1. What are your top 3 favorite foods?
Chocolate, ice cream (it's never in the house), lobster/scallops (just melted butter, that's all they need-- paprika is a flavor, not just a color)
2. What was the last book you read and would you recommend it?
Always reading several books at a time. I recently finished reading "No Place For Magic" to Christopher, the last in a series of books by E.D. Baker about a young witch that begins with "The Frog Princess." Good series-- adventurous, fun, and with occasional LOL humor. Also finished "The Annoyance Bureau" (another kid's book, nicely weird and funny), and am almost done with James Lee Burke's "Crusader's Cross" which is a good atmospheric mystery novel set near New Orleans and which I'd recommend (other than that part about the protagonist giving a female character such magic orgasms-- via intercourse alone-- that it changes her entire life thenceforward, and if I never read crap like that again it will be too soon. Only exceeded by J.A. Jance (female author) writing the same thing in one of her novels).
3. What are your top 3 favorite places?
The Oregon Cascades, the ocean, coffee shops.
4. What was the last lie you told?
I'm not big on lying at all, so it would have been something by implication to the kids about their dad's job or one of his doctor visits (the ongoing story behind all that is in other posts, and has to do with him being on disabilty for severe depression).
5. What are your favorite 3 sports (to watch or participate in)?
Cycling (for doing), basketball (watching or doing!) and gymnastics (just watching).
6. What was the last movie you watched and would you recommend it?
DVD Movie: watched "The Pink Panther" (Peter Sellers version) with the kids, and... meh. The movie was really about David Niven (who was too old for the role), and Inspector Clouseau was a secondary character. It wasn't until after this one that the creators realized what the most entertaining part of the story was. ;) So, not so much-- watch one of the Peter Sellers PP movie sequels instead.Though Christopher's still laughing himself sick over the guys in the zebra suit.
DVD TV: "The Lost Room"-- we're four episodes in, and can't wait for the next disc to arrive! \o/
7. List three things you can see outside of the nearest window.
Our lamppost, the street, and the edge of the pink camellia bush (not currently in bloom).
8. Where was the last place you went?
Successfully? Claire's, so Lauren could spend a gift card from nearly a year ago. Unsuccessfully, we tried to go to the library after that but it was closed. :(
9. What are your top 3 favorite “good causes” or charities?
The Southern Poverty Law Center (Civil Rights), Juvenile Diabetes Research, Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute.
10. What was the last thing you did for someone else?
Lauren's shopping expedition yesterday, or ironing the kids' two fuse-bead creations today.
11. Name 3 places you have never been that you want to visit.
Alaska, Australia, the Pyramids.
12. What was the last thing you threw in the garbage/recycling?
Everything goes in our recycling. Probably the packaging for the sleeping-bag sack I bought yesterday.
13. Name 3 things on your bedside table.
Big Badtz Maru with basketball (from Lauren, as is the little Badtz Maru next to it), big soft stuffed panda w/own bamboo twig (Christopher), and my nemesis the alarm clock.
14. Describe or name the last piece of art you looked at.
The Orlolini oil painting above this desk, which is a reworking of a Monet painting of a lake in France. Blues, greens and purples. Mmmmmm...
15. What are the top 3 things that your job requires you to think about?
1) Customer needs and how that translates to product features and behaviors 2) Event sequences and code paths 3) For the love of god, why isn't this procedure doing what I want it to? (Software Engineer. Heh)
16. What was the last musical or theatrical event that you attended?
My son's school production of "Coyote Steals Summer," which was very short and kind of
17. What are the first 3 things you would do if you won the lottery?
1) Pay off the house (paranoia) and diversify the money in investments, t-bills, and IRAs 2) Buy a new car for my husband 3) Take the kids to Hawaii.
18. Describe or name the last serious injury or illness you had?
The bronchitis/sinus-infection combo I had 3 1/2 years ago became walking pneumonia after not fully healing, and even though it didn't feel THAT bad or tiring I wound up with an inhaler that I had to use for about 9 months afterward. Now I wonder why the heck I ever needed that thing, so it had to have been the aftermath of the disease.
19. What are the top 3 things that you wish you could do?
1) Eat regular quantities of food like a normal person and not be perpetually dieting, 2) Play the violin really well as opposed to community-orchestra well and 3) Downhill ski (darn my mother for forbidding that when I was a kid and it would have been easier to learn).
20. What was the last thing that someone said to you that you will remember forever?
Ummmm (I have two kids, so my brain is like a sieve)... Thank goodness for the wonderful cards and little notes I get from the kids with their "I love you" messages, or otherwise it would be random pieces of weirdness from Christopher like "The human ball is offended."
For once, I'll tag five people to slog through this one: tyrical, tsuki_no_bara, thehighwaywoman, deirdre_c (if she ever gets home), and eponin10. :D