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Seen all over the place:


1. The phone rings; who do you want it to be?

A friend, definitely. Who do I not want it to be? A solicitor or a pre-recorded message from a political candidate.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?

They're known interchangeably as cart or buggy around here, as an FYI. But, yes, I actually do always return my cart if a return area is available. If one is not available, I just leave it at the front of my parking space.

3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener?

It depends. If it's a situation where I'm not overly familiar with everyone, I might hang back a bit. But, overall, I do my fair share of talking during parties and group situations.

4. Do you take compliments well?

Indeed I do! In fact, I'm accepting compliments right now, if you're so inclined. Thank you very much! ;)

5. Do you play Sudoku?

In theory, yes. What does this mean? Well, I have the Daily Soduko on my RSS feed reader . . . but I have never done a Soduko, if I were to be honest. I originally made it a goal to learn Soduku because I have such a terrible fear of math -- I thought that perhaps Soduko might help me with this fear. However, I still have yet to learn HOW they really work! I should probably get a book of Soduko, shouldn't I? With directions and all that. I really liked chemistry a lot, which had math and involved solving puzzles (balancing equations), and I keep hoping that I will become more competent in math.

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive?

Haha, NO. I would die like the wuss that I am!

7. Do you like to ride horses?


8. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?

I did, and I hated every detestable second of it. I hate camping. I hate the outdoors. I hate roughing it. I hated Girl Scouts and Bluebirds and I loathe the smell of campfires and I cannot stand having to roast my dinner on a stick. Just no. See question 6.

9. What was your favorite game as a kid?

I did a lot of imaginative play as a kid -- playing out scenarios or favorite stories or TV shows. As far as board games went, I loved Monopoly a lot and there was this fabulous game called Green Ghost that I absolutely adored as a younger child. From the Wiki: "Green Ghost is a board game published in 1965 by the Transogram Company for up to 4 players. The board is of the 3D genre in that it features standing scenery and is designed to appear as a spooky town. The luminous plastic board is elevated on six stilts and underneath are three boxes, covered by locked trapdoors. The pits contain either plastic bones, "bat" feathers or rubber snakes, plus a number of hidden baby green ghosts. Spinning the large ghost gives you the number of spaces you can move your pawn: vulture, rat, cat, or bat. Players use trapdoor keys to collect baby ghosts and increase their chances of winning. When all twelve baby ghosts have been retrieved from the traps, the large Green Ghost is spun one more time, pointing to the little ghost it identifies as Kelly.

Television commercials for the game encouraged players to play it in the dark. The 1965 box has printed on it "THE EXCITING GAME OF MYSTERY THAT GLOWS IN THE DARK." Transogram mass-produced the game in 1965, then sold its toy interests to Marx Toys in 1970. In Australia, the game was distributed by Ideal.

In 1997 Marx Toys produced a 30th Anniversary edition of the game (MCMXCVII, Item #3905). This box has "Find Kelly the Ghost... if you DARE" printed on it."

10. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew he/she was married, would you go for it?

Absolutely not. Never. I would not be willing to compromise my own character for a chance at some cheap titillation. I would never ever cheat on my husband. Never.

11. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you?

I had to really think hard about this. I could not date or be involved with anyone who was committed to a very conservative religion. While I do not have a problem with people having religious faith (my own religious views are completely convoluted and are basically agnostic... but I do have some belief in an unexplained power that is greater than us) there are quite a lot of religious beliefts that I could just not pretend to be cool with, and I don't think I could be attracted to someone who held certain conservative religious views. I have quite a few friends whose religious views are conservative, but I don't really think I would get involved with someone who was fanatically religious in a conservative way. Like, I was watching the documentary on HBO called Jesus Camp, and, whoa, it seriously upset me. As in, I had to stop watching it. I found it so profoundly disturbing. Of course there are a lot of other folk, though, whose views are more moderate or complex... in that regard, I would say, yeah, I might. My dh is an atheist and sometimes I find that to be a little taxing as well. I believe there are things we cannot explain through science or our current level of knowledge -- I believe in the possibilities.

12. Do any songs make you cry?

Oh, totally. Don't make me make a list, because I'm already tearing up . . .

13. Are you continuing your education?

Not currently. I would like to possibily pursue a masters degree in the future, though, either in forensic psychology or social work.

14. Do you know how to shoot a gun?

Well, I know that in order to shoot a gun you have to pull the trigger. Have I ever shot a gun myself? No. I know how to disarm a gun, as part of my job training.

15. If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you grabbed?

My husband and my children, and my dogs. If I had time for more, I'd grab my purse, my bucket of photos, my little rolling file cabinet with all my personal info and insurance policies, etc.

16. How often do you read books?

Every day. At least, I read every day. Sometimes I read magazines or just my RSS feeds, but I'm always reading a book.

17. Do you think more about the past, present or future?

Hmm, all three, I think. Probably more of the present and future, but I have some fond memories of the past that I sometimes like to revisit.

18. What is your favorite children's book?

Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains? by May Garelick, with illustrations by Leonard Weisgard, circa 1961. This book was reissued in 1997 with new illustrations that I'm not as fond of as the original's. Here's a link to the original. The illustrations are so pretty and have a beautiful Japanese feel to them. A few years back I tracked down a copy of this book through an antique book site and bought it for the kids (well, mostly just for me!)

19. What color are your eyes?


20. How tall are you?


21. Where is your dream house located?

In the general area of 6th Avenue, between Logan and Garfield streets. A beautiful area of Denver with old, gorgeous homes. Park Hill, between 17th Avenue and 23rd Street and Colorado Blvd and Monaco Parkway is another beautiful part of Denver that I would buy into in a heartbeat.

22. Do you have a secret fetish?

Yeah, but the key word here is: SECRET. And it will remain so. ;)

23. Have you tried sushi?

I really like certain kinds of sushi, like California rolls and spider rolls. I'm not as big a fan of sashimi or any of the sushis that feature large chunks of raw fish. I do love tempura.

24. Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth?

*thinks* Actually, not that I recall. But, maybe? If so, I honestly don't remember it.

25. When was the last time you were at Olive Garden?

Oh, maybe ten years ago or so. Even though their salad is pretty good, the rest of their food isn't great, IMO. If I had to pick a chain for Italian, I guess I'd go for Maggiano's. Their food is pretty darn good. The Macaroni Grill is okay, too, but I prefer Maggiano's.

26. When was the last time you were at Church?

I went to a Unitarian service in February. It was really positive and enjoyable. I would like to take the kids to the UU church, as I think church provides a good sense of community and opportunity for community service and charity.

27. Where was the furthest place you traveled today?

From my bedroom, down the stairs and to the kitchen.

28. What was your favorite job?

I feel very fortunate that I truly love my current job as a probation officer.

29. Do you like mustard?

Mmm, yes!

30. Do you prefer to sleep or eat?

Dudes. If I could do both at the same time? I totally would. I love both equally.

31. Do you look like your mom or dad?

Well, I'm adopted, so a long time I didn't know who I looked like. I never really thought about it much as a kid, to be honest. But, in 1991, my birth mother contacted me and we've been in touch ever since. I'm a dead ringer for her in a lot of ways. I'll post a picture some day, if I can get one scanned. Our scanner isn't hooked up right now.

32. How long does it take you in the shower?

15 minutes, typically. On shaving days it's more like 25.

33. Can you do splits?

Not anymore! Although, there was that unfortunate incident last summer, which some of you may remember, that involved an inadvertant misting of Scott's Liquid Gold on our wooden floor, me in a pair of clean cotton socks and the splits. *winces*

34. What movie do you want to see right now?

I've got The Golden Compass from Netflix waiting to be viewed.

35. If you could fast forward your life, would you?

No! Why would I? I'm prone to worrying and fretting in general, so why would I exacerbate my neurosis?

36. What did you do for New Year's?

Stayed home this year. I don't really do New Year's on a serious, partying level.

37. Do you think The Grudge was scary?

I've never seen it, but The Ring scared the crap out of me!

38. Could you relate to a character in Mean Girls?

Sure. I mean, I was a teenager once. Am I like that anymore? No.

39. Do you own a camera phone?

Yep! And I used it the other night to take covert pictures of my son at his first social function: the school Sock Hop at his elementary school. It was so unbelievably adorable! Hunter had TWO dates, haha! He went with his little friends Dara and Reese, both who are just cute as buttons, and really very nice little girls. It was hilarious: the boys were running around being crazy and so wonderfully boy-like. The girls were dressed up and were dancing -- oh, they are at that age! Hunter showed off by doing The Robot, which was awesome. Since it was chaperoned, I went ahead and left him there for an hour and ran a couple errands. When I got back, most of the kids were playing on the playground. So much for dancing, lol!

40. Do you have an "ex box" with pics and letters from past lovers?

Not really, but, yeah, I have a lot of mementos from ages 13 to 19, with a lot of letters and pictures, including some boyfriends and high school crushes. I think they're sweet <3

41. Was your mom a cheerleader?

No, but she was pretty popular at her high school. She was editor of the school paper and was involved in many social clubs and activities. My mom was quite well liked -- recently, she went to her 50 year high school reunion. It's so cool, because after my dad, Joe, died, Mom thought she would never find love again. However, she reconnected with my now step-father, Dave, through another mutual high school friend about two and half years after Joe died. Dave's wife, Bea, had passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly, from a severe infection (MRSA, fwiw). They fell in love and were married in 2006. Mom and Dave had dated a bit in high school, but mostly they relied on each other as platonic dates for social functions at that age, and were in the same circle of friends. How neat that they ended up married, almost 50 years later. Full circle, my friends. Full circle. ♥

42. What's the last letter of your middle name?

E. My middle name is Marie.

43. Do you like your middle name?

Sure, it's fine.

44. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

Probably about six, on average.

45. Do you like Care Bears?

Um, no? I'm 38.

46. What do you buy at the movies?

I like to get popcorn and a soda.

47. Do you know how to play poker?

I do not, no.

48. Do you wear your seatbelt?

Every single time I get behind the wheel. I always have.

49. What do you wear to sleep?

Typically a tank top and bike shorts, or some variation of that.

50. Anything big ever happen in your hometown?

Absolutely! Denver is hosting the Democratic National Convention this year, which I think is fantastic!

51. How many meals do you eat a day?

Since having weight loss surgery, I eat between 5-8 meals a day. Obviously, they are very small meals.

52. Is your tongue pierced?

God, no. I really hate tongue piercings, to be honest. I hate how people who have them are always messing with their bars and how they're always slipping it out between their lips all the time... it's like a weird snake poking its tongue out. Gross!

53. Do you like funny or serious people better?

I prefer people who are intelligent and interesting to talk to, and if they have a good sense of humor, that's awesome too!

54. Ever been to L.A.?

Absolutely, having been born and raised in San Diego.

55. Did you eat a cookie today?

Nope. So far, today, I've eaten a handful of chips with some salsa and one serving of homemade low-fat jambalaya. Oh, and a couple cans of diet Mug root beer.

56. Do you steal or pay for your music downloads?

I pay for some of my downloads. *shifty-eyes*

57. Do you hate chocolate?

No, but I don't crave it per se. I get my chocolate fix through Citracal chocolate calcium chews. I do like sweets, so I've incorporated the Citracal calcium chews into my daily routine. It's a very small portion and it satisfies my urge for sweets.

58. What do you and your parents fight about the most?

Mostly the fact that my mother is so inflexible when it comes to helping me out with my kids. I never ask her to help, because she just can't deal with it. Check that -- I rarely ask. My mother is a delegator and isn't into hands-on stuff very much. She's rigid in her own schedule and has a very difficult time being flexible when it comes to deviating from her norm. For example, I asked her if she would come over and watch the kids so Shawn and I could see The Cure together last week. I asked her to stay until 11:30 p.m. She wrote me this long e-mail about how she couldn't do that, because she is always tired by 9:30 p.m. at the latest. I would reproduce her e-mail here, but I was so pissed when I got it, that I trashed it permanently. She's just completely inflexible and blames her "old age."

I should mention that my mother and I "fight" in my own mind. I do not confront her about her rigidity anymore. It's a lost cause. But, oh, do I ever fight with her in my head!

59. Are you a gullible person?

Sure, sometimes. I tend to want to extend people in general the benefit of the doubt, and I've been fooled many times. But, I do believe in the innate goodness of most people, and, despite my job, do not approach life believing that people are out to get one another. It's fair to say that when I am duped, I think about the situation a lot and try and learn from it.

60. Do you need a boyfriend/girlfriend to be happy?

Nope! I'm glad, though, that I am married to Shawn, and that we found each other. If I didn't have Shawn, I wouldn't have my lovely children, and without the three of them I wouldn't nearly be so happy. I suspect I would be perfectly fulfilled if I had never gotten married and had children, but in a much different way. I'm very happy with my family and my husband, and I need him in my life. So, I suppose I could say Yes to this question, if you understand where I'm coming from.

61. If you could have any job what would it be?

I would be a forensic psychologist -- Ph.D. level.

62. Are you easy to get along with?

Yeah, generally, I think so.

63. What is your favourite time of day?

I've come to like the mornings, actually. I like especially weekend mornings, as I tend to wake up naturally around 7:00 a.m. I like having the house to myself for a couple of hours before everyone else gets up. I get to have my morning beverage and read my RSS feeds and peruse LJ, etc. It's nice. I also like the evenings, though, as it's typically a restful time for me and I like relaxing after a long day at work and of mothering.


So, I've started NUMB3RS, the TV series. I'm really enjoying it so far. I love law enforcement/crime-solving shows. I like the idea of math connecting seemingly random events together. I've sort of always been intrigued by the Chaos Theory, and this is kind of along those lines.


Hark! It is naptime. *flops*

Zzzzzz . . .


Oh, one more thing: Memorial Day BBQ Menu!

Rib Eye steak
baked yukon gold potatoes with the works (butter, sour cream, chives, etc)
grilled onions and mushrooms for steak
salad with bleu cheese dressing
fresh cherries


Date: 2008-05-26 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think you're awesome!

They're known interchangeably as cart or buggy around here, as an FYI.

Seriously? I've never heard buggy in Denver!

Sudoku doesn't really teach you about math. It's just a pattern thing. The first paragraph of this wiki article describes what you do, but basically you're given a 9x9 grid that's further subdivided into nine 3x3 squares. There are some numbers already placed, generally easier puzzles give you more starting numbers. The rules for placement are each of the digits 1-9 go in every row, column, and 3x3 box, with no repeats. So you couldn't have two 6s in any row, column, or box. I don't know if just the description is helpful but.

And can I come to the BBQ?

Date: 2008-05-26 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey, I'm 5'4" and I totally didn't notice we were the same height. I was too busy chattering my head off and checking out your cute kids and adorable dogs!

My youngster recommends this book for math issues--I bought it for him and he's going to read it this summer. We went to see the guy's stage show and LVN was just enthralled. I might read it too, if I get time...

Date: 2008-05-27 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG YES YOU'RE WATCHING NUMB3RS. I've been watching since episode 1 and it's one of my favorite shows. Let me know if you decide to continue watching.

(Charlie's hair is best in S2, imho.)


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