Life has been far too serious lately, and it has been really getting me down. So….Let’s play a game today, shall we? How about a spirited round of the Proust questionnaire, so named after Marcel Proust…Are you ready? Let’s go!
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being with my Wee One in Paris…that was the happiest that I can ever remember being.
What is your greatest fear? Dying before the Wee One has grown up, leaving her to be raised without me.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I can be so needy, impatient, and careless with my words.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? People who are judgmental, prone to throwing tantrums (and getting their way when they do), and moodiness. I can’t stand the mood swings.
Which living person do you most admire? Crikey – this is a tough one. I admire a lot of people for a lot of different things. I’m going with my kid – there’s a lot of grace under pressure there. I like that.
What is your greatest extravagance? Dresses – I buy A LOT of dresses.
What is your current state of mind? Tired, hopeful, excited
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Physical beauty – the inside of a person is MUCH more important than the wrapping paper.
On what occasion do you lie? All the damn time…to spare the feelings of others. If I told the truth, the carnage that remained would not be pretty.
What do you most dislike about your appearance? Everything except my face…I think that part is alright.
Which living person do you most despise? How much time have you got? The list is considerable. I need to get over some things, methinks!
What is the quality you most like in a man? Effort, humor, intelligence, wit, work ethic, sense of fun
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Humor, intelligence, wit, kindness
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? The f*^@ word – but I do love it so!
What or who is the greatest love of your life? My Wee One
When and where were you happiest? With my Wee One in Paris…..that felt like the culmination of a lifelong dream. It was worth the struggle that I had to get us there!
Which talent would you most like to have? I wish that I could sing, dance, and be comfortable around groups of people.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be more forthcoming in my personal life – I’ve no problem confronting situations at work, but I avoid that stuff like the plague otherwise. (I’d also make it possible for me to eat as much as I want to eat – which is considerable – and I’d get to have a tiny arse)
What do you consider your greatest achievement? That I keep putting one foot in front of the other, that I keep going – and that I keep getting up every morning. It would be so easy for me to take to my bed and never come out again, my life is so complex…yet, I manage to continue on. Yaa me!
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? Shit, being Karl Lagerfeld’s pampered puss Choupette would be nice (apart from the whole ‘having to live with Monsieur LeDoucheSac’, that is). If I can’t be that cat, I want to come back as Kate Winslet – that beauty lives her life with zero apologies…I LOVE that quality in a person!
Where would you most like to live? Paris Paris PARIS!!!
What is your most treasured possession? This is a tough one – I try so hard not to hold on to the materialistic part of life too much. I love pictures of the life that I have led, I have Lambie, my stuffed lamb that my dad gave me the day I was born – and I love her a whole lot. I’m more about people and relationships than I am about things. I think that’s probably a better way to be, don’t you?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Losing my Dad. It’s been 11 years, and I’ve still not recovered. It appears likely that I never will.
What is your favorite occupation? The Education industry has been good to me, although it has been tough – it’s not the same work that I started out in over 20 years ago. I loved the brief time that I spent in Law – I so badly want to make my way back there…I think we’d be a good fit for each other. Finally, if I could be a writer for my job, I’d never work another day in my life.
What is your most marked characteristic? I think my brain – I wish it was my sparkling personality or my ravishing good looks, but…I know my limitations.
What do you most value in your friends? Their loyalty, sense of humor, patience, and the fact that they are just there. That’s important to me.
Who are your favorite writers? William Shakespeare is my first love, Margaret Laurence, Mandy Stadtmiller, JD Salinger, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arthur Miller, Stieg Larsson, and W. Somerset Maugham
Who is your hero of fiction? Holden Caulfield and Lisbeth Salander…I love a character with a rebel heart.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Oddly, Marilyn Monroe…I’m not sure why, but I feel like she was as misunderstood as I feel. Nobody seems to get the real me – it’s probably my fault, since I don’t put enough of myself out there. Grr.
Who are your heroes in real life? My mom’s brother (he is one of the kindest, most beautiful souls that I have ever known), my grandfather (he was a major influence on my life, and a man who could do ANYTHING – he should have worn a cape!), my grandmother (a spitfire from the word go), and my kid (she suffers from illness every day of her life…and keeps a smile on her face. She’s magical!).
What are your favorite names? Alyssa, Marina, Jenna, Lily, Rose, Scarlett, Lola, and Jack
What is it that you most dislike? People who stay in situations that they are in because they have to, not because they want to. I think that sucks.
What is your greatest regret? That I haven’t lived up to the potential that I had as a younger person, that I’ve squandered so many opportunities that came my way, and that I made far too many bad choices in my life due to my incredible ability to choose the wrong person and screw up relationships.
How would you like to die? In my sleep, at a very old age, with no warning whatsoever….well, I mean my advanced age would be warning enough for me to have gotten rid of any porn or other things that might potentially embarrass the kid.
What is your motto? Let it be. I love that…. instead of always fighting and struggling against the world, just let it go, and….let it be. I guess my other choice would be To thine own self be true – I love that sentiment as well.
Fun, right? What answers have you got for me, friends?