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Sarah's Library

I read pretty much anything, from fantasy (City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett) to romance (Bared to You by Sylvia Day) to classics (Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad).  The only genres I don't read are self-help and comic books/graphic novels.

Currently reading

The Last Honeytrap
Louise Lee
Progress: 100/346 pages
Complete Works of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

50 Questions and 50 Answers

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? 
I sleep with them in whatever position they were in when I entered the room.  I'm not afraid of the dark or the wardrobe monster.  My main reason to shut the doors would be because a certain dog or cat gets in there and takes great pleasure in digging the shoes out or attacking the hanging clothes.


2. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Tucked in.


3. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

No.  Not really sure how it would be done.  Do street sign stealing people walk around with an angle grinder under one arm ready to cut the sign off the pole, or a set of screw drivers to unscrew it from the pole (along with a ladder in order to reach in either case)?


4. Do you cut out coupons?
I wish Australia gave me the option to, I would end up on that show Extreme Couponing, where people buy $500 worth of groceries but only pay $10.  I do use the Flybuys coupons (Flybuys is a company that gives you the opportunity to earn points for every dollar you spend at a certain supermarket in Australia, when you have enough points you can use them to buy items for the home or yourself) to boost my points total faster.


5. Would you rather be attacked by bears or bees?

Like most people I'm going to go with neither.


6. Do you have freckles?

Yes, mostly on my forearms.


7. Do you always smile for pictures?

Yes, but when it comes to photos I'm pretty hard to catch.


8. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
No, but I used to avoid the cracks and had a strange thing about stepping on leaves and the idea that once they were stepped on they would never fly again.


9. Have you ever peed in the woods?
Yes once, but only because it was either that or pee in my pants (I was so unprepared that it was a case of shake it dry because there was no toilet paper). 

10. What about pooped in the woods?
No. Fortunately, the day that I had to pee (the one and only time), I didn't have to poo, with no toilet paper that would have been an absolute disaster.


11. Do you chew your pens and pencils?

No never.  Sometimes I hold them in my mouth while I do something else with my hands, but there is no teeth action going on.


12. What’s your song of the week?

I'm listening to Bon Jovi at the moment and I have around 160 of their songs so I can't really pick just one.

13. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Depends on the situation and the shade - a hot pink mesh top wouldn't be appropriate for court, while a suit with a muted-pink self-striping shirt wouldn't be right for a rave.


14. Do you still watch Cartoons?
I watch some Pixar movies (Toy Story is hilarious), but I don't watch cartoon tv shows.


15. What do you drink with dinner?

The same thing I drink with breakfast and dinner - Diet Coke.


16. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?

I like my nuggets naked, although I haven't had a nugget in ages, but not because I don't like them, because we haven't had Maccas in ages.


17. What’s your favourite food? 
PRetty much any pasta dish.  I lean toward the creamy sauce side of the discussion, if pushed.

18. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

No, that involved too much time spent outside with the bugs.


19. Would you ever strip or pose naked for a magazine?


20. Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?


21. Favorite kind of sandwich? 

Grilled cheese with lots of butter and 'plastic' cheese.

22. Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Scranbled eggs made with cream (instead of milk) on white toast with middle bacon that's just barely cooked (I don't like crispy bacon).  That's the best thing, normally I have a single poached egg on Marmited toast.  Eggs are the single best ingredient in the world of cooking.


23. What’s your usual bedtime?
Sometime after midnight and then I almost always read for an hour or more.  10:30 is early for me, but that doesn't happen very often as I get involved in the tv and then suddenly it's 12:30 and I'm running late again.

24. Are you lazy?
Yes, I spend most days on the couch either blogging and watching tv or cross stitching and watching tv, but if it's something I'm interested in or that I think is important I'll make an effort to do it.  For example, despite the rest of my family frequently trying to talk me out of it and saying it's not necessary  (especially during inclement weather), I insist on making an effort to grocery shop every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday because I don't like to use the freezer except in an emergency or when meat is on special and I think it's important to have fresh veggies and herbs.  I also make an effort to cook from scratch as many meals as I can every week (even when Mum tries to tempt me with takeaways or something out of a jar).


25. What is your Chinese astrology sign?

I believe I'm Year of the Rat, but I'm not positive.


26. How many languages can you speak?
English.  I can say a few random phrases/words in French thanks to seven years of it at school, but I have zero accent and I can't roll my Rs at all (all those French words come out with a pretty strong Australian accent).  I can count to seven and say goodbye in Japanese thanks to a few months of lessons in grade two.  I know a few food/cooking related terms in Italian thanks to being obsessed with the food.


27. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?



28. Are you stubborn?
I can be.  See #24 for further information.


29. Are you afraid of heights?
I would say I have a healthy respect for them.  Some situations are worse than others - I have an annual ski trip to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and I don't have a problem with the gondola or chairlifts you have to ride to get up the mountain, but I would never get on the roof or climb a tree.

30. Do you sing in the car? 

Yes, always.  I plug my iPod into the car stereo system and sing every chance I get, even when I'm not alone (despite my tone deafness).


31. Do you ever dance in the car?

I pick my dad up from the station most weeknights and when a favourite sing comes on while I'm waiting in the parked car you can often see the car bouncing up and down because I'm bopping (and singing, see #30) along.


32. Ever used a gun?

Not since I was five and my dad let my brother and I shoot aluminium cans with his air rifle.  If offered now, I would refuse to even touch it (I am quite strongly against guns in general, specially for recreational purposes).


33. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? 

About 14 years ago for my year 12 school photos.


34. Do you think muscles are cheesy?

I don't really think about muscles on the every day person, when they show bronzed and oiled extreme body builders on the news (when there's an expo in the city, or something) I think they look a bit ridiculous and wonder how difficult they must find it to go clothes shoppjng and what their children's classmates think of them.


35. Favorite type of fruit pie?

I haven't had much experience with fruit pies, apple is the only one I've ever eaten.  I would like to try others, but they're not very common in Australia.


36. Occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid?

Chef or vet.


37. Do you believe in ghosts?
In theory, but I need some kind of proof.

38. Ever had a deja-vu feeling?



39. First concert?
Savage Garden with my parents at Rod Laver Arena in 1996.

40. Nike or Adidas?

Umm, neither.  I tend to buy the cheapest sneakers I can from Kmart, plus I have a pair of well loved Sketchers.


41. Ever take dance lessons?

No.  I get such bad blisters (even through bandaids) that I never felt brave enough to risk it.

42. Regularly burn incense?

No, it gives me a headache.


43. Who would you like to see in concert?
Bon Jovi or P!nk.


44. Hot tea or cold tea?

Neither, I drink Diet Coke.


45. Tea or Coffee?

Neither, I drink Diet Coke.


46. Can you swim well?

Enough to not drown in a swimming pool, not well enough to go out past my waist at the sea.

47. Are you patient?

Yes.  I'm always telling my mum she has to be more patient, she always clicks on links two or three times because she's too impatient for the page to open.  She tends to end up with a dizzying number of webpages open and no idea how it got like that.


48. DJ or band at a wedding?

Both, either.  I don't really care as long as they're playing the right kind of music.


49. Which are better, black or green olives?

Ugh!  I hate both with a longstanding passion.  I hate their saltiness and their greasiness.


50. Would you rather live in a fictional world or the real world?
Depends on the world you're talking about.  I would not want to live in a dystopian world.  I probably wouldn't mind the life of a privileged 17th, 18th, or 19th century lady except that I have diabetes, and wouldn't last more than a few weeks without my insulin.  I'm pretty happy with my life in the real world, but I'm luckier than most in that I get to spend my days doing what I choose.