Saturday, December 8, 2007

On Me; as Tagged by Meredith

Are you an early bird or a night owl? Describe your perfect morning or evening.

Well, I USED to be an early bird. Man oh man. I used to get up AT LEAST two hours before school started. I would get up between 5 and 5:30 in the morning and give myself plenty of time to get ready. Not only that, but once I could drive, I'd get to school about thirty minutes before classes started. That was the big social part of the day, where a bunch of us friends would all meet up in the gym and talk before the day got started.

Now, however, I'm DEFINITELY a night owl. Even though I fall asleep very easily now, I hardly ever go to bed absolutely tired. I can stay up past midnight and still be just fine.

I'm not sure why the change. I actually think it might be because of past jobs. At the various radio stations I worked at, there would be many nights where I would have to work late into the night. I think I got used to it.

Creativity is...

why I believe in God. I don't think any natural thing can explain our creativity as humans. Why do we all think differently, act differently? How on earth do we all have different personalities? I believe that is something science cannot explain. Why we love music, why certain colors or flavors are enjoyed by some and despised by others. It fascinates me.

What is inspiring you right now?

A lot of things and ideas are inspiring me at this moment.

As far as books go, Beth and I have started reading through Thomas a Kempis' "The Imitation of Christ," and I've really enjoyed it. I'm not as "gung-ho" as he is about being completely separate from the world, but I have been inspired greatly by his desire to live his life as devoutly as possible.

This may sound dumb, but lately I've been inspired by the ever-increasing technology. Not that I can keep up with it, but I love the fact that enormous amounts of information are becoming increasingly available to more people all over the world. This is handy not only for individuals to make better decisions, but also for nations. We've got a long way to go, but I think this world is getting flatter and flatter. I'm very excited.

Just recently I watched the Charlie Brown Christmas, and I was absolutely floored at how amazing it was. It was beautiful in it's simplicity.

I have more I'm sure, but I'm just running a blank.

Which season inspires you the most and why?

Either Fall or Winter. There's something to like about every season, but there's just something about Fall and Winter that just inspires me. I just love the colors and weather of fall. I like Halloween and Thanksgiving. As much as I hate Christmas music airing months before Christmas, I just have this idealistic love for Christmas and that general season.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and what would you do there?

I think I would travel to Eastern Europe, Russia. Somewhere around there. I just have to go back.

What is your favorite handmade thing to make?

I don't know. I don't really handmake things. I like writing. I like audio/video editing, which is kind of making something with your hands (and a computer, etc.). Like Meredith, I think with real creativity I'm more of a critic than a creator.

What is your favorite holiday treat?

I like anything pumpkin; pumpkin rolls, pumpkin crisp, pumpkin this and that.

I also like ciders and hot chocolate.

And I"m not sure if this is necessarily a "holiday" treat, but one of my favorite desserts ever (that seems to only be made during the holidays) is STRAWBERRY PRETZEL SALAD.