Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Answer Me This!

I'm so glad Answer Me This is back, at least temporarily! It's my favorite. Too bad I missed the linkup this round!

1. Any big plans for the summer?

I have my summer bucket list (updated!) to remind me of what I want to do this summer but no, I don't have any big plans. We *tried* taking a vacation a few weeks ago but the weather when we arrived at VA Beach was awful so after 30 hours, we packed it up and came home. We're going to try again at a closer beach sometime soon!

Summer is always one of my craziest times at work seeing as how I hire 30+ new people every single August, so whatever break I get it spent introverting it up at home on my couch with my cat and husband!

2. What was the strangest thing you believed as a child?

There are so many strange things I believed, it's hard to narrow it down. For starters, I thought that I had to be saved by Jesus on a daily basis, like salvation had a 24 hour expiration date. This meant that I did what my Protestant church taught and very deeply and seriously asked Jesus to come into my heart every single night before bed and then spent the next 30 minutes wondering if it worked. I never felt different, Jesus wasn't really talkative and didn't send any signs, so...

My paternal grandparents had this oversized photography book in their living room showing pictures and telling stories from the Great Depression. As a child, I absolutely did not understand what a Depression was (in the economic or psychological sense) but I knew it was something bad. My sister and I loved looking through this book and I would sometimes slide it underneath their couch so that no one would take it before I visited the next week to look through the same pictures again. I must have asked a question about the Depression and my grandfather quipped that his birth was what started it, and I really believed him for the longest time. I couldn't believe my own grandfather was so famous and influential to have started this event they made books about!

I have a greater understanding of jokes and economic events now.

This was the book!

3. What is your favorite amusement park ride?

I don't think I have a favorite. I haven't been on any rides in a very long time. I'm sort of terrified of them, but I force myself to ride them because FUN and I strongly believe in confronting things that scare you.

4. What's on your summer reading list?

I have been extremely grumpy this last week (my period is especially bad, I am growing a colony of cold sores on the bottom right side of my face, etc.) which results in me picking the silliest YA novel I can find and jumping in. I'm now on the 4th and last of this series and while I know intellectually I should be embarrassed to admit to reading these, I've really loved them. I've never been particularly interested in the Victorian Era before but these have sparked my interest and led me to research many of the social customs described fictionally in the book.

I'm also looking forward to:

I've been a Sara Benincasa fan since before she was writing and I'm excited about this one because
she personally gave me a signed ARC of "DC Trip" last week at a show!

5. Have you ever fallen asleep in public?

Absolutely! When I lived in DC, I had quite a commute in the morning on the metro. I'd get on, find a comfortable seat, and promptly snooze until I magically woke up right before my stop.

Awake on the Metro for once in 2008

Most recently, I was going on 4 hours of sleep before a friend's birthday dinner and took a nap in my car in a parking lot.

6. What is your favorite smell?

I love the smell of clean laundry and the Bath and Body Works bubble baths that I have stockpiled (Moonlight Path and their Energy aromatherapy scent). Also, my husband.

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