The Creativity Interviews: Actor, Eric Naroyan

As part of my ongoing quest to explore what it means to live a creative life, I periodically invite kick ass creatives to come play with us on the blog. First, I ask them five questions about creativity, and then they get to ask you something…

… and that’s when the real fun (and wild generosity) begins.

Today’s episode:

All the World’s a Stage (or a Starbucks), and Kids Aren’t Really Weird… plus, our biggest, shiniest giveaway yet!

I met television and film actor Eric Naroyan on Twitter when he was giving my bathroom makeover video two thumbs up. Because, yeah, I did that. I filmed my bathroom redo as part of my Beckoning the Lovely project, and right about the time I was wondering if maybe the video was too long and way too much information, Eric said it was the best movie he’d seen all year. (Okay, that’s not exactly what he said. I’m paraphrasing… but I’m sure I have the sentiment right.)

I asked Eric to play with us not only because he’s smart and funny (you should follow him), but because actors have to be creative on cue, muse or no muse, and that’s badass. When I asked him for a bio, he gave me a list – a list! Be still my beating heart! – and I knew he was my kind of victim interviewee.

Nine true things about Eric

 

    1. When I told my family that I was going to become an actor, their response was “you’re so funny…are you being serious?”
    2. My first big co-star role was in Season 7 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the entire day of filming was cut.
    3. I screen tested at Warner Bros. for a super secret film and the casting director said to me “You look so much like our lead. In fact you look too much like our lead.” Damn you Mr. Bean!
    4. Moments before filming a scene on a well-known daytime drama, the star of the show told me, “I’m not saying any of this (and scratched out his lines with a pen), just follow my lead.”
    5. Most actors want the big roles… I love the small roles and could be eternally happy landing “under-fives.”
    6. I’ve written two screenplays and I’m hard at work on my third.
    7. I’m a bit snarky…that comes through in an upcoming national holiday commercial this winter.
    8. I truly love my agents – Annette Robinson and Jenn Costa at Artistic Talent.
    9. I’ve been married for 19 years and my wife swears I love our dog more than her.

~~~~~~~~~~

j: Life is demanding. What are your tricks for getting into a creative space?

Eric: For me, finding that creative space is a combination of inspiration, focus and the unknowing participation of others.  A lot of the work that I do as an actor is observing people, their quirks, and how they react in everyday situations.  I watch (without being creepy) and squirrel away certain things that I myself would not normally do, but someone who I’m playing on stage or screen would absolutely do.  In fact, right now I’m watching a woman wait for her drink at Starbucks. She’s tapping her foot, arms folded. The Barista just called out a drink for someone else and the woman let out a huge sigh with a spin move.  That’s gold!

In any given week I could have as many as three auditions and each one, no matter how small or big, requires the same preparation.  There’s a hundred other guys (in commercials, a thousand) auditioning for the same part, and I want to bring something very real to the casting session.

A few of my tricks?  A great cup of coffee, a busy location with a comfy chair, and whatever character I’m trying to capture will always be part me and part someone else within earshot and my line of sight.  As for life’s demands?  Priorities!  Do you want to land that co-star role or clean the gutters?  And as for distractions, I’ve become very adept at holding a serious conversation with a look of concern on my face while running lines in my mind.  Shhh.

j: What’s the weirdest thing that inspires you?

Eric: Kids (“Weird”, because I don’t have any).  There is an unfiltered truth to children that we “mask” as we get older.  When kids get upset, they cry and they confront. When (most) adults get upset, we fume, boil, try not to let others see how we really feel, and occasionally “lose our shit.”  I watch great actors and they always have both the truth and the mask.  Kids also have a sense of fearlessness in the way they react in public.  That is a very inspirational place for an actor in a director/producer callback.

j: How do you deal with critics?

Eric: Actors are ten times more brutal on themselves than any critic.  I’m far more comfortable with constructive criticism than I am with compliments.  I’m a realist, and I know that if I have any shot at getting better, it’s about listening, changing and making adjustments.  As far as criticism coming from a destructive place… it fuels me.

j: What energizes you, solitude or engagement?

Eric: Engagement without a doubt! I’ve had the chance to work with amazingly talented people, some big name stars and others that I know will become huge.  There’s no better feeling than having a director say, “I really liked that, let’s check the gate.”  For me the ultimate energizer is improvisation.  Being on stage in front of a live audience and not knowing what is going to happen… the only thing that comforts you and energizes you is the fact that the audience wants your best, and you’re surrounded by people you trust, admire and share the same sense of humor with.  That 30 minutes is like a shot of adrenaline that lasts for months.

 j: A bad script, a portable chalk board, a feather boa and 16 cans of coffee beans (1 of which is filled with beans excreted by the Asian Palm Civet): What will you make?

Eric: Oh Judy you make this far too easy!  The first thing that comes to mind is a British game show we would watch on PBS late night called “Russian Tea Roulette.”  Six of Great Britain’s most well-known socialites are gathered in a living room setting for a game of high stakes charades. They’re split into teams of two and begin playing a double elimination structure. The camera continually cuts away from the game to an English butler brewing four cups of Earl Grey and three cups of coffee, one of them being the “special blend.”  It’s a game of nerves as both members of the losing team must choose one of the three cups of coffee in hopes of avoiding the unpleasant aftertaste while the winners look on enjoying tea and freshly baked scones.

Mmmm scones.

~~~~~~~~~~

Now it’s your turn. Here’s Eric’s question for you:

What’s the one thing in your life that you love, you use daily, you take for granted and would be crushed if it were gone tomorrow?

Answer in the comments section (or just say hello), by Friday, December 7th, and Eric will pick one commenter to win a $100 gift card to www.Kiva.org, an organization dedicated to alleviating poverty around the world. (I’m totally giddy about this giveaway. It’s huge! It’s Eric’s idea and his funding. Not only is he smart, funny and badass, he’s fantastically generous. Go to Kiva and check it out.) The winner will have his or her choice to  fund any micro-loan(s) they deem worthy!

Seriously, how cool is that? (Tell me in a comment, so you have a chance to win!)

***UPDATE***

Congratulations, Whoa-Mary, who won the Kiva gift card (and has already used it to fund projects)!

******

, , , ,

58 Responses to The Creativity Interviews: Actor, Eric Naroyan

  1. Stephanie at Visible and Real November 30, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Again, Hooray! I think this is an awesome giveaway. :)

    One thing I use daily, take for granted, and would be crushed if it were taken away is easily my education. I am an insatiably curious person and my time in education has shaped my life dramatically. Without it, my life would be drastically different.

    • j November 30, 2012 at 6:54 am #

      Stephanie, Thank you for jumping back in! <3 I was a little nervous about landing in inboxes two times.

      That is such a great answer. I went to college and got my degree in my 30s, and I feel the same way about what I learned and the whole experience of going.

      • Stephanie at Visible and Real November 30, 2012 at 9:12 am #

        No worries :) It’s a fantastic contest; I was happy to come back (this time with a more thoughtful response *smiles*)

        I’m in my 30s and pursuing my second masters, with consideration of going forward. Education is just… so vital both to my curiosity and overall well-being. (And not just traditional education, either, though I have spent most of my life there. I recognize it’s not for everyone. But, learning, period? Cannot live without it.)

        • j November 30, 2012 at 9:17 am #

          Agreed. I recently told someone that if they paid people to be professional students, I’d be in – traditional and otherwise. The more I learn the more I realize I have to learn,

  2. j November 30, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    I have two questions for Eric that I didn’t get a chance to ask before the interview went up. 1) what does it mean when a director says, “let’s check the gate,” and 2) what are “under-fives”?

    • Eric November 30, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      “Check the gate” is a bit of a misnomer in this day and age of digital cameras. It’s literal meaning is to remove the lens of the camera and check on the opening where the film is exposed to light. The director wants to make sure the scene was captured on the film before “moving on” to the next scene and set-up. The phrase is still used with digital technology, but it’s really just a “playback” to make sure they have the scene locked.

      An “under-five” describes a role that has (typically) under five lines of dialogue. Some of my favorite scenes include actors that can truly nail this…they’re not trying to steal the show, but rather add to and move the story along. Check out the phenomenal under-fives in “No Country For Old Men”.

      • j November 30, 2012 at 11:03 am #

        I agree. In fact some of the best scenes actors do involve no lines at all. I’m always amazed by what can be conveyed in an expression, in body language, in movement.

        • lunajune November 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

          oh yes I totally agree I love it when someone walks in doesn’t say a word but changes everyone in the rooms energy

          • j November 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

            I need to learn how to do that. :)

  3. Joy Montgomery November 30, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Answering Eric’s new question – What’s the one thing in your life that you love, you use daily, you take for granted and would be crushed if it were gone tomorrow?
    My happy memories of a life filled with family time. Oh – too late. They have all been poisoned by a grandson who received more love, more time, and more financial support than any of the others and then said his father, step mother, brother and I are not welcome in his life any more and I will never see my great grandchildren again. Every family memory now turns to pain when the good memories of him enter into the picture. It’s what woke me up at 4:00 this morning and what interrupts every night of sleep.

    • j November 30, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      I’m so sorry, Joy. That’s terrible. I hope time will soften his stand on that. Family relationships are so hard, packed with history as they are. Sending you love and hopes for a change of heart. xo

      • Joy Montgomery November 30, 2012 at 9:16 am #

        a billion years?!

  4. Pam November 30, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    The one thing I use daily is a category of things, really: pens. I would be crushed if pens were gone. I suppose I could make do with pencils, but — crushed.

    • Joy Montgomery November 30, 2012 at 8:33 am #

      Pam – Have you seen those big cannisters of colored pencils? They are possibly the most tempting thing in the office stores. There are so many more colors that there are in pens.

      • Pam November 30, 2012 at 9:23 am #

        No disrespect to colored pencils! I love them, too. However, it’s good for me to be unable to erase. Somehow it makes me bolder. With pencils I erase about as much as I draw. :p

        • Joy Montgomery November 30, 2012 at 9:38 am #

          the colored pencils I have don’t have erasers so it never occurred to me to erase anything.

          • Pam November 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

            It may be that I’m a trifle eraser-happy. *covers up 1/2 of the erasers with a pile of paper* …Nothing to see here.

    • j November 30, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      Me too! I went to an art store last week and the guy there told me Sharpies fade over time. (Good thing I’ve been scanning.) So I got one black Micron pen and I LOVE it. I will have to slowly replace my one gazillion colored Sharpies, so that my works of doodly art can be dug up by archeologists a billion years from now.

      I don’t ask for much.

      • Pam November 30, 2012 at 9:25 am #

        *Picturing Cornelius from Planet of the Apes contemplating your doodles*

        • j November 30, 2012 at 11:04 am #

          “Click! jcw LIKES this.” ;)

  5. Whoa_Mary November 30, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    What a lovely interview, very pleased to meet you Eric! I too love to people watch for inspiration when trying to figure out a character. Coffee shops and small cafes are wonderful places for that.

    As to your question, I could not think of any material thing that I could not do without. However, I was faced with a temporary loss of something essential this week and it upset my entire day. My water was shut off on Wednesday morning to make some repairs in the building. I could do nothing that I planned to do that day, no cooking, cleaning or laundry. Not that I minded going out to breakfast. It just would have been nice to have a shower first. It made me consider those who were caught without recently from the hurricane or really from any natural disaster. Water is essential. For me it was merely a morning’s inconvenience, but for many others it could mean their life. So I will go with water.

    • j November 30, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      Yes! Water! (Which I think is an increasingly at-risk resource.)

      I was thinking about this question while watching the rain this morning. (It’s pouring here In California-land-of-the-sun.) And I thought, “Windows. I love windows, use them every day, take them for granted, and would be crushed if they went away.”

      It’s an interesting question the more thought I give it.

  6. Tricia November 30, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    On first thought, I came up with coffee but decided I should go deeper because having ones life dependent solely on coffee sounds too shallow. So I’ll pretend I’m not shallow and say my senses, vision and hearing in particular. I would hate to be blind and I’m losing my hearing at a rapid rate and would hate for that to disappear entirely. I take for granted more the vision since there’s no real threat of losing it.

    • j November 30, 2012 at 11:09 am #

      You probably don’t take your hearing for granted. I find that when I get sick or injured, I suddenly realize how “for granted” I take my body, health, and relative pain-free status.

      I like how this is turning into a “what am I insanely grateful for” post for me. (I am, shallow or not, insanely grateful for coffee.)

      • Whoa_Mary December 1, 2012 at 7:19 am #

        Exactly! I thought about that too after losing the use of my right arm for 3+ months, but I did adapt to that. I no longer take my health for granted. The minor pain that continues from the injury serves as a reminder.

  7. Christa Gallopoulos (@carryitforward) November 30, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Ah, this was a direct hit. The thing I would love and have been totally taking for granted and would be more than crushed to lose is my creativity. I’ve kept it under wraps for far too long, and just this week decided to take two months to reverse the ratio and put art first – a sabbatical of sorts.

    Thanks for this, Eric and Judy – what a brilliant confirmation that I’m on the right track…

    • j November 30, 2012 at 11:11 am #

      Well now that I’ve seen what you can do with pens and homemade paper (I’m so going to try that!), I absolutely think your creativity needs to be let loose on the world, woman, in all its glorious forms!

  8. Christie November 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Love this interview! I think I would be crushed if books, real live paper books were gone tomorrow. I use them everyday, I love them, can’t live without them and probably take them for granted (like when I grab for my cookbooks).

    • j November 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

      Thank you, Christie! xo

      And yes, me too. Crushed. (Although my mom loves the Kindle I bought her for her birthday.)

  9. Michael November 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Gena and I were talking about this, sort of, the other day. Our question ran more along the lines of “body or mind, which could you handle being incapacitated to some great degree?” We both said body. I could live great adventures in my head though sitting in a wheelchair, but not being able to think, to communicate, to dissect and discuss… well, that would make life hard to like. So I’d have to say my mind.

    But then, we were talking about this, so I’m not sure I take it for granted at all. I suck at this game…

    Great interview, J, and Eric, thanks, for the interview and the giveaway. That’s an amazing cause to support.

    • j November 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

      I’ve thought of that many times. I had an uncle who spent his final years in an ALZ haze (which, at times, is SO scary). His wife spent the end of her life totally unable to get out of bed, but still sharp. The bad part was that she was resentful of having to have full-time nursing home care and she was lonely. We couldn’t be there often enough.

      So, I never could decide which was harder. But I think I lean the same way you and Gena do.

      Thanks for hopping over, Michael.

  10. lunajune November 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    fabulous interview J and Eric… kids oh they are the best
    I’m a serious people watcher…. and energy reader.. helps with my work in the clinic..
    on to the question….
    so many things really… but if I had to pick one
    my car….mainly because I’m never going back to public transportation.. hell I gave this city 36 years of my money and time standing on corners freezing my ass off being squished like a sardine… but I must say… that I got soo much more reading done on the subways then driving LOL and people watching, I wrote some wild stuff while riding across the city…

    • j November 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      I thought of my car too. I didn’t think of all the stories that might await me if I suddenly had to rely on public transportation. … Bright side? :)

  11. Eric November 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Some of these replies are seriously “deep”! I don’t even want to imagine losing my eyesight, family, or water….I did just lose my car (well ok, they towed away what was left of it), and I’ve lost a pen that was very sentimental to me…My education…hmmm, some of my best memories are from college…Books! What would I have done as an eight year old without “Encyclopedia Brown” or “Curious George”?

    • j December 1, 2012 at 10:54 am #

      I think at 8 years old, I was going through my Nancy Drew period. Yes. Too sad (and too looming) to contemplate the loss of physical books.

  12. Clare Flourish December 1, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    Answering the earlier question: as a lesbian, I find none of them attractive for screwing, so I suppose Freddo to screw, though I would need a gun to shoot him in the head if he just got too revolting.

    Yes. Mmm. It does alter the tone from your normal. More fitting for http://takeabite10.wordpress.com/ whom I also follow, and value, though for different reasons.

    What would I miss? The nightly telephone conversation I have had with a friend for nearly ten years. And just being aware stops me taking it for granted so much. Thank you for the question.

    • j December 1, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      Ha! Anyone who doesn’t subscribe is going to wonder what the hell you’re talking about with Fredo. :) I have a friend who wrote to me in email to answer the question. Her answer was hilarious and ended with her buying all three brothers some much needed therapy. And she’s never seen the Godfather.

      “Leave the gun, take the cannoli” is one of my all-time favorite movie lines. (I need to do a post asking for all-time favorite movie lines sometime…

      That’s really cool that you’ve had a nightly telephone conversation with the same person for 10 years. What a wide ranging conversation that must be.

    • Eric December 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

      “I know it was you Fredo!” I’m amazed that you’ve had nightly calls for nearly 10 years…I’m actually a little jealous. I may talk to my close friends or even my brother once a week.

  13. Becky December 2, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    I had my answer to the first question all ready… except it would be just Vincent Corleone (and he wasn’t an option) and there would be fireworks and rainbows and doves being released. This might have more to do with Andy Garcia than Vincent Corleone. [[swoon]]

    Great interview — Eric, is that come hither look the one you walk around with? If so… I bet lots of people follow you around with hearts pulsing out of their eyes. :-)

    Okay… what I can’t live without, keeping it light, —
    my vacuum.
    I realize this is my answer to many questions but, still, my vacuum. I use it several times a day. I mean think about it, you can clean everything in your house with a little water and a rag — you could live with windex and pledge and lysol. But how can you suck all that dog hair up without a huge sucker? Wait… that’s not right.
    The vacuum is irreplaceable… think about it!

    • Eric December 2, 2012 at 10:53 am #

      The vacuum…Never in a million years would I see that answer coming. I’m guessing a Golden Retriever?

      “Come hither” HA!

    • j December 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

      I once did a Follow Friday for Eric that said people should follow him because he makes your Twitter feed pretty. :)

  14. Chris Edgar December 2, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    I like what he says about children — they’re definitely a huge source of inspiration for me as well. When I see them suddenly start running around or saying “things that don’t make sense,” I realize how much I’m like that in moments when I’m writing something I really think is valuable.

    • j December 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      I loved that too, Chris. I didn’t even think about how a child’s exuberance is kind of how it feels to be excited about your own art; that’s a great point. I liked Eric’s point about our “truth” and our “mask,” and how good actors can tap into both during a performance. Maybe writers do too.

  15. Nancy McGlothin December 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Anyone but Fredo…..and more seriously, it would be my ability to be grateful for things. It’s the gratitude that keeps me from taking things and people for granted. The other thing? I have to join several above, and it’s my Keurig. I need the morning coffee!

    xo

    • j December 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

      I love that answer – gratitude. And your Keurig answer reminds me not only that coffee is essential, but so is a sense of humor. I love mine. I use it every day as a means of survival, I take it for granted and I’d be crushed if it were gone. (Or, more likely, everyone around me would be crushed, because seriously… sometimes you just have to laugh.)

      Cheers, my friend! *clinks coffee cups*

  16. Nicci December 3, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Such a great interview.

    I definitely agree with Eric that kids have an unfiltered truth. It’s nice to be reminded of that and put in my place sometimes when my four-year-old shares his wisdom of the universe, in all of his inspiring & inspired glory. I’m going to now be that mom who shares what only a mom can find “so cute.”

    Yesterday, while out & about in my husband Chad’s hometown, he shows us the house his grandparents lived in.

    Chad: That’s where grandma & grandpa used to live, (points to the corner of the backyard deck) and that’s where I hit my head because I was running way too fast.
    Tristan (in his usual matter-of-fact manner): Oh, so why aren’t you dead?

    And in that same breath, while Chad & I are still guffawing, Tristan said, handing me a hot-pink plastic heart ring that he picked up somewhere, “Mommy, can you protect this b/c it is for the woman I am going to marry?”

    I don’t know if I’m jealous or scared for that woman, but I’ve got that ring locked up in my jewelry box for that momentous day. Won’t she be surprised when I finally present her with her wedding ring?!

    Upward & onwards. Regarding that one thing that I love & would be crushed if it were gone tomorrow…what a great question that I try not to ponder too much b/c I worry about choosing all the wrong things and overlooking the irreplaceable ones…I will have to highlight one of my obsessions: paper, more specifically writing paper with its multitude of beautifully equi-distant lines and light blue iridescence.

    Perhaps it’s because I’m a writer or perhaps it’s because I just love all those straight lines, but I do know that it breaks my heart to throw away any blank notebook paper. I don’t write on paper much anymore, so I don’t use it everyday but it still comforts me to see it sitting on my shelves with its edges turning yellow from exposure and non-use. In the spring, when I make time to clean things out, it’s still the one thing that I can’t bring myself to part with. Blank pages only. If it has been scribbled on, then “sayanora” is easier to say. When friends or family would throw it out, I would rescue them (and they should only go in the recycling bin if they are to be thrown out. I feel very strongly about that. It’s a karma thing. Perhaps it will return as a friend of mine!)

    And now you know a little stranger part of me. :-)

    • j December 3, 2012 at 9:28 am #

      Ha! I love hearing the stranger parts of people. Seriously. It’s almost impossible to give me too much information because it’s the strange, embarrassing, deeply held, often inexplicable idiosyncrasis that make people so freakin’ interesting to me!

      I feel the same way about notebooks. I love them. I almost never go back and read what I’ve written inside them, but I keep them. I like knowing they’re here… and I love the blank ones, just waiting for words, best of all.

      Oh, and your Tristan story? I suspect it’s cute even for non-moms. xo

  17. Annie Neugebauer (@AnnieNeugebauer) December 3, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Awesome interview! I love how many different types of creatives you get for these, J. And what a generous giveaway. Too cool.

    • j December 3, 2012 at 9:30 am #

      Thanks, Annie! I know a lot of writers and I love hearing their answers too, but it fascinates me to hear about other creatives. I also find it reassuring somehow how alike our processes are, even when our art is very different.

  18. teresa zm December 6, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    My answer is: my body. I use and abuse it, but cannot imagine not having it work. I need to take better care of it, for sure.

    • j December 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      I know. With all we’ve got going on in life and in our heads, it’s hard to remember to listen to our bodies. And then be nice to them.

  19. Lana December 6, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Such a great interview!

    I would HATE to lose my sense of humor – it keeps me (mostly) sane. I have a well-developed sense of the ridiculous, so I can see the humor in almost everything. This has NOT made me exceptionally popular with serious-minded folks who are concerned with the BIG Issues, but on the upside, I’ve never been arrested for assault and battery.

    Eric, you are so right about children! They absolutely live in the moment and move through emotions like a weather front. They have that Brother/Sister from Another Planet outlook that consistently delights me.

    When my now 9-year-old granddaughter Lyra was 4, we were on the patio, moon-gazing:

    Me: Isn’t that full moon beautiful?

    Lyra: Ooh, Nana – it looks just like a firefly’s bottom.

    • Lana December 6, 2012 at 10:25 am #

      Clarification: I wasn’t specific enough in my response above. Please know that I DO NOT see humor in violence, abuse, hunger etc. I am referring to self-important blowhards, the thought police, etc.

      • j December 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

        I never, for a minute, thought you were talking about finding those kind of big issues funny! That said, injecting our everyday seriousness with some well placed humor… THANK YOU. (Eric does that too, regularly, on Twitter.)

        LOVE your granddaughter story! xo

  20. ej December 6, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    I love this dialogue! To answer Eric’s question, I’d have to say laughter. If I go through an entire day without laughing once, I am non-functional, subhuman. In fact, I think I’ve laughed even on my darkest days, even when someone I love has left. I have the great good fortune to spend a lot of time with teenagers (my daughter is one, and her friends like me), and they make me laugh like no one else or nothing else can (except maybe my daughter’s dad, even though we no longer live together). Laughter is healing. Laughter is magical. Laughter is contagious.

    This past summer, my part of Ohio was hit by that strange “derecho” storm, and I was without power for 10 days. So I did without a lot of things I normally take for granted. I didn’t miss any of them. And I laughed. A lot.

    • j December 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      I love that last paragraph. Amazing what we can actually do without, huh? And The Boy (who is the same age as your girl, I think) cracks me up all the time. Last night, at a dinner hosted by the college he wants to attend, he leaned over and made a joke about something. I said, “You crack me up. I’ll miss that when you’re gone.”

      He said, “No you won’t. I’ll crack you up by text.” (Yay!)

  21. jb December 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Fun question! I’ll play…

    The one thing in my life that I love, use daily, take for granted and would be crushed if it were gone tomorrow is:

    a) My eyesight. Now that it’s going, I miss it dearly. Doctors say it happens at “this age”. I say, “it’s not the age, it’s the mileage…”
    b) Multiple pairs of inexpensive reading glasses that I keep any place I might want to read because I usually forget there’s a pair on top of my head.
    c) My Bic 4-color pen. Because I think in at least 4 colors every day and having them all in one pen is a brilliant, efficient idea. Plus, it’s instant entertainment for small children stuck in long lines (“Wanna draw… with 4 colors?” The answer is always “YES!”) It’s the closest I get to having Mary Poppins’ magical purse.

    Okay, so technically, that was three things. But until someone invents inexpensive reading glasses that are also 4-color pens, it will have to do.

    Thanks for asking!

    • j December 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

      “because I usually forget there’s a pair on top of my head” made me laugh.

      And I totally approve of the 3-item-list answer!

Share your thoughts...

Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On InstagramVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On Youtube