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Sunday Stealing: The Procrastination Questions

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Sunday Stealing: The Procrastination Tool Questions

1. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?

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I'm not very good at choosing favorites for anything, but I'll venture to answer this one: The [fancy-schmance] Town Point Club in Norfolk, Virginia. Every bite of every course was beautifully presented and memorably tasty.

2. What food could you eat for two weeks straight and not get sick of it?

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You mean besides chocolate, right? Because chocolate. And pizza. If pizza and chocolate were in my life every day, I'd be a very happy lady.

3. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?

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Yes: my entire reproductive organs except my left ovary; my gall bladder; possibly my appendix; a precancerous lesion on my chin; and also, my stomach and small intestine are seriously rearranged.

4. What is the last heavy item you lifted?

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At the job I had for oh, two days (before I had to quit thanks to my health), we were all called to the garden center to stock the shelves with an unexpected surplus of plants they'd just received. Carrying a huge, I don't know, plat of plants was quite a load for wimpy me!

5. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?

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Knocked out by a force outside myself? No, but I have fainted my fair share of times.

6. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

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I've wrestled with that question before, and I think I've finally decided that yes, I would want to know. I like preparing for shit, what can I say?

7. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

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I would change my name from Melanie Ann to Melanie Penelope. I like multi-syllabic names.

8. What’s your goal for the year?

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I want to see Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco, California before Lyme Disease f-king kills me. At least one of those this year, preferably.

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9. Last person you hugged?

This gorgeous 15yo daughter of mine!

10. First place you went this morning?

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I pee-peed. I don't feel well today; I haven't been outside my house.

11. Do you always answer your phone?

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Pfffftttt. I'm notoriously terrible at answering my phone. It's a New Year's resolution of mine to be better at it. So far, I am.

12. It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?

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Uhhh, probably the creditor for our car, saying we owe a payment.

13. If you could change your eye color what would it be?

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Green eyes, like these and like me gran'pappy had

14. What’s on your wish list for your birthday?

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I would love it if we were able to afford to have our household stuff delivered to us from Miami, an obstacle that seems forever out of reach. :(

15. Does the future make you more nervous or excited?

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A little bit nervous, but mostly excited. The future of my health is uncertain (fecking, fecking Lyme!), but every day over the age of 33 - which is when my mama died - is like a magical gift I can't wait to open. I'm looking forward to every "What's next?"

16. Do you have any saved texts?

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I rarely delete my texts.  Most are promo codes from various businesses, anyway.

17. Ever been in a car wreck?

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Here comes a story: When I was 18, and my dad was driving me back to college in Miami from South Carolina, we left in the middle of the night. Sometime around 3 or 4 AM, I fell asleep as Dad drove. Sometime during my nap, we were hit from the back by a very drunk young man going extremely fast. I woke up screaming as our car spun and spun and what felt like 1,000 MPH, before we landed down the side of the road in the thick brush, facing the road. We were later told that if all four tires hadn't blown out during that mess, we never would have survived.

Since it was the middle of the night, we were stuck there alone (it was 1995; neither of us had cell phones back then) and both stunned out of our minds. Finally, a trucker started approaching, and I leaned over and hit the horn and didn't stop hitting that horn, telling my dad to flash the lights, until the trucker screeched to a stop. He found us, then ran back for some tools and radioed the police.

Meanwhile, the father of the drunk driver found his son, and the car, and knew something bad had happened. He later told us, "I said to him, "Son, you've got to go back and fix this.'" My dad decided not to press charges against him, which pissed me off at the time because my neck and back were all jacked up, and it threw off my college schedule, but it set an example for me not to be so quick to run to the law and settle things outside of court (in a good way, not like, in a backyard vigilante way).

The creepiest part about being stuck there in the brush was that the windows had all shattered, and my boombox flew out the window - and was playing screechy music the whole time we waited to be rescued! {shudder}

18. Do you have an accent?

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19. What was the last song to make you cry?

 This one, "To Where You Are" by Josh Groban. It makes me think about my angel son, Robby.

20. What did you do last night?

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As usual, I didn't sleep well. I woke up about 0230 and wrote the first half of this post about The Peregrine Fund at the World Center for Birds of Prey.

21. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

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Not yet, thankfully.

22. Current hate right now?

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My chronic, debilitating Lyme Disease. :'(

23. Met someone who changed your life?

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Sure; everyone I've met has changed my life in some way.

24. How did you bring in the New Year?

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I didn't make it to midnight this year. That was a first for me, in my 40 years of life. I was bummed.

25. What song represents you?

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"Crazy," by Gnarls Barkley is, I feel, my anthem.