The weather is great, though.
And Jim made a wonderful apple pie.
What bill do you hate paying the most?
Taxes, because I have to pay both Canadian and American and the forms drive me nuts. If I have to say literally which bill, since it's not like you can exactly call a tax form a bill, I suppose it would be the credit card bill where I paid my share of the cost of my stupid CPAP which I hate so so very much. Bill that comes regularly? None of them truly bother me.
Do you miss being a child?
Not so much, though I do miss all the free time.
Chore you hate the most?
Dusting. We have way too much stuff to work around. And under. And to dust before placing it back on the dusted surface.
Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
At my dining room table. Though I have to say at La Push last year was probably more romantic.
If you could go back and change one thing what would it be?
I'd have gotten more writing done when I was younger.
Name of your first grade teacher?
I don't remember any more! I had two, because we moved from Vancouver to Edmonton in the middle of grade one, and I can't recall either name right now. I do remember being the only student in grade one in Edmonton who could already read, though.
What do you really want to be doing right now?
Sitting reading on the love-seat, holding up a cat or two.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a writer. I thought I might be a teacher of some kind, though.
How many colleges did you attend?
Two. UVic (the University of Victoria) for my BA, the University of Montana for my MFA.
What are your thoughts on gas prices?
That we don't yet pay the actual cost of gasoline.
First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
Sunday! The only alarm was the cat alarm, and I thought, "Atia, stop ricocheting off me!"
Last thought before going to sleep last night?
I hate this machine.
What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Geoffrey Chaucer. I think he'd be very amusing. If had to choose someone alive, I really can't think of anyone, though there are a lot of dead people I'd like to have spent time with.
Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
No. Other drivers have crashed into my vehicle, though, and I have dented vehicles in my time.
Get up early or sleep in?
Sleep in, please please please.
What is your favorite cartoon character?
When I was a kid I loved Casper the Friendly Ghost. Yes, I was a smarmy child. Now I'd have to say Lisa Simpson.
When did you first start feeling old?
I think I've always felt old. But it doesn't help that now my students are all young enough to be my children, and that I've got a great niece who will be in her teens this summer.
Favorite lunch meat?
Rare roast beast.
What do you get every time you go into Target?
I haven't been into a Target in several years--since I heard that they allow their pharmacists to deny drugs even if the customer has a prescription.
Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
Sort of. Though I've been married 25 years, I didn't expect to marry at all. I do think that either everyone should be able to or no one should.
Favorite movie you wouldn't want anyone to find out about?
Ladyhawk. Now you know.
What's your favorite drink?
Depending on the situation: cold spring or filtered water; cherry cider from Trader Joe's; hard pear cider; Lagavulin single malt.
Who from high school would you like to run into?
Tammy Melnyk. For some reason I've been wondering what happened to her. She wasn't even someone I knew well, I just liked her art.
What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
KUOW, an NPR station. My musical tastes aren't wide enough that I can bear any music radio stations.
Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?
Neither interest me at all.
Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
Breaking up with a really sweet and fun guy for someone I thought I was crazy about who turned out to be totally whacked. And mean.
Do you like the person that sits directly across from you at work?
Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purposes?
No, though there was a time I wished I'd had one handy.
Last book you read?
Cassandra Clare's City of Glass.
Do you have a teddy bear?
Yes. He's a non-cuddly panda who growls when you tip him on his back. He lives stored in a box in the catbox room. A waste of a good panda.
Do you go to church?
What is the worst airport you have ever visited?
Heathrow. Loud, crowded, difficult to navigate.
How many of your friends/acquaintances/colleagues have been indicted?
None that I know of.
For my recent listening, reading, writing news and an entry from my 1997 travel journal to Scotland, see Les Semaines.