What experience has most shaped you and why?
i'm going to have to say immigrating to canada, not because it was difficult and harsh (if it was, i have suppressed those memories and replaced them with memories of some seriously kind people) but because it has given me a double outsider status which informs pretty much all i am and say and do. i am no longer fully at home in poland despite linguistic fluency, and i will always look at canada from a slightly different angle than someone who was born here, and i like it.
If you had a whole day with no commitments what would you do?
easy, i've been doing it for months: wake up way too early, sit around in my bathrobe, read my blogs, play too much spider solitaire, consider tackling art, fail to even look at a blank canvas, play more spider solitaire, feel like my life is passing me by, cook something, eat it and then go to bed way too early.
What food or drink could you never give up?
normally i'd say red wine, and it'd be expected of me, but i haven't had any in weeks...hm, yogurt? cheese? fruit? yummy things?
If you could travel anywhere, where would that be and why?
south-east asia, because of the food. or italy, also because of the food. and if i could winkle around with the space-time continuum, i'd pick africa at the turn of the century, not because of the food, but because of hemingway.
Who do you have a crush on?
ugly men with big noses.
If you were the leader of your country, what would you do?
execute a lot of people who annoy the crap out of me. take the whole tree hugging thing to a whole new level. you already know what i stand for - line drying clothes, driving a small car, eating locally and mouthing off about all of the above. i'd try to make canada the place we like to think it is (i.e. peaceful, environmentally friendly, open minded, leftie pinko liberal), instead of the place it is slowly becoming (i.e. paranoid, racist, redneck conservative, backwards thinking, chauvinist, capitalist etc.).
Give me one easy savoury recipe that does not include cheese.
curried coconut lentil soup: chop up one large onion. saute until golden and soft in some coconut oil (or olive oil) in a pot. add one cup of dried red lentils, a whole whack-load of chopped garlic and ginger, some curry powder and enough water to make it the consistency you like (i like a watery soup; some like it thick). feel free to toss in some cauliflower florets or other assorted veg. simmer until lentils and veggies are cooked. add one can of coconut milk. you might need to add more water. salt to taste.
In an ideal world, if you could have particular services/staff at your beck and call (eg butcher, baker, candlestick maker, prostitute, someone to dispose of the bodies), what would make the biggest improvement to your quality of life?
someone to play with my hair. this would calm me and all would be well.
and now my own question:
what does it all mean? discuss.
since i don't have too many people who read this or who have their own blogs, i'm tossing the ball into the tiny court occupied by those who do and who can feel free to ignore this.:
and possibly anna maria, if she's still around.
if you're lurking and have your own blog, first of all, fess up you dirty lurker, and second of all, feel free to also meme away if you're so inclined.