Image from Pixabay because pretty.
Answer’s to Jo’s weekly questions over at Dreamwidth.
1. Do you make daily to-do lists? If yes, do you usually successfully clear them?
Not usually. Sometimes I do, and then I usually clear them successfully. But I have a feeling that happens because it rare and a novel thing when I do it, and if I was to do it routinely, it wouldn’t work for me.
2. What is your favourite piece of clothing? Do you have a different favourite for each season?
I love my three beach dresses I wear indoors during heat wave/too hot summer days/weeks/months. I also love what I think as my “summer pants” – they’re very loose and thin and made of soft fabric. They capri pants I guess – supposed to come down to just-below-the-knee/mid-shin, but I’m short so they actually almost come down to my ankles. I stay much cooler in them than in any other clothing during the summer and they also protect me from the sun by being longer than shorts.
3. When did you last interview for a job? Did you get it?
In 2007 and yes.
4. Teacher or student?
Does this mean which I want to be? If so, neither. Being one or the other for a bit is okay and even great, but I don’t want to either for a long time – I don’t want to go back to school, for an example.
5. What comes to mind when you think of fear?
Vaguely, fiction writing/reading. But nothing really.
6. What is your favourite thing to do on a Saturday morning?
7. Where do you think your road is going?
Nowhere very slowly, or at least that what it’s both seems like and feels like.
8. What was the last bad movie you watched right to the bitter end? Why did you keep watching?
The Forever Purge last Saturday. I waited for Zahn McClarnon to show up, and then I waited to see if his character would be good or bad and if he would survive the movie.
9. August 9 is “Book Lover’s Day”. What book are you loving right now? If you’re not loving any book at the moment, what book have you previously loved?
I have many book loves, but none that are more in my mind currently. I love Linda Howard’s older romantic suspense (Son Of The Morning, Dream Man, Shades Of Twilight etc.) books, and also the older Dean R. Koontz books (Watchers, Phantasm, Phantoms, Lightning etc.). And Leif G.W. Persson’s trilogy about the Palme murder is my favorite in its genre; I’ve read the trilogy at least three times and every time I find something new about it.
10. If your home was being redone on one of those house makeover/reno shows, what would you want to have done to your home?
First I assume that money is not a problem (because in reality it is). Mainly I’d want my kitchen entirely re-done with as much storage space and working surfaces as could be figured out to add. I’d also want to have my home actually decorated so that everything flows together and looks good with everything else instead of pieces inherited from my childhood home or bought randomly when the old one is broken, with strong but cosy and calming and timeless colors. I’d look into adding more storage space/methods in general because being a small apartment, enough storage space is always a problem.
11. If you were forced to take part in a reality/competition show (e.g. Big Brother, Survivor, Bake Off, etc.), but you could choose which show to be on, what would you pick?
No idea! My interest in reality/comptition shows is less than zero and I have no idea what such shows exist today. I would work very hard to figure out a way to get out of it. And I think I really were forced to take part, I’d do that same as when I was forced to do sports in school: I’d show up and either do nothing, or do the absolute bare minimum that would get me through.
12. What’s the most illegal thing you’ve done?
Not gonna say!
13. If you had to tattoo your arm with a message to yourself, what would you write?
Something in the vein of “it won’t kill you” with a pretty font and a pretty flourishes.
14. If you could earn the same pay no matter what job you did, would you pursue another profession? If so, what would you choose, and why?
I’m currently not sure whether I can work or not, but if I could, I would do the same job: be a librarian. It’s always been my dream job. What I would like would be able to choose is where I work – a nice size library,
not too big and not too small, so that everyone who works there gets to do most everything except for libary director level things like budgeting. I worked once in a library like that and it was by far the most friendly,
flexible and interesting place to work with great customers, everyone did everything ie. the library director were just as likely to go pick up the mail in if he needed to go shop for lunch on his way in (we had to pick
up the letter mail from the local shop 5 minutes walk away) as I, the temp worker. And we all shelved books, and even I, a temp worker, got to choose which new book we’d add to our collection (this was the only
library ever I worked where “kirjastovirkailija” (a librarian not trained in a university) got to do that – everywhere else, only “kirjastonhoitaja” (a librarian trained in a university) got to do that. It was the most equal work place I’ve ever worked in.
Bigger libraries usually have their work sectioned into departments and smaller sections, sometimes with people with named tasks and nobody would do anything but their own named tasks. Sometimes people would even get written up if you helped a customer because you weren’t busy but it wasn’t your particular task in this particular section. Even if there was a long queue, staff weren’t allowed to help other staff outside their own particular jobs. All these tasks were basic library stuff like loaning books out, helping a customer find something in the stacks etc. That library didn’t always get great reviews from customers, but that’s how things were done there. Often necessary things would be left undone when people whose particular job they were went on vacation (and they those people would be in rush after their vacation because of piled-up work), or because some random, rare thing wasn’t assigned to anyone. Physically one of these kinds of places was the greatest place to work because it was a new building and the cooling air conditioning worked wonderfully during the very hot summer, but mentally/emotionally it was the worst and also had too little staff which didn’t help.
So I wouldn’t change my job, but would love to freely choose the library I worked for.
15. Would you be happier with more control over what happens in your life or more control over your response to what happens?
The first. My life has so many things going on that I can’t control or can control only up to a (sometimes random) point. I’ve had to learn how to control my response because of that, and I can handle it so far.
16. If you were a role model to millions of children who closely followed you and your life choices, how would you change your behavior?
I would never put myself in that position in the first place, so the question is moot. I don’t want to famous, or anyone’s role model.
17. Do you squeeze the toothpaste tube or roll it? What’s the advantage of your method?
Squeeze. No advantage, just that a rolled toothpaste tube irritates me for some who-knows reason.