So there was this meme going around and I was tagged a couple of times to participate. We’ll call it “Ten Questions.” I am very pleased to participate! I am placing Ten Questions of my own at the bottom of this post, and I am tagging YOU. Yes, you, the person reading this. If you like the questions, and want to answer, consider yourself tagged, and pass it on! Feel free to post your answers in comments or in a blog of your own. If you chose to post them, do me a favor and put your link to your post in the comments here so I can go and check it out. Thank you! Onward to the questions…
The first person to tag me was Travelling Amber here at her post “Tagged.”
1. If you weren’t in France, where would you be?
I am pretty sure I would still be in Colorado, doing what I did there: teaching, living the Mile High Life in Denver… I’d like to think I might be someplace else, but I don’t know. Colorado is a pretty cool place.
2. You’re on a deserted island with one book. What is it?
Oh maaaaan, the desert island question. Just one?!? That’s a tortuous question to a bibliophile.
I’m going to add a twist to this one. I am actually going to list a book I have never read before. I think that if I were on a desert island, I would want to take one of these with me: Wikipedia- List of Longest Novels
Cover from the Amazon.com page for the book.
Funny. I actually tried to get through Vikram Seth’s book A Suitable Boy (which is on the list) and even owned it for many years. I don’t know if it is one I eventually donated someplace, or maybe I even still have it in storage, but I never did finish it. I’d hoped to read it, though, and maybe one of these days I will. I really think I would want something long and epic, something that I have been intending to read like Les Misérables or the work(s) by Alexandre Dumas mentioned on the Wikipedia list. It would be a book I would learn to love while I was on that desert island, trying to survive and pondering the meaning of life simply because it would be the only book I had. The book would be a bit like Tom Hanks and that volleyball of his, Wilson, in the movie “Castaway.”
I bet I would even start reading it aloud to the palm trees, just to pretend someone was there with me.
3. Oh crap, my car broke down and I’m on the side of the road hitch hiking. Would you pick me up?
Photo from Motivated Photos (dot) com
Of course, I would pick YOU up, Amber! You’d be standing there, pregnant and all, sticking that thumb out, and I would not want some whack-o picking you up.
A stranger? Okay, if she were female and looked in true distress, I probably would. Especially if it were raining or snowing. For anyone else, I would make a cell call to a non-emergency police line and alert highway patrol. This is all presuming we live in the United States when this happens as A) there is no way I could handle the linguistic task I outline here if I were in France, and B) I have no car here, so this question is moot, anyway.
4. You’ve got the power to wipe one food off the face of the earth forever. Which do you choose?
Photo from The Bluegrass Special (dot) com
None. All genuine foods are here for a reason, I think, and everyone has the freedom to eat that which he or she wishes. Almost all things can be used as food, so if we wipe out one, I’m sure we, being the humans we are, would add another one its place anyway. Or someone would synthetically re-create the extinct food.
Speaking of synthetic foods, though, I guess if I could, I might wipe out all junk foods, all non-foods, as I really think processed and fake foods are some of the things that have damaged my body and a lot of other people’s bodies, too, so much so that we can no longer tolerate real and healthy foods, even. I think we are harming ourselves with all the non-food “foods” out there. They are a kind of poison with which we are killing ourselves slowly.
I know. It freaks me out that I am even writing this, too. I never thought I would be one of “those people.” But after seeing the harm that gluten and other foods have done to my system, I am on that health food bandwagon, for sure. Funny how a good dose of feeling like shit can make a person change her tune, eh?
5. What were you most afraid of as a child?
Bees and spiders and, especially, the monster under the bed.
This wonderful illustration is by Scott Hallet, and can be found at his website here.
Here is another wonderful image by artist Jessica Hillis. Her illustrations are very amusing!
6. Where do you think you’ll be in five years?
Five years ago, if someone would have told me I would be divorced from my second husband and living in Paris, I would have laughed so hard, I’d have peed myself and had a stomach aneurysm. I have learned so far that in my life, unbelievable things happen to me every few years. So in all honesty, I have no idea. I have learned not to have preconcieved notions about where I will be in the future, because more than likely, they will be completely wrong.
Photo from Psychology Today Blogger Victoria Maxwell’s “Depression: No Laughing Matter — Or Is It?“
Where do I WANT to be in five years? Honestly, I do not know. I just know I want to be happy and healthy, and experiencing good things.
Like this cat here.
Photo from this link.
7. You can spend one day in your partner’s body, able to read all his thoughts, etc. Would you do it?
Sure. I think I could really use the insight. Yes, I imagine some of the truths I might discover would be painful and difficult, but also, if I could really know how he is feeling and have more empathy about how he perceives life, it would be worth it all.
Photo from 1000films.wordpress.com
‘Course then again, I did see “Being John Malkovich” and know from that movie it would probably be a bad idea.
8. You’ve got a round trip ticket to anywhere in the world. Where are you headed?
I would do it like Michael Palin and either do his journey Around the World in 80 days, or go pole-to-pole because I would really like to see the southern tip of South America (Tierra del Fuego, the end of the world).
9. What do you think about hyphenated or double last names for children?
Eh, whatever floats one’s boat. Hyphenate away.
Photo from a really fun blog read at crackdmuskegonnewz.blogspot.com: “Hyphen-Nation.”
10. A plane crashes. It’s full of people you think the world would be a better place without. Who’s on it?
This is a great question! It is so evil! Hee hee! Okay, here’s the thing, though. I see humanity as a kind of karmic ecosystem, and I also don’t think it is my place to decide who should stay or who should go.
To understand more of what I mean, Google or read these accounts on a Chinese fable:
I think “good” and “bad” are subject to perspective. Who is to say that in the greater perspective of life, the universe, and everything that who I think is “bad” is not also someone who is needed to be the balance in the Force. Right?
That was the nice, spiritual, Zen, higher-thinking part of myself. My ego is clearly tugging at my sleeve, and selfishly shreiking at me, “Ex number two! EX NUMBER TWO!” I am trying to shut her up, though, knowing that perhaps it is he who is bringing balance to the Force.
Thank you, Amber, for such great questions!
Next up there is Tanya at Tanya in Transition who tagged me with her ten.
1. What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?
Before I had to stop eating dairy products, it was chocolate, or pretty much any flavor of Ben and Jerry’s, especially Phish Food.
Photo from a Self.com blog.
2. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your 24-year-old self?
Photo from Chronicle Books.
Oh good heavens, even if I *could* go back and give myself advice, I know myself enough to know that I probably would not listen! One thing I would probably try to convince myself of, though, would be to try to find higher-paying jobs and wait even longer to have kids than I did (I was 28 with the first one).
3. What’s your favourite aisle at the grocery store?
Photo by Me
The aisle that actually has food I can eat. Probably the fruit and vegetable aisle, therefore.
4. What’s the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since living in France?
What a great question! I have learned that I am strong and resourceful.
Like this chick:
Photo from here.
Or this one:
Photo from the Wiki link up above.
5. If you could interview a famous French actor/actress who would you choose?
I really like all of them in their films.
6. Grey’s Anatomy or House?
House, House, House. I have to have me some Gregory House in the house.
7. Besides France, if you could choose one country in which to live, what country would you choose?
Wow. Good question. I think that Spain would be an interesting place to live, as well as Argentina — like Buenos Aires. I totally want to see India and Thailand, and can imagine living for a time in those places for kicks. I would even like to try giving life in China another try. I lived in the UK for a short time in high school, and can imagine life there, too.
Photo from University of TX online map library
It’s true, though, that I think I do love “home” best, and I would likely choose the States again, because I know it well and love aspects of the US very much.
8. What was your first major purchase after moving to France?
My most major purchase since coming to France has been clothes at H&M, I think, hahaha. Not really major, huh. I/we have cash-flow issues (see previous blog). I hope that in the future I am able to make some major purchases. On a SUPER major scale, like if I suddenly became a billionaire, I’d buy a home and property on the Côte d’Azur, for sure.
9. Who was your best friend growing up and do you still keep in touch with him/her?
If we can count high school as “growing up” and friends from that period of time, then my best friend Janet is it — it’s her. We talk to each other on the phone almost every single day.
Photo by Me – Janet’s house in Antibes
10. If you could choose a theme song for your life what would it be?
I’ve had a question like this before, and it is always this one: Once in a Lifetime
Thank you so much, Tanya, for asking me to participate!
Wanna Play? Here are Questions for you…
1. What is happiness for you?
2. What is your favorite memory of childhood?
3. Do you like the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert? Why or why not? (If you have not read it, would you? Why or why not?)
4. What do you think is the worst social problem facing the country in which you are living now? (i.e., if you are an expat, what is the worst social problem in your host country? How about your home country?)
5. If you like pizza, what are your favorite toppings? If you don’t like it, why the heck not?
6. What’s your favorite holiday? Why?
7. Who is the most annoying celebrity? Why?
8. Is it better to be physically attractive or intelligent?
9. City or countryside? ‘Splain.
10. What do you really think about memes like these?
Thanks to this site for helping me to come up with a few of these.
While looking up help for thinking on these questions, I ran into this hilarious page: Crazy Thoughts. Good questions, some of those!