My friend over at A Little Blog About Nothing has tagged me for a questionnaire. Here is my best attempt at answering all the questions! I'm not tagging anyone as I won't be here for the rest of the week to read your answers, and that will just bum me out too much to miss them. But next time, look out friends, I might tag you!
And by the way, I'm a very good sport, so feel free to tag me for things in the future. If there's one thing I love, it's a challenge!
The rules were simple enough, erase her answers and fill in my own. Here it goes!
1. Who is the hottest Movie Star? I think Brad Pitt or George Clooney. Maybe that's why I could watch Ocean's 11 over and over and never get bored. Brad Pitt is dreamy.
2. Apart from your house and car, what is the most expensive item you have ever bought? Off hand, I have some pretty expensive shoes. The Stuart Weitzman's I wore in my Mom's wedding last year were almost $400. I'd rather have one pair of expensive shoes than ten pairs of cheap shoes. I have to protect my feet! They carry me many miles!
I also spent $100,000 on three years of design school and living expenses, does that count? The loan payments I make every month are a nice reminder of that.
3. What is your most treasured memory? Probably spending a week every summer at both summer camp and our family cottage on Lake Michigan, where I'm heading off to in less than 5 hours, might I add, and I couldn't be happier about it. I'll share pictures with you next week!
We always make S'mores and pick Blueberries and Grandma cooks. Need I say more? SHE MAKES JELL-O SALAD!!!
If you need me to elaborate, I'll add the visible Northern Lights, the fireflies, the Lake with its sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, and the smell of the marina. One memory of the marina in particular, is of my Grandpa, who has passed away, taking me to buy an Alf life jacket when I was about six. Do you remember Alf? You can read about him here if you don't know Alf. You should know Alf. Everyone should know Alf!
4. What was the best gift you ever received as a child? If you've read my profile page, you know that I got a pony for my ninth birthday. I wasn't lying. Although, I'm not sure this really counts as the best gift, believe it or not. My Dad has a farm in Michigan, and up until last year when he died, my pony lived a very good life on that little farm. We rescued him from a family who was going to send him to a glue factory after their little girls weren't interested in him anymore. I showed him in 4-H and had the best time brushing his hair. And he was stubborn and feisty, just like me.
The best gift my Dad ever gave me was this little glass bud vase. My parents were going through their divorce, and the note on the side said simply, "I'll always love you, Dad." I think I still have it in my box of childhood things, although I remember at the time not really knowing what to do with it.
My Mom gave me my teddy bear, Snuffy, when I was two. I've slept with him every night for the last 25 years. If that's not commitment, I don't know what is. She still calls him the best purchase she ever made, and at the time, he cost $25, and she only made $6 an hour, so it was a big purchase for her. I figure a dollar per year is a pretty good deal, and she completely agrees.
5. What is the biggest mistake you have ever made? Accepting the first job I was offered right after school. I worked for this awful company in downtown L.A. that was flea-ridden and smelly. And my boss hit me once, after I didn't type something fast enough. And she used to yell at me in a language I didn't understand. I lasted six months, and I cried every day. Most nights I'd come home and have a bottle of champagne for dinner. Looking back on that experience, I think it's pretty funny, but at the time, I was miserable. I had no paid vacation, no sick time, no benefits. I was uninsured and underpaid. Everyone said, "Stick it out for at least a year." I disagreed, and still stand by that. Life is way too short to be that unhappy. I was trying to stick it out, and to make me feel better The Boyfriend took me out for a nice dinner in Hollywood one night, at this now-defunct Asian-fusion restaurant. I got a fortune cookie that night that said, "A better job is waiting for you." I quit the very next morning, with nothing else lined up. I just went in there and said, "I'm better than this. I quit." I was shaking the whole time. No one could believe I did it. I had no plan. It was an enormous risk, both financially and professionally, but I was hired at Disney less than three weeks later. And now, I'm on to even bigger and better things. Everything happens for a reason. It also stands as the gutsiest thing I have ever done, and one of the things in my life I am the most proud of.
6. 4 words to describe yourself? Bubbly, Bright, Classic and Optimistic.
7. What was your highlight or low light of 2008? Running my first half-marathon. Actually, just tonight, The Boyfriend and I were out shopping and I saw one of the displays for the National AIDS Marathon Training Program, the same one I saw 18 months ago that led me to running and to Running Buddy Selena, and I said, "Hey, remember when we saw that last year, and I took one of those pamphlets and signed up?" And The Boyfriend said, "I do. It changed your life." IT CHANGED MY LIFE!?! I couldn't let go of that sentence. I had never thought about it in such a profound way. I still can't stop thinking about it. It was life-changing. I'm way better because of it.
8. Favorite Film? I'm not afraid to admit that prefer cheesy, girly, feel-good comedies, like Troop Beverly Hills, Clueless and Legally Blonde. Movies are a way for me to escape. The last thing I want to do when I watch a movie is THINK. I also really like Mad Money, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion and Mean Girls. My newest favorite is The Hangover. I thought is was so freaking funny.
I do however, like serious TV shows, so figure that one out. Maybe I just can't deal with anything serious over an hour?
9. Tell me one thing I don’t know about you. I had my tonsils taken out twice, because they grew back. I sometimes wonder if all of my organs are able to regenerate, and it kind of freaks me out.
10. If you were a comic book/strip or cartoon character, who would you be? Daphne from Scooby Doo. She was smart and blonde.