I really want to blog about this exhibit, which I saw yesterday at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. But I’ve been up sick since 3am and – probably because there’s a storm coming soon – I swear it keeps getting darker, not lighter. So I’m going to do the Proust Questionnaire instead. Spoilers: It’s mostly about Tina Fey. And painful earnestness. Read at your own risk.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
36 hours alone in an unfamiliar city
What is your greatest fear?
Waking up one day to realize that I don’t recognize or want my life
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Which living person do you most admire?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Unkindness. Also (oxymoronically?) tediousness
What is your greatest extravagance?
Coffee shops and juice bars
What is your favorite journey?
Saturday morning bike rides to the Georgetown AMC movie theater
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
To cover up stupid mistakes
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Really,” “f**k,” “Here’s the thing…”
What is your greatest regret?
The times that, through combinations of negligence and ignorance, I’ve hurt other living people and things
Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
Ross and Creature
When and where were you happiest?
On top of a rock at Joshua Tree National Park in the middle of the night with Ross, watching the stars and listening to the coyotes sing
Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to draw accurately
What is your current state of mind?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
At the moment, I would just love to not have this cold anymore
If you could change on thing about your family, what would it be?
I would have my dad back
What is your most treasured possession?
A corn husk doll I made with Dad at the San Jose Children’s Museum
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Having to carry two bags of groceries and my backpack on the Metro at rush hour
Where would you like to live?
What is your favorite occupation?
What is your most marked characteristic?
My easy smile
What is the quality you most like in a man?
A sense of humor
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Elizabeth Miervaldis Lemon
Who are your heroes in real life?
My grandmother, my stepmom, Heather, Tina Fey, Aunt Bevan
What are your favorite names?
Jane, Liesl, Liam, Martin, Jules
What is it that you most dislike?
How would you like to die?
Not in a plane
What is your motto?
“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.”
“There are three ways to ultimate success:
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind.”