1. What is something that you have changed your mind about either recently or over a number of years?
Marriage, parenthood, the whole nine yards. When I was half my age, at the beginning of my senior year of high school, I thought I'd never have children--I thought I'd be a fighter pilot and commit my life to the service of my country. Of course, that option never came to pass, but I thought I would certainly continue my education with advanced degrees. I envisioned myself marrying at that time, but later, after a failed engagement at the age of twenty-four (to my now husband), I thought I would not marry. Ten years later, here we are. I'm keeping house and he's the breadwinner. Things change. I don't imagine it will always be this way, either, but for the time being, it works for us.
2. Choose either subject, but does your a) church b) job feel more like a dental chair experience or an easy chair (recliner) experience?
I have neither a church nor a job, and in both, I feel blessed. In actuality, I would like to find a spiritual center of some kind, I don't know if it's "Church," per se; but it's difficult to find one in which the political convictions of the congregants and the spiritual purpose for which we attend church do not clash horribly.
3. Kisses or hugs? I actually typed "huts," which might have been a more interesting question.
From my new husband? Yes, please! Both together. I like my chocolate in my peanut butter.
4. What do you think is the biggest threat to families today?
I think the biggest threat to families are narrow-minded bigots who can't mind their own damn business about what happens in other people's families.
5. A day after you grocery shop, you open a perishable item that is horribly spoiled. Do you take your receipt back to the store to be reimbursed or just throw it away and forget about it?
I will usually toss the item unless it's something expensive, like organic milk.
6. What personality trait (feel free to address good or bad or both) do you notice yourself adopting from your parents?
I hate that I try to talk over people; interrupt to get to my own story; like my mother does. So far, that's the only bad one I've noticed.
7. How many slices of bread do you leave in the bottom of the bag when you throw it away? Two? Three? Just the heel? None? (I really want to know if you eat the heel.)
I don't buy bread like this. If I purchase bread, it's usually a baguette or something similar.
8. What mispronunciation or usage error really irritates you?
Oh, this list is long and distinguished. I think one of my biggest pronounciation peeves is "supposably." This, people, is not a word. The word for which you seek is supposedly.
9. In honor of the uniqueness of today's date, what does the numeral 9 mean to you? (Any special life moments attached to the 9th? Are you the 9th kid in your family? Can you count by 9s really fast? etc.)
Nine is one of my favorite numbers. :) I like 3s and multiples of 3s. It's a lucky day!
10. Does the general color palette in your closet match the colors you chose to decorate your home with?
My clothes are mostly dark, though there are some lighter pieces. My house is bright and airy. I think the house would be depressingly dark if I dressed the house in a similar palette.
11. When you're hanging out with friends in the kitchen, do you automatically ask to help, or do you sit there and chat until the host asks if you'd like to help? I'm not implying that the 2nd choice stems from rudeness or laziness, just not a first-response like it is for some people.
I will ask, or simply say, "What can I help with?"
12. Let's end on a pleasant note: What do you enjoy about September the most?
The weather makes the least noticeable of dips in temperature around here, but some nights get cool enough to throw the windows open for a bit. Also, I enjoy the turn of the season, the Autumnal equinox, the rhythm of the year.