The beautiful bethanyactually tagged me to answer some fun questions – thanks Bethany!
Here goes …
1. Pride and Prejudice: Colin Firth miniseries? Keira Knightley movie? Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Bride and Prejudice? Some other version? Why?
OH MY, funny you should ask. I see the 2005 film here on tumblr all the time, and I know people just LOVE it, and it was probably formative for so many. But I have to say that when I saw it in the theater, I was SO disappointed. I have watched the Colin Firth version many many (MANY) times, and I was SO EXCITED when I dragged my husband (who didn’t know the P&P story) to the Keira Knightley version. But when it was over, all he had to say was, “So she started loving that Darcy guy? He was a jerk.” And I agreed – I didn’t think the movie did enough to SHOW the CHANGE in how we’re supposed to perceive him and why; it just expects that we already know the story. (Also, the Darcy actor does NOTHING WHATSOEVER for me – another strike against this movie for me.) Now, I admit that I’ve seen it subsequent times, and I’ve loved the cinematography, and I adore Keira Knightley, but I’ll never totally be over that first impression.
The BBC version, however, is deeply precious to me, and I also just recently watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and it was, of course, adorable.
2. What’s a food you cook that you consider one of your specialties?
I make a mean baked mac-and-cheese that my kids devour. I love to cook, and I love to cook fancy, delicious stuff, but as I’m cooking for six, four of whom are kids with pretty narrow tastes, cheap-and-easy is the way right now.
3. Do you have any special birthday traditions in your family?
I made a banner out of paper and yarn when my kids were babies, and I still hang it from the mantel on everyone’s birthday :-)
4. What’s your favorite zoo animal?
I’m going to go with giraffes, because they were my favorite to see when we went on real-life safari in Kenya. There were so many, and they’re so calm, that eventually we just got used to seeing them … sort of stopped taking pictures of them … like really tall squirrels? But they’re amazing.
5. What DVD (or videotape) did you practically wear out as a kid?
My little sister and I absolutely wore out our taped-from-TV, mom-tried-to-skip-the-commercials-but-didn’t-quite-succeed VHS of The Wizard of Oz. When I watch it on DVD now, I can still imagine the places where the tracking was wonky on our old tape.
6. Top three favorite colors.
Currently: turquoise, gray, and coral. (mustard yellow is runner up.)
7. What would your dream superpower be?
I’m going to combine two: I would love invisibility … I’m such a
snoopy lurker curious person. Invisibility would be like peoplewatching on steroids. And I have actual dreams that I can fly … how amazing would it be to get invisible, and then fly all around anywhere, just watching?
8. Is there a musical instrument you always wanted to learn to play?
Oh, how I longed to learn to play the piano when I was tiny. But we didn’t have a piano, and my mom just said NOPE. I get it (especially now as a mom myself), but I’m still sad about it too.
9. Who was your least favorite teacher (or your least favorite class)? Why?
Having trouble recalling a really bad teacher (I had some, but no standouts). But my least favorite class, by FAR, was Physics. Apparently the necessary connections of my brain didn’t develop (maybe because I didn’t play piano, HUH MOM? THANKS A LOT) – but I literally was incapable of comprehending physics. Could not. (Got my only C ever in the first semester, and then DROPPED the class.)
10. Describe your favorite outfit.
Lately, I am coziest in black yoga pants, layered tank tops and a cardigan on top. Switch the yoga pants for skinny jeans if I’m going out :-) And flip flops.
NOW, I’ll tag a few: jas-mof, speakfree, tacosandflowers, justscribbling, eyrk01, rashaka, stopthenrewind, nyclove3
If you’d like, answer the questions below, and then tag some other people and make up ten NEW questions for them to answer. Only if it sounds fun.