Better late than never and all that....
1. Did you become what you wanted to be when you grew up? Are you happy with your choice?
I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up (other than an Olympic equestrienne, which was pie-in-the-sky). I planned to go to college, get an MBA (it was 1982) and be wildly successful (at something). Wellllll, lots of things got in the way, some bad, some good, but dang, it sure was interesting. I ended up going to nursing school while working as a unit secretary in the ER, and I’ve never looked back. I love what I do. Period. And will always. Nursing is the best job ever, because if you are burned out on whatever you’re doing, there are a hundred different avenues to go down. Best.job.ever. (And I’m working on the MBA).
2. Did man really go to the moon or was it a publicity stunt?
OMFG. My brother actually believes this shite. My eyes could not roll back up in my head far enough. Yes, you stupid f*&ks, we actually did something magical. I love my brother, but damn dude, you are an educated man. WTF?!
3. Given the opportunity to change one major aspect of your life (i.e. career, relationship, family) with no guarantee of the outcome, would you take the chance? Why?
I am not a chance-taker. Anymore. Worked out badly for me every time. I’ll just stick with what I got, ‘cuz I’m a coward that way. Plus, I’ve been burned enough.
4. Does money buy happiness?
A certain amount, yes. Would I like more money, enough to pay off the bills and travel, and have an income that would let me keep doing that? Hell yeah. That would make me happy. Would I still be sad about stuff? Yep. That’s what makes me human.
5. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Pet the dog. I wake up most nights with anxiety, and petting the puppy makes me feel better.
6. What are we going to do when we run out of room to bury the dead?
Cremation I hope. Do.not.bury.me.in.the.ground. It creeps me out.
7. What is your greatest fear? Why? Is it rational or unreasonable?
Jellyfish. Totally rational. I got wrapped up in a Portugese man-o-war jellyfish when I was a kid (12-ish) and had to go to the hospital. I have been terrified of jellyfish since. The only swimming I do is in a nice clean pool.
8. How do you feel about the exploitation of your private data in the digital age? Does it ever cross your mind or are you hyper-aware of the risks?
Pretty aware. I use a password locker, change them regularly, and never post anything on Facebook that my employer or the State Board of Nursing could look askance at. Very few, and I mean, VERY FEW, know who I actually am on this blog, for example. Learned that the hard way.
9. You can be forgiven one debt. What is it? If you don’t have debt, then how did you do it?
It would be fab to be done with the mortgage. I plan on living here the rest of my life, and getting out from under that would be sweet.
10. Hot or cold?
Always cold. Why the hell I thought living in Alaska would be fun is beyond me. I like New Mexico MUCH better.
11. What is your favorite thing in the world (aside from family, friends, pets)?
Technology. It allows me to tour museums, travel to distant countries, read classics, and buy toilet paper. From the comfort of my jammies and the couch. Yay!!
12. You have to give up one of your five senses. Which one would you go without?
Touch. I’m not a big touchy, feely person. Get out of my space already.
13. Do you believe everyone has a doppelgänger?
Nah. There’s only one of me, with my backstory, my baggage, my joy. Someone might LOOK like me, but they aren’t me, yanno?
14. Likewise, does everyone have a soulmate or is it just a matter of proximity and circumstance?
Proximity and circumstance. The whole soulmate thing kind of weirds me out. I’m not sure people even have a “soul”. Much less manage to find the “mate” to it…
15. Imagine you have a theme song that plays every time you enter a room. What would your song be?
Every time? Have no clue.