The Questions with Betsy Madden: Birthday Twin & Bibliophile (pt. 2)

Birthday Twins!In the continuing celebration of our birthdays on 7/11, here are the next fifteen questions answered by my birthday twin Betsy, who wanted to answer The Questions in celebration. I didn’t force her, honest.

Come back tomorrow for the final fifteen. If you missed the first fifteen, please go read Part 1.

<— the birthday twins (me on left, Betsy on right) on our birthday before our birthday dinner. :)

The Questions, 16-30

16. Who inspires you?

People in my life inspire me for different reasons. Each member of my family and friends has attributes I admire: disciplined, hard-working, thoughtful, kind, creative, unselfish, persevering, motherly, generous, ambitious, tranquil, committed, and optimistic. I guess this is why I keep them around.

(dSavannah note: All of those are good reasons to hang on to someone. :) )

17. What is your biggest regret?

I wish I was one of those people who does not have any regrets. I, unfortunately, have many. My biggest regret is not finishing my Masters degree.

(dSavannah note: It’s never too late!)

18. Your work space: neat or messy?

Most of the time my work space is organized and neat. Sometimes, life causes my desk to be messy. When I am at work though, all papers, etc. are put into the desk so it is neat and orderly when I leave.

19. What is one of your pet peeves?

Only one pet peeve? OK. If I can only choose one then it would be inconsiderate people.

20. When did you know you wanted to be a writer/artist?

I am an accountant. I am not sure when I knew that is what I should be. I am still not sure. It just kind of happened, but my favorite Sesame Street character was The Count. See #8, too {in Part 1}. Maybe it was from the very beginning.

(dSavannah note: Oddly enough, in high school I thought I was going to be an accountant. Don’t ask me why. I still find it hilarious that I imagined doing that. Numbers and I don’t get along.)

21. What one place in the whole entire world would you never go, not for love or money?


22. Would you rather be lost in the forest, the desert, the ocean, or deep space?

Deep space. I’d be weightless.

(dSavannah note: Indeed.)

23. Where is your heart home and why?

My heart is home with my family and friends, but I feel most at home in TN. I just love the mountains, the people, and just the feel of the air.

24. If you could go back and give your 13-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?

Next year, you are going to meet a nice girl named Debbie. Make sure you get to know her better.

(dSavannah note: Good one! {BTW, dear readers, for those who don’t know, Debbie = me. That’s the “d” in “dSavannah”.})

24a. What about your 20-year-old self?

Get back in contact with Debbie. Oh yeah, save money and get Masters Degree.

24b. Your 30-year-old self?


24c. 4o?

Save money and get Masters Degree…..see a theme?

(dSavannah note: I sure do! And as I said above, it’s never too late!)

25. What causes/non-profits are near and dear to your heart? Why?

Being an animal lover, there are many organizations that are dear to me but especially ASCPA and The Humane Society.

(dSavannah note: Betsy’s kitty Tommy and my kitty Piper look like siblings. )

26. I wish I was rich enough to ____?

Buy all the books I want and build a huge library in my home.

(dSavannah note: *fist pump*)

27. What five words best describe you?

Thoughtful, generous, perfectionist, procrastinator, real. (My Mom said I should put “awesome”, but I think she is a little biased.)

(dSavannah note: She might be biased, but she’s also right.)

28. Lara Croft or Wonder Woman? Why?

I am going to be completely different and say neither. I am not a big fan of either one.

29. You have 24 hours left to live. How will you spend it?

Knowing me, I’d probably worry. I would want to go to all my favorite restaurants with my family and friends.

(dSavannah note: Ah yes. The worry gene runs strong in this one.)

29a. Turns out you heard the doctor wrong: you actually have 24 years left. How will you spend it?

I hope I still would get to spend it with family and friends. I guess it would be a wake up call to get more healthy.

30. What’s the most expensive crap you own that you can’t live without?

If I cannot live without it then is it really crap? I could not live without my contacts/glasses. I am blind as a bat! I don’t think they are crap though….neither is my computer, television, phone, etc. My hubby would probably say my book collection, but that is just because he thinks I am addicted to books.

(dSavannah note: And is there a problem with being addicted to books?!!?! Huh? Huh? BTW, I actually came up with this question cuz a writer friend ~ who also does filmmaking ~ used that phrase to describe a software program she uses. I found it to be funny.)


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8 Responses to The Questions with Betsy Madden: Birthday Twin & Bibliophile (pt. 2)

  1. Betsy says:

    Thanks again for letting me part of your blog. I am glad you see that there is nothing wrong with being addicted to books. No wonder we get along so well. ;) Love your comments! Thanks for making me sound much better than I am.

  2. Brandi says:

    I loved reading these! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s!! Now I’m kinda tweaked that I followed instructions…I’m such a sheep, eh?? But I found many more things in common with Betsy! Aside from you and our non-creativeness. :)

  3. Brandi says:

    Really?!?! Do you seriously want to unleash THAT mess on the world?? Ha!

  4. Brandi says:

    PS. What exactly is that avatar of me supposed to be??

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