I’ve been tagged…twice

Lucy tagged me. Here are the questions she asked.

1. If you could change one part of your body, what would it be?
My mid-section. I hate it. I have these skinny little legs. I’m fine with my arms. I like my hair. My dad paid a small fortune for my smile. My mom gave me her fabulous green eyes. Lots of good stuff, but I hate the middle of me.

2. How much money do you think you need to make to be “really comfortable?” (Think annual salary).
First, it totally depends on where I’m living. And for me to be “really comfortable” that would mean living in a town of my choosing…today, that would be San Francisco. So, that said, I’m thinking around $300,000 a year. I know. I can hear the gasps. The thing is, this is dream land and I want to live in a normal sized home/apartment. Thus, $300,000 it is. Don’t you judge me!

3. What is your greatest God-given talent?
Talent…hmm. The truth is that I don’t think I have been exceptionally blessed in any area. I do feel that I have been relatively blessed in many areas. I am pretty smart, I can carry a tune well enough to have been able to get into a couple of choirs, I can bake, etc. Maybe my greatest talent is my ability to do most things I try well enough for me to really enjoy them.

4. Winter Olympics or Summer Olympics?
Summer. We are a family of summer people. I do love a good figure skating competition, but really, we were all about swimming, diving and gymnastics growing up.

5. My twist on the #5 question above – If you could have any career, and you were GUARANTEED success (no tests to get in, no auditions, no worrying about daycare, or money or time) what would you do?
This is a great question. A question I can’t limit to one thing. I would be a singing chef…pastry chef that is. That would be my dream. To bake and sing for a living.

Terri B. tagged me with this set of questions. This one is a bit more difficult because, while I love to read, I have not read a lot of classics and I do not retain a lot of information.

1. If you could host a party with 7 literary characters, who would they be and why?
Fanny Price – Because I think she is fabulous. The picture of propriety, with a head on her shoulders.
Edmund Bertram – Ask him why it took him so long to realize he was in love with Fanny Price.
Elizabeth Bennet – I think we would be great friends.
Mr. Darcy – Really, does this one need an explanation.
Jane Eyre – Same as above.
Edward Rochester – I want to see the appeal.
Harry Potter – Once again, I don’t know that this one needs an explanation.

2. Who is your literary role model?
Elizabeth Bennett. If I could have her wit, without my sharp tongue, that would be fantastic.

3. Which literary house would you like most to live in?
Pemberly.

4. Which literary couple would you like most for parents?
Interestingly, there are very few mothers that I really like in books. I think I would want Mr. Bennett and Margaret March (of Little Women). Hey, I can combine parents, right? Don’t you think they’d make a great couple.

5. Pick 3 literary characters you would like to have as siblings.
Jane Bennett
Hermione Granger
Jasper Hale

6. Who is your favorite literary villain?
I don’t generally like villains. At all. But as far as who I think is a great villain, I would have to say…well, I just can’t. That’s the truth. Generally, I have very little respect for villains, as they are often backhanded and conniving.

7. Name a character that most people dislike, but that you do not. Why do you like them?
I think I’m just that classic romantic. I generally dislike the same characters as everyone else. I can think of a character that most people like that I don’t. I don’t like Fritz Bhaer of Little Women. I just think it’s wrong that he and Jo end up together. But, maybe if I read it again now (not being 16 anymore) I would feel differently.

8. Which minor character deserves a book all to themselves, in your opinion?
Abbe Faria – the imprisoned Italian priest in the Count of Monte Cristo

9. Which character do you identify most with in literature?
Eleanor Dashwood…I’m the one who never thinks she will find love and pretends that nothing hurts her in the romance department.

10. If you could go into a novel, which one would it be and why?
Pride and Prejudice…so I could slap some sense into that Mrs. Bennett. Seriously…she drives me bonkers.

11. Name 3-7 books that you rarely see on people’s favorite book lists, that are high on your own.
The Road from Coorain – Jill Ker Conway
Enchantment – Orson Scott Card
Jemima J – Jane Green (not literature at all…in fact it’s a total beach read with just a bit of trash, but a personal favorite)

12. Which is your least favorite book of those that are considered “classics”?
Wuthering Heights. I hate it. I think it is a miserable little story. Horrible. Well, I guess I see a little value in it, but really, I think it’s lame.

Rather than tag anyone, I’d love it if, should you want to participate, you leave a comment and let me (and anyone else out there) know that you have done one of these. And, with Lucy’s, I’m supposed to come up with new questions, but I LOVED her questions…so, I’m leaving them as they are!

11 thoughts on “I’ve been tagged…twice

  1. Great answers! I had problems answering some of them myself. I’ve read a lot of classics in the past (English major) but that was a long time ago and when I read them I had to read them fast and move on. Thanks for playing.I live in the L.A. area so I know what you mean about the $300,000. It is incredibly expensive to live here.

  2. Yay…I love new commentators. So, Fanny Price is the lead in Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park”. I just think she is a great character. And, if you hadn’t noticed, I am a huge Jane Austen fan. I am a total romantic when it comes to reading. And, I’m glad no one thought I was super materialistic for wanting $300,000 a year.

  3. I loved reading your list…a good intro to you after linking from Annalisa to Jill to you! I’m a big fan of your book choices…. especially the last question. I, too, detest Wuthering Heights. Such worthless characters living such muddy lives.

  4. I loved your answers! And I don’t judge you for wanting to make $300,000. San Fransisco is expensive. Most big cities are. I think we get a little spoiled here in Utah. I have a friend that just bought an apartment in Chicago. His house payment is almost twice as much as my house payment was when I had a house that was 4500 sq. feet. I couldn’t believe it! I love how passionate you are about life! You have so many fascinating qualities and you are willing to try anything. Please don’t ever change that, it is such a great part of who you are!

  5. Chloe – who is fanny price? I don’t know what book she’s from. I absolutely love Elizabeth Bennett, but of course, so does everyone else in the free world…I liked Jemima J too.

  6. I think $300,000 is totally reasonable! I was just saying today – that I’d love to have all the money in the world. I wouldn’t need to spend it all, but the more the merrier!

  7. I love how often you post I need to link you so I can come back more often.I am also most self conscious about the midsection. I don’t know if it is the worst part but it seems it to me.I love your take on the talents. I was actually relieved to see an honest figure on the annual salary. If it is a dream we don’t have to be frugal for 10 minutes right?

  8. Great answers! And honest too. Thanks. I think your San Fransisco answer is right on…no judging going on here. I’m so embarrassed about your other questionnaire, though. I read a lot and would have as very tough time answering those questions. I need to hit the classics!

  9. Great answers Chloe–love finding out more interesting tidbits about you. We share several favorite books and characters.I’m going to have to save my pennies too if I can ever do the San Francisco Half, hotel prices seemed outrageous–I can only imagine actual cost of living. You hold on to that dream!

  10. Good answers! So I am in town until Tuesday night I fly out late. So we could do Cafe Rio on Mon or Tues. How do I contact you? I know Cherity has my cell # so you could get it from her.

  11. So fun to read your answers. I have my top ten favorite books on my sidebar and Jemima J is on it. I know it is trashy but I love it.

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