This Week's Questions from Ren

Here are the questions my buddy Ren posed this week:

1) What is your favorite word?
Currently, I'd have to say "absolutely." I don't know why, but I like saying it.

2) And what one word do you say the most (i know it'’s rude)?
How dare she! Well, she's right, I tend to talk like a sailor at times. Ever since Comic Con, the word "cluster fuck" has frequently flown out of my mouth.

3) Last 3 cd’s you bought? Were they any good?
This answer will be different tomorrow as I'm going to Amoeba tonight!
  • Joe Jackson Band-Volume 4: Good cd with a bonus live cd. I picked it up after seeing Joe Jackson live a couple of months ago and realizing my collection was missing some really good stuff.
  • The New Pornographers-Electric Version: It's great! I'm addicted to their sound. Their new cd comes out August 23rd, so we'll have to pick that up to hear the new songs prior to the show in September.
  • The Devils-Dark Circles: Nick Rhodes and Steven Duffy (original lead singer of Duran Duran). I honestly need to listen to it more. It's pretty mellow and a bit melancholy. Lately I've been in a more upbeat musical mood. I just haven't given it a fair shake yet.
4) Let'’s say you could be any character in any book you have ever read. Let'’s say you have to be a character in a book you have read. Who would you be?
This is a very hard question for me. I'm not nearly as well read as Ren, and a lot of people for that matter, and I have a difficult time retaining what I do read. I spent quite a bit of time reading the 6th Harry Potter book flipping through the 4th and 5th to refresh my memory on references.

While thinking about this question, I go back to two books I read as a child which have (somewhat) stuck with me. I think back to The Secret Garden and The Island of the Blue Dolphins. I don't think I'd want to be the girl on the island, alone and fighting off wild dogs, so I'll choose Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden. She does teach her sick cousin how to walk again, so perhaps in some ways this character inspired my chosen profession without my realizing it. (I doubt it though!)

5) Do you have a morning ritual? Because i know you used to have the diet coke thing going but no more…
I gave up aspartame (Nutrasweet, etc), so yeah, no more morning Diet Coke for me. My morning ritual consists of me snoozing my 5 alarms (I'm not kidding! 3 on my cell phone, 1 radio and 1 buzzer) for a bit. I have to know what's going on in the world first thing so I listen to NPR on KCRW in the bathroom and shower. I'm the type of person who has to take a morning shower and wash, blow dry, and straighten my hair in the morning (as opposed to the night before) so that is ritual on work days. I don't really have any food or beverage rituals currently. It depends on what's in the fridge. Lately, the fridge has been empty and I have been making some am trips to Starbucks. I can't afford to do that every day though, so I'm putting a stop to that asap.

6) Are there any programs you use regularly on your computer?
  • Photoshop- only basic stuff like cropping and brightening up a photo. I'd like to play around with that program more.
  • Napster-the program sucks, but my Samsund mp3 player demands I use it for uploading my music.
  • CDex-good ripping program.
  • V-com virus scanner
7) Why don'’t you just stop running around all the time and take a freakin' nap, woman?
Wow, that is a good question. I enjoy the running around, but as you know, I do get tired and crash. Eric thrives on running around, so I'm often trying to keep up with him. I do squeeze in naps where I can though. For example, after work yesterday, before going to the Emo Phillips show and then to the movies, I took a nice 45 minute nap. The other thing is, I do tend to get a second wind around 10 or 11 pm, so if I stay up that late, I can go until 4 or 5 in the morning. Not good I know. All sorts of studies are coming out saying that lack of sleep shortens your life. I might as well be smoking it seems.

8) I am kind of mildly obsessed with magazines. I always buy any new ones that start up and i buy all kinds of things just to see what they are like, teen magazines, wine magazines...right now i am v. fond of scientific magazines. What magazines do you like to read and why? And are there any you hate, hate, hate?
There are definitely some magazines I really like, but I'm not nearly as obsessed as Eric is with them. Right now my favorites include:
  • Paste-great music coverage with thoughtful writing. I like that it comes with a sampler cd and a dvd (if you subscribe, which I did).
  • The Bark-literary dog magazine. When I discovered this, I quickly put down my Dog Fancy which is mostly good for photos and info on pure breeds only. The Bark has intelligent articles, art, book reviews and more.
  • Q and Mojo-British music magazines. Q has great articles which I discovered by comparing their cover story on Green Day which ran around the same time as Entertainment Weekly did the same. There was a huge difference in the two. I found the British article to be funnier, much more informative, and a far better overall read than the American one (not a huge surprise). Mojo comes with great cds. I don't buy these often though due to the price.
  • Newsweek-I love the political cartoons and quotes section. I think Newsweek has good articles on current world events.
  • People-guilty pleasure. I no longer subscribe, but it is a must read whenever I fly somewhere or go to a waiting room.
  • Discover-good science magazine. I wish I read it more often.
  • National Geographic-gorgeous photography and wonderful articles.
I don't really like the home improvement magazines that Eric gets like This Old House and Handyman. I hate doing home improvements, so I don't really want to read about them.

9) So, you saw david bowie in your dreams, eh? What is the best real star sighting you have ever had?
This is another tough question. I've had quite a few and have trouble picking a "best." So, I'm going with recent. A few weeks ago, I went to the Sunset Laemmle Theater to see a movie with a few co-workers (yes, I was actually socializing with co-workers and I actually had a lot of fun!). Three of us went directly from work and were waiting for two others who were off that day. We were sitting at a table outside of the theater and Matthew Perry came over and sat at another table very close to us. He was on his cell phone. We got a bit giggly and he ended up getting up from the table and moving away a bit (I think because of us). It was fun to see the others' reactions when they arrived. He went into the theater with a female, but not to see the same film as us. So, it wasn't necessarily "the best," but it was one of the most fun being with other girls, who are far more girly than me, of course.

10) Going back to the no more diet coke thing...I know you drink tea more now. is there a specific type you like? (pg tips makes great iced tea. v. dark. like your soul!!)
Well, I like to make iced tea from the passion fruit flavored "Paradise Tea." Trader Joe's has a store brand of regular 'ole iced tea bags that make nice tea also. Yes, I may have a very dark soul, but I don't like my tea very dark. I water down my iced tea and will add a bit of milk to hot tea if it is too dark.

11) Do you want ten more next week? because i can ask stupid questions for a looooong time....


Anonymous said...

Saw that you gave up diet coke b/c of the can now get it with splenda, and it is really good, and I don't even like diet

Jodi said...

I try to avoid Splenda too. Yes, it is derived from sugar, but it is still chemically processed and there are no long term studies on its effects. Plus, it upsets my stomach.

Anonymous said...

So do you use any sweetners? Have to have my splenda for coffee...sure as heck can't stop drinking coffee, espically living here...I don't even think the donut shops sell donuts, just

Jodi said...

Trying to avoid artificial sweeteners...I do occasionally use stevia which comes from a plant.

TiggerLarue said...

I LOVE Bark magazine! It's sooo good.

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