Since it is August, it is also time for more questions from Luzia Pimpinella‘s five-questions-each-month-project. This month it is all about summer and vacation.
1. How often do you start a sentence with “When I was your age …”?
Not that often I believe. I hated that comparison when I was growing up and I sincerely hope that I use it very rarely – if at all – around my students.
2. Which has been the most stupid thing you have ever done?
I can right now think of quite a number of stupid things I did. But that makes me also realize that the internet doesn’t need to know everything about me. Let’s say I have done some big stupid things in my life, but so far everything has always turned out alright. On a much smaller scale: I really wanted to keep my coffee table when we moved together even though its corners are so pointed that I have always bruised my knees. Guess who has a very big bruise on her left knee once more?!
3. Are you always early, late or exactly on time?
Even better: I have learned to adapt to the cultures I live in. I can be early, late or on time depending on the situation. When I meet with fellow Germans, I try to be ten minutes early; when it comes to appointments in the U.S., I am exactly on time; when I meet Americans casually, I am late. My boyfriend (who is American) and I once turned up at a party right on time – which threw the hosts into a state of panic. Ever since we have timed to be late. For your general information: In Ireland and Turkey everybody is also fashionably late.
4. Who do you love to spend a day off with?
Canavar. He is my favorite being in the world to spend an absolutely relaxing day with. He never tires of cuddling or napping. I can talk as much as I want to and he only rarely feels like meowing at me to shut me up. If not my beloved cat, I love to spend days with my boyfriend and my best friends.
5. Which legendary party will stick in your memory?
There were several awesome wedding receptions from friends I attended. I loved dancing at Turkish weddings for hours. When it comes to parties in general, one of my favorites was the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party in Massachusetts four years ago. I enjoyed dressing up and meeting lovely people who love the 1920s as much as I do. More recently, I liked how well we succeeded when his sister and I threw my boyfriend a surprise birthday party last year. None of the about forty invited guests gave anything away and he really didn’t have a clue – he seriously thought we’d celebrate Canavar’s birthday with very few friends (okay, it wasn’t that absurd since I had done it before – loved that party, too!).