Monthly Archives: September 2011

62 Questions – Part Seven – Negative Self Talk


Long time, no blog! Part seven yields no huge insights into my psyche upon initial examination. I’ll check back in if anything occurs later on!

I’m going to the mountains with my family this weekend. Can’t wait! Much love to you and yours.


ps. I use exclamation points indiscriminately. I am aware of this. In my defense, I am overly emphatic in verbal communication as well.

I am working through Life Literacy Lab’s 62 power questions to reconnect to yourself. Let me know if you’re ready to take the challenge with me. I’d love to have a buddy!

    1.  What are you really bad at?

      Following through on my plans.

    2. Who would you like to forgive and forget?

      Can’t think of any outstanding grudges off hand…
    3. Do you often hear your inner voice? What does it usually tell you?

      Yes, I often do! It’s usually positive, but often veers into “OMG YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO DO PANIC PANIC PANIC!” territory. Still some work to do in the negative self-talk arena. If I wouldn’t say it to one of my friends, I try not to think it about myself!

    4. When was the last time you cried without anyone seeing you? And why?

      I cried in my car because I was stressed out.

    5. What do you want people you meet for the first time to think about you?

      I want people to think I am interesting, intelligent and genuinely listening to what they have to say!

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Part One


62 Questions – Part Six – Princess Leia and the Phallus


I am working through Life Literacy Lab’s 62 power questions to reconnect to yourself. Let me know if you’re ready to take the challenge with me. I’d love to have a buddy!

  1.  What are you grateful for?

    I am grateful for the opportunity to learn every day. For a body that gets me where I need to go, and senses that allow me to experience the world. For food to sustain me and drink to slake my thirst. For the opportunity to give and receive love. For the ability to choose. For books, and magical used book stores. For quiet. For the robin eating berries outside our window this morning.

  2. What time of the day do you feel the most energetic? And what do you usually do in those moments?

    Early in the morning or very, very late at night. Is it possible to be a morning person and an insomniac at the same time? My muse is a fickle mistress… I usually end up writing. Sometimes I paint.
  3. If you knew you had only one week to live, how and with whom would you spend it?

    With my family, in a huge cabin in Lake Tahoe or on the Mendocino coast, with easy access to fine food and wine. Reading, playing games, hiking, bird watching, swimming, singing and talking late into the night.

  4. Why do you think your most favorite film touches you so deeply?

    Choosing a “most favorite” anything is nearly impossible for me. West Side Story and Moulin Rouge are both standing out at the moment. Apparently I am really into watching inevitable tragedy unfold.

    My favorite moments both occur after the protagonist’s death. Maria’s “…because now I have hate” monologue that leads into the Sharks and the Jets teaming up to carry Tony’s body. Oh, and when they sing There’s a Place For Us as he’s dying. ACK. In Moulin Rouge, when the curtain comes down and Satine is dying, and the audience is going crazy w/applause. They have no idea that she’s dying behind the curtain.  In summary: I really like over-dramatic death scenes. What the heck does that mean??

  5. If you could be a fictional character from a movie or a novel, who would you want to be? Why?

    From a movie, Princess Leia, bar none, for the following reasons:

    1. She kicks ass.
    2. She gets into scrapes, but she is always looking for a way of escape. She doesn’t flip out, she watches and waits. She’s ready for the opportunity.
    3. She has really long hair.

    From a novel, Hester Prynne. No kidding. I think she’s one of the most interesting characters in American Lit–and doing a feminist reading of The Scarlet Letter is super fun! One of my best papers in school was entitled “Hester’s Needle,” in which I argued that Hester/her needle was the predominate phallic figure in the novel. She’s always described as being hard/penetrating her environment, and she ends up covering the town in her embroidery. Dimmesdale, to contrast, is described as being soft and “tremulous” CONSTANTLY. There’s more to the argument, but it was pretty cool.

    Yes, English majors are often sex-obsessed. Why do you ask?




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In the time of your life, live.


“In the time of your life, live—so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.

Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart.

Be the inferior of no man, or of any men be superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man’s guilt is not yours, nor is any man’s innocence a thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand. Have no shame in being kindly and gentle but if the time comes in the time of your life to kill, kill and have no regret.

In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.” — William Saroyan

62 Questions – Part Five


I am working through Life Literacy Lab’s 62 power questions to reconnect to yourself. Let me know if you’re ready to take the challenge with me. I’d love to have a buddy!

  1.  What worries you the most when you think about your future?

    I worry that we will delay having kids until it is too late. I worry that I will die with the music still in me.

  2. What really sucks in your life? Who has the power to change it?

    Our apartments sucks! It’s too small, messy and super cluttered.  But guess what? I have the power to change it. And I’m working on it. Huzzah!
  3. What is your life really about? What is your purpose in life?

    I want my life to be about experiencing as much as I can. Taking pleasure in the small things. Appreciating the beauty that is around me every day. My life’s purpose is discovering my life’s purpose.

  4. What fear could wake you in the middle of the night?

    Hmm. I have night terrors about things in the window or the doorway. They are terrifying–and I always wake Adam up.

    “ARG! There’s a spider on the ceiling.”

    “No, there isn’t.”

    “Yes there is! I’m not dreaming. It’s right…” Stare at ceiling while I wake up and realize that I was, in fact, dreaming. Apologize to Adam, but he’s already fallen back asleep.

    I guess the underlying fear there is an invasion of the home-space?

  5. What joy could wake you in the middle of the night?

    The call of nature! Wait… that actually means something else, but it’s funny, so I’m going to leave it there–especially because that could ALSO wake me up in the middle of the night. When we are camping, or vacationing near the beach I always wake up at odd hours and just want to sit outside and soak up the sights and sounds. If I know I’m going on a hike, I will wake up every hour on the hour to see if it’s time to put my shoes on and go. 

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