Thursday, July 22, 2010

q is for questions

I love answering questions. SO MUCH. What is it about a serious of questions that is such a vortex for me? I suppose everyone loves to talk about themselves. So you can imagine how happy I was to be tagged by Mrs. Mayhem at Mothering Mayhem to answer these. (Very happy, in case you don’t have an imagination.)

This might be a longish post due to the number of questions so I forgive you for skimming. I do it all the time. There’s just not time to read everyone’s epic posts. So just read the questions that interest you. That is, if you’re still reading at this point. There are stories of crazy people and my addictions, though, so there you go.

What experience has shaped you most and why?
A few days after I got my bachelor’s degree I boarded a plane to Europe. I spent about a year traveling and working on a student exchange visa. To this day I still feel that it’s the single most important thing I’ve ever done. It made me more independent and less afraid. I was at the right age to see things with the right eyes and appreciate them and I wasn’t jaded or smart enough to be afraid of the world. I know it was the right choice for me.

If you had a whole day with no commitments, what would you do?
Sleep. After that I’d probably read, take my dogs for a walk in the park and then come back and sleep some more. I’d also catch up on all of those little things you want to do but never get prioritized to the top. You know that stuff? I’d do that. And I’d probably take lots of photos. Yeah. Pretty much all of the stuff I do now, only without having to clean up puppy poopy.

What food or drink could you never give up?
Red Bull. Don’t know what it is about that stuff, but I just can’t put it down. I can limit myself to them, though. I only have one can in a day and sometimes I go weeks without one. I don’t have them very much, but I just can’t see my life without having the liquidy goodness of Red Bull.

If you could travel anywhere, where would that be and why?
WELL. I’m not really the person to ask this because I want to go everywhere. Literally. I go on and on about traveling to anyone who will listen. I’ve not been that many places on Earth, so I’m behind on my world tour. I have a tab at the top of my blog where I’ve put some photos of some of the places I’ve been. It’s by no means comprehensive, but it’s got highlights. I think the next big place that the Bear and I plan to go is Egypt because we’re both fascinated by the culture and history. However, we need to visit some aging relatives in New Zealand soon so, basically, who knows.

Who do you have a crush on?
The Bear. And for telling me I look like Kate Hudson.

If you were leader of your country, what would you do?
DO NOT GET ME STARTED ON THIS, PEOPLE. Sorry. I get upset about the way the world is run. I’m going to move on before I taint my blog with my political rantings.

Give me one savory recipe that doesn’t include cheese.
Why? Why would you want a recipe without cheese? Me no understandy. That reminds me of a story about someone I know involving cheese. This person says they are “allergic” to melted/cooked cheese. YET, they eat cold cheese all the time. They say that melted cheese will make them die but as long as it’s cold it’s all okay. Is that the most bizarre thing you’ve ever heard…or is it just me? Anyway, the problem with me giving recipes is that A) I never measure anything and people get frustrated when you use “a little of this” and “some” as measurements. Especially when baking. B) I get a lot of recipes from other people and websites and once I’ve printed them I forget where they came from. I don’t want to post something without giving credit. Life is full of tough decisions.

What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I was in the beauty pageant when I was really young and one of the questions was, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Most of the people said movie star or astronaut or princess. I said microbiologist. My mom said it quieted the crowd nicely. I don’t want to be a microbiologist anymore but I don’t know what I want to be, yet. I’ll let you know if I ever decide to grow up.

If you could spend just one day in someone else’s body, who would it be?
Have you ever seen the movie Being John Malkovich? What a strange movie. This question reminds me of that. I would not choose John Malkovich, though. I think maybe I’d choose Queen Elizabeth. She is so interesting to me. And she can fix your car.

Which woman writer, living or dead, do you admire most?
Call me crazy, but I tend to like authors because I like to read what they write and not because they've overcome adversity or have accomplished so much or that they are a woman...blah, blah, blah.  Although I suppose it's pretty impressive to get published, so I guess all of them.

What character trait inspires you the most?
I’ve written about this a lot, especially in this post. Intelligence is at the tippy top of my list, but it must be accompanied by a sense of humor, passion, compassion and happiness. Intelligence on it’s own does not an admirable person make.

What is your favorite kind of music?
All kinds. I have so many different kinds of things on my iPod that if you were trying to put together a profile of my personality by looking at my playlists, you’d have no chance.

Now I get to add a question and ask a few other bloggers to answer these, too. Here’s my question:

What is one fact about you that most people who know you wouldn’t guess?

I’m going to tag a few people, but don’t feel you have to play along. These things are not for everyone, so only answer if you think it’s fun!

I’m tagging Jen from Hamster Central, April from April, Maybe and everyone else reading this far in the post. Let me know if you do it so I can come and visit!

It's Alphabet Soup today at Jenny Matlock's.  Should be fun!

Jenny Matlock


5thsister said...

Wonderful questions! It was nice getting to know you!

My name is PJ. said...

That was an excellent choice for "Q" and fun to read.

Nora Johnson said...

Great fun reading posts like this and getting to know you better - superb choice for Alphabe-Thursday!


PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you've the time to join me!

myorii said...

I love reading your epic posts. They give me a reason to procrastinate on doing real life stuff :) In return, I will leave you an epic comment :)

Wow, I'm jealous you spent a year traveling through Europe. I've always wanted to try it but too scared to attempt it because of the language barrier. Maybe I'll wait until E is older and has learned all the European languages. She can be my translator and travel companion :)

You know, I've never tried Red Bull before. I think it might be out of fear that I'd be disgusted or disappointed in it. It's quite popular in Tokyo too. Hmm, maybe I should just try it.

If you were a leader of your own country, I'd apply to be a citizen because it would be an awesome place to live, right?

I agree with you about that person with the cheese "allergy" I mean, come on, it's cheese! Hot or cold, cheese is cheese, right? Unless they're not really eating it's soy cheese or something...but then that'll be gross.

So a microbiologist, eh? However did you come up with that answer? If I was a judge, I would have given you the award just for knowing what a microbiologist is...but then again, I'm biased and I like original, unique answers.

Being John Malkovich was such a trippy movie. So you want to spend a day as Queen Elizabeth, huh? Just hope she's not into something weird or kinky in private because that would totally change your impression of her.

Aww, you didn't answer your own question. Maybe next time?

So I see you tagged me :) Well I'm going to have to do this now because it was too fun reading your answers. Stay tuned :)

Jen said...

Good Post! Good Post! I so love posts like this because we learn so much about our favorite bloggers! I haven't don't one like this in the longest time... might be about time for another one!

Happy Thursday Dear! xo

Mrs.Mayhem said...

It was great to read more about you. I had a hard time with choosing a female writer, so I just picked an old favorite... I like your answer better! The question you added is really intriguing... everybody loves a good surprise. Thanks for playing along!

Viki said...

This was a great post. I loved it. I always like to find out what makes people tick, lol.

Dan said...

So Red Bull and cheese would be your favorite meal? Can't say I've ever tried it. {*grin*}

lissa said...

aren't cheese the same whether cook or not? I don't get that person either

great questions & answers

JDaniel4's Mom said...

These are really fun questions! I love cheese too. The brain and people who use their are so wonderful.

Thanks for stopping by.

Kristen M. said...

I don't know what I want to be when I grow up either. Luckily, having a kid just gave me 6 years of not having to decide! Unfortunately, I'm at a point where I have to think about it again. Hmm ...

signed...bkm said...

Great questions....

thought I would be writer -or doctor, love Emily Dickensen, would never give up coffee, admire intelligence, always loved my own body - so I would keep it...and if I were a ruler - I would one day a month for just made me think...thank you..have a secret crush on a hockey player that I will not name....bkm

signed...bkm said...

Great questions....

thought I would be writer -or doctor, love Emily Dickensen, would never give up coffee, admire intelligence, always loved my own body - so I would keep it...and if I were a ruler - I would one day a month for just made me think...thank you..have a secret crush on a hockey player that I will not name....bkm

Brenda said...

I am over 50 and have not touched the traveling you have done. This is something not many would know about me, if I was not afraid to step out there and do the things I think I would like to do, I would have done so much more.

Cheryl D. said...

Fun Q post!

Sue said...

Good questions and interesting answers. I especially liked you take on authors...


Melissa B. said...

I concur, wholeheartedly. Brains matter!

Jo said...

hey Paige ... epic post ... what .. the Queen does auto repair??? where have i been all of these years ... great post! keep travelling ... it's good for the brain!

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

I love these types of posts because they really help you understand who the blogger really is.

I was tagged in a similar post and they asked the question about the one experience that shaped me. My answer was the same. My trip to Europe, but I was much younger. I was in high school. I spent about a month there and learned all about independence! Being in another country without family was what I needed to know that I can do anything. I do wish I was a little older so I would have appreciated the culture more, but one day, I will go back.

My friend and I have been talking about a trip to Egypt. We both want to go, but I am not sure when it will happen. We will be visiting China first since we have a place to stay and the trip will be much less expensive.

Sleep....sounds good to me!

One fact about me that people who know me wouldn't guess is that I am a neat freak. Most people come to my house and comment how clean things are, but they have no idea how uncomfortable I feel when things are a mess. I am not OCD or anything, well, come to think of

Life@Cee said...

I agree with you about travelling abroad - it is a life changing experience. I'll have to try Red Bull - I will take my energy any way I can get it. Fun questions.

Serline said...

A lot of words but not very specific answers... are you playing hard to get?!? Have a blessed weekend!

H said...

What is it that makes answering questions about yourself so compulsive?? I feel it too :) Very interesting.

Jen said...

Hi! Great questions to ponder.
I agree...why fix a casserole if it doesn't have any cheese!
1 fact:
I have never paid to have a pedicure or manicure. Not ever!
Have a great weekend!

Jenny said...

What a fun, inquisitive stop today.

I really enjoyed reading your answers. I can soooo tell you were a beauty queen. You still are.

Thanks for adding this rich delicious post to our Alphabet Soup this week.

It is shaping up to be a mighty tasty meme!


Kerri said...

Great questions and answers Paige!

One fact: I've never tried Red Bull!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I can't answer your question because then people would know. :) Enjoyed reading all your answers.

Jenners said...

I'm with you ... why would you want a recipe without cheese??? Crazy!!!

And I've never had a Red Bull. Does it really give you wings?


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