What is the weather like today where you live?
Digusting. There are hundreds of wildfires burning throughout California and the smoke has been hanging in the air for days now. Aside from the aesthetic considerations, there is a tangible health and safety issue for anyone who, like me, has asthma or other respiratory conditions. Everyone has been advised to stay indoors as much as possible, so the air conditioner has been running for days even though it is not particularly warm and I would otherwise have the doors and windows open. I am getting very cranky because I haven’t been able to go to water aerobics — this is the time of year when I love to be in the outdoor pool, exercising and enjoying the sun. My eyes have been burning, so I have been unable to wear my contact lenses for as many hours as I normally do; my lips are chapped and my sinuses congested. Today, as I was driving home from the Bay Area, I was aghast when I traveled over the Antioch Bridge — a high structure — and looked down at the thick cloud of smoke covering the Central Valley. The hope is that the breezes will kick up this weekend and the smoke will dissipate. Unfortunately, wind complicates getting control of the fires. It’s a bad situation for California.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how career-minded are you?
15 +. My career defines me.
What type of window coverings do you have in your home? Blinds, curtains, shutters, etc.?
Blinds and curtains.
Name something that instantly cheers you up.
Craig Ferguson. That’s probably why I am thoroughly addicted to The Late, Late Show.
How many times do you hit the snooze button on a typical morning?
At least two. I am not a morning person (see “Main Course.”)