A – An advantage you have – born into a white, middle-class, educated family in America. Birth should not be an advantage, but it is. Although women can be discriminated against and that is unjust and shouldn’t happen, white, educated middle-class women shouldn’t bitch about discrimination as if it were the same thing as racial or socio-economic prejudice. It isn’t; get over it.
B – Blue or brown eyes – Undeniably, boring, everyday brown.
C – Chore you hate – Toss up between cleaning and grocery shopping.
D – Dad’s name – Alfred. Because I hate the one-sided patriarchal nature of this question, here is my matriarchal lineage: Helen, Anna, Elizabeth, Freda-Lena, Anna. And on the other branch: Helen, Margaret, Elizabeth. I was named after a grandmother and a grandfather, which I think is cool.
E – Essential start of your day – Coffee. Big, tall mugs of American coffee, with lots of steamed milk. I love European coffee with it’s stunning aroma and immediate jolt of caffeine, but it will never replace my slow entrance into daylight accompanied by my coffee.
F – Favorite colour – Blue; the deep, vibrant blue in mid summer after the sun has set on a clear day, just past twilight, before it is really dark, kind of blue.
G – Greatest thing you’ve ever done that made you feel really good – Anything I thought to write here seemed a little self-serving. I’ll keep it to myself.
H – Habit you have – lots of bad ones, but I broke the nicotine one years ago.
I – Issue you hate that the world tries to make you pursue – That there is a clear demarcation between the two major parties in America. This leads to the demonization of each by the other. It’s sick, but if you’re interested in politics — and every concerned citizen should be in my opinion — it’s hard to avoid being sucked into the vortex that is partisan politics.
J – Job title – Manager, Business Systems. Yep, I manage the BS department. How appropriate, some may say.
K – Kohl’s or Target – Target. I almost went to Kohl’s the other day but my son advised me that it was for old people. I then changed my plans, but I don’t think I found what I wanted to buy. Maybe I am approaching the age of Kohl’s shoppers.
L – Living arrangements – House that is way too big to clean, but is set in lovely woods.
M – Music you like – Springsteen, Dylan, Neil Young. Female vocalists with strong, clear voices who might have been ‘torch singers’ in earlier decades, like Carly Simon, KD Lang, Alison Kraus, Roseann Cash (although her stuff sounds too much alike). I also like opera, but I’m not an opera aficionado. I’m not likely to identify an opera from the opening measures of an aria or by the usually far-fetched plots — that’s what an aficionado would be able to do.
N – Nicknames – more varieties of my name than some characters in a Russian novel. One of them is in the title of this blog. Some idiots assume that my first name ends in an ‘ee’ sound because it is spelled with one ‘e’. That’s one of my nicknames but there are fewer than ten people in this world who are allowed to call me that. If you’re reading this, you’re probably not one of those individuals.
O – Overnight hospital stay – Twice. Once, when my son was born. But it was only ‘overnight’ in the sense that it was throughout the night. I was in the hospital less than 24 hrs. The other was following an episode where I passed out in the library and emergency personnel thought I had a concussion. And my glucose levels were something ridiculous like 15, which apparently means you should be comatose.
P – Pet Peeve – When people say ‘We was..‘ or add an ‘r’ in words like ‘wash’, confuse effect/affect, sit/set, or pronounce pin/pen as ‘peen’. Never heard of people speaking like that? You’ve obviously haven’t spent time in Indiana. Welcome to my world; I live in the land of accents that sound slightly better than the noise emitted when dragging nails along a chalkboard.
Q – Quote that you like most – I honestly can’t think of any right now. Guess I don’t quote many people.
R – Right or left handed – Yes.
S – Siblings – 2 brothers, 4 sisters.
T – Time you wake up – Alarm sounds at 6:15. I’m sociable by 10.
U – Underwear – Usually. I’ve been told I have an obsession with finding well-fitted, comfortable bras. If you’d ever meet me, you would understand why.
V – Vegetable you dislike – Eggplant. Repugnant.
W – What makes you run late – Not enough coffee or time to gently ease into the day. And an innate disability with regards to the marking of the passage of time. I live in my own time zone, apparently.
X – X-rays you’ve had – neck, teeth, jaw, back, shoulder, chest, spine, elbow, hand, digestive track (ewwww — nasty chalky stuff to drink), knee, ankle, foot. Jeez, what’s left? Brain was done as MRI & cat scan, kidneys & gall bladder by some other sort of radiological technology. And some laparoscopy too. And then there’s the other kind of GI tests that are a little more invasive than XRAYs. When I was a kid, a common curse was ‘Up your nose with a rubber hose!” Who’d ever thought to turn that into a medical test? But, I’m not a hypochondriac — smash up a couple cars and you’d get most of these. Live 5 or more decades and you’ll have most of the others. Being something of a klutz explains the rest.
Y – Yummy food you make – My son loves it when I make him creamy mac & cheese with tuna fish. Spouse calls it ‘cat food casserole’. Obviously, a divergence in opinion as to whether it is yummy.
Z – Zoo animal – Birds in the aviary. I always want to free them. I feel sad for most animals in a zoo. They all look bored. Wouldn’t you be, too?