It’s Not All Mary Poppins


This one taken from Allison. (On whose blog I don’t think I’ve ever commented – surpise, Alli!)

1. What time did you get up this morning?
I woke up at 6:20, got out of bed at quarter to seven. (Yes, on a Sunday. I don’t sleep in often. But in this case, there was a teenager heading to work for 7 – on foot – and it was pouring rain. I decided to haul myself out of bed and give the girl a ride. I am a Very Nice Stepmom.)

2. Diamonds or Pearls?
Neither. Well, they’re nice and all, and if anyone wanted to shower me with one or the other, I wouldn’t fight it, but really, I like colour. Opals and amethysts, topaz and turquoise. (Emeralds and rubies are nice, too, but I don’t have enough money to get within ten feet of either of them.)

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The Notorious Betty Page

4. What is your favorite T. V. show?
Don’t watch TV.

5. What did you have for breakfast?
Soft-boiled eggs topped with salsa, on a bagel. Tea.

6. What is your middle name?
Don’t have one.

7. Favorite cuisine?
Thai (wet coconut curry – hot, hot, hot. Mmmmmm.)

8. What foods do you dislike?
Liver, lima beans, brussel sprouts, bland cheese.

9. What is your favorite chip flavor?
I looove chips, and am faddish. For a while it was Miss Vicki’s Salt and Vinegar and/or Miss Vicki’s lime and black pepper. Yummmmm…

10. What is your favorite CD at the moment?
Harry Manx, Wise and Otherwise. (I think it’s been my favourite for aobut two years now.)

11. What kind of car do you drive?
Umm…a dark green station wagon. It’s too rainy out there to see the writing on the side. It has a jump seat in the back, so we can fit five or six of our kids! Which means only a couple have to run alongside!!

12. Favorite sandwich?
Grilled portobello mushroom, eggplant, and swiss cheese on focaccia. (How’s that for pretentious? But really, I love them!)

13. What characteristics do you despise?
Prissiness, belligerence, willful ignorance, personal dishonesty.

13a. What characteristics do you like about someone?
Personal honesty, willingness to communicate, curiosity, laughter.

14. Favorite item of clothing?
Varies hugely, depending on my mood, the season, the time of the month. I like long, flowing skirts. I wear a lot of jeans, but that’s more practicality than any particular love of them.

15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
Australia, South Pacific, western Europe. For starters.

16. What color is your bathroom?
Robin’s. ugh. Egg. ugh. Blue. ugh. and white. Ugh.

17. Favorite brand of clothing?
Don’t have one. The only item where that matters to me is running shoes: Avia or Saucony. (Not because I run, but I do spend a LOT of time on my feet.)

18. Where would you retire to?
Someplace temperate. With indoor plumbing and electricity.

19. What was your most memorable birthday?
Ummmm…. Probably the one where I was five minutes into it before I realized this was a Surprise Birthday party and not just an amazing coincidence of all these friends being in the same pub at the same time!! Imagine that! That was, um, 41? 42?

20. Favorite sport to watch?
I watch the Olympics sometimes.

21. Goals you have for yourself?
Make enough money from writing to live on. (Which goal I will pursue by vigourously dangling prepositions! And using lots of adverbs! And sentence fragments! And exclamation marks!!!) Survive my childrens’ adolescence with as few tears (mine) as possible. Achieve menopause and finally get off the peri-menopausal emotional roller coaster.

Β© 2006, Mary P

September 24, 2006 - Posted by | memes and quizzes


  1. great answers. it’s a well-rounded way of learning about someone else whose writing has already intrigued you. maybe it’s time to paint the bathroom??

    Comment by jen | September 24, 2006 | Reply

  2. Painting, sadly, wouldn’t have a huge impact. It’s a 1960’s bathroom: tiles on all walls, up about 4 feet from the floor, sink, tub, and toilet, all robin’s egg blue. The only parts I could paint are the white bits – and they’re unobjectionable. The full-bathoom reno is in The Master Plan, but it awaits the departure of at least one, possibly two more children, because it involves knocking out walls and eliminating a bedroom…

    The big question is: when sufficient children depart the nest, do we do the bathroom first, or do we turn the largish attic (which currently houses three girls) into the library/den/study we crave?

    I lean to the library. As ugly and cramped as it undeniably is, the bathroom is entirely functional. But my poor books are pining for air and perusal, packed away in their many boxes…

    Perhaps tiles can be painted???

    Comment by Mary P. | September 24, 2006 | Reply

  3. Yes, tiles can be painted. Our previous neighbors had all different colored tiles and they painted them all white. Looked much better. I imagine you have to use some special kind of paint, though.

    Comment by Katherine | September 24, 2006 | Reply

  4. very cool meme. it’s fun to learn more about you, mary. πŸ™‚ and i’m going to steal this and do it on my own site later in the week, when i’m hectic and busy with school.

    oh, and as an english teacher and fellow writer, i love the part at the end about the dangling prepositions. and adverbs. and fragments. and exclamation points. oh, i mean, exclamation points!!! πŸ˜›

    Comment by kari | September 25, 2006 | Reply

  5. A great insight! I like your gems answer and of course #21!!!

    Comment by mo-wo | September 28, 2006 | Reply

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