Belated Q&A

Ok, so I had planned to follow A-Dub’s lead and respond to V of Grit&Glamour’s questions yesterday to make my travel time more enjoyable. And then, as seems to always be the case, the airport proved to be the place where time — and free wifi — disappear. But now I’m in Montreal on a last ditch holiday before the term starts/ shopping with my youngest sister for her wedding dress and ready to answer some questions. Let’s do this:


1. Practically everyone is six degrees from a celebrity, political figure, or famous person. Will you explain your six degrees of separation from someone famous?

The best I have to offer is that a friend of a friend of my sister knows the nanny that Jude Law cheated on Sienna Miller with. Also, my cousin worked for a while in the Calgary film industry and worked on the film Shanghai Noon with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. I’m assuming he met them.


2. What have you always wanted to do, but haven’t yet?

Travel beyond going to conferences. Since up until two years ago I’ve been a student my entire life and thus broke, I’ve done basically no traveling that wasn’t conference or family related. I’m not one for adventuresome travel but there are still a bunch of places that I’d like to go.



3. Your favourite meal is. . .

Oh god, I too love food too much to choose. Since I’m in Montreal, the smoked meat at Schwartz’s comes to mind. Though in general, any meal with good people and copious amounts of delicious, delicious wine is my favorite meal.


4. If you could only save one pair of shoes in your closet, which pair would it be, and why?

A pair of patent nude Nine West wedges. I adore these shoes even though they’re really higher than I’m currently comfortable wearing but they offer a strong incentive to learn to be less of a baby about shoe pain.


5. Which handbag would you buy if money were no object?

I’ve recently realized that I’m actually not a handbag girl either or, rather, that I have some very specific — yet nebulous — things I’m looking for in a handbag that very rarely exist and so I just stick with the old ones I have. Like A-Dubs, I dream in shoes. Namely, the Macy’s end of season sale.



6. Who is your girl crush?

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Karen Elson. I deeply envy the lifestyles of these two women: arty Frenchwoman who is a muse to Balenciaga but has an awesome artistic life of her own and hipster-y model now married to Jack White and running a vintage store in Nashville while also being arty herself. It perhaps goes without saying that their clothes are fabulous.



7. What is your vice?

I’m right there with A-Dubs on the full-bodied red wine but, to switch it up, I’m also far more addicted to television than I should be. Current favorites include: Mad Men and Party Down. (Seriously, if you haven’t seen Party Down and, like me, have a sense of humor that runs towards the absurd, you should totally get on this. Word of warning, it’s really crude — but awesome.)



8. Last song you listened to?

This and this.


How do you stay sane in the airport?
And what TV shows should I be watching?

18 thoughts on “Belated Q&A

  1. I'm ALL over the rage in the airport. It mostly starts with the way people forget how to walk at a reasonable pace. I wasn't in the toilet seats this time — as, after 6 months worth of flying and always getting them, I'm proactive when I check in and demand anything but the toilet seats. Once I'm back with the nude shoes, I'll totally take a picture and post them. Treme is good — I'm behind on it though so I don't seem to find it as addictive as the Wire was.

  2. Oh yes, E-Jo is right on about Party Down. Though I have to say sometimes it is too cringeworthy for me–in the same way that The Office is cringeworthy for me– because they really have that unemployed actor earnest-desperate-zealot thing down. I am mesmerized by Say Yes to the Dress, but only in that way that it is impossible to look away from a car accident on the side of the highway. I don't think I can recommend it. I hear that Treme is good, though I haven't seen it. Wow, this is why E-Jo is our TV Guru.

  3. Coincidentally, my new airport fill in is watching mad men on my laptop. As you gals know by now, I live in the Middle East which is a challenging place to live. I have to leave several times a year for my sanity, so I do about 4-5 long haul return flights a year. Trashy novels are a must.ps if you book online you can choose your seat there and then. I already know which seat I will sit in on my Dec 1 flight to Australia. How cool is that? Well, I find it exciting…

  4. I'm ALL over the rage in the airport. It mostly starts with the way people forget how to walk at a reasonable pace. I wasn't in the toilet seats this time — as, after 6 months worth of flying and always getting them, I'm proactive when I check in and demand anything but the toilet seats. Once I'm back with the nude shoes, I'll totally take a picture and post them. Treme is good — I'm behind on it though so I don't seem to find it as addictive as the Wire was.

  5. Oh yes, E-Jo is right on about Party Down. Though I have to say sometimes it is too cringeworthy for me–in the same way that The Office is cringeworthy for me– because they really have that unemployed actor earnest-desperate-zealot thing down. I am mesmerized by Say Yes to the Dress, but only in that way that it is impossible to look away from a car accident on the side of the highway. I don't think I can recommend it. I hear that Treme is good, though I haven't seen it. Wow, this is why E-Jo is our TV Guru.

  6. OK, so you've got cooler tastes in music than me. Or at least you're pretending to have them. And I'm excited to check out Party Down; you've not steered (sp?) me wrong on the tv so far. Which is to say, I've nothing to suggest as I also get my TV recommendations from you. (Except that I found The L Word and Real Housewives of Atlanta all on my very own. And they are awesome. Well, except for the last 2.5 seasons of The L Word.)Also, I want a picture of the nude shoes, too. And the Mini-FR. Possibly in clothes or shoes. And finally, I have no airport survival strategies except rage and sleeping pills. But those are less survival strategies for the airport per se, and more inevitabilities once one has already boarded the plane, taken one's seat in economy-please-shoot-me-now class, and the douchebag in the very next row puts their seat back in one's face smacking one's laptop in the process and further smooshing one's already smooshed knees.p.s. Did you get the toilet seats? Because then the rage and sleeping pills kick in before the seat comes back.

  7. Anne: I also LOVE Parks & Rec. Can Ron Swanson be my girl crush? Charlotte: Charlotte Rampling is another excellent choice. Clearly, the name Charlotte guarantees that you are cool and stylish. KB: That would be crazy if our cousins new each other. Also, I agree, gummy candies are key. V: I agree that Jack White is pretty creepy. Though I have to admit that I find him somewhat appealing just the same. AUH: Nutella crepes! Excellent — why am I not eating those at this very instant??SU: I'm totally with you on the Macy's sale — in fact, I kinda wish that fall was over so that the sale would be on. D-Med: As soon as I get back to my nude shoes, I will photograph them. And the mini-FR. Right now he's at doggy summer camp while I'm gone. AFTK: Love the Emily of New Moon reference. As a child I much preferred the Emily series to the Anne books — Anne was too earnest, Emily was delightfully angsty and artistic. I continue to read the Emily's Quest book on a yearly basis — partly because I love Teddy Kent.

  8. The words Macy's End of Season Sale give me what Emily of New Moon referred to as "a thrill."My airport strategy involves listening to audio books and knitting socks, though I fear that this will cause me to miss planes.And if I may share: I have socialized with someone who has socialized with Emma Thompson.

  9. Airports and airplanes are the only place I read books just to read books. I read very trashy books so I kind of like airports.We need a picture of those fabulous nude shoes, E-Jo (because I love them and I miss them). And the Macy's haul. And the mini-FR. Maybe the mini-FR wearing shoes.

  10. E-Jo,First of all, nice to meet you! Glad you're enjoying Montreal. My friends rave about Schwartz's too (I'm a vegetarian, so just have to live with nutella crepes). I'm actually not a handbag person either–tend to go for messenger bags. If you're an Etsy person you could put in a request to have one made to your specifications….

  11. I have no TV recommendations for you, since i usually get TV recommendations from you.Airport sanity: headphones, gummy candy, magazine.I too have a cousin who worked for a while in the Calgary Film industry and worked on Shanghai Noon. Odds that my cousin and your cousin know one another? High.

  12. TV rots your brain, as we all know. Stop watching it this instant.I always bring a book along on flights but it's hard to concentrate with all the distraction. Crocheting, however, is a good diversion & doesn't require much focus.Charlotte Gainsbourg rocks. She and Charlotte Rampling are my two favorite other charlottes. I think they have a similar style.

  13. I have the same travel issues! Until recently, I never had the money to go anywhere besides visiting my parents. In Ohio. A real vacation would definitely be nice.I'm only finally getting into Mad Men, after many attempts, but I do LOVE Party Down. It's hilarious, but I do love the absurd. Other shows that I'd recommend that may not be on your radar: Bored to Death (Jason Schwartzman & Zack Galifinakas = awesome, and it's returning soon), Hung, Archer (it's a horribly wrong spy cartoon, but it's pretty funny if you don't take it seriously at all), and Parks & Recreation.What are your songs? My office firewall doesn't let me see You Tube 😦

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