minutiae

Seen on A Design So Vast and since a lot is going on right now, I thought I'd focus on some little things that represent the larger thoughts I'm having. Plus I love quizzes and memes and surveys about the self. I'd love to know your answers, too.

If you could come back as a dress, what would it be?
a 70's maxi dress like the one Sharon Stone wears in Casino before she marries Deniro's character

What’s your favorite color?
blue

What’s your favorite junk food?
that's a tough one between Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza and McDonald's fries

What are you most shy about?
I'm shy about weird things, too shy to tell you.

If you could have someone else’s body, whose would it be?
I would love the athletic build of someone like Serena Williams or MMA fighter Gina Carano

Who are your fantasy dinner-party guests?
Jon Stewart, the Obamas, Nikki Giovanni, Shaun White, Gretchen Blieler, Mary Carillo, Ellen and Portia

Where is your favorite place to have a drink?
anywhere that's relaxed and chill; I don't drink often so I don't have a wide range of places from which to choose.

Underwear of choice?
Hanes cotton boy shorts

Last book you read?

I'm in the process of reading several. But the last book I actually finished was Scott Westerfield's Leviathan and it was amazing!

Any pets?
no, though I am currently cat-sitting a lovely tabby until the current owners sell their house

What’s for breakfast?
depends on the day, usually: a bowl of Rice Krispies or Cheerios with banana, often: a cinnamon roll or muffin from Dunkin' Donutes and sometimes: sausage biscuit or Red Baron sausage breakfast pizza

At age seven, you wanted to be:
a race-car driver

Do you have any superstitions?
Yes; I'm very superstitious. I don't walk under ladders, for example. I also do not move a broom when I leave one home for another. I don't play with the ouija board and I'm very respectful and wary of ghosts and spirits.

What’s your biggest self-indulgence?
probably getting my nails done

Favorite place to shop?
Amazon.com and Etsy

If you were an inventor, what would you invent?
a way to beam or sped myself quickly to various places around the world

Favorite car?
1969 Chevy Impala

What was your childhood nickname?
Dev or Bee

When and where are you happiest?
I'm happiest sitting among my friends and family and also when reading.

Who is your best friend?
Michelle

Who is your worst enemy?
myself

What piece of art would you most like to own?
The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt or some of Steven N. Myers' x-ray photographs like Eucalyptus.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
I don't think I've found it yet but anywhere I go with M is an adventure.

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Brett Ashley from The Sun Also Rises

What’s your most treasured possession?
my laptop, iPod and my signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird

Your favorite song/band?
I was thinking about this recently. I love music so intensely and I have tons of favorites within numerous categories: (favorite cover: Wonderwall, Ryan Adams, favorite song to crank up while driving: Renegade by Styxx) but the one band I never turn off and who I've loved since I first heard them is Foo Fighters.

What current trend would you like to see disappear?
skinny jeans

Always:

take a moment before you speak; I need to take this advice.

Never:
become complacent

Vanity Fair Proust Questionnaire

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Insomnia coupled with Anxiety.

Where would you like to live?
I would love to live in England or Ireland.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Being surrounded by people I love or a good book and time to read it.

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

I don't know exactly how to phrase this but I seem to be quite forgiving of people with talent. Many of my literary heroes for much of my graduate career were alcoholic, self-destructive assholes but boy they could turn a phrase. I don't know if it was my need to save people or feel needed but I spent a great deal of time with these kinds of men. Now, I think, I indulge people's insecurities and fears--but only to a point.

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

Atticus Finch, Hamlet, Sherlock Holmes, Jay Gatsby

Who are your favorite characters in history?

Joan of Arc, Amelia Earhart, Dorothy Dandridge, Louise Brooks, Cleopatra

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?

my grandmother, Robin Roberts, Toni Morrison, Joan Didion

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?

Alice (
Through the Looking Glass), Bridget Jones, Brett Ashley, Catherine Bourne (The Garden of Eden)

Your favorite painter?
I love Renoir and Manet.

Your favorite musician?

Jack Johnson and Brandi Carlile

The qualities you most admire in others?

Kindness, humility, a sense of humor, intelligence, ambition

Your favorite virtue?

Steadfastness

Your favorite occupation?

writing

Who would you have liked to be?
I'll let you know when I figure it out but someone courageous and you know what, there is still time for me to become her; I'm working on it.