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1) Name 5 people you admire and why:
Jimmy Carter - for as old as he is and how often he gets himself badly injured, he's a tremendous humanitarian. More of us should be like Jimmy.
Michelle Obama - She and President Obama endured relentless criticism throughout their eight years in the White House, but she was always poised and full of grace. She's a gorgeous woman inside and out, she don't take no shit from anybody, and her messages have always been uplifting and positive. And she's not done yet!
The Dalai Lama - His messages of compassion for all others in humanity are inspiring millions, and hopefully it's catching!
Bill Gates - who, along with his wife Melinda, is doing amazing philanthropic works for global health and development with their foundation. I'm endlessly impressed.
Simone Biles - She's been through so many things in her life, and yet she continues to push herself further to be the best gymnast in the entire world. And her athletic ability is astounding.
2. When was the last time you did something adventurous?
Well, we're about to do something adventurous. We're going to pack up our stuff here in our amazing house in southern Idaho, list it and sell it, fly across the country to Maryland, and buy a new house where, hopefully, we'll live more than 13 months this time! I've got my eye on this beauty right now. It's amazing.
3. You felt you got older when _______
...I got Lyme disease. Here I am six years ago, with my best friend Lisa, at our 20th high school reunion. This was days before I got my tick bite. Now, I feel like I'm 90 years old, and my life has changed drastically. It's hellish, to be honest.
4. What one thing that could happen today would make you extremely happy?
If I had a complete cure and total reversal of everything Lyme-related, I'd be positively ecstatic.
5. An experience you don’t want to go through again:
I would not like to live through the loss of a child again. Not in a million years.
6. One decision you made that changed your life completely:
I made the decision to listen to a friend and finally put a dating ad on a matching site. I didn't really want to do it, though, so I made sort of a joke listing: in my description, I listed all of my faults. It was a long list! Rob read it and found it hilarious, and here we are, planning our 20th wedding anniversary!
7. How do you participate in saving the earth?
I honestly try to do as much as I can. If you look on the right side of this blog screen, scrolling down, you'll see a number of different organizations I participate in, am a member of, and financially support when I can. I am insanely conscious of the products and materials I use and whether they can be reused, donated, recycled even if they need to be broken down into separate parts, composted, and so on. I'm very diligent about learning everything I can to do more. I know so many people aren't doing their part at all, so I feel like it's incumbent upon me to do extra. I eat mostly vegan whenever I can, and I read ingredients so that I can avoid the ones (like palm oil) that are so harmful and destructive to our global environment and which contribute greatly to ecosystem destruction. I buy organic, and/or local, and/or fair trade, etc., whenever this option is available and affordable at the time. I keep a card in my purse so when I'm at the seafood counter, I can correctly buy this fish that's supposed to be farm-raised and that fish that's supposed to be wild-caught, and leave the ones I shouldn't buy alone entirely. I'm constantly researching how we can modify our home(s) to be more eco-friendly. I'm very outspoken in public and in private about this issue. And so on and so forth. (Hey, you asked!)
8. A gift you would like to get on your next birthday?
I'll be 44 in September. It's not a huge milestone. But it's the first birthday since my daughter Chloë was born that we've spent it apart from each other. (She'll be 19 the day before my birthday.) She's going to stay behind here in Idaho, and we're moving to Maryland quite soon. To be perfectly honest, I'm not handling that well at all, and the birthdays are going to be so difficult for me. I already know. So I'd love some time with my kid.
9. Things you miss about your childhood?
10. The greatest invention:
There are a lot of great inventions listed here, but I think I'm going to go with music. Music can tap deeply into our emotions and make us feel. It brings us joy and empathizes with our pain. All the other things may make life easier, but music makes it worth living.
11. Your favorite super hero:
I've always loved Superman. But not just any Superman. Christopher Reeve as Superman. I was so devastated when he was injured.
12. Your views about veganism:
Don't get me started! I've already addressed that a little bit above, but I will just say: I'm totally for it!
13. If you could be anything else in the world, what would you be?
I think I would be a beautiful butterfly.
14. How did your parents meet?
Ironically, my parents also met via a dating match-up service, but in 1970. They met thirty years earlier than my husband I met on the online dating site.
15. Your morning routine:
Now that I know my mono was reactivated, this makes much more sense. So me!
All right, y'all. You have lovely weeks and, if I don't see you for a while, it's because we're moving. Wish us faith, trust, and pixie dust!