Sunday, January 05, 2014

Sunday Stealing

The Generic Meme

1. What did you want to be when you were little? Either a wonderful singer or a teacher. (That's how I thought of it: "I want to be a wonderful singer.")

2. Would you prefer to have a large group of friends, or a small group of friends? Why? I like having a diverse group of friends. It's fun to mix up the age groups, ethnicities, etc.

3. What is your fashion “style”? Or what type of clothes do you wear on a daily basis? Jeans, sweater and loafers for work. Jeans, sweatshirts and tennies for weekends. So this makes my style casual, doesn't it?

4. If you could live anywhere where would you live? The Palmolive Building on Michigan Avenue.
I love this old lady. Not only are the apartments deluxe (Vince Vaughn has one), this art deco gem has an impressive history. That light on the top is The Lindbergh Beacon. It rotates 360ยบ and, in the 1930s, it was vital to pilots flying into Chicago. Of course, now with aviation being so much more sophisticated, the beacon is not the essential it once was. But wouldn't it be cool to literally see your home from the sky as you were returning from a trip? Oh yeah, and there's a doorman at the front desk who can sign for my packages and make sure I always have a cab waiting for me. How I'd love that!

5. What is your biggest hope for the next year? To feel healthier and livelier.

6. When you pass by reflective surfaces do you check yourself out? Yes

7. Favorite genre of movie as well as TV show? On TV, I like "procedurals," like Law & Order and NCIS. I like movies that make me think, and that can be of any genre.

8. Top favorite books? (limit of 5) JFK: Reckless Youth by Nigel Hamilton, Saving Graces by Elizabeth Edwards, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Heartburn by Nora Ephron, Historic Conversations with Jacqueline Kennedy.

9. Have you ever taken a cooking class? No.

10. What three words would you use to describe yourself? Loyal. Smart. Funny.

11. Favorite animal? Cats

12. What is your dream job? I wish I could afford to be a catsitter or dogwalker. I have a way with critters.

13. If you could go back in history to any moment that you did not live, what would it be and why? The 1850s in Illinois. I have visited the Lincoln sites downstate so many times and I wonder what kind of life I'd have. Would I be a spinster schoolmarm? The second wife to a widower with many children? Would I handwrite long letters and read by gaslight? Would I love looking through my stereoscope (the precursor to my beloved Viewmaster)? I'd have to be a northern woman, though. NO fucking way would I live through southern heat and humidity in all those clothes! And then there's the scourge of slavery.

14. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why? I'd like to do housework the way Samantha did on Bewitched.

15. What is your favorite movie? The Way We Were

16. What is your best childhood memory? Well, because the holidays are so top of mind, I'll have to go with Blaze. The Christmas I was four years old, I asked Santa for only one thing -- a Mattel rocking horse named Blaze. I wished and hoped and was very good, and there he was, under the tree! Thanks, Santa!

17. What is your favorite part about blogging? Creating an accurate snapshot of my life at any given moment. Memories can be tricky. It's good to get it down as it happens.

18. What is your favorite quote? Edward Gorey: "Books. Cats. Life is good."

19. What song do you feel like describes your life the best? Why? "You Don't Know Me" by Jann Arden (among many, many others)

20. Would you describe yourself as shy or outgoing? Yes. In public, I can be very blabby. I can also very comfortably go days without speaking to a soul.


  1. I would love to have all of Samantha's powers, she was something else.

  2. #20 is me! Although, last night my friend said I was being quiet--and I said I was having funny conversations in my head and I forgot to say the witticisms out loud.

  3. Anonymous1:55 PM

    #20 is me as well--and I feel as though I am ALWAYS having a conversation in my head!
    And--I am also able to wear jeans to work and I appreciate it every day. If I ever get another job I'm probably going to have to spend half a fortune on grownup clothes.

  4. Anonymous2:14 PM

    I ALWAYS think that every time I'm about to embark on that terrible journey of housecleaning--"Can't I just wrinkle my nose and make all of this disappear?" :P

  5. My daughter has made a oodles of money this winter break by house/dog sitting for people.

  6. Memories CAN be tricky! That's why I blog as well

  7. Was Blaze before or after Marvel the Mustang. It was the thing my daughter wanted to several years and we knew the Christmas season was in full swing when the first Marvel the Mustang commercial came on TV. I still feel kind of guilty that we never got it for her. (I can still sing the commercial for it!)

  8. I love your "Blaze" story. Makes me smile, every time.

  9. I'd love Samantha's powers too! The Palmolive Building sounds beautiful! I'm curious about the name--going to Google it.