Dizz gives me a quiz

My lovely blog friend from across the Atlantic, writer of dizzntizznfizz, name checked me in a little bloggy questionnaire the other day (and YES, Dizz, we will hang out in person someday!), and therefore, I shall take her 20 things quiz. (I have all the trouble in the world remembering how to spell questionnaire. Questionairre? Questionaire? Questloveaire? Ugh).

1. How tall are you?
5’4″ which I know is a common height, but I feel short. I am forever unable to reach top shelves, it seems.

2. Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
I can’t think of anything that I’m hiding. If I have a talent, yo, I’ll share it (please say that to the Vanilla Ice line: “if you gotta problem, yo, I’ll solve it”).

3. What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
I guess when spammers make it through to my Comments section. If we expand it to social media in general, I am always a bit embarrassed when people use public social media to have a conversation that seems better done using something more private, like a text or email. I’m not talking about anything weird or humiliating, but just even mundane things. Like, if someone on Twitter asks me to meet them for lunch on Twitter, for any other followers to see, it makes me uncomfy. It’s like being in a crowded party and having someone shout across the room to you to plan a lunch date, making everyone else hear it, for no reason. Just direct message, is all I’m saying. That said, I am sure I have done this at some point, without thinking about it that way, so maybe the moral of the story is: Peevicians, peeve thyself.

4. What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
Oh, so many. Now that I am thinking about it, I have peeves upon peeves. I am Mario Van Peevels. Let’s just go with a few off the top of my head. I do not like it when people treat old people like children. I am peeved by people who take up more than one seat on the bus. I am peeved when people show disdain for people who have plastic surgery (why is this a thing that we feel we can be so casually unkind about? I do not get it). I am peeved by (is this even a correct way to express peeves? “I am peeved by?”) catcalling. DROWNING IN PEEVES.

5. What’s your favorite song?
Who the HECK can answer this question? One song? I don’t think so! I’ll say Harvest Moon is up there: my dude and I have danced to it a time or two or a hundred and it’s romantical.

6. What’s your favourite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?
I don’t have one. But! My most favorite thing I bought off of Etsy was a Lloyd Dobler necklace made by Missbluebirdandoscar, which I gave to Alli because I knew she would lo-oo-oo-ve it. I love gifting.

7. What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?
Reading or taking a walk. Listening to an audiobook while taking a walk equals a chocolate-and-peanut-butter situation.

8. What’s your favorite junk food?
Popsicles or ice cream in warm weather (and sometimes even in cold weather). Dried mango slices are also a current fave, although they have to be a certain level of dried (not too), and a certain thickness of slice. I have a couple of mango slice hook-ups and I don’t stray from those, because MANGO DIVA.

9. Do you have a pet or pets?
No. This is one of those questions that makes me feel like I have to qualify it by talking about how much I adore animals, etc. It is the same feeling I have when people ask me if I have kids. But this time, I’m just going to say no, I don’t, and not do the list of qualifiers.

10. What are your number one favorite fiction and non-fiction books?
Ugh, this is even worse than the favorite song question! I will just name two that I loved, even if I can’t claim to have favorites. Fiction: Last Night at the Lobster, by Stuart O’Nan. I love how kind O’Nan is to his characters. Nonfiction: Looking White People in the Eye, by Sherene Razack, because it kind of got me through college.

11. What’s your favorite beauty product? 
I know it’s not glamorous, but I love my Keihl’s lotion. It’s expensive but worth it. Ain’t nobody walking around ashy over here with Keihl’s on the case!

12. When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

I really cannot think of a truly embarrassing situation that has happened to me recently. I guess I am due. Crap.

13. If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life what would it be?
Does flavored fizzy water count? I’m going to say it counts. I love me my bubble water.

14. What’s your favorite movie?
Sheeeeeet. Even harder still than the music/books questions! Adam’s Rib? How to Marry a Millionaire? The Bicycle Thief? I don’t know.

15. What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, etc.

Part of no group, part of every group. I felt friendly with everyone, yet didn’t “belong” but never had an expectation to. I guess I was an arty kid, with the dance school times and theater times, but I was friends with everyone who wasn’t a jerk, and I found those people regardless of cliques. There is a trick to being peripheral, weaving in and out, and that’s what I did, and it worked for me.

16. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
New York City, if I felt like I could afford it, which I do not.

17. PC or Mac?

18. Last romantic gesture from your man?
Oh, I see romance in so many things he does. Like, he is spending his morning today calling furnace fixers in Michigan for my mom, whose furnace is on the fritz. The way he is sweet to her is romantic to me. Is that weird?

19. Favorite celebrity?
Oh celebrities…Tig Notaro, Jessica Williams, Jenny Slate, Maria Bamford. Smart, funny ladies are the best.

20. What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?
Anne Helen Peterson from Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style, or Kat Chow from NPR’s Code Switch.

Anyone else want to do this? Do it up, and tell me so I can peep your’n.


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