- What makes you laugh?
Terry. He can drag a laugh out of me, even when I stubbornly try to resist. He also has one of the best, heartiest laughs that makes you smile just hearing it.
- What is your favorite song?
I love music across many genres and I could not possibly pick just one. When it comes to classical music, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is my favorite piece. I find it to be very moving. My favorite pop group is Coldplay and my favorite pop artist (right now) is KT Tunstall. I like to sing along to KT Tunstall’s songs because they are mostly within my range, though her vocal range goes lower than mine.
- On average, how much time do you spend stitching each day?
About 2 hours on weeknights, if I’m lucky. I’m throwing out the last couple of weeks because they are a significant outlier that throws off the calculation.
- What is your favorite sleeping position?
Without a doubt, it is on my right side with my hands tucked up under the pillow and my knees bent. That’s right, the fetal position on my right side. All I’m missing is the thumb sucking. 😉
- Have you ever been out of the country?
I answered this for Angela, but I’ll put more detail into it this time. Terry has relatives in Saint John, New Brunswick in Canada, so I have been there once and will be there again in July for Terry’s dad’s wedding. In 2000, Terry and I went with his parents on a trip to the United Kingdom. We spent a week in London (during one of their worst heatwaves ever, in a hotel with no air conditioning) and a week traveling through Scotland. I’ve seen Loch Lomond and Loch Ness. I’ve been in Inverness. We visit a textile shop where a master tartan weaver worked, the one who had developed the tartan for the Isle of Skye, I believe. I’ve seen many castles, including the one that housed the French taunters in Monty Python’s Holy Grail movie. I’ve seen brilliant greens like you have never seen before in your life and will probably never see outside of Ireland and Scotland. Since that trip, I’ve been to Scotland for work twice and we’ve been back to London several times; it’s our favorite holiday spot.
Anna: (I just had to laugh at your comment on James Lipton!)
- What is your favorite word?
- What is your least favorite word?
C***. It is the single most harsh and painful word in the English language, at least in my opinion. The mere pronunciation of it cuts like a knife and it should never, ever be used in reference to a woman. NEVER. In fact, I wish the word had never come into existence.
- What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
I find that I am the most at peace and well balanced late at night or in the early morning hours, when no one else is awake and the house is quiet and still. Late nights have always been my most creative time, ever since I churned out a very long poem at 2 AM one night when I was a teenager. I don’t know why, but my mind tends to churn out things while I’m falling asleep or asleep. To the point where I have to keep a notepad beside my bed because I’ll sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with an idea for a design or a graphic or some other random idea. Spiritually, I am fueled by deep conversations with Terry and with my (step)dad. And emotionally… well, that doesn’t take much. I am a very emotional person.
- What turns you off?
Stress. It’s a killer for anything creative, spontaneous, spiritual, sexual, etc.
- What is your favorite curse word?
B****. It’s so overused now that it’s kind of a fun word. So and so is in full b**** mode today. That project was a total b****. Very versatile. 😆 F*** is a really good one, too. I use it very sparingly and usually when I really want to grab someone’s attention, but it sometimes slips out more when I’m stressed out and talking privately to Terry. If I use it in public, though, you know something is up.
- What are your religious beliefs?
Ahhh, what a question! People feel so strongly about religious beliefs and I’m not mainstream, so I hope that the answer to this question won’t cause people to think of me any differently or not to like me anymore. My parents were both raised strict Roman Catholic and followed this religion through their marriage and then some. My brother was baptized but never confirmed. By the time I was born, my parents had separated from the Catholic church. My mother didn’t like the answers she received from priests when she asked about birth control and some other topics. As a result, I was raised outside of any organized religion. When I was a child, I was taught how to meditate as part of the Transcendental Meditation movement. My entire life, I have looked into different religions including Christianity, Hinduism and Buddism. I have taken learnings from each of them that resonate with me at my core and incorporated them into my spirituality. I consider myself to actually be very spiritual, just not in the traditional sense. I spend time contemplating deep issues, like life outside of this one. I tend to take a scientific approach to my spirituality, as well. I chalk that up to being such a technical person and find that other techies take a similar approach to their beliefs, as well.
- What inspired them?
I think I answered part of this question above, but part of my beliefs have been inspired by my mother’s continuing quest to expand and grow her spiritual beliefs. This quest has spanned several decades and many different areas, which has helped me to widen my areas of thought.