Hello friends, Happy New Year! We hope you are having a restful and restorative beginning of your year. To start off this year we’ve decided to have a little existential fun and do a variation on The Proust Questionnaire. You can tell this was Hannah’s idea as our resident francophile.
We stole our version of the survey from Amy Poehler’s interview with Vanity Fair which you can find HERE. These were some big questions, and we challenge you to give them a skim, and thing about some of the big questions in your life!
Femme problems: the first person to get to the blog post gets to write in purple. Boo you Hannah!
1.) What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Marnie: Love, Friendship, Security, Creative fulfillment.
2.) What is your greatest fear?
Marnie: Losing the people I love.
3.) What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
4.) What is the trait you most deplore in others?
5.) Which living person do you most admire?
Hannah: Aunt Jo
Marnie: Ah so many people! Of the people I personally know probably my former boss and mentor Kris. Kris, if you’re reading this, I see you there blushing.
6.) What is your greatest extravagance?
7.) What is your current state of mind?
Marnie: Sleepy. Why do people stay up so late on New Years?
8.) What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Marnie: Stoic-ness? Is that the word? Anyway the idea that you can put aside your emotions.
9.) On what occasion do you lie?
Hannah: When I’ve been hurt and I don’t want to admit it
Marnie: When I forgot to send an email and I’m pretending it was stuck in my drafts folder. #classicmillenial
10.) What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Hannah: My hair grows too fast and I always have to cut it
Marnie: You know what, no. I’m cute as hell.
11.) Which living person do you most despise?
Hannah: I could name a few, but I won’t
Marnie: I have to agree with Hannah, I can’t use names here. But I do occasionally refer to this person as Literal Human Garbage. #sorrynotsorry
12.) What is the quality you most like in a person?
Hannah: Emotional intelligence
Marnie: Emotional generosity
13.) Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Hannah: “The patriarchy”
Marnie: I go through phases of dumb slang. Right now it’s saying the letter “v” instead of the word very. For a while it was “I’m picking up what you’re putting down” and before that “what I/you/they bring to the table”
14.) What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Marnie: Ahh I’m so lucky to be very rich in love. Of course my wonderful girlfriend is #1, but I also want to shoutout to my wonderful, kind, beautiful friends, who I won’t list because if I forgot a name I would feel so guilty, and also my tiny puppy Ceilidh who is so cute sometimes I cry looking at her.
15.) When and where were you happiest?
Hannah: See answer to question #14
Marnie: I don’t think there is one answer to this. In college I was so happy to live within a 10 minute walking distance from most of the important people in my life. In work I have enjoyed working with a great team that worked well and had fun together. In love, I am happiest right now!
16.) Which talent would you most like to have?
Marnie: Playing an instrument
17.) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Hannah: My inability to confront people
Marnie: I think you can change lots of things about yourself if you really want to! That being said, I could probably live without the depression.
18.) What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Hannah: This blog, obviously
Marnie: Honestly the work I did in therapy. I could never be where I am now without the time I spent working on myself.
19.) If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Hannah: An alpine forget-me-not
Marnie: A whale! Or a mermaid.
20.) Where would you most like to live?
Hannah: The Queer Arts Commune (QAC), location TBD
Marnie: Near the ocean.
21.) What is your most treasured possession?
Hannah: My collection of journals and letters
Marnie: I must agree with Hannah, I keep all the letters and cards I receive that say more than two words, and they mean so much to me.
22.) What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Hannah: To be unloved
Marnie: Grief. Depression.
23.) What is your favorite occupation?
24.) What is your most marked characteristic?
Hannah: I wear my heart on my sleeve
Marnie: My sassiness.
25.) What do you most value in your friends?
Marnie: Kindness, generosity, flexibility, curiosity
26.) Who are your favorite writers?
Hannah: Hahaha as if I could fit my list on this page
Marnie: So hard! Right now it would be Bell Hooks, Margaret Atwood, Jhumpa Lahiri, Cheryl Strayed, Neil Gaiman, Junot Diaz, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Jeanette Winterson.
27.) Who is your hero of fiction?
Hannah: Okay I’m going to try to be good and give the first answer that comes to mind: Scout Finch
Marnie: Ooh tough! Maybe Jonas from The Giver?
28.) Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Hannah: Whatever answer I give is just going to sound pretentious
Marnie: I don’t know if I identify with her, but one of my favorite historical women is Boudica
29.) Who are your heroes in real life?
Hannah: The women in my family
Marnie: Folks who use their influence to work towards justice and liberation
30.) What are your favorite names?
Hannah: Josephine and Eugene
Marnie: I think my name is pretty good
31.) What is it that you most dislike?
Hannah: Rooms without windows
Marnie: Willful ignorance and mean people
32.) What is your greatest regret?
Hannah: See answer to question #14
Marnie: Letting myself be treated poorly and blaming myself for it.
33.) How would you like to die?
Hannah: Old and happy and loved
Marnie: Same ^^
34.) What is your motto?
Hannah: Speak the truth, from the heart, with love
Marnie: Wear short skirts, kick ass.
Happy New Year, look for more of our regular posts in 2016!