It sounds like you all want me to give the soul-searching (and soul-crushing, lol #overanalyzed) deep stuff a rest and answer some questions about, you know, normal life. So here's q+a: frivolous edition. I promise I'll make up for it with a treatise on Hegelian dialectic or something! Enjoy, and as always, let me know your thoughts and questions in the comments.
|carefree on my last playdate, 17 years ago.|
Q: What are your wardrobe staples?
A: Boots, bandeaus, and the biggest hoop earrings I can find. Actually, that’s such a lie. I’m flattered by all of you who like my “style,” but honestly I live 99% of my life in SoLows and sweatpants. Whichever of the two smells clean.
Q: How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
A: Quoth Hamlet, You can sleep when you’re dead.
Q: Why did your parents give you a hyphenated last name? Who does that?
A: Actually, the noble houses of Europe have hyphenated for centuries; they do it to preserve illustrious family names and flaunt their lineages. Prince William’s last name is Mountbatten-Windsor. On the flip side, it was also a big bourgeois thing to hyphenate because they were all wannabe-aristocrats. Which is ironic in the context of my family, because if anything, my mom is a wannabe immigrant. Also, there aren’t a lot of names that scream “Chinese Jew” like mine does. And it’s cool to be one of two people in the entire history of human civilization who have the name Chua-Rubenfeld.
Q: How do you react to people who tell you no?
Q: What do you eat for breakfast?
A: The people who tell me no or a banana and oatmeal, depending on my mood. Although growing up, it was always Reeses’ Puffs, Count Chocula, and Apple Jacks. The best thing about a working mom is that no one monitors the sugar content in your breakfast cereal.
Q: Do you consider failure an option?
A: As someone who hates losing even more than she likes winning: yes, I absolutely do. Because even if you don’t consider failure an option, sometimes things go beyond your control. And at a certain point, after you’ve tried your hardest, you need to swallow your pride and recalculate instead of banging your head against a wall. But here’s the catch: you can’t let temporary failure turn into ultimate failure. Acknowledging failure isn’t the same as quitting. When you quit, you’re saying, “I will never be able to do this, now or later. I am not good enough to do this.” When you fail, you’re saying, “I can’t do this right now, but I can go home and train/discipline/prepare myself for next time. And next time, I will succeed.”
Q: Who’s your favorite candidate for the 2012 primary?
A: What’s your favorite type of foot fungus?