1. March is National Women's History Month. In that vein, who are three women who've been influential in your life? How so?
The first two are easy: my mother and my wife. Any words I would offer would be inadequate to describe how they continuously act on my behalf to make me a better person.
The third ... is more difficult to pick. Perhaps I will go "old school" and pick Ada Lovelace, without whom I probably wouldn't have a job.
Honestly, I can't think of a single way.
Hope. In so many areas of my life, I feel like I'm going through the motions because that's what I'm supposed to be doing. I'd like to have some sort of vision of the future that motivates me to keep doing this (or change doing this) because of what's coming as a result.
It took me a while to think about this, because I don't know that I have an active collection. But I do collect pathtags, which are a form of tradeable souvenirs popular in the geocaching community. (Aside: I really need to make a set of my own and start giving back.)
In the past, I had some collections. My mother had helped me develop a collection of Charlie Brown comic books ... alas, I lost most of them in a basement water accident a few years ago. I have a collection of pennants which were my souvenirs of choice from amusement park visits as a kid. More recently, I was collecting small stuffed bears with state names on them, as souvenirs for my daughter when I went on business trips; alas, they no longer seem to make those bears.
Probably stripes. I'm not terribly splashy when it comes to clothing style.
Studious, to a fault ... even to the point of being socially awkward.
Two more weeks left in the term. Hoping I can get through it ... I am so burned out right now ...