Saturday, May 24, 2008

A survey of sorts

"Electric Dream Water" 2008 by Lea Keohane. All Rights Reserved.

My friend Cara always has the most beautiful blog posts, complete with her amazing art and wonderful stories about her life. In her last post she tagged all of us, the readers of her blog, and since I am a bit of a survey-junkie (when the surveys are good ones), I thought it would be fun to play along. So here it is:

1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
1998. Four years out of high school, and one year after I had moved to Portland. I was now an official Oregon resident, qualifying me for cheaper tuition at PSU, so I started back at school this time as a Fine Arts major rather than the Creative Writing one that I had been prior. I demoted myself from assistant manager at Macheezmo Mouse so that I would have the time for school and rented a really ragged apartment with my co-worker Adam. That apartment was crappy but it was my first introduction to SE Portland, one of my favorite places in the world.

2. Things that I would do if I were a billionaire:
Get my Master's degree for no particular reason. I would take Indigo every summer to live for 3 months in a different country (a new one every year). Buy a 2-story Victorian with a big yard in SE Portland (I KNOW there has to be one with a yard!!). Travel a LOT. Make sure that every child in Oregon has access to art-making. Make sure that Indigo never had to worry about money so she could live with less struggle than I have.

3. Places I have lived:
Loveland & Denver, Colorado
Nebraska (can't remember the city, only lived there for a year as a kid)
Iowa City, Iowa (spent my freshman year of college at the University of Iowa)
Portland, Oregon

4. Random musing #1:
If you let me, I could spend all of my days reading. When I was Indigo's age (8) I would read several books at a time, and by the time I was in 5th grade I was reading at an adult level, including Stephen King. I can't even imagine letting Indigo read Stephen King in 5th grade! That is also about the time I started writing short stories, and I was already drawn to the macabre. All of them had characters that died somehow...go figure.

5. Random musing #2:
Indigo is watching cartoons behind me, and it is breaking my concentration! I love a lot of animation, actually, but this is a wretched squeaky-voiced rendition of Strawberry Shortcake that I'm sure I would have loved at her age, but now it is seriously annoying. Boy, don't I sound crotchety?!? I think I need another cup of coffee.

6. Random musing #3:
As a child, my brother and I lived with my mom, but spend Wednesdays and every other weekend at my dad's house. Next door to my dad lived a girl about my age, just a bit older, named Barbara Naranjo. I always wonder what she is doing now. We used to make our own computers out of cardboard boxes, write and put on plays for the neighborhood kids in my backyard, wake up at the crack of dawn, eat Pacman cereal, and spend the entire day swimming, and whisper "I'm gonna get you and I'm gonna eat you" in my brother's ear while he slept.

Now you are it (if you want to be, of course)!


melissa, aka maoiliosa said...

fun! i was actually meaning to ask you where you grew up, as i knew you weren't originally from portland :). but now i don't have to ask!

i think i might just do this survey on my blog, too :).

Anonymous said...

Well, I think that when you are a billionaire you should build Michael, Ashton and I a little guest house in the backyard of your beautiful Victorian ;)

And, I am finding virtually all kids programming to be annoying! I CANNOT STAND the Wiggles....and Ashton loves them! But I must admit...I have a closet love for the Wonder Pets, ha, ha

Now I'm stealing your survey to do on my blog...

LeaKarts said...

Alisha, how about a Victorian next to my Victorian! I'm off to read your survey answers...but not until I add this to my list of things I'd do if..:
Tour the world visiting all of my friends that live so far away, whether I know them from a long time ago or if I have never met them in person.