The Hellhole

Thursday, October 21, 2010

More quiz-type questions (lifted from a random website, not anyone I know) because today a whole bunch of not-much happened.

1. How old do you look? I think I look kinda mid-thirtyish - no wrinkles or crows' feet or liver spots, but I don't look twenty-two either. Of course, I could be wrong and servers at restaurants and people at shops think, "Oh, it's THAT old hag!"

2. Where do you live? I usually say Atlanta, though technically it's a suburb thereof.

3. Are you waiting for something? Yes, for our house to sell so we can move, for the job market to improve, for timing/circumstances/fate to coincide so we can take a real vacation - but waiting generally, not anxiously like a teenage girl after prom night praying for her period.

4. What’s one pet peeve of yours that is not common? I have a couple of grammar-type ones; I know lots of people have grammar-peeves but perhaps mine are particular to me. I hate the phrase "close proximity" because if something is in proximity to something else, it IS close. That's what the freaking word MEANS; you can't be in far proximity to something. Likewise, the phrase "a high rate of speed" grates upon me. Speed IS a rate, it's the rate of distance over time, so that phrase translates to 'a high rate of rate of distance to time'. I have other semi-CDO peeves (CDO is like OCD, but in alphabetical order, as it should be) like drawer and cabinet doors left ajar or with stuff sticking out of them, or things that could be sorted into alphabetical order but aren't, though I daresay those aren't peculiar to me.

5. Do you want/have kids? No and no.

6. Have you ever thought about converting your religion? Yes but thus far no one wants to exchange Catholicism for hard currency.

7. Last shocking news you heard? This question is apt because only today I was shocked (and saddened) to read that Ari Up had died.

8. What was the last thing you drank? About two seconds ago, sip of Riesling.

9. Who do you most look like in your family? My mom.

10. If you could have something right now, anything, what would it be? The ability to grant wishes. You have no idea of the friends' problems I'd fix, the lives I'd enrich, the good I'd do, or the number of classic Ferraris in my garage.

11. Where does most of your family live? Georgia with a smattering of South Carolina.

12. Where did you grow up? Cowshit, Georgia, until I escaped to Atlanta.

13. Where do you want to go on vacation? On vacation! Seriously, the lake, the beach, the mountains or [other] would all be fine with me; I'd just like to go someplace where we could take the pets, relax, have a nice meal or two, a hot tub to relax in, books to read and, to quote Chuck Berry, "no particular place to go".

14. Have you ever had a panic attack? Not really; I have a hard time with teeming crowds and feeling hemmed in/people coming at me from all sides but I think, episodes? are more in the category of "extremely uncomfortable and getting freaked out" than actual "panic attack" though it's been close a time or two.

15. What can’t you wait for? I've pondered this and have no good answer. There's not any one major goal or event for which I'm longing. Most of the things I "can't wait for" are things like the next season of Top Gear, the start of hockey season, the release of the latest Terry Pratchett book - things like that.

16. When’s the last time you told someone you loved him or her and meant it? This morning as I left for work.

17. Have your parents ever smoked pot? My dad has; I'm pretty sure my mom hasn't. But she might surprise me; one never knows, does one?

18. Want someone back in your life? You can't begin to have a one-trillionth of an inkling how much.

19. What do you order at the bar? Depends on my mood. Sometimes Rolling Rock if I'm in the mood for a beer, most often a Grey Goose and tonic with lime, but if it's colder out I might go for a nice snort of The MacAllan.

20. When was the last time you cried really, really hard? Um, actually? Today. For reasons of the 'that's a long/another story' variety, I was doing a Flickr search for pictures of one of my bestest friends and saw a thumbnail image that I thought was her with my adored Uncle Artis, but when I clicked and enlarged it to full-size, it was her with my daddy. At my wedding brunch.

21. Ever licked someone’s cheek? Eeeeuw. Just eeeeuw.

22. What is your favorite thing to eat with peanut butter? A spoon. No, wait, that would be 'with which to eat peanut butter'. A slice of bread - even though I have been a kid, I have never been a fan of peanut butter and jelly. I don't like sweet things mixed with salty things, not at all.

23. Where were you on July 4th, 2008? I'm sure I was here at home, but as to what I was doing, specifically, I have no clue because I checked the trusty blog archives and the 4th fell during a long blog silence involving work-related depression and angst, and the death of a friend's dad.

24. What are your nicknames? Hellybeans, The Helster, Hels, sometimes Cheryl calls me 'Rabid Red'. Alan doesn't call me nicknames so much as endearments (my love, sweetie, punkin). I have this feeling that I've left an obvious one out, yet can't think of what it might be. It's not "Your Majesty", I know, because far too few people call me that.

25. If you could go back in time, how far back would you go? How many go-backs do I get?!? I want to dine with Oscar Wilde, drink with Lord Byron and then with Dorothy Parker, attend the premiere of Die Zauberflote (30 September 1791) and hang out with Doc Holliday in Tombstone (he'd like me: we're both from Georgia, y'know; he's from Griffin) but then I don't want to go so far back as to give up hot and cold running water... can't I just skip back and forth? I'd like that.


  • Hi Helly!
    I've been MIA (I know), but I've been reading. Just wanted to stop by and actually say: "hi!"
    I'm also anxiously waiting for the next Terry Pratchett book too! He's my absolutely favorite author. Have you read Unseen Academicals yet? I just started.

    By Anonymous Inna, at 8:34 PM  

  • INNA! I've missed you! I am on page 163 of Unseen Academicals but Alan finished it ages ago. We just bought TP's new Tiffany Aching book, "I Shall Wear Midnight" last week.

    Alan says (literally, over my shoulder), "You know we're fans! Don't you know the names of our dogs?!?"

    For those who don't know, Mister Fusspot (Sir Federico Fusspot of Ankh-Morpork) is from 'Making Money' and Esme (Esmeralda Margaret Note Spelling of Lancre) is from 'Carpe Jugulum'. The 'Federico' in Mister Fusspot's name isn't from Pratchett but because his champion sire is Sir Cesar Federico. :-)

    And Inna: blog more!!!

    By Blogger Helly, at 8:43 PM  

  • I had no idea of the full names of your dogs! That's ABSOLUTELY awesome!!!

    I will get back to blogging a little more soon... I hope.... there is just all this wedding and getting a phd stuff that's getting in the way.

    ps - did you like Nation? One of Terry's few non-discworld books? I thought it was such a moving book.

    By Anonymous Inna, at 8:06 AM  

  • Riesling is the Undiscovered White Wine, and the only one I deign to drink. Good choice.

    By Blogger A Margarita, at 8:28 AM  

  • Confession: I did smoke pot-once-on a 'doubledogdareya' didn't do anything for me....

    You left out Hellybug, or Bug in your nicknames. Your granddaddy, the first time he saw you, said 'she's cuter than a bug!' and it sorta stuck.

    May I borrow the TP book when you finish?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:50 AM  

  • MARGARITA! Another MIA blog-bud emerges!

    @Inna: we've both read Nation. Alan liked it very much; while I did like and enjoy it, I found it a bit 'preachy'. He liked it more than I did. But hey, it's still better than 98% of the other stuff out there.

    Mom, sure you can borrow it. Just don't get any weed on it!

    By Blogger Helly, at 4:16 PM  

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