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The stolen blog... or a fun X-Ray

Wednesday, June 02, 2010



Tropicana Piel Canela, aka, "Lola"


First I read KASEYCOFF's blog, and I thought "how cool"! Amazing how much one can learn from another by reading their answers to the apparently most trivial questions.

Now that I set myself to answer them, I realized that I've learned something about myself by doing so!

So, here it is: my take on the stolen blog...

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Hard to choose: Haven’t gone to Eastern Europe yet (Prague, Budapest)… or Turkey, Greece…

If you could have your dream job, it would be...what?
The one I have is pretty close to my dream job, but maybe… full-time writer, with someone to pay my bills for me, so I don’t have to worry about that.

What would you like people to say about you after you're gone?
She was such a nice and fun person, and we’ll sure miss her, yet they’ll keep smiling when they think about me.

What are 3 things you'd like to do before you die?
Write more, love powerfully, and live every second, fully aware.

What movie star would you love to look like?
Rachel Weisz

What is your biggest weakness?
No matter how much I’ve accomplished, not believing I’m good enough.

What is your favorite color?
Red… and black…. very “Stendhal”, hahaha...

What obstacle would you like to overcome?
Perfectionism.

Do you drive fast or slow...or right at the speed limit?
Kind of fast, really.

Are you a rule keeper or a rule breaker?
It depends. If it doesn’t hurt anybody, I’m always one to ask: Who said so, or how come, or why?

What do you say to yourself when you look in the mirror?
Hmmmm, not bad, not bad at all, hahaha... Actually, I keep on liking the smiley eyes.

When is the last time you cried?
Cry-cry, a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes I think I’ve already cried way to much, but then again, whenever I see something unfair that makes me mad, or that moves me, or that makes me happy, my eyes well up.

When is the last time you laughed?
Right this minute.


Are you weak or strong?
Stronger than I wish sometimes, weaker than I look, I think.

Are you serious or carefree?
I was born carefree, made into a serious kid, and now learning to be carefree again, and succeeding at it!!

What is the one thing you can't live without?
Daniel and Nicole -my 2 amazing kids-, my dogs, my friends (don’t tell them I put them after my 4-legged kids, please), art, music, books, books, books… , i.e. my other friends.

What movie do you never get tired of seeing?
Full Monty, Harold & Maude

What book have you read more than 3 times?
Anything by Julio Cortazar, Albert Camus, Ernesto Sábato; Memoirs of Hadrian, by Marguerite Yourcenar… the list is vast.

If you could have any kind of car, what would it be?
Anything with 4 wheels, the best air conditioner in the world, and a pretty good sound system, will do. (My son could kill me with this answer…, and he positively knows this is exactly what I think, hahaha).

Do you like yourself?
Most of the time, I’m ok. There are some days, however…

Do you sing when you're by yourself?
In the car, thus the good sound system and air conditioner requirements!

If you were to give a speech, what topic would you choose?
Anything about art, creativity, education…

Ohhhh, I just thought of the time I had to give a speech to 400 of the top lawyers and bankers in Zurich, Switzerland, about Panamanian Law. Now: that’s something I’d NEVER, EVER like to do again, yuck!

Do you think people like you?
I guess those I like, do, and I kind of like people.

What sport do you wish you could participate in?
Tennis. I used to enjoy playing tennis, but since I had my knee problems and surgeries, years ago- I can’t do it anymore.

Do you spend more time looking back or looking ahead?
Looking ahead, hands down. I take my past as a treasure, even the not-so-nice parts, as they are learning experiences, and they made me who I am, but I’m a dreamer. I’m always planning something, creating something. Yeap: looking ahead, without missing the present.

Finish this sentence: Someday, I'd like to....?
Fall in love again, and for all the good reasons. How corny, isn’t it?

What is your favorite thing to daydream about?
So many things! Looking my best again, the next show at the gallery, getting the nerve to go out again… meeting someone…

Do you spend more time being happy or sad?
Now: Happy, but it wasn’t so before. Now, even though my life has gone through very difficult paths, I focus on happiness. I truly believe we owe it to ourselves to be happy, and that’s an expanding wave of great energy.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Kind of a private, extrovert.

What is your pet peeve?
I despise hypocrisy, people pretending something. On the other hand, there is nothing I value more than authenticity.

What makes you smile?
My kids’ laughter, my Havanese antics, an intelligent subtle comment, especially if it was not meant to be as funny as it turned out to be.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Actually, not what animal (a dog) but which one would I be? Lola, my eldest Havanese. I’d love to be Lola: she’s smart as a whip, funny as hell, she lives life in her own terms, cuddly enough, but not needy; looks like a lady, but is as street-wise as they come… The best!

What charity do you support the most?
Los niños del Darién, a charity here at home.

What is your favorite time of day?
Daybreak, so full of promises. Then I love to go back to sleep for a few more minutes, hahaha…

What is your favorite number?
Seven, or three, or five…

What is your favorite day of the week?
I don’t have one in particular: All are good in my book.

Hugs to all!

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MISSY_MAGOO 6/14/2010 2:01AM

    this is such a fun blog- I saw Montana_Ed stole it from you and did it too- now I'm stealing it from both of you :)

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JAY75REY 6/6/2010 6:54PM

    My daughter's name is Lola, too! (Dolores) Today June 6 happens to be her 28th birthday. I think at this point in my life, my kids, grandkids and dogs are interchangeable. All so wonderful!

nice blog; sounds like a good idea, I think I'll steal it from you next! reminds me of something we did as kids:

When I was in junior high school, we had something low tech called a "slam book." It was a spiral bound school notebook of binder paper. Someone would own it and start by writing questions on each page (who do you think is cute? who is your favorite singer? what is your favorite food? have you ever been kissed...). Then we'd pass along the note book, sign on the first page (1. Judy). then we'd answer each question just showing my number. So my questions would be answer 1. on each page. etc. Lots of fun and giggles, both boys and girls would answer and we would review it and see who wrote what. We'd pass it around secretly and read and write in it during class; trying not to get caught by the teacher, who would confiscate it if found. Our pre-technology FACEBOOK, cellphone, IM and text messaging all in one!

abrazos, Judy emoticon

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MONTANA_ED 6/6/2010 6:05PM

    Awesome! Thanks!

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MARTHA-ANN 6/3/2010 2:17AM

    It's nice finding out about you.....pretty dog!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/2/2010 11:00AM

    Such a cute dog. I would like to be Lola too. LOL. And I love red and black. They are wonderful together!!

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AXISLADY 6/2/2010 10:03AM

    This was so fun to read. I guess it makes one think as we read along. The doggy.....one I would like to have were I a dog person!

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ANNE1123 6/2/2010 9:39AM

    This was a fun read, thanks for the post, I may try a list like this someday, gotta to get back to the tunes in my ride, take care!!

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/2/2010 8:46AM

    So delightful to read! I admire your apparent strength and creativity. And Lola, yes, she woudl be a fun little one to be! I wonder if dogs every worry about being perfect? If they do, I think it is a fleeting thought and then life gets in the way and they just plain ol' enjoy things!



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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/2/2010 8:16AM

    "The Blog Thief" .... I love it!

I can see Lola is one special, spoiled, loved pooch! I wouldn't mind coming back as one as long as I was loved and well cared for. emoticon

I agree with Mary, we all basically like the core of who we are, we are just perfectionists. After reading so many blogs over the last year I see that that is one huge blessing ... I mean, we all have some huge flaw to work on ... that's not such a bad one ... lol! Put it in perspective ... you could have a rotten personality ... lol!

I would love to live by you and meet you in person. I know you are a delight!

Oh yeah ... Lola is perfect!

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REJ7777 6/2/2010 7:04AM

    Your blog brought a smile to my face. Thank you for telling us about yourself. I enjoyed getting to know a bit about you. You do have smiley eyes. You must smile from the inside out. People with smiley eyes tend to make me want to smile too. And what a little cutie that Lola is! emoticon

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MARENAMOO 6/2/2010 6:38AM

    H - I love the signature "The Blog Thief"

It amazes me how similar yet how different we all are. We kind of mostly like ourselves - but there are those days. I think we all struggle with perfectionism - that may have gotten us into this weight issue. I admire you for your creativity - I don't have a stitch of it. And I too would like to come back as your dog - If you were the owner. I would not want to come back in a shelter or on the streets. Good one.

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KATIEGLEN012 6/2/2010 4:57AM

    Well, we are quite similar yet different enough to be interesting! I loved your answers, your happiness and love of life shines through!

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