Friday, January 10, 2014

Proust Questionnaire: Jeannie

To get to know our bloggers better, we're doing the Proust Questionnaire, a form of interview created by Marcel Proust and popularized by Vanity Fair. We hope you enjoy this fun series. Meet new 2014 blogger, Jeannie Ewing!

Proust Questionnaire: Jeannie
  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Being in Heaven
  2. What is your greatest fear?  The unknown 
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Just one?  Perfectionism, but I also struggle with pride, interrupting, getting depressed too easily and speaking before thinking.
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?  Lack of honesty, wishy-washiness, no authenticity.
  5. Which living person do you most admire?  Pope Francis by far - he is such a pontiff for our times; I love the photos of him cradling the young boy with cerebral palsy in his arms and holding the man with NF in his hands.  He makes eye contact with them and shows great love.
  6. What is your greatest extravagance?  Not sure, as we don't live extravagantly.  Probably buying nice wines and expensive cheeses on occasion.
  7. What is your current state of mind?  Trying to live in the present moment instead of regretting the past or fretting over the future.
  8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?  I don't think any virtues are overrated, because so few people practice virtue in our society and era.
  9. What do you most dislike about your appearance? The residual belly fat from having had my c-section.
  10. What is the quality you most like in a man?  Honesty, hardworking, dependable, someone who is a spiritual leader and a provider and protector of the family (like my husband).
  11. What is the quality you most like in a woman? To be modest, to carry herself like a lady and have strength of character.
  12. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  "It is what it is."
  13. What or who is the greatest love of your life?  God and Our Lady.  After that it would be my husband and two girls.
  14. When and where were you happiest?  On our wedding day - I told my parents it was like I hope Heaven will be for me someday, because I was surrounded by all of the people whom I loved the most and who shared the joy of our day.
  15. Which talent would you most like to have? To sew
  16. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To be less crabby and impatient when I am overtired or exhausted.
  17. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Probably being a mother; though I have a bachelor's and master's degree, I would say being a parent trumps any sort of career or post-secondary achievement by far for me.
  18. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? I don't believe in reincarnation.
  19. Where would you most like to live? IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS.  It's my dream to wake up and see the sunrise over the ethereal Smokies, to sip my tea and have breakfast, to thank God for a new day and start with that fresh mountain air and peace and quiet!
  20. What is your most treasured possession? I try not to treasure possessions, but I would say the item that means the most to me is my engagement ring.
  21. What is your favorite occupation?  Mother
  22. What is your most marked characteristic? Zeal or passion
  23. What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty, honesty, authenticity, dependability
  24. Who are your favorite writers? Matthew Kelly if we are talking about reading more than one book by the same author; otherwise, though I am a bookworm and read at least a book a week. I prefer mainly spiritual reading or books about parenthood.  I like non-fiction but can't say I've stuck with one author on multiple books.  I just pick what strikes me at the time.
  25. Who is your hero of fiction?  I don't get into fiction.
  26. Which historical figure do you most identify with?  Probably St. Joan of Arc; though she is my namesake, she also was young and considered too much of a child to lead her country to victory.  She didn't care what other people thought of her and listened to God, following Him even when she didn't understand what He was leading her to or why.  She was brave.  
  27. Who are your heroes in real life?  My parents - they have sacrificed an entire lifetime of dreams to ensure that I would have the comforts of this life, and they continue to go above and beyond in helping us with our family now.
  28. What are your favorite names?  I like strong and traditional names for boys, like Michael or Joseph or Christopher.  For girls I like elegant names like Isabella or Felicity (our older daughter's name).
  29. What is it that you most dislike? I dislike duplicity - in myself and others.
  30. What is your greatest regret? Not having paid off my student loans right out of grad school.
  31. How would you like to die? Surrounded by my family and clutching my rosary.
  32. What is your motto? "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.  Live your life in such a manner that, when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."

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