Tag, I'm it!

I was tagged by Yat-Yee Chong to answer these 19 questions. Why 19, I wonder?

1). If you have pets, do you see them as animals, or are they members of the family?
I have four cats. FOUR. This is really their house, and we're just lucky to live in it.

2). If you can have a dream come true, what would it be?
This is gonna sound cheesy to the nth degree... but it already is coming true.

3). What is the one thing most hated by you?
Ignorance and intolerance.

4). What would you do with a billion dollars?
Well, it wouldn't be much fun to be a billionaire if none of my family or friends were rich. So I'd spread it around. And give a lot to charity. And then I'd build my dream house by the beach somewhere. And I'd travel a lot. There are so many places I'd love to see.

5). What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?
The Princess Bride never fails to cheer me up!

6). Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
These are equally amazing experiences. I don't think I could choose (unless the person who loves me is a creepy psychopathic stalker – in which case, I choose the first one).

7). What is your bedtime routine?
Brush my teeth. Wash my face. Moisturize. Floss. Read until I'm sleepy.

8). If you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your partner?
We met in high school. He had a girlfriend. It was all very dramatic and angsty at the time.

9). If you could watch a creative person in the act of the creative process, who would it be?
I'd love to watch Lady Gaga write songs. What can I say, I'm a huge fan.

10). What kinds of books do you read?
Mostly fiction – thrillers, mainstream/literary, and lots of old and new Stephen King, with the occasional YA thrown in.

11). How would you see yourself in ten years time?
Hmmm. This is tough. I don't really have a ten-year plan.  I hope to still be happy, and still write (and publish) books, and still maintain close relationships with my family and friends. If all those things are true in ten years, I'd consider myself successful.

12). What's your fear?
Too many to list, but some of my weird little phobias can be found here.  My greatest fear would probably be dying and realizing I didn't live life to the fullest, and that I wasted time obsessing over the wrong things.

13). Would you give up all the junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to visit space?
So long as chocolate isn't considered a junk food, then hell yeah! (I hardly eat junk food, anyway.)

14). Would you rather be single and rich, or married and poor?
Phrased like this, neither one sounds enticing. What if I'm married, poor, and miserable? What if I'm single, rich, and miserable? But considering I am married, and we spent our earliest years barely getting by, I suppose I'd pick the latter.

15). What's the first thing you do when you wake up?
Check my BlackBerry. Pathetic, I know.

16). If you could change one thing about your spouse/partner, what would it be?
I plead the fifth on this! (He reads my blog.)

17). If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?
My mom almost named me Samantha, and I think I could pass for a Sam. What do you guys think?

18). Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?
Define horrible. But overall, I'm very forgiving. I don't quit people. Like, ever. (Which, I'm learning, isn't always a good thing.)

19). If you could only eat one thing for the next six months, what would it be?
You would think I'd say chocolate, but I would actually say bananas! That's the other food I eat almost every day. I love bananas. But wow, I'd be so malnourished!

And now, I'm required to tag four other bloggers:
C.N. Nevets at Nevets.QST
Jen Daiker at unedited
Monica B.W. at Love YA
Alexia Chamberlynn at The Life and Literary Pursuits of Alexia Chamberlynn

And here's the question I'd love everybody to take a shot at:

What would YOU do with a billion dollars?