Q: Which (if any) is a bigger dating dealbreaker for you: the guy has a child, the guy has a pet snake, the guy is unemployed, or the guy uses bad grammar?
A: This is like one of those no-good-option games, like "Who would you rather sleep with: Dick Cheney, Steve Buscemi, or your 12th-grade weasel of an Economics teacher?" I'll try to play along, but my problem is I want to know situational details. Is the unemployment obviously temporary, or is he just a lazy moocher? Is the bad grammar just via email, or does his in-person communication include phrases like "I don't got none" and "I ain't gotta do nothing I ain't wanna do"? In that case, a father with a pet snake would start to look not so unappealing...
Q: What's your favorite potato chip?
A: When I buy chips, it's usually Baked Lay's (KC Masterpiece BBQ flavor, to be precise), just because I can delude myself into thinking they're not entirely bad for me. If I'm eating with reckless abandon and caring not about fat or calories, however, just about any flavor of kettle chips will do.
Q: Do you read any magazines regularly? If so, which?
A: For some reason, I'm not much of a magazine person. If I'm going to take the time to read something, I'll reach for a book instead. If I just want to sit and not think too hard, I'll typically turn on the TV. I seem to regularly forget that I don't read magazines, however, which is why I ended up with a Rolling Stone subscription (free with my Salon.com membership), a Budget Living subscription ($1 with a purchase from Bed Bath & Beyond) and a pile of Sierra Club magazines (included with my apparently membership-granting donation). I will likely never read the seven magazines currently stacked on the lower shelf of my coffee table, and yet, I can't just throw them away. Incidentally, when Budget Living went defunct, they replaced my subscription with a Redbook one instead, and I've been successfully ignoring those as well. I do not know what's wrong with me.
Q: Do you own any work clothes that you have to force yourself to wait at least a week to wear again? If so, describe the outfit.
A: I work in a very casual office, so my "work clothes" are basically my regular clothes. I hate (or am at least entirely bored with) most of my regular clothes, so... no. Sometimes I buy something dressier than I really need to wear for work (like the very cute dotted dress that Guinness Girl and I both snagged at Target), and I enjoy wearing it just for a bit of variety, I guess, but people look at me funny if I wear a dress more than once a week, so again, this is not a problem for me.
Q: What's your favorite hair product?
A: I rarely find anything I love enough to rave about (that's really more Red's domain), and I hate spending money on things I end up not using, so I don't generally experiment all that much. Recently I decided I really like John Frieda's Brilliant Brunette shampoo and conditioner, but I often find I can't use the same shampoo for months or years on end, so who knows how long the love will last. As for styling products, Aveda's Light Elements and a spritz of hairspray is my regular routine at the moment.
Q: If you made it a goal to do something "daring" (meaning outside your comfort zone) this month, what would that thing be?
A: This is a tough one, as I'm generally content to live quite passively in my comfort zone, so I don't think about being daring all that much. If money were no object, maybe I would take off for a trip all on my own--no traveling companions, just me and my independent self. Thinking less daring but more practical, I should really break out of my familiar and comfortable routine and find another place to work. Writing cover letters and going on interviews isn't daring, but it is for some reason still something I'm terrified of (or at least entirely averse to) doing.
Q: What color is your living room?
A: It's a not-very-bright-or-interesting pale gold/sand color. I went for color with the furniture instead (I have a purple chair and couch and olive green drapes), and I couldn't decide on a coordinating color for the walls, so I just repainted a couple shades darker (and a lot less glossy) than it was when I moved in.
Q: What is your favorite color to wear?
A: The last couple of answers really don't make me sound very interesting or adventurous, but I'm going to have to go with basic black on this one nonetheless.
Q: What color is your hair?
A: Brown. (Hence #5 above.) I have been wondering lately if it's poor blogger etiquette never to post a photo of myself. I know what most of you look like, and I know I like being able to put a face with the name, so maybe it's unfair not to reciprocate. Most of you who post photos, however, also blog under aliases, and I wonder if it's easier to put your face out on the Internet if your name is semi-disguised. I'm not the only one struggling with the line between identity and anonymity, am I? Discuss amongst yourselves.
Q: Have you ever met Paul Westerberg? If so, I'm jealous.
A: Have I met him? No. Have I seen him in concert? Yes. But I could do that even if he didn't live in my city, so that's not particularly notable, I know. At one show in town, however, he told a story about taking his dad to buy sandals, and I thought, "How crazy would it be to come across Paul Westerberg and Mr. Westerberg Senior comparing styles in the shoe department at the Marshall Fields in Rosedale?" That would be a much better story if I actually had seen them, of course...
All right; I think that's enough Q and A for one night, so the rest will have to wait until later. Oh, but first, if you're wondering about my own answers to the questions I posed to all of you, here you are:
- Among the many foods I do not trust myself around, the first that come to mind are mashed potatoes, Freschetta pizzas, chocolate chip cookie dough, and sweet & salty Honey Nut Chex Mix. Seriously, if you lack willpower as I do, save yourself the guilt and trauma and do not buy Honey Nut Chex Mix. You will not be able to stop until the entire bag is gone. The entire sweet, salty, tasty bag.
- Years ago, I harbored a slightly-secret Elimidate addiction (it really is a terrible show, but it's such a train wreck that it's impossible to look away). I've since learned that many, many people share this same guilty pleasure, however, so I'm not so embarrassed anymore. Plus, they moved it to a later time slot, meaning I rarely run across it now. More recently, I have found myself actually tuning in on purpose for the WB's What I Like About You, and I really can't explain that one successfully.
- I've already mentioned my mutant pinky toe before, so that was the source of that question.
- I shouldn't have asked about recent CD purchases, as I can't even remember my own. I haven't bought anything lately, so Rhett Miller's latest and KT Tunstall's debut (both of which I purchased a couple months ago already) may be the most recent acquisitions.