This meme is courtesy of Jane Lebak, @JaneLebak,

These aren’t easy questions for me. First nothing appears for days, then a germ of an idea, then an explosion. I’ll follow the advice I gave my son. You don’t have to choose your favourite animal to write about, just pick one that’s easy to write about that’s also one of your favourites.

If you could go back in time and relive one moment, what would it be?

Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa T’s. All the family were there, everybody happy. Grandma and Grandpa were still alive. Dad and his brothers were telling stories about each other. Grandma baked pies and cookies and date squares.

Which of course leads to Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa A’s, which was much quieter and also good.

Which leads to long weekends there when I had a summer school term. Studying while watching the squirrels play, and my cousin asking how I could study during the summer. I prefered studying in the summer. It’s a happier season.

Summers at camp. Watching girls learn and grow. The inevitable pyrophobe who, with a bit of one-on-one time becomes a pyromaniac.

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?

The lost year. First my fanfic, then the online role playing addiction. The kids, pre-schoolers, had very busy schedules, and all my free time was spent on the computer. I lived in the characters’ heads, not my own. The lessons were more intense versions of ones I obviously hadn’t learned the firsttime.

Bedtimes. Any that were too late, which is most. I hate going around in a fog and being unable to focus or stay motivated.

What movie/TV character do you most resemble in personality?

The boing guy in the street. The witness. The driver of the truck that’s in the way. I don’t go out of my way to solve murders or rescue people. I’m unaware that those three speeders are in a car chase. My memory is unreliable.

I used to think I was the person caught up in the action who realizes that, when the chips are down, she can do more than she thought. These days I have my doubts. I’d like to think I’m the person who brings casseroles to the widow, but I don’t talk to the neighbours often enough or know their routines well enough to notice they need.

Fortunately, I’m not a Desperate Housewife or anyone on a soap opera. I’m not the villain. I’m just not one of the heros.

If you could push one person off a cliff and get away with it, who would it be?

Same as most people. A villain, if it was the most effective way to prevent them from hurting someone badly, with an eye to the bigger picture. Getting away with it can include the cops knowing, and agreeing it was justified. It also includes the rescuee’s reactions to my involvment.

I’d have to go with my gut feeling at the moment, and be satisfied that I did the best with the information I had.

Name one habit you want to change in yourself.

Lack of focus and follow-through. I go for days without working on any of my priority projects. The first would be going to bed on time every night, so I could rule that out as the source of the other problems.

Describe yourself in one word.

Can it be a German word, where all the adjectives are combined with the noun?

Eclectic. I like computer programming, writing fanfiction, music, knitting, shorthand, storytelling and homemaking. Many tell me I’m good at those skills, but I am surrounded by people who are even better.

Persistent. I’ve been working at some of those skills for three decades.

Describe the person who named you in this meme in one word.

Focused. She gets things done, with an eye on both big and small pictures. She’s in the moment.

Why do you blog? Answer in one sentence.

I’m chatty.

Name at least 3 people to send this meme to, and then inform them.



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