Here are twenty-five fun questions I picked up from blogger Amaan Khan. I triple dog dare you to answer these, either on your own blog or in the comments field. My answers are below.
Q1: Do you have any pets?
A: No, although I like cats and dogs, after being my late husband Bill’s caregiver for six years, I’m still not ready to care for another living thing, even though it’s been five years since he died.
Q2: Name three things that are close to you.
A: My computer, my Braille tablet, which I’m using as a display at the moment, and my closed-circuit television reading system.
Q3: What’s the weather like right now”
A: Here in Sheridan, Wyoming, it’s sunny with a blue sky and 47 degrees Fahrenheit. The multitude of snow we’ve accumulated in the past couple of months is melting.
Q4: Do you drive? If so, have you crashed?
A: No, I don’t drive because of my visual impairment. If I did, I would crash.
Q5: What time did you wake up this morning?
A: About six thirty.
Q6: When was the last time you showered?
A: This morning.
Q7: Do you participate in any sports?
A: No, for the same reason I don’t drive, but I work out regularly.
Q8: What does your last text message say?
A: That I don’t remember since I haven’t received a text message in a couple of days.
Q9: What is your ring tone?
A: It’s simply called “harp.” It’s one of about twenty that were already on my phone when I got it.
Q10: Have you ever been out of your country or traveled by plane?
A: Yes, I traveled to Mexico with my father when I was twelve. We were living in Tucson, Arizona, at the time and studying Spanish and thought it would be fun to go there and practice what we’d learned. I came home with a bad case of Montezuma’s revenge. I’ve also made many trips by plane.
Q11: Do you like sushi?
A: I’ve never had it, but I’m sure I wouldn’t like it. It sounds disgusting.
Q12: Do you have a desktop or a laptop?
A: I have a desktop computer, but I also use a braille tablet.
Q13: How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
A: I’ll be fifty-seven.
Q14: Do you wear glasses or contacts?
A: No, they don’t do anything to correct my limited vision.
Q15: What is your favorite pizza topping?
A: I like everything on a pizza. My late husband Bill, on the other hand, only liked meat and mushrooms and a little cheese. WhenEver we ordered a pizza, we always got half and half. Because of my limited vision, after I served each of us a slice, Bill often took a bite and said, “Oooh, this is your half.”
Q16: Flight or invisibility?
A: I’m not sure I’m a fan of either.
Q17: Which is your favorite book of all time?
A: I don’t have any favorite books.
Q18: Are you married?
A: Not anymore. I was married in 2005. Three months later, Bill suffered the first of two strokes that paralyzed his left side. After six months of recuperation in a nursing home, I cared for him for six years until he passed in 2012. You can learn more about that by reading My Ideal Partner.
Q19: What is your favorite drink?
A: Dr. Pepper.
Q20: What was your favorite subject in school?
Q21: What’s your favorite movie?
A: The Wizard of Oz.
Q22: How do I bring you to your knees?
A: Chocolate ice cream.
Q23: What is your favorite color?
Q24: Did you graduate from high school?
A: Yes, in 1980.
Q25: What is the last thing you bought?
A: An iGoku Bluetooth speaker.
Now, you know almost everything there is to know about me. As I said before, I encourage you to answer any or all of these questions, either in the comments field or on your own blog. If you answer the questions on your blog, please include a link to this post. I look forward to reading your answers.
I’m the author of a romance novel, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in The Avocet and Magnets and Ladders. I have a visual impairment and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my late husband, who was totally blind and partially paralyzed by two strokes. Before that, I worked as a registered music therapist in a nursing home and other facilities that served senior citizens. For more information, please visit my website and blog.
We Shall Overcome
How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver
That’s Life: New and Selected Poems
My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds
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