The Hot Seat

Ok. So I am Jumping Into The Hot Seat.

I’ve re-pressed this from Kevin who writes “Voices of Glass”.  I thought it was a fantastic idea, and I’d like a way to really reconnect with my audience after such an extended absence.

The rules are simple.

The rules state that you cannot lie. BUT you can decline to answer if…
a) your answer would break a confidence.
b) the answer would get you or someone else in trouble,
c) the answer would cause hurt or embarrassment to someone else, or
d) the question (or the answer to that question) is too personal for you to give.

The last of the rules will not be an incredible problem for me.  I feel as if there are a lot of things I should get out into the open.  So, fire away.  At this point, I should be working toward being an open book, since I’ve decided that I’m going to go public soon.

Fire away!

Another Round of Tag!

This is really a lovely distraction and loads of fun.  Angel tagged me, and I offer many thanks.  Here we go!

1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
3. Create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
4. Tag (eleven) people with a link to your post.
5. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

1) What is the one insect you absolutely can’t stand?

I really dislike bees.  Correction, any flying insect with a stinger.  I especially don’t like any winged insect flying next to my ear.

2) Which fictional world(s) do you wish were real?

Honestly, I don’t.  We have enough problems with this world that we have.  I don’t want to take on the challenges of Mordor, or Panem, etc.  Even Harry Potter’s wizard world sounds too challenging.  Besides, can you imagine what would happen if we introduced different types of humanoids to this world?  We, as a society, still can’t even handle racial, cultural, and gender differences!

3) Who is your favorite President/Prime Minister/Monarch/Whoever Has Been in Charge of Your Country in history?

I have two.  I adore President Clinton.  I’m about to release a 30 Days of Truth about Bill, Hillary, and the Golden 90’s.  I’ve already openly admitted that if I had to do a president, dead or alive, it would be him.  There’s just so much sex appeal in a man who can show the country who is boss, bring the country back into prosperity, and plays the saxophone.  Yeah…

Anyway, and then there’s Winston Churchill.  Click on the link, and you’ll probably get a better idea of why I like him.  (Quotes).  Here’s a sample:

“Sir, if you were my husband, I would poison your drink.”
“Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it.”
Exchange between Lady Astor and Winston Churchill—
Winston S. Churchill

To have the ability to be such an inspirational leader, and be a human being in the public eye, that takes character.  I don’t really care that he was a drunk jerk.

4) If you were forced to be on a reality show, which one would you go on, and why?

If this were about six years ago, I would have told you The Real World.  Believe me, I belonged there.

Instead, I would opt for something that is a little less about me and my character flaws and about some kind of improvement.  It would be my absolute dream to be on Extreme Makeover : House Edition.  My house is in some seriously sore shape, and I’d love for them to make it a little bigger for me.  It’s probably bad enough that they would take it, but the building codes around here are really strict.  It’s unlikely that the municipality would give the go ahead for that.

5) What is the one feature that your dream house must possess?

Wow!  I seriously didn’t see this until after I wrote the above!

It’s not just one feature.  I have several that are must haves.  First, I would love to have a working fireplace.  I think it should be something that everyone in the northern regions should consider for their own homes.  Next, I need three bedrooms to accommodate my (hopefully) expanding family.  Walk in closet.   A study / office area for all of us, and a man cave area for my husband.  With the man cave area said, I would like an art’s room for me, and a family room for everyone.  And of course, plenty of storage.  That is what we really sorely lack here is space and storage areas.  Oh, and more than one bathroom.  A singular bathroom home is a serious pain in the ass.

6) What is your guilty musical pleasure?

I used to have a couple, such as The Secret Life of the American Teenager, but I really don’t anymore.  The only thing that would come close is my tendency to watch Logo and Lifetime while I fold laundry.  It’s not as if it’s something I would be hesitant to admit to.  It’s just not something I would figure someone else would be interested in.  It’s rather bland.

7) What do you think is the most disgusting food?

There are two that immediately come to mind.  Cottage cheese (gag) and mussels both are raunchy in taste and have awful textures.  Woefully, I’m told that both are healthy choices.  I love cheese, but who the hell invented that?!

8) Do you smile with or without showing your teeth?

Forced? Without.  Genuinely amused? With.

9) Do you believe that there are aliens in the universe?

Hell yeah!  Has anyone ever seen that show Ancient Aliens?

10) Choose your own adventure books–yay or nay?

(Guess what gave me my wonderful idea.)

Nah.  If I wanted to chose my own adventure, then I’d write some fan fiction.  Which is what I’m doing in my spare time right now with The Hunger Games.

11) What is the funniest thing that has happened to you today?

Patrick Gaspard@patrickgaspard

it’s constitutional. Bitches.


Now, on with business.

Angels Blog

Introspection: The Inner Musings of a Sad Salty Olde Seadog

Snippets and Glimpses

Withering Tulip

Manic Monday

My Bipolar Life

Pride In Madness

Does My Bum Look Big in This?

Disorderly Chickadee

MM1720011’s Blog

And I’m tapped.

The Questions:

1.)  What do you believe the most inhumane things that humans do to other humans is?

2.)  Describe a recurring dream that has stayed with you for a long time.  Or a recent one, if none come to mind.

3.)  What fictional character do you think would make the best President and why?

4.)  On that note, if you had to pick a fictional character that best represents you, who would it be and why?

5.)  Which would you rather fight?  Zombies, vampires, werewolves, aliens, witches / warlocks, mutants, or the children of the corn?

6.)  Are you a back sleeper, a side sleeper, or a front sleeper?

7.)  What is the most annoying thing in the entire world?

8.)  What is one social issue that you think you have unconventional thoughts about?

9.)  What is the most disgusting habit that some people have / do?

10.)  What is the worst medication you have ever been on?  What did it do to you?

11.)  What is the best thing that has ever happened in your life?

I’m up for more tags, if others would like.  Have at it, and don’t forget to have fun!

I’m Game!

I didn’t realize that I had been tagged multiple times.  I should have!  As I was saying to Angel, events that occurred during my depressive fog kind of jumble together.  So, I’m still catching up.

So, I’ve arrived at Angel’s Questions.  Here’s the deal.  I’m not going to tag, because I’m sure everyone has been tagged by now.  If not, feel free to pick up the questions I leave at the bottom.

Angel’s Questions:

1) What is your favorite mini-series?

Hands down, “Pillars of the Earth”.  If you haven’t read the book, by Ken Follett that’s fine.  You can read the book before or after you watch the mini series.  In this case, it doesn’t really matter.

2) What song is currently stuck in your head?

Now that you mentioned it, one came to mind, “Teardrop” by Massive Attack.  It is also the “House” TV series theme song.

3) If you’re a girl, who would you pick as your girl-crush? Or if you’re a guy, who would you pick as your guy-crush? You have to choose at least one. Although I guess this question has a heteronormative bias. Whoops. Well, if you identify as homosexual, choose someone of the opposite sex as your answer. Okay, I’m amending this question to try to make it as bias-free as possible. Who’s one guy and one girl you have a crush on? You must choose one of each.

Literally, and this is going to sound hilarious.  I have a crush on my husband.  I’m not kidding.  Any and all males who bear a striking resemblance to my husband can be included.  That’s Robert Pattinson, (Edward Cullen from “Twilight”), and Tom Welling (Clark Kent from “Smallville”).

Women?  Kate Winslet!  She is gorgeous, no matter what color her hair.  She had the perfect figure.  She’s not rail thin, and she’s curvy.  She is a real woman.

4) If you got to choose any occupation you wanted and money wasn’t an issue, what would you choose and why?

Cheating.  My ideal occupations are teacher and writer.  Both of which I am doing, and both of which I am not making a whole lot of money at.

I love being an educator.  I really do.  It is fulfilling and thrilling.  It’s different each day.  I get to watch about 90 kids grow up each year.  And to think that I’m a part of their lives, even for that short time.  Some will be able to look back to that and think, “That’s Ms. Em.  She taught me music when I was a kid.”  I remember some of my favorite teachers, the ones who really touched my life.  And that’s what I try to do every day, is make a difference in a child’s life.

As a writer, I want to make a difference in the mental health community by lending my voice, support, and ideas.  I want this to become a serious public issue one day, not something that everyone just puts on the backburner, because they don’t want to talk about it.  Mental health is important.  Mental health disorders are real, and they have a real effect in people’s lives.  Untreated, there are serious consequences.  I want the world to see it, and know it.

5) When you’re using numbers to make a list, do you put periods, parentheses, or something else (if so, what), after the numbers? Why do you think you have this preference?

When I’m using numbers to make a list, there is the number, a period, and then a parentheses.  It would look like this 1.)  I have this preference because it looks neater and is easier on my eyes when I’m skimming the list.

6) What sorts of books do you like to read, and why?

I have favorite genres.  Personally, I love psychology books.  Psychology is my thing.  It could have been my career, but I decided education is where my heart was.  There’s a scientific way to figure out how anything works.  We can take all kinds of things apart and figure it out.  Even the human body.  But, we still haven’t figured out the brain.

That’s because the mechanisms that make the brain work aren’t physically apparent.  It’s a mysterious thing.  I want to know how people think.  I want to know why they are the way they are.  I want to be able to draw similarities and differences between them.  It’s just fascinating.  People are complex and fascinating creatures.

7) You’re driving for at least four hours by yourself. You don’t have a CD player, and you can’t hook up your mp3 player or smartphone to your stereo. How do you occupy yourself?

I’ve never thought about it.  I’ve never actually driven that kind of distance alone.  I guess I would have to start playing license plate games, or something. 

8) Do you believe in anything supernatural? If so, what?

Of course I believe in the supernatural!  I believe in ghosts, aliens, astrology, spirits, “God” (if you will), and all kinds of things.  Especially aliens and astrology.  Astrology is something that ties in closely with psychology when you look at it hard enough.

Anyone who is interested, I do natal astrology.  Mainly through the use of natal charts.  Go ahead, check out your chart and see how close to being correct it is.

9) Why do you visit my blog? (How’s that for a nosy self-promoting question? No, you don’t need to answer this second question. It’s rhetorical.)

I’ll answer it, because I don’t think it’s important information.  I visit your blog for a number of reasons.  At first, it was interesting to see how events unfold in your life.  It was kind of like piecing together a character in a story.  What has happened?  What will happen?  Things of that nature.

But, with every story, I find myself getting involved.  Except, with a character in a book, there is no way of two was communication.  However, here, you’re not a character.  You are a person.  And I have become involved with you as a person.

I want to know about your life.  I want to know how you are feeling and what you are doing.  I want to hear your ideas, your feelings, your thoughts, musings, whatever you have to give.  There is a certain investment there.  It’s interesting, and it’s a two way street.

10) If you have a smartphone, which 5 apps do you use the most? If you don’t have a smartphone, why not?

Pandora, WordPress, Twitter, Weather Channel, and my email client.  Does that count as an app?  If not, then I’d name Tumblr as my fifth.

11) What is the most important principle for you to live your life by, and why?

Altruism.  Pay it forward.  I want to be as selfless as I can possibly be without passing myself over completely.  I have needs and wants.  I cannot forget that.  However, I know that I want to balance that with my desire to provide support roles to others.

In my entire life, I’ve always played a support role.  In school, I played in the orchestra pit during musicals.  No one ever saw my face.  I sang alto and tenor, harmony parts that enrich the melody.  Most of the time, when I sang tenor parts, no one in the crowd realized that it was me, a woman, who carried that part.

Today, I’m the woman behind a brilliant man.  I’m the teacher that is building students up to be incredible people in their lives.  I’m the music director in productions.  No one ever sees my face.  That’s fine.  I was the one who designed and hand stapled all of those programs, without any billing in the liner notes.

I am the mother behind an incredible boy.  My son is truly something else.  I know all mothers say that, but he’s so curious.  He has limited communication skills.  But, he’s three.  He can do math.  He knows the Fibonacci sequence (to a certain point), without ever having been taught.  He knows his alphabet, and can sight read.  I didn’t teach him to sight read, but he just started doing it one day.  All of these things, besides counting the alphabet, were things I thought he was too young or impaired to do.  I guess I was wrong.

And I know that with some help, and a lot of love, encouragement, and work on both of our parts, he is going to be a brilliant man, maybe more so than his father one day.

All of that.  What about what I want?  I want a lot of things, believe me.  But, I’m willing to sacrifice all of the things that I want to see others succeed.

Optional Questions:

  1. What do you think the advantages and disadvantages of your gender are?
  2. You’re kicked out of the country you currently reside in.  Where do you go?
  3. What do you do with your change?
  4. What is your favorite beverage and why?
  5. What would be your ideal vacation spot?  Why?
  6. Do you have pictures around your house?  Of what?
  7. Do you think that if I were to walk into your house right now that I would have any idea about who lived there?  Why, or why not?
  8. Doomsday Scenario:  A solar storm knocks power grids out worldwide.  There is no way to know when power will be restored, or if it will.  What is the first thing you do, and why?
  9. What do you think is the meaning of life?
  10. Another Doomsday Scenario:  A few servers malfunctioned and the internet is going to be down indefinitely.  What do you see yourself doing to entertain yourself?
  11. Are you superstitious?  What are some of your superstitions?

Tag, I’m It! – Pittsburgh Edition

MM172001 tagged me this time.  And actually, after reading some responses, I am really eager to do this!

I’ll refrain from tagging anyone.  I am almost positive that this has made enough circles!

Onto the questions!

1. If you could go back and tell your younger self something.  What age would you go back to and what would you say?

I have often thought this over, although I mindfully refrain from asking the “Coulda, woulda, shoulda”s.  Had I been asked this question a year ago, I would have gone back to eighteen.

At eighteen, I had already been diagnosed and was being treated for MDD.  At the same time, I was already beginning my spiral into alcoholism.  Those are two pressing factors.  The other is the matter of my husband.

There was a brief moment in time where my husband and I were both single.  We shared a moment and a sofa.  I mentioned our history in my post Possibility and Ascension.

I would have advised myself to tell my doctor the truth about everything.  I wasn’t fine.  I had lost faith in her, because I wasn’t well after three years of treatment.  And I would have suggested bipolar disorder.

I would have told myself to stop with the alcohol.  It would almost be my destruction if I continued on that route.

And most of all, I would tell myself that C.S. and I belonged to each other.

But, I’ve thought it over.  I realized that everything happens in it’s own time for a good reason.  Though I would never wish the trials and tribulation I went through upon myself, I quite possibly needed them to get here.  My husband and I were meant to go through our awful relationships before we could be together.  Probably so that we could appreciate each other.  We needed to go through our respective hells so that we could grow toward each other.

If it weren’t for everything, I wouldn’t be me.  And as much as I don’t like myself sometimes, I actually do.  Sounds contradictory, but I like my life.  I love my husband and my son.  I wouldn’t want to change it.  So, why would I want to go back and take a chance on ruining it all?

2.  Favorite food.

Largely depends.  I find myself getting obsessed about a food.  Lately, it’s been egg white omelets.  Yum!

3. When did you start your blog? Why?  And has the purpose changed as time has?

June 19, 2011.  I often reference this post, because it was a big step for me.  It was my step into the public about my disorder.  Up until that time, I had really tried to tuck it into a corner and deal with in very privately.  I realized that I couldn’t.  Had I not written that post on June 19, 2011, I may not be here today.  It was the replacement for a potential suicide attempt.

The purpose is still largely the same.  It began as my internal monologues (and sometimes dialogues!) as my voice in this world.  That largely stands.  Except, the focus has shifted into less of a diary to chronicle my life, and more of a narrative as an outlet for my thoughts, ideas, and experiences.

It has expanded to include mental health advocacy, developing a mental health community, and a sounding board for others.  It will continue to develop in these areas, as I am now moving toward more mental health advocacy and publications.

4. What do you think your best character trait is?

Hands down, versatility.  I am extraordinarily flexible.  I can take on multiple roles, and handle a variety of situations in different settings.  I didn’t say I always do it well.  But, I can do it.

5. What do you think is your worst character trait?

Volatility.  I have come to realize and accept that I have a nasty temper.  Unfortunately, I have not yet figured out how to temper myself.

6. What is the last thing you read?

Book or blog?  I just started reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”.  As blogs go, I just finished reading the post that prompted this one.

7. Hero?

I don’t have heroes.  Heroes are often people we turn into characters that we idealize.  I am careful not to idealize any person or situation.  It often leads to disillusionment.  I am not good at handling that.

8. How much time do you spend on the internet in an average day?

About two hours or so.  Usually in the morning before anyone wakes up.  It’s the only time I can get the computer to myself.

Unless you count the time that I’m on my Blackberry.  Then, we’re looking at a total of about three to five.

9. If you had to chose only one social issue to fight for what would it be?

Human rights.  It covers just about everything I’d be fighting for.  Mental health advocacy, creating less of a socioeconomic gap, discrimination, and all kinds of things.  Human rights is extremely important.

10. If you could live anywhere, where and why?

Right here, in Pittsburgh.  Anyone who even talks to me about Pittsburgh will get an earful.  I love this city.  I have been a lot of other places in my life, and none have compared to this city.

Everything you could ever want in a city is here.  It’s not overly populated, only having about 300K that live within city limits and 1.5mil that live in the county surrounding.  This city and surrounding suburbs covers every mode of living a person can want.  Currently, I’m suburban / urban.  My husband would like us to move to a place that is more suburban / rural.  All within 10 miles of city limits.

We have the best sports teams, if you’re into that.  We boast the best healthcare in the US.  We have a wealth of universities to study at.  CMU is among the leading in technology.  Crime is not too bad.  There are very few areas that I would consider “unsafe”.  Our cultural district is amazing, ranging from community theater to Broadway musicals.  We have an entire district dedicated to nightlife.  And another district that is like a farmer’s market every morning!

We even have our own local dialect and slang.  Pittsburghese!

Everything you need is pretty accessible.  It can be both a driving city and a walking city.  I prefer walking.  Jaywalking is a sport.  (For me, anyway).  It’s just an incredible place to be.

11. If you could chose to have the power to read people’s minds/know their thoughts, would you choose to?  It’s not something you could turn on or off, you have it or don’t.  Why?

This is another one of those questions, just like number 1, that if you had reached me in years prior, I would have given you an entirely different answer.

When I was young, I used to think of Gene Grey from X-Men.  I thought telepathy / telekinesis was an incredible ability.  It was something that I thought would give me such potential, and such an edge.

But, I’ll tell you this.  Since the onset of my symptoms associated with bipolar disorder, I have changed my mind.  Bipolar disorder make my ability as an empath so much more pronounced.  I feel what other people feel.  Sometimes, so much that it bleeds into my own emotions and I cannot distinguish between the two.  And at times, it drives me mad.

If that’s how I feel, just being able to sense emotional vibrations, then I would refuse telepathy.  I know there is an abundance of opportunity afforded with that.  However, I don’t think I could handle all of those voices in my head.  I have enough, thank you.

Tag, You’re It!

In this posting game, I have been tagged by Ruby, who writes I Was Just Thinking…, in her post This Time, I’ll Play (Part Two)   Which means I must:

  1. Post the rules that are a part of this game
  2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged
  3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post
  4. Let them know you’ve tagged them! (but of course)

Okay, onward to give answers that Ruby seeks:

1.)  How long is your spine (stand up very straight, hold a measuring tape as high up as you can feel your cervical – top – vertebrae, then let it drop and measure the distance to where you feel your tailbone).

24 inches even.  What can I say?  I’m a shortie.

2.)  What is one quality that really stands out to your as wonderful in the majority of humanity?

I’m not going to write anything concerning fantastic notions of the human spirit of giving and altruism.  As far as I’m concerned, the greatest majority of the public is as egocentric as one can be without being completely, and obviously self-absorbed and greedy.

No, I’d rather write about truthful topics, such as what I perceive to be the greatest human feat of all.  The human resilience, adaptation and survival.

Humans are interesting creatures, unlike many other that live on this planet.  Humans can adapt to most any climate, and consume almost any food source in order to survive.  I would go as far to say that humans are the most resilient animals on this planet.  We have survived in the wild with animals far bigger and faster than us.  We are innovators, who have advanced problem solving skills.

Today, we have created a mainstream society where our only concern is each other, in terms of being hunted down in the wild.  In fact, we have mostly eliminated the wild, living in our concrete jungles, so to speak.

3.)  What was the name of your very first pet (if you had none, feel free to substitute the name of a good friend, younger sibling, anything you feel is appropriate)?

G.G. was his name.  He was a parakeet with a blue chest, a black and white head, and black and white wings.  I was very young, only four, when he came to live in our household.  And he quickly bonded with me, and became my bird.

G.G. was smart.  He was trained for interaction with people from an early age.  He would eat out of my palm.  He liked his wings petted.  He hardly ever bit anyone, and if he did, he was just playing.  He liked to thumb wrestle.  More like my thumb vs. his beak.

He had preferences about who I spent my time with.  When I started dating, he didn’t like that.  I would take him out of the cage to introduce him to my boyfriends.  And he’d fly around the room, dive bombing their heads!  I should have took the hint.  He was a smart bird.

He passed away when I was sixteen.  That made him twelve years old.  From what I understand, that made him amazingly old for a parakeet.

4.)  What does the phrase ‘Carpe diem’ mean to you, personally?

Carpe diem is Latin, that originally translated to English as, “to pluck, gather, pull off, cull, crop”.  Horace used it in a Latin poem, Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero or “Seize the Day, putting as little trust as possible in the future”.

To me, Carpe diem is a way of saying to seize this moment that you are living in as if it may be your last.  Make this moment your greatest moment.  And put no stock into any moments that may succeed it.  Because they may, or may not be. 

A horizontal sundial with Carpe Diem on it. Fr...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We cannot know the future.  Sometimes, our best action and intentions go terribly wrong.  My father used to tell me, The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”  I’ve come to find his wisdom useful in my life, because despite what I considered to be flawed logic, the man was correct.  Seize this day, this moment.  Make it your own.

5.)  How do you feel about wearing socks?

Terrible.  It’s an awful fate for a foot.  Shoes too.  For me, there is something so unnatural about encasing a foot in leather, cloth, wool, and / or cotton.  It contorts the foot, and doesn’t allow for the foot to feel the ground and earth around it.  How does one expect to know the landscape without feeling it?

I’ve always had this terrible problem with depth perception.  I can’t actually judge distances when I’m walking.  So, like a blind person, I feel my way around.  I kind of see the terrain through my feet.  Anything that encloses my foot dampens that ability.  It’s like putting blinders on.  So, no.  Socks are awful.

6.)  If you could only pick one, would you eat the frosting, the cake, or the ice cream?

Sorry to be a downer, but none of the above.  There is no sense in eating the cake without the frosting.  The frosting alone is too much, and the cake alone is too dry.  As for the ice cream, I’m terribly lactose intolerant.  Feed me ice cream, and a few hours later, I will be in bad shape.  Ice cream is the enemy.

7.)  Have you ever read Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, and if you have, what did you think of it?

I got about 50 pages in.  That’s pretty much my standard for reading books.  If I’m

50 pages in, and I feel as if I’m still grinding through it, then forget it.  I will find no joy in the book.

The problem with Catch-22 is that it begins very vaguely.  There is a seemingly lack of character development right out of the starting gate.  Though I understand the situation, it is difficult for me to identify with any of the characters in the situation.  All in all, it’s not my taste, I suppose.

8.)  What is your very favorite movie ever?

Oh heavens, how can I be expected to pick just one?  I have to cheat.

Lulu’s Top 10 Movies of All Time:

  1. Superbad
  2. Easy A
  3. TheBreakfast Club
  4. A Clockwork Orange
  5. Great Expectations
  6. The Help
  7. Romeo + Juliet
  8. Super Troopers
  9. The Shawshank Redemption
  10. 2012

9.)  How long is your hair (no need to measure on this one, a general-ish idea will do)?

It’s hard to make that call, because I have a lot of funky layers cut in there.  But, the longest piece of my hair measures about 12 inches or so.

10.)  If you could choose one thing to totally change in the behavior of individuals so that we could function better as a world, what would it be?

I know it’s not like this in every country.  Mostly, this stands as a US cultural thing.  I would change everyone’s idea of solid individualism.  STOP!  Before you start with the torches and pitch forks, let me explain.

No man is an island.  Except in the US.  Everyone pretends that they are an island, and are expected to act as such.  There is no such thing as community anymore.  It’s every man for himself.  And, that is such a barbaric thing.  We should be living as a cohesive society and celebrating our differences at the same time.  Individual freedoms, civil liberties, and community.

If everyone lived by the motto “Pay it forward”, we’d all be in better shape.

11.)  What is your favorite quotation?

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again and again.

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
Marilyn Monroe
Eleven New Questions:

  1. Scenario.  You are in your house and a fire breaks out.  You have five minutes to grab things, and then you have to get out.  What do you take?
  2. What would you do with a billion dollars?
  3. Do you have an unpopular opinion?  What is it?
  4. What do you think your five most unusual quirks are?
  5. Do you think that you could ever kill a person, given the right circumstances?
  6. What are your thoughts on astrology, extraterrestrials, and the supernatural?
  7. What was the last lie you told?
  8. What does the word “hate” mean to you?
  9. Contrastingly, what does the word “love” mean to you?
  10. What is your definition of cheating?
  11. Are you particular or picky about anything?  If so, what?

So, here comes the best part.  Tagging other people to join in this fun.  Realize that it’s all fun.  There’s no pressure.  If I picked you, then that means I know that you will legitimately enjoy this, and would be the most likely to participate.

My 11 Bloggers Picks: (in no particular order)

  1. A Clown on Fire
  2. Seasons Change, and Change…
  3. Laments and Lullabies
  4. Thee Truth Is
  5. Hello Sailor
  6. Snippets and Glimpses
  7. Through my eyes: Adventures in Borderline Land
  8. Bipolarmuse
  9. Quit the Cure
  10. Kissingthecockroach
  11. Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars