I’ve been tagged like a baby seal loping across an interstitial muffin of concrete in the over-sized refrigerator of glass and steel that I call my home in the Lincoln Park Zoo . . .

And so have you.


1. Respond and rework: Answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.

2. Tag eight other people.

What is your current obsession? Plastic.  It makes me angry and sad that almost everything is wrapped in plastic, most of it unrecycleable and landfill-bound.

What is your weirdest obsession? The animated 1973 movie Fantastic Planet.

What are you wearing today?

What’s your favorite comfort food? Dove Give In to Mint ice cream. It has a thick chocolate ganache shell on top that you must break and eat in order to get to the ice cream below. Pure unadulterated EVIL IN A CARTON.

What would make today special? Today is already special. Maybe if Kiki struck one of her bizarre poses. I don’t always catch them on film.

What would you like to learn to do? Make perfume oils. I really don’t have time for that sort of thing.

What’s the last thing you bought? We went to the Asian grocery store and bought sushi vinegar, wasabi in a tube (2 because we’re total wasabi gluttons in this apartment), Jasmine, oolong, and green tea, and a Hello Kitty tin of cookies! 😀 Yay!

What are you listening to right now? Kiki snuffling around my Hello Kitty tin. I think she may be trying to take the Hello Kitty message literally.

What is your favorite weather? Hot and dry, like the sun-scorched desert.

What is your most challenging goal right now? Finishing my next novel.

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would it be? Honolulu, Hawaii.

If you could swap lives with anyone for one day who would it be and why? Edith Wharton, so I could live a day as a writer in a 19th century male dominated world. I think Edith would get a kick out of eating at a sushi restaurant and chilling with my laptop at Starbucks.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? The redwood forests along the California coasts, but they would be very creepy at night (it’s midnight).

What would you like to have in your hands right now? Oozing puddles of green, viscous goo.

Which language do you wanna learn? Spanish. I only know a little.

What do you look for in a friend? True darkness of the soul.

Who do you want to meet in person? Jeanne Moreau.

What’s your favorite type of music? Gothic ethereal by a very select few artists who I can count on one hand.

What’s your dream job? Horror novelist.

If you had $100 now what would you spend it on? I would invite a few of my friends to have tea at the Ritz.

Things you wish you could change in the past? I wouldn’t have dated anybody excepting my hubby. Would have started writing novels earlier in life. Would have skipped days of school when I felt sick instead of going for the heroic perfect attendance crap I always went for.

Fashion Pet Peeve? Big shoes. They’re clownish on women and on men it begs the “what are you overcompensating for?” question.

Do you admire anyone’s style? Sandra Bullock. She’s got grace under fire and always looks and acts like a lady.

Describe your personal style. Depressed/ecstatic goofball macabre weirdo.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? The aforementioned Give In to Mint and Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.

What’s your favorite makeup brand? Ah, the spackle. I certainly wear enough of it to form an opinion. I’m liking Stila lately.

What makeup do you use a lot? I look like hell without my old-school Stila cake eyeliner and Loreal mascara. Need to look into the powder mineral make-up thing because my current Rimmel goop looks fake & I know it.

Do you get enough beauty sleep? Yes or no? Why? Honey, there isn’t enough beauty sleep in the world!

Why did you start your blog? It was about a year or two ago just so I could post boring pics of my cat and my hair. I’m shocked that anyone reads it, but it gets about 100 views a day on average.

What do you think is the best feature about yourself? I’m made of cheese. And evil.

What is your favorite vacation spot? It’s all good. I’ll go anywhere.

What do you like least about yourself? My inability to relax.

How many pairs of shoes do you own? 17 or so.

If you read this whole thing, bless your little heart. Please spread the disease by tagging other people in a passive-aggressive manner.