A few weeks ago I was tagged in a Blogging Chain Interview by my friend Kathleen Enge of Sugar and Spice. She asked me 11 questions. I must answer, come up with some questions of my own and tag 11 more people. Got that? Just in case, here are the rules:
Blogging Chain Interview Rules:
~ You must post the rules (hence, here they are!).
~ Answer 11 questions the tagger posted for you.
~ Create 11 questions to ask the people you tag.
~ Tag 11 people.
~ Let them know you’ve tagged them.
(I’m linking to Kathleen’s “Because you Asked” post here so you can see who else she tagged and what she had to say about herself)
Kathleen said to her tag-ees…
“Since you are all celebrities in my eyes, let’s go with a favorite set of 10 questions. If you were on “Inside the Actors Studio” what would be your responses to James Lipton’s ending 10-questions?”
1. What is your favorite word?
Oh dear. I don’t have one. Picking a favorite word is like picking a favorite child. You’re asking me to make a Sophie’s Choice here. I love words like I love jellybeans and chocolate, cheese and wine. It’s not just about one. It’s about the perfect pairing and sometimes you import a choice morsel from another land. I can curse in arabic with great gusto. I have words in yiddish and hebrew that are the verbal equivalent of a smack on the forehead. I have words that conjure a good smell and some that just sound nice. Please don’t make me choose!
A few that I’d wear on a charm bracelet:
serendipity, candelabra, tiptoe, whim, wonder, topaz, esoteric, feather, fortune, elephant, grass, sapphire, summer, sky, surrender, float, wish, tickle, lullaby, valentine, chaise, pillow, popsicle, ghost, phobia, driftwood, moss, azure, lilt, linger, bangle, spangle, flippant, ephermal, jetsam, persevere, forever.
2. What is your least favorite word?
I can think of quite a few that irritate me. I don’t like the sound of them, or the meaning. Cluck, spite, misery, obfuscate, offal, jiggle, worm. But every word has a story behind it. I’m not about to banish any of them. Even the bad ones.
3. What turns you on?
“A man with a plan…”
Being pleasantly surprised. Things that are well planned, considerate & thoughtful. Attention to detail and confidence – being in control. Being trustworthy. It’s tough to be turned on when you are stressed out. So much of my life is about caring for others and worried all the time. Being taken care of is a huge turn on. I don’t need to be taken care of but it’s such a treat. It makes me want to return the favor.
Candlelight and good wine don’t hurt but funny + smart is a more potent combo.
4. What turns you off?
Being taken for granted. Carelessness. Entitlement. Neediness. Irresponsibility. I’m not attracted to shallow selfish people, even if they look like Channing Tatum. Empty mind = unsexy.
But that said… lack of personal grooming is the worst turn off! If you don’t properly take care of yourself, it’s unlikely you can treat others properly either.
5. What sound do you love?
“Wind, water, & things that sizzle.”
6. What sound do you hate?
7. What is your favorite curse word?
One? Again? I can’t even choose one when I am stuck in rush hour traffic. We’ll have to start recording the contributions to my son’s college fund/swear jar to find that out.
“I can tell you which one I never use… the “C” word.”
The others seem to release some steam but that one doesn’t do it for me.
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
“I’m not bad at reading tarot”
I think at the rate I am going I might attempt them all. I’m so multi passionate which is a blessing and a curse. I’d love to do something that was more hands on involving art – painting, sculpting… I’m saving it for old age.
9. What profession would you not like to do?
“I couldn’t be a doctor.”
I’m endlessly fascinated by the fact that my brother is a neurosurgeon. I think about it from time to time, trying to imagine his days. We’re not particularly close, but I still think about it. This is someone who wakes up, goes to work, and saws people’s heads open to operate on them. His hands, literally on their brains, and their fate in his hands. Sometimes he saves them but sometimes I’m sure he has to deliver bad, life-shattering news to them and their family. Some things are not curable. I honestly don’t know how he does it, to the point of wondering how we are even related. One of my other brothers is a pathologist. Same story.
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
I probably don’t have that textbook image of the afterlife. I’d simply like to exist in light and peace, with a feeling of having left the world a better place.
11. Lastly, an eleventh question from Kathleen — What is your favorite motto/saying/quote?
“You’re only as good as your next great idea.”
Someone said this to me in my early career. It’s kept me from getting too emotionally attached to any one thing I’ve done, and too set in my ways. I recently heard an interview with JK Rowling and she mentioned Michael Jackson and how he spent his whole career trying to repeat his early success. She didn’t want to be like that. She wanted to try something new. This resonated with me. It’s not that you cannot rest on your laurels, but to be a truly happy creative person you have to keep inventing and re inventing and trying new things.
The bonus to this belief is that it makes you less crazy about being copied. You know your true strength lies in your vision and execution. It’s better to lead than to follow, this applies to yourself as well as others. Onward! Upward!
And now my 11 questions. Tell me about:
1. A recurring dream
2. A good luck charm
3. A secret wish
4. An important letter
5. A souvenir
6. A scar
7. Your first kiss
8. Something you won
9. Something you lost
10. Something you found
11. Where your heart calls home
Good luck! I can’t wait to read the answers…