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1. What kind of soap is in your bathtub right now?

I think I have lavender soap in my tub/shower, but also this gorgeous-smelling blood orange shower gel, which is what I prefer.

2. Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator?

No.

3. Is there anything mouldy in your refrigerator?

No. But I just cleaned it out this weekend.

4. Are there any dirty dishes in your sink?

Yes. There shouldn't be, but there definitely are.

5. What would you change about your living room?

It needs a new floor. So does my whole apartment. It has wooden floors (which I prefer enough that I would have a very hard time renting a place that did NOT have hardwood floors...) but I think they're the original ones from the 'teens. Whenever an apartment is vacant, the owner refinishes the floors (and then requires tenants not to wear shoes inside the apartment) or installs that fake wood laminate flooring.

6. Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty?

No dishwasher.

7. Do you have a can of mushrooms in your pantry?

Eww.

8. White or wheat bread?

White; sourdough or baguette. Or else a good local brand, Vital Vittles, which is whole wheat.

9. What is on top of your refrigerator?

Lord, so much that it will be hard to name. I have ZERO (I mean that literally) counter space in my tiny kitchen. There is a 20 inch by twenty-five inch tiled space next to the 1910s porcelain enamel rectangular drop sink, but the dish drainer is there. Otherwise, nothing. So, on top of the fridge: a huge container of homemade muesli (got used to eating it in Britain; don't like sugar in it, therefore make it myself). Flour, sugar, large nested bowls, cookie cutters, oven mitts, some standing boxes of pasta, some kitchen towels, lots of other stuff I am forgetting.

10. What color is your sofa?

I think the futon cover is wine-red, but it's covered with a more faded wine-reddish fitted flannel sheet because the futon cover is like a relentless and later unyielding magnet for cat hair. The fitted sheet is less so.

11. What color or design is on your shower curtain?

Interlocking blue and brown and green circle-y things. It's not my favorite. My favorite died, and I haven't found a good replacement.

12. How many plants are in your home?

None. I had a jade plant for a while, which is the plant I succeeded at not killing for the longest time.

13. How many candles are in your home?

I don't have decorative candles, really. But I do have really nice smelly ones, which I guess count as that. I probably have eight or so in various states of meltedness. Mostly lemongrass, some cranberry orange.

14. Is your bed made right now?

No.

15. If you have a coffee pot, what color is it?

I have a tea pot. It's blue.

16. Electric or standard can opener?

Standard, which I rarely use because I tend to buy cans which are self opening.

27. Comet or Soft Scrub?

I think I have both, though the Comet is probably more than ten years old.

28. Is your closet organized?

Well... clothes are hanging up and there's nothing but a vacuum cleaner and a box of my dissertation research materials on the floor of my bedroom closet. My hall closet has a lot more stuff in it, but you can walk in and select some of that stuff without injury.

29. What color is the flashlight that you use the most?

I don't have a flashlight, so I use my iPhone, which has one built in, thank fuck.

30. What kinds of things are in your junk drawer?

Only one? Five million pens, little objects like a tiny plastic buddha, a rock that a student glued glitter to and gave me as "Harry Potter's Sorcerer's Stone" my first year of teaching, because I read it aloud to the class, eighteen years ago, printer ink cartridges, my checkbook, pretty cards and envelopes, playing cards, markers, pencil leads, unpaid parking tickets, an extra charger cord, hair barrettes...

31. Do you drink out of glass or plastic most of the time at home?

Both.

32. Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now?

No, but I usually do.

33. If you have a garage, is it cluttered?

I don't. Street parking only, which sucks.

34. Curtains or blinds?

Blinds, which are gross and which I leave rolled up.

35. How many pillows do you sleep with?

Two, the top one of which is one of those memory foam ones with a dip to support your neck, and a body pillow.

36. Do you sleep with any lights on at night?

No.

37. How many ceiling fans are in your home?

None. My place was built in the 1910s, and has crazy high ceilings. Sadly it also has almost NO air flow. Every time I cook (in that tiny crap kitchen) the smoke alarm goes off. Every single time.

38. How often do you vacuum?

Almost never.

39. Standard toothbrush or electric?

Standard.

40. What color is your toothbrush?

I don't know. White and some other color. Turquoise?

41. Do you have a welcome mat on your front porch?

The apartment building does. I couldn't tell you what it says, if anything. I don't.

42. What is in your oven right now?

Oven racks.

43. Is your microwave clean or dirty?

Clean

44.Is there anything under your bed?

Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, a big plastic storage crate of Xmas ornaments and the tree stand, a cardboard box of Sunshine Family dolls and furniture and accessories, which I got from EBay for playing with my nieces.

45. Chore you hate doing the most?

Laundry.

46. What retro items are in your home?

I have a stereoscope and a collection of stereoscope cards, including a cool set from just after the San Francisco earthquake

47. Do you have a separate room that you use as an office?

The living room has to suffice.

48. If you have a yard, who mows it?

Don't have a yard.

49. Is there anything on your kitchen floor right now?

Cat food bowl, cat water arrangement, selection of plastic bags for shopping, a couple of bottles of wine and gin and tonic water

50. How many mirrors are in your home?

One in the bathroom over the sink, and one on the wall in my bedroom

51. Do you have any hidden emergency money around your home?

It's not exactly hidden, and I have thought of it more as a supplemental savings than emergency money... I have a tin bank shaped like a red call box that came with caramels or something in it, years ago.

52. What color are your walls?

White.

53. Which rooms in your house have wallpaper?

None.

54. Do you have a peephole in your front door?

Nope.

55. Do you keep any kind of protection weapons in your home?

You must be kidding.

56. What does your home smell like right now?

It's pretty neutral. None of my candles are lit.

57. Fave candle scent?

See earlier answer.

58. What kind of pickles (if any) are in your refrigerator right now?

None

59. Who are in the pictures you display?

I have a display along my very long hallway from old family photos I photocopied back in the day. They were black and white and I blew them up and photocopied them in color, and you can't really tell, under glass. Both sides are represented -- my father's father, who was a handsome young postman in the 1940s, my mother's mother's mother, who was a coquette in the 1890s before she got married, my father's grandmother as a tiny chubby toddler with her two sisters in Chicago in the late 1880s.

60. What color is your favorite bible?

I don't have a Bible. I can't really imagine having a favorite one. My favorite copy of the Communist Manifesto, on the other hand (I think I have three?) is probably the red one, because I bought it with the first money I was paid in my first job, which was cleaning a store downtown, age 13. I was paid in petty cash, and that first week, I took the $23 and went to Kroch's and Brentano's, a local big bookstore, and bought The Communist Manifesto (quite a Cold War edition with an anti-communist introduction I was furious about), 1984, and Animal Farm.

61. Ever been on your roof?

Yes. Our roof is huge and flat and has a sort of rim. I've tried watching Fourth of July fireworks up there, but there are too many tall buildings between this place and the estuary where they shoot off the fireworks.

62. Do you own a stereo?

Nope, all music goes through the computer, but my speakers are quite good.

63. How many TVs do you have?

One, used for Netflix and streaming shows from my computer.

64. How many house phones?

Just a cell phone.

65. Do you have a housekeeper?

I do pay a crew once a month, and if I could afford it, I'd try to do it twice a month.

66. What style do you decorate in?

Boho, more or less, much like my mother and grandmother. Wood and colored fabrics and colorful stuff on the walls. A million books.

67. Do you like solid colors in furniture or prints?

Solids for upholstery, and then patterned pillows. Hippie prints for comforter on the bed. Seriously, it looks a great deal like the comforter I had in 1972, which said "peace, love, joy" and had paisleys and flowers and psychedelic patterns.

68. Is there a smoke detector in your home?

Yes, and a carbon-monoxide alarm.

69. In case of fire, what are the items you would grab if you only could make one quick trip?

Cat, phone, iPad, back-up disk, purse (with wallet, phone, iPad in it)

70. Do you know how to work your electrical box?

Nope

71. What temperature in your home is most comfortable to you?

I try never to turn on the heat during the California winter. I don't usually make it the whole winter through (though last winter was bizarrely warm). I prefer cooler to warmer.

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