Could you live without the internet for a week? For a month? — filing this under “highly doubtful unless there involves a handsome monetary reward upon task completion”. a week, i could probably do. maybe even a fortnight, if i was surrounded by good company and/or various other forms of entertainment/mind stimulants, AND if all of my favorite shows were only showing re-runs....
Describe the one who got away. — the post-breakup recovery period, however long that may subjectively be, is never a good time to be elaborating on something like this. so, i won’t. let’s just say he could have only gotten away if he was somewhere (there) in the first place. los angeles, june 2010.
Write a story about yourself, told from a neighbor or coworker’s perspective. — my goodness, she talks to herself a lot. i wonder how many times she will be playing the Yelawolf* album today. she is either incredibly productive and efficient, or really has nothing to do besides read twitter and wikipedia entries all day. i’m guessing it’s a combination of both. oh,...
When teleportation is finally possible, where will you beam yourself first? — somewhere VERY far away and near impossible to get to. a remote tropical island off the coast of new zealand ought to do it. and i am talking remote. one accessible only by motorized dinghy, pushing off a hidden dock in the new zealand countryside, that takes 2-3 hours of scenic driving to get to, after a...
Who is your greatest hero of all time? — not to sound un-American, but i don’t think i have one. there are certainly individuals i admire but no one to put up on that pedestal as the Greatest Hero of All Time. ultimately, i am just not ready to make that kind of commitment in reflecting back on my life to date to see who has been most influential or aspirational to earn such a title....
If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? — my answer to this question varies day-to-day, sometimes even between times of day. but more often than not, i arrive to the same dream job: talent coordinator/producer for a late night talk show. or morning or daytime or primetime talk show. entertainment has always been an interest of mine. i don’t particularly like that...
Are you an optimist, a pessimist, or something else? — it really depends on the situation, and probably also the level of delusion i allow myself for said situation. once upon a time, i would have not hesitated to label myself an optimist. glass half full? lookin’ good. glass quarter full? not bad. there’s a glass? i can live with that. i think most people would agree that i...
If you had your own reality show, what would it be called? What would it be about? Who would the main characters be? — working title: Cloudtown, USA. starring: me and my therapist; special guest appearances by friends, family and random strangers interjecting their two cents. the premise would be weekly stories of a sad girl trying to work out her issues. who doesn’t love that? i...
What’s one piece of technology you can’t live without? — there has got to be a better piece of technology out there in the 21st century that i am completely blanking on right now, but i am a big fan of calculators. contrary to racial stereotype, this round yellow face does NOT compute math well. i use a calculator to make sure my 50% deposit requests are accurate, and even get...
What’s going on in your life right now that’s driving you nuts? — same old thing, different day. what isn’t driving me nuts, really? i wish i could say the issues plaguing me five months ago (when this question was first posed) have since been resolved and that whatever is driving me nuts now was new and completely different, but such is not the case. in particular, i...
If you could live forever, would you? Why or why not? — while it would be amazing to see, firsthand, the world as it evolves - i would have to respectfully decline drinking from the fountain of youth. i imagine after a while the novelty and coolness factor of living forever (while everything else died, while new things came to life only to eventually also die) would wear off. that said,...
If (you were) stranded on a desert island, and could only bring one music album with you, which would it be? What is it about this music that never gets old for you? — [i had to take the liberty of editing today’s topic. i am all for preserving the integrity of an original idea, freedom of speech, and all that spazz, but sometimes these topics are so poorly written out. forgive me,...
Who are the three funniest people in the world? Who are the three funniest people you know personally? — Elizabeth Stamatina Fey. i have had mega girl crush on her since she popped up on SNL’s weekend update, defying the “guys don’t make passes at girls in glasses” stereotype. i’m also a big fan of her well-written/brilliantly-created 30Rock character’s...
What’s your idea for a perfect Sunday? How would it differ from a typical Sunday? — my perfect sunday would require perfect weather and a disproportionate amount of daylight hours to darkness. and in those extra hours of bright, my perfect sunday would urge me to go out, in my t-shirt, hoodie and jeans, and to make the most of this ideal set of circumstances. brunch with some...
What is your favorite sound? — a little something like: the sound of mighty waves crashing against jagged rocks happening. especially when enhanced by one of my favorite feelings [warm sunshine on my skin]and scents [salty-sweet sea smell]. facing one of my favorite sights [the pacific ocean and california coastline], with one of my favorite tastes [mango froyogurtland with peaches,...
How do you define the word friend? — a lot of people, a lot of the time, use “friendship” and “acquaintanceship” interchangeably. unbeknownst to them, they are not one and the same, at least not in my book. i reckon merriam-webster would make more like switzerland in this definition battle. in my observations and experience, many “friendships” forged are...
Is it always better to know the truth, even when it hurts? Or is ignorance bliss? Or are they both true some of the time? — absolutely yes. knowing is better than not knowing. does choosing to be blissfully ignorant feel better? yes, in all likelihood. but it is certainly not better FOR you. ultimately, it doesn’t change what is true, no matter how hard you try to convince yourself...
january 20: (bonus topic)
Describe what your laugh sounds like. Who in your family is your laugh most similar to, and most different from? — the laughter output really depends on the situation - i think my arsenal of laughs is varied. at times, it can sound like a cross between hiccups and a stuttering machine gun. i have laughed so hard sometimes that tears have been pushed out of my eyes and abs have formed (not...
What is the single most important thing you accomplished in 2010? And how do you plan to top it in 2011? — it feels like only just the other day/week/while ago that i answered this question. OH WAIT, i already have. (re-)read about it here* done and done.
What’s the most important thing you’re putting off? And why haven’t you done it yet? What do you need to make it happen? — simply put, the rhetoric project (2.0) is having a tough time getting off the ground. the premise of this endeavor was to, not only develop and strengthen writing skills, but to establish some sort of routine, a daily constant that - upon completion -...
Describe a time when you witnessed bravery: a) in your profession b) with your own eyes c) in someone you admire — a) this event has yet to be witnessed b) before my grandmother passed away two years ago, i did not know a life without her being there for me 24-7. she was an important fixture in my life, a permanent presence and inspirational individual. a woman who, for as long as i...
What gives you hope? And what, if anything, makes you question hope? And what makes you question your questions of hope? And… — the one thing i try to remember at the end of each day is that i have made it through another one. that is not to say that all of a day’s problems are resolved when the eyes close and organs slow down for a rest, and that some seemingly hopeless...
Do you believe everything happens for a reason? Why or why not? — i go back and forth on this. growing up, i was taught to think that god was THE reason, that god was to thank in favorable situations, that god would see to it that less-than-favorable situations work out (sooner or later), and that god worked in mysterious ways. to an extent, i am on board with that last one. there is...
Describe the wackiest but most useful advice you’ve ever received. — i have a good sense of direction. sometimes it takes a moment to get my bearings straight, but i can generally distinguish between my norths / souths / easts / wests. for the most part, i know which way to go when exiting a subway station. my innately internal GPS + googlemaps on the blackberry have rarely steered...
If you had a time machine that only let you spend one hour in a different time, what date would you go to? — april 4, 1985. is it weird that i want to be present at my own birth? it’s not really a narcissism thing (really), nor do i have no desire to see the birthing process (caesarian, thankyouverymuch) but i would much like to see the looks on my parents’ faces when they...
What made you decide to start a blog? If you’ve blogged about this before, go back and read it. Is that still the reason? What’s changed? — at the risk of being redundant (read all about it here), this blog was birthed in an effort to work on opening up and sharing my thoughts, on thinking things out thoroughly and on shaping said things into good read-worthy prose, and to give...
What are you looking forward to this year? — using up every last one of my vacation days. last year, i started out with ten sick/personal/vacation days last year (total). used a few to go to puerto rico in february, los angeles in june, took a day off to move out of my parents’ house and a half day here and there — and yet still managed to have five unused days at the conclusion of...
Write about one thing you’ve never told anyone and explain why. — let’s just say, there are some things (and, thus, certainly one thing) that need not be and, will not be, mentioned aloud. and, in all likelihood, this is the last place i would be bringing any of that up. having said that, please don’t forget that this blog in itself, so far, has been a collection of...
What do you want to be remembered for? — when you think back our time together i hope that you will always remember: that i was someone who put you at ease even if we had first met awkwardlies. that i remembered to say thank you and please and bless you’s aplenty after you sneeze. that my jokes were corny but sometimes witty, with dark, off-color humor being my steezies. ...
How do you stay entertained when you are snowed in? — as a recent victim of blizzard december 2010, i had to think about that myself just last week. after much (some) pondering, the conclusion was shockingly simple (and totally embarassing): food and television. specifically of the junk variety. applies to both. it does me no good that i also have a soft spot for food-fueled reality...
Describe a recent “Aha!“ moment. What sparked it? — electronics and i have a love/hate relationship. i am not so good with the set-up and usage of such things, and can get incredibly frustrated when not knowing how they function (especially when finding the on/off button takes longer than thirty seconds). i grew up, for the most part, without cable. but i’m an adult...
How do you stay focused on a task or activity? — usually involves a combination of caffeine (duh) and a sporadic countdown to said task or activity’s completion. bonus focus factors: keeping crackberry at a distance, peace and quiet/ambient noise, muttering motivational reassurances to self, an “away” message (or ignoring people completely). i have had mixed results with...
Share a story about a memorable job interview. — after much thought, i have ultimately come to the conclusion that most job interviews i’ve had must have been so awkward and unsuccessful that those memories are deeply repressed. if i may state the obvious here and let you in on something you should know about me: i do not interview well. chalk it up to nerves or low self-esteem, but...
Are you stressed out right now? — YES. 2011 ain’t messing around, i get it now. i don’t remember the first week back at the office ever being as busy in the past as it’s been the last few days. whatever happened to people easing back into their workload? before the holiday break, i had left my desk organized, with paperwork issued and tasks completed - the merits of my...
Do you prefer to talk, text message, or a different communication method? — deps on the sitch. i am generally not a fan of phone conversations. it is nice sometimes to hear someone’s voice, especially that of a person you don’t see very often. but that’s about it. overall, instant messaging and/or e-mail is probably my preferred method of communication. sure - it is...
What’s the single most important thing you accomplished in 2010? — this past year was quite the rollercoaster ride. there were some major miletones, new friends, fun times, stark realizations, sad heartbreaks, growing pains and learning experiences that all helped make 2010 one of tremendous personal development. that said, my single most important accomplishment would have to be...
Name someone who deserves more credit than they get. And for bonus points, how to change things so they get more. — easily, my mom and dad. this one is a two-fer… more often than not, i regard them as one entity. probably stemming from the fact that they (as one) are the reason i exist. almost everything they have done since my birth, and continue to do still to this day, is with...
List three countries you’d like to visit, and why you want to go. — Australia i would like to, one year, spend christmas on a beach. the yuletide season usually puts me in a cranky mood, especially living in new york where droves of tourists descend upon the city to further clog our streets. and i suppose other metropolitan cities also emphasize the commercialization of the...
i’m not one for new year’s resolutions. my life is a work in progress, so improvements on areas that need fixing are a continual process. that’s the goal, anyway. what i have been looking to get back into for a while, albeit half-heartedly, is writing. coinciding with the new year, the fine folks at the daily post and plinky have launched a blogging initiative, whose daily...