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Monica Bielanko
A chronicle since 2005 of my marriage & move to Brooklyn in my twenties; becoming a mother in my thirties; moving to Pennsylvania and learning to amicably coparent after divorce in my forties while living 3 doors down from my ex-husband in a small country town.
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Tuesday
Jan242006

The Little Things (69, to be exact!)

Yeah, I hate these too. Thing is, you can learn a lot about folks by the little things.. So if you're inclined to wade through the insignificanly significant details of my life... read on... A few of my answers suprised even me..

1. What time did you get up this morning?
What time does Eyewitness News at Noon start?

2. Diamonds or pearls?
Don't care much for jewelry.. Seems to be a colassal waste. My wedding ring cost ten bucks at a mall kiosk. I don't want an upgrade.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Walk The Line.. I came away wanting someone to love me as bad as Johnny loved June and then it occured to me... he does.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Tough call. I was blown away by Six Feet Under, used to really dig Curb Your Enthusiasm.. Lately I've been into C.S.I, Cold Case, House.. all those crime solving hi-tech wonders.. Am so burned out on reality television..

5. What did you have for breakfast?
Seriously? This is embarrassing.. Cheese sauce and tortillas. I DID HAVE COFFEE THOUGH!

6. What is your middle name?
Danielle

7. What is your favorite food?
Sushi, Burritos, Nachos, Doritos and all those other O's...

8. What foods do you dislike?
Not much. I'll eat anything.. Yup, even that.

9. Your favorite Potato chip?
All those crazy English flavored crisps like Lobster and Firecracker and Roast Chicken...

10. What is your favorite CD at the moment?
Duh

11. What kind of car do you drive?
I own a Dodge Durango but my little brother drives it while I live in New York

14 Favorite drink?
Diet Coke

15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be?
Tough call cuz I've never been to Europe (Spain, Italy, France...) but at this point it feels like an obligation and I just need to get it done already. I'd rather go somewhere exotic like Bora Bora, Costa Rica, Vietnam or Hong Kong.. a place that would permanently change the way I view the world.

16.What color is your bathroom?
Small

17. Favorite brand of clothing?
Who fucking cares.. Ain't a brand girl.. Target jeans make my ass look good I'm buyin' 'em..

18.Where would you retire?
West Coast.. somewhere quaint and very green. Or in a cabin by a lake.. Trees are a must! Green, green, green!

19 Favorite time of day?
When the horizon has nearly swallowed the sun but night hasn't made her elegant presence known yet.

21. Favorite sport to watch?
Skiing

22. Who do you least expect to send this back?
Don't really care as I never do these things either.

23. Person you expect to send it back first?
See 22

24. What laundry detergent do you use?
I'm tempted to say Tide but I've been buying generic for a long while now.

25. Coke or Pepsi?
See 14

26. Are you a morning person or night owl?
Does noon to 3p. count as morning?

27. What size shoe do you wear?
I wear a size five but a six feels so good I wear a seven

28. Do you have pets?
Mad Max... Oh - and The Surge... good boy.

29. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with your friends?
A Utah newspaper may do an article about me

30. What (who) did you want to be when you were little?
Reporter/Writer

31. Favorite Candy Bar?
Twix

33. What are the different jobs you have had in your life?
Snack bar at a roller skating rink, telemarketer, K-Mart cashier, Orange Julius, Retirement Home, Home Health Aid, Graphics Artist, Associate Producer, Producer, Writer

34. Favorite season?
Autumn

35. Nicknames you've had?
Monique, Missy

36. Piercings?
Seven. Three in my left ear, two in my right, nose and navel... although I rarely wear earrings anymore and if I do I only wear one in each ear.

37. Eye color?
Blue

38. Ever been to Africa?
Nope

39. Ever been toilet papering?
Yes - dozens of times

40. Love someone so much it made you cry?
Every time

41. Been in a car accident?
Yup.. and I was stoned - but it wasn't my fault. So I had to stand there and fill out papers and exchange insurance info with police officers while on The Pot. Terrifying. I know, I shouldn't have been driving stoned.. save your lectures, I was young.

42. What's a question no one has ever asked you?
Will You Marry Me?

43. Favorite day of the week?
The day I don't work, The Surge and I rent a movie, cook tacos and stay in with Maxer

44. Favorite restaurant?
Ichiban sushi in Salt Lake City.. but anything Mexican will do in a pinch

45. Favorite flower?
Lily

46. Favorite ice cream?
Cookie Dough

47. Disney or Warner Brothers?
Um, I work for Disney.... but I love Bugs Bunny! Tough call.

48. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Subway

49. What color is your bedroom carpet?
Hardwood.. but the rug is a smooshy caramel colored number

50. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
Zero

51. Before this one, from whom did you get your last e-mail?
A woman called Liz

52. Which store would you choose to Max out your Credit Card?
I could never conceive of maxing out my credit card. I would have an anxiety attack and it wouldn't be pleasant.

53. What do you do most often when you are bored?
Eat

54. Bedtime
NEVER!

56. Last person you went to dinner with?
The Surge

57. Ford or Chevy?
Whatever.. Next question

58. What are you listening to right now?
ABC World News Tonight and Max snoring

59. What is your favorite color?
Purple

60. Lake, Ocean or River?
Lake.. Ocean's too salty and just too much.. River - nice to look at and listen to but you just can't swim in it. Lake works for everything, especially water skiing.

61. How many tattoos do you have?
One

62. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Don't care?

63. How many people are you sending this email to?
Anyone who reads this blog

64. Favorite Cocktail?
Hate liquor but I've been known to sip on a cosmopolitan

65. Red or White wine?
Neither

66. Where would you go for a girls or boys weekend get-a-way?
Realistically, Sugar Valley in Amish Country in PA... Dreamily, Lake Powell in Utah

67. What do you want to be?
A great wife and an excellent mother

68. Republican or Democrat?
Is there a difference?

69. Favorite Family Vacation?
Never went on one..

Reader Comments (25)

I get these on an occasion in my email. Some are fun, some are not.

But you haven't been to Virginia to have fun on the James River, Monica. You can swim, ski, boat, jet ski, fish and all that stuff. :) Spent younger childhood days there camping off the bank.

Lakes are nice just not many big one's here to explore things.

Enjoyed reading this though.

January 24, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterFiabug
How about we all fill this out and email them to Monica! Sorta like a little get to know ya!
LOL Just kidding! :)
I always fill them out honestly, but then I have to be careful who I send them to!
I LOVE VIRGINIA! I would love to live there. Not real crazy about Richmond, but the closer to the coast, I love it! Virginia Beach=Redneck Riviera! LOL
January 24, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Jen, love your idea. Can we all do ours and post them? I'm SUCH a geek!

I have a great one I made up a few years ago while bored at work...it's got questions like Fireman or Cop? and OJ - Framed or Guilty as Hell?
January 24, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterEDW
email it to me! LOL Sounds good
justjenn19782003@Yahoo.com
January 24, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJen

2. Diamonds or pearls?
Don't care much for jewelry.. Seems to be a colassal waste. My wedding ring cost ten bucks at a mall kiosk. I don't want an upgrade.

Awww, c'mon now Utah...I believe I saw you sporting a Tiffany and Co. necklace the first time I met you...ya gotta care "something" about it - as fashionable as you are?

Me on the other hand...that's what I do, so I LOVES me some jewelry dahling!!!
January 24, 2006 | Unregistered Commentertallchickbarbara
I am a Tiffany's wannabe girl! LOL I was looking on their website last night for rings for my b/f, hopefully a wedding ring! LOL
They have so many beautiful things on their website!
January 24, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Y'know.. I don't know what it is.. but I've never been a jewelry gal.. The Tiffany necklace was a gift from my best girlfriend Lisa.. I've just never been into jewelry.. which isn't to say I don't think it's beautiful. I just never really wanted any.
January 24, 2006 | Registered CommenterMonicaBielanko
Jewerly isn't much my thing either. I have never had my ears pierced ever.

Only thing I wear is one of those rubber bracelets that I got for donating $2.00 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
January 24, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterFiabug
I love jewelry! Which is not to say i have a lot of expensive jewelry. I'm into essential pieces. The stuff you love and you wear for any occassion. The perfect earrings, bracelet, ring for you.

For everyday I wear my wedding rings, a white gold ring my husband gave me and the diamond earrings I got for the trifecta of having my daughter, turning 30, and our 5 year anniversary. (It all happened in a matter of weeks.) I said i would wear them everyday if i got them, and I do- work, the park, out to dinner. I love them.
January 24, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterEDW
oh, #27 made me laugh out loud. Truvie! I've only seen Steel Magnolias about a million times. One of just a handful of movies my mom splurged and bought on VHS that my sister and I can quote verbatim. Don't get me started on When Harry Met Sally.

January 25, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
"Waiter... There is too much pepper in my poppycosh... pecan pie"..
January 25, 2006 | Registered CommenterMonicaBielanko
i always enjoy reading these things.

but i have to ask. you've never been on a family vacation?
January 25, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjoey
Totally got #27 and it made me smile. My mom and I constantly quote that movie!
January 25, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa
No vacation with my childhood family.. We could barely afford furniture for the house, let alone vacation. I did go to London earlier this year with The Surge... does that count?
January 25, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
"Pecan piiiiiiee... pecan piiiiie..." *said with a distracted look on face*
God I love that movie. The dialogue just sticks in your head. Nora Ephron wrote that one, right?
January 25, 2006 | Unregistered Commenteramanda b
Hmmm.. beg to differ on the family vacation thing. We went to Disneyland and huntington beach...oh yes we soooo did. And....your brother is NO LONGER driving your Dodge Durango. We need to talk.
January 25, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermama
Yum, twix.
January 25, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBrita
Disneyland, once. I forgot.
January 26, 2006 | Registered CommenterMonicaBielanko
Funny stuff. But seriously, your ring cost ten bucks? I admire that. It's about the promise and the love you share for one another.
The only piece of real jewelery I own is a pair of pearl earrings my brother and his wife gave me for Christmas. My favorite piece is a ring I bought in Amsterdam for $20 in 1994 that I have worn every day since I bought it. Love your blog by the way.
January 26, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterbettyonthebeach
yeah,ONCE.and of course you forgot
January 26, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermama
Disneyland? You forgot Disneyland? Shit - that's vacation! It's better than Colonial Williamsburg, that's for damn sure. And Dutch Wonderland. Eck.
January 26, 2006 | Unregistered Commentertallchickbarbara
Well of course Disneyland is better than Colonial Williamsburg. But still if your a history buff Colonial Williamsburg is good for something. I got to support my states tourist industry. ;)
January 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterFiabug
My dad was born in Norfolk, VA, so we've seen plenty of Virginia growing up. An Italian Family in Virginia...pretty funny. The thing is, we didn't get to go to Busch Gardens Williamsburg - we just walked down Duke of Glouscester street and took pictures in front of William and Mary. It sucked. Sucked sucked. Suckety sucked.

Mama...if I were on your vacation, I would have NEVER forgotten. I always told you you should've given Monica up instead of me! (weeps in hands).
January 26, 2006 | Unregistered Commentertallchickbarbara
I can never do these things. I'm too indecisive. Pepsi or Coke. Who can choose!
January 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBuffy
I told you once before my tallchickdaughter, come home to mama!!! We'll go to disneyland!!
January 27, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermama

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