Kristen Baldwin and I connected on Twitter over – what else – our mutual enjoyment of TV. Yeah, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette included.
Her excuse is that she’s Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo TV (after an impressive nineteen-year run at Entertainment Weekly).
Me? I have no excuse. Let me just sit here for a minute imagining what it’s like to get paid to watch TV.
Don’t miss Kristen’s answer to the question about a new question. It’s terrific.
OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest
@KristenGBaldwin: I met my husband on match.com. The only way to survive online dating is to have very strict rules about the people you respond to/email, and these were mine: His profile had to be funny. It could not contain any spelling or grammatical errors. It could not include the phrases “I enjoy all the city has to offer” or “My friends say I have a great sense of humor.”
My future husband’s profile made me laugh, was charmingly self-deprecating, and included this unexpected bit of trivia: “My life was once saved by the Heimlich maneuver.” We’ve been married since 2005. I am a very lucky woman.
OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)
OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends
@KristenGBaldwin: Humor, loyalty, willingness to make and laugh at extremely inappropriate/ill-conceived jokes.
OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness
@KristenGBaldwin: Watching a DVR’d episode of Nashville while my husband reads the Economist on the couch next to me.
OneChicklette: Your idea of misery
@KristenGBaldwin: A cross-country flight with my very active four-and-a-half-year-old.
OneChicklette: Your favorite fictional character
From literature: Clyde Griffiths from An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser. His life is destroyed by an unrelenting desire to climb above his station and get more than he actually needs. I love a good cautionary tale.
From TV: Monica Gellar, Friends. She’s my soul mate in Type-A control freakery.
From the movies: That guy from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off who says “I weep for the future.”
OneChicklette: Your favorite thing to eat, and also to drink
Savory: Large pizza with artichoke hearts from Pizza Plus on 9th Avenue.
Sweet: Peanut butter mixed with chocolate chips, straight from the jar. (This snack is why I tried to start a tumblr called foodshame.tumblr.com, but the name was taken.)
OneChicklette: that’s tragic. The current foodshame.tumblr.com is garbage.
To drink: Canada Dry Diet Ginger Ale.
OneChicklette: Five tangible things you can’t live without
@KristenGBaldwin: No. 1 and 2: Husband and child. But if we’re not counting people: My TV, my computer, Chap Stick (preferably strawberry), Purell (New York is a cesspool, you guys), and my Virgo necklace.
OneChicklette: What’s the number one item on your bucket list? (question via @SaraLang)
@KristenGBaldwin: Three-week trip to Australia.
@OneChicklette: Who do you know via social media that you’re dying to meet in real life? (this question came via @Tammy)
@OneChicklette: Naturally. He’s on my list too even though I’d be a little scared to see things through.
@OneChicklette: How many days do you think you would you go without speaking a single word, if you were being paid $100,000 a day for every consecutive day you didn’t speak? (this amazing question came via @BrianSpaeth)
@KristenGBaldwin: Twenty minutes. Would that earn me $1,380? (I have no idea if I did that math right.)
OneChicklette: via @AndiLavs What was the last kind thing you did?
@KristenGBaldwin: Took the kid to McDonald’s so my husband could sleep in.
OneChicklette: A question I should ask the next participant
@KristenGBaldwin: If you had to relive one year of your life, which one would you choose and why?
OneChicklette: Random shout out
@KristenGBaldwin: Reductress.com is my new favorite website/Twitter feed. It’s a perfectly-executed satire of the insidious way women’s magazines undermine their readers’ confidence by creating problems for them and then pretending to solve them. Sometimes I feel like that website, created by Sarah Pappalardo, is reading my mind—especially when they publish headlines like “5 Ways to Keep Your Danskos from Cockblocking You.”