You Probably Thought

…you already knew everything about me. Hopefully there is something new here!

1. What is your first name? For these purposes, Songbird. Originally, Elizabeth.

2. Were you named after anyone? When my birthmother was in the hospital, the social worker asked if she had named me. My birthmother said she didn’t know she could, then named me after the social worker, Elizabeth. When I discovered this in my 20’s and told my mom about it, she said she knew Elizabeth very well; they had worked together in the Social Services office before my mother “retired” to be a homemaker. For what would become my legal name, Mom and Dad gave me the middle names of their mothers as first and middle names.

3. Do you wish on stars? It’s been a long time…

4. When did you last cry? In the car driving home from Virginia on Thursday. The Princess and I were listening to “1776.” When we got to “Momma Look Sharp” I thought of Cindy Sheehan, and of my own two boys, and I cried.

5. Do you like your handwriting? No. It’s pretty craptastic. I worked at making it beautiful, emulating my mother, but a case of deQuervain’s Tenosynovitis was the end of all that.

6. What is your favorite lunch meat? In the summertime, tomatoes.

7. What is your most embarrassing CD? Del Amitri’s Twisted. It’s not that it’s a bad album, it just reminds me of an embarrassing crush I had on a rabbi when my marriage was dissolving. (He was a complete gentleman, by the way.)

8. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? If I were, I would feel very neglected, since I don’t seem to have time to keep up with my friends as much as I would like.

9. Do you have a journal? I haven’t kept a hard-copy journal in the past couple of years, but I have a file cabinet drawer full of 1982-2002 or so.

10. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Yes. My humor is “cruel and biting,” says my dear husband.

11. What are your nicknames? Songbird is actually my husband’s nickname for me, although he got it from my e-mail address. My godmother used to call me Mickey Mouse. That’s probably my favorite.

12. Would you bungee jump? No way.

13. Do you untie your shoes before you take them off? No. But I really don’t have many shoes with laces, just a pair of infrequently worn sneakers.

14. Do you think that you are strong? Hmm. Strong-willed, yes, but physically, not so much.

15. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Cookies and Cream, which by any other name is just as good.

16. Shoe size? 6. I wore a 5 until I had children. If it comes in Wide, I can still wear a 5!! (Not that I care about such petty matters.)

17. Red or pink? Pink, but it has to be a pale one.

18. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? That’s easy: the belly.

19. What do you miss most? Singing well. Since I developed the vocal cord problem, I do not sound the same. I still enjoy singing along with CDs, but my voice is not reliable at all. That is a real sadness for me.

20. Do you want everyone you send this to, to send it back? Feel free to do this, but I think most people who want to already have.

21. What color pants/shoes are you wearing? At the moment I’m wearing a blue Eddie Bauer dress with navy blue Birkenstocks that have a toe criss-cross. I really love the toe criss-cross, even though I worried that they would never break in just right.

22. What are you listening to right now? The sound of our kitchen ceiling fan.

23. Last thing you ate? Corn on the cob—delicious!

24. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Burnt Sienna.

25. What is the weather like right now? 79 degrees and very muggy. My Weather Pixie, by the way, says it was 68 two hours ago. She is a liar.

26. Last person you talked to on the phone? Pure Luck, who had gone to the movies with a friend and wanted to let me know he was on the way home, thereby facilitating the cooking of the aforementioned corn on the cob.

27. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Eyes. (Okay, also the view from behind.)

28. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Well, I cut-and-pasted the questions from Phantom, and I like her very much.

29. Favorite drink? Pepsi, but I know it is bad for me and don’t drink it often.

30. Favorite sport? Walking the dogs (does this count?).

31. Hair color? Brown, at the moment.

32. Eye color? Dark Brown.

33. Do you wear contacts? No, just glasses.

34. Favorite food? Ice cream. Why is it so delicious? Why isn’t my favorite food lettuce?

35. Last movie you watched? Spiderman 2, starring that hot actor, Alfred Molina. The last movie I saw in the theatre was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

36. Favorite day of the year? Thanksgiving, because there is no church service, and there are no presents and the house is filled with the fragrance of turkey.

37. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings.

38. Winter or summer? Winter. For a Southern girl, I have made a great adjustment to the New England weather.

39. Hugs or kisses? Hugs. Although kisses have their appeal, too.

40. What is your favorite dessert? Ice cream.

41. Who is most likely to do this meme? “Nobody. I’m the last person in Blogland to do it.” Phantom, this is incorrect. *I* am the last person in Blogland to do it.

42. Who is the least likely to do this meme and comment? My husband.

43. What books are you reading? The top two in my sidebar, which have not moved out for quite a while, which should tell us all that I have spent too much of my vacation blogging.

44. What’s on your mouse pad? I don’t have a mouse with the right connector for this laptop, but at the office I still have a “Knitters Without Borders” mousepad, just in case I ever acquire the appropriate mouse.

45. What did you watch on TV last night? CNN, I think.

46. Favorite smells? Blooming lilacs.

47. Favorite sound? The “Woo-Woo!” Molly Dog gives when she is excited!!

48. Rolling Stones or Beatles? The Beatles.

49. What’s the furthest you’ve been from your home? Madras, India, where I waded in the Bay of Bengal.

50. Do you have a special talent? Special? Imagining the worst?

51. What is your ring tone? The Largo from Dvorak’s New World Symphony, which was: a song at my camp for the Honor Girls (I was not one of the chosen), an old tune called “Mockingbird” featured in the movie “A Song is Born” with Danny Kaye (silly musical remake of a great comedy, “Ball of Fire,” starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, but at least it had Benny Goodman), the tune to the sentimental song “Going Home” (featured in the not-at-all-funny movie “The Snake Pit,” featuring a great performance by Olivia deHaviland) and most importantly, the tune I turned into a lullaby for #1 Son, later sung to the other children as well. It happened to be on the phone, and I love hearing it ring.