Monday, April 20, 2015

Old School Blogging – The 12 Questions of My Soul

I added that last bit to the title of Old School Blogging this month because I felt like it needed a little pizzazz.  It wasn’t what Elaine from The Miss Elaine-ous Life or Emmy of EmmyMom, partners this month, had in mind when hosting #OSB but I added it anyway.  I mean, I’m assuming they didn’t think they needed to play up the drama of Old School Blogging.  That’s just me.

Let’s talk about drama some.

I’m not much for drama in real life, choosing t-shirts over feathers any day, and peaceful interactions over crying jags and rage raves in general.  If you have real life drama to shill, peddle it somewhere else, please.  I am not interested and have no capacity for it.  I simply cannot join in playing circus of insanity with you.  Why am I saying all this?

Oh, yes.  To expose my soul.

I do like to write in exaggerated tones to catch your attention because generally I’m really pretty average and I sometimes feel as if my life is one big beige blahfest.

Let’s get cracking, then.  Pizzazz!

1. Are you young at heart or an old soul?  Definitely an old soul.  I’ve been an old lady since I was small, and I think about things very deeply, like I am the key that unlocks the universe.  Nothing surprises me.  If I were an animal I would be one of those huge tortoises that look like they’re dead or made of cement.  I move slowly and tire easily. 

2. Tell me about a movie/book that has changed your life.  When I was a small child I watched all manner of films strange and trippy.  Through my life I saw every movie that dealt with heavy themes.  I filled my brain with off-the-wall foreign and indie films, bizarre animated features, and violence-heavy blockbusters.  Then I watched Requiem for a Dream.  Oh my stars, that movie.  You can Google it if you don’t know it.  I watched it once, a year or two after it came out.  It made me realize that I need to protect my mind from things that aren’t good for it, and if something stays with me for a couple of days (or ten years) after viewing, that I probably shouldn’t have watched it in the first place.  Now I am more intentional about what I watch and even what I read.  If it makes me uneasy, I turn away.  I enjoy entertainment so much more now, and it has taken a suitable role in my life on the edges, where it belongs.

3. Would you like to reconnect with any friends you’ve lost contact with?  There are several people who I clicked with through my life that I wish I still knew well.  There’s nothing like old friends.  A shared history is so comforting, and although you can never go back, you can look back with fondness.  Nostalgia is my go-to feeling these days.

4. Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid?  Probably Disney World.  I was a kid, after all.  We went every couple of years, like every other middle-class rural Pennsylvanian family.  I also liked to go to my grandparents’ house.  They lived in the country and we were like children of the corn when we visited there, except for the murdering all the adults part.

5. Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people?  Just a few friends.  Many people equals many personalities, and that equals me becoming annoyed very quickly.   When there are a lot of people, everyone’s jousting for attention, and I end up looking for the nearest exit.

6. What’s your “quirkiest” habit?  I straighten things.  It’s a preventative strategy to free up my mind so I can get things done.  Like, I can’t do anything in a room until it’s straightened up.  Is that quirky?  To me it’s normal.  How do people do anything in a messy space?

7. What part of the past year sticks out in your mind?  My Grandma died in January.  When I think about her, I still think she’s at home, heating up fried chicken strips or shopping for Alfred Dunner or going to get her hair done or something.  Then I think about my kids and how much they’ve grown since last year.  And how I’ve reached the age where I forget exactly how old I am.  I need a calculator.

8. What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning?  Intuition, completely.  I have all but abandoned my logical reasoning skills.  If I really focused on developing them I could get them back, but intuition has always served me well.  I am a master at feeling my feelings.

9. Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?  Anywhere.  Did you hear me?  ANYWHERE.  Did you know that at a restaurant, you pick what you want to eat, someone else makes it for you, brings it to you, and cleans up your dishes for you?  All you have to do is pay.  And if you’re really good you don’t even have to do that.  Contact me for tips and tricks on eating out for free.

10. What was the last song that was stuck in your head?  Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars, and also this guy called Mark Ronson, but honestly I’m not sure what he does in this song, if anything.  Do you love this song?  I love this song.  It’s so annoying how much I love it so much.  Bruno Mars, are you kidding?  I love him.  Let’s hear it again, shall we?

11. What is your ethnic heritage?  German.  Both sides.  Big healthy people, German women.  Birth-ready, deep-voiced, hearty, well-muscled, tree-trunk legged women.  Okay, just me. I even like sauerkraut.  I went to Bavaria once and really felt like I had come home to the motherland.

12. Give me the story of your life in six words.  I’m slightly weird but not exhausting.
Six words, man.  It’s not a lot.


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  1. I was really surprised you are the first person to say Uptown Funk. That could have been my answer too. And I love that we are similar on the quirky habit. ;)

    1. I cannot believe that I'm the first person to mention this crazy awesome song. Or maybe it's just that everyone else is so over it. Not me. Never me.

  2. I love going out to eat, and yes not having to do the dishes is a huge bonus! Oh and I totally love how you changed the title and added some more drama to it :) The group thing definitely can get crazy. Over the years I have learned more to just sit back and watch rather than having to be the one who always one-ups everyone, as no one likes that. Thanks so much for linking up!

    1. You're welcome, and thank you for co-hosting! I think sometimes that I am aging out of the drama scene, but I know people older than me that are still going strong with it. It's exhausting; I don't have that kind of stamina.

  3. Pssst - I straighten up too before I get started on things. In the living room (before I write/ work), in the kitchen (before I make a cup of coffee/ cook/ boil water for tea). Straighten-uppers unite!

    1. Yes. I understand all of this. It's also why I feel as if I get nothing done. Except straighten up, of course.