I found this survey thanks to S.T. Lakata, a friend I would not have were it not for GUTGAA and Twitter. And since I’m bored and my posting has been a bit sporadic of late, I hope you enjoy this while I draft up a whole bunch of posts with which to keep you entertained. More on that tomorrow. But now, a little more about me! 🙂
Filling in your kid years:
What’s the one television show you wanted to stay up late to watch?
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. My parents watched it every week and my sister and I used to beg them to let us stay up and watch it, too. Sometimes we won; sometimes we lost. But now I have the entire series sitting in my DVD cabinet, awaiting a rewatch. Muahahaha! 🙂
What two songs remind you of that period the most?
“The Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks
“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” by Brooks and Dunn
Clearly, I listened to a lot of country as a kid. And if they still played it on the radio, I’d still listen to it. (Yes, I am aware that country music stations still exist. That was a comment on the state of country music today.)
What three movies created during your kid years would you still watch today?
The Princess Bride
I didn’t see The Princess Bride till I was an adult, but it came out when I was three. I’ve seen the other two movies dozens of times, so I’ve got some ground to make up where Westley and company are concerned. But that’s okay, because I’ll enjoy every minute of it. (Anybody want a peanut? :D)
The teen years:
What is one activity that occupied a large portion of your time?
Band. I am band geek, hear me roar!
What are two books from your teen years that somewhat defined your reading preferences today?
Time Enough for Drums by Ann Rinaldi
Pathways by Jeri Taylor
The first is a historical YA novel set in Trenton, New Jersey during the Revolutionary War and is one of my most favorite books ever. The second fills in the backstory for the bridge crew of the USS Voyager. Star Trek and books – what’s not to love? And I still think of Pathways quite often, actually. Harry Kim’s backstory, particularly the part about how he met his girlfriend, Libby, really stayed with me, I think because it involved books. But with the current e-book revolution, I can’t help thinking of it every time I read a book on my phone or my tablet.
What were three of your favorite bands that you’d still want to see in concert today?
Bowling for Soup
I’ll admit it – I was a boy band fanatic in my teen years. And I’m not afraid to admit that I still love them (Except for Hanson – I never liked them. And they spell their name wrong. :P), especially the Backstreet Boys. But I also loved world music and would have given my left arm to see Gaelic Storm in concert (and now that I finally have, I would love to see them again). Also, you gotta love punk rock, and I still heart Bowling for Soup. If you never got to see them in concert, they were awesome (I say were because I don’t know if they’re still together or not).
What is one song that captures your personality or musical preference during your high school years?
“Walk Through My Door” by Gaelic Storm. I was a sappy romantic then. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m a sappy romantic now, too. 🙂
Which two items did you most commonly have for lunch?
Mmmm, junk food. And yes, I washed it all down with an ice cold can of either Pepsi or Mountain Dew (because my school was stupid and didn’t carry Dr. Pepper products).
What were your three favorite classes?
I almost put down band here, but I listed it up above once already, so I thought that would be cheating a bit. Does lunch count as a class? Because I loved lunch (well, not the food). Oh, and Spanish! That was a good class, too.
Rated R Years:
What was the first concert you attended after turning 18?
Terri Clark’s concert at the Muscatine County Fair the summer after graduation – I went with my best friend and had a blast.
What were two trips you took without parental guidance after graduating high school?
Amana Colonies (my honeymoon)
Like the jingle says, “You’re gonna love it at Adventureland!” That’s the local amusement park. Well, it’s not really local – it’s two hours away. But it’s still a lot of fun. And the Amanas appeal to my geeky side because they’re full of history and tons of good food.
What were three late night spots you frequented most often?
The Music Station
I miss the Rollerdrome. That was the local skating rink and, as far as I know, the last one anywhere near where I live. I had so much fun there in high school! But it flooded five years ago and the damage was so extensive that the owner decided not to rebuild. It’s seriously a shame; I had looked forward to taking my kids there. Neither of the older ones know how to skate, to my knowledge, which I think is a travesty.
The 20s/College Life:
What is one thing you discovered that you did not previously know about yourself?
I’d been praying for years without realizing it.
What two shows could you turn to and watch when you needed to relax?
Star Trek: Voyager
I loved Voyager and Dark Angel and recorded a bunch of episodes when they aired so I could watch them again later. They got me through quite a few stressful times. And now I have them on DVD and can enjoy them all over again. Without commercials. 🙂
What three beverages became your favorites?
Mmm, pomegranate juice…om nom nom!
What is one place you’ve visited that you’d want to see again?
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I drove through the park on my way back from a trip to Florida in high school and it was beautiful. I’d love to have the time to do a little exploring.
What are two places that you’ve never been to, but consider a must during your lifetime?
New York City
To be honest, I’d love to see the world. I’m not well-traveled and I want to change that. I want to go everywhere!
What are three movies old or new that you have watched again and again?
The Princess Bride
I got Twister for Christmas the year it came out on video and watched it everyday for two weeks straight. I have it memorized. The others are nearly there. But they’re all excellent movies, so it’s okay, really. 🙂
What is one favorite activity that you’ve enjoyed from little tyke to adult?
Reading – my mom used to read my sister and me the classics when we were little. The Great Illustrated Classics, anyway, but they instilled a love of reading in me.
What are two of your favorite indulgent food items?
Chicken pot pie
You can’t go wrong with anything that has cream of mushroom soup in it. Mmm, if only I could have chicken and rice tonight…
What are three of your favorite places?
My local library
My grandparents’ farm (which, sadly, they sold out of the family before they died)
Camp Tahigwa is the camp I went to for Girl Scouts. I stayed there for summer camp one time, but I also did Winter Carnival there and a bunch of other things. I was so excited when Miss Tadpole got to go there, too! But thanks to budget constraints, it’s no longer going to be used for a summer camp (if I read my email correctly), which I think is a real shame. It’s located in beautiful northeast Iowa and is a really wonderful camp. I have lots of great memories from my time there. The same is true of my library, and my grandparents’ farm. I particularly miss their grove and their orchard.
Hmm, maybe I really do need to consider moving to the country. But shhh – don’t tell Seymour. 😉
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