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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
Can you name all 7 continents? Yes.
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.
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”?
What is your favorite sport to play? Ha.
Favorite sports team? Any that have colors that flatter me. I pretend UMD’s fourth color (gold) doesn’t exist most of the time.
Favorite sports player? I would have to watch sports to care. My brother?
Why do you enjoy watching/playing your favorite sport? I don’t!
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.
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.
Does your phone have a camera? Yes! Don’t all phones have cameras these days? Even the cheap ones?
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.
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.
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.
Who was your first love? My old boyfriend, Greg. I have no idea where he is now, but I hope he’s doing well.
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!
What was the last romantic thing you did for someone? I can’t remember. That can’t be good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sure, it’s Saturday, but the questions only turned up in my RSS feed today, and I prefer this on Saturday to 7QT on Saturday.
Do you have any sort of allergy? If so, what are you allergic to?I don’t have any persistent allergies. During my second year in Alabama, though, I had an awful reaction to pollen.
What kinds of symptoms do you experience during an allergic reaction? Are they mild, moderate, severe? I’ve only had the one patch of reactions, and it was probably moderate. All I know is that I just wanted to breathe without coughing and see without having watery eyes, and I couldn’t do either.
How do you manage your allergies? I wound up taking Claritin for about a month. I tried switching to Target’s up & up generic, but my body knew and was not having it. I took one earlier in the spring when my eyes got watery again, and it dried them right up.
Do you have (or know someone with) an unusual or rare allergy? I call mine “regional allergies,” since I’m only allergic in certain regions of the country. I might have had a milder, coughing reaction one summer in South Bend, but I haven’t been back long enough to be sure.
If you are allergic to pet dander, yet choose to keep a furry pet, what influenced your choice? I am not, as far as I know, and I don’t have pets.
Fun fact: Even though I don’t have pets, the F5 about pets is my #1 most visited post. It’s because of the post image, but you never know what people might stumble across after they wander in from Google.
Yesterday’s Friday Five selection fun has definitely made me realize that I need to submit some good question sets. One of the other players says this set has been used, but that might have been for the second attempt. My archives say these are golden.
What means success to you? This is an interesting way of phrasing the question. Success means the opposite of failure, I suppose: accomplishing the task you set out to do or reaching a goal.
When did you feel most successful in your life thus far? Finishing ACE took so much out of me. I put literal blood, sweat, and tears into that job. Walking across the stage and receiving that diploma was one of the best days of my life so far. It was also nice to have my actual diploma handed to me instead of getting it in the mail.
What was your biggest success others helped you to achieve? A ton of people helped me make it through ACE! I’ve also managed to meet my fundraising goal for the mission trip these last two years thanks to the generosity of a few hundred people, most of whom I’ll never meet.
What was your biggest self-made success? I moved into my apartment all by myself. I’m not great at heavy lifting, so that felt pretty epic.
What can you learn about success from failing? At the very least, you know exactly one way not to be successful, so you know not to do it that way again. You don’t necessarily know how to do it, but you know how not to.
What is your favourite flower? I really like purple irises. I have a bouquet of silk ones on my dining room table right now. After I had beautiful flowers for several weeks in a row in the early spring, I realized that I wanted to have them more often. Fresh ones would get expensive, though, so I settled for Hobby Lobby.
Do you buy or send other people flowers for special occasions? Not usually. I make corsages and boutonnieres for work for Easter, and I participated in a bouquet exchange
Have you ever picked flowers from your own garden (or wild flowers, if you don’t have a garden) to give to someone else? I’ve definitely never had a garden. My grandmother used to grow flowers and squash, but she gave up on the flowers and just stuck with squash. My mom and I did not inherit her green thumb. Also, I’ve always lived in the suburbs, so the only place wildflowers grow is on highway medians. That’s not a good place to go picking.
If flowers could talk (think Alice In Wonderland), which flower would you most like to converse with? I don’t know. I don’t think I know enough about flowers to give them personalities. I did like that the dogwoods barked and the tiger lilies purred for Alice, though. That might be the closest I’d ever get to a pet!
Have you ever used edible flowers in cooking, or eaten one? I think I’ve eaten one on a fancy cake, but I’ve never tried to use them myself. I tend to stick with cookies when I bake. Cookies are hard to mess up. Hard, but not impossible.
I’m not always a fan of the random question grouping (that’s an oxymoron), but these look intriguing.
What’s your favorite sandwich? I don’t know if anyone has ever asked me that before. I really enjoy the turkey guacamole sandwich at Schlotzsky’s, especially because it comes on wheat bread and with just a touch of sliced red onions. So tasty. I also like to make peanut butter sandwiches with tortillas. (Think quesadilla, but wit peanut butter.) I made it up when we were out of bread once, and it was so tasty that I started making them all the time.
You have unlimited funds and unlimited space to make your dream abode. What and where is it, and what does it look like? Do you share it with anyone/anything? At the moment, I’d like to stay in Austin because I enjoy my job, and I’d stay in this part of town. It might be nice to move a bit farther to the west in my neighborhood, though. I live alone, so I don’t really need more space, but it would be sweet if I could have unlimited space to store my books. I wouldn’t necessarily have unlimited funds to buy them, but I’d be able to at least keep them somewhere.
If you made a movie, what would it be about and who would be in it? Well, as I mentioned in my review of October Baby yesterday, I would like to make another compelling story (I love stories) with values like mine that isn’t cheesy, preachy, or badly produced, but is still honest. I like the idea of using minor celebrities to add legitimacy, but I don’t know who I’d pick.
If you were to start a charity, what would it be for? I work for charity. Can it just be us? No? There are so many great and underrepresented causes. The first thing I’d want to contribute to is one of the organizations that helps potential entrants to seminary or the novitiate pay off their education loans so they can enter. If I had to start my own charity, it would be raising money for (moral) research about cancers that aren’t breast cancer or leukemia. People are aware of and focused on those to the exclusion of so many others. (I have a pet peeve about claims of “raising awareness” for breast cancer. People are aware!) I would be more inclined to contribute to an existing charity than to start my own.
What’s your favorite music video? (Bonus points if you embed/link it.) I’ve embedded or linked back to “Captain Jack Sparrow” so many times already.OK Go makes great videos, too. To answer this question, I popped over to YouTube to see what I might have missed and discovered this apparently most recent one. I prefer the ones that have the actual band members because they’re musicians, not dancers, so it’s awesome to see them dance anyway. These featured players are dancers, however, and they’re almost mesmerizing. I also love some of the woman’s dresses. So many colors, and at knee length!
That was the best random question set in a very long time. Coming next week: a better image to accompany the F5!
List your (current) top five favorite food dishes; include photos if you’d like. Just last night I went to a small potluck dinner. I made a baked potato dip from Allrecipes that goes over very well every time. I also love enchiladas in general, and flautas are becoming a new favorite. There’s always Pasta Lindsay (rotini, ground sausage, marinara sauce, and love), and my modifications to a chicken tortilla soup from Allrecipes.
baked potato dip photo from Allrecipes by Koriekiss
List your top five disliked movies of all time and why.Mystery Men will always top this list because it was weird and I will never live down my family’s teasing that I was the one to choose it for movie night. I hold a grudge against Avatar because the 3-D hurt my glasses-wearing eyes and it had a lame plot. I watched Bad Boys 2 against my will and have yet to see a movie more plotless.
List your (current) top five favorite TV shows and why. I still love Jeopardy!, even if I never do watch the episodes I DVR. I recommend How I Met Your Mother to everyone I meet. I struggle with Grey’s Anatomy, but I love it anyway. I will probably watch Degrassi forever, and I just finished watching last week’s Once Upon a Time, which is the first new show I’ve started watching in a long time.
List your top five favorite places to visit; include photos if you’d like. Does home count? I think it counts. I like going home to Maryland because it’s familiar. I’m counting the National Shrine as a second place because it’s awesome and it requires some traveling from home proper. Other than that, I don’t really like to travel, so I tend not to. Does the bookstore count?
List your (current) top five favorite songs; include video if you’d like.My current favorite song is “Jack Sparrow,” by The Lonely Island, of “I’m on a Boat” infamy. I introduced a bunch of friends to it last weekend and they loved it. I’m really glad that Switchfoot’s current single is “Afterlife,” because it has a similar message to “Stars,” that we know there must be something more beyond just what we know. My personal theme song is still “Vow to Vowels.” Other than that, pretty much anything from the 80′s or 90′s will get my windows rolled down and the radio turned up. I’ll admit to having a sweet solo dance groove to “Party Rock Anthem” a few weeks ago, but that’s it!
Okay, Friday Five, what’s with the relationship questions lately? Are you trying to tell me something?
Do you consider yourself romantic? Why? No. I like being romanced, but one of the many problems I had in previous relationships was trying to figure out how to reciprocate. It’s something to work in for the future, I hope.
Has your partner or any person in your past informed you that you were romantic? How did you take it? No, but that’s probably because I’m not. See #1.
If your partner has told you that the romance has left the relationship, would you do anything to bring it back? What would you do to re-ignite the romantic spark? Well, it seems like romance is easiest to find at the times when the status of the relationship changes: it’s just beginning, it’s just become exclusive or official, it’s heading toward marriage. To get the spark back, I would probably try to recreate the actions and emotions around those turning points. There doesn’t necessarily have to be a new level of the relationship on the horizon, but a reminder of how it got to its current state could help. It’s like writing love letters at the beginning of a marriage to be read if divorce seems inevitable. You need a reminder of how you got to where you are.
Do you think you can have romantic feelings for more than one person, either at the same time or in a lifetime? Yes. Feelings are tricky, because they can be powerful and we usually can’t control them. We must control how we act on them, though. If you’re committed to someone (in dating, but especially in marriage), then you have to honor that commitment regardless of your feelings. No one made you commit, so you have to live with your decision for better or for worse.
Is there anyone in your past (or present) that you feel romantic toward that is not your partner? I’m not dating anyone, so anyone I feel romantic toward would be “not my partner.” That is all I have to say about that.
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