Monday, April 16, 2007

Fun Monday 13: 10 Questions

This week's Fun Monday is being hosted by Bethany at Ice Cream Mama. Click on over to see who the participants are this week.

Bethany's challenge was to answer the following ten questions, which she got from her favourite TV show, The Actor's Studio.

I'm in a bit of a bleh di blah mood today, so please excuse me, and I'll excuse your yawning as you read!

What is your favorite word?

Favourite words, for me, are chosen entirely because of their sounds. In fact, I said a favourite word on Saturday night (I actually admitted to the person I was talking to that I only said the word because I like the way it sounds), and now I can't remember it. Too much Pinot Grigio, I guess.

Anyhoo, at the moment I'm admiring the phrase: Respublikansky Stadion, which is up there with Maidan Nezalezhnosti. I can't think of any of my favourite words in English at the moment (sod's law strikes again) but you can be sure I've probably used them a million times in my blog.

What is your least favorite word?
I like to think of least favourite uses of words. For example, in high school, my peers started to use the word docile to indicate that someone was stupid. In my mind, docile means gentle and timid - like Bambi. It really ruined the word for me.

In Australia, it's also common to refer to people who are hippies or live in the country and are a bit rough as
ferals. To me, feral is a plant or animal that grows out of control. I don't really like it used in reference to human beings. But, it actually does work well, and I do use the word - and hate myself every time I do.

I also don't like people who are too lazy to use decent adjectives, and just describe everything as 'f***ing'. This is common amongst some Australian males...
I went to the f***ing beach yesterday and the waves were f***ing huge so I got my surfboard and caught the sweetest f***ing waves.... etc. Grow a brain and expand your adjectival vocab, for goodness sake.

What turns you on (creatively, spiritually or emotionally)?
I love cooking. I love reading about food. I love thinking of meals to create and picking out new recipes to try. And I love to gobble it all up. Enough said, really.

I also love listening to music. As I've grown up, I've tended to retreat into my old favourites rather than find new bands - just a bit lazy I guess. We all know how I feel about Simon & Garfunkel (and if you don't, click on the link).

I also love writing. When I was working for big corporates, I loved the challenge of creating news for the company, and editing and proof reading documents. It's hard to be creative about the same company for years on end, but when you conquer the challenge, it feels good!

What turns you off?
Public drunkeness (unless it's me, ho ho ho), hoiking and spitting on the ground, aggressive people, public conflict (e.g. couples fighting in public).

I also get turned off by people who REALLY force their opinions on others. I can be a bit bossy, so this could well be me, but I'm constantly keeping myself in check. I try hard to keep my trap shut, so I don't appreciate it when others don't (that being said, I know hardly anyone who's so opinionated I'm turned off).

What is your favorite curse word?
Fricken, bollix (yes, I know that's not the spelling, but that's how I say it), shizen, f***, pr*ck...

What sound or noise do you love?
Rain on the tin roofs in Queensland houses (listening from the inside), wind outside (but I hate being IN the wind), Mr Moi's voice, birds, the sound of Skype starting up (as it always precedes a phone call home).

What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of toilets flushing on planes. Always makes me think I'm going to get sucked down too. People talking over the top of one another. Car horns beeping for no reason.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
- Opening and running a shop, perhaps a cafe
- Novelist
- Chef.

What profession would you not like to attempt?
- Anything with numbers
- Teacher (I don't disrespect the profession. I just seriously don't have the patience)
- Anything that involves too much networking or selling.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Good on ya for being a good person.


The very nice man said...

Finally someone who swears like a trooper, heehee!! Bollix?? Brilliant word!!

ChrisB said...

Little miss moi I knew I would be laughing when I read your answers. Me thinks it's not only Aussie males who need to extend their vocab.
I'm certainly with you on spitting it's such a filthy habbit encouraged by professional sportsmen as well, I hate to see it on TV and why does the camera seem to zoom in!!
Love the description of plane loos it's spot on.

Robin said...

Well, now, I never marked you for a gutter mouth...such language from Dear Little Miss Moi. I swear, I'm learning new curse words today, lol. Funny how blogging can be educational!

Speaking of fun words to say, "Pinot Grigio" is one of them--maybe that's the word you were looking for!

LOL, too, on your ef-fin treatise...and the use of "adjectival"--is that really a word?? :)

Sabrina said...

Such an interesting post. . .I totally agree about the sound of Skype starting up--it's been such a comforting sound for me, too. Now that I think about it, the plane toilet sound kind of scares me, too.

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear very nice man. Well, living in a country where no one can really understand what you're saying has done wonders for developing my swearing (cause, like, they can't understand you!). Also, I'm Aussie. It's our national past time.

Dear chrisb. Yes, you're right, perhaps it's males in general. I mean, I saw swear words, but not as adjectives! And I agree with the sports players - icky. And the cricketers who chew with their mouths open, and scratch their... bollix.

Dear robin. Well, potty mouth happens to the best of us! Hehehe I'm pretty sure I said the word when the waitress poured me more wine, but it wasn't Pinot Grigio (I prefer to say Pinot Noir). I'm pretty sure adjectival is a word, and if it isn't, it is now!

Dear sabrina. Me in a toilet on a plane? Well, after I, er... finish, I stand up and arrange my skirt so that it won't hit the icky toilet seat. Then I turn around, hit the flush button and VERY QUICKLY use my hands to block my ears. Yes, like a five year old. Just one of those things, I guess...

Vicki said...

Oh girl! I thought of you this morning. I'm taking pictures of a recipe this week sometime.... Carrot Rice with Balsomic Vinegar and scallion chicken. IT IS SO FLIPPIN GOOD!

I need a new dessert recipe. What is your favorite?

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear vicki. Well, for easy dessert, I like to cut up strawberries (and frozen berries of any sort will do fine, as I've found out over here), sprinkle sugar over them - vanilla sugar if you have it. Then let them sit at room temperature for a while. Then just before serving, pour a couple of tablespoons of balsamic vinegar through. The juices that were drawn out by the sugar become lovely and syruppy. Can serve with double cream or ice cream, and add your own touches like shavings of white or milk chocolate. Yum yum.

Beccy said...

I'm drooling over that dessert. Can I come and work in your cafe please?

I love your answers, you are one funny chick and with all that swearing you'll fit in very well here in Ireland...if you ever decide to come avisiting!

Amy W said...

I like you least favorite sound, I will agree with you on that one!

mjd said...

Now, that I think of it Pinot Grigio is a good combination of words. Also, you have made an interesting comment about docile. I like the Bambi interpretation better than the stupid one. All-in-all, you have very thoughful answers. Good Job!!

Stephanie said...

Like a Briiiidge Ooooo-ver Trou-bllled Wa-teeeeerrr
I will laaaay me doooooown!!!

Pamela said...

Oh the toilet in the sky flush... wow... I'd not thought of it that way.

It's just tough going in there and getting bobbled around on the bowl.

sounds like you also have quite the handle on swear words. I make alot of them up. does that still mean they are swear words?

Tell us some swear words in the language you are learning over there. What do people yell out when they make angry gestures?

Molly said...

Wandered over by a circuitous route, involving stops at beccy and mjd...maybe. Agree wholeheartedly that men in general could benefit from some "adjectival" lessons. It's awful fecking lame to be using the same one over and over as a multi-purpose,"I can't be bothered to think' kind of solution! Reason my interest was piqued enough to visit? My husband is Ukrainian, and I hear it spoken all the time by him and the in-laws. Theirs is the old fashioned variety. From all I hear, modern Ukrainian has been very Russianised. Bollix is a great word--its got a lot of oomph! to it. My favourite is "schmetterlinge"---German for butterfly, probably misspelled, but sounds so perfect....

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear beccy. Hahaha sure you can work in my cafe. In fact, you can be a co owner so all the financial stress isn't on moi! I'm glad you like the swearing and that i'll fit in well in ireland - good Irish catholic stock after all.

Dear amy w. Well, who does like? scares the be-jeebies outta me!

Dear mjd. Well, when I hear pinot grigio in this town, it's music to my ears - usually means someone else is paying! Quite exxy here.

Dear stephanie. Yeowoowwch. I have my fingers in my ears haahaha! Thanks for the lovely thought.

Dear pamela. Of course if you make them up, that counts. I make up words all the time. Over here, I don't know any swear words - it's still hard for me to decipher the sounds people say, with all the y sk resp etc. But I know 'saucer' means either bitch or whore in Ukrainian...

Dear molly. Welcome and thanks for visiting. Half of Ukraine speaks Russian as a first language, and the other half speak Ukrainian. While there are a lot of ukrainian speakers in Kyiv, most shops, businesses etc will speak Russian. I do have a Ukie speaking friend - as in, she was brought up in and educated in the language - but she says she can't understand people in the Carpathians because they sound more romanian. Pretty interesting stuff! All I remember is dyakuye, budlaska and budmo.

elena jane said...

lol @ expanding vocabulary...true true! i have skype and have NO clue what it does...

cafe, would be fun...or a chocolate in the movie....

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear elena jane. Chocolate maker would be fantastic! I didn't think of that one.