What is your middle name? Would you change any of your names if you could? If so, what would you like to be called?
Elaine. It means "shining light." My first name means "joy" and I was born during the winter solstice, the etymology of which is something like "sun stand still in winter." So I am "joyful shining light born on the day the sun stood still."
The only name I've thought about changing would be to go back to using my birth surname instead of my married surname. (I don't like the term "maiden" name. Rather dated.)
If you were a fashion designer, which fabrics, colors, and styles would you probably use the most?
When I was young I enjoyed combining these two colors: aquamarine and purple. I wouldn't be a fashion designer. I despise the industry and what it represents: shallow, appearance-based, ego-driven, sex-motivated merchandising.
What is your least favorite chore, and why?
Reconciling the bank and credit card statements. Receipts are hard to read and pile up far too quickly.
What is something that really frightens you, and can you trace it back to an event in your life?
I've never been afraid of much. Rather more on the adventurous side... until I had a child. If I let myself, I could lie awake for hours thinking about what could happen to him. So I entrust him to God and let Him look after the boy.
My own personal mini-phobia is an irrational (but not debilitating) fear of being submerged in water. It comes from reading too many Readers' Digest "Drama In Real Life" articles that documented just that sort of thing. Kept me from taking a cruise for the longest time, but my Hawaiian Island Cruise this past Christmas cured me of that phobia for good, methinks. :-)
Where are you sitting right now? Name 3 things you can see at this moment.
In my home office. Three things I see are:
- The real estate listing sheet for the house I take possession of tomorrow.
- A note pad with the inscription "Love never fails."
- A mouse pad of a Thomas Kinkade picture and the quote "It is always sunrise somewhere." - John Muir.