1.) If you won the lottery, what would you do with your newfound wealth?
I'd build my own ice rink, buy a Zamboni for it, and then spend hours skating all over the ice and smoothing it out...and skating and smoothing...and skating and smothing...and skating and smoothing....
2.) If you were granted one wish, what would you wish for?
A teleporter. I can't claim that I ever had much patience for long trips, and my tolerance doesn't seem to have improved with age or parenthood.
3.) If you could visit any time, place, or person, when, where, or who would you visit?
With my teleporter, you mean? I think I'd take my family to Spain. I spent a term there in college and would love to go back with my husband and kids. Then we'd visit Portugal, because I've always wanted to see more of the country than the tarmac at the Lisbon airport. And then we would travel the world. (That's another great thing about a teleporter: you don't have to pay so much attention to things like airfares and visa requirements.)
4.) What's the worst job you've ever had?
I grew up in downeast Maine, and starting when I was 10 or so, my summer job was raking blueberries. A blueberry rake is shaped kind of like a big, metal dustpan with long tines on the leading edge. You push it into a group of blueberry bushes, so that the stems are between the tines, and when you pull it up and out, the tines strip the berries off the bushes. I'm not sure people actually rake blueberries anymore (I think most blueberries are now raked by mechanical harvesters), but it was dirty, backbreaking, hand-blistering work, and easily the worst job I've had. It wasn't without its good points, though: the surroundings were lovely (there are few places more beautiful than a Maine blueberry field on an August morning), and the work provided several of the "uphill both ways" stories with which I like to annoy my children.
5.) What do you enjoy doing the most with your free time?
It's difficult to pick a favorite free-time activity. Generally speaking, I have more favorite activities than free time, but I think my most favorite thing is to go for a long, long walk. I've been fortunate always to live in towns where there were lots of good places to walk, and in someways, the story of my life is the stroy of long walks---down quiet logging roads and noisy ciyy sidewalks, around ponds and factories, up New England mountains and Spanish steps. I can explore places on foot in a way that I really can't in a car, and I love the exercise, the fresh air, and the space to think.