And to think, back in the day I used to dislike memes. Now I like the speed of them. A reflection of the times, perhaps, where so much material gets spat out in short bursts of social media. Or maybe it’s all I have energy for. Or brainpower.
Favorite novel and author? One of my favorite novels is Bambi by Felix Salten (yes, it was a novel before it was a Disney thing) and one of my favorite authors is Anne Rice. Neither one of those are part of the security question so don’t even try.
Favorite perfume/scent? Perfume to wear, not really sure. I trotted out some Pleasures by Estee Lauder last night for a night of adult games, which sounds much more raunchy than the skee ball and tabletop shuffleboard it was. And I will have you know that I am undefeated at tabletop shuffleboard. Must be all of those years of air hockey.
I digress. I’m also fond of Oscar de la Renta signature sent, but haven’t worn it in forever. Hmmm, must revisit the whole fragrance thing because Pleasures is really strong and that’s just tapping the little roller ball once to the skin. No way could I spray it. My eyes would cross.
Scent on a man? Sawdust. No joke. My favorite part of any relationship with a guy is the first trip to Home Depot. Maybe it’s the whole “a man who works with his hands” thing, which would be really ironic being that I live and work in one of the most soft-handed areas in the U.S.
Coffee or tea? Tea. I have never had a cup of coffee in my life. Yeah, I know. I’m a freak of nature.
Are you a cat or dog person? I like them both but I’m a bird person.
Which mythical creature would you transform into if you could? A Roc. See? Bird person. But I wouldn’t feed my young with elephants like the Roc does in The Arabian Nights. Let’s just say I would consider the elephant in the picture below symbolic and Paul Ryan should know that his decision to retire is a good one.
Favorite time period? In some ways, the ’80s. It was big and bold, and it was when I came of age. But there’s no time like the present.
Name 3 films that have changed your life and have shaped you into the person you are today. Films generally don’t have that effect on me. I see them as entertainment, even when they’re deep.
Diamonds or pearls? Lab-cultured diamonds. The Kimberley Process is rubbish and I don’t want blood on my hands. Come to think of it, Blood Diamond might be a film that affected me. I haven’t wanted or accepted diamonds since.
What’s your biggest dream? Six winning numbers.
Dream destination? Finland. So much winter. So much snow. So many forests. So many long nights in which to write. So much fabulous education producing so many well-read, well-rounded people. So much common sense. So many smart, gorgeous guys. So many Poets of the Fall concerts.
Share a quote or passage that means something to you. “I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damn things.” — Dorothy Parker
What’s your favorite plant/flower? Irises and anything little and purple (violets, pansies, lilacs, etc.).
Do you prefer the forest or the ocean? Why? The forest. I like the scent of the earth, the sound of the wind in the trees, and birds, birds everywhere.
What do you value most in people? Integrity.