Saturday, January 28, 2012

11 Questions Tag

I was tagged by Jenni from Gold Speck Nails and Ashley from Art Evolve for the 11 Questions Tag.  Thanks ladies!

This tag is a bit of a doozy but I hope you ladies enjoy!
Rules for this tag:
You girls all know the rules by now, I'm not going to repeat them here.

11 things about me:
I was named after a character on a soap opera my mother watched while she was pregnant.  (Although my Hebrew name is Meira, which is the feminized version of my great-grandfather's name.)

I consider myself one of the original Ryan Gosling fans.  I loved him all the way back in his Breaker High and Young Hercules days.  Now that is commitment.

Apart from nail polish, I am a bag whore; my favorite bag designer is Rebecca Minkoff.  My bag collection is very select and I'm obsessive about their condition and leather quality. 

I have a photographic memory.  When I was a little girl, my grandfather used to tote me around and tell his friends to tell me a word and make me spell it backwards for them.  No one could stump me.

As crazy as I am about my skincare routine and hand health, I crack my knuckles constantly.  I love the sound!

I am currently reading two books: Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander and a biography about President William Henry Harrison by Gail Collins.  I am in love with Ms. Collins, a NYT editorialist, and recommend everyone read all her books.

If I could bring one famous person back from the dead it would unquestionably be Mark Twain.  Besides being a brilliant wit and writer, that man's ideas about the world were way before his time.  

I've always wanted to be a redhead.

I often have really bad nightmares.  Many times, they involve the Holocaust.  I can't tell you how surreal it is to wake up from something like that.

My favorite Disney movie is Pocahontas.  Although I have a hard time watching it since Mel Gibson went off the deep end (he voiced John Smith).

I actually went for my PhD in American History until I realized I wanted to do more hands-on work in the public sector and switched to getting my graduate degree in International Politics.

So here's where it gets a bit tricky since I was tagged by 2 people.  I now have to answer 22 questions!

Jenni's questions:

What was your favorite band when you were younger?
I was never into the whole boy band thing and actually really liked The Corrs, an Irish pop/rock band.  I think they're still around..?

If you could be any film character who would you be?
Wow, what a question.  If I had to be a book character, I think I'd go with Emma Woodhouse just because she is surrounded by the most eccentric group of characters.  But from a movie?  I don't know.  Skip, please.  

What super powers would you have if you were a superhero and what would your name be?
Oh, that's easy.  My superhero name would be Supermanda.  My superhero abilities would be coloring within the lines.  

What would you rather go without: polished nails for a week or makeup?
Okay, now this is getting hard.  Um...if I wasn't really going out and just running errands, then I can forego makeup.  But if I have to "see people," than I'd have to go with naked nails (that really pains me to say that!)

If you could have three items on a desert island, what would they be?
A charged phone that calls internationally, a completely fueled airplane, and a professional pilot to fly it.

Zombie vs.... Would you fight to survive or just give up?
I imagine I'd fight but I guess I'll never know until actually attacked by a zombie.

If you could only have one type of polish (creme, glitter, etc.) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The polish purist in me is screaming creme.  

Do you have any weird habits?
When I'm nervous I tend to use really big words.  It's odd.

What's your favorite season?

What's your go-to comfort food when you're ill?
I don't know...I imagine it would be carby but I'm generally not hungry when I'm really ill.

What was your favorite game as a kid?
Trivial Pursuit and Taboo.

Ashley's questions:

What did you want to be when you grew up as a child?
I remember distinctly wanting to be a "singer, actress, lawyer" for a very long time.  Yes, all three at once.
What is your favorite time of the day or night?
I love twilight, right before it gets dark.

If you could fix one thing about this world, what would it be?
I think people need to care more about others than their own bottom line.  I believe that that would probably solve more than 3/4 of the world's problems (environmental, religious, etc.)

What's your favorite music?
I'm pretty eclectic and love anything from pop to rock to swing to classic.

If you could change into any animal any time you wanted to, what would it be?

My dog's vet used to say that he wanted to die and come back as a dog in my family (we spoil our dogs rotten).  So I think that's good enough answer as any.

What is the first thing you would do tomorrow morning if there was a zombie apocalypse?
Okay, seriously now...what is up with these zombie attacks??

If you could meet anyone (past or present), who would it be?
Ha, I answered that earlier with the Mark Twain thing.

If you have the opportunity to travel the universe with The Doctor (I'm correctly you here Ashley!  His name isn't Dr. Who ;), would you do it? (Also, where would you like to go first?)
In a heartbeat, yes.  And I would go to the 1940s London first and experience the glitz and glamor, pre-war of course.

What is your favorite gemstone?

Does pearl count?

What was your favorite class in school?
I always loved History and English.  Such a nerd, I know.

Tell me about someone who made a huge impact in your life.
My grandfather was the person who gave me my sense of humor.  When he died, a little part of that went away too.

Sorry girls, but after all those questions, I don't have the stamina to ask my own questions or tag anyone.  I do ask that you answer your favorite question(s) in the comments below.  I love learning tidbits from my readers, especially those that don't have blogs and wouldn't normally have the opportunity to post this tag.

Thank you again, Jenni and Ashley!

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