sometimes, the off-the-top-of-my-head answer is just right

I don’t have a steady relationship with Twitter.  I like it.  Quite a bit.  Okay – a lot. I just can’t hang out with it too much.

I think it was Kelly Rae Roberts who described it as a train she likes to get on, see who is in the car with her, have a little chat, and then hop off at her stop.  I like this way of looking at it.

Whatever happens when I am not on that train, well, I can’t worry about that, or be afraid I’m missing something.  I probably am, but that’s okay.  Once I’m at my stop, my job is to be here, present to what is in front of me.


The community brings me back – warm, caring people and staggeringly funny people, kid-lit people and witty, smart people.

Twitter has shown me links – through the clever people I follow – to things I would likely not have found any other way.

(The dock at Cotton House on Mustique - the Caribbean island of Bequia in the distance.)

One of those clever folks is Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (and other books), twitter handle @missamykr.

Before the holidays, she tweeted a link to a questionnaire she wrote.  I had so much fun with it, I wrote down my answers.  And then I asked Amy if I could share them here.  She said yes.

Actually, she said, “totally cool by me.”  She’s cool that way.

Here are my answers to the questionnaire.  To see all the answers (the ones I didn’t choose), click through below.

I want it because… I imagine it will make a difference.

I meant to tell you… I feel good when I’m around you.

Since you’ve asked… I have enough.  I’m good.

Don’t you think… the cursive capital Q looks too much like a 2?

Sometimes I get super-psyched about something, but then I’m completely over it a day later… like when I came back from India and wanted to keep tumeric and other spices out on my counter in tiny porcelain dishes. (For me, this was my first trip to Mexico, and coming home to make the daily walk down the street to Que Pasa for fresh tortillas, the only place to get them in Vancouver at the time.)

Sometimes I wonder if… I am going about everything the wrong way.

Harold and… the Purple Crayon.

Listen.  All I’m trying to say is…

I tend to try too hard.  I love my family.  I don’t mean to be defensive.  I want each person I meet to know how special they are, how valued.  Gratitude is my super-power.  It’s time for tea.  Have you eaten?

I didn’t think about it, just typed right into the last box.  If you know me, you’re probably nodding your head right now.

It’s your turn.  You can take the questionnaire here. It’s fun and anonymous.

Now I want to create my own questionnaire.  This could be fun.


  • So cool to check out your new site! YAY!! Love it! Have been working on some similar changes myself, but haven’t quite pulled the trigger. Maybe you will provide the extra motivation. Also, just joined twitter and feeling a bit overwhelmed. Best of luck with the new page — looks great!

    • Thank you, Sarah! I had your site pulled up yesterday to go through your recent images, as I didn’t spend much time online over the holidays. How fun that you stopped by while I was looking at your photos. Twitter can be fun – just remember, you are in charge of the Twitter train. 😉

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