How did you know that Mr. Tess was "the one?"
I knew when we discovered that we both love They Might Be Giants. That was on our second date.What is your least favorite household chore?
Cleaning up cat vomit. Followed closely by cleaning the shower.What is your favorite thing to do when no one is looking?
Pick my nails (fingers and toes). Im an obsessive nail-picker. Theyre very soft, and they nick, tear and split easily. Every little notch leads to an entire nail being ripped off. Well, sometimes I do it when people are looking, too. Well, that and masturbate, but I generally dont masturbate when people are looking!What go you think of waxing body hair - hooray or no way?
No way!If you could go back to school and have an entirely different career, what would it be?
I dont know. If I had enough direction to want a particular career, I would have done that one the first time around!What are your five favorite movies?
Contact. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Ferris Buellers Day Off. Shakespeare In Love. The Matrix. And honorable mention to both Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings.What are your cat's names?
Zephyr, Zorro, and Pickle. Zephyr and Zorro are presumed to be half-brothers, and they got matching names. Zephyr is named for the west wind, and he's just as quick and playful. Zorro has a grey mask just over his eyes. Pickle came later, and he was named for his tendency to get himself stuck in trees, on rooftops, and on neighbor's balconies when he first came to live with us. I would look up at him and say, "Well, you're in a pretty pickle now, aren't you?" Here
s their boast page from the pet thread.If you could go anywhere in the world for a vacation, where would it be?
There are a lot of neat places to visit, but I think probably either Alaska or Ireland. Ive always wanted to visit both places.What made you decide to become a lawyer?
I was having trouble getting a decent job with my BA in biology, I was good at reading, writing, and logic problems, I didnt want to go to grad school, and law school seemed like the quickest route to gainful employment. So I took the LSAT just for kicks and scored really well. I thought maybe that was a sign that law was a good path for my talents. I should add by way of background that my dad is a lawyer, and hes been bugging me to go to law school for as long as I can remember. I spent most of my life habitually resisting the idea, but when you get out of school with your degree in hand and wind up desperately contemplating a job as Christmas overflow at a local department store, it tends to wear down your resistance. It worked out pretty well, although Im not gainfully employed at the moment.What's your favorite season and why?
Location, location, location. I discovered last week that I LOVE summer in Seattle, but I HATE summer in Houston. Overall, probably late spring/early summer. I love green growing things, and that time of year is full of them, no matter where you are.Now, what is your favorite seasoning. And why?
Probably garlic. Most of my recipes begin with soften the onion over medium heat, then add the garlic. It tastes great, its good for you, whats not to love? O god, but then theres basil! *bites nails* I think basil wins, because theres simply nothing better than the wonderful aroma of fresh basil. *swoons*If someone were cooking for you, for your lovely picnic, what would you like them to make?
Option 1: Assorted veggie sushi. Spring rolls. Some kind of yummy Asian-style entrée involving tofu, like maybe crispy tofu with sweet & sour sauce, or possibly curried tofu with veggies. Followed by a spectacular dessert. (Maybe this should be dinner on my perfect day.)
Option 2: Some kind of yummy sandwich involving Fakin Bacon, guacamole, tomato and sprouts. I would love Swiss cheese and a croissant too, but Im working on that! Something yummy and crispy on the side (I wont come right out and say potato chips, but that would work). I have to admit this one would involve sodas. And warm, chewy brownies and soymilk for dessert/afternoon snack.Do you sing in the shower?
No, the acoustics in my shower are terrible. But I often sing while driving, and at random times.Have you ever read any Sci-Fi/Speculative fiction by Robert Sawyer?
No, I havent heard of him. Should I check him out?If you could have a vegan restaurant open up in your neighborhood, what kind would you want it to be? (Thai, Indian, Italian, etc.)
I think what Id really like is a moderate to slightly upscale sort of place that serves a variety of dishes with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and interesting tastes rather than a particular cuisine. So would that be nouveau fusion?Do you speak any Spanish? What about any other languages?
I understand enough written Spanish to make out most of the Spanish ads and billboards. But if someone starts speaking Spanish to me, I hear blah, bla-blah, bla-blah. I took four years of French in high school and have forgotten most of it. What a waste!Have you ever read anything by Molly Ivins? I love her political commentary.
Did she write Shrubbed? I started reading that, and it was just too depressing. Maybe if she wrote about a less painful subjectAre you computer literate? If your computer suddenly did something weird that you never saw before, would you totally freak out, or have some idea of what's going on?
In any group of lawyers and people in the legal profession, Im considered the comp geek and Im the one they ask for help fixing their routine little problems. But that certainly doesnt make me computer literate in any actual sense. If my computer fails to boot up one day or gives me the BSOD, I scream for Mr. Tess. But if the OS is working and it's just doing something annoying, I can at least make a start on figuring it out.Do people think of you as a "cat lady"? Do you have any cat-related kitsch in your home? (I do!)
No, we have a cat lady here at our apartments, and its not me. I dont go around habitually feeding strays and rescuing ferals, if thats what you mean, but when I told my dad we had three cats, he gave me that shes a nut look. Im cat-lady enough to stop and pet any cat that will let me, though. I do have some cat-related memorabilia, like a big picture of a bunch of really cute cats over my desk that says, Face it... the best things in life are furry! and some wildlife shots of tigers, leopards and jaguars. Other than that, just a couple of silly little things my mom gave me, like a cat notepad and a cat zipper pull that I cant find a place for.Have you ever written any Letters to the Editor about anything?
Yes, in college I wrote a letter to the Houston Chronicle in response to a news story about a very brutal rape/murder. I objected to their description of the act as animal-like and pointed out that while animals do a lot of things that dont meet human standards of behavior, their behavior generally doesnt hold a candle to the horrors that humans are capable of. They published it, but they edited out some of my angrier remarks about the appropriate punishment for the monsters who did it. I was pretty upset about it. But I'm not a habitual letter-writer.What is your political party?
Im not a registered member of any political party, but Ive considered joining the Green Party. When I took the political quiz that someone posted here on VB
, it told me that I was both fiscally and socially liberal, and I landed very close to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela on the graph.How old were you when you found out the truth about Santa?
I dont recall a particular moment when I realized that there is no man in a red suit who comes down the chimney. I grew up in a house that didnt have a chimney (we have maybe 5 nights a year where its cold enough to merit a fire), so I think it was a little hard for me to ever really believe in the schtick.What is your favorite smilie?
My favorite smilie that I never get to use is
When would you use that, anyway? My favorite smilie that I do use is