Since I waited until the absolute last-minute to tell y’all where we were off to last weekend, I feel like it’s only fair to give you a touch of advanced notice this time around.
On Friday morning, I’m going to Washington D.C. to visit Linds! I haven’t been since a family road trip we took for Spring Break during my Junior year of high school.
It goes without saying that I’ve been chomping at the bit to go back. And I kind of love that I have the best excuse in the world to hustle on over there!
Separately, if you’ve got a favorite place to visit or nosh at ’round those parts, do share in the comments.
A bit of a preface to this next bit…Miss Queen Bee Swain is a girl after my own heart. She Excels at Royal Watching and Enjoying The Finer Things. So it should come as no surprise that I was just thrilled when she tagged me in her Vanity Fair Proust Questionnaire-Extravaganza.
And, For the record, I’m saving my copy of the February Hollywood issue for the plane!
Without further adieu…
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Walking with my Dad around Lake Calhoun on a summer morning and then going out for a hippie-organic-fair trade-all natural brunch at French Meadow Bakery.
What is your greatest fear?
Failure. Maybe it’s cliche, maybe it’s not.
Which figures do you most identify with?
Jenna Elfman’s Anna in Keeping the Faith. Sometimes you have to fight like hell for what you want in your life, even if it doesn’t come across like that on the surface.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Perfectionism. As much as it can be my greatest asset, it can be paralyzing.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Stupidity. Especially when it’s willful.
What do you most value in your friends?
The ability to live presently.
What words or phrases do you most overuse?
Fabulous. Love it. So adorable. Adore. Agree.
What is your favorite journey?
The drive Up North to the Cabin. There’s a certain point where the air changes and my heart basically explodes every time.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
What is your favorite occupation?
Dedicating a bit of time to my mitts and paws. Just a bit of pampering can go a pretty long way.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I’m going to be That Girl on this question. My dear body and I have been on quite the journey in the past two years. And as we stand now, there’s not a single part that I would trade in.
What is your greatest regret?
That I wasn’t able to identify my personal style until my senior year of college. I wasted SO much time in clothes from American Eagle. And yes, I know if that’s my biggest regret, I should consider myself lucky.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Where and when were you happiest?
Billy (my brother) got into the U literally right before his freshman year began. We worked together at the Daily, shared season tickets to any and all Gopher Sports, and his fraternity house was right behind my sorority house. Senior spring, we both had morning classes in the same area of campus and so we would walk to class together.
It was incredible.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish my hair would hold a curl for more than 10 seconds without two hours of curling and an entire can of hairspray.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Guilt-shaming my parents into the acquisition of a Siamese cat my sophomore year of high school.
I’m still not really sure how I pulled that one off. I mean, who looks at their mother in Mass and tells her that today’s the day they’re going to find The Kitten and then actually does it, really? Regardless, none of us can imagine our lives without an overindulged, passive aggressive, extremely narcissistic fang in it.
What is your most treasured possession?
Any one of the sweaters that my grandmother knit…She was a bit prolific. They’re all deadly-warm and just beautiful.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Where would you like to live?
My current Plymouth-status not withstanding, I would choose Lake Minnetonka in a heartbeat.
What is your most marked characteristic?
What is your greatest extravagance?
Champagne. It’s Special Moments in a bottle. And it’s relatively cheap.
What are the qualities you most like in a man?
Honesty. Goodness. Compassion.
Who are your favorite writers?
Oh, that’s a hard one. J.K. Rowling, Brian Jacques (RIP), Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis, Anita Diamant.
I’ll be the first one to tell you that gifted authors of children’s books and other works for young adults deserve the most credit of anyone because they’re able to bring EVERYONE into the world that they’ve manged to create.
How would you like to die?
When I’m old and wrinkly, surrounded by those I love, positive that I have managed to wring every ounce of life out of my body.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Hermione. Smart girls finish first.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My Mom. The older I get, the more I realize that she is the absolute perfect template of how to live an abundantly blessed life.
What is your motto?
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
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My favorite question of the lot: What is your greatest fear? Share.