A Quick Meme

This was easier than working on my book, and felt infinitely more productive.  To sit down and finish something in one go is a rare pleasure indeed...thanks to Academic, Hopeful for providing the inspiration...

  1. What’s your current obsession? I have far too many.  Today's list includes: money; my future career; whether or not I can be bothered to go for a run; the abrupt end of my MA.  How I can fund a seven-week hike around the southern tip of England.  Africa and the possibility of a trip there.  Travel in general.
  2. What’s you favorite color and why? Green.  I no longer remember why, but I do remember picking it when we learned about primary colours in the first grade.  Blue?  Red?  Yellow?  No.  I like Green. I should have known right then that I was destined to make things more difficult for myself than necessary.
  3. What are you wearing today? Dark jeans, brown jumper with elbow patches.  No socks or shoes.  My classic Saturday outfit.
  4. Why is today special? For its un-specialness.  The Man and I get to flop around the house drinking tea and spending impromptu moments snuggling.  It's been too long since we had one of these days.
  5. What would you like to learn to do? Control my anxiety.  Also: make my own dresses, dance the tango, and mix cocktails more complicated than a gin and tonic.
  6. What was the last thing that inspired you? A talk by two writers, one of whom described her life when she was working on her first book as impoverished and antisocial, the other of whom pointed out that jealousy is a waste of energy.  I've been taking both of these things to heart ever since.
  7. What’s the last thing you bought? Some apple juice from the pub yesterday.  The last non-edible or non-disposable thing I bought was several weeks ago--a book from Blackwell's used section on representations of Oxford.
  8. What are you listening to right now? Music and wind.  Music: mostly Stornoway.  Wind: mostly stressful.
  9. What’s your most challenging goal right now? Writing The Book by September and staying sane doing it.
  10. What's the last thing you read? I've been especially enjoying Sharon Olds' poetry of late.
  11. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be? Nestled in green hills.  Big garden--with rose bushes.  Within walking distance to the pub and a body of water.  Cycle distance to the train station would be nice, too.  Alternatively, I think I could quite happily reside in the center of a not-t00-big city as long as we could have a garden and/or a deck or terrace of some kind.
  12. What would you like to have in your hands right now? An advance cheque for my first book.  However great or small.
  13. What would you like to get rid of? Debt and guilt.
  14. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? For a massage.
  15. What super power would you like to possess? I toyed with the idea of saying telekinesis because of the prospect of being able to make my cup of tea come to me; but actually I think I'd quite like to be able to speak and understand all languages.  If nothing else, think how employable I'd be...
  16. What’s your favorite piece of clothing in your own closet? The garment generally known as my "anti-dust bunny coat"--sometimes described as something an Eastern European elf might wear, a glorious embroidered coat from Anthropologie.  When I wear it, I am not, according to my family, allowed to express any self-doubt or debilitating anxiety.  Everyone should have one of these, because, believe it or not, it works like a charm.
  17. What’s your dream job? Writer of things for which I am regularly paid.  Also, while we're at it, can I have a column in the Guardian's Saturday magazine?  Thanks.
  18. If you had an unexpected $1000, what would you spend it on? Tickets to a far-away place.
  19. What do you find annoying? People who walk too slowly down the street.  Petty rules and regulations (e.g.: no hot food on the Oxford Tube.  One of these days I'm bringing the stinkiest brie I can find on board to prove the ridiculousness of this rule).  Astronomical visa renewal fees.
  20. Describe your personal style. Confused but well-meaning.  I secretly want to dress like I'm living in 1940s rural England, and I'm attracted to flowery, vintage-y things (especially paired with wellies), but can most often be seen wearing jeans and a blazer.  Or a dress and a blazer.  I have an unhealthy love of blazers.
  21. What fashion show would you want tickets to? My knowledge of high fashion is sad at best, but I've always had a penchant for Marc Jacobs.
  22. Whose closet would you want to raid? Someone with expensive but unusual taste.  Including lots of well-preserved vintage pieces.  In my size, obviously.  Meaning she has to have very small feet.  Know anyone who fits that description and wants to donate their collection to a starving artist?
  23. What are you most proud of? The things that I've done, in spite of circumstance or ease, because they make me happy; sticking with writing and moving abroad come to mind.
  24. The beautiful bloggers I’d like to know about are: Anyone and everyone who is reading this...

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