If you had to make the perfect sandwich with five fixin’s (not including condiments, you can add those extra) what would be on it?
My perfect five-fixin’ sandwich:
- gouda cheese
- super-thinly-sliced red onion
I’d add a bit of mayonnaise.
Okay, great, now I’m hungry!!!
Okay, time for something light and silly.
Dig deep into the past, unless perhaps you’ve had free time lately to ingest some animated goofiness, and reveal to the world which cartoon characters have made you really laugh?
1. Daffy Duck
2. Bugs Bunny
3. Ren (of “Ren & Stimpy”)
4. Bart Simpson
5. Yosemite Sam
Okay, I’m a little Bugs-heavy, but hey, Mel Blanc was a freakin’ genius. If I could only watch one kind of cartoon ever again, it would definitely be Looney Tunes. (Every Saturday morning as a kid I used to watch the hour-long Looney Tunes cartoon show. Religiously.)
So which colorful character gets your funny bone in a spasm?
Pretend that you were on your way to be stranded on a desert island forever and you could only take the complete works of five bands or musical artists. Which would you bring?
2. The Presidents of the United States of America
3. Bob Marley
4. Gypsy Kings
5. Edith Piaf
It’s funny, I thought of a couple of my favorite bands of all time, like the Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival, then I realized that I’ve heard their songs so many times I can just close my eyes and ears and replay them perfectly in my mind… so why bother bringing them!
Since we’ve gotten a jolt of positive energy off the New Year, maybe it’s time to look at the dark side for a moment.
My top five worst fears:
- My kids being in pain.
- Me being in pain.
- Having my dearest possessions stolen… I only have a couple really dear things, such as my laptop, but if it were to be gone… 😦
- Having people see me as useless, worthless, annoying, self-deluded, in general not worth the space I take up on the planet
- Suffocating to death (in the literal sense)
If you feel up to talking about it, what makes you shake in your boots?
These are kinda like resolutions, but they can be anything, even things that you’re not sure have a chance of happening this year. Let’s dream BIG!!!
For me and my family:
- Move to a bigger, nicer house (I’m not being greedy… there are 6 of us squished into this tiny moldy dwelling, which I’m certainly grateful for but wouldn’t cry if we could have enough room to breathe) … maybe even buy a house. (You see how crazy I’m getting?)
- Visit my family in California and Oregon, or have them come visit me (haven’t seen anyone in my family since we left the West Coast in March of 2007)
- Finish my translation project
- (…Okay, since we’re dreaming big…) Sell my translation project
- Find a way to make some money with the languages I went to college to master and still owe money for… I realize that I would have a better chance at making this work if I had some concrete plans, but I am sick of the same old plans that didn’t work last year… tutoring, classes, interpreting… I guess my dream is that I will have the inspiration and drive to make it happen.
What are your dreams for 2009?
Okay, you’ve found a genie in a bottle, and instead of three wishes you get five!
Unfortunately, the only thing you are allowed to wish for is a visit with a person from history (you would also be able to understand each other, no matter if they spoke English or not).
Which five is it going to be?
1. Mark Twain (he just HAD to be an entertaining guy to hang out with – and I’d love to know what he thinks about what’s been happening in the world since he stopped being able to comment on it…)
2. Beryl Markham (famous aviator/ bush pilot in Africa – I’ll bet she has even more great stories than what I read in her autobiography)
3. Leonardo DaVinci (I’d want him to show me around all his inventions and sketches and everything, just hear in person what was going on in his head)
4. Josephine Baker (entertainer and fascinating personality – I’d want her to show me around the castle she owned in France and answer about a million questions I have about her wild life)
5. Jesus – I mean, who could resist the chance to be face to face in our clay vessels.
What about you?
If you could have five all-expense-paid trips to anywhere you’ve never been, where would you go?
1. Costa Rica (I’d have to do some research to figure out which town, exactly, but it would have to be near both beach and forest!)
2. Dakar, Senegal
3. Paris, France
4. Italy (again, not sure where exactly! Wherever they have the most pasta! 🙂 )
5. Great Barrier Reef, Australia (to snorkel!)
Anyone coming with? Where will you head instead?
Okay, since I’ve been fantasizing lately about creating a school, I thought I’d see what people dug about it, from the most down-to-earth to the most sublime aspects. (If you completely despised school feel free to change it to “Top Five Most Crappy Things About School.”)
If I ever get the chance to start one up, I don’t want to leave out any of the good stuff!
My Top Five Most Beloved Things About School:
1. chalk and chalkboards
3. the stack of new books at the beginning of the year/quarter (for college)
4. those classes (like lit and history) that often had great, intelligent discussions, sometimes venturing dangerously far into passionate argument
5. being in the crowd at a really intense sporting event
This may seem like a froo-froo dingy top five, but something else I took away from my Thanksgiving trip is a burning desire and steely resolve not to be such a stress-case, not to be so high strung, not to so easily fly off the handle, freak out, make a mountain out of a molehill, lose my cool. I want to be mellow. You’d think being from California I’d have a head start but no. Might be too much to ask, but I’m determined.
To this end, I want to be able to bring to mind some things that ground me and make me feel calm, and if you all will share some of your grounding techniques or mental images, that might give me some more ideas…
My Top Five Things that Ground Me
1. upbeat music (not just upbeat rhythm but also lyrics)
2. Beer (I realize this is a total crutch, but it takes the edge off my fretting mind)
3. Cleaning house
4. Eating comfort food (another crutch)
And there you have it. None of these things come in terribly handy when my son has dumped out yet another bowl of cereal and has stomped it into the carpet and I begin the yell from hell. Stuff my face, get a buzz going and clean while listening to Bob Marley. Now you see why I have issues…
Please… your Top Five… STAT!
Since we are fast approaching the biggest food day of the year (well, for some of us, anyway) I thought it would be fun to get the drool going by listing the top five things we are looking forward to…
- pumpkin pie
- green beans with onions and bacon
- appetizer plate eaten while watching football!