August 22, 2011

twenty questions

Did you ever play twenty questions?

I used to all the time (and still do when my nephew is around), and I thought it might be fun to let you get to know me a little bit better by playing it now.

Theses are questions people either ask me or that I found in common ice breaker questions lists.

Hope you enjoy getting to know me a little better.

Fun fact: I have a major sweet tooth.
What is your favorite book?
I can never pick just one. Favorites include These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella.

What’s the No. 1 most played song on your iPod?
"You're Still You" by Josh Groban

What is one of your favorite quotes?
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
— George Eliot

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Reading! You can do it indoors and outdoors.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Everything. Seriously, I'll know I've made it when I can hire someone to do all of my chores. If I have to pick one, though, I'll say cleaning the bathroom.

What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Sunset. Sunday. October.

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?
Airplanes. I'm actually a little afraid of flying, even after logging more than 100 flights in the past three years.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I'd like to speak many languages: Spanish, German, French, Portuguese and Italian would be my top picks. I took some German in high school, but I didn't have much of an ear for it. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?
An author of course. And a book store owner. And a philanthropist. And a mom. And a bar owner.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?
"Make Lemonade: I Made the Best of It and You Can, Too." I don't know why, but for some reason this strikes me as funny, and I crack up when I think about it.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
I want to go everywhere. Domestically, I've never been to Washington State or Maine, and I'd like to see both. Brazil and Argentina in the Americas. Overseas, I'd say a backpacking trip of Europe.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
Laura Ingalls Wilder. She's been one of my favorite authors since I was 8, and I have a lot of questions for her about her life and writing career.

What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?
Movie: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two"
TV Show: Season finale of "Bones" — watching it for the third time
Book: "The First Four Years" by Laura Ingalls Wilder — re-read it after visiting De Smet, S.D.

What do you miss most about being a kid?
Summer vacations. I think they should be mandatory as a grown-up, too.

What is your first memory of being really excited?
Anticipating the arrival of my baby sister. She lived up to the hype.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
Samantha, the American Girl Doll. I saved up allowance, birthday money and lemonade stand proceeds to buy her.

What story does your family always tell about you?
I couldn't recall, so I called my mom and asked her. She told me three, and I wrote them down in her delightful words.

"When you were 18 months old, we put you down for a nap and while you were sleeping we put up the Christmas tree and decorated it. When you woke up, we brought you out and your eyes were as big as a saucer. You kept turning around in circles looking at it. You were very amazed and very cute."

"When you were 3, we were at church Christmas Eve and you were up on the stage singing. You were on TV and the camera stayed on you. You were just beautiful, your eyes were so shiny. And all of the sudden this little hand went up and went for the nose, and they sped away from you real fast."

"The other was that same Christmas. You loved the songs you were singing at church, so you would sing them all the time. Dad was tucking you into bed and he said something about Christmas being over and you said, 'Christmas is not over. Christmas is in our hearts.'"

What is your favorite ice cream?
Anything with chocolate, caramel and brownies.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Football. I'm a lifelong Nebraska Cornhusker and a long-standing Green Bay Packers fan.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Laura Ingalls Wilder would be my first thought, but then after considering how difficult her life probably was, I'll go with Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. She is witty, pretty and lands the man.

This was fun. It also was a good exercise for me. Self reflection can be a great thing, and it was kind of like creating a character sketch of myself.

I'm going to go ahead and archive these on their very own page — it saves me the trouble of doing a second Q&A for the site.

1 comment:

  1. It was fun reading these. Love the Christmas stories. For the last question, you better go with Eliza Bennett...Laura NOT a fictional character!!! :-)