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20 Questions Meme

Not tagged by anybody, but picked up from bouncy_castle79

Rules of the meme
A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs & replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

B) Tag 8 people to do this quiz. These people must state who they were tagged by & cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people.



1. How has LJ changed your life?
It introduced me to a bunch of charming people whose writing, humor, and outlook I like very much. It got me in contact with people who shared my interests. It gave me a new fictional universe to explore. It inspired me to get my own LJ and write my own fiction. So it did good things. :)

2. What do you do before bedtime?
I read. Sometimes it's "Entertainment Weekly", sometimes it's a library book, once in a while it's something thick and daunting.

3. What are you doing this weekend?
As little as possible. But I am cleaning the house.

4. What is the city of your dreams and why?
I have a sentimental fondness for London, but a friend of mine has talked up Auckland, New Zealand, so much that I want to go there and check it out.

5. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I've never been completely sure, and I've also crossed the spectrum a few times, I think. I'm either an introvert who likes to talk or an extrovert who gets self-conscious and shy.

6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
Loving someone is a blessed state, but it's wonderful to be loved.

7. Do you trust easily?
On the whole I would say no.

8. If the person you secretly like is already attached, what would you do?
Pine silently and get on with life.

9. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
I need a vacation but my work schedule won't allow one. I want to go away for a few days but I can't think of anything I actually want to do. Plus, I seem to have no energy these days, which alarms me a little.

10. What is your best quality?
I'm generous and sympathetic.

11. Is being tagged fun?
I'm not sure I've ever been tagged for anything!

12. How do you see yourself?
Fairly content with a few concerns. Funny. Sarcastic. Kind. Trustworthy. Untidy. Hard to anger or offend. Cheerful and friendly, but a bit hard to read (or so I've been told).

13. Who are currently the most important people to you?
My family and my friend S.

14. What kind of person do you think the person from whom you picked up the meme is?
She seems exuberant and witty and charming.

15. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Hire a personal assistant and a personal chef. Pay them well. Move to a bigger place. Consider graduate school.

15A. Would you rather be in a happy marriage and poor or a bad marriage and rich?
Happy and poor, which seems to be the consensus.

16. How many children do you want to have, if any?
Two sounds good. But I may be too self-centered for children at this point in my life.

17. What question do you want to know the answer to?
Am I in a groove, as I think, or a rut, as everyone else seems to feel? I've grown less social, less interested in dating, and less willing to talk on the phone, but I feel content. Everybody else thinks these are serious signs.

18. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously, who would you pick?
The one I think I'll be happier with in the long term.

19. Would you have 100% safe sex with a stranger for $10,000,000?
No. This has "tainted wish" written all over it.

20. What were your parents going to name you if you'd been born the opposite gender?
They've said they were thinking of John, but I have a first cousin a year older named John, so I expect they would have picked something else. Perhaps "Alexander" or "Michael", after my grandfathers.

I won't tag anybody, considering how many people have been tagged, but anybody who likes can pick up the meme ....

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whochick
Jul. 6th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
I won't put this on my journal because I think I've already done something much like it many moons ago ... however, in case you're interested:

1. How has LJ changed your life?
It provided me with further outlet for my geekish tendencies. It's kept me in contact with OS friends and helped me meet beautiful souls that I otherwise would never have known. I've learned a lot, gathered a lot of information and generally explored.

2. What do you do before bedtime?
Generally I write. I tend to do my best in the wee hours of the morning (which is often when I get home from work). Sometimes if I'm home alone I write music. When my muse is burnt out, I read or surf the net.

3. What are you doing this weekend?
I'm just about to post about that!

4. What is the city of your dreams and why?
This is going to sound really trite, but Marseille. I was there in April last year and it was just ... guh. I love having the locals bitch and moan about my passable French and teach me rude colloquialisms while also treating me better than average because I can actually hold up my end of the convo. I love the architecture, the lifestyle and the shitty coffee. I love the sunsets and the rain and the tour operator in Bordeaux who looks like Chris Eccleston.

5. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Originally an extrovert, but I've been burned enough that I wrap it up tightly most days.

6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
To love is more blessed than being loved, because it's a selfless act and good for the soul.

7. Do you trust easily?
I make it a point to do so.

8. If the person you secretly like is already attached, what would you do?
I think I'm too happy with my own company for this to ever happen.

9. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
Most of the time I work 60 hour weeks ... it leaves little room for a life of any kind.

10. What is your best quality?
I'm loyal and fierce at times. I think I've developed a diplomat's patience through dealing with the curve balls life has thrown me. Putting my own feelings aside to deal with tense situations has become second nature to me.

11. Is being tagged fun?
Depends on the meme.

12. How do you see yourself?
Geeky. Verbose. Difficult at times but aware of it. Ambitious but a bit of a dreamer. Occasionally too introspective.

13. Who are currently the most important people to you?
My family, my band, my few tight friends ... do my dogs count as people?

14. What kind of person do you think the person from whom you picked up the meme is?
She seems talented and giving ... and yet sometimes unaware of just how brilliant she can be. I'd like to look her in the eye and tell her she's frankly magnificent.

15. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Pay out my mortgage. Buy my parent's a cabin in the High Country. By my sister a flat in Elsternwick. Buy a holiday house in Marseille and be a musician.

15A. Would you rather be in a happy marriage and poor or a bad marriage and rich?
Happy and poor is working for me just fine.

16. How many children do you want to have, if any?
Given my hips, I may find that I'm advised against childbirth (ironic for a midwife, huh?), so given that, I'd be happy with just one ... and I have a weirdly overwhelming preference for a girl. I was raised amongst women, what can I say? I know how we work ...

17. What question do you want to know the answer to?
If practicing death means practicing freedom, how does one do so without becoming morbidly fascinated or fatalistic about life?

18. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously, who would you pick?
Neither - in time, one or both will prove to be an infatuation.

19. Would you have 100% safe sex with a stranger for $10,000,000?
I'd give it serious thought. I've never been particularly squeamish about sex.

20. What were your parents going to name you if you'd been born the opposite gender?
Would you believe "Nathan"?? ::dies of shame::

Edited because half way through I forgot to add bolding tags ... meep.

Edited at 2008-07-06 06:06 am (UTC)
np_complete
Jul. 8th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
This is going to sound really trite, but Marseille. I was there in April last year and it was just ... guh. I love having the locals bitch and moan about my passable French and teach me rude colloquialisms while also treating me better than average because I can actually hold up my end of the convo. I love the architecture, the lifestyle and the shitty coffee. I love the sunsets and the rain and the tour operator in Bordeaux who looks like Chris Eccleston.

That sounds wonderful. I wish I could go. I know what it's like to get that kind of feeling about a place. I used rolls and rolls of film when I lived in England, taking pictures of things most people wouldn't have found interesting. But even stone walls and phone boxes and morning light fascinated me sometimes.

She seems talented and giving ... and yet sometimes unaware of just how brilliant she can be. I'd like to look her in the eye and tell her she's frankly magnificent.

Wow! Thank you!

bouncy_castle79
Jul. 6th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Your answer to 17 could have been written by me. Hey, what's so wrong with being content with your life, I ask you? And yet, several friends keep forcing me to go outside and socialize with *complete strangers*. Sigh.
np_complete
Jul. 7th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
What worries my friends is that I tend not to want to socialize even with them! Sometimes I find people energizing, other times I find them draining. That's one reason why I don't know where I stand on the Introvert/Extrovert scale.
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