It’s a chilly, breezy Saturday in the neighborhood (as evidenced by the cozy little nap my Reba is taking on MY pillow; don’t you wish you could sleep that soundly?), and I’m not much feeling like venturing out, so today I’m borrowing a tag from Sara over at The Bibliophagist (which is a seriously amazing name for a blog!). Here we go!
1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?
My husband usually calls me Steph or babe; in my everyday life, I generally prefer Stephanie.
2. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like?
Hoooooo boy, I have ZERO art skills. I once drew a horse that my husband thought was supposed to be a dog, and now my horsedog is the stuff of family legends. I don’t doodle all that often because my doodles are worse than stick figures.
3. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and turn? Try to get up and do something productive?
I’ve spent the better part of my life struggling to fall asleep, but it’s a lot better these days. Listening to podcasts helps put me out (current listen: Book Riot’s All the Books with Liberty and Rebecca). If I truly can’t fall asleep, I get up and read downstairs for a bit.
4. Do people consider you to be talkative or quiet?
Every report card I ever got in school included some version of the phrase, “Stephanie is so quiet!”
5. What makes you cry?
Holy crap, just about everything. My family, books, TV, my cats, stress, frustration, anger, happiness. I’m a crier by nature.
6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
People making more work for other people. Leaving messes, not putting stuff away, asking other people to do things that they could easily do themselves. I worked in retail for years and the people who would treat the employees like their own personal maids and personal shoppers drove. me. NUTS.
7. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?
Usually only when I’m getting ready or before I go out.
8. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
I believed for YEARS that there was a bear loose in our house at night, because I could hear it snarling and growling.
Turns it out was just my father snoring.
9. What is the guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?
Norwegian pop music! I could listen to Bare Min by Morgan Sulele forever- it’s been my ringtone for four years now. His Du Er Så Deilig is super happy-sounding as well. Always puts me in a good mood. 🙂 I have some serious Norway-love going on here!
10. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know?
That would be my mom. She’s always bringing us things, doing nice things for other people simply because she’s kind. She’s good people.
11. How often do you read the newspaper? Which sections?
An actual physical newspaper? Only rarely. My daughter was the kind of toddler who would’ve pulled it apart and eaten the entire thing (I’m not actually joking here…), so we got away from reading newspapers. Occasionally, my mom will bring up a copy of my hometown newspaper for me to read, which I always appreciate.
12. Which animal scares you the most?
I’m like Indiana Jones; I. HATE. SNAKES.
13. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage with it?
14. What is the most recent compliment you’ve received?
My dad told me he was proud of me yesterday for something I’ve done, and that felt pretty good to hear. 🙂
15. What question are you tired of hearing?
In no particular order: “Why?” “What’s for dinner?” “Where’s my/Have you seen my ____?” “Can you drive me to ____?” “Can you get me ____?” The life of a stay-at-home mom!
16. What is the strangest thing you have eaten?
Back in my meat-eating days, my then-boyfriend (now husband!) and I traveled to Paris, where he proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower (swoooooooooon!), and then we took the train to visit his family in Belgium for Christmas. Someone had asked what they were serving for dinner, and one of the items the person responding mentioned was sanglier. I blinked and thought, ‘Wait, isn’t that wild boar?’
It was indeed wild boar, and it was what we had for dinner. 🙂
17. Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends?
I’m definitely more in the ‘lots of acquaintances’ group these days, and not many close friends either. I don’t get out much, mostly because I’m always ferrying husband and kids where they need to go!
18. Do you have a catchphrase?
It….probably involves a few swearwords, so I’ll just say yes. 😀
19. What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why?
Hm. I have places I’ve loved being. Paris. Raleigh, NC. Traverse City, MI. Mystic, CT. I don’t know if any of them are an all-time favorite, but I’ve enjoyed them all.
20. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
Stephanie has always sounded like the name of someone who’s a whole lot more outgoing and extroverted than me! I’ve always figured I should have a quieter name, like Beth. (Of course, she didn’t end up so well in Little Women, soooo…)
21. When was the last time you lied?
I try not to lie, but if I do, it’s usually a lie to mask my anxiety, like, “Oh, that sounds great, I’d love to come!”, when I’d really love to stay home and read and not be around groups of people!
22. What’s something that amazes you?
Honestly? People that live their lives without anxiety. Like, you just wake up every morning and…function? You don’t worry about every little thing? That seriously amazes me, because I have a highlight reel of everything that could possibly go wrong at any given moment running in my head at all times. To not have that must be so fantastic.
23. Would you rather be the first person to explore a planet or be the inventor of a drug that cures a deadly disease?
Space scares the crap out of me (SO much potential for something to go wrong!), so I’d happily stay home and cure something terrible.
24. What is your favourite amateur activity?
I’m not entirely certain what this question means, but I’ll agree with Sara, I enjoy baking, although my creations never look as nice as the ones in the cookbooks or on the blogs. They taste just fine, though, and that’s what counts.
25. What was your first thought when you got up this morning?
It’s usually some form of, “WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???” Weekday alarm goes off at 5:50 am, and my daughter usually wakes us up around 6:30 am on the weekends. I’m a very tired person.
26. What is your favourite song (at least at the moment)?
Morgan Sulele’s Andre Enn Meg charmed me and made me laugh the other day (it’s one of those songs that when I discovered it, I was cracking up and wanted to share it with everyone I know…but none of my friends or family speak Norwegian, so no one would appreciate it in the same way!).
27. List someone you know and describe them in five words.
My husband is hardworking, intelligent, determined, trustworthy, and awesome. 🙂
28. You can select one person from history and have them truthfully answer one question. Who would you select and what would the question be?
I would love to sit down with Fred Rogers and listen to how he handled the challenging moments of life. He’s one of my personal heroes and I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read about him.
29. Which celebrity or artist do you resemble the most?
I don’t think I resemble anyone at all (other than my dad!), but I’ve had two people tell me I look like Geena Davis, although I’ve never seen that.
30. What do you want me to know?
Books are amazing and life-altering. The Norwegian language is gorgeous and sometimes makes me cry, I find it so beautiful. Beets are disgusting. I hate putting dishes and laundry away. My deepest wish is that someone invents a self-cleaning kitchen and then gives me one immediately.
And that’s it! I’m not going to tag anyone personally, but feel free to steal this, as I love learning about other bloggers. 🙂