73 Questions

I should be writing. That’s the smart move. But what am I doing? Answering more blog quizzes. This one from the internets this morning. Anna Wintour answered the same 73 questions. Her answers were undoubtedly better than mine.

1. How long have you been in the tristate area?

I was born in Manhattan forty-four years ago, and lived in Queens until I was thirteen, when my parents moved to Connecticut. I attended college in upstate New York at Syracuse University, and moved to Manhattan immediately after graduation. I lived there for five years, moved to San Francisco with my boyfriend-who-became-my-new-husband. We stayed on the West coast for nearly seven years, and then returned back east to live in northern New Jersey almost twelve years ago.

2. What’s your favorite season in New York City?


3. What’s your favorite activity in New York City:

Walking, and people-watching

4. Would you ever leave the tristate area?

Possibly. I’d like to think that my husband and I will retire to Manhattan and live in a doorman building until we’re 90, but I’m not sure what — or who — New York City will be when that day comes. It’s no longer the city I once knew. As my husband gets older, he speaks more frequently about moving to warmer climates. I will never move any further south than Hoboken, New Jersey, so this might be a conflict for us.

5. What are three words to describe living in New York City?

Fast-paced. Gorgeous. Stressful.

6. What’s your favorite movie?

Impossible to choose one. Moonstruck, The Producers, Cinema Paradiso, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Pink Panther series, The Godfather Parts I&II, Manhattan, The Last Waltz

7. Favorite movie in past five years?

Can’t even remember what I’ve seen in the past five years. Boyhood? Argo?

8. Favorite Hitchcock film?

Rear Window

9. Favorite TV show that’s currently on?

Mad Men

10. What’s a book you plan on reading?

The Secret History, by Donna Tartt

11. A book you read in school that positively shaped you?

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

12. A book you read in school that you never think of?

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

13. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?


14. iPhone or Android?


15. Twitter or Instagram?

More Instagram, less Twitter. I like to take pictures.

16. Vine or Snapchat?

Neither. Dear God.

17. Who should EVERYONE be following right now?

@nickiboschphotography, @diablocody, @alexmcdonnell

18. What’s the coolest thing in this room?

The photo I keep of myself, circa 1977, in my First Communion dress, while sporting a Rawlings softball glove. It hangs over my desk and reminds me of things.

19. What’s your favorite New York restaurant?

I can’t keep up with everything foodie in Manhattan anymore. I still love The Golden Unicorn in Chinatown for dim sum.

20. What’s your favorite food?

Many things. New York pizza, really good French fries, flavorful cheeses with hunks of bread, my mother’s sugar cookies, filet mignon cooked rare, baked potatoes with salt and butter, a juicy Honeycrisp apple, mashed potatoes with garlic and butter, ice cream, my homemade chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven, almost anything that the Italian people cook.

21. Least favorite food?


22. What do you love on your pizza?

Old school: extra cheese; new school: barbecue chicken and smoked gouda, or pears, fig jam and goat cheese

23. Favorite drink?

Coffee in the morning; red wine in the evening.

24. Favorite dessert?

How can I possibly pick one?

25. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Dark — because I’m forty-four and it’s supposed to have health benefits.

26. Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Haggis, while visiting Scotland

27. What’s the hardest part about being a mom?

Feeling like I’m not good enough at the job. Digging for patience, when my well is often dry.

28. What’s your favorite band?

Can’t list one. The Band, Dawes, The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin,  The Allman Brothers, Wilco

29. Favorite solo artist?

Again with the can’t list one. Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison. Definitely not Nicki Minaj.

30. Favorite lyrics?

Depends on my mood.

31. If your life were a song, what would the title be?

You’re a Big Girl Now — Bob Dylan

32. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?

I don’t like doing things like that. Makes me self-conscious. Why would they want to sing with me? What possible scenario would have me at the microphone with a professional singer? 

33. If you could master one instrument, what would it be?

Two, actually. Guitar and drums.

34. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?

Inside of my thigh, left ring finger or small of my back. I don’t think I’d want anyone to see it. Except my beloved. But I think I’m past that stage.

35. To be or not to be?

To be

36. What’s Oprah like in person?

Somewhat kind, a bit scattered, but mostly ballsy

37. What number of question was this?

What? 37. Don’t do that.

38. Dogs or cats?


39. Kittens or puppies?

Puppies. I still remember how mine smelled when we first brought him home. 

40. Dolphins or koalas?

Who asks a question like this? Who answers a question like this?

41. Bird-watching or whale-watching?

Neither. Not a big fan of nature.

42. What’s your spirit animal?

A golden retriever or a fox. Depends on the day.

43. Best gift you’ve ever received?

My engagement ring from my husband. My children, also from my husband. And a drum kit, yet again from my husband.

44. Last gift you gave a friend?

A t-shirt.

45. A person you want to have coffee with?

My grandmother. Just not Sanka, like she’d have.

46. A historical figure you’d love to have coffee with?

John Lennon

47. How do you like your coffee?

With vanilla-flavored coconut milk creamer.

48. Can I play a note on this piano?

I don’t know. Can you?

49. What’s your favorite curse word?


50. What’s your favorite board game?

None, really. I prefer Boggle. Or card games.

51. What’s your favorite country to visit?

Great Britain

52. What’s the last country you visited?

Canada. I don’t travel as much as I used to.

53. What country do you wish to visit?

Italy — I’ve never gotten the chance to travel there. Ireland — with my family.

54. What do you see in this image right here?

Nothing. Wait. I see Our Lady of Lourdes, with weeping stigmata. Yes? Did I get it right? That’s the pat Catholic answer. Never fails.

55. Can you write down your favorite word that starts and ends with the same vowel?

Ohio. This shit makes my head hurt.

56. What’s your favorite color?


57. Least favorite color?

I shouldn’t say, because then that color feels bad. 

58. What color dress did you wear to your prom?

Peach. Not flattering.

59. Diamonds or pearls?


60. Cheap shampoo or expensive?

Mid-priced. I have follicular issues.

61. Blow-dry or air-dry?

Blow-dry, or I’m a frizz monster.

62. Heels or flats?

Heels, in theory. Pumas, in reality.

63. Can you give an impersonation of someone?

Yes. I’m a parrot. 

64. Can you do the same impersonation with a British accent?


65. My friend outside this window would love to ask you a question?

Huh? What window? Are people watching me from the window?

66. [Holding two different colored dresses] Which should I give my girlfriend?

Who puts this in a quiz?

67. Pilates or yoga?


68. Jogging or swimming?


69. Best way to decompress?

Read in bed. Or have sex.

70. If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Time travel

71. Can you describe an experience you felt most nervous?

Getting a mammogram when my gynecologist thought he had found a lump in my breast. Everything was fine, but I cried while waiting in the office. 

72. What’s the weirdest word in the English language?

There are many. 

73. Last question: Is this the strangest interview you’ve ever had?

I don’t often get interviewed, but no.

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  1. I love these questions! So brilliant.

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