1. About how many hours a week do you spend watching TV?
I spend far fewer hours actually watching television than the television set is turned on. I listen to more television than I ever see because I have a hard time just sitting down and watching unless I am tired and need to unwind or a particular program or movie requires my full attention. Last night, I listened to the Golden Globe awards while doing other things, including cooking dinner. Much later in the evening, I actually sat down and watched Big Love and Men of a Certain Age, both of which I had recorded earlier.
So I guess that, on average, I probably watch about 10 hours of television each week.
2. If you have a day off, do you like to sleep in or get up early?
If I had my way, I would stay up until 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. every night and wake up to go to work at noon. I am very much a night person — always have been. And everyone who knows me also knows that they should not attempt to call me before 9:00 a.m. on my days off.
3. If you could exchange work space–not job assignments, just desk or work area–with someone at your job, with whom would you switch?
No one. I have the best office in the building. It is roomy and I have a whole wall of windows. It is just perfect for me because it provides me with the light that I need for my eyes.
4. Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.
That plaid material reminds me of a couple of truly horrid tablecloths that I found in a drawer recently. My mother was a wonderful seamstress. But in the 1970’s, she, along with everyone else, was sucked into the polyester vortex. She sewed a number of truly hideous tablecloths for her round oak table. They were functional: The colors never faded; they didn’t have to be ironed. When I discovered them, they still looked brand new. But I can’t believe we didn’t lose our appetites looking at the patterns, colors and fringe. Yes, the varying style of fringe were the best feature. (Not.)
I donated them to the Good Will. I hope they find a loving home with someone who appreciates the quality of my mother’s workmanship. I just couldn’t put them on that lovely oak table which is now in my dining room, the wood exposed. If my mother were alive, she would approve of my decision. I’m certain she either just forgot they were in the drawer or couldn’t part with something she had sewn herself. They haven’t been on the table for at least 25 years, maybe longer. Like the rest of us, she pulled herself out of the polyester vortex when the craze was over . . . and never looked back except to occasionally view a photograph and groan at how ridiculous we all looked.
5. Growing up, what was your favorite sitcom?
Wow, we watched a lot of sitcoms as kids. (Maybe that’s why I don’t watch any now.) I can’t name just one favorite, but the ones I fondly remember include “My Favorite Martian,” “The Munsters,” “The Addams Family,” and “Bewitched.” I think every little girl wanted to be able to twitch her nose like Samantha Stevens, looking as good as Elizabeth Montgomery, and make things happen.
6. What’s your idea of a romantic date?
I really enjoy a leisurely dinner at a restaurant with a lot of ambiance, followed by a movie. And it’s always fun to top the night off at a club over a dessert-type drink while listening to some good music and participating in an engaging conversation.
7. What are you most afraid to lose?
Since I’m a parent, the obvious answer is one of my boys. But given my medical history, the thing I fear on a daily basis is the loss of my eyesight.