“If Only…” Friday Five

You have just won one million dollars:

1. Who do you call first?
My parents or Jon’s parents

2. What is the first thing you buy for yourself?
I’d pay off our student loans and any other debt before buying anything. Then, I’d probably buy a car.

3. What is the first thing you buy for someone else?
Maybe would pay off the mortgages for my parents and in-laws.

4. Do you give any away? If yes, to whom?
Our churches, various charities like Union Station Foundation, Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, start a fund for the poor in our part of Minnesota, donate to AIDS research, AIDS education, create scholarships for women MTS students at my seminary…

5. Do you invest any? If so, how?
Not sure. I’d have to talk to a financial planner.

Adjectival Friday Five

1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space.
messy (at least my study)

2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer.
non-existent, invisible

3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime.
stimulating, intellectual, page-pounding (I read, therefore I am)

4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day.
quiet, cat-filled, nocturnal, sleepy

5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life.
exciting, grace-filled, Christ-centered, worthwhile, God-seeking

Misc. Friday Five

1. What food do you like that most people hate?

Sushi. Most people in these parts think I’m weird for eating it. Soy milk ice cream (mmmmmmmm…. Mint Marble Fudge) is a close second.

2. What food do you hate that most people love?

Brocolli, anything uber-greasy, anything pig-related

3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you?

Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, pretty much all the superstars

4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find attractive?

I don’t know that there is anyone that people hate that I like. I’m really into such things.

5. What popular trend baffles you?

Your first marriage being your “practice one” (get some people skills y’all), a lot of the fashion trends where starlets are wearing skirts that don’t even cover their butts, a lot of the American Christian sub-culture (your kids can’t read Harry Potter but can read about even scarier stuff in the Left Behind books — yeah… that makes so much sense), the nouveau Reformed movement (how many of the uber-Reformed people on campus have actually *read* Calvin?) that are (probably unintentionally) giving off an air of pretentiousness, the movement of parents not to discipline their kids…

Halloween Friday Five

1. What was your first Halloween costume?
Black cats. The tails were weighted and my brother and I really enjoyed playing with them.

2. What was your best costume and why?
Probably an Indian princess

3. Did you ever play a trick on someone who didn’t give you a treat?
Nope… not that kind of girl.

4. Do you have any Halloween traditions? (ie: Family pumpkin carving, special dinner before trick or treating, etc.)
Taking my frustrations out on a pumpkin. Also trick-or-treating for canned food for the local food pantry.

5. Share your favorite scary story…real or legend!
George Bush being re-elected. *shivers*

Car Talk Friday Five

1. What vehicle do you drive?
A silver 1984 Volvo 240GL sedan named Sable

2. How long have you had it?
Two years

3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle?
Probably just the fact that she handles the road so well

4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle?
She has something in her engine that is causing power failures every so often and our mechanics can’t figure out what it is.

5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now?
Probably another Volvo (the ones I’ve driven are really nice) or a VW Jetta.

Name Change Friday Five

1. Is the name you have now the same name that’s on your birth certificate? If not, what’s changed?
My last name. I added 6 letters and a hyphen when I got married.

2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?
I’d probably change it to a more Irish-sounding name or use my saint’s name (Maire).

3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)
Jennifer = Donovan song
Erin = Irish-American chica

4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
Ummmm… are we talking nicknames here or names that I think are just really stupid?

5. Is the analysis of your name at kabalarians.com accurate? How or how isn’t it?
Accurate: generous, understanding, candid (problematically), strong tendency for temper and self-pity, originality, creativity. The health stuff is also fairly accurate.
Inaccurate: I’m actually very diplomatic and I do usually finish what I start, contrary to what Kabalarians says about me.

Interview Meme Questions

OK… these are the questions for the three people who responded on time.

For Nikkiana:

1.) You live in New Hampshire and seem to have a great deal of pride in being a New Englander. What is your favorite thing about growing up where you did?

2.) What got you involved in the local Christian music scene?

3.) You’ve talked about wanting to have a classical Christian education for college. What attracts you to that kind of focus in your studies?

4.) What got you started blogging?

5.) If you could get 5 performers (dead or alive) on stage for a concert, who would they be?

For Ellen:

1.) What has been the strangest experience that you’ve had while living overseas?

2.) What got you so fascinated with the former Yugoslavia?

3.) Sometimes languages have words that are either really cute or have literal translations that describe the object in a really strange way. What is your favorite Bosnian word like this?

4.) How many times have you seen U2 in concert? Which time has been your favorite?

5.) What is the strangest thing about coming back to the States to visit?

For Dave:

1.) You’re Canadian, which means that you stereotypically live in an igloo and travel from place to place by dogsled. You interact with moose and beavers on a daily basis and say “eh” at the end of every sentence. What are some of your favorite stereotypes of Americans (now that I’ve listed every Canadian one that I can think of)?

2.) What is “ideajoy”?

3.) If money was no concern and you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?

4.) You live near Calgary. Are you into rodeo stuff? Have you been to the Stampede?

5.) Why do you blog?

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Y’all have your questions. Have fun answering them and remember to put the interview meme blurb at the end of your responses!