My love of random questionnaires and of the minutiae of our lives is well-documented. I do think that it’s in the tiny stuff that we can see glimpses of the entire, shimmering whole of life. I also think that random details are just plain fun.
I found the Goop questionnaire recently and thought I’d close out July with my answers to the (lightly edited) questions.
Go-to weeknight recipe?
Have been toying with a whole post about this, actually. We have some family favorites that include pulled chicken sandwiches, Asian stir-fry chicken with rice, maple candy pork chops, fish tacos.
I hope, writer.
My high school English teacher, Mr. Valhouli. A couple of people in executive search I won’t name. My first friend from my first job, A.A.G.
What would you put on your neon sign?
Be here now. Same thing I’d put on my tattoo, if I had one.
Wouldn’t leave home without?
Something to read. Lip balm. A hair tie. My phone.
Essential beauty products?
Lip balm. Moisturizer. Mascara.
Wouldn’t fly without?
Something to read. Lip balm (are you sensing a theme?). A sweater.
Things you buy in bulk?
Perrier. Toilet paper. Frozen waffles.
Ooh. This is hard. Novels: The English Patient, Light Years, Gilead. Poetry: anything by Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Adrienne Rich, Stanley Kunitz. Memoirs: Devotion, The Gift of an Ordinary Day
First celebrity crush?
Hmmm … an 80s rock star maybe. Peter Cetera?
Stealing Home. It’s sad that that’s all I can come up with, I recognize that. Movies are a real weakness in my cultural vocabulary. As is television.
People on speed dial?
My mother, my husband, my two or three BFFs with whom I speak on the phone.
Preferred form of exercise?
Running and yoga.
Drink of choice?
Coffee. Water. Occasionally, wine (red, white, or pink depending on the mood and occasion).
The births of my two children.
Perfect Sunday afternoon?
A walk around the neighborhood, dinner at the dining room table, and reading in bed with a child on each side of me.
I’d love if you wanted to do this questionnaire and share your answers! More generally, are you as fascinated as I by the random detail, by the mundane minutiae, by the ways light catches on the tiniest corners of a life and seems to, momentarily, illuminate it?