Natalie Zed: Defying Gravity

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Fine! Stalkers.

This has been sent to be exactly 577 times now, so here it goes. I hope you're all proud of yourselves.

1. How tall are you?
5'2". Until I was about 11 or 12, I was always one of the tallest kinds in my class. My pediatrician told my parents I was going to be tall and thin, maybe a model like my aunt. I hit 13 and stopped. growing. entirely.

2. Do you own a gun?
I have a little plastic one that stoots suction darts. great for relaying messages and attracting the attention of recalcitrant husbands.

3. Rehab? Counseling?
Never more than a single session.

4. Have you ever killed an animal?
No, unless spiders count. I was in a car driven by a friend's father in grade school, though, when we ran over a cat. He was going to flee, at which point I calmly informed him I would call the SPCA if he didn't take the cat to a vet immediately. He did, and refused to allow his son to play with me any more.

5. Are you Irish?
Russian/Ukrainian and Dutch.

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
For ground up lips and assholes in a sausage skin, not bad.

7. What's your favorite Christmas song?
We Three Kings. I can do the harmony.

8. What is your favorite smell?
Where I grew up, there was a woodlot behind my house. In the late spring, all these little green things, little succulent mosses and scrub violets and lily of the valley, would all pop out of the loam. I would read in a tree there. I loved the air there.
I also love anything with cinnamon baking in the oven, and Ed's cologne.

9. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Irish breakfast tea, water, or orange juice mixed with white wine when I've had a rough night.

10. Do you do push-ups?
Ha! HAhahahahahahahaha! hoo-wah. Sure.

11. Have you been shot?
With a pellet gun and a bow and arrow, but I don't know if that counts.

13. Have you ever been hospitalized?
Never overnight. I hate hospitals and refuse to stay. I've had many a visit to emerg' and a few minor surgeries, though.

14. Do you like painkillers?
I really hate taking medication and will avoid it if at all possible, though when I have a migraine coming I'll pop Advil like skittles. When I had surgery on my jaw, though, I was given percocet and a little morphine. That was AWESOME.

15. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?
Ha! HAHAHhahahahaha. right.

I can cook, though, so I suppose that counts. I've also been told I have nerd girl appeal, so I suppose I have that in my favour, for those of you who dig chicks with specs.

16. Do you own a knife?
I own a beautiful set of Wusthof kitchen knives (a chef's, 12" carving, 10" bread, utility, and paring) that cost more than both our wedding rings and my engagement ring combined. I adore them.

17. Do you have A.D.D?

18. Do you love the pain a tattoo brings?
I am sure I would if I encountered it.

19. Name five drinks you regularly drink:
Orange juice, lots of tea, white wine, water, and Coke. Runner's up include dr. pepper, grape juice and smoothies.

20. What's in your CD player?
I think we still have The Producers soundtrack in the kitchen stereo. Otherwise, I have all the music I own in my ipod.

21. What's under your bed?
My tool kit, some storage bins filled with linens, sewing equipment, some flat boxes.

22. Current hair?
shoulder length (needs a cut) and very blond with rapidly fading pink bits.

23. What are you wearing?
plaid pajama pants my mom made, a white tank top, and the most comfortable socks in the world.

24. Current worry?

25. Current loves?
Ed, teaching, this current writing groove, the unseasonably wonderful weather.

26. Current hates?
Applications. I think they make them all suck this bad so most people will just give up.

27. Favorite place to be?
In my bed. I love my bed.

28. Least favorite place to be?
Hospitals. I can't deal with the smell and the aura of disinfected, repressed horror. I'll convalesce at home, thank you.

29. Can you play a musical instrument?
I used to play the piano. I still have the musical awareness but the dexterity is mostly gone now.

30. Favorite color?
Blue and orange.

31. Person(s) from your past with whom you wish you could be right now?

32. Where would you like to go?
Thailand, Japan, Korea, Austailia, Iceland, the South of France, Switzerland, Spain, Antiparos in Greece, Kenya, India, New Mexico and Arizona, Cuba...Everywhere.

33. Where do you want to live?
I think I'd like to settle on the west coast, though property is insanely expensive out there now. Wherever I can get tenure, really.

34. Favorite food?
Lasagna, anything involving really good cheese, fresh raw vegetables, grilled chicken, home made pie, and pad thai. I like many, many things, however.

35. Number of pillows you sleep with?
One pillow and an Ed.

36. What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Very comfortable pajamas. Lots of flannel and cotton.

37. What were you doing at 12:00 AM last night?
Whether or not I should make Ed drink another half litre of water before he fell asleep, and whether he would realize he was staring to externalize his inner monologue again.

38. What do you think you'll be doing in ten years?
Teaching and writing, the same thing I am doing now. Maybe I'll be getting paid a little more, though.

39. First piercing/tattoo?
My ears.

40. Latest crush?
I just watched the Corpse Bride again and remembered how much I adore Johnny Depp's Victor in that film. I also adore Dr. Doom, Raistlin, Severus Snape, and the Phantom of the Opera. Real people are so uncrushable.

41. Last thing you ate?
a quarter of a slice of pizza that appeared to be deep-fried.

42. If you could be a pirate, would you?
While the romanticism is somewhat appealing, the lack of bathing is something I cannot abide.

43. Do you have an iPod?
Hells yes. I love my ipod. WHEN IT WORKS.

44. When and why did you last vomit?
That would be at Paul Kennet's birthday party. It ensured I did not get alcohol poisoning and was actually okay enough to cook bacon the next morning. At one point in the evening, everything starting getting very fuzzy, whereas a few things came into focus. I fled to the bathroom and stared intot he toilet for 20 minutes, then d.b. strating pounding on the door and bellowing at me to come out, he needed the bathroom too. so I crawled out, sat in the middle of the kitchen floor, and very quietly asked Jill for "a thing." She handed me a bucket. She and Paul were even kind enough to let me sleep over. It was a great party.

45. What's in your pockets right now?
I have no pockets. In my old jeans, I have some cherry halls, a loonie, and my office key.

46. What color are your bedroom walls?
off-white and covered with...things.

47. Last thing that made you laugh?
Ed's morning hairdo. I hope if I keep doing impressions of his sentient hair he'll get it cut one day.

48. Any pets now?
Lydia and Sir George Yellowbelly.

49. Innie or an outty?

50. Do you have any piercings?

51. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Hmm. I'd like to say robin's egg blue, but I'm sure it's more like a very natural, yarrow or dandelion yellow.

52. Have you ever won any awards?
Sure. Some even had money attached.

53. How many TVs do you have in your house?
One. It is large, for football.

54. Have you ever sprained/broken/fractured a bone?
Shockingly, I have never broken anything. I seem to have a thing for flesh wounds.

55. If you could pick one person to make out with, who would it be?
Do they have to be real? The Phantom of the Opera.

56. What do you think of the person who posted this before you?
You twinkle, you glow, and you make me laugh. Viva the Vive.

57. What are your initials

58. Ever been given a ring?
Three. Two I still wear.

59. Longest relationship?
Just shy of 4 years. Ed and I will be surpassing that one shortly, I think. =)

60. Last gift you gave?
I gave Madeleine a t-shirt with her name on it last night.

61. Last gift you received?
Um...some date squares and a sweater and some chocolate, I think.

62. How many times have you dropped your cell?
about 6 billion times. Go resiliant little Moto.

63. Last sport played?
Does Catan count? I think Catan should count. Otherwise, ultimate frisby.

64. Where do you live?
in a little basement apartment in deepest Calgary.

65. High school you attend(ed):
St. Thomas of Villanova in LaSalle

66. Cell phone service provider?
Bell. It works in the elevator.

67. Favorite mall store?
Fruits and Passion. Pear/linden rules.

68. Longest job held?
I worked in a bank for two years...but blech. All my jobs tend to be the research assistant/temp teachign variety that last a term at a time, but I do that quite steadily, albeit for different people and in different contexts.

69. Do you prank call people?

70. Last wedding attended?
My own.

71. First friend you would call if you won the lottery?
Gennie or Emily.

72. Last time you attended church?
Eeesh, at my wedding, I think.

73. Favorite lake?
Lake Louise. I miss Lake Erie, but its far too filthy.

74. How many Harry Potters book have you read?
All of them. repeatedly. with great enthusiasm. I love Snape.

75. How old are you?

76. Favorite fast food restaurant?
I don't do fast food. I like Jugo Juice, I suppose.

77. Biggest lie you've heard?
Pick any Bush-ism you'd like.

78. Where do you work?
dANDelion Magazine, and as a research assistant/galley slave in the English department here at the U of C. I worked at Bound and Copied for a while as well.

79. What's your favorite flower?
Gerbera daisies, I think.

80. Can you cook?
From the appreciate noises people make when I set plates in front of them, I'd say yes.

81. Car you drive?
I don't. I have no depth perception, and am just a flat out bad driver besides. I never got further than my beginner's. I am very happy living somewhere where public transit is an option.

82. Worst kisser?
I don't know if I have ever had a really bad kiss. A couple in need of toothbrush and mouthwash, but nothing terrible.

83. Most hated food?
Do I hate any food? Anything with a really unpleasant texture, like runny eggs or the skin that forms on top of pudding, will certainly trigger my gag reflex. Maybe really spicy stuff, because it burns me. But I am not sure I hate anything.

84. Thing you hate most about yourself?
Er. The slight emotional irrationality that comes from owning a uterus is mildly annoying, and I wish my stomach was flatter and my skin more clear, but there's nothing I really hate.

85. Have a secret you can't tell?
Sure. And that's on top of all the secrets I regularly tell.

86. Favorite soda?

87. Can you sing?
Sort of. I have no training, if that is what this means, but I can stay on pitch and find harmony fairly well.

88. Last concert attended?
I think it was Da Vinci's Notebook in Lansing.

89. Last movie rented?
Session 9. One of the scariest movies I have ever seen. It's really fabulously great.
Natalie Zed updated @ 12:19 p.m.!!