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Insomnia strikes our hapless heroine yet again. I stole this survey from dragolyn in these wee hours of the morn.

1. Hershey's Kisses: with or without almonds? As long as they aren't the gross ones with white chocolate, I'm happy. White chocolate candy kisses are just wrong. Because it's all a lie. A lie, I tell you! White chocolate isn't chocolate at all! But that's a rant for another day...

2. Wizard of Oz: Scarecrow or Tin Man? I always liked the Tin Man ... probably a precursor of my affection for Spike. I liked the idea of someone searching for his heart, since the very desire to search implied that he didn't need to look.

3. Meat eater or vegetarian? Ethically, I would prefer to be vegetarian, and I was for a couple of years, but I started having insatiable red meat cravings until I finally decided to just start eating meat again (after I'd tried about two dozen other things, including liquid iron, tons of protein, tons of tofu, etc.). Ironically, during the time that I was vegetarian, the (now) hubby learned to enjoy vegetarian dining, and now eats less meat than I do.

4. Buy books or borrow them? The library is a poor person's friend. However, if I have the money, I prefer to buy books, so that I'm supporting the authors I respect and admire.

5. At the bank: ATM or human teller? I don't generally go to the bank unless I'm having some sort of problem that requires a teller's help. I usually get money at the grocery store, instead.

6. Oil or gas (or other) heat? If I have my choice? Fireplace. :-) Our house was built in 1906, and many of the systems haven't been fully modernized. So our heating is slightly more modern than the house as a whole, but not impressively so. The whole house is heated by one gas-powered heater that sits under the floor in one corner of our living room, covered by a metal grate. The heat just rises to the second story of the house. I hope we'll someday have gas-powered central heating, because this is not the most effectively heated place I've ever lived.

7. Pen or pencil? I almost always use pen (preferably ballpoint with a fine tip and smooth flow of ink) unless I'm writing something that will most likely require an unusually large amount of revision ... then I use pencil. Also, when I'm doing proofreading work I, of course, use the traditional red pencil. My clients expect it.

8. Drive or use public transit? Public transit, baby! I love trains, especially. To get around my everyday life, I mostly walk or take the bus. I've never had a driver's license, and don't particularly expect that I'll ever need one.

9. Who IS James Bond: Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan (or any of the others in between)? Hrm. I've never read any of the Bond books (nor do I plan to ... not my cup of tea), and I've only seen a few of the films, so I'm probably not the best judge. But I must admit that I like Pierce Brosnan at his current age more than I liked Sean Connery during his Bond period. Sean Connery now, however, is hot hot hot. Some people just get sexier with age. I'm a big fan of both actors, actually.

10. Your ideal breakfast: full (bacon/sausage, eggs, pancakes, etc) or continental (bagels, muffins, fruit, cereal)? Oooooooh ... I adore breakfast food! My ideal breakfast would probably be the fluffy french toast with vanilla bean pastry cream I used to order at La Creme de la Creme in Oakland. Oh, but wait! The most incredible breakfast I've ever had was several years ago in Paris, on l'Ile de la Cite, in this small restaurant with a beautiful view of Notre Dame. An absolutely phenomenal omelette -- fluffy, but perfectly crisp on the outside -- with croissants and the most delicious hot chocolate in the entire universe. Yeah, that one wins. Hands down. My mouth is watering, just remembering. That would be my ideal breakfast, especially if the setting was taken into account. :-)

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