1.Do you like having your picture taken? Absolutely not.

2.Have you ever done a photoshoot, professional or non? Yep. I’ve done the Glamour Shots thing twice, once as a present to myself (to see if it was actually possible to get a good picture) and once at the insistence of my then-SOs. I’ve also been on a few TV shows if that counts.

3.If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why? Right now? I’d love to explore the British Isles. Especially Ireland and Scotland. Because they’re fascinating.

4.Who would you take with you on this little adventure? Definitely sambear and Katie. I’d like to take some of our friends, as well.

5.What would you say is the most daring thing to do in a lifetime? Hmm. Having kids is tough if you do it consciously, because as one person said “you have a piece of your heart walking around outside you forever.”

6.Would you ever do that? Yep, I did it. I’d do it again.

7.Have you ever done crossword puzzles? Yes, though never on a regular basis.

8.Ever actually completed one? Yes.

9.Pick up the closest book and write a sentence at random from it. First remove from the body those organs which putrefy most rapidly: the brain and viscera (stomach, intestines, lungs, liver, etc.).( From the “How to make a mummy” section of How to Hold a Crocodile.)

10.Do the same with a lyric from either a cd or the radio.
Where the air is barely real on our feather tips of steel,
Spreading wings of wind and fire in another kind of flight
The earth that bred and bore us like a jewel hangs before us,
As we challenge more than fifty million miles of sunlit night.
“Wings of Human Knowledge” from the Echo’s Children CD A Dancing World

11.Have you ever tried to analyze your own dreams? I try to avoid thinking about most of them, but occasionally I’ll take one as a warning and act on it.

12.Would you put up posters in your room? In my room? Bedroom, living room, what? There are some hanging in frames, but I’m a little old for simply tacking something on the wall.

13.Can you sing? Yep. I’m technically a dramatic soprano but I can sing down to most of the contralto range fairly comfortably.

14.Do you ever sing to yourself while doing everyday tasks? Yes.

15.What’s your favorite color of post-it note? I don’t have one.

16.How many cassette tapes do you own? Um. There are some books on tape and some music cassettes that I haven’t replaced with CDs. 30? 40? I’m not sure.

17.How many CDs do you own? Several hundred, I guess.

18.Ever bought a CD for just one song? Yes. I bought Janis Siegel’s first solo CD because I happened to hear part of “Small Day Tomorrow” somewhere.

19.What would your perfect day consist of? Had one recently. Sleeping late with nowhere to be at any particular time. Waking up snuggled up to sambear. Good sex. Good food. Fun time with Katie. Gaming. Successful geeking. More good food, snuggling, and sex. Making music with cool people.

20.Have you ever lied to get off the phone or out of talking to someone online? Yes.

21.Have you ever written a survey? Nope.

22.How about a song? Not yet.

23.Or maybe a poem? Yes.

24.Is your VCR flashing 12:00 all the time? No. The microwave usually does, though, because it loses its time if the power line thinks about maybe blinking.

25.Do you read your horoscope? Not generally.

26.If so, do you base your day on it? Nope.

27.Would you rather chew gum or use mouthwash and why? Mouthwash. Gum makes my teeth hurt.

28.Do you floss? Sometimes.

29.Are you addicted to Napster like me? Does Napster still work? I don’t think so. But it got me hooked and now I use WinMX.

30.How many times a year are you sick? I’m always sick due to chronic illness.

31.Ever been in an airplane? Yes.

32.If so where were you flying to? New York the last time. Before that, hmm, Chicago, LA, Dallas, Boston, London.

33.What radio station to you listen to most? WABE

34.What color are your shoes? I’m barefoot most of the time. My favorite sandals were originally white. They’re pretty dingy right now.

35.Was fuzzy-wuzzy a bear? I have no response to that.

36.Do you know how to play dominos? No.

37.Or do you think I just mean pizza by that? I don’t like Domino’s pizza.

38.Speaking of pizza, what’s your favorite kind? Extra cheese, Italian sausage, and mushrooms.

39.What color are your eyes? Green. They look blue if I ever get a tan (not that it will ever happen again with Mr. Sunscreen Nazi in my life).

40.How many surveys have you filled out this lifetime? I dunno.

41.Describe your bedroom, including all details. Reasonably neat at the moment. Queen-sized bed (we need a king-sized one). Dresser. Chest of drawers—the top of that is our main altar. Two other miscellaneous drawer thingies are full of craft stuff. Hope chest. Bookcase. Nightstand. Jewelry chest. Desk. Sewing machine. sambear‘s guitar on its little stand thingy. Clutter, although much less than there was last week. Door leading into the bathroom, another door leading into the closet.

42.Name one person your life is made better by. sambear

43.Would you or have you ever shaven your head? No, haven’t and wouldn’t.

44.How about someone else’s? No.

45.Can you do math with ease? Depends on the math. Basic stuff, yes.

46.What size is your computer screen? This PC has a 17″ monitor. “My” monitor is 21″ but I don’t get to use it often right now.

47.If you could only talk to one person online who would that be? Um, I mostly just talk to sambear online anyway. There are two other people I’ve been speaking with lately, though.

48.Name your favorite type of music and why. Folk. Sounds comfortable, I can sing most of it pretty well, it’s mostly acoustic and fairly melodic, often has nice harmonies and I have had this harmony bug lately.

49.Are you a vegetarian? No.

50.How about an aspiring actor/actress? No.

51.What famous person dead or alive would you interview if you had the chance? Um. Hmm. I’m not much into talking to famous people. I figure I’d be disillusioned by most of them if I ever actually met them.

52.Which movie can you watch and say the lines along with the actors? Most of Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

53.Name one of your passions in life. Parenting.

54.What’s your least favorite time of day? Early morning. I usually have a horrible headache.

55.Who’s your favorite member in a band, singer, guitar, bass, drummer, and why? Favorite? I’m supposed to have a favorite? I had no idea.

56.Do you use hairspray or gel? Usually, neither one. I think I have some of both.

57.Describe your favorite meal. Fettucine chicken alfredo with really good bread.

58.What color is the inside of your head when you close your eyes? Dark red, almost black, with yellow spots floating around.

59.Ever listen to classical music? Yes.

60.Have you ever said lol in real life without thinking about it? No.

61.Do you find you use internet language when writing notes IRL? No.

62.What songs would be on your ideal CD? I couldn’t have one ideal CD. I need different ones for different moods.

63.Say one thing you’ve learned today? This is a LONG survey.

64.What is the best present you’ve ever given someone else? I guess that would depend on the person, wouldn’t it? But the expression on Daddy’s face when I gave him the big Marine Corps logo I’d stitched for him was priceless, and it is one of his most prized possessions.

65.What is the best present someone else has ever given to you? My first husband surprised me with a complete set of all the DMC floss colors I didn’t have yet for Christmas back in 1985.

66.So hey, what’s your full name? Cynthia Lynn Armistead Smathers is my legal name at the moment. The danged name change didn’t get done right in the divorce.

67.Describe yourself while drunk. Relaxed, much more comfortable with things like singing in front of people and flirting.

68.How big are the windows in your house? Compared to what? There are never enough windows. I like light.

69.Do you wear a watch? Yes.

70.What’s the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done with someone else? I don’t kiss and tell in LiveJournal.

71.What’s the largest age difference between you and someone you’ve dated? My third husband was 20 years older than me. I think one person I went out with a few times was about 25 years older than me.

72.How many mirrors do you have? In the house? Lessee, one in each of three bathrooms. One in our bedroom. One in Katie’s bedroom. One in my purse. One in the makeup case when it’s in my purse. Do compacts (powder) count?

73.Write one sentence stating what you want people to say about you after you’ve passed on. “She left the world a better place for having been here” maybe. I’ve never thought about that.

74.Have you ever sailed? No. I’d like to try it, though.

75.How fast can you run? HA! I don’t run. I turn around and get grumpy.

76.What do you believe in? Family and friends. Personal responsibility.

77.How long does it take you to get ready to go out? How ready? Going out to just run errands, maybe 30 minutes if I haven’t showered yet. To get gussied up? An hour or so.

78.Do you shower daily? If not how often? Yes.

79.What one thing would you change in your life if you had the power to do so? I wouldn’t have married the first husband, which would mean I wouldn’t have dropped out of college giving up that full scholarship.

80.Describe the ideal superpower and what you would do if you had it. Um. Healing.

81.Are candles romantic or a fire hazard? Yes.

82.Name something you’ve done in the last 24hrs no matter how big or small. Ironed, cleaned house, hung pictures, sang, played the piano, gamed.

83.Do you wear necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, rings? There’s one bracelet I never take off. I occasionally wear earrings, a ring, and a necklace.

84.What colors are you wearing right now? A tie-dyed sorta shirt with blues, pinks, and purples in it.

85.How often do you change the sheets on your bed? Weekly. All the sheets in the house are changed weekly.

86.Have you ever gotten lost? Yes. If I’m not in a hurry, it’s a great way to find neat places.

87.What’s on your computer desk? I don’t have a desk of my very own—we share the surfaces the computers are on. I need my own desk again. But this particular one has a picture I haven’t hung yet, an FM radio card I might install, some RPG and Girl Scout printouts, my coffee cup sitting on a coaster, a CD case and the insert from it, a stack of CD blanks, two speakers, the Far Side page-a-day calendar, and a box of tissues.

88.How many folders are on your desktop at the present moment? None. Okay, there’s a shortcut to My Documents.

89.When you’re talking do you ever use your hands to do quotation marks in the air when saying certain words? No. Ick.

90.Which landmark would you climb if you could? I haven’t ever considered that.

91.Do you own or have you read, or thought of reading any self-help books? Yes. Not in a few years, though.

92.Ever seriously questioned your sanity? Yes.

93.Can you breakdance? I’ve never tried, but I really doubt that I could.

94.What’s in your fridge right now? Chinese leftovers, sandwich fixins, general staple stuff.

95.How many people do you live with? Four.

96.Have you or would you ever do anything more than kiss in a public area? TMI

97.What is the strangest thing you’ve ever done? That depends entirely on who is asking.

98.Name an instrument you’ve never played but would like to. Guitar. Maybe harp.

99.Have you ever been on tv or the radio? Yes. Both.

100.What is the worst thing anyone could ever do to you? Harm my child.

101.Are you a fast typer? Yes.

102.How high have you counted before getting bored? I get bored just thinking about that.

103.Describe how you sleep. Usually spooned with sambear

104.Are you straight, bi, gay? Mostly straight, a little bi.

105.Do you ever do something else while on the computer? Yes. I carry on conversations in person and on the phone, sing, listen to music, eat, etc.

106.What is the most expensive item you own? My car.

107.How about the least expensive? Consumable or non-consumable? Probably something like thumbtacks or baking soda.

108.What’s your favorite card game to play? I don’t like any card games.

109.What do you do online? Email. Use a messaging client sometimes, but not much. Read the news. Read LJ. Use WinMX. Maintain several websites. Read and post to Usenet, although not as much as I used to.

110.Name some stores you’ve bought clothes in before. I hate shopping. Especially for clothing. But Lane Bryant, The Avenue, Silver Lining, Refinery Plus, Rich’s, Macy’s, Penney’s.

111.Have you ever read a book and not understood it? No.

112.Have you ever watched a movie and not understood it? No.

113.Do people pick up your slang language more than you pick up theirs? I dunno.

114.Are you easily influenced by other people or current trends? I don’t think so.

115.What makes you unique in your own opinion? I don’t know that either.

116.Name your worst quality. Hmm. Disorganization, maybe.

117.Name your best. Honesty.

118.What would you like to do with your life? Raise our kids to be good people, enjoy my friends and family.

119.Do you blowdry your hair? Nope.

120.How many clocks are in your house? Lots.

121.Are they all set on the same time? I try, but they drift.

122.Have you ever intentionally set a clock ahead or behind the actual time? Yes, but the setting-ahead thing didn’t work for me so I stopped doing it.

123.What do you think about when you first wake up in the morning? Where are the kids and what are they doing?

124.Which browser do you use? Mostly IE now. If I’m testing a site, I’ll use Opera and Netscape too. I have been known to use Lynx.

125.Do you bite your nails? Nope.

126.Would you ever leave little notes to your gf/bf? Yes.

127.Ever been to a farm? Yes. My parents made us work in gardens and such as kids. We even raised our own steer once (for beef).

128.Tell me about your dream last night. Well, um, one of them involved being held hostage by a gun-wielding nut at Walmart. At least it was less violent than most of the nightmares I’ve had lately—I don’t recall anyone actually being killed.

129.Ever seen a shooting star? Yes.

130.Say one thing about yourself you’ve never told anyone. Now if I haven’t told anyone, why would I tell the world via LiveJournal?

131.Do your days fly by or seem to last forever? They fly by for the most part.

132.Have you ever stayed in a fancy high-class rich hotel? Yes.

133.Have you ever stayed in a rent-by-the-hour motel? Nope.

134.What in your opinion is the best advertising slogan out there? This would require familiarity with advertising slogans, yes?

135.When they start sending rockets to the moon for us civilians, will you be on the list? Yes. But I think I’d have to lose a lot of weight first.


137.Have you ever written anything on your skin? Not that I remember, no.

138.If so what?

139.Which website do you frequent most often? Livejournal, I guess.

140.What color are most of your clothes? Um. There isn’t a “most” as far as I can tell. But I like black.

141.Do you own any plants? Yep. I haven’t managed to kill the pineapple, the aloe, or the two pots of what I think are golden pothos. The pothos (originally in one pot) is older than Katie—about 15, I guess.

142.Are things as bad as they seem? That depends, doesn’t it?

143.Describe the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you. Recently? My parents gave me their piano. But sambear pampers me daily, and he’s been more consistently nice to me than anyone else in my life.

144.Ever looked directly at the sun? I don’t think so.

145.Have you ever made a pinhole camera to watch the eclipse? Yep.

146.What’s your favorite cereal? Mueslix.

147.Who do you miss? Katie’s father at times. I think I mostly miss him on her behalf, though.

148.Name something you just can’t forget no matter how hard you try: Nasty childhood sexual abuse stuff.

149.Describe the worst fight you’ve ever been in whether physical or verbal. Physically? An idiot tried to rape me when I was 16 in Paris. I went berserk, damaged him, and ran away.

150.Say something else about yourself you’ve never told anyone before. Again—why would I tell that here if I wouldn’t say it elsewhere? Anyway, I think sambear knows all things worth knowing about me.

Current Music: Something Katie’s watching on the History Channel about boot
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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