Here are my answers to dangerpudding's questions:
1. Where do you live? Where were you born? What was the trip between (in space and/or time) like?
I live in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Where we have awesome scenery, the sun shines 300 days a year (give or take) and shade works. I would hard pressed to live anywhere else – this is as close to paradise as I’ve run across. I was born and grew up in St. Louis. Heart of the Midwest. I grew up with horses as my best friends, spent time at both Catholic school and rich girls private school. Had a few bumps along the way as a kid. Went off to college in Ohio at 17, but had to return because my father became very ill. Spent a decade taking care of Mom and Dad, and then Mom after Dad died. Spent a year living in Wichita (yuck!) just to get away from the family during that decade. Helped put my baby brother thru Indiana University. Moved to Boulder a decade ago to attend CU-Boulder. Majored in EPO Biology (organisms you can see) and Environmental Science, minored in Geology and Economics. Turned down a bunch of scholarship offers to Ivys and law schools to go to Yale F&ES (New Haven is icky!) for grad school but ended up coming ‘home’ to Boulder.
2. What have your three favorite ages to be so far been? Why?
Actually, now is one of my favorite ages. I seem to have gotten over being quite so much of an ugly a duckling. I’ve put some hard decisions and dark times behind me. Sure, life isn’t perfect and I struggle a bit on my own, but it is infinitely better than it was in most ways. I have fun occasionally, and seem to have made some new friends of late.
My time at CU was another good time. It was magic, and it seemed I could do little wrong. Top of my class, on several school committees, one of the founders of the Women’s Resource Center, helped people, had friends and some good times. Life was easier then, in a lot of ways. Even had a partner with whom I lived. Back in the days when the relationship was strong and dynamic and everyone involved made an effort.
I think my other favorite age was the summer that I was 15. I had recovered from the horse accident and had a new horse, my old show jumper Guv. He was great, and we spent a lot of time doing crazy things. I spent many long days out at the barn riding and many weekends at shows. I was really learning to become a jumper rider. Mom has a box of ribbons and trophies in her basement from that summer. Still didn’t have friends, but who needed them when I could spend 3 hours wandering at will with my best friend? Or spend a Sunday bolting around the countryside like maniacs with the rest of The Hunt?
3. Do you have a favorite song, bit of song, poem or bit of poem? Why is it your favorite? Does it change often?
My personal anthem is ‘Only The Good Die Young’ by Billy Joel. I have other ‘favorites’ at various times, but Mr. Joel will always be da man.
4. Does the need for solitude become a requirement at any point? When it does, how do you seek it?
Yes, I do have a need for solitude. It manifests in difference ways – I can hide in my room and read a book, go for a hike, go to the yarn store, have a bubble bath. I can be a very solitary person, but at times I do need human contact, as well.
5. What is your favorite thing to cook? Why?
It depends upon my mood. I *love* to bake all sorts of things. Breads, pastries, cookies, cheesecake, etc. But sometimes my favorite things to cook are simple comfort foods - mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches.