On a much lighter note than my recent posts, I decided to be a celebrity for five minutes. I regularly read Vanity Fair and one of my favorite parts is the Proust Questionnaire at the back. I like to wonder how I would answer: deeply, sarcastically, wittily? Well I will wonder no longer. Here's the quiz and my answers. Feel free to answer the quiz on your blogs or share your answers here in the comments.
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sleeping in on a Sunday, waking up to a clean house, the sound of thunder and rain, the smell of breakfast cooking, and knowing I can lounge around all day reading a good book.
2. What is your greatest fear?
Harm coming to anyone I love.
3. Which living person do you most admire?
The mom and/or dad, holding down multiple jobs, struggling to survive, but getting up every day and doing it all over again because they want something better for their kids. Also, the reporters and political activists in third world nations who regularly risk their lives for an idea of what life should be like.
4. Which living person do you most despise?
Child molesters, Dictators, Bullies
5. What is your greatest extravagance?
6. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Piety.
7. On what occasion do you lie?
Anytime I'm supposed to be more polite than honest.
8. What do you dislike most about your appearance? My weight.
9. What is the quality you most like in a man? Kindness.
10. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Kindness.
11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Huh? // F@!& it. // Suck it up and just do it! (Obviously not all at the same time.)
12. What or who is the greatest love of your life? M, definitely M.
13. When and where were you happiest?
Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 2, 1993, the day of the epiphany.
14. Which talent would you most like to have? To be able to sing in front of people.
15. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My weight.
16. What do you consider your greatest achievement? My two children. I like them as people, imperfections and all.
17. What is your most treasured possession? My poetry.
18. What do you most value in your friends? Their patience with me.
19. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Suicidal depression and self-loathing
20. What is your favorite occupation?
21. What is your most marked characteristic? My voice. I'm told it's distinctive and memorable. Go figure.
22. Who are your favorite writers? Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Taylor Caldwell, and Diana Gabaldon
23. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Red Jamie of course! James Fraser, the Scottish Highlander
24. Which historical figure do you most identify with? It used to be Emily Dickinson, but then I realized I couldn't afford to be an eccentric hermit and got over myself.
25. What is your greatest regret? Wasting time not getting my education sooner and wasting time in relationships with people not good for me.
26. What is your motto? Suck it up and just do it.
27. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A dog owned by a very rich, very kind, dog lover.