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Monday, February 13, 2012

This one goes up to eleven!

So I've been tagged by Movie Muse Erin to play the 11 Things game.

The Rules:
  • Post these rules.
  • You must post 11 random things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions set for you in their post.
  • Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  • Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them.
  • No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people.
(For the record, I will be violating several of those - I'm usually toward the end of a run and therefore won't tag others, and I'm not sure how good I'd be at coming up with questions. But I will answer the ones I've been given...)

11 Random Things About Me:
  1. I usually drink my tea unsweetened. I drink coffee unsweetened but I must have cream in it (real dairy, not synthetic or powder substitutes)
  2. I have hyperextended elbows and knees (erroneously called "double-jointed"). According to the wiki entry on hypermobility, I would have a Beighton score of 5/9, and I do have many of the symptoms listed for hypermobility syndrome.
  3. I am, to DH's dismay, a chronic tooth grinder.
  4. I still hope against hope that someday I can grow my hair down to my hips.
  5. I love most fruits but don't like watermelon.
  6. I can handle snakes and spiders, but loathe roaches to the core of my being.
  7. I am obsessive about my hands - I don't like them dirty or sticky, and have trouble keeping them still.
  8. I enjoy puzzles and puzzle games.
  9. I have a low heat tolerance.
  10. Other than needlework, many of my interests and thought processes would be considered more stereotypically 'male' than 'female'. Love football, hate shopping, for example.
  11. I don't mind getting older - I'm learning more of who I am and what I can do with each new day, and I am happier than I ever imagined being.

My Answers to Erin's 11 questions:
  1. What is your favorite movie?
    Honestly, I'm not sure I *have* a favorite. There are a handful of movies that I enjoy and quote from a lot (such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Princess Bride, or Spaceballs), but no clear favorite.
  2. What is the first movie you remember seeing at the movie theater?
    I saw Charlotte's Web at a midweek matinee when I was in 2nd grade as a class field trip.
  3. Is there a type of movie or an actor/director that you refuse to watch?
    Well, certainly at this point I'd never watch anything with which Roman Polanski was involved. Other than that, certain genres or actors would make it less likely that I'd see a particular movie but don't automatically preclude it.
  4. What craft or hobby would you try if money and time were no obstacle?
    Stained-glass would be neat to try sometime.
  5. Name your favorite kitchen tool.
    Depending on what I'm trying to accomplish, either the slow cooker or the stick blender.
  6. What is your favorite type of trip/vacation? Active (like hiking), museums/history, beach, mountains, theme park, etc.
    Mountains and/or castles make for good vacations. Also, the opportunity for some quiet time.
  7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    A better question would be where *wouldn't* I want to go. Mostly I would love to see much of Canada, more of Europe, and Australia and New Zealand.
  8. Would you ever seriously consider living abroad? If the answer is no because you now have a family, do you think you would have considered it when you were "young and single"?
    I would most certainly consider living abroad, certainly in either the UK or continental Europe. Maybe if I found myself a billionaire I could buy a small castle in Wales. Though I could do with Germany or Italy too.
  9. If you could choose any profession other than your current one, what would it be?
    I've never really spent much time thinking about it. Although being a paid travel writer could be fun.
  10. What is the hardest thing you've ever done?
    Hmm. Probably working a full-time job and taking 9 credit hours to finish my degree at a school an hour away, while raising two stepkids and having my whole schedule dictated by when the daycare was open. I'm still not sure how I managed it.
  11. When is the last time you felt really free (whatever that means to you)?
    The first thing that comes to mind is a lack of obligations, and I honestly can't remember the last time that was. There's always someplace I need to be or something that needs to be done. But that comes with being a responsible adult. Very few of us are independently wealthy and have the freedom to follow every whim, and many of those who have are not people worth admiring (take your pick of many big-name celebrities).

    But if I look at 'free' another way, I do feel like there's nothing (other than maybe time) holding me back from realizing my full potential, and in that way I do feel free.
Anyway, as I already mentioned above, I'm going to punt on the tag-and-question portion of this.

1 comment:

Erin said...

I'm not sure how you managed that either. That had to be incredibly difficult! Thanks for playing.