Archive | September 5, 2012

Let’s Take a Mental Break.

You remember, back in the days of Xangas and MySpace pages and Facebook notes, when we would all answer those random question surveys? I LOVED THOSE. They were absolutely perfect for completely mentally taking a break from my hectic day.

HENCE THIS LIST.

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

Once upon a time, I lived with  my best friend and we threw crazy awesome parties. Our favorite was Halloween. Costumes were mandatory and our food was amazing and we had too much witch’s brew. I would throw that again. Halloween is my second-favorite holiday, and man, I love Halloween food!

If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?

Sadly, I’m having trouble thinking of scenery that would relate well to a painting. I love the beach, but it’s the sounds that really make it special for me. I love the French Quarter, but you have to be able to taste it to really get it. And I love my grandfather’s farm, but if you can’t smell the cracked leather seats in his truck, it’s not going to be the same. I guess I’m not a visual person.

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

I’ve never had an age so amazing that I didn’t want to keep going, you know? And hell, every year just gets better.

If you knew the world was ending in 2012, what would you do differently?

I would quit trying to lose weight and instead indulge in warm Krispie Kremes at every opportunity. Also, I’d probably relax on my kids a bit. Lord knows I push them.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Honestly? I watched the Alabama game last weekend (RAMMER JAMMER) and realized that Nick Saban is an amazing manager of people. I would love to spend a season with him, watching him work and learning from him.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

I am sad that I never got to see a shuttle launch. As someone who has gazed at the stars all of her life and now works in the space industry, I feel like I missed something magical there. Here’s hoping I can see a launch of our next vehicle.. the one I’m building.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

You know what? I think about this all the time. But my biggest obstacle is TIME, and I mean, really, I could learn to do anything if I only had the time. So I often wish that I had those glasses from that series Chuck , where you can magically put them on and within minutes be fluent in several languages and forms of martial arts.

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

Wait, like.. I’m excused from everything else? I can choose to do one and only one thing? I am giddy at the prospect of this. Let’s see. One year. I would create and develop a liaison program pairing local arts professionals with local at-risk schools, allowing them to visit on a regular basis and expose the kids to arts they would otherwise not see.

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?

Jump from very high places, all day. I didn’t have to think long at all about this. I have a very odd urge to jump from any high place.

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

When I was little, I wanted to be called “Sadie” because there eleventy frillion other Sarahs. Mom wouldn’t go for it. When I wrote fiction as a teen, I usually wrote as “Selina”, which is 1) kind of a mashup of my first and middle names and 2) Catwoman’s alter ego. But now.. I don’t know. I kind of feel at home in my name. Because I’m boring, I guess.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

Jim Henson, hands down.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Gah, I’m SO BORING. I’d pay off all of our debts and the debts of our family. Seriously. To me, luxury is as simple as never having to worry about keeping your lights on or your house paid for.

If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavor, what would it be?

This is very odd. I have a strong connection to giraffes; I don’t know why. But I think I’d come back as one. A drink? I don’t know. Limoncello? Italian and a little sweet but also tangy? Um, ice cream flavors.. I don’t know what I’d come back as, but I would pretty much strangle a nun for some Ben & Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake RIGHT NOW.

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?

“How do you raise an amazing child to be an amazing adult?” Because, seriously, why is there not a handbook on this yet? There are very few days that go by that don’t have me questioning pretty much every parenting decision I make and worrying that I’m setting them at a disadvantage that they may never recover from.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Anne of Green Gables. There are so few books that can hold my attention, and Anne of Green Gables may be the only book I’ve EVER reread. I can sit down with that book and immediately get absorbed in it. I love every aspect of it – from the obsession with emo poetry (.. their emo was just different than ours) to the cherry cordial to the cherry  blossoms on the island. I loved Anne’s spirit and her kind nature and how damn plucky she was. I attribute a lot of my red hair to Anne of Green Gables.

WHEW. And I feel much, much better.

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