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Back from Vegas as of last night, and lots on my to-do list for the day, but first...


1. How quickly does it take your phone to die?
I try to leave it plugged in all the time, but on days when I'm out and about all day, it's usually critical by the end of the day.

2. Do you remember the first YouTube video you ever watched?
No, I don't, but the earliest one I remember is Drinking Out of Cups. Which may have been my first YouTube video ever.

3. How many cities do you have saved in your weather app? What are they?
My phone just automatically gives me the weather where I am, and that's all I care about.

4. Are you happy?
Not totally. How can anyone be happy with what Trump is doing to our country and our world? And not just Trump, because it's not like he's that powerful, but the people who support him and for some reason agree with him.

5. What colour is your soap? Shampoo?
I use Dr. Bronner's soap, which is the color of apple juice. My shampoo is a metallic brown color.

6. What do they smell like?
Peppermint soap, shea butter shampoo

7. Have you ever had a run in with the police?
Nothing more serious than a traffic stop. The kind that happens when you're white, anyway, which is not serious.

8. Who inspires you the most?
My friends. People who are active and intelligent and fun.

9. How often do you dye your hair?
A few times a year. Whenever the top layers are no longer purple.

10. Do you have any friends with benefits?
Yeah. I have one friend I sleep with about once a year (because that's as frequently as I see him), and another friend who comes over to my house once a week to nap and cuddle together. That's my version of polyamory right now :)

11. Does your ex miss you?
Maybe, but I don't think he misses our relationship.

12. Have you ever been on a horse? How was it?
Yes. I was nervous about the horse losing its balance on the side of this steep mountain, but I guess that's not a thing that happens much. Then when it was over, my crotch was sore for a while.

13. What is your favourite fruit?
Avocado

14. Is the last male you spoke to attractive?
Absolutely.

15. Do people often tell you that you're pretty?
Yeah, bridge players say so all the time.

16. What was your worst subject in school? What about your best?
Physics probably was my worst? I always got A's, but it was the one that was the least easy for me, I guess. Spanish was best.

17. How many different towns have you lived in?
Six, officially, but only 3 "metro" areas.

18. Are you kinky?
I am probably the most vanilla polyamorous person that ever walked the face of the earth. But polyamory itself is kinky to some. Shrug.

19. What is in your refrigerator right now?
A bunch of sauces, some salad that has gone bad, DDP, cheese, whatever my roommate has in there, tofurkey, and vodka.

20. Are you sexy?
I don't feel like I am these days, but Toby thinks so.

21. How far away does a destination have to be before you consider it a road trip?
It's a road trip if I drive there and spend the night away from home.

22. Do you believe that people can change?
I know that I've changed a LOT (thanks, antidepressants and therapy!), and I've seen others change for the worse, which maybe just betrays that they were kinda shitty all along. But yeah I believe it.

23. Do you always have the TV on for background noise?
I don't own a TV but I do turn Netflix on when I'm going to sleep.

25. Are you more mentally or physically strong?
I guess mentally.

26. What is something weird that turns you on?
Awkward nerds.

27. Do you easily pick up on innuendos?
I pick up on innuendo that isn't even there.

28. Do you avoid confrontation?
No, but I don't seek it out, either.

29. With whom was your last kiss and where?
Kissed Toby in the car as I dropped him off at the train today.

30. Have you ever been offered drugs? Did you accept?
Yeah, I know a lot of people who do a lot of different drugs, and I've been offered plenty, but never accepted anything more than a toke. I've never in my life felt pressured to participate.

31. Have you ever tried online dating?
Yep!

32. What perfume do you wear?
Just my own natural stank.

33. What three countries would you LEAST like to visit?
North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Syria (tried to think of different answers from P-Fred, from whom I ganked this, but hers were spot on).

34. What have been the top 3 moments of your year so far?
Winning the KO with Toby this weekend, meeting Trevor for the first time, and meeting Trevor for the second time, probably :)

35. Does virginity matter to you?
No.

36. What is on your floor right now?
Suitcases

37. Do you take nudes?
No. SHOCKINGLY, the ones I allowed to be taken got shared with others without my consent. WHO COULD'VE GUESSED THAT WOULD HAPPEN?! So yeah, I don't do this anymore.

38. Do you like reptiles?
Sure.

39. Do you swear a lot?
Do you know me but at all?

40. Does it bother you when guys wear pink?
It bothers me when a guy won't wear pink.

41. Do you watch porn?
Sometimes.

42. What is an unpopular opinion that you have?
I don't believe most people should have children.

43. Do you watch any reality shows?
No.

44. Do you skip breakfast?
I often sleep through it.

45. Do you work out every week?
Yes.

46. Did you grow up in a small town or big city?
Small town.

47. How many roses did you get on Valentine’s day?
0. Idgaf about this sort of thing.

48. Are you belligerent?
No.

49. What are you looking forward to?
More relaxation this week, then all the travel I have coming up. Vancouver, FRFF, Scotland, Alaska...

50. Have you ever been lost in the woods?
Yep.
jianantonic: (Seahorse)
1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
Lots of things! Some big ones were trivia hosting, which I now do regularly, and I went to Everett House, which is a public hot tub/spa place where I was naked with strangers. This is not a thing I would have been comfortable doing before.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
The one resolution I remember was to try to run 10 miles per week. I did that for several weeks and then got repeatedly injured.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Emily did! Baby Trev is two weeks old and I can't wait to squish his squishy baby arms and legs when I meet him in a few more days!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Stuart. The first core Shantytowner to go. I only saw him once or twice a year, but all Shantytowners are family, and this one was hard.
5. What countries did you visit?
Kept it North American this year. Canada and Mexico.
6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
My health would be great, and a regular stream of real estate clients would also be splendid.
7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 11, the day my kitten was born. November 8, because FUCK EVERYTHING. December 18, Trevor's debut on this planet.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
No real milestone achievements this year, but adopting the kitty was a big thing for me. And I'm rocking at catmomming.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Can we not, with this?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Ugh, yes. The year started off with an ulcerated knee injury from a comical accident. I'll have the scar from that one for the rest of my life, I'm sure. I had multiple joint injuries, mostly sprains and strains. I only had one really bad fall this year, which is significantly fewer than the previous year...
My doctor diagnosed me with SIBO, the treatment for which is far worse than the disease.
I got shingles in the summer, which took months to clear up.
I got tendinitis in my wrist, and a cortisone shot to attempt to alleviate it. The pain is reduced, but not gone, and I may require surgery soon :/
And let's not forget STAPH OF THE FACE. Which is almost entirely cleared up now but omg gross.
Oh and I still have depression. But it's under control.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Little Boy Blue, my Prius C. It's a good car.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Toby. He is always a model citizen (or model permanent resident, if you will), and treats me with unrelenting kindness and love. I'm so lucky.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Trump and everyone who voted for him or gave him air time.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Paying off debt that I carelessly amassed in a bout of depression wherein I was not concerned about the future.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Our first female president. (tears) Taking Toby to Falcon Ridge and also to Virginia. Friendsgiving. Emily's pregnancy and the resulting infant.
16. What song will always remind you of 2016?
Any David Bowie or Prince songs, because reasons.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Micro -- mostly happier
Macro -- omg so much sadder
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercising, working, crafting
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Being sick and injured
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Flew into Newark on Xmas morning and spent the day in Brooklyn with my brother's family, then drove down to Charlottesville with them that evening.
21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
Emily. She's pretty much the only person I talk to on the phone outside of work. I guess also my mom and sometimes my brothers. But it was definitely Emily.
22. Did you fall in love in 2016?
With Cleopatrick, yes :)
23. How many one-night stands?
None
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Archer, though I'm not up to date on the latest episodes because I only watch them as they come on Netflix.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nah.
26. What was the best book you read?
Brothel was pretty good. I was sad when I finished it because I wanted there to be more.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Probably Walk the Moon
28. What did you want and get?
New carpets in the house, regular cleaners, more time with Toby
29. What did you want and not get?
Bernie, then Hillary election victories. Yes on 97. My lawsuit to settle. (The end is in sight, though.)
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Shit I don't know if I saw anything new this year. Pretty sure I didn't.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 33 and Toby turned 34 and we did an escape the room party followed by dinner at the Multnomah Whiskey Library
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Any one of the following:
better health
better professional success
better election results
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
Funky
34. What kept you sane?
My amazing friends. My kitten. My anti-depressants. My therapist.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I haven't had any celebrity crushes, but I wouldn't kick any of the Blazers out of bed.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Does the election count as a political issue? I mean it's kind of a lot of them. I guess misogyny is what boiled my blood the worst.
37. Whom did you miss?
I've spent a lot of time missing Toby, because he takes extended trips back to Scotland and it sucks to not have him here for so long. I miss my friends who don't live here or visit enough. I miss my family when they're not around. I miss Marma a lot. Stuart.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I met so many great people this year, I cannot choose a best one. I am grateful for all the new folks in my life.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016?
You should have a cat.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"Those who find themselves ridiculous, sit down next to me."
jianantonic: (Seahorse)
Tell us about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!!
The year was: 2000-2001
1. Did you know your spouse? No
2. Did you car pool to school? Yes, but I was always the driver
3. What kind of car did you have? Chevrolet Corsica
4. Did you ever TP anyone's home when you were in high school? No...but I did leave rancid meat in people's yards when they did shitty things.
5. Where were you on a Friday night? Working at the mall or hanging out with friends doing stupid shit like putting rancid meat in people's yards.
6. What kind of job did you have in high school? I worked at American Eagle at the Mall, and occasionally caddied at bridge tournaments.
7. What kind of job do you have now? Realtor
8. Were you a party animal? Not in the typical sense of the word "party," but I hung out with friends basically all the time.
9. Were you a cheerleader? No.
10. Were you considered a jock? A little? I played basketball and was athletic, but I was much more in the nerd camp.
11. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? Negative.
12. Were you a nerd? Not nearly as much of one as I am now, but absolutely yes.
13. Did you get suspended or expelled? No.
14. Can you sing the fight song? Did AHS have a fight song?
15. Who was/were your favorite high school teacher? Mr. MacDonald, probably. I also really liked Mr. Weisend, Sr. Mack, and Mr. Foutz. I mean I liked most of my teachers. But they were my faves.
19. If you could go back and do it again, would you? It was full of good times, for sure, but no thanks.
20. Did you have fun at Prom? Meh. I only went one year, and stayed for maybe like half an hour?
21. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? We are FB friends, but we don't talk. If I ran into him, we'd catch up.
22. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? Maybe, if I'm planning to be in Charlottesville anyway. It's far.
23. Are you still in contact with people from school? Yes. I'd venture that were Facebook not a thing, I'd still be in touch with many of my closest high school friends, but not nearly the number that I am now.
jianantonic: (Seahorse)
1. What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?
Lived alone.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I think so, yes? Was it this year or the year before that I made the resolution to be more Portlandy? I was definitely more Portlandy.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not super close.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not super close.

5. What countries did you visit?
Guatemala!

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Fitness

7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I'm thankful that I don't remember the exact date, but June 30thish was the day we finalized our divorce, and the last time I saw McKenzie. Hopefully not the last time ever.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Kicking ass at Real Estate

9. What was your biggest failure?
The end of my marriage. i just wish so many things were different.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had a lot of persistent colds, my back is still fucked up from my car accident in 2014, I broke my tail bone AGAIN, had the worst ankle sprain I've ever had, fell down like a hundred times and suffered various cuts and aches from my clumsiness, and most impressively, I pulled a goddamn kegel muscle.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Plane tickets to Guatemala.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Honestly? Mine. I grew the fuck up in a lot of really important ways this past year.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Often it was my own, but I'm growing and improving on that. Republicans. Sometimes my parents.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Travel.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My nieces, the Blazers, travel, new tattoos, dating

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
Passenger "Let Her Go." It seemed like that came on EVERY TIME I turned on Pandora as I was wrestling with the choice to end my marriage. It just felt like such a flashing neon sign. And also a giant middle finger.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Definitely happier -- but I am much more sad about the end of my marriage now than I was as it was ending, and that's been constantly difficult.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Running

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Eating crap food

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my family in Virginia

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
The listing agent for the house I sold on Corbett. He was so difficult to work with and I was constantly having to negotiate with him. That deal was a nightmare.

22. Did you fall in love in 2015?
Yes

23. How many one-night stands?
0

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Archer

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No.

26. What was the best book you read?
Going Clear

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Taborgrass

28. What did you want and get?
Blazers season tickets, a mandolin, a trip to Guatemala, love

29. What did you want and not get?
To break free of depression.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Immitation Game

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went to Reno with friends. I turned 32 and it was a complete blast.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Wanting the same marriage that McKenzie wanted.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Portland.

34. What kept you sane?
My friends.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hanson, Gordon Hayward

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Gun control, the upcoming elections, #blacklivesmatter, #yesallwomen

37. Who did you miss?
My family when I wasn't with them, McKenzie, my in-laws.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Toby.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015:
Don't make important decisions on the heels of a major upheaval.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"When the minutes seem like hours and the hours seem like days, then a week goes by you know it takes my breath away..."
Not the most sophisticated lyrics ever, but true for me on so many levels.

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