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Did you have a favorite stuffed animal, action figure, or doll growing up? If so, what was it and what happened to it?
I did. It was a yellow bunny that sucked its thumb. I still have it. It sits on top of one of my bookcases.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Who was your best childhood friend, and where are they now?

My best childhood friend and my best adult friend are one and the same. We met in elementary school and have been like sisters for over 20 years now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I placed a large Bodyline order- a JSK, a blouse, a hair accessory, three skirts, and three pairs of bloomers- about two weeks ago. There was a major error with either their website or Paypal... long story short, I ended up with a triplicate order. And yes, I had to pay for it all. In an attempt to recoup most of the expense, I'm selling off the items from two of the orders- some of which are now sold out on the site. If you are interested, I'm selling under the name "tara_la_reine" on eBay. Thanks!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Do you think society puts too much pressure on people to be in relationships and/or have children? Do you think this ostracizes people who would be perfectly content to remain single and/or child-free? Is this pressure worse around the holidays?

Yes, yes, and yes. There also seems to be a popular fallacy that single and/or childfree people are "alone" or "lonely". The vast majority of us still have family and friends; I'm going to see mine for the holidays.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Do you look forward to returning to work/school on Mondays or do you live for the weekend? What do you enjoy most about weekends? What do you dread most about school and/or work?

I live for the weekend. Saturdays are the best. I sleep in, and then I might go out and do something fun, or clean my flat, or just be lazy and read, play video games, or muck about on the computer. Sundays I have a love/hate relationship with. Sunday evenings are hard for me, because my depression issues really kick in. I dread Mondays- *dread* them. I dread getting up early. I dread the meeting I have every Monday morning. I really like the other teachers I work with and used to love those meetings, but this new, ridiculously-rigid structure the administrators have put in place sucks all the fun out of them. I dread lunch duty- it's incredibly boring. I dread the last class I have on Mondays- the kids are unholy hellions in that particular class, and nothing I've come up with seems to make any difference to them. So, yeah- I'm alright with my first class on Mondays, but that's the only decent thing about them.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you could relive one hour of your life so far, what would you choose and why? Would you do or say anything different? How do you think it would change your life?

Those are difficult questions to answer. I can think of days, weeks, months, even *years* I might choose to relive, and I would definitely do and say things differently... but an hour? Oddly, I think I'd choose an hour that I wouldn't change- any one of many hours I spent with my friends as a freshman in college. For the sake of experiencing sheer, simple happiness again- that'd be my pick.
 
 
 
 
 
 
If your best friend asked you OR your partner to help you conceive a child, would you consider it? How do you think it would affect your friendship and your relationship?

Hell, no. I would, however, help her with looking into adoption.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I had lunch duty today, which is always a drag because it's boring and hot in my area of the cafeteria. Toward the end, however, I spotted something that kept me tickled for the rest of the day: a kid in a Mad Love shirt. It had a cute picture of JxHQ on it. I went barreling over, of course, to tell her that I just loved her shirt. I didn't ask if she actually liked the pairing- discussing comics characters' kinky relationship w/ a student seemed inappropriate- and she said she got it at the mall, so who knows. She might still be wondering why some random teacher accosted her at lunch to have a cow over her shirt, but she seemed flattered.
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you could get your exercise by taking a pill, would you? Why or why not?
If it was safe and gave me all the benefits of exercise w/ none of the effort and timesuck? Gawdamighty, yes. I'd take it because finding the time and energy to exercise is usually pretty much a lost battle for me.

 
 
 
 
 
 
What are your fitness goals? What is helping or preventing you from accomplishing them?
I'd like to be able to run a mile w/ no difficulty. What's preventing me is the South Texas heat. Yup. And laziness. Let's not forget plain ol' laziness.