From Embeecee who got it from Willow.
Do you have a nickname? What do you prefer to be called?
Yes, School friends call me by my full name or shorten it variously. College and thereafter, I am known by my initials. My husband calls me an endearing term. The kid calls me a bunch of things, including “evil mom lady”. I answer to all of them.
Do you have books on your shelf (ereader) that are begging to be read?
Are you a doodler? What do your doodles look like?
I used to be. Mostly flowers, scenery, female faces. Not any more because I can never find a paper and pen together.
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
Never happens. I am out like a light the moment the head touches the pillow. Any time, anywhere. May it remain so, too many of my extended family suffer from insomnia.
How many days could you think you would last in solitary confinement?
A day or two. I would, however, like solitary confinement for a couple of hours every day.
Do you save old greeting cards and letters or do you toss them away?
NEVER. I never hold on to anything.
Who is the biggest pack rat you know?
I live with two of them.
Were/are you a good student?
How often do you look at yourself in the mirror?
Once every two to three days perhaps.
What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
That people are good or bad. Never both.
Do you regift items that have been given to you?
Sometimes. Usually sarees.
Do you know the difference between a crocodile and and alligator?
Do you still read the newspaper?
A resounding NO. Depresses me too much.
Are there any animals that frighten you?
I used to be terrified of dogs. Now, I am not scared of them.
Are you a collector of something? If so, what do you collect?
Heavens, I hope not.
What is something about yourself that you hope will change, but probably never will?
Being hard and super judgmental on myself.
What’s a strange occurrence you’ve experienced but no one believes you?
Would rather not share, because it is intensely personal, and anyway people wouldn’t believe me.
What’s something that amazes you?
That people can be spontaneous. I can’t.
Do you prefer the blunt truth or would you rather people or temper their words?
Temper words. I wilt at harshness, even if true.
What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself?
Cook. But I don’t because I don’t know how to extract work from hirelings.
What are the qualities that tend to draw you to someone new?
Humour, passion and altruism.
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
My daughter’s name.
Do you believe ignorance is bliss? Why or why not?
Yes. Remember the two opossums in Ice Age? They are always happy because they claim they are stupid. I know this is debatable, but I think much misery arises from thoughts, and thoughts come from knowledge.
That said, I’d rather not be ignorant.
What (if anything) do you consider unforgivable?
Hurting other people.
Do you ever break out into song just because you feel like singing?
No. I am boring that way. On the other hand, I break into abject silence when I feel like it. Does that count?