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Sunday, August 27, 2006

forking paths

a while back i did a meme which had the following as questions:

1. i’ll respond with something random about you
2. i’ll challenge you to try something
3. i’ll pick a color that i associate with you
4. i’ll tell you something i like about you
5. i’ll tell you my first/clearest memory of you
6. i’ll tell you what animal you remind me of
7. i’ll ask you something i’ve always wanted to ask you
8. if i do this for you, you must post this on yours

and i've decided that the answers i got and their effects on me were just as interesting. IF you want me to do these questions for you feel free to ask in the comments. if you did them for me and you don't see yourself here then i didn't see it either and would love to know it. okay without further ado, your answers and what i did with them.

1. i’ll respond with something random about you

matt vella: i find your self transformation inspirational.
huneeb: I love your hair, I want to touch it cause it looks so soft :)
[it really is soft and easy to touch and if you ever meet me in person you can play with it all you like]
jmai: I wonder why you never changed your blog photo after all that voting!
[none of them really won and i still haven't seen one i like enough to replace that one... it is old and innacurate now though]
pile: Your different laughs always intrigue me as to what you're really thinking.
[busted, i do have about five of them]
terry: i think you're one of the most perceptive people i know.
[thank you]
johnny canuck: You need to clean out your bathroom floor more often!!
[DONE! and the tub/toilet/sink too! (and thanks for that!)]
natalia: You are one of the bloggy people I have taken to in the least amount of time. I just get this serenity vibe from you. It's really cool
[what you said babe!]

2. i’ll challenge you to try something

matt vella: try asking out someone that you fear (in a good way) asking out.
[i shall, very very soon ;>]
huneeb: I want you to just jump into something for once, I know the turtle wins the race but to just jump and see how it feels; it can be about anything! :) One more thing, I want you to believe that you are beautiful b/c you are!
[i'm planning to do that very thing but i need to wait for business hours to get started... that said? i'm learning to see myself as beautiful, it helps to not be in toronto because this is the only place in the world that i'm not hot]
jmai: Wow this is really hard. Hm. I challenge you to ... Ugh I have to come back to this one. Seriously I've been sitting here for 5 minutes on this one question.
[challenge me babe!]
pile: Cardio. At least twice a week for at least half an hour each time. An no, sex doesn't count. ;)
[working on it, once is happening easily but twice is harder... and it does feel good and i do have shitty endurance and i hate you for being right!]
terry: this is a toughie, as you seem to challenge yourself all the time, which i admire. okay... how about asking one of your (straight) guy friends why THEY think you end up in the friend zone with so many guys?
[i asked ALL of them and not one was willing to answer.. several demanded time to think and then ran off from further questioning]
johnny canuck: Relax on the spark thing a little. Just loosen your grip on that. Spark is surely important, but it isn't everything (honestly). Don't jump from a ship just because it isn't on fire...yet.
[fair enough, but we've discussed the most recent and i think you ended up agreeing with me? and i KNOW you agree with me about you...]
natalia: You are someone who contantly challenges herself, so this is hard. OK, I challenge you to try to make time to come to Orlando. Hehe... I am good :)
[DEAL! getcher butt UP HERE!]

3. i’ll pick a color that i associate with you

matt vella: yellow - dunno why, it's the first thing that came to mind.
[favourite colour for old cars]
huneeb: soft green
[the healing colour i choose when i meditate]
jmai: Green. Earthy but full of positive energy
[see above]
pile: Earthy brown - the colour of fresh, fertile earth
[mmm love to play and grow things in that, and it's something i like to think of myself.. that seeds find an easy home here]
terry: an earthy shade of green.
[again with the green ...]
johnny canuck: Red
[now that one is out of left field!]
natalia: Orange probably. It's vibrant and uncompromising.
[mmm love orange...]

funny you almost all picked colours from earth and all this time i thought i was a water.... how we change when we aren't looking.

4. i’ll tell you something i like about you

matt vella: your self-possession. in other words, even though you have all the normal day to day angst that we all do, you are very much the captain of your soul.
[thank you, i'm honoured]
huneeb: I like your perspective on life and people, I think that you have great insight and tolerance. Your honesty is so wonderful and refreshingly genuine. :)
[damm y'all i'm going to blush]
jmai: Your profound honesty. I don't run into too many people like that.
[it's hard, and worth it every single time... it's only when i'm not truthful that i end up paying for it]
pile: that part of you that has rubbed off on me - that honesty and real-ness
[higher compliments cannot be spoken than to imitate another...]
terry: i love the way you write. even when you think you're being random, you have a point. it's a gift.
[thank you, i'm learning to appreciate my writing as well]
johnny canuck: Your patience and ferocity. And, that you are never afraid to use your feet.
[mmm feet... you're right i'm not, and thanks for noticing! i'm ferocious? and patient? wow not expected words at all.]
natalia: Just like I said to Jen...you are into honesty. And you are so introspective. Not enough people do that either. And you share introspection, which is even more awesome.
[thank you, i think it's really important to share it and i don't know why, i just do]

5. i’ll tell you my first/clearest memory of you

matt vella: i found your blog completely at random, right around when i first started blogging myself. it was a great introduction to blogging in that you're just the kind of person i was hoping to meet.
[wow, thanks. i think i was one of your first commenters... and links and linkers...]
huneeb: The first post I read of yours was really long and about hockey, you are a hockey guru! Also you encouraging me to start my new blog, thanks :)
[heh, i'm amazed after the hockey that you ever came back, but i'm glad you started your new blog, it's sporadic but lovely]
jmai: That you made me feel better by publicly admitting on Nat's blog that you love One Tree Hill also. I still heart you for that.
[dude i can't find last season to rent on dvd ANYWHERE! *sob*]
pile: When I called you to get the dimensions for my apartment before moving in, you were at Summerfolk and were very drunk - and said so quite openly.
[yup, easier to deal if people know what they're getting]
terry: uhh.... let's see....i kept seeing all these clever comments from you on other blogs i was reading, and noticed you seemed to be linked to EVERYONE, so i finally checked out your blog and haven't left since!
[that's what happened to me with you basically too and besides anyone who calls herself queen of the dorks has to rock!]
johnny canuck: That first date, when I mistook your voice on the intercom for a man's, and was subsequently shocked by how NOT a man you turned out to be.
[*giggle* i have that effect huh? and yet still i get taken as one of the boys...]
natalia: Dude...I have no clue. But that's the magic of it. It's like you were not there and then you were and I can't remember a time without Sass on the blog. But I do remember reading your comment and just thinking...total rockage.
[dude me too, but i know i found you last august sometime and that i haven't left since!]

6. i’ll tell you what animal you remind me of

matt vella: a doe (a deer, a female deer): feminine, graceful but strong.
[mmm what a lovely thing to be]
huneeb: otters b/c of the convo we had about them but if I think about it I would say a love bird
why a love bird? (and you remind me more of an otter than i do)
I say a love bird b/c I see you as more of a snuggler like love birds do, and they are very sweet and lovey birds, their chirp is not too loud and I see you as more of a free will person, like a bird. :)
[damm... lovely and thank you.]
jmai: A wise old sea turtle. Look, it was either that or a fox and I think you're foxy but you're more wise and also, please don't ask me where I got the idea that sea turtles are wise. Probably because they live for 150 years but still use the word "Dude" ... clearly my experience with sea turtles is limited to Finding Nemo.
[rofl, nice... and i do seek patience]
pile: I don't really associate you with an animal
[yeah i couldn't think of one for you either really]
terry: a cat. sleek, slender, moving with grace. it's the pilates.
[works for me, cats are fantastic]
johnny canuck: Cat (d-uh)
[yeah that's sort of what i thought everyone would pick... *laughs*]
natalia: A big cat. And I don't mean Garfield. I mean a lioness. Why? You are into movement and lions move gracefully. And yet, they are strong in body and mind.
[mmm love your reasoning, and really y'all are making me feel really good about myself]

7. i’ll ask you something i’ve always wanted to ask you

matt vella: when are you coming to visit? :)
[poor dude, maybe if pilates on tour or the pma conference happens in your town?]
huneeb: What made you dump the last boy? There wasn't much talk of that, I assume since he was a reader...I am totally prying and you don't have to answer that.
[i didn't miss him when he wasn't there]
jmai: You always talk about the accident but I don't know the details.
[i wrote a post about it for you called ten months]
pile: What's holding you back, really, from seeing yourself as a fabulous person?
[i don't know babe, but i'm getting better at it? or at least i'm trying to]
terry: will you ever tell the story of your accident? or is that just too painful?
[it's not painful at all, just stupid]
johnny canuck: When you recently got back up on, uh, that 'bike' after so many years...was it just like riding a bike?

[it was better]
natalia: I am with Jen...did you ever blog about the accident?
[not until y'all asked me to]

and that's it, some of these replies, especially the challenges have sent me down new paths, and again i'll happily do this for anyone that asks but y'all have to do it back, it's only fair.


Blogger --spared-- said...

I love memes. Altghough sometimes they can be more revealing that we intend though...

8/27/2006 06:33:00 PM  
Blogger terry said...

i love that you compiled all of those responses. fascinating.

i vote that "best meme ever."

8/27/2006 07:05:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

spared: i sent out some pretty hefty challenges with that meme... and some were passed through me somehow and came from whence i know not.

did you want me to do you? [and mine always reveal more than i intend, but that is ever true of my blog as well :)]

[yes i'm reading historical fiction can you tell?]

terry: thanks, i felt like i should. and yeah, i think it's the best meme ever too!

8/27/2006 08:29:00 PM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

Funny about the green thing and the cats...really I dont see you as a cat, cat lady maybe but not a cat...dunno why? Happy Sunday, sorry I am sporatic :(

8/27/2006 09:21:00 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

This was a great meme........

very cool

8/27/2006 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

I can't tell you how confused this got me. I need sleep.

8/28/2006 08:21:00 PM  
Anonymous gabriella said...

sass is an otter.

she loves to play but if you get too close she'll dive underwater and emerge 20 yards away.

she likes to play with other otters. so other critters can find someone of their own to play with.

her colour is that of a green pond with gold flecks like the motes in the sunrays in water.

she likes to play peekaboo with people who watch her. seemingly at times totally just herself, then like an otter she slips away leaving people wondering 'huh'?

she can be all there but not all the time. she's got to reconstruct her psyche because she puts so much of herself out there.

she picks at her metaphorically metaphysical pscyhological scabs. the latest new is that picking at scabs is a good thing. just it looks kinda gross.

cheers. i'm drinking a bottle of Italian white wine that had a screw top. i didn't notice when i bought it. i had to stab and cut and carve the freaking top off this bottle. not a good thing. if you want to know what you should avoid: ask. :)

8/28/2006 08:27:00 PM  
Anonymous gabriella said...

shit. i still got a typo. psychological.

how diabolical. ;P

screw tops are evil.

8/28/2006 08:30:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

hunee: it's interesting how a lot of the themes keep recurring ... and yet always from a different perspective.

ah you're sporadic but you visit often, it's all good.

kj: does that mean you want me to do you? :)

kathi: i'm sorry it got you confused, it's just you post the questions and then if people ask you to you answer them for them... but the last questions is you asking them to do it back.

so i posted and all of those people got answers in my comments section and these are the answers they gave me in return... i thought they were interesting :)

8/28/2006 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

gabi: she is?

she does? hrm yeah she does.

i admit the idea of sleeping with a male pilates instructor is alluring...

mmmmmmmmmmm what a GREAT COLOUR to be! :)

my old roommate described me as wind... he said to like me when i'm there and miss me when i'm not but that you couldn't hold me. i guess it remains true...

is that what it is? i wondered why i needed reconstruction time...

mmm scabs are yummy *giggles*

cheers babe, i'm glad you're enjoying your evening... but up why didn't you just um unscrew it? and thanks for the above, it's lovely and i like it a lot.

gabi redux: no you didn't, it's spelled right for me...

pathological! :)

screw tops are the new corks *sigh*

8/28/2006 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous gabriella said...

i couldn't unscrew it. that's the point. i unwrapped it and tried. nada. so i cut the bottom ring off. removed it in pieces with a Robogrip. o.k. now it was just the plain naked screw top lid. tried to twist it off. nada. *&#^$%# i stabbed the top and few times and got a knife blade to twist the metal some. then i managed to finally unscrew the lid. unbelievable!!! how difficult can they make it?

8/29/2006 06:34:00 AM  
Blogger JMai said...

Ok I thought and thought and I'm kinda with Terry about how you challenge yourself all the time. But I think I've come up with something:

I challenge you to look at photos of yourself after the accident, when you were in that dark period, or if you have no photos just think back, and find something beautiful and positive about yourself.

I think there's beauty anywhere you look for it, so don't tell me you can't find anything.

8/29/2006 08:07:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

gabi: damm girl that's fucked up. and you know i can totally picture you doing this and i'm almost peeing myself laughing!

maybe they're trying to childproof it... next time ask a kid to open it.

jmai: nice, and thank you!

okay, i'll do that. and i'll go find the ones i don't look at. (but i do KEEP them)

8/30/2006 01:41:00 AM  

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