TMI Tuesday

1. What makes you, you?

I suppose what makes me “Me” is the choices that I have made and that I continue to make – from the career I chose…to the family I have helped create…to the hobbies to which I devote my time..to the little idiosyncrasies that give me away:

I have a cup of tea before bedtime. I consistently drive 5 miles over the speed limit. I usually listen to country music or an audio book on my way to and from work. I love yoga. I prefer a colorful environment with bright paint and tile and wood floors. I love seafood. I dislike cities and hate traffic. I’m usually a bit late. I prefer quiet to work. I’d choose animals and books over most people. I love superhero and zombie movies (Zombieland…I have a serious thing for Woody Harrelson). I love classic novels (Jane Eyre, Howard’s End, The Great Gatsby), memoir (Prozac Nation, Wild, Refuge), dystopian sci-fi (1984, The Stand, Fahrenheit 451), and zombie novels (Feed, Alison Hewitt is Trapped, The Girl with All the Gifts). I hate waking up, but I love early mornings, especially in summer. I like camping. I crave routine and down time. I take my coffee black. My favorite poets are Charles Baudelaire and Sylvia Plath.

2. Do you care more about doing the right thing or doing things right?

It’s really pretty even, but I lean toward doing things right.

3. What is sexual freedom? Do you have it?

Sexual freedom is feeling no guilt for your sexual desires and being able to follow them without fear or doubt. I have a way to go before I achieve this sort of sexual freedom. I don’t feel guilt for my desires, but I’m not as secure as I need to be to follow that freedom.

Sexual freedom could also mean being “allowed” by a partner to experiment and explore sexual interests with them, with others, and on one’s own. I believe my husband would give me this sort of sexual freedom without qualm. I, on the other hand, have struggled giving that freedom in return.

4. In your romantic relationships, is trust more important than love?

Yes. Trust is pretty much everything.

5. Your life, is it more of a dream or a nightmare?

It is more of a dream. I have the career I sought, even though it isn’t always what I imagined it would be, and it can cause quite a bit of stress in my life. I have a loving marriage, an intelligent, handsome son, a comfortable home, vacation and leisure time, family, friends, pets, a library, technology to communicate with others, and I live in a beautiful part of the world. There are bad days, and I find myself wishing for more, but mostly…life is good.

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  • the late phoenix

    I started getting into different types of tea at night, wanting to be adventurous, and partook of some Irish Breakfast. let’s just say that tea will give you writer’s dreams and nightmares where the floors give way under your feet and you can’t tell if you’re asleep. I thought I was awake the whole time I was asleep.

    a Howards End VHS lies dormant in my deck, one day i’ll find the time to leisure. after really getting into the weeds and the bush with Sylvia Plath in college I could never cook on a stovetop again.


    • Brigit Delaney

      Ha! You make me laugh! Irish Breakfast is highly caffeinated…I’m surprised you could sleep at all.

      And I usually temper any reading of Plath with a little Dorothy Parker to take the edge off.

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