for fun

March 29, 2007 at 10:00 am | Posted in Friends, Help a sister out | 7 Comments

My dear friend Binky has come for a visit to interview me.


1. Do you fall in love easily?

It depends on what you call “love” here. I’ve only truly been in love twice. I’ve loved many, and I do find that I am quite easy when it comes to drowning in the river of love. I love all of my friends. I love my fish. I love my family. I succumb to Jane Austen’s theory: There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.


2. You are transported to an alternate reality where the inhabitants are completely drained of any ability to multitask. You must choose between being a writer and a photographer. What’s your decision, and why?

I would pick photography. I like to write, but I don’t find myself needing to write as I find myself wanting to take pictures of everything. Besides, I remember my memories best when I’ve got a photo of them. I would have to become a fiction writer to make up for all of my memories that I don’t have on film. But see, the day we took these pictures of you and the baby at the park? I could tell you exactly what the air felt like or how great the cheese and grapes tasted, because I took photos of the day.


3. When was the last time you went skinny dipping?

June 8th. But only because my job didn’t allow me to go to Vermont often. The next time I go skinny dipping might be in two weeks, depending on the temp of the stream in the mountains of Montgomery.


4. What quality don’t you possess that you wish you did?

I always wish I learned to Irish dance as a kid. I’d also like to be able to knit or crochet socks.


5.You inherit 5 million dollars the same day aliens land and say they’re going to blow up the world in two days… what do you do? (Extra points if you can identify the source of this question)

I would donate it to the forces that will kill the aliens. Or feed starving children so that they may die full. Or buy one hell of a bomb shelter. (if I had to guess, I’d say War of the Worlds? I know I’m wrong, but they filmed part of that movie in my hometown so I figure I’ll go out in style with some trivia for you.)


Question of the day: How do you vacuum your stairs? Yesterday I dragged the vacuum cleaner down each step and used the tiny reacher tool. It took me forever. There has got to be a better way. Shed your vacuuming light on how you do this tedious task and help a sister out.


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  1. You need a longer reacher tool. You should have to only place the vaccum somewhere near the center to reach the steps above while you share the step with the vacuum. Then move the vacuum to the floor, stand with it, and reach the next section.

    Unless of course those are extraordinarily high stairs!

  2. Ooo! The last question is from the film Heathers, am I right?

  3. Kayla, you are 100% correct. I love that movie. I had the whole thing memorized somewhere around my 9th grade year.

    Your answers were great. You are all kinds of cerebral emotion. Hey, I’m reading Austen’s Northanger Abbey now. Ever read it? I’ve heard its not her best work by far, but I’m loving it.

    Anyway, we have wood stairs, so I just use the dustbuster to get dust out of the corners. However, I have been warned NEVER to vacuum going downward, because you can pull the vaccum down on top of you and die. So you should always vacuum going up. Seriously.

  4. I don’t know how to vacuum the stairs, either.

    You can have ANY ability and you choose crocheting socks?!

  5. Fringes: Do they make longer reaching tools? I mean, how big of a vacuum are we talking?

    Nice work Kayla!

    Binky… what did the people in this movie Heathers (which I’ve never heard of btw) do with their money? I haven’t read Northanger Abbey, but you should read or watch the movie “Mansfield Park”. It’s great. And I vacuumed going down, but I held the vacuum with my shoulder so I wouldn’t die.

    Lefty: Yes. 🙂

  6. Vacuum faster.

  7. OK, two topics of critical importance here. First, I use a small canister vacuum and start at the bottom of the stairs (right on, Binky!). It’s light enough to easily hold or move from step to step. It came “free” when we bought our Oreck… the best vacuum cleaner ever.

    Second, good heavens, woman, you must stop what you’re doing right now and go rent the movie “Heathers.” It is a classic – a great black comedy. Like Kayla, I have it committed to memory and regular use lines in everyday life (“greetings and salutations”). It was the late 80s predecesor to “Mean Girls,” but WAY more twisted.

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