Internet, I talk too much about myself. It’s a bad habit that I’d like to break. Everyone else is so interesting. So, I’m going to be switching things up every Friday for a while. I’m going to take a hiatus from Flashback Fridays, or perhaps move them to another day. To hell with alliteration! Fridays are all about you, internet.
Back in my 20′s, when I was working in an office, I used to send out a quiz of random questions every Friday to a big group of my friends. And then everyone would hit reply all and answer the questions. Reading everyone’s answers was a fun way to pass some time on those bleary Friday afternoons when the weekend felt so close, yet so far away. The circle of friends that I included on these lists would grow and evolve, and the people were from random corners of my life, so they often didn’t know each other at all.
I miss those quizzes. So, I’m bringing them back.
I hope you’ll participate in the comments section. You can answer all the questions. Or just one. Or just read. Or, you know, whatever. It’s loose. It’s breezy. It’s fun. Tra la la la la.
And away we go with the weekly Random Friday Quiz.
1. Everybody had some sort of snuggle when they were little, right? A blanket, a stuffed animal, etc. Tell us a story about your snuggle. Do you still have it?
My snuggle’s name was Pup Pup. And it was a dog. Obviously. He was very long and flat (that’s what she said). And he was white with a big black spot on his back and some brown patches on his ears and tail and feet. My most vivid memory of Pup Pup was the time I was on vacation and my sister grabbed him by his tail and swung him around like a helicopter above her head. Pup Pup disengaged from his tail and flew across the hotel room and I freaked the eff out. My mom sewed the tail back on eventually. And you bet your ass I still have Pup Pup. He’s in a box in my parents’ attic.
2. First kiss. Go.
It was in the audio/visual room in my high school. I don’t know what that tells you about me, but it has to be something. I was on the speech team and the boy was on the debate team. It was on my birthday. I was wholly unprepared for how wet it would be. I was very excited to be kissed. And I was very excited when it stopped. That poor boy. He was so romantic, and I am so not. I remember, later that week, he came to my house to take me on a walk and we were both so cold and he tried to have me put my hand in his coat pocket to keep it warm/stay close, and I thought that was so entirely weird and over the top that I decided then and there to end it. Oh the misery I put so many gentlemen through. I must have confused so many nice boys when they paid me a compliment and I immediately broke up with them.
3. What is something brave you did this week?
I don’t think I have an answer for this one. Oh dear. Must rectify that immediately.
4. Five smells that you like.
Clothes that have been bleached, just out of the washer. Lilacs. Gasoline. Freshly mown grass. My kids after a bath.
5. Tell us a story about a time you went to the beach.
I have a bazillion beach stories. Oh Lord have mercy, do I love the beach! Just one? How cruel. Here’s a favorite beach memory. One time I ditched work on a beautiful day and rode my bike to the beach and laid on a towel and read The Lovely Bones from start to finish. I got a terrible sunburn on the backs of my legs. It was one of my favorite afternoons of solitude, and I think of it often.
Happy Friday, my lovelies. I hope everyone has a good 4th of July. Don’t explode any of your fingers.