Apparently these came from V.anityFair. I find that magazine to be more than a bit overreaching. That's precisely rolled my eyes so hard I feared for their ability to stay attached when a coworker once mentioned "off-handedly" that a few family friends were in a recent issue and blah blah I forgot to listen to the rest. Please give me a break. I snatched the questions from another blogger who writes marvelously! Reading fabulous writers inspires me to write fabulously. So from her fabulosity to mine...
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
That look of drunken joy. You know the one. Where it's the perfect temperature (72-76 degrees), you're eating outside (at the beach) with good friends and good drinks. You're lying if you say it can get better than that.
2. What is your greatest fear?
3. Which living person do you most admire?
My mom. I think she's so awesome.
4. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Procrastination. I'm a perfectionist so you would think these two would be at odds, constantly warring for top dog position. You would be right. It does make for interesting internal commentary but takes bursts of inspiration to really get things accomplished. And deplore? I'm not sure that's the word I would use. Probably more like it exasperates me.
5. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
A lax attitude. People who don't take pride in their work or care about the results are the bane of my existence. When I complain about these sorts, my dad says, "It takes all kinds." But I say, WHY????
6. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Virtue is not overrated. That's part of the problem now. We celebrate vices and attack virtue.
7. On what occasion do you lie?
Requesting a bit of honesty, eh? I try not to lie when people ask me questions. I don't like to hurt feelings but sometimes it happens when they ask for an honest answer. I'm not very good at mincing words. My mom told me honesty was of utmost importance when I was very little and I took it to heart. Now when do I lie... hmmm... let me think about that one. I lie when asked to divulge something I've been asked not to talk about. I'll act like I don't know.
8. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
This is a hard one. My hair irritates me some days because it is just so unruly. But generally I'm happy with my appearance. I always have been. If you don't like something about yourself change it or accept it. Wallowing in your perceived faults is a waste of time and energy.
9. What is your greatest regret?
I don't believe in regrets, either. We all make mistakes. Did you learn from it? Good, then don't regret it. You wouldn't be able to take the lesson without it. Your trials are preparation for your triumphs. (c)Jameil 2008.
10. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I don't know. I don't think I've met him yet. But I've been asking God to prepare me for him.
11. Which talent would you most like to have?
I'm pretty satisfied with the ones I have. But I do think it would be nice to be able to flip. I've always been too frightened of busting my head open (no matter the supporting surface) to try. I didn't even learn how to do a cartwheel until I was about 13. I learned to do a round off shortly thereafter. I chose not to go further. I like my head. But I used to ask Ash to do it on the grass at Hampton. I would clap and cheer. Lol.
12. What is your current state of mind?
Luminous. Expectant. Thoughtful.
13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I guess the procrastination.
14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I haven't had it yet. I told my father a few weeks back I'm going to be a success. He said, "You already are." I was taken aback. I said, "Awww... thanks Dad. But it's not enough." His reply? "It never is for successful people." Deep. Then he brought up Rocky saying being a lawyer wasn't enough, then being state senator, then U.S. senator, now President. He believes Rocky will re-define presidencies. Did you just put me in the same category as Rocky? I had to end the conversation. I like compliments but sometimes it overwhelms me to know my parents, the ones who raised me and brought me into this world, think so highly of me. They don't say it a lot so when they do it means that much more.
15. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Oooh. That's interesting. A ladybug?
16. What is your most treasured possession?
My magnificent mind. You can't take any of this stuff with you when you die, alas, not even those navy blue velvet and satin pumps with the pleated toe and dainty bow which I'm oh so tempted to wear daily. The only thing that goes on for eternity is your soul. And really, everything can be replaced. Sometimes when I think these things I feel like maybe I grew up too privileged. We weren't rich but firmly middle class where my mother did not have to work, but chose to and we never really wanted for anything. We weren't spoiled, but loved. No, really. We're very down to earth children (my sister and I) which I think accounts for the lack of attachment to worldly goods.
Part II to come.