This week’s listicles topic, What Are You Passionate About?, was chosen by Jackie at Not Wifezilla.
It’s an excellent question but I’m not going to answer it.
Because my answer is B for Boring (i.e., my kids, my family, writing, traveling, blah-blah-blah…). Instead I’m going to answer
10 11 questions that Sue at Cookie’s Chronicles tagged me with in her 11 Questions post.
The 11 Questions
1. What would you be doing right now if you weren’t answering my 11 questions?
Playing Zhu-Zhu Pet speed-racers in the hallway with Ella and secretly criticizing myself for not being as interested in children’s games as I think I should be.
2. If a genie were to grant you 3 wishes, what would your 3 wishes be?
- That Snooki would run off to a mountain-top hideaway with Newt Gingrich and become the latest incarnation of Brangelina. The tabloid magazines would call them Snookrich.
- Snookrich would get eaten by Bigfoot.
- What I really wish is: that no child would ever be hungry, see a war, suffer from abuse, or suffer from any kind of illness.
3. What’s in your purse?
I don’t carry one.
Someone once told me that the size of a woman’s purse is the metaphorical equivalent of her emotional baggage – and I swear to God the purse I was carrying when I heard that was the size of a small Volkswagon.
My purse has always been huge. My purse was always full of so much junk I had no idea what was in it or how to find anything…so I’d get a bigger one to be more organized and I’d find even more junk to put in it. So I no longer carry one.
See how easy that was? Now I have zero baggage.
I keep my ATM card & driver’s license, and my Burt’s Bees watermelon lip balm in my pocket. I keep my keys and iPhone in my coat pocket.
4. What book are you dying to read (or, if you’re more of a movie person, what movie are you dying to see)?
I’ve tried 3 times to read Ulysses by James Joyce, and each time I’ve given up, exasperated. I’m not dying to read it – it just really bugs me that I haven’t been able to get through it. It’s the Mt. Kilimanjaro for English Lit. majors.
My book club chose it for our next read so here I am again.
This time, though, with the help of Frank Delaney’s fantastic podcast, I feel like I finally “get” it. Mr. Delaney (who NPR calls “the most eloquent man in the world”) is doing a 5 minute daily podcast of Ulysses and although he makes it accessible, and funny, at the rate I’m going it’ll take me 22 years to finish it. His podcast is so good that it makes me wonder how Joyce got through writing Ulysses without listening to Mr. Delaney. That’s how good it is.
Last week he staged an Occupy Movement in Madison Square Park in New York – Occupy Ulysses:
News Flash: This morning I got a tweet from Frank Delaney himself. To give you perspective, to me, a Frank Delaney groupie, this would be like a guitar player getting a tweet from Keith Richards. I tweeted a link to his Occupy Ulysses video on You Tube, and he tweeted to say thank you. And – ahem – he said that he read my post I’m Afraid of Irish Dance Hair, way back when I wrote it. I needed smelling salts.
5. What are the three best words to describe yourself?
I’ve got two lists – the first is my word for it, the second is what it actually is:
- Type-A (a polite way of saying ‘over-caffeinated‘)
- Deep (moody and judgemental)
- A Doer and a Multitasker (this is resume-speak for ‘off-the-charts ADHD’)
6. If you could trade places with someone for a week, who would it be and why?
I’d trade places with Stephen Hawking to get a glimpse of the meaning of the universe. But on second thought, I’d probably come away from that experience with a real understanding of my own stupidity, so I’m going to take that one back. I’d love to be an opera singer for a week, so I could see what it feels like to sing and be a real diva. Because I can’t sing. At. All.
7. What is your favourite song?
Scotland the Brave played live by a whole herd of bagpipers, in kilts. Other than that, anything by Coldplay.
8. What’s the best title for your biography or autobiography?
Mine would have the word ‘lunatic’ in the title.
9. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
I’d buy a beach house in California, an apartment in Paris, and a cottage in Dublin. I’d tithe a percentage of the money to a good cause, like Operation Smile or World Vision.
Then I’d buy a publishing house and force them to publish and distribute my novel, and send me on a ’round-the-world book tour.
10. Your worst day ever?
The day before my mom died.
11. Did you resolve to do anything differently this year? How’s that going?
I’ve got a couple resolutions in the hopper that are still going – and so far they’re going well but it’s only February.
Now it’s my turn to tag 11 others and give them 11 questions to answer. But first…
- You must post these rules.
- Each person must post 11 things about herself on their blog.
- Answer the questions the “tagger” listed for you in her post, and create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
- Choose 11 people to tag and link to them in the post.
- Let each blogger know that you have tagged them.
Leighann at Multitasking Mumma
Alison at Mama Wants This
Sweaty at Do Sweat The Small Stuff
Jamie at Chosen Chaos
January at Dawning of January
Cynthia at CommonplaceCrazy
Mary at My 3 Little Birds
Erica at Freefringes
Chicky at Chicktuition
Rory at A Mother’s Love
My 11 Questions:
- If you met your favorite movie star and could say whatever you wanted to him or her in 140 characters or less, what would it be? (And who is the movie star?)
- What’s your dream?
- Ever had a scary parenting moment?
- Something besides your children that you are proud of.
- What’s your favorite book? Why?
- What’s in your fridge?
- Do you make your bed every day? Do your kids make theirs? Why/why not?
- What’s your best kid’s riddle or joke?
- Epidural or au naturel?
- Ask your kids what they like about you and what bugs them about you and write it verbatim here.
- Do you have any advice for Snooki? (-:
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