Questions To Answer
Hipster Harper

A Few More Questions

Good Morning!

Continuing the questions from this article on getting to know someone better:

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you choose?

I would have to go with mind. My dad had Alzheimer's and boy oh boy, that was awful. I can keep exercising and see almost immediate results (note to self: keep f****** exercising!). And apparently exercising helps you retain a strong brain/mental capacity, but it's harder to know how your brain chemsitry is working on a day to day basis.

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

Hunch? Not so much. Fear? Yes. I worry that since my dad had Alzheimer's, I will too. Not much I can do about it, so I don't really think that much about it. And even though I just turned 48 and am on the downhill side of middle-age (this concept is still mind-boggling to me, btw), I don't really think about dying that much. I think having a young child helps in this department!

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

Kurt and I are "on-time-if-not-early" people. (Thanks the gods for that! One really grating thing to me in the world is people who are consistently late. I will not adjust my arrival time somewhere even when I know the person I'm meeting is going to be 10 minutes late. I will not.) Kurt and I have the same level of un-tidiness around the house. (The chair in our bedroom has an equal number of our clothes draped on it.) We are both pretty chilled out people. It takes A LOT to ruffle our feathers. (I tend to ruffle sooner than Kurt, but still.)

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

There are so many things I'm grateful for, hard to narrow it down to "the most." Being born into my family in Hawaii (and therefore the United States) makes me incredibly lucky. And all the advantages I have had from those two things have given me everything else that I am grateful for: good health, great education (not just institutional) good attitude.

Is that too general of an answer? More specifically I'm grateful that Harper is a sleeper and that she is a pretty chill kid. Not a lot of tantrums, she is calm most of the time, listens most of the time, likes to do things. I can't wait to take her traveling! (See below)

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

Ooooh, this is tough because the way I was raised has made me the person I am today and I like, nay love, 99% of the person I am today. The only thing I can really think of is "I wish we could have traveled more" (Hawaii is quite an isolated place, see #2 of this list.) But then again, if we had traveled more would I be as obsessed about traveling as I am today? Maybe, maybe not.

Also, I had a very good upbringing with a lot of advantages. Did I mention Hawaii? (When do I not mention Hawaii?) So there isn't much to complain about. My dad was an alcoholic so that was not great, but again, I was lucky because my parents divorced when I was five and I lived with my mom. And while I don't recommend anyone have alcoholic parents, there are things I used to cope with it that actually make me a better producer.

I guess I wouldn't change a thing.