1. In what year of your life did you change the most?
2004. After birthin' two babies, I found it difficult to adjust to a life where I couldn't just run up the street to CVS to buy some lip balm and lightbulbs.
2. I really hate it when ________________________.
I really hate it when I mistakenly think some hands-free headset geek is talking to me at Panera. It's always some stressed-out corporate raider who looks like he/she slathered his/her face with Vaseline. I usually address him/her politely: "Excuse me? Did you just say something?" My pleasantries are often met with an annoyed look and flash of earpiece. Whatever, Headset. If you're so busy and important, why are you stuffing your face with an egg souffle at a suburban lifestyle center at 10 a.m. Get thee to a windowless conference room in the financial district immediately. You smell like burnt bagels.
3.When you can’t go to sleep, what is your personal remedy for drifting off into Lullabye Land?
It used to be Ambien or Trazodone until a few month ago when James found me in the bathtub at 3 a.m. knocking over the shampoos and deep conditioners, nearly pulling down the shower curtain. I was totally sleepwalking and had no recollection of it the next morning. I flushed the pills and am now back to my regular insomniac ways: Up late, reading, blogging, watching Conan while doing yoga stretches and having a couple of glasses of Cavit. I tend to get sleepy around 1 am when the commercials for Head On and Tiger Balm are starting to represent.
4. What is your favorite pasta dish?
Pasta Arrabbiata. SPICY & HOT w/ tomatoes. Unfortunately, it's tough to find an Arrabbiata done right. Even when we were in Italy, we couldn't find the perfect saucy balance of red peppers and Roma tomatoes. When we got home, we learned that D'Parma has a yummy Arrabbiata recipe that they won't share. I also experienced a memorable dish at Assaggio in the North End ala Brownguy who called in the order late-night a few years ago. Recipe, please?
5. Where is a place you consider to be very tranquil?
Even though we've had some wild episodes down there, I have to say Nantucket. For some reason, I always feel calm and in my element on that island. The place has the same effect on my psyche that the island on Lost has on its castaways. I'm still looking for the hatch. I heard it's somewhere around Orange Street.