If you could interview anyone from your life living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why?

I’m assuming all laws of logic are suspended so I choose my animals. Heidi, Ginny, Roxie, Gracie, Phoebe, and Mia – finding out what these guys think about life would be fascinating.

As a child, did you have a nickname?  Did you carry that with you throughout life or was it only in childhood that you used it?

Every once in a while someone would call me Laura Jo (short for Josephine). In third grade I tried using it as my name, writing “Laura Jo” on papers and projects until somebody told me I wasn’t allowed to do that because my name was plain old Laura. My memory’s a little faint on who that was – my teacher maybe? They weren’t big on flexible identity in the 70s. The nickname didn’t really stick, per se, but every once in a blue moon one of my parents calls me Laura Jo.

Give us three words that describe you:

Work in progress.

Sneaking into a second movie at the theater (if you go to a movie house)?  Is that wrong or just harmless ‘fun’?

Under normal circumstances I’d be all well, yeah, it’s wrong, but on the sliding scale of wrong it falls above putting salt in the sugar shaker and well below drag racing. But we’re in the opening days of Avengers: Endgame and right now I’m pretty sure sneaking into that particular movie could lead to riots in the aisles so until movieland settles down then I say better safe than sorry.

If you had a time machine would you go back to the past or forward into the future?  Why?

I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time thinking about this question. I wouldn’t want to go to the future because some things aren’t meant to be seen ahead of time. I wouldn’t want to go to the past because staying stuck in things gone by keeps you from moving forward. In the future I’d have the chance to meet future generations I can’t possibly live long enough to know; then again, in the past I’d be able to see things like what life was really like for my ancestors. Future = cool inventions we haven’t dreamed of yet. Past = finding out once and for all if people really were happier in the “good old days.”

In the interest of finishing this post I’ll say I’d like to go to bed and be done with it.

What were you thankful for during April?

Flowers blooming, time with family near and far, spring break, sleeping in, DayQuil, hanging pictures so our home feels homier, and Swedish fish.

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