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Friday Five: Regrets

I’m committed to posting as much as possible, and also to not just posting about Jesus (although I do that a lot; you see my tagline), so here’s a Friday Five!

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  1. Do [you] have any regrets?Of course! If I didn’t regret anything ever, I might be a sociopath.
  2. If yes, then what’s your biggest regret? I don’t think I have one single regret. There are some positive things I regret, like not going back to church sooner (I can’t help the God-talk) and not taking better care of my hair sooner. There are also some negative things, like not being more active about finding a new job last summer and not breaking off things with my high school boyfriend as soon as I knew it was over.
  3. If no, then why not? This is only part of a question.
  4. If you could, would you ever go back and change anything? No. The sum of my decisions have had such a profound influence on who I am that I don’t know if I would risk becoming anyone else. It’s like the butterfly effect. If I had the opportunity for a do-over, would I really be happier with the new result? It’s better that I just continue on living this life with these choices. I am more than my mistakes, but my mistakes have contributed to who I am.
  5. If you could, would you go to the future to see where your decisions have taken you? No. Future time-travel rarely works out well, and it will always be awkward for your fans. ;) That kind of knowledge could change my choices once I returned from the future, so the future would turn out differently, and that would negate the whole process. I’m better off staying in the present and looking on towards eternity.

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Friday Five: A Trip Down Memory Lane

It’s late and I should probably go to bed, but I have officially fallen off the NaBloPoMo wagon and am determined to get back on it!

I wanted to post Booking Through Thursday yesterday, but it wasn’t up. Then I tried to post it today. Still nothin’. So I thought, “Ooh! The Friday Five has been back for a few weeks! I should do that. It’s the correct day and everything!”

But there are no new questions today.

Therefore, I’m posting last week’s questions, and I am pleased.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

  1. If you could do one thing every day that makes you happy, what would that be? Reading! I don’t read nearly enough, and knowing that makes me sad. I mean real reading, not blogs. E-books are okay, but I at least want to read a book every day.
  2. What is the one memory that stands out above all others (good/bad/weird/whatever)? Just one? Not a category? I have lots of good memories, some memories I can’t believe are real (good and bad), and some horrible ones. My 80s/90s birthday party this year was pretty epic, though. That’s a good memory.
  3. What is your ultimate comfort food? Some of my friends were discussing “eating their feelings” a few weeks ago. I don’t think I do that. I never get the urge to eat something when I’m sad and want to feel better. Usually, if I’m looking for food at a time of great emotion, it’s because I feel super hungry and also like a fool for waiting so long to eat!
  4. Do you still have a possession(s) from your childhood that you keep for comfort and/or sentimental reasons? If so, what reason or memory is that? I don’t think so! I’ve moved so many times that I don’t hold onto things like I used to. There are some stuffed animals at my parents’ house for my future children, but there’s nothing I’m aware of that was mine when I was younger than high school-age. The mementos I keep are mostly from more recent times. I lost a few critical ones in the move to Austin (such as my undergrad graduation red tassel), but I still have my memories of them.
  5. Do you or your family have heirlooms or special ‘hand-me-downs’? My siblings and I are spaced pretty far apart, so not much was handed down. Styles changed, and we moved too often to hold on to very much for very long. I have some jewelry from female relatives who have died, though. I hope I can pass down some of mine someday.

Friday Five: Superiffic!

Hey, my posts don’t have to be complicated; I just have to make them. This is what I am trying to relearn.

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  1. Which superpower would you have, if you could only have one: flight or invisibility? I would pick flight. Invisibility is only good if you are also intangible. There’s no use hiding if someone can bump into you. Being able to get places quickly would be handy, especially if I can take someone with me Superman and Lois Lane-style.
  2. Who is your favorite fictional super-being? Captain America, hands down. He’s my celebrity crush! I like him because he’s super strong, and super patriotic, and super polite (he always calls Agent Romanov “ma’am”), and a Christian (“There’s only one God, ma’am, and he doesn’t dress like that.”) What’s not to love?
  3. If you could have any one superpower, would you use it to change the world? As opposed to using it for evil? Yes. But which superpower? What if I’m like Moist from Dr. Horrible and have a really lame power? Making things slightly wetter is only useful if the world is in danger of being a desert or letters are in danger of going unsealed.
  4. Can you see yourself becoming either a “hero” or a “villain”? Is this multiple choice or is “neither” an option? I hope I would be a hero because I tend to be against evil in my everyday life. My heroic acts are usually extreme organization, neatness, or grammar and language miracles. Those aren’t always exciting enough for an origin story, you know?
  5. For your secret identity, what would be your occupation of choice and why? I would be a teacher, because no superhero is (that I know of), but that would be an excellent way to share all the lessons I’ve learned by fighting villains. Can’t you just picture Grammar Girl (or whoever) teaching her class at the end of each episode, tying up loose ends and enlightening young minds? That would be pretty awesome.

The Friday Five

Friday Fives

I swear I’m really back in action this time!

August 24: Food

  1. What’s your favorite fruit? It’s a tie between apples and green grapes. I also love, love, love orange juice, but I don’t like the original fruit.
  2. What’s your favorite vegetable? I don’t think I have a favorite. I love fresh spinach on its own as a salad, but I also find cooked broccoli (lightly salted) very tasty.
  3. What’s your favorite protein? This is a unique way of asking this question, because it works for vegetarians and vegans, too. I like that. I love beef. Living in Texas has made me like beef even more. Bacon is pretty tasty, too, though. Mmm, bacon.
  4. What’s your favorite dish to cook? My specialty is called Pasta Lindsay. It’s rotini tossed with tomato sauce (extra oregano) and ground sausage. I am strong believer in tossing pasta in sauce rather than letting people sauce it themselves.
  5. What’s your favorite dish that someone else makes for you? I will only eat egg salad if my mom makes it for me. She used to make it occasionally for my school lunch when I was very small. I remember the excitement I felt when I went into the kitchen after dinner to find eggs boiling on the stove. It was like a lunch preview!

photo of chicken-fried bacon by Cara Fealy Choate

August 31: Travel

  1. Have you ever left the country you live in and where? Oh, yes. I used to live in Germany and Japan and traveled elsewhere in Europe. And last spring break, I went to Nicaragua, of course.
  2. What countries would you visit if time and money were not problems? I would love to visit Australia. It’d be nice to be in a country where I only have to manage foreign vocabulary instead of a whole language. It’d also be awesome to visit Rome or the Holy Land.
  3. Out of all the foreign food you’ve tried, which is your favorite and why? I don’t like much Asian food, but I make an exception for chicken teriyaki. That’s yummy. I also had something in Germany called a Speicher cake which was the most cheesecake-like thing I ate (before I discovered actual cheesecake).
  4. Can you name all 7 continents? Yes.
  5. Which continent are you least likely to ever want to see and why? Antarctica, because it’s ridiculously cold and unforgiving. I can’t recall at the moment, but I’m pretty sure that not even penguins will live there.

September 8: Sports

  1. What is your favorite sport to watch? I don’t really like sports, but basketball is okay. Play generally keeps going, delays are minimal, and I can see the players because they’re not wearing pads. If you need thirty pounds of padding, can you really call what you’re doing “fun”?
  2. What is your favorite sport to play? Ha.
  3. Favorite sports team? Any that have colors that flatter me. I pretend UMD’s fourth color (gold) doesn’t exist most of the time.
  4. Favorite sports player? I would have to watch sports to care. My brother?
  5. Why do you enjoy watching/playing your favorite sport? I don’t!

September 21: Cell Phones

  1. When did you get your first cell phone? I was in high school. Tenth grade, I think, or maybe eleventh. I wasn’t expecting it at all, and it was definitely an adventure.
  2. Do you have any special ring tones, if so what are they? My current ring tone is “Call Me,” by Blondie. Technically it’s people already calling me, but I heard it on someone else’s phone once and thought it would be awesome. And it is. I also use “Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson for my Motown-loving mom and the theme song from Star Trek: TNG for my dad. Good times.
  3. Does your phone have a camera? Yes! Don’t all phones have cameras these days? Even the cheap ones?
  4. What kind of phone do you have now? I have a two-year-old iPhone 4. I’m due for an upgrade, but I can’t afford the two adapters I’d need if I got the 5 right now. I also can’t quite afford the phone itself.
  5. What carrier do you use? I have had AT&T since back when half of it was Cingular. I’ve gotten good reception and customer service so far.

And now I’m caught up on the F5! I feel so accomplished.

Friday Five: Love

Hooray! The Friday Five is back. Well, sort of. These questions were actually posted for August 3, and there haven’t been any since then. Any is better than none, though.

  1. How many times have you been in love? Either once or never. If true love can end, then just once. If true love never ends, then never.
  2. Who was your first love? My old boyfriend, Greg. I have no idea where he is now, but I hope he’s doing well.
  3. Valentine’s Day: love or hate it? I’m neutral. I haven’t had anyone to celebrate with in a long time, but I try not to wallow too much in sadness over my singleness. Just think of how much pent-up Valentine’s Day energy will come bursting out someday!
  4. What was the last romantic thing you did for someone? I can’t remember. That can’t be good.
  5. Soul mates: do you believe in them? Not really. Too many people try to use “finding their soul mate” as an excuse for passing up a perfectly good opportunity for marriage or being unfaithful to the one they’re already in. I think lifelong, loving marriages are possible even without the concept of soul mates.

Friday Five: Crushes

Crush by Jennifer Paige on Grooveshark

  1. Do you remember your first crush? Did you tell them? I don’t think I remember the first one, but even before I saw this week’s F5 topic, I was thinking about some early ones. Fifth grade is the earliest I can remember: a Filipino boy named Rolando (maybe Ronaldo) and a blonde one named Ryan (I think). I have absolutely no idea what happened to them since then—consequences of being a military brat.
  2. Did you have a crush on a teacher? Which one? No, never, and I’m glad no student ever had one on me! I have had hours of training and reminders about not dating students, though.
  3. Do you still have crushes? Do you ever tell them? I do (or have, I suppose; no one currently). I told the last two, and it was disastrous both times. My roommate Maura told the first of those for me, which is not what I wanted, but at least I knew for sure that he wasn’t interested and I could move on. I told the last one myself, under less than ideal circumstances. Again, I was glad to be able to move on.
  4. What is your opinion of someone telling your crush object you have a crush? See the previous question. She thought she was being helpful, but I resented not being able to move on my own time (and his). I told her because I wanted advice, support, and maybe encouragement. I did not tell her because I wanted her to tell. Requesting that a friend act as a messenger is one thing; telling someone’s secrets is another thing.
  5. What does “having a crush” mean to you? Shouldn’t this question have come first, or at least second? To me, “having a crush” means having a distinct romantic attraction to someone who doesn’t know that you’re interested and hasn’t (or doesn’t) respond. Some crushes are the kind you never actually tell the other person about, but since that’s terrifically unproductive, the natural next step is to tell. Then it’s not a crush anymore; it’s being attracted to someone. If they’re not interested or already taken, you have to move on. Crush over.

Sad, but usually true. Crushes “crush” you.
(photo by Jodi)

This is the only good kind of crush.
(photo by R.J. Schmidt)

Whether you have a crush or not, as long as someone loves you, you’re golden.
(photo by Doug Focht)

Friday Five: Hot and Cold

I had a lovely weekend marred only by the fact of its ending. I didn’t even have to be out in the blazing sun that long. Then again, this summer has had far fewer scorchers than last year. We might even avoid catching on fire this time!

  1. Would you rather be too hot or too cold? Why? I would much rather be too cold. I hate sweating, and when you get too hot, you eventually have to stop taking off clothes before you get indecent. You can put on as many layers as you can fit over the others.
  2. What’s your favorite way to stay cool? I believe very strongly in cross-circulation. I like to let my fans oscillate. My friend Sabrina taught me a new trick recently for cooling my car off quickly: roll down the windows and turn the A/C way up. The hot air gets blown out while the system starts blowing cool air, and then you can start with a car full of fresh (A/C) air.
  3. What’s your favorite way to stay warm? Layers are so crucial. Trapping in your body heat and the warm air between layers is so nice, and you can take off layers if you wind up somewhere warmer.
  4. When you see or hear the word “summer”, what comes to mind? Sanders? I haven’t actually watched the reboot of Figure It Out, but it’s been on my mind anyway.
  5. Any major summer plans this year? Not really. I go on a retreat with my Austin friends in August, but other than that, it’s just the same old same old.

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