Ten Questions From Jana

A few weeks ago, Jana was given a blog award, answered some questions, then wrote her own questions for her readers to answer. I'm feeling uninspired lately and I really liked her questions, so this is what you get today. 

1. What websites or blog do you read every single day?
I read The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Vulture, Jezebel, Huffington Post, BBC News, Seattle PI, and the online version of our local newspaper every day. Did you notice I listed entertainment sites first? Just being honest! I also typically check in on Breathe Heavy, Tom & Lorenzo,  Homorazzi, Entertainment Weekly, and Upworthy. I don't read blogs every day. I should, but I don't always have the time, which is why you may get five comments in a row from me after being silent for a week. 

2. If you could attend one awards show, which one would it be?
The Oscars. The Grammys would be fun too because it's a giant concert and a lot more laid back, but I still think I'd choose the Oscars for the movies, A-list stars, and fashion!

3. What is one thing you are deathly afraid of?
Hmmm... I worry about my immediately family dying, but I think that's normal. I don't like change, but I'm not deathly afraid of it. I don't get scared of clowns, heights, the dark, blood, flying, public speaking, small spaces, animals or insects. I mean, I don't want snakes and spiders crawling all over my body in a small box suspended over the Grand Canyon or anything! But I don't have one big phobia. I have some irrational fears, like sinkholes, murderers hiding in my house and car, driving behind a log truck, and being stuck in elevators, but they aren't debilitating. I'll have to write another post about that soon!

4. What book do you always recommend to people?
To Kill A Mockingbird. I know that's a cliché answer, but it's such an amazing book and there are still so many people who haven't read it. I know, because I read it for the first time when I was 24! I think it's much more than a story about racism and inequality. It's also about love, childhood, family, dignity, moral code, compassion, loneliness, etc. After all these years, it still deeply affects people.

5. Open a playlist on any device you have. Hit shuffle. What are the first five songs that come up?
This isn't from a particular playlist, just my iTunes library:
Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Toxic (Cestladore Remix) by Melanie Martinez 
Buzzcut Season by Lorde
Novocaine For The Soul by The Eels
I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) by Jay-Z

6. When and where do you blog (as in, at what time of day and in what location)?
I used to read, comment, blog, and schedule posts every Saturday morning, but Jacob's been working weekends so I get it done whenever I can now. Sometimes while Milo watches a movie in the middle of the day, but usually once or twice a week after the kids are in bed and Jacob's playing video games. I always blog at my desktop computer in my office area of the playroom (check it out here, now without the baby gates).

7. What song is your personal anthem?
It used to be Simple Kind of Life by No Doubt, but then I got married and had kids and it wasn't my story anymore. I don't have a certain song I listen to that pumps me up or anything. The latest song I really related to was Life For Me by Lily Allen. 

8. If you were selected to give a TED Talk, what would be your topic?
Tough question! I have zero talent, I'm not a genius, and I don't have an amazing career, so I think it would just be about kindness. I want more people to pull their heads out of their asses be compassionate and empathetic and nice. 

9. What’s your favorite quote or saying?
Similar to my answer above: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

10. What is a song, movie, book, or TV show that always makes you cry?
Oh man, everything makes me cry! I feel like the older I get the more emotional I am and I'm completely unapologetic about it. Let's get into it, shall we?

SONGS This is cheesy, but Taylor Swift's Never Grow Up makes me cry every single time. I sometimes tear up when Wonderwall by Oasis comes on because I love it so, so much and it's so nostalgic for me. Same with You Were Meant For Me by Jewel, because I listened to it on repeat while going through my first breakup. I've also cried over No Doubt's Don't Speak, Hole's Dying, Dixie Chicks' You Were Mine, The Beatles' In My Life, Third Eye Blind's How's It Gonna Be, Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars, Coldplay's The Scientist, and Band of Horses' No One's Gonna Love You

MOVIES The only heartbreaking movies I watch every year are Lars and The Real Girl and The Family Stone. In my twenties I used to rewatch Sweet November, Romeo + Juliet, Titanic, A Walk To Remember, Stepmom, and My Girl and bawl my eyes out.

BOOKS So far, I've never reread a book that made me cry, but some of the stories that broke my heart were A Little Life, The Fault in our Stars, The Kite Runner, Eleanor & Park, One Day, Me Before You, All The Bright Places, and Of Mice and Men.  

TV SHOWS It's safe to say I cried during every episode of Parenthood. I was pregnant and hormonal and cried a ton while binge watching Veronica Mars. I cried a lot when I used to watch Grey's Anatomy. Freaks and Geeks got to me every once in a while and I was a moody teen who related to My So-Called Life and some aspects of Beverly Hills, 90210 so I cried during those shows sometimes too. I also cry at every series finale of a show I love. 

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Well, crap. Who's depressed with me now?! I'm not going to write my own questions because I loved Jana's so much, so you should answer them too! Let me know if you do so I can stop by and read them.


Jana @ Jana Says said...

Thanks for answering the questions!!

All the Bright Places wrecked me for days. The Fault in Our Stars and Me Before You made me sob as well. I don't know that I cried at The Kite Runner but it was a fabulous book.

You mentioned Freaks and Geeks. One of my favorite shows ever. Oh, and I, too have irrational fears. So many, in fact, I wrote two posts just to include them all.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I don't typically reread things that make me cry either. Not because I didn't love them, but more because the experience won't be the same.

Rudy always makes me cry.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

The Scientist is one of my fave songs ever!

WTH is TED? lol clearly I'd never be selected to give "a talk" hahaha!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Great questions better answers

Karen M. Peterson said...

Oh my gosh, I puffy heart Lars and the Real Girl so much!

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the greatest American novels ever written. I'm totally with you on that one. I should re-read it. It's been a long time.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

What doesn't make me cry is definitely true for me too.

You Were Meant For Me by Jewel - YES!

Movies - The Notebook, Titanic, Steel Magnolias, Jerry Maguire, Forrest Gump, 10 Things I Hate About You when she reads the poem, The Family Stone

The list is endless. I'm a sad pathetic soul. Hahaha!

I'm scared of heights and enclosed spaces. I really hate spiders too, but I wouldn't say I'm deathly afraid.

And I'd love to attend the Oscars closely followed by the Met Gala.