1) Does your mom or a mother-figure read your blog? (Discuss.)
Yes, she does. She's also my friend on Facebook and calls me up if my status updates seem dodgy. I've come to accept it as normal, and it's not as though I ever write anything of a particularly intimate nature here. Mom and I see eye-to-eye on most things, and my general anti-consumerist, re-purposing, authority-questioning ways are courtesy of her influence. She even posts links on her Facebook page to things I've written. She may be my biggest fan. She's probably reading this right now.
2) If you could choose outstanding talent in any area (and you didn't have to sacrifice your soul) what would it be?
I know this probably sounds lame, but I would like to be a really good driver. I'm planning on learning to drive some time over the next year or so, and I'm scared shitless. I suppose most people would think of driving as a skill rather than a talent, but to someone who doesn't know how to do it, it's as mysterious as any arcane science. So I would like to be an outstandingly talented driver.
3) Desert Island book/movie: what is it?
A guide to edible plants? Or a disc with both seasons of Flight of the Conchords, which I have watched at least five times now, and which I still find hilarious.
4) What is your favorite made-by-you item?My friend Emily was the first person in my social group to have a baby, way back when we were in university. I knit this sweater for her little guy, who is now about to turn 10 (holy crapoly). Emily's three kids all wore this sweater, then when Bear was born, she gave it to me. Now Newby has just grown out of it. I remember cutting the buttons (one of which has just fallen off) from an old shirt of mine.
5) Do you have any tips for laundry efficiency? I am desperate.
Nope. The one rule I stick to is keeping everybody's laundry separate. Well, Hubby C's and mine go together, since we share a dresser, but everyone else's is divided up. At least that saves the chore of bringing it to the right room. And we don't wear anything that requires ironing. Other than that, though, I'm pretty hopeless.
6) What junk food do you adore?
I could sit down and eat an entire box of Whippets (the cookies, not the dogs). Every now and then I consider making some kind of classy version of them, but why bother? They're perfect the way they are, right? If you're outside of eastern Canada you might not be familiar with them; they're like Viva Puffs, only without the jammy filling. Is there an equivalent in the US? Anybody? In Quebec you can also buy a similar cookie called Ti-coq, but I can't find any information on them online. I have, however, found a Facebook group called "Addicted to Whippet Cookies" with a discussion of the question, "Es-tu plus du type Ti-coq ou Whippet?" ("Are you a Ti-coq person or a Whippet person?"). The group has a whopping 62 members...
7) The style/fashion of what decade (or century or eon) do you think would or did or does most flatter you?
I think mostly curvy, fairly structured 50s-60s-ish stuff, full skirts and goddess necklines and the like. I used to wear a lot of old cocktail dresses and twin sets and pencil skirts and such. It's damned difficult to nurse a child in a cocktail dress, so I'm more into the jersey knits nowadays. But I do like a sharp line and a full, just-below-the-knee skirt. Were I a lady of leisure with children of not-breastfeeding age, I would wear dresses just like my wedding dress every day, even to the grocery store and the garden centre and to meet-the-teacher nights.
8) What is your current favorite piece of clothing or footwear?
I picked up these Clarks at Value Village a couple months ago. They'd never been worn. Now they're well broken in, and I can take them off and put them on with a baby in my arms, which is the most important part.