Thursday, October 09, 2008

questions? comments? grievances? catcalls?

i know i just posted that food meme a few days ago...but i am le tired. since i lack ze missiles to fire, this 50-question survey [rather inelegantly ganked from an old post of Rob's] shall do in lieu of actual content.

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
student loan bills. yeah, i already got something super awesome as a result of incurring that debt, but it's kind of depressing that i'm paying more in student loans than i am for my other bills combined.

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
piled up on a living room chair, watching Family Feud and Catch 21 on the game show channel.

3. Do you regret losing your virginity to who you lost it to?
nope...even though we're not together anymore, it was still the right thing to do at the right time.

4. If you could go back and change one thing what would it be?
i wouldn't...i'm afraid changing any little thing in the past would have some very strange effects on the present, and i'm really happy with how my present is going.

5. Name of your first grade teacher?
miss fulp...well, it was mrs. holland for the first two weeks, but then i got switched into the new class with the new teacher. i didn't like mrs. holland very much, so i was very happy to be switched. miss fulp rocked.

6. What do you really want to be doing right now?
goofing around an urban area with Rob...i don't care if it's in New York, Chicago, or somewhere else, as long as it's with him.

7. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
first i wanted to be a lawyer-turned-politician...then i became disillusioned with politics, and decided i'd rather be a physicist.

8. How many colleges did you attend?
two...the University of Chicago for undergrad, and Washington University for law school.

9. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
because it's what i happened to grab.

10. What are your thoughts on gas prices?
i'm glad petroleum prices are high, but they still aren't high enough to cover the social cost of oil usage. they need to be higher so people finally start switching to other sources.

11. If you could move anywhere and take someone with you where would it be?
Chicago is the place i love, so i technically already have "moved anywhere" i wanted. however, it would be even more awesome if i could spirit Rob away to my neck of the woods. :D

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
how rude. stop interrupting my dream.

13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
this bed is so empty.

14. Favorite underwear?
none at all...i heart going commando.

15. How many windows are open on your computer?
four.

16. What errand/chore do you despise?
all of them. i am not a homemaker under any circumstances.

17. If you didn’t have to work, would you volunteer?
i'd volunteer far more...it would be so boring to have nothing to do, and there's so much cool pro bono legal work going on!

18. Get up early or sleep in?
sleep in. i am not a morning person, and i love being in bed, under the covers, taking my sweet time dusting the cobwebs away.

19. What is your favorite cartoon character?
butt-head. i'm such a beavis and butt-head freak...but butt-head is totally the brains of the operation. i like that.

20. Favorite thing to do at night with a girl/guy?
whatever unfolds.

21. Have you found real love yet?
romantically...yes. platonically...yes. i'm one lucky girl.

22. When did you first start feeling old?
i've always felt old in little regards, but the first time i felt crushingly old was my twenty-fifth birthday. i spent the next six months really unhappy, and having panic attacks several times a day about how close i was drawing near to death.

23. Favorite 80’s movie?
UHF. weird al rules. that's really the only eighties movie i absolutely love.

24. Your favorite lunch meat?
call me childish, but if i can go to the deli and get a sandwich with beef bologna, i'm one happy camper. i love bologna.

25. What do you get every time you go into Costco?
the only times i ever went to costco were to stock the eat-me closet in college, when i was the eat-me czarina. the eat-me closet was our house fundraiser...we sold food in the dorm late at night. so...i always bought pop, candy, chips, and easy-mac--college late-night nosh.

26. Beach or lake?
pool is not an option? grrr. i'll say lake, since i have fantastic memories of visiting greers ferry lake as a little kid.

27. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
less outdated, more misconceived. first of all, the idea that marriage has led to this societal pressure to pick one person and stay with them for life is absurd. some people operate well in that context; some don't. i can understand there being some sort of governmental arrangement in order to at least protect any kids spawned of a relationship, and the rights of the parents to see them. but, it's caused such a mess that the name adopted by governmental units and the name adopted by private religious organizations to recognize relationships is the same. let the churches sanctify whatever they choose to. let the government not discriminate as to which unions they grant visitation rights and tax benefits to.

28. Do you own property?
books, clothing, stuffed animals, tech gadgets, and a couple pieces of furniture i bought at ikea back in august. that's about it. i don't own any land...and don't reckon i ever will. maybe i'll own a little condo someday when i'm not over my head in school debt, but ask me again when i'm old and grey.

29. Favorite guilty pleasure?
Mayor Daley. he's antidemocratic, but sometimes i just don't care because he's such a fascinatingly powerful institution. it's embarrassing to admit, but i'm so proud to have a mayor who, when he decides he doesn't want an airport downtown, doesn't bitch incessantly about it. instead, he convenes his advisors in the middle of the night, calls in the bulldozers, and disables the runways himself. he wanted a park and not an airport there, and by golly, that's what he now has. absolute power corrupts absolutely, but i'd be a liar to say i'm not in awe of Mayor Daley's absolute power.

30. Favorite movie you wouldn’t want anyone to find out about?
i hardly watch movies. i watch so few of them that the better question would be which ones that cause me the most trouble at a cocktail party when people find out i haven't seen them.

31. What’s your drink?
i drink club soda by the litre. i love that stuff. i know it's just water, but the fizz makes it taste so much better.

32. Cowboys or Indians?
Cleveland is in the same division as the White Sox, but i still have to go with them. i've hated the Dallas Cowboys since i was a small child, and i still find them to be so arrogant. the whole "America's Team" claim has worn so thin.

33. Cops or robbers?
i love bank robbers. i've never met a bank robber who didn't leave me with a hilarious story...and yes, i've met multiple bank robbers.

34. Who from high school would you like to run in to?
Mr. Prim, my physics teacher. he was such a geek, and i'd love to sit down and talk with him again. i hope he wouldn't be disappointed, though, to find out that i didn't end up pursuing a career in physics.

35. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
i don't drive. when i ride the el, i listen to my iPod and not a radio. when i'm goofing off on the computer at home, i listen to radio.wazee, my favourite internet radio station. when i'm at work, i listen to my yahoo radio station because i can't get wazee to load on the work computers.

36. Norm or Cliff?
i don't think i've ever met anyone named norm or cliff. when i hear the name norm, i think of norm mcdonald. when i hear the name cliff, i think of jimmy cliff. i'll go with cliff, because even though "i can see clearly now" gets overplayed, it's still a darn good song.

37. ‘The Cosby Show’ or ‘The Simpsons’?
the simpsons. i can't knock cosby...i've just never seen it. i don't watch many sitcoms, old or new. chances are, if a sitcom was not on tgif back in the day, i probably haven't seen it. i can think of a couple exceptions [fresh prince and home improvement come to mind], but not many.

38. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
i wouldn't take any of them back. i've had some great moments and some terribly bumpy ones, but if it wasn't for the times my relationships hit snags back in the day, i wouldn't have such a clear idea of what i don't want to have happen in a relationship now.

39. Do you like the person that sits directly across from you at work?
no one works directly across from me...directly across from me is a wall full of empty filing cabinets. next to me on one side is an empty office. next to me on the other side is another empty office, with another two or three empty offices next to it. it's desolate where i am. they put me in the area with all the newly built offices. they'll eventually fill up as soon as we get some new hires or some laterals, but it's so quiet. no one even walks by my office, it's so far away from everything.

40. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
douglas coupland. i want to find out how he was able to crawl into my brain so completely without ever having met me.

41. Indoors or outdoors?
indoors. there are bugs outside. there is also sunlight outside. i do not like either bugs or sunlight.

42. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
i've never crashed a vehicle i owned, but i crashed my parents' minivan when i was seventeen. i was taking a left turn at a green light, and an old lady who wasn't watching where she was going slammed broadside into the passenger side of the van. no one was hurt, luckily enough, since there was no one else in the van but me. however, the van was totaled. that accident scared me a lot...i had to drive for a few weeks after it because my father needed me to run errands, but once i started college i stopped driving, and haven't driven a car since.

43. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
nope. i've never been around an unintended fire before.

44. Last book you read?
while i was waiting for my take-out for dinner, i was reading some more pages of Learning Python. i'm working through that book bit by bit.

i think the last book i actually finished was Collier's Handbook for Debtors in Possession. yes, it was for work. no, i can't believe i read the whole thing.

45. Do you have a teddy bear?
yep. i still have the huge stuffed panda i got for christmas when i was three. i have a ton of other stuffed animals...mostly penguins, since i collect stuffed penguins, but i think Lili [pronounced lee-lie] is my only bear.

46. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
i can't think of a place i've brushed my teeth other than a bathroom, a hotel room, or the vicinity of one of those two places. i lack a satisfactory answer, and i suddenly have the urge to brush my teeth somewhere strange.

47. Somewhere in California you’ve never been and would like to go?
san francisco. i've been to southern california, which is not my cup of tea, and big sur, which is breathtaking. but, i've never been to san francisco, and i think that city would be a fun place to hang out.

48. Do you go to church?
no. i do like going to Unitarian services, but i don't attend regularly. the urge to sleep in on weekend mornings is just too strong.

49. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
neither, right now. i'm currently in the best relationship of my life. and, i just started my legal career, something i've been anticipating for years. but, if i had a gun to my head and was forced to give one or the other up, i'd unquestionably change my career. worse comes to worst, there's always something else you can do from nine to five. however, there's no way to replace a special person in your life.

50. How old are you?
twenty-five...or, too old to be doing these things.

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