This was a fun, fast, easy read. For something like 15 years, Vanity Fair magazine has been asking celebrities this “Proust Questionnaire”. In the early days of the 20th century Marcel Proust published this list of questions and his answers. Some of the answers were really funny. Some were repeated over and over. Here are my answers to the Proust Questionnaire. Feel free to play along.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? An empty house, a warm dog/cat, and a pile of good books.
What is your greatest fear? Losing a child. Or tornadoes.
Which historical figure to you most identify with? I would like to say Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire, but really there’s not too much similarity between our lives. I just like her. history hasn’t recorded a lot of suburban wives and mothers who just live day to day.
Which living person do you most admire? I don’t know. I don’t admire a lot of people. I will say the person I most appreciate is Mike, because he tolerates me.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Cattiness. I can be really unpleasant when I am annoyed.
What is the trait you most deplore in others Stupidity. I know this is bad, because stupid people can’t help it, but I get really annoyed when something that is clearly spelled out has to be repeated ad nauseam before it is understood.
What is your greatest extravagance? I’ve been thinking about this. I don’t spend a lot of money on anything. I don’t think I have to have “the best” of anything. Probably the one thing I buy the most of, that is not a necessity, is books. But I usually buy paperback. I know books are a necessity, but I work in a public library for crying out loud!
What is you favorite journey Anywhere with Mike. Well, maybe not to the dentist, but even that would be better with Mike.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Selflessness. Only because I don’t have it.
On what occasion to you lie? Hedy Lamarr said, “When I am tired of standing.” In all seriousness, I am a terrible liar. Everything I think ends up right on my face, so I only try to lie when it would be cruel to tell the truth. But usually, I can’t do it.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? My apple-shaped figure. Gr.
Which living person do you most despise? The guy at the ballet last night on the front row who answered his cell phone during act 2. Everyone in the theater could hear him. Including the dancers.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Are you on crack?” and “Brutal” and “Awesomesauce.”
What is you greatest regret? Selling out first house.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? Mike Hee!
When and where were you happiest I’m usually pretty happy, but I’ll go with June 28, 1997.
Which talent would you most like to have? I’ve got some pretty good ones. I’d like to read faster, though.
What is your current state of mind? Active passivity.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? More energetic
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Lived closer together.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? After I see how my kids turn out, they will probably be it, but until then, I’m going to say: helping quantities of teenagers navigate adolescence.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A bookshelf.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A pampered house cat.
What is your most treasured possession? My wedding album?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? First, losing someone you love. Second, having nothing to read
Where would you like to live? Somewhere cloudy.
What is your favorite occupation? Reading or dancing.
What is your most marked characteristic? My voice.
What is the quality you most like in a man? The ability to fix stuff.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Laughs at my jokes.
What do you most value in your friends? A quick wit.
Who are your favorite writers? Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Malcolm Gladwell, and probably many more I’ve forgotten.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Elizabeth Bennet
Who are your heroes in real life? People who have overcome great adversity with a good attitude.
What are your favorite names? This is a stupid question.
What is it that you most dislike? Throwing up.
How would you like to die? No thanks. Is this a threat?
What is your motto? Somebody’s on crack.