Monday, February 2, 2009

The "What Barbara Walters Would Ask if She Were HOT" meme

My dear blogosphere friend Eudea-Mamia just did this meme, and then graciously gave me the following questions so I could play, too. I'm fairly certain that credit for the title goes to EM, by the way....

My questions are:

1. Name one moment in your life when you were very proud of yourself (non Kiddo related!).

Um, I could go a bit cheesy here and say this moment:

but actually, I was more proud of passing the test and the audition/interview to get into the contestant pool than actually being called for the show, which was much more luck/chance than me actually *doing* something. Out of the 65 people that took the contestant exam that same day I did, only 6 of us passed it. So, that was a "woo, me!" moment.

On a less trivial level, I was also extremely proud of myself the day that I was promoted to the director of my department at the agency I worked for prior to the Ultimate Promotion to being a mom. I was only 27, the youngest person ever promoted to "senior management" and had been completely convinced I would never be picked to fill my predecessor's gigantic shoes. Some of the folks that I was up against for the job had PhDs and decades more experience than I, so I was a bit stunned to hear that I'd gotten the job. I'm further proud to say that during my tenure, my team exceeded all our contract requirements and benchmarks, started two new programs (one was a school-to-work program for high school students with disabilities, the other a program to help individuals with epilepsy who were unemployed or underemployed find and keep suitable employment) and had our department chosen to be one of five sites nationwide included in a federal grant. We were a great team and we helped a lot of people with very little resources and a lot of obstacles. I was definitely proud of that.

2. Which superpower would you choose a) being invisible? b) reading people's minds? c) stopping time?

Well, hmmm. Invisibility would be cool sometimes - I sure would work out a lot more if no one could see me huffing and puffing and sweating away, for example, or those times when I'm out in public with a melting-down kid, it sure would be great to be invisible then... Reading people's minds would also be cool, but could be very dangerous, as well. I mean, do I really want to know what people are thinking about me, really? *shudder* Pretending people are thinking well of me is probably the safer route for my ego, so no, not reading minds after all. (Though I suppose it would come in very handy with Kiddo, who at the age of 5 and a half has already perfected the monosyllabic grunt answer to questions like "How was your day at school?") Stopping time, hmmm, like Hiro on Heroes (which is on again starting tonight, woo-hoo!)? That could be good - I could keep Kiddo from bonking her noggin or skinning her knees, get the cat moved from the carpet to the linoleum *before* she gacked up that ginormous, juicy hairball, assist Hubby's golf game with an astounding amount of birdies - eagles, even! - prevent folks from sliding off the roads in all this snow and ice we just. Keep. Getting..... Yep, I think I'm going to go with stopping time.

3. What would your superhero name be?

This was a tough one. I was pondering aloud via my Facebook status and one of my old high school friends helpfully sent me a link to a site that generates your Superhero or Villian name. You have to plug in different variables (up to three) and then it will give you your name suggestions.

I scrolled through the list of variables, and decided that these were the best three for describing myself:

I mean, I'm whiter than the driven snow (skintone-wise), especially this time of year. (Hubby and I often joke that folks can always tell when we were outdoors in the summer because of the blinding glare thrown off our pasty white skin.) I am a jokester (of what caliber - whether "humorous" really is applicable, I cannot unbiasedly judge), and my shape does change, albeit generally between StayPuft, Doughboy and Jabba.

This is what came up for my variables........

Hmmm, definitely some possibilities there. I especially like Pale Girl and Fool Laugh.

I changed up the variables a bit (after deciding I am at least Queen of my own Insanity, if not my kingdom.........):

And came up with these:

Giggle Baroness? Oooh, that's good - royalty *and* it reminds me of The Sound of Music. Hmmm, I'll need to think a bit more on it and get back to you later.......

4. Name your top three crushes - real, fictional, past or present.

Okay, real (as well as past and present!):

(wasn't that obvious?)



From the past:

I know, that's more than three. I just couldn't narrow it down any further!

And now, it is time for me, Giggleo (pronounced Giggle-Oh, thankyouverymuch), to get motivated and off to the store. We're on a new mission to eat most of the food in the pantry (which is overflowing) and chest freezer before we move, so theoretically, grocery shopping should be a quick and painless task. Theoretically, anyhow... If anyone else wants to take a stab at this meme, give me a shout and I'll give you some questions!


Debbie said...

I have bonded with Morph Mistress and think that is what I shall call you from now on.

Eudea-Mamia said...

Mastera? Sounds like something you see a dermatologist for.

Fantastic job!! Thanks for the George pict - sigh.

Nope, can't say that I was surprised.

(gave you some linky love - thanks for playing!!!) Em

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

I love Morph Mistress.

Oh Ponch and John... oh yes... how I loved thee....

nikkicrumpet said...

I loved seeing the picture of you on Jeopardy. YOU ROCK I can't even imagine qualifiying for that show. And I loved the rest of the answers as well. What a fun meme!!!

SwizzlestickMama said...

I'd be pretty proud to if I were ever promoted to an executive level at 27! And many Kudos (they really are yummy chocolate covered treats!) to you for exceeding all of the expectations set in that role! I never really entered the can only imagine how great it would feel to have an accomplishment like that.

Shannon said...

Came over from Em's blog...

LOVE your answers. You really had me when I scrolled down to see pics of Hawkeye and Col. Brandon!


Blicky Kitty said...

Oh I'm totally impressed by the Jeopardy thing! Ahhhh Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. *sigh*

Rachael said...

oh what a fun meme! i love the super villan name generator...i think my favorite is pearl man. lol!

just stopping by to say hello and wish you a warm welcome from SITS!

Mandy said...

Hi SITSta! I enjoyed hearing a little more about you. I TOTALLY AGREE with your crushes.:)

DiPaola Momma said...

You had me at E.E. Cummings! Then I dropped to my knees in worship of your being on MY SHOW! DH and I play nightly! I have to have you guest post for me on that one! WOWZA!.. then give me some Alan Rickman.. oooh he is so sexy-ugly! then top it all of with a little Bo Duke.. I now follow you arround like a puppy.. cuz you are the poo.. SITSta (and fellow waggggoneeer, yeee haw)

Brandy said...

I would definitely be invisible.

I'm on the SITS welcome wagon and thought I would drop in to say HI!

sandy said...

I stopped by to say "Hi" to my fellow SITS welcome wagoneer!

Ann On and On... said...

You are one cool and smart chick. Great list.

Happy to be on the "welcome wagon" with you.

Off to read some more of your blog.

WheresMyAngels said...

Oh you were on a game show. How cool. I was on the Jay Leno show, ok, so there was only a brief shot of me, but I was there. I almost got kicked out too when that AZZhole from Fear Factor was on and used the "R" word. Really 6 of my friends immediately jumped on me and slapped their hands over my mouth.