Thursday, January 15, 2009

Five Questions From Saz:

Saz was in an interviewing mood and sent me five questions. Saz asks:

Why do you blog?

I started blogging shortly after my second daughter was born because I was a bit housebound, bored senseless and needed to talk. I don't have many close friends, and certainly none that could manage the post-natal depressive, blathering, emotional person that I was. Also it got embarrassing that no matter how hard I tried to keep dry, my breasts would leak, so going out was near impossible (I could feed a small village), so Husband suggested a blog. I've kept it going all this time. It's habit. I like the internet friends I've made and even though I don't soak my tops anymore and go out more often than not, I find solace in writing out my thoughts, frustrations and opinions and leaving them behind. I'm always surprised to have comments and every one (apart from spammers and rude bastards) is a treasure.

If you were invited to a birthday party and asked to give the birthday girl/guy one book you love, which would it be? Why?

That's a hard question because if you buy a book for someone else you have to take their taste into account. I'd never give Husband my favourite book because he'd scowl and feel shafted. There are a few books I refer back to in my mind a lot. The Stand by Stephen King is psychologically stimulating until the whole Good vs Evil crap kind of ruins it. The first three books of Diana Gabaldon's Voyager Series, but the last three I've not bothered with because they kind of sucked. Pride and Prejudice isn't everyone's cuppa. I guess, I'd offer up Sophie's World by Jostein Gaardner. Purely because, "It's a bagatelle." Here's the blurb:

When 14-year-old Sophie encounters a mysterious mentor who introduces her to philosophy, mysteries deepen in her own life. Why does she keep getting postcards addressed to another girl? Who is the other girl? And who, for that matter, is Sophie herself? To solve the riddle, she uses her new knowledge of philosophy, but the truth is far stranger than she could have imagined. A phenomenal worldwide bestseller, SOPHIE'S WORLD sets out to draw teenagers into the world of Socrates, Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel and all the great philosophers. A brilliantly original and fascinating story with many twists and turns, it raises profound questions about the meaning of life and the origin of the universe.

What were your first five paid jobs?

Let's see, we'll not count babysitting, so first job was working in the Talbots warehouse filling orders, then I worked behind the deli at the local grocery store through some college years, then I worked in various places through a Temp agency that was pretty fun - again mostly warehouse work but I worked for Reebok, Yankee Candle, Museum of Fine Arts shop which was fun and was freaked out to fill an order for Jeffrey Dahmer a few weeks before he was killed in prison, then I moved to Scotland and worked as a dog groomer, then manager at babyGap then the Royal Bank of Scotland's Service Quality Manager at the head office branch. It's a fancy title for the person who manages all the complaints and teaches the staff to be obnoxious helpful.

That was more than five. Sorry.

Tell me two interesting things about yourself that may surprise me.

But I just did a "7 things" meme recently! Surely folks know everything about me by now. Did you know I was a certified dog and cat groomer? Vimto is my favourite diluting juice? I listen to trance music when in the gym? I fall in love with piano players - I have a serious thing for the piano even though I don't know how to play. I want to learn and then maybe I could love myself. My dream car is a '72 VW Beetle convertible but I'll put a Porche 911 engine in it. Surely everyone knows this stuff about me....

Describe to me your DREAM meal , company & Setting and reasons.

Rare roast beef, mashed potatoes with tons of melted butter, carrots, peas and corn bread. More butter. Pumpkin pie with cream for dessert. That's my favourite meal. Then again, It's been so long since I had an old fashioned Cape Cod Lobster meal; that would be nice too. I suppose the food isn't that important when the company is so good. I'd love to have a meal with Jerry Lewis, Weird Al (Sorry Dingo!), Carrie Fisher fascinates me but then none of them matter when I think about having a meal with my Dad one more time. And he'd chose the meal, it's only fair. When the right person is there, doesn't matter about the what or where.

Anyone else want to play? You can email me and I'll ask you five questions. You have to tell the truth though. So if I ask you if you're a nose-picking, masturbating Phyllis Diller fan - you have to be honest about it. Explanations too, I mean really - Phyllis Diller, wanking and nosepicking is some interesting multi-tasking!


Maja said...

I loved Sophie's World. Great introduction to philosophy for me.

I'm not up for the interview though.. I have a headache ;)

Brook said...

I'll bite cause I am bored as shit. Never read Sophie's World.
I might. When I am done with my porn. Actually it's romance but steamy. Now on to adventures in a laundrymats with Baby!

Nej said...

I'm always game for a quiz! :-)

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

I Have Sophies World but haven't read it yet..along with probably another 500 books...and some 200 that l have....sigh..the time never the time..

I;d love a VW traveller myself....cos l'm a vintie girl, hence the business l run...loved everything, very funny and interesting..why is everyone else interesting??? ponder...

Ree said...

I'd have to give someone "The Lovely Bones". I adore that book.

Roxrocks said...

Do me! Do me!!!

tornwordo said...

I want to read that book now. Your dream dinner made my mouth water.

Nej said...

I took some time over lunch today, and posted my answers to your questions. :-)

V said...

Very interseting stuff, Lyvvie. I'm in!

PS - dinner with Dad one more time, ABSOLUTELY. So true.