More questions! Life is a little busy and overwhelming right now, so fun little posts like these are about all I can muster until I find the time to finish some of the half-done drafts waiting in my files. These questions are just some random ones I stumbled upon. Let’s see if you learn anything surprising about me.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Right off the bat this is a hard question, so much depends on the brand of ice cream. If I had to pick just one – like, if I could only eat one for the rest of my life – I’d go with plain-Jane chocolate. I also have a soft spot for any chocolate chip that has shards of chocolate (like Stracciatella style), mint chocolate chip, and Ben & Jerry’s Late Night Snack.
What was the last thing you ate?
A baked potato with chili and cheese. It was delicious, very filling, and perfect for a cold evening. No beans in the chili because my kid has a thing about beans.
What CD is in your CD player right now?
Obviously a dated question. I do actually still own some cds though. Five to be exact – Taylor Swift 1989, AC/DC Back in Black, AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, the soundtrack from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the soundtrack from Hairspray. Taylor Swift and both AC/DCs live in my car, so I would assume one of those is in the player. They often spend time in each other’s cases too which is probably some big music blasphemy.
How many keys are on your key ring?
Seven – two car keys, a house key, an office key, old keys to the junior league house (why?), and what I think is an old key to my parent’s house. Maybe? I should really take that one off.
How much money do you have in your wallet?
$0. I’m constantly surprised by people who carry cash.
List two bad habits that you have.
1. I bite my nails. I try to keep them painted to cut down on this, but it doesn’t always work. This is a habit I’ve had since childhood and it likes to pop back up anytime I’m stressing. Right now the clear coat on my nails is tinted purple from washing my hair for the first time after being freshly dyed. That doesn’t have anything to do with the question though.
2. Crank. That sweet Macon crank. Nah, kidding. That is a Bob’s Burgers reference. Actually I had a hard time thinking of another bad habit. Not that I’m perfect, just that I’m pretty good at owning up to my faults and don’t really consider many of them “habits.” Oh! I’ve got it – trying on clothes and tossing them over the end of my bed instead of hanging them back in the closet.
What’s your birthstone? Would you change it?
My birthstone is sapphire and I’ve always loved it. I’m most fond of the classic blue, but like how it comes in other shades. I don’t know why I’d bother changing it – birthstones are more of a kid thing. It doesn’t really come up a lot as an adult. I don’t even remember the last time I thought about my birthstone.
Do you know what your name means?
No. But I just looked it up. Wikipedia says “Stephanie or Stefanie is a female name that comes from the Greek name Στέφανος (Stefanos) meaning “crown”. The male form is Stephen.” And now that I’ve read that, I think I did know it.
Has reading a book ever changed your life? Which one and why, if yes?
Duh. All of them, even the bad ones. Reading is amazing. It is the third best thing on earth after family and food.
What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Pay off my debt, create trust funds for the kids. . . blah, blah, boring. Even if you assume you have a million after taxes to do whatever you please with, if you are planning for the future it just isn’t exciting. I’ll go with the spirit of the question though and share this recent conversation I had with my kid when the Powerball was insane:
Me: What would you buy if you had a billion dollars?
Daughter: Everything. I wouldn’t have to decide.
Me: What would you buy first?
Are you good at Chess?
Regular chess or secret agent laser obstacle chess? No to both.
Would you rather be rich or healthy?
Healthy. Anyone who picks rich is really young (or really old, own that!) or stupid. And don’t give me any of that “if I was rich I could afford the best doctors,” because life doesn’t work that way.
Would you rather have the power to be invisible or the power to read minds?
No question, I don’t even have to think about it. . . invisible. Reading minds would be really awful. I mean, think about the things that run through your head every single day. Now think about listening in on those thoughts of the other people in line at the grocery store. No thank you.
Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Okay, so I totally have a thing about this. I cannot go to sleep with my closet doors open. It all started with a bad dream when I was a kid with four massive men standing in my closet door. It has been too long for me to remember anything else about the dream or anything else about the guys other than that they filled the entire space. But it stuck with me. I hate getting into bed then looking over to see the closet open. I hate it even more if I wake up in the middle of the night and see the door open. I’m a scaredy-cat.