1. When you were a child what was the hardest or scariest thing in the world (i.e. movie, book, chore, etc.) to you that as an adult is neither hard nor scary?
I have a memory of myself at a really young age trying desparately to turn the faucet of the sink on to brush my teeth without having to use the stool provided for my lack of height. I also recall the first time I reached the faucet without the stool and instead of think “I’ve grown!” I was sure I’d just been doing something wrong. Sometimes, I think about this when I’m at home and bending down so I can lean on the sink while I stand above it brushing my teeth.
2. If you were offered the chance to be a cooking star on a Food Network show, which of these three would you choose for a mentor: Bobby Flay, Giada de Laurentis or Alton Brown?
I’d choose Alton Brown. He is such a nerd and it’s sexy. He knows a lot about the science of cooking and I like that.
3. What is your favorite theme offered by your blogging platform that you are not using and what theme do you absolutely hate? Provide links to both along with your explanation.
I don’t know really. I like my theme just fine but I’ve changed my appearance 4 times in the year since I started. I’m just trying to figure out my style which isn’t boring and there are way too many boring themes to choose from. I won’t provide links, though, because I don’t think it would be nice of me to link a theme I hated and find it belongs to one of my bestest blog friends. I like our differences.
4. Who is someone from your past that you are sorry you lost track of?
John Morgan. We were both Chemistry majors at the University of Delaware and then he decided to go ChemEd (he totally had the right idea). We stayed friends after college and talked often but my ex-fiancé was on a jealous rampage one night and deleted every guy in my phone including my State Farm Agent. That was in 2006. John was a really good friend. It’s a pity the last conversation I had with him I told him how “the one” that d-bag was.
5. What would you take to a deserted island?
If I knew I was going to a deserted island, I would bring my girls, sunglasses, some books, sunscreen, a towel, a hammer, a needle, a water bottle, a knife, flint, and a pillow. I think that I could make whatever else I needed and survive with those things. I suspect, though, if I were to end up on a deserted island it would be because I wouldn’t know I was going. I put useless things in my purse to take up space so this wouldn’t end well. I need a purse large enough for my girls, just in case.
6. If you could get into the mind of anyone (living or dead) and read all their thoughts, whose mind would you choose to read?
I’ve known the answer to this question for a long time: Charles Manson. I don’t do his victims the dishonor of idolizing him but I am fascinated by how the mind of someone so evil would work. It’s always amazing to me when two people see or hear the same thing at the same time and yet come away with two completely different accounts of what happened. I would be intensely interested to see how different his mind processed things from mine.
7. What are the entire contents of the top drawer of the table directly next to your side of the bed?
1 romance novel,
an opened bag of gummy worms, his & her lube (+ cobwebs), a journal, nail clippers.
8. What is the one thing you have in your dorm, apartment, or house that you never want your parents to find?
There’s nothing I can think of. I am a just a person, my own person. I’m sure they’d understand that and if they didn’t they would…eventually…maybe…
9. Your daughter is having a sleepover for her 12th birthday. Around 8:00 pm a thunderstorm knocks out power. How do you entertain twelve pre-teen girls when all the cell-phone batteries have died?
All the ice cream will need to be eaten PRONTO for starters. Always wanted a fireplace so I’m guessing we’ll cuddle up in front of the fire and then chit-chat about whatever it is they think is important to chit-chat about until my daughter remembers how uncool I am and shoos me away now that she knows there’s nothing to be afraid of.
10. What aspect/trait about your personality are you most sensitive about (as in, you wouldn’t stand anyone criticizing about this one aspect)?
I’m guarded and sarcastic but I’m not mean and I’m certainly not angry. It really hurts my feelings when people suggest that I am. I’ve worked really hard to put my dark days behind me so when someone doesn’t see me for how I am now and only assumes I’m still the way I was, it really bothers me.
11. Mr. Tom Baker has had two previous virtual nude dinner parties. He is now inviting you, his blogger friends to his home for a real nude dinner party. This is not a virtual dinner party; it is the real thing with all expenses paid and the usual five course dinner prepared by him. Will you or will you not be present at said nude party?
I’ll be there with bells on, if that’s allowed. Nudity, I found, is a lot like love…it’s a lot more about one’s self view than anyone else. I would be shy and nervous at first but I suspect I’d end up having a great time. Tom’s menus are always pretty fantastic, too!!
12. What one piece of movie memorabilia from which movie would you love to own?
The bubbles/glass balls that Jareth, the Goblin King, has in Labyrinth. One of his final seductions of Sarah, the ball, takes place inside one. I’ve always thought they were beautiful and clear and perfect.
13. If literary characters were real and you could interview any one of them, who would it be and what’s the first question you would ask?
Thursday Next. She knew Mrs. Havisham before she was crazy and played a role in fixing the ending of Jane Eyre. So many questions, I’m not sure where I’d start.
14. If you had to choose a theme song for yourself from only the Classical genre, which song would it be?
In the Hall of the Mountain King.
15. What is your most quirky habit?
Help me with this one!!
16. When was the last time you took the time to act like a child and what did you do?
I try to do this as often as possible because life is too short to go around being so serious all the time. I take my girls out sometimes even if it’s pouring and we go splashing through puddles.
I nearly peed myself laughing the day Otto, the Saint Bernard, followed my girls into the 10′ x 10′ mud puddle and his tiny owners chased him down to keep him out of it (unsuccessfully).
17. If there was ever a past relationship, (friend or otherwise), that you could go back and mend, would you? Who would it be with, and why?
Not mend exactly but…Mary Vaughn. She’s been one of my best friends for so long and one of the most important people in my life. Our early years together were awkward and terrible but we survived and have been friends for over 20 years. She loved me long before I learned there was anything about me to love. The past 6 years, though, we’ve been terrible at keeping in touch now that we’re grown-ups with husbands (hers) and careers. I miss the freedom we didn’t realize we had when we were 16 and spent so many days doing nothings together.
18. What would you do if all of your followers left comments daily and would be it be too much for you to handle? Would you hire someone to answer comments for you?
I don’t have so many followers that I wouldn’t be able to handle it but if I had so many followers that I thought it was “too much” I’d be so stinking excited that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.
19. Do you know how far back your ancestry goes on either side of your family tree? How far?
I grew up with the last name Koska. It’s Czechoslovakian and I don’t know whether it’s more Czech or Slovak but my dad says if we say “Bohemian” we’re covered. The family immigrated into the Port of Baltimore in 1880 and the name was spelled Kocka but pronounced the same. A great-great-great grandfather’s name was Stanislaus so I’m hoping that I was adopted into a family of vampires but I’m still horribly mortal.
20. If you could compare yourself to anything in the universe, what would you compare yourself to? Why?
A flamingo. I think flamingos are so beautiful with their multiple shades of pinks and their graceful elegance but at the same time they are terrifically awkward. You’d think they are boisterous and showy because of their brightness but I imagine they must also be incredibly shy, why else would they hide their faces in plain sight and pretend to not be seen? Flamingos and I are alike: beautiful, graceful, terribly ungraceful, bright and happy yet with a need to hide themselves in their brightness so the world cannot know their secrets until they are ready to share them.
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