Paperback Proust: Karen from For What It’s Worth Reviews!
Everyone please welcome Karen (teamsheltie) from For What It’s Worth Reviews to Paperback Dolls! Karen was one of the first bloggers to welcome us into the fold when Paperback Dolls first started over two years ago. She’s been such a source for help and support and we just want to thank her for everything! Today, we’ve finally talked her into the Paperback Proust!
I’m a blogger, a reader, a wife, a dog & cat mom. I like mother nature – even the bugs and ugly things. I like to cook new things, do yoga and exercise – I don’t do any of them particularly well. And eat – I do that very well. So ya know – Hi! Nice to meet you, thanks for being my friend and all.
What is your current state of mind?
Zen I have been living by this motto lately: You can’t control how other people behave – only how you react to them. (I wish I knew who to attribute that to) I believe I originally read it in a Dear Abby column.
What is your favorite occupation (way of spending time)?
Hanging out with my husband and my dogs. Preferably we are eating something fresh from the farmers market. I really like to eat :-)
What historical figure do you most identify with?
I don’t know if I identify with her but I was always obsessed with Amelia Earheart when I was a kid. She seemed so fearless – which I’m not. Of course it didn’t end well for her so maybe it’s good to be my scaredy pants self.
Which living person do you most admire?
My husband. He can stay calm in any situation and he can learn almost anything as long as he can read about it first.
Who is your favorite fictional hero? Heroine?
This is such a hard question for me. I feel like I should pick someone that makes me seem like an intellectual. Um….for hero I’m going to pick Curran from Ilona Andrews Kate Daniel’s series. Yeah he’s hot and all that but I just can’t read enough about him as a character. He’s so noble and responsible. He’s kind and fair but can also make the tough calls – be cruel if he needs to be. I just really admire him and the way he rules on so many levels.
For heroine….Deuce from Ann Aguirre’s Razorland series (Enclave/Outpost) I can relate to her. She’s not super human. She has a vulnerability that tugs at my heartstrings. She wants to do the right thing but doesn’t always know how to achieve that. It doesn’t stop her from trying. She’s also is willing to let someone more knowledgeable take the lead and learn from them. I absolutely adore her and would love to be her BFF (or mom since that’s more likely given our ages lol)
Who are your real-life heroes?
My Dad. He had a very tough childhood and very little education but he has always managed to take care of our family and has an unwavering sense of decency.
What is your most treasured possession?
My pets. I don’t really keep a lot of mementos.
When and where were you happiest?
This isn’t quite the answer you’re looking for but right now. There isn’t a specific moment but I’m happy with life and who I am. Life isn’t perfect but I’m finally comfortable with myself and pushing myself out of my comfort zone more these days. I think that’s scary at times but it’s a good thing.
What is your most obvious characteristic?
I’m very cynical and shy.
What is the trait you most deplore (hate) in yourself?
See above – My cynicism and shyness.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
Food. I will spend anything for good food.
What is your favorite journey?
My husband and I drove cross country once (from RI to Washington state). I had never really left RI growing up so it was amazing experience for me.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Where to begin….. I’ll stick with being too short. I’m 5 ft on the nose.
What do you consider the most over-rated virtue?
Here’s where my cynicism rears it’s ugly head. Being positive. I’m not so much a negative thinker but I am practical and I don’t like people who are always spouting off positive affirmations in answer to life’s problems. (especially on Facebook lol) I do agree that we need positivity in the world but I don’t trust people who are ALWAYS positive and look at the bright side of everything. That sounds really twisted now that I wrote it but there you go….
On what occasion do you lie?
To save someone else’s feelings, although even then I’m pretty honest.
What is your greatest fear?
I don’t want to say – I have a weird fear of it coming true if I write it.
Which words or phrases do you most over-use?
I don’t know. I asked my DH and he didn’t seem to think I had any overused phrases either. When I was a teenager I used to say cute ALL the time. Everything was cute! Drove my father nuts.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I was more outgoing and I’m very phobic with heights, crowds etc. I wish I wasn’t.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being smart enough to marry my husband. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I had always gone for the “bad boys” before him so I’m glad I pulled it together and realized that a good guy is what you want for a lifetime commitment.
Where would you like to live?
I would like to move back to the west coast. Probably Washington state or Oregon.
What is the quality you most admire in a man? In a woman?
What is it you most dislike?
Vanity, intolerance. Intolerance is a big one for me. I just can’t wrap my brain around people not accepting other people. Especially for ridiculous reasons that don’t impact their life in any way.
What do you value most in your friends?
Loyalty and honesty
How would you like to die?
Now that’s a depressing question! I guess quietly in my sleep. My BFF in high school and I used to talk about what would be the worst way to die. She chose shark attack. (this was during the Jaws era – I felt you got bit in half and died instantly so that wouldn’t bother me lol) and I always picked being burned to death. We were very morbid teenagers.
If you were to die and come back as a person or an animal, what do you think it would be?
My cat – Figment. He’s got the life. I think a wolf would be pretty cool too as long as I’m somewhere I couldn’t be hunted.
If you could choose an object to come back as, what would you choose?
Huh. I don’t know.
What is your motto (words you live by or that mean a lot to you)?
This is something my husband said to me once when I was going through a panic attack & I say it all the time when I’m stressed out. “Breathe. In with the good….out with the bad.” I even have (a shortened version) engraved on my wedding band.
Who has been the greatest influence on you?
My husband. I was fairly high strung when we first met. I used to get involved in a lot of drama but now I’m very chill about most things. I’m still opinionated but I try to stay clear of the drama llama.
I want to thank the Dolls for having me over today. This was like a free therapy session! So now my fears, phobias and oddities are on full display lol
Thank you, Karen, for visiting and being such a good sport! lol
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