I am embarrassingly late in responding to this generous nomination from Chris at Surviving the Specter. Which is actually OK, as I am never on time for anything. If I’m ever on time, or early, please assume what you are seeing is an alien apparition of me, and blast me to confetti with lasers. For the planet.
Anyhoo….the award. Chris was kind enough to link to some history behind this, so I’m stealing that to share, too. GO TO HERE FOR HISTORY KTHX
OK, if we’ve met…that is too many rules. And I get to the middle of #2 before I suddenly remember it’s been a REALLY long time since I made pie, and speaking of pie, my cat is so fat that he’s no longer round…he’s…a box. I know cats like to SIT in boxes, but…WHOA MY CAT IS MAGICAL AND MORPHED INTO A SIZE 14 NIKE AIR BOX
<slap> Focus. RULES!
OK…did #1 already. Here are Chris’s questions for me:
1. In what state and/or country do you live (if outside the U.S.)? I commute daily between the state of Confusion and the state of Denial. Geographically, I grew up in PA, but nine years ago, moved here:
AND EVERY JANUARY I QUESTION MY SANITY. <sigh>
2. What is your favorite genre of music and THE band that goes with it?
OK, there is NO WAY I can pick just one. What I like depends on the barometric pressure, the moon phase, and how much I weigh today.
When I sing (did I mention I’m in a band?) I love ballads and good, throaty jazz. On the radio I love P!nk and Ed Sheeran – I totally want to fix up my daughter with him, so they can have a flock of adorable redheaded baby girls and start a traveling quintet. (She’s seventeen; it’s almost legal. I just want what’s best for
me her, ya know?)
3. What is a life quote of yours? I posted about this before – it’s also my favorite shirt:
4. Where do you find solace? Like that corny Johnny Lee song, I look for it in all the wrong places – at the bottom of a giant bag of popcorn, inside a cereal box, in the arms of Ben and Jerry. I don’t ever FIND it there (you’d think I’d learn to look somewhere else first….)
Where I actually FIND it varies. In nature, it’s around water, or around giant rocks. Sometimes it’s at the end of a run, hike, or a bike ride. Sometimes it’s on the clearance rack at the shoe store. Oh – and in butterflies. Seeing a butterfly makes me feel peaceful. I have convinced myself that butterflies are spirits coming to check on me to make sure I’m doing OK. (Sorry, Grandma, for bouncing you off my windshield the other day. Love you.)
5. What are three triggers you have? Well, if I’m in *that* mood, I can make anything a trigger. But through therapy (and wild guesses) I have identified some common triggers that make me feel fat AND give me an insatiable desire for ice cream, popcorn, and an entire jar of peanut butter:
- Feeling irrelevant among my loved ones (especially the kids when they don’t “need” me.)
- Feeling self-conscious or un-confident.
- Any of HALT: Getting too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. Or hormonal. But that ruins the cool acronym. THALH? HALT-H? (uh, no, that sounds like a hemorrhoid cream. Let’s just stick to HALT and assume hormones are in the mix.)
6. Insert your favorite meme in the space below- Well, it’s NOT the one above. That one just makes me sad. And cold. I like this one better:
7. What is a coping mechanism you use to combat your mental situation? I do my best to take care of myself – getting regular exercise and adequate sleep (or trying; some nights it’s more like “well, just lie here and rest….SHUT UP, BRAIN, your ONLY JOB for the next seven hours is to BREATHE.” Suffice it to say it doesn’t always work. OK, it hardly ever works.)
I also try to remind myself that it’s cyclical; I know Sunday nights will be bad, as will every 4th or 5th week. I just keep repeating to myself, “In a few days, this will be better….” over and over again. I really should write myself some Post-It notes or something, right?
Oh, and I swear. A lot. Violently, rapidly, and voraciously. F#@% YEAH!
8. When you sit down to write a blog post, where does your inspiration come from? Alien probes, subliminal messages from the government, pesticides, and high fructose corn syrup. Or the hubs, my Facebook feed, funky shoes, and my cats. (I’m not anywhere near as deep as a Pennsylvania pothole.)
9. Right here, right now, say something to the person who has hurt you the most, beginning with, “I promise to…” I promise to not junk-punch you if I ever see you again. Mentally (as I mentioned elsewhere today) I’ll be dumping week-old clam chowder on your head, but I promise to appear to be cordial. You KNOW that’s generous; I suggest you take it and back away slowly.
10. What one regret do you hold onto that you wish you could let go of? I sincerely wish I had been kinder to my college boyfriend.
He was my first relationship after a badly broken heart, and I used the relationship with him to play out all my anger, anxieties, and frustrations of the prior one. I relentlessly messed with his head and repeatedly broke his heart – simply because my former boyfriend had broken mine. Essentially, I used the poor guy to get my revenge on my prior love. I know it was a crappy thing to do, but I was far too broken myself to recognize it.
So Dean, if you’re out there, I’m sorry – you were a decent fellow who always deserved so much better.
11. What’s the most valuable piece of advice someone has given to you? “You miss all the shots you don’t take.” Apply for that job, ask that guy out, bid on the shoes! The answer is always NO unless and until you ask!
OK, so now I have to list some folks to take on my questions list. I’m sure you’ll find this stimulating and thought-provoking. <snort>
- What is your favorite shoe? (If you can’t answer this, we cannot be friends.)
- You won a million dollars. What random gift would you send me? (Wine is never the wrong answer)
- If you were going to go to a deserted island, and could only take three things, WHY WOULD YOU GO IN THE FIRST PLACE?
- What’s the scariest thing on your bucket list – and when are you doing it?
- What movie, song, or comic book hero most closely represents YOU/your life?
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- You have to give up one of your five senses. Which do you sacrifice and why?
- You have a seven-week sabbatical from work – paid time off. Whatcha gonna do?
- What skill do you wish you had?
- What do you find most intimidating? Most motivating?
- Do you believe in ghosts, spirits, the afterlife? Why or why not?
8 + 3 = 11 so I think we’re all done here. School of Close Enough gives me a B+, so…peace out, y’all. 🙂