Proust Questionnaire

Vanity Fair is my go-to magazine of choice when I fly. I'm sad to know that may have to consider purchasing it outside of airports this year, as I suspect I won't travel as much as I used to post-Squid birth. The last page of every Vanity Fair magazine asks these questions of someone interesting.  The answers are often surprising.  I often thought about how I would answer these questions, so no time like the present! What is your idea of perfect happiness? A sunny warm Saturday with no agenda

What is your greatest fear? Fear of falling, or of great physical harm

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Bella Abzug, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I'm a horrible know-it-all, which makes me judgmental

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Lack of curiosity, selfishness

What is your greatest extravagance? hotel room service breakfasts, or spending a morning reading in bed

On what occasion do you lie? To protect someone's feelings

What do you dislike most about your appearance? currently nothing - being pregnant is amazing

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "perfect" or the eff word.

What is your greatest regret? I only have two: That I hurt a past boyfriend, after I promised I wouldn't, and that I wasn't able to have the "college experience" because I had to work and pay for it myself, which I think impacted what I got out of my education, both at the college and grad school level

What or who is the greatest love of your life? My husband.  He's my best friend and favorite play mate. Reading is a close second

When and where were you happiest? Waking up in Vieques alone at a beautiful resort, with no plans for the day, and no responsibility, knowing I could arrange the day however I liked - and that most of it would be spent reading at a stunning beach, followed by a drink on my private veranda, then a wonderful meal

Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I had a gift for other languages

What is your current state of mind? Content, happy with the state of the world, anticipating big things

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? That I would be more patient

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? That they would have more confidence in themselves and not be afraid to try new or big things

If you could choose to what to come back as, what would it be? My spoiled puppy Juno

What is your most treasured possession? My wedding ring

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Hopelessness

Where would you like to live? Chicago, Rome, Barcelona, Manhattan, San Francisco

What is your favorite occupation? Reading

What quality do you most like in a man? Kindness

What quality do you most like in a woman? Wit

What do you most value in your friends? Intelligence, creativity, they inspire me

Who are your favorite writers? Those that bring characters or perspectives to life

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Scarlett O'Hara, Atticus Finch, Francie Nolan, Bridget Jones

Who are your heroes in real life? People who stand up for what is right or what they believe in

What is it that you most dislike? Stinginess

How would you like to die? Quietly, at an old age, in my bed after finishing a wonderful book

What is your motto? I'll try anything once or How bad could it be?