1. Your favorite chocolate treat? "Death by Chocolate" is the customary name for an incredible flourless chocolate torte. Love all that deep, dark, gooey richness!! Love the name too!
2. What more than anything else makes you feel loved? Surprise moments of recognition of someone's affection for me. More specifically, when it dawns on me, through something that is said or done, that I am loved by that person more than I realized. It's an incredible feeling!
3. Cherries or blueberries? Blueberries. Except for the purple tongue, which I hate. But fresh blueberries are a thing of beauty, both to look at and to taste. Especially when they adorn my cereal or yogurt.
4. What is the one trait you most want the leader of your country to possess? Integrity, hands down. Because integrity will lead a person to be honest and fair, and will lead him/her away from manipulation and politic-ing.
5. Are you a saver or a spender? Sadly, I am more of a spender. I do try to be a saver -- I do actually save, and I'm doing better all the time, but I take after my father in that the overwhelming natural inclination is to spend.
6. If you gave a party for all of your friends would they already know each other? No, because I have lived in New Jersey, Utah and Idaho, and I have friends in all three states. Also, I have made friends through my work -- and they are as far-flung as South Carolina, Florida, California, and everywhere in between.
7. Are you interested in antiques? Yes, but out here in the West they don't seem to be as high quality nor as historically interesting as they are in the antique marts and flea markets of the East Coast. I don't know if that's my own East Coast bias creeping through, or if the antiques out here aren't as, well, antique (nothing from the 1700s or early 1800s out here, folks!). Whatever the reason, I don't bother looking around much here. And I miss the lazy Saturday afternoons spent poking around a good old fashioned flea market.
8. Insert your own random thought here. Randomly speaking, I am in the process of perfecting my electronic signature technique. I purchased a Bamboo pen and touch pad, which hooks up to my computer and allows me to sign my name on a document as I am creating it, rather than after I print it out on paper. In theory, this will save me from having to print out every document and will be a big help when I'm on the road. Using the Bamboo pen and pad is easier said than done at first, however, although the quality of my signature is improving all the time.
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