Eleanor Blair (lnr) wrote,
Eleanor Blair

Interview with a stranger?

Interview questions from Marna. Yell if you'd like me to write 5 questions for you.

Update: OK, I think I've done my fair share of writing questions for now. If anyone else wants some they're very welcome, but should leave me 5 questions in return.

1. Would you rather eat fresh lemons or white sugar? (by themselves). Why?

Probably the sugar. Especially if it's sugar cubes. They're just crunchy and yummy, though brown ones are even nicer. I like both as extras with other things (lemon in my G&T, with fish, on pancakes, etc) but find lemon on its own a little sharp for me.

2. Do you think spending time outdoors is good, or important, or essentail? Would you be able to live your life always inside buildings if you needed to, or would you suffer greatly from a lack of sky?

Definitely good and important for me. Not sure about essential. Probably not completely necessary, and I probably could live always inside but I'd miss it. I love basking in the sun, or feeling rain on my skin, catching snowflakes, watching things moving in the wind, watching the clouds in the sky. And I love to just go and sit somewhere and feel like I'm miles from anyone and just enjoy the things around me, grasses and trees and streams and insects and birds and so on. Or just sitting on the lawn in the back garden. Yes, I'd miss it lots.

3. Do you see pictures in clouds and flames and puddles and other such random formations? Do you look for them? What do you see?

In flames and puddles I tend to just see swirly abstract things, rather than pictures. I love to just sit and watch flames but I don't tend to look for anything in particular. It can be very peaceful and absorbing to just sit and watch a fire and lose myself in it. I remember spending hours staring at the fire after Ian died. Funny the things that suddenly spring to mind sometimes. With clouds I sometimes see just patterns again, beautiful things clouds, but sometimes I see pictures. I only usually start looking once I've seen one. Tends to be things like ducks and dragons and teapots. Nothing very profound.

4. If you had to lose one aspect of yourself (and I leave you to define aspect, but it should be a pretty major part of you) what would you lose? Could you bear to lose it?

I don't know really. I look at me at the moment and I'm not sure I can see the things that make me me any more. If I ever could. Perhaps I just don't think about it much. I'm daft, I'm loud, I'm quick to fall in love, slow to anger, I hate to fall out over anything, I'm a bit northern but not as much as I'd like any more, girly but in a sometimes tomboyish way, geeky but not very good at it, none of these seems like the kind of thing you're talking about really, I dunno. Perhaps I should just lose the bits of be that are insecure, and overly possessive of friends and lovers. I think it is quite a big aspect of the way I am, but it's certainly one I could do without. I don't think I could bear to lose the bits of me that can get carried away by a sunset or a few drops of rain. Or the bits that make me dance and sing along to things. I don't think I'm a very creative person in a lot of ways, but I'd hate to lose my appreciation of the creations around me.

That doesn't really answer the question I don't think, but it's the best I can do.

5. If you could have one already existing object, out of everything in the entire world, given to you what would it be, and why?

I should chose something which isn't trivially easy I guess, but I cn't think of anything. It's not that I don't have a material side. I love to own lovely things, and things which bring me pleasure like books and music. I love buying clothes and jewellry and silly bits of tat. But if you put it like that I just can't think of a single thing that I want that wouldn't just seem petty. For me gifts are often more about the giver than anything else.

The closest I can think of is that I'd love to have my great great grandma's ring back. It was a lovely ring, old gold and a lovely rich colour and set with a garnet. Originally a wedding ring and then later made into a dress ring and then passed down my mum's side of the family. My mum gave it to me when I was 18 I think, or thereabouts, and I left it at home while I was at university because I didn't want to lose it and it wasn't covered by my insurance. Only they were burgled and I'd foolishly left my pretty things in the bureau downstairs so it was stolen. I think I got 100 pounds for it since it was insured at home. But it won't make up for it, and it was a lovely lovely ring, even if I don't usually like gold.

Thanks for the questions Marna, it was lovely to think about, and interesting to see where my mind ends up if someone else is leading the way for a change.
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