Every once in a while, I read someone's blog and feel bad that I am not very share-y. Lots of bloggers write about their struggles with some pretty intimate stuff. Or, at the very least, their day-to-day battles with illness, toilet training, or divorce. Some even post their real pictures on the Interwebs whereas I post a funny picture of a cat with sunglasses. It is a real cat, but it isn't me, and it isn't even EmilyCat or the late TravisCat, neither of whom would have put up with such shenaningans. And while it is true that I do write about my actual husband and sons and career and mother and sisters and and life events every once in a while, I am far more private than many (or dare I say, most) bloggers.
Part of it stems from the fact that I am just private by nature, and part of it is due to my job as a teacher. It's just too easy for teenagers + Interwebs = disaster. And I started my blog as a way for me to keep my writing skills sharp and to practice what I preach to my students; that is, writers write. So, I didn't necessarily start it as a means for catharsis or anything like that.
Having said all of that--I decided to offer up a little bit of me in a quiz form. I do this for my students after they've made Me a Topic of Conversation--often, they find me so incredibly Mysterious that they simply cannot Go On, and this just gets it all out of their systems. By no means do I imply that this is the case with all of you: that you are all sitting Out There paralyzed with befuddlement about the minutae of My Life. Quite honestly, I'm stuck for a post, and I thought it might be fun to find out what you imagine I might be like after just having read me for the past few years!
Shall we begin?
1. Living Room: Is the place where I spend a great deal of my time decorated in--
A. Burgundy, navy, pine green. Cherry wood. Tastefully traditional, library/study decor. On the wall is a reproduction of this Vermeer painting.
B. Sand, ecru, black. Chrome and glass. Clean lines, modern/industrial decor. On the wall is a reproduction of this Mondrian painting.
C. Olive, bittersweet, dark mustard. Mahogany wood. Whimsically eclectic, blend of antique/personal touches. On the wall is a reproduction of this Rousseau painting.
2. Career: Before deciding upon teaching, I initially chose this degree path.
A. Library science
B. Veterinary medicine
C. Fashion design/marketing
3. Name: I have always hated my name. Detested it. If I could change it, I'd be named--
4. Politics: True or False?
I have never voted Republican in my life, and I am damned proud of it.
5. Trivia: At the grocery store, I:
A. Sneak and eat grapes
B. Park in the handicapped slots
C. Get asked advice in the Italian Foods section
6. Preferences: I chose the color of my hybrid car, and it is:
7. Talents: I once won second prize for my:
8. Issues: I am fundamentally opposed to:
A. the death penalty
C. both a and b
9. Faults: Rick wishes I would
A. Brake sooner
B. Swear less
C. Stop snoring
10. Pet Peeves: I really dislike
A. driving, grading papers, grocery shopping
B. litterbox duty, grading papers, bedmaking
C. litterbox duty, loading dishwasher, folding clothes
Okay, so see how you do. I'll update with the answers once any interested parties have had a chance to give it a try. If you are readers who have specialized knowledge of any of the answers, don't cheat or tip your hand. Play nice! And if you can think of any other interesting questions you want me to answer, it doesn't hurt to ask. I suppose I can tell you what color the curtains are in my kitchen....