Gentle Reader, I am always fascinated by those interviews they have at the back of glossy magazines. The ones that are kind of Inside the Actors Studio style. I’m a terrible judgy person (I know, like you’re surprised) and I always judge the person being interviewed by his or her answers.
So I thought I would give myself one of those interviews and you could judge me.
20 Questions from Marie Claire Magazine
- What food is on your kitchen counter?
The partial carcass of a papaya. The AB hates them and they are one of my favorite fruits. I buy one every week that they are in season and eat the whole thing myself.
- What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
My first car: a 1982 Ford Courier (with a Mazda engine) and 200,000 miles on her. My mom’s old work truck, Bluebell, became mine on my 16th birthday (so I could commute to high-school myself). She represented so much joy and liberty. Old Bluebell went 300,000 on the original clutch. I loved that truck.
- What is your fantasy vacation itinerary?
Somewhere with good food, tropical fruit, and lots of swimming.
- What can you not miss on TV?
Bob’s Burgers. It’s the only thing we actually try to watch regularly. Still, we usually forget and have to catch it in reruns.
- What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Success is largely a matter of holding on when everyone else has given up.
- What movie do you think has the greatest ending?
Latter Days. I can watch him drop that tray over and over again. It’s not exactly the last scene but it’s the ending. SO GOOD.
- What is on your perennial to-do list?
Vacuum. There is never a time when our apartment doesn’t need it.
- What is on your bookshelf?
Science fiction and fantasy baby, all the way.
- What is on your feet right now?
- What is you go-to karaoke song?
I don’t sing, but I make a killer back-up dancer. If you want to catch me embarrassing myself by singing out loud? Firewater by Chome Johnson gets me every single time.
- What is your beauty secret?
Soaking my feet in hot water and baking soda every night I wear high heels. Nothing is right with the world if ones feet are sore.
- What should every woman try at least once in her lifetime?
Asking for exactly what she wants in bed. And vibrating sex toys. Yeah, I said it, someone has to. Sheesh, ladies.
- Do you have a secret talent? I can cut a perfectly straight even slice of bread, even those super fresh crusty round loafs ~ so long as I have a good knife.
- What makes you laugh?
My friends when drunk and also: wit, absurdity, folly, mimicry, and the occasional bad pun.
- What makes you mad?
Inefficiency, passive aggression, and slovenliness.
- What charities do you support?
My local Animal Shelter, Kiva, Worldbuilders, and a selection that advocate literacy, health, and education for girls and women.
- What splurge is well worth it?
Anything to do with health, safety, or natural fibers. More consumerist? Shoes, fresh fruit and vegetables, and good books.
- Do you have an pet peeves?
So many. People who can’t sit still (jiggly leg ARGHHHH). Ill-disciplined children in public. Weak tea and weak handshakes. Skim milk. Anything smelly.
- How did you make your first dollar?
Aside from the tooth fairy? I was a page at my local library.
- What’s the one thing you wish you’d known when you were younger?
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GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
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Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
“Recollect that to a woman who gets her living by her pen, “time is money,” as it is to an artist. Therefore, encroaching on her time is lessening her income.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)
Quote of the Day:
“A horse who invariably preferred his own opinion to that of his rider.”
~ Amelia B. Edwards