Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ask PG, Part 4

If your house was on fire, what would you rush in to save?

Everything is material. As long as my family and I were safe, and our pets, I could live without the "stuff." However, I think it would be hard to lose pictures and mementos. A week ago I went through a shoebox of old items I'd had since childhood. Horse show ribbons, a little toy animal lamb that belonged to the cat I had when I was a child, a cross bookmark my mom crocheted for me, a handwritten letter from my grandmother, my diary from when I was 9 years old, a magazine from 1986 that featured my published work. These are things I can not replace, when they are gone, they are gone. Until I pulled them each one by one from the box and recollected the circumstances and memories in which surrounded their presence in my life, I might not have remembered them. That is what mementos do, they remind you of special times in your life and keep them part of you.

Do you enjoy your work? If you could pick any career, would you do what you are doing now, or would you pick something else?

I like what I am doing (education.) It is rewarding. It is also exhausting, hard work and it is easy to burn out. I do not know if I will teach forever. I still have many other dreams and pursuits.
Truly? Sometimes I wish I didn't have to work, and that I could just pursue creative pursuits that didn't also have to be my livelihood. I would like to be a novelist...own my own vintage home decor

I don't know about the questions, maybe just exactly WHAT you have against mayonnaise. Why do you hate it so, what did it ever do to you? Just kiddin!!!

I don't know! I don't dislike it all of the time. I'm moody about it. Some days I like it. I tolerate it mixed into most food, like tuna.

What is your dream for the future?

To be happy, to live simply. To have a family, and always have horses in my life.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

On a ranch. I do not know where, that would be a hard decision. But I'd love to have property, with pastures, fields, woods, a barn, and a cozy cabin!

No question - just a comment that my daughter and I have spent many a happy afternoon with Lorelei and Rory. Don't you wish they would bring back that series?

Wait, that IS a question, hee hee! YES! It's always sad when a favorite series goes away. Often, it's time- a show has ran it's course. I really liked
Men In Trees and Everwood, two other great shows that didn't last long. I love those ensemble cast style of "dramedies."

If there was one thing you could change what would it be? Besides not having writers block, that is.

Probably my financial situation.
You know- less debt/more income.

Wow! A lot of good questions!! Here's mine! Who is the one person in your life that has influenced you the most in what kind of person you have become??

I honestly can't say there is just one person. I think many members of my family, mentors, and friends, have shown me bits and pieces of themselves, which has helped me become who I am. My parents were always open and trusting and supportive. I have loving relatives who enjoy each others company and we have family traditions- ways to spend meaningful time together. I have friends that I know are always there for me, even the ones I don't see on a regular basis.

One more...if you could spend one more hour with one person that has gone to be with the angels who would that person be?? AND "If you could go back and talk to someone that you've lost, who would it be and what is it that you need to say to them."

I would want to see my Nana Vi. She was my father's mother. She passed of a heart attack after Thanksgiving dinner when I was a senior in high school. I never really knew her when I was actually a mature adult. At 18, I still saw everyone as invincible. There was always tomorrow, because I need to be more worried about prom now. Looking back as an adult, there are many things I wish I would have talked to her about, or could talk to her about. That chance is gone.

What song would you sing at Karaoke? Do you like the Bee Gees? And what is the grossest food you've ever eaten?

Grossest food? I'm not a fan of calamari.

I do NOT karaoke. Believe me, you would not want to hear me behind the microphone. I have done it once, with a group of girlfriends. We sang "Miss American Pie." It's a long song. Not a good karaoke song. and that is all I'm gonna say about that.

And yep, I like the Bee Gees!


  1. Good answers, especially the save from a fire one. Sometimes I think fires are a chance to begin anew, clean out all the junk. Don't particularly feel the need to test the theory though.

  2. This post makes me think of my grandfather that passed away in 1996. I would love to be able to talk to him again, and appreciate him more as the mature adult that I am now. I too, seemed to think that at the time there were more important things than my grandparents. There's so many things I would say to him and ask him...but I do have lots of good memories.... I really enjoy your blog, it's great! :')

  3. Funny you say you never knew your grandma as an adult , both my dad's parents passed away when I was in my teens , I often wonder how it would be if I could talk to them now. They were a huge part of my life and I still miss them , I wonder if we would be as close? would they like who I have become , would I make them proud?

  4. Great makes me think back.

  5. You really didn't need to answer about the mayo Cuz! I thought you would chose your Nana Vi. Your Mom always says what a special lady she was, and she seemed to have many creative pursuits too, maybe you inherited that from her!

  6. I would definitely love to talk to Nana Vi again too. I was a Sophomore when she passed, and I always have thought about how it would be if she was in our lives as adults.
    I am with you on Mayo, only like it mixed in with something, like Tuna or Potato Salad!! We are strange, I know!

  7. Pony Girl, I have a question, if it hasn't been asked already... why so shy in the pictures? I have rarely seen your face (maybe once or twice?) and why is that? You are BEAUTIFUL!!! Why so shy?!

    Oh, and I have another question. If Pioneer Woman is going to do the Ranchelor with Cowboy Josh..are you going to enter up? Because you should. You really should. He's cute!! Totally your type of guy, I think. Please say you'll do that.

  8. {Mikey}~ I am really a private person. So why blog publicly? I don't know. I want my blog to be about what I write and photograph, not plastered with pictures of myself. Besides, I'm usually behind the camera or alone with my horse, so, I rarely have pictures of myself (unless I try pitiful self-portraits like I did a couple of weekends ago! :)
    Also, being an educator, I'm really sensitive to what is out there in the public about me. I never blog about my job or random inappropriate things (furthest from it!) I don't want to do anything to risk my employment. Does that make sense? I feel like I go through stages where I open up and share more, and stages where I pull back. It's just who I am.
    I do understand the curiosity though, and ironically, I like seeing pictures of people on their blogs! Although I read plenty where authors never have photos of themselves either, and I respect that.
    And yes~ I would love to do PW's "The Ranchelor"! :) If it was in the summer and I wouldn't have to take time off of work, I would certainly apply. I saw her post about it the other day, appears she is still considering it.

  9. I didn't realise you were a teacher too! Although I won't be for much longer...more to come on that soon!

  10. Great answers PG! They show that you really gave them some thought, especially the one about your Gramdma. I miss my grandparents and they have been gone for many years. This was a fun post, it made me think back too.

  11. Great answers and fun questions, too.

    I would love to talk to my grandfather again. He was so quiet, and I was too (when I was little, who knows where THAT kid went LOL) that we were just "with" each other most of the time.

  12. My grandfather died after Thanksgiving in my senior year of high school. I was 18 just a few months later. There are things I wish I had asked him as well......and I sure wish he could see how I turned out. I sure miss that man even after all these years.

    Odd coincidence in our lives, don't you think.

  13. Would relly love to see you settled with your Cowboy on a Ranch somewhere near your family!

  14. Thanks for answering, I was curious!! I just noticed it and wondered, but those are very good reasons.
    Now I'm going to fist pump for you on the Ranchelor :) I would SOOO love to see that :)

  15. I still what to get first in a fire and I would be burned up, but all my stuff would be outside. I can't stand to think of losing any of my stuff. I had a friend who's house burned down once. She told me she had always thought about saving stuff too. But, when the time actually came, all she had time to do is get out with her family. She didn't even have time to put her houseshoes on.

  16. Fun getting to know you, as always. I can relate to the grandmother thing. Both of my grandfathers passed when I was very young and I never had the chance to talk to them about where they came from, what it was like to emigrate here. I wish I knew more about their lives than I am left with.


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