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?
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?
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!
The blog thief