Sunday

Proust Questionnaire

Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thank you everybody for making the 'no anonymous comments policy work'. It's nice to have names to associate with the comments. If you're game, we'd to know a little more about those of you who visit the blog on a regular basis. No stress or pressure, but if you have the time, please take part in the Proust questionnaire. I look forward to reading your responses. -Jane

What is your current state of mind?
Exhausted and somewhat amused.

What is your greatest fear?
Not mattering.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
The love of gossip.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Laziness, a sense of entitlement or the inability to think for themselves.

Which living person do you most admire?
Corey Booker.

Which living person do you most despise?
A certain heartless opportunist does come to mind, but I can't very well name names.

On what occasion do you lie?
To get out of going places I don't want to go.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I hesitate to say.

When and where were you happiest?
Sometime in 1997. It was a very good year.

Which talent would you most like to have?
To read other people's minds, of course.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
One thing? I honestly wouldn't know where to start.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I don't believe I have one, but I'd like to think I've done a deciperhable amount of good for other people.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
What do I think it would be? A bat or a rodeo clown. What would I want it to be? An ocean.

What is your favorite occupation?
A filmmaker.

Who are your favorite writers?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, AM Holmes, Barbara Kingsolver, Herman Hesse

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
I enjoy reading fiction, but I find the heroes of everyday life much more compelling.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Teachers (the great ones), working mothers (who do it all), stay at home mothers (who choose to stay home and raise their children), fathers that put their children and families first, service men and women, anyone who stands up for someone weaker.

What are your favorite names?
Chauncy, Gar & Sutton.

What is your greatest regret?
I have regret for the hurt I have caused others, intentionally or unintentionally.

How would you like to die?
Saving the world.

What is your motto?
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons. (from Desiderata)

24 comments:

UmassSlytherin said...

What is your current state of mind?
Tired but content.

What is your greatest fear?
Cancer for me and my family.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Laziness.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Closed-mindedness and prejudice.

Which living person do you most admire?
Michael Pitt.

Which living person do you most despise?
Anyone who abuses or neglects a child.

On what occasion do you lie?
Only to be polite: white lies. (Great haircut, nice dress.)

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
River Phoenix. Oh, he's dead? My husband, then. :)

When and where were you happiest?
In the hospital when my daughter was born healthy.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Auto-mechanic skills: it would save us tons of money!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would make myself anxiety-free.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Owning my own home.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
I would want to be a bird. There are a pair of cardinals in my backyard that just seem so freaking happy.

What is your favorite occupation?
Michael Pitt's anything.

Who are your favorite writers?
Maeve Binchy, Richard Wright, Bentley Little, J.K. Rowling, Ray Bradbury, so many more!

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Holden Caulfield, if you can call him a hero.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My brothers and sisters.

What are your favorite names?
Declan for a boy, Sage for a girl. (Neither of which my husband wants to have anything to do with!)

What is your greatest regret?
Only seeing the Monkees five times in concert, and never with Mike Nesmith. :(

How would you like to die?
With loved ones surrounding me.

What is your motto?
Nobody's Perfect! (Hannah Montana)

Marypoppin'pills said...

Alright Jane, here goes:

What is your current state of mind?
Calm and relaxed, but I'm sure that won't last. My son just had breakfast and he'll be zipping around here soon!

What is your greatest fear?
Heights.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I might have a slight problem with perfectionism. :)

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
People that are prejudice, stubborn, greedy or selfish. :(

Which living person do you most admire?
Maya Angelou, recipient of the 2008 Marian Anderson Award, which celebrates artists who have furthered humanitarian causes.

Which living person do you most despise?
I plead the 5th here.

On what occasion do you lie?
I will lie if it involves saving someone hurt feelings.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Everybody knows the answer to this! My beautiful son.

When and where were you happiest?
High school years were fun ... but I'm pretty happy right now!

Which talent would you most like to have?
Magic. I'd like to blink my eyes or wave my hand whenever I needed to clean my house or get something done I don't want to do!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
There's a lot of things I'd like to change, but if I did, then I wouldn't be me!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being a Mom. I know I've made mistakes, but this was something I never thought I would do, or be so good at!

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
If I actually had a choice, maybe a Dolphin.

What is your favorite occupation?
Ballet Dancer.

Who are your favorite writers?
Lao-Tzu, Maya Angelou, Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, Wes Craven, Deen Koontz, J.K. Rowling.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Superman. Because my son said so!

Who are your heroes in real life?
My son, for what he's had to go through. My Dad, for surviving Cancer. And all of the other people that go out of their way to make someone else's life a little bit better.

What are your favorite names?
There's only one name I'm really crazy about, and that's my sons name.

What is your greatest regret?
Not getting to see my best friend right before she died.

How would you like to die?
Sometimes I'm afraid of Death, sometimes I'm not. On the days that I am, I'd like to die in my sleep. On the days that I'm not, I'd like to be surrounded by my friends & family.

What is your motto?
Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain

TC said...

What is your current state of mind?
Tired

What is your greatest fear?
My husband not coming back from Iraq

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I procrastinate

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
No manners.

Which living person do you most admire?
Sandra Day O'Conner

Which living person do you most despise?
george bush.

On what occasion do you lie?
To my husband about how I spend money

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband and son

When and where were you happiest?
When I was around 4-10 and my grandparents would take me along with my cousins on summer vacations

Which talent would you most like to have?
I don't know

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'd like to be better organized

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I'm still achieving my dream

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
A monkey

What is your favorite occupation?
It's a tie between a teacher and a Supreme Court Judge

Who are your favorite writers?
John Grishom

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Superman

Who are your heroes in real life?
Men and women in the military

What are your favorite names?
Curtis, Emmalyn

What is your greatest regret?
I have many

How would you like to die?
In my sleep after a long fulfilling life

What is your motto?
Do unto others as you would have then do unto you.

kc said...

What is your current state of mind?
Tired and somewhat anxious

What is your greatest fear?
Losing everyone I love

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Nosiness, which leads to my love for gossip. But sometimes I just want to know for myself, which isn't any better

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Caring only for oneself

Which living person do you most admire?
I don't know if I admire her the most, but I think Anjelina Jolie has done a lot of good for this world.

Which living person do you most despise?
Ann Coulter (is a MAN, baby!)

On what occasion do you lie?
When I tell my employers, no, your children aren't wild and crazy and you shouldn't discipline them better.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My hubby, and my Lord

When and where were you happiest?
A brief 2 months in the summer of 2004

Which talent would you most like to have?
To transport myself anywhere in an instant

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would like to be better at letting go and letting God

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
One of them is coming into my husband's life and proving to them (and my own family along the way) that just because people are different, they are not necessarily bad

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
I would want it to be someone with vocal talent, but I would probably be another ordinary person like I am now

What is your favorite occupation?
Film critic

Who are your favorite writers?
Augusten Burroughs, Stephanie Meyer, Sylvia Plath, and a whole bunch more

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
I'm definitely going to have to go with the Cullen family :)

Who are your heroes in real life?
Those who stand up in their beliefs enough to die for them in a foreign country. I don't agree with them at all, but it's the bit where they care enough about their own convictions to do something about them that I like.

What are your favorite names?
Elle, Landon, Elliott

What is your greatest regret?
I only have one regret: buying a gas-guzzling, 17-mpg Jeep one month before gas skyrocketed a dollar a gallon

How would you like to die?
Asleep in my bed with my husband

What is your motto?
VIVA LA VIE BOHEME

Lori said...

What is your current state of mind?
Tired and excited.

What is your greatest fear?
disappointing my children

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
self-righteousness

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
being self centered.

Which living person do you most admire?
My Mom, Evelyn

Which living person do you most despise?
i know it's silly, but tom cruise

On what occasion do you lie?
i try not to, but sometimes do to protect my parents

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Tiffany was

When and where were you happiest?
Now

Which talent would you most like to have?
to fly

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
my health

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising two very good children into very good adults.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
A cat - i live to nap

What is your favorite occupation?
photographer

Who are your favorite writers?
Maya Angelou, Tom Clancy, Sue Grafton, Laurel K. Hamilton

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Celie from "The Color Purple"

Who are your heroes in real life?
Those who answer a calling to do what they do, pastors, nurses and teachers

What are your favorite names?
Sydney, Makhi

What is your greatest regret?
I regret marrying my best friend, it totally screwed up our relationship

How would you like to die?
in my sleep

What is your motto?
I'd rather have ten minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special

the fisherman's wife said...

What is your current state of mind?
A little tired (I've got a teether here) and a little nauseous (kids are playing "Tony Hawk" on PS2 and it's making me dizzy).

What is your greatest fear?
Outliving any of my children and DH not returning from a fishing trip.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I am a natural worry-wart and I can be a downer without realizing on it. I'm working on both though!

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Laziness, self-rightousness, dishonesty, disloyalty, entitlement, people who complain, but do nothing to solve the problem.

Which living person do you most admire?
My dad, my husband and my mentor, who showed me so many amazing things.

Which living person do you most despise?
The man who killed my mother.

On what occasion do you lie?
Little white ones to spare people's feelings, to my kids when they keep asking "Why?" or I just don't want them to know the real answer. They'll find out everything in due time.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My hubby. And my kids, but in different ways.

When and where were you happiest?
March 17, 2003, holding my twins in my arms, calling DH on the satillite phone.

Which talent would you most like to have?
To balance EVERYTHING in my life equally. Or to fly. That could be fun.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Stop being so hard on myself. I do the best I can, but there are days where it doesn't all get done.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Birthing 4 babies, adopting 2 and raising them to be good, honest people, good Christians and hardworkers. At least they've done well so far.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
Something with a lot of arms. You can never have too many arms. Or an Olympic gymnast. Was a gymnast, never made it THAT far, though.

What is your favorite occupation?
A photographer for National Geographic, a fisherman and a midwife.

Who are your favorite writers?
John Milton, Geoffrey Chaucer, J.K. Rowling, Nicholas Sparks, MANY, MANY MORE!

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
The husband in Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, I can't remember his name right now.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Teachers, people who earn an honest living, hardworkers, Christians who are completely devoted to the Lord, my father.

What are your favorite names?
Girls: Saoirse, Siobhan, Adrienne, Julienne, and Hailey. Boys: Aodhan, Jack, Seamus, Micah and Malachi

What is your greatest regret?
Not being there when my mother died. I try not to think about how awful her last moments were.

How would you like to die?
Something quick and painless, there one minute, gone the next. I enjoy the element of surprise... and I don't want my husband, kids, father or siblings weeping over my bed for days. Celebrate my life, don't mourn my death.

What is your motto?
Living with children is like living in a fraternity house- nobody sleeps, everything's broken and someone's always throwing up. -Ray Romano

Be courteous, be kind or be silent.

As long as you can say that you tried, than you have succeeded. Thirty years from now everyone will have forgotten the outcome, but you can say that you gave it your best shot. Don't worry about what others will think, just jump in and give it a try.

lovesthegirls said...

What is your current state of mind?
Very tired; but completely content

What is your greatest fear?
losing the people I love

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
my temper

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Laziness, a sense of entitlement or the inability to think for themselves. HERE HERE!!!!!

Which living person do you most admire?
too many to name..... Melinda Gates perhaps????

Which living person do you most despise?
lol.... again, too many to name.

On what occasion do you lie?
to avoid hurting someone's feelings.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
MDW(MAN) The girls (my princesses)

When and where were you happiest?
2006 was damn good....

Which talent would you most like to have?
normal talent? Playing the piano or violin; outlandish talent? The ability to know EVERYTHING!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
One thing? Physical... my eyes. Emotional? My temper and ability to be over sensitive and analytical

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
the help I have done to raise the girls

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
a penguin or a dolphin.. maybe a dachshund

What is your favorite occupation?
event planners

Who are your favorite writers?
Jodi Picoult, Harper Lee, Stephen King

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
?

Who are your heroes in real life?
Teachers (the great ones), working mothers (who do it all), stay at home mothers (who choose to stay home and raise their children), fathers that put their children and families first, service men and women, anyone who stands up for someone weaker.
ME TOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

What are your favorite names?
Anything with a "K" or "C" sound really.

What is your greatest regret?
I have regret for the hurt I have caused others, intentionally or unintentionally.

How would you like to die?
Peacefully in my sleep. I would like to say unselfishly AFTER everyone else I know have died.... so they dont have to feel the pain, but really I want to go first, so I dont have to feel the pain.

What is your motto?
PAY IT FORWARD

v said...

What is you current state of mind:
Annoyed at the moment...waiting on a phone call/visit.

What is your greatest fear:
Not getting married or dying of a terminal painful illness.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself:
My brutal honestly.

What is the trait you most deplore in others:
Dishonesty.

What living person do you most admire:
My mother.

What living person do you most despise:
At the moment, a certain cousin...she knows herself.

On what occasion would you lie:
To save myself from getting into controversy or trouble.

What or who is the greatest love of your life:
Miss Claire.

When and where were you the happiest:
Summer 2007 and when I'm with Miss Claire.

Which talent would you most like to have:
Playing a musical instrument in the correct timing.

If you could change one thing aout yourself, what would it be:
Ears.

What do you consider your greatest achievement:
Migrating and being independent.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be:
Owl.

What is your favorite occupation:
Being a nanny.

Who are your favorite writers:
Nicholas Sparks, Wally Lamb, J and C Cymbala.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction:
Kim Possible.

Who are your heroes in real life:
Ian, my parents.

What are your favorite names:
Iver (pronounced Eva) and Ivern (pronounced Ivan)

What is your greatest regret.
Encouraging my siblings to do the wrong things when we were younger.

How would you like to die:
Suddenly and painless.

What is your motto:
The longest rope has an end.
v

NannySarah said...

What is your current state of mind?
Thrilled that the weather is awesome here today!

What is your greatest fear?
Not making an impact

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Being a little too independent

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Stupidity

Which living person do you most admire?
I'm not sure

Which living person do you most despise?
I try not to bother with negative feelings.. wasted effort.

On what occasion do you lie?
To not hurt someone

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband

When and where were you happiest?
Now, I love living in the now. Memories are good, but I feel like if every day is better then the last then I'm making progress.

Which talent would you most like to have?
A great singing voice.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'd be a mother, now.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Moving away from home, and doing well for myself.. Getting into Graduate School

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
A cat

What is your favorite occupation?
An artist

Who are your favorite writers?
I don't have a favorite

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
I don't actually have a lot of time to read fiction, right now. :-(

Who are your heroes in real life?
People that set goals and achieve them.

What are your favorite names?
Audrey, Mary Kate, Peter

What is your greatest regret?
Not majoring in Elementary Education undergrad! Gosh, I could have been a teacher already by now.. argh!

How would you like to die?
I don't want to die.. at all :(

What is your motto?
The best revenge is living well.

NomDePlume said...

What is your current state of mind?
Exited and motivated

What is your greatest fear?
Letting fear get the best of me

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Acerbic online personality

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
hypocrisy

Which living person do you most admire?
People who have struggled and overcome, including many family members and friends

Which living person do you most despise?
Hate is such a useless emotion

On what occasion do you lie?
Not usually unless it's to build self esteem in someone.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband

When and where were you happiest?
Now

Which talent would you most like to have?
Play piano

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Be more well rounded

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Not becoming a baby's mama like so many of those I grew up with

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
One of my cats-very spoiled

What is your favorite occupation?
Nanny

Who are your favorite writers?
Audrey Woods, Thich Nhat Hanh, Salinger, Andre Dubus III, and Christopher Moore

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Celie from "The Color Purple"<---she's a great character, have to agree

Who are your heroes in real life?
People who overcome with their dignity and pride entact

What are your favorite names?
Everly

What is your greatest regret?
Being more on top of my weight

How would you like to die?
in my sleep

What is your motto?
Fail to plan, plan to fail.

gloria said...

What is your current state of mind?
Sleep deprived and ravenous.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing my daughter or having her taken from me.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I'm probably too judgmental.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
ignorance, lack of manners or tact and absence of hygiene.

Which living person do you most admire?
A special friend who saved me when I didn't even realize I needed saving.

Which living person do you most despise?
Big Oil. All those fat, rich, old white men making tons of profit off the backs of our soldiers- in general anyone who is profiting because of the war (the whole lot of them).

On what occasion do you lie?
Throughout the day. I work in PR, it goes with the job.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My daughter and husband = tie.

When and where were you happiest?
Last night was pretty good.

Which talent would you most like to have?
To make people do what I think they should be doing.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A longer neck, thinner hips, better eyebrows and the ability to survive without 10 cups of coffee per day.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
As corny as this sounds, beating depression.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
A rose bush.

What is your favorite occupation?
I love my job, but I'd love some higher profile celebs to rep.

Who are your favorite writers?
I don't have favorite writers, I have favorite books.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Barney Rubble.

Who are your heroes in real life?
The working poor.

What are your favorite names?
Lucy, Gretchen & Vaughn

What is your greatest regret?
An episode of infidelity.

How would you like to die?
Celebrated!

What is your motto?
To thine ownself by true.

mom said...

What is your current state of mind?
A little tired

What is your greatest fear?
Losing somebody I love or dying too young and missing out on my children's lives

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Anxiety/fearful

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
dishonesty and meanness

Which living person do you most admire?
Two particular women I know who always seem to manage to treat everybody with love and kindness...no matter whatsoever how that person has treated them first. That is true grace.

Which living person do you most despise?
Fortunately I don't hate or despise anybody...but I have a hard time forgiving my sis in law for certain things she does...on an ongoing basis...and sometimes it takes me a while to get there. If I was willing to live with hate...which I am absolutely not...I suppose I would choose her.

On what occasion do you lie?
I will say whatever I have to to avoid hurting anybody's feelings unnecessarily.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband, my kids and my family

When and where were you happiest?
The time when my kids were small will undoubtedly shine as my happiest time of life...ever

Which talent would you most like to have?
I like that I am artisic and would be astisified with that...but if I could sing and sound better than a wounded moose I would really like that too.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would like not to be painfully shy and terrified in groups.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being the best mom I was able to. I may not have been perfect...but I have tried my best every single day to be worthy of the gift of these children God entrusted to me.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
A very loved child in a stable and loving family.

What is your favorite occupation?
Mom, artist

Who are your favorite writers?
I read too many different kinds of things to choosea favorite. But I remember when I was reading A Death in the Family by James Agee I was completely blown away by his incredible writing talent.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Hmmm, not such a fiction fan. I guess Batman, bu tonly because I loved The Dark Knight.

Who are your heroes in real life?
People who live with integrity and honor, even when nobody is looking.
And Mother Theresa.

Bono is an excellent role model for today. Couldn't admire the guy more.

What are your favorite names?
Gave those to my children. If I had more children, I would definitely be throwing Jacob, Lilly and Kirsten into the pot for consideration.

What is your greatest regret?
The times I hurt people....especially the times I knew better and did it anyway. Ouch.

How would you like to die?
in my sleep, after a long life with my family, and having not been sick

What is your motto?

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

And I will leave you with a quote I heard from Bono,
"Love your neighbor is NOT a suggestion. It's a commandment."

Yaya said...

This is so cute! What a good idea!


What is your current state of mind?
So tired, wanna sleep but gotta sew a darn stuffed animal that I promised to do

What is your greatest fear?
Being alone

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Scaredy-Cat

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
jealousy, competitiveness

Which living person do you most admire?
My friend Jeanne-for all her advocacy work for women w/ endometriosis
www.endendoat.blogspot.com

Which living person do you most despise?
My mother-in-law

On what occasion do you lie?
To avoid seeing my mother-in-law

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
What: Laughing
Who: my hubby and my 'fur-babies'

When and where were you happiest?
Today

Which talent would you most like to have?
flying

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
perfect vision

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Discovering who I am (after many years of therapy...)

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
Someone who can easily have baby after baby after baby :(

What is your favorite occupation?
homebody

Who are your favorite writers?
Sophie Kinsella, Jon Katz

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Idk, whoever is in whatever book I'm reading at the moment!

Who are your heroes in real life?
Stay-at-home-Moms

What are your favorite names?
Flynn

What is your greatest regret?
not sharing this one...

How would you like to die?
very quickly

What is your motto?
"Live well, Laugh Often, Love Much"

nycnanny said...

What is your current state of mind? Happy but a little sad the weekend is almost over

What is your greatest fear?
Not being able to have children and also Being buried alive, burning or drowning--
What is the trait you most deplore in ourself?
Sometimes I can be a bit bitchy and have a lack of patience

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
laziness

Which living person do you most admire?
Hands down my mom. She is an amazing person
Which living person do you most despise?
Osama Bin Laden

On what occasion do you lie?
When I dont feel like working overtime I will sadly make up having plans haha

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My boyfriend, Justin, my neices Madison Taylor and Abigail Shea and also my charge James Thomas

When and where were you happiest?
High school and also as a child on family vacations at the beach..so carefree
Which talent would you most like to have?
OOOhh.. I think to maybe fly or be invisible
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would like to be able to open up more to people

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I havent had many but being a great nanny is one of them
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
A cat or a dolphin
What is your favorite occupation?
Nanny, social worker

Who are your favorite writers?
Steven King and Gregory Maguire

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Hmmm, not such a fiction fan.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My mom



What are your favorite names?
Amelia , Maya and Claire for girls, Declan, Evan and Aidan for boys

What is your greatest regret?
Not finishing college

How would you like to die?
in my sleep, after a long life with my family, and having not been sick

What is your motto?

Live life to the fullest and Whatever happens, happens, no regrets

melamonk said...

What is your current state of mind?
Agitated.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing anyone in my family.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Anxiousness.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Dishonesty.

Which living person do you most admire?
The Rabbi from my childhood Temple.

Which living person do you most despise?
Elliot Spitzer & all of his lackeys.

On what occasion do you lie?
To spare someone's feelings.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband. It's the second time that's the charm.

When and where were you happiest?
When each of my children were born, when I married my current husband and everyday after.

Which talent would you most like to have? Forensic Accounting.


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'd have been stronger sooner so I could have ended an unhappy marriage years before I did.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Filing for divorce from a controlling and manipulative ex-husband.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
A tree on the great lawn of Central Park.

What is your favorite occupation?
SAHM

Who are your favorite writers?
The books I read are summer reads and not works of fiction.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? I can't think of one!


Who are your heroes in real life?
My brothers and sisters.

What are your favorite names?
My children's.

What is your greatest regret?
Staying in an unhappy marriage for so long.

How would you like to die?
Ten years after my ex husband.

What is your motto?
The love you make is equal to the love you take.

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What is your current state of mind?

What is your greatest fear?

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Which living person do you most admire?

Which living person do you most despise?

On what occasion do you lie?

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

When and where were you happiest?

Which talent would you most like to have?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?

What is your favorite occupation?

Who are your favorite writers?

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Who are your heroes in real life?

What are your favorite names?

What is your greatest regret?

How would you like to die?

What is your motto?

jennifer lecarlo said...

What is your current state of mind?
Sleepy and sedated.

What is your greatest fear?
Being stabbed in the eye, burning to death, not being able to find the emergency exit in a smoke filled building, waking up in the hospital and realizing I have been in a coma for 5 years, etc.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Neurotic.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Phonies & Fakes.

Which living person do you most admire? Wesley Autrey

Which living person do you most despise? The saboteurs; they know who they are!

On what occasion do you lie?
To avoid confrontation.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? My daughter.

When and where were you happiest?
The day I learned I was pregnant and the day I gave birth.

Which talent would you most like to have? Attracting monogomous men.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
That I feel incomplete without a partner.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? The accolades I received for some of the fashion campaigns I worked on.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be? A hangar.

What is your favorite occupation?
Strange question. Mogul?

Who are your favorite writers?
Bronte, Wuthering Heights is by far my favorite book.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Richie Rich.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Selfless people, truly selfless people.

What are your favorite names?
Kona, Kendall & Amelia

What is your greatest regret?
Being so blinded by love, I forgot to use my head.

How would you like to die? Loved by many.

What is your motto?
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.
(John Wesley)

chick said...

What is your current state of mind?
Sleepless

What is your greatest fear?
Alphabetically, or in order from most to least realistic?

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My high anxiety level

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Inability to forgive

Which living person do you most admire?
Anyone who lives passionately and intentionally.

Which living person do you most despise?
Those unwilling to see their flaws and acknowledge them.

On what occasion do you lie?
When a white lie is called for, to avoid hurt feelings

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
The 12 kids I have cared for/care for. My Godsons. (And Mavid. Yeah, I'm a fangirl, so shoot me!)

When and where were you happiest?
When I finally graduated from college.

Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to read minds at will, and the ability to turn that ability OFF occasionally.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would move myself forward in the healing/recovery process.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being relatively normal, despite everything

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
A pampered cat, like my own tortie. Sleeping in the sunshine and being waited on, lol!

What is your favorite occupation?
Nanny

Who are your favorite writers?
Jennifer Weiner, Jen Lancaster, Robert Crais, Anne Rivers Siddons, James Lee Burke, Robert B. Parker, J.K. Rowling, Margaret Maron so many more!

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Any character with a code of honor and the guts to stick to that code. Harry Potter, Dave Robicheaux...

Who are your heroes in real life?
My family and friends

What are your favorite names?
Emeline, Louisa, Olivia, Eleanor, Kathrine

What is your greatest regret?
Not ever seeing Duran Duran in concert in the 80's? Or Madonna...I know, The Police this last go round!

How would you like to die?
Peacefully, after a live well lived

What is your motto?
I have 2 I like, both attributed to Rose Kennedy:

"I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it."

and

"If you can keep your head about you when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation."

ro said...

What is your current state of mind?
Ambivalent

What is your greatest fear?
Becoming addicted to heroine or crystal meth - neither of which I have tried

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Intolerance

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Liberalistic Views

Which living person do you most admire?
Gretta Van Sustern

Which living person do you most despise?
Despise is too harsh of a word. I am not too fond of the leftist media focing Obama down our throats.

On what occasion do you lie?
When I dont feel like telling the truth

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Corbin Bernsen

When and where were you happiest?
The happiest I have been in recent memory was last summer when I spent six weeks in Greece

Which talent would you most like to have?
A magical vagina

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'd be taller, softer, firmer

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The magazine articles I have published

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
A penis

What is your favorite occupation?
Fox News Commentator

Who are your favorite writers?
Myself

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Cherry Ames, student nurse

Who are your heroes in real life?
Nuns

What are your favorite names?
Gingy

What is your greatest regret?
Making people cry, it might feel good to go for the jugular and reduce your opponent to tears then, but afterwards it doesn't feel so good

How would you like to die?
Quietly and with dignity

What is your motto?
You snooze, you lose.

Manhattan Nanny said...

What is your current state of mind?
Peaceful, I'm on vacation.

What is your greatest fear?
Illness or injury that would prevent me from working.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I'm too judgmental, I'm working on it.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
close mindedness, snobbery......oops, too judgmental!

Which living person do you most admire?
Christiane Amopur.

Which living person do you most despise?
Oppressive dictators, human rights violators, the whole list.

On what occasion do you lie?
When asked if I believe in Santa, the tooth fairy etc.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I haven't met him yet!

When and where were you happiest?
I can't measure happiness, but I've had plenty

Which talent would you most like to have?
Conduct a major symphony

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
More efficient time management (said she as she played on the computer)



What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I'm looking forward to it.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?

A newborn human, already possessing all the knowledge I've gained through painful experience in my current life.

What is your favorite occupation?
Taster in a chocolate factory

Who are your favorite writers?
Jane Austen, Colette, Dostievsky, Irene Nemirovsky, Tracy Chevalier, Barbara Kingsolver, Toni Morrison

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Jean Valjean

Who are your heroes in real life?

Volunteers for Doctors Without Boarders, they risk their own safety and health going into dangerous areas.

What are your favorite names?

I love my three charges names, can't out myself.

What is your greatest regret?

I wish I'd gone back for my masters when I had the chance.

How would you like to die?

In my sleep.

What is your motto?

Count your blessings.

North Jersey Nanny said...

What is your current state of mind?
Patriotic - why do the Olympics do this to me???

What is your greatest fear?
If it's been on Dateline, I'm scared of it

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Ugh... people pleaser

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
See above... insincerity

Which living person do you most admire?
My mother

Which living person do you most despise?
Sigh... my father

On what occasion do you lie?
To avoid confrontation, to protect someone's feelings, to get out of a speeding ticket...

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I have to much life yet to live to name just one

When and where were you happiest?
The day I met my daughter

Which talent would you most like to have?
A tolerable (if not magnificent) singing voice

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Physical or behavioral?

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My daughter - a work in progress

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
A beloved family pet or a refreshing spring breeze

What is your favorite occupation?
Nannying, parenting

Who are your favorite writers?
Maya Angelou, Harper Lee, David Sedaris, Wally Lamb (where has he been?)

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
My heroes aren't fictional

Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother, my boss (she's AMAZING), my husband

What are your favorite names?
Joseph, Margaret, Caitlin

What is your greatest regret?
Too soon to tell

How would you like to die?
Quickly!

What is your motto?
You live, you learn

cfg said...

What is your current state of mind?
Tired.

What is your greatest fear?
Death.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Impatience.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Liars, cheaters and thieves.

Which living person do you most admire?
Doctors, for saving my life. Teachers, for giving me an education. The Military, for giving me my freedom.

Which living person do you most despise?
The man who assulted me.

On what occasion do you lie?
I try not to unless it's to help somebody.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Michelle.

When and where were you happiest?
1998-2001.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Be able to breathe underwater.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'd like to be taller. (I'm 5'5)

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Publishing several newspaper/magazine articles.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
I'd like to come back as a fly on the wall.

What is your favorite occupation?
Writer.

Who are your favorite writers?
Pauline Bart, Eileen Geil Moran, Ann Cvetkovich, John Grisham, and many others.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Wonder Woman.

Who are your heroes in real life?
All the brave souls that die every day trying to save someone else's life.

What are your favorite names?
Girl: Chloe
Boy: Hunter

What is your greatest regret?
Can't say that I have one (yet).

How would you like to die?
Quick.

What is your motto?
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.

mimi said...

What is your current state of mind?
*so sleepy*...but I just love my computer "down" time..

What is your greatest fear?
Dying before I live a long life, losing a family member or a child.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I am a perfectionist to a fault in certian areas of my life, I wish I could just relax....


What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Being sloppy, not taking care of themselves or their children. Liars, cheaters and homewreckers.


Which living person do you most admire?
My Mother..I was/still am so sick growing up I don't have a clue how my mom cared for me and my sisters and still gave us great happy memories.


Which living person do you most despise?
Casey Anthony..that B*tch better fess up!

On what occasion do you lie?
Only if I am hiding a surprise OR if I want to avoid a daycare parent's hour conversation about dull personal stories (*oh she just dropped her sippy, it's leaking all over, gotta run!)

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Children..I LOVE them all. And my hubby he loved me for a LONG time before I would give him the time of day...he's amazing :)

When and where were you happiest?
Anytime I am in the Virgin Islands on St.John...it's heaven.

Which talent would you most like to have?
cooking...I so suck at it...

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would remove my brain tumor and reconstruct my jaw for the third and final time, so this freaking TMJ would go away for good. Oh you said just one thing..okay the tumor wins.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Living on my own from a very young age, paying all my biils on time and still putting food on my table..with no help from anybody..it was rough!

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?
I wanna be a well loved house dog...I see how my dogs live, what a life! Sleep all day ,get loved on ,get treats...

What is your favorite occupation?
Nursing...but I love school teachers schedule!

Who are your favorite writers?
Jen lancaster

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
humm...I don't have one

Who are your heroes in real life?
my first little charge, who is battling cancer for the second time in his short nine year life.

What are your favorite names?
I am so crazy, I hate saying them because I am afraid someone might love them and they will end up growing in popularity and my kid will be just another kid with the same name as six kids in his class..but okay, I can't believe I am doing this...for a boy Ryker and Coen. And for a girl Mahryan (mah-rye-en) and Teagyn.

What is your greatest regret?
saying yes to the surgical screw that ended up severing my nerve to my lip and now I have no feeling..

How would you like to die?
peacefully..in my sleep after a great day with friends and family

What is your motto?
"Do not assume that they who seek to comfort you now, live untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. Their life may also have much saddness and difficulty that remain far beyond yours. Were it otherwise they would never have been able to find these words."

and KARMA

LindaLou said...

What is your current state of mind?

unmotivated.

What is your greatest fear?

something horrible happening to one of the kids.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

sloth.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

dishonesty.

Which living person do you most admire?

my husband, sam.

Which living person do you most despise?

karl rove.

On what occasion do you lie?

to avoid hurting the feelings of someone i care for.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

sam and the kids.

When and where were you happiest?

right now.

Which talent would you most like to have?

artistic vision.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

i'd like to be tidier, more industrious, more patient, and have flatter abs, to start.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

raising wonderful children.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would it be?

a tumbleweed.

What is your favorite occupation?

actor or director.

Who are your favorite writers?

maeve binchy, louise penny, donna tartt.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

benny in circle of friends. gamache in three pines mysteries.

Who are your heroes in real life?

anyone who walks the walk.

What are your favorite names?

hannah, adam, rachel, elijah.

What is your greatest regret?

nothing.

How would you like to die?

at home, in my own bed, surounded by loved ones.

What is your motto?

if bad people dislike you, so much the better.