38 and got my favorite job at 40. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
5. Tell us about a place you that you’ve been that you considered to be very tranquil. My mother’s back yard was a lovely spot; she had a patio and a koi pond back there. I’m also pretty fond of the house Mr. Chili and I share; we had it built to our specifications in ’92 (and built on again in ’05) and even though it’s not always “tranquil,” it has always been a very happy (and safe) place for me to call home.
6. Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter? Why? I’m awfully fond of Robert Siegel. I really like his voice, he has a lovely sense of humor, and he has been the giver of my news for so long that I associate news with him. There are a number of other folks that come through my radio that I love, but if I had to put them in order, Robert would come out on top. I also have a very strong affinity for Rachel Maddow.
7. If you were to have the opportunity to name a new town or city, what would you call it? Why? Blah. I hate these questions; they’re lame. How about what I would name another pet? Or another child? Since the pet is more likely to happen (in fact, another baby is never gonna happen), I will tell you that I will campaign to name a new pair of kittens Hans and Rosa, after two of my favorite characters from The Book Thief. I bet Bean will side with me; she loves the book, too..
8. What is something about which you’ve always wondered but have not yet found a good answer? How is it that we can hurt ourselves in an instant, but we can’t heal that way (yet)?
9. When you can’t go to sleep, what is your personal remedy to help yourself drift into Lullabyland? I almost never have trouble falling asleep. Lately, though, STAYING asleep has been a HUGE problem. 2:10 or so, and BING! Chili’s up. One of my yoga people told me today to “get used to it” and hinted that I may be pre-menopausal. Whatever. Sometimes I’ll do breathing stuff, sometimes I make sure it doesn’t happen at all by popping a sleepy Tylenol after I brush my teeth. Sometimes, i just tough it out.
Happy Monday, Everyone!!