So my niece posted these on her Facespace with the following comment: Yesss! Finally! An adult version!! Tired of those surveys made by high school kids? Here are 25 questions for Grown Ups!
And by popular demand (One! One person asked me to answer them… that’s popular enough for me!) I’m gonna post them here with my answers for your entertainment.
1. What bill do you hate paying the most? Bills are a necessary evil if one wants to have anything in this world we live in. Food, clothing, shelter, they call come with a price. If one doesn’t want to have refuse piling up around them or sewage in the house, there is a cost for removing that too. So I have no hatred towards paying for the convenience of living in the modern world.
2. When was the last time you had a romantic dinner? I don’t do romantic dinners. I think they’re trite and… boring. I never saw why people go through all of that trouble for what? thirty minutes of blah blah blah. That being said, the last one I had was way back in… I think it was 2011 on Valentine’s Day the first year I met Doug. Could have been 2012. I’m bad with time. We decided to do the whole romantic dinner thing for our first Valentine’s Day and it was… nice. Not thrilling, but nice. I totally enjoyed seeing Deadpool in the theater on Valentine’s Day a few years ago way more than an overpriced dinner that I had to dress up for.
3. What do you really want to be doing? Right now? I’m cool with keeping on keeping on.
4. How many colleges did you attend? Let’s see. I went to a business school and got a “useless” certification from there in “Desktop Publishing”. That was way back in the late 80’s. I attended a two year college and got my AA from there. That was a long process actually because I first went to TCC in the mid 90’s and ran out of funding, then I was able to go back in the early-to-mid-00’s and finish that degree. Then I went on to Mississippi State University where I finished my BA and eventually got my MA. That was between 2007 and 2011. But I had to repeat a lot of the courses I took at TCC because I waited so long to go back.
5. Why did you choose the shirt you have on? I reached in the dryer and pulled out a clean shirt. No thought went into the choosing.
6. Thoughts on gas prices? They go up. They go down a little. They go up again. They’re more expensive in the Summer. People have been bitching about the price of gas for as long as I can remember. Picture my mom at a gas station circa some time in the 70’s back when they pumped the gas for you (and checked your oil, washed your windows, and checked the air in your tires… all for the price of gas.) Anyway, mom: “I can’t believe gas is 50 cents! This is highway robbery! I’m not going to pay this much for gas! I want to speak to your manager!” What? y’all thought that talking to the manager was a new thing? Perish the thought! I, myself remember them being under a dollar when I first learned how to drive. But hey, prices go up. That’s the way the world works. We can yell and scream and jump up and down all we want, but in the end, we’re gonna pay for the gas because if we don’t the cars won’t go anywhere, and ain’t no one in these great United States going to go without their car.
7. First thought when the alarm goes off in the morning? I have no alarm. Even when I did, my first thought in the morning is always, “What time is it?” Even when I had an alarm set.
8. Last thought you have before you go to bed? I don’t remember.
9. Do you miss being a child? Oh, god no. People are always telling children what to do, where to go, what to wear. Children are often confused about the world in general and how it works. They have tantrums, not because they’re bad or spoiled, but because their brains get overloaded with too much stimuli and they cannot take anymore and they unload in the only way they know how, by crying — sometimes screaming and kicking, but yeah. They have no other outlet. Kids don’t know anything about anything. Not because they’re stupid, but because they haven’t had the time to learn what they need to know. Children have no say in what they’re allowed to do, and they lack the capacity to make these decisions anyway. The world isn’t made to work for children. I wouldn’t want to be a child at all. No way. I don’t miss being a kid. I don’t miss being a teenager either. I love being an adult. The only thing I’ve tried to keep from my childhood is my childlike sense of wonder about the world, because that is truly a tragic thing to loose.
10. What errand/chore do you despise the most? I thought these questions were for adults? That’s the kind of question you ask a child. Yes I’m being snarky.
11. Up early or sleep in? I rise with the sun. Since I’m disabled, I can get up any time I want to. When the sun peeks around the edges of my blackout curtains, that’s when my brain wakes me up. I sleep later in the Winter than in the Summer for obvious reasons.
12. Pet’s names? Right now, we have four pets. Luckily, I don’t use pets names as security questions, so I’m okay with giving them out on these kinds of questionnaires. Our cat’s name is Mister (or My Mister, or Mister Mister — depending on my mood). Our dogs are named — in the order that we got them, and coincidentally from biggest to smallest — Brandy, Cocoa, and Poptart.
13. Favorite lunch meat? Wow, we made it all the way to 13 before we have a “favorite” question! Good job. I don’t do favorites.
14. What do you get every time at Wal-Mart? I had to think back to the last time I’ve been to Wal-Mart… it’s been almost two years. Not because I’m against Wally World or anything, but because there isn’t one around here. As for what do I get every time go there (when I went there)… there isn’t a single item that I get every time I walk through the doors. There isn’t anything I get most of the time I go there. I guess, a long time ago, I used to get candy bars for the kids, but they’ve long since moved out.
15. Beach or lake? Boring questions don’t get answered.
16. Is marriage overrated? It is when you’re married to the wrong person. Marry the right person though, then it’s everything you ever expected. For me, third time was a charm.
17. Ever crashed your vehicle? I’ve been in two or three fender benders and one car crash. The latter is what triggered my Fibromyalgia. I want to say she crashed into me but I was crossing traffic (turning left out of a parking lot while the traffic was stopped at a stop light), so I was technically at fault. It’s one of those, If she hat hit my car two inches to the right more, I wouldn’t be here typing this. scenarios. As it was, she totaled my car, barely dented her SUV, and we both walked away shaken and bruised. That was back in 2007, and I’ve never been the same since.
18. Strangest place you’ve brushed your teeth? Nothing comes to mind.
19. Somewhere you’ve never been but want to go? There are so many places in this world that I’ve never been and would like to go. But lack of funds, fear of flying, and just not enough time to visit them all will keep me from ever seeing them. That’s okay; not everyone can be a world traveler.
20. At this point in your life would you want to start a new career? Pardon me while I laugh myself silly.
21. How old are you? Old enough to know better, too young to care, and crazy enough to try. Damn I wish I could still say that. I’m 52 this year.
22. Do you have a go to person? I’m not even sure what that means. Does that mean do I have a person I go to when I’m… sad? happy? upset? need something fixed? need to ice someone? what? For most purposes, Doug is happy to help me out. If something needs fixed though, he’s not my man. ^_^ I love my husband, but handy he is not.
23. Are you where you want to be in life? I’m content with how my life has worked out for the most part. I may not be working, but I’m coming to terms with that. It’s taking a long time to come to terms with that… but it’s happening. Other than that, I am content. Because if I weren’t I wouldn’t stay in an unhappy situation. Life is too damned short to waste it being unhappy. Just… too damned short.
24. Growing up what were your favorite cartoons? So “growing up” takes a lot of years. A lot of years, which means I watched a boatload of cartoons over those years from many different channels and many different cartoon makers. It’s nearly impossible for me to weed through all of those cartoons and chose favorites. But good job on only having two favorites in this list.
25. What do you think has changed about you since you were a teenager? I’m 52 years old. That means I haven’t been a teenager in, what 34 years? If I haven’t changed in 34 years, that would be some sad going’s on right there. I would hope that I’ve matured a lot. I know that once I started taking medications for my bipolar (which developed when I was a teenager) I calmed the hell down tremendously. I’m not nearly as judgmental as I was when I was a teenager; I can tell you that. I’ve slowed down a lot… But seriously. Three decades is a long time. A lot has changed. The biggest thing though is that I’ve slowed down in life. Life may be short, but that doesn’t mean I have to live as though it’s going end at any moment. Savor the moment, because it’s the only moment we have.