April 19, 2005

QUIZ! And 3 Questions with Ann Marie Michaels

It's a GCC day, and the book is...NON FICTION. *gasp* It's a cookbook...it's a cookbook that can get you DATES. This has to be the smartest concept book pitched since the "_______ for Dummies" series because it COMBINES two things EVERYONE likes...good food and making out. Now, there are BAD ways to combine food and making out---remember that Seinfeld episode where George had a GIANT HOAGIE SANDWICH secreted in the comforter of his girlfriend's bed? OH! THAT GEORGE! That's BAD. But then remember Mickey Rourke feeding a blindfolded Kim Bassinger delicious mystery foods on the floor of the kitchen, back before Mickey Rourke got SO SO SPOOKY LOOKING? That was GOOD. It was ESPECIALLY good because in a sense, Mickey Rourke FIXED THE DINNER, and speaking as a married lady with two little kids, the ONLY thing hotter than a man who cooks for you is a man who does LAUNDRY.

Perhaps the sequel to COOKING TO HOOK UP can be PROPERLY BLEACHING WHITES TO GET ENGAGED...ANYWAY, the book works like this. You figure out what TYPE of girl she is, and then the book tells you the perfect date, beginning to end, WITH RECIPES. With DELICIOUS but not IMPOSSIBLE menus. The recipes do not require a tart pan, a blow-torch, and the direct intervention of the hand of God to come out decent. These are more like, DO-ABLE recipes produce dishes that taste wonderful and look sophisticated (or homey, or daring, or macrobiotic, depending on the girl's type.) It's a GREAT gift book, I think.

BUT, you ask, how do you know a girl's type. Elementary, dearest Watson. You take a QUIZ. They have two versions, one a girl can take to find her own type, and one for a guy to take with a potential date in mind. ANYWAY go take it. I DID!!!!!!! I love quizzes, I really do. I remember this new women's magazine came out about ten years ago, and I ADORED it because it was (of course) mostly articles about lip gloss and fornication, BUT! It had like 4 quizzes an issue. What kind of kisser are you? Are you too needy? Are you ready to settle down? I took 'em all, and then the mag changed its format and started interspersing its lip gloss and fornication articles with LONG starry-eyed pieces about civil rights in third world countries WHICH, okay, good, I am FOR civil rights, I DO realize there is OPPRESSION and horror in the world, and it's good to be educated and and put your money and time into making the world a better place...but. I do not wish to see pictures of the ravages of leprosy between an article entitled DARE TO GO BARE: THE NEW SPRING SANDALS and another called MAKE HIM GO CRAZY: TEN NEW LOVE TRICKS FROM ACTUAL WHORES.

SO ANYWAY, take the quiz! And then come back here to see what Ann Marie Michaels has to say about the book...also, if you are a guy, take it with a specific girl in mind. AND, if you are a girl, YOU MUST tell me what kind of girl it SAID you were, and if that is a accurate assessment, and what kind you WISH you were, and how many times you had to take the quiz before it would say you ARE the kind you wanted to be. NOT THAT I DID THAT OR ANYTHING. But I bet YOU did.

Me: No matter how many times I took the test trying to make it say I was an Academic (read: big smarty-pants) girl or at least an Indie (read: cool) girl, the dern thing insists I am The Girl Next Door. AND OKAY, yeah, I can see that. DERNIT. What kind of girl are you? And would the menu/date recomended for YOUR type work on you? In fact...has it? *wicked grin*

AMM: I'm a Gourmet/Indie hybrid. So for me, it's all about the food. If a guy is really into food and wine -- or at least goes to the trouble to learn about it, that is very impressive to me. Since I'm also Indie, I judge people on the music they listen to, the movies they watch, etc. Kinda like that guy in High Fidelity. (It's not that we are snobs, we just care more.) So if a guy plays Galaxie 500 while we are eating dinner -- or netflixes an indie film, something with subtitles -- that's big points. And yes, it has worked before. More than once. ;-)

Me: There's a section on making a bachelor pad "date-ready," including a list of things you need to GET. OUT. OF. THE. HOUSE. What about this book? Is a copy of this book "Date Safe?"

AMM: Absolutely. This book has made it's way around the blogs -- it's mostly women taking the quiz. And the feedback I've gotten from women is that they love it (mostly -- I've gotten some hatemail of course).

Me: You write this book with your ex-husband? Wow -- can you tell us about the experience of writing a book that is essentially about staging the perfect date with an ex?

AMM: Oh, we're good friends so it wasn't a problem. We had an amicable break-up. We got on each other's nerves every once in a while -- we had a 5-hour working limit. And most of the book was written independently -- we split it up and worked on our parts separately.

Posted by joshilyn at April 19, 2005 8:22 AM

It says I'm a hybrid of "Indie Girl" and "Progressive Girl". In reading the descriptions...yep...that's me. Except for that part in the Indie Girl description where they talk about referring to The Simpsons. I'd be much more likely to start a conversation "It's like that Buffy episode..." I'm just saying.

I read the othery type descriptions and didn't think any of them sounded like me, so I didn't bother to take the test again. But I WOULD have if I'd thought they were wrong!! :-)

Thanks Joss, that was fun. I LOVE quizzes!

Posted by: DebR at April 19, 2005 9:07 AM

Ok, it says I'm a hybrid of progressive girl/girl next door. I don't know where it's getting the progressive part - I'm the LEAST progressive person I know. The description raised every hair on my ultra-conservative hackles. Girl next door, on the other hand, sounds just like me. So I'm ok with that.

I think I'll make Kevin take this later to see if he "gets me!" Is it sad if I tell you I doubt it? Oh well - he does dishes AND laundry so I'm hot for him anyway! *grin*

Posted by: Amy at April 19, 2005 9:22 AM

I'm a progressive girl.

I think it was pretty accurate. The picture associated with it looks like me, only thinner and a little chic-cer looking. I wear jeans and walk the dog pretty much every day, which is what that progressive girl was doing, and the description sounded a lot like me.

Posted by: corrie at April 19, 2005 9:24 AM

I'm a hybrid of progressive girl/girl next door.. I don't think I sound like ANY of the girls! Although I'd really like to be Athletic Girl... but that would mean... like... exercising more.

Posted by: Heather McCutcheon at April 19, 2005 10:31 AM

I'm a progressive girl, too. I think it was mostly accurate, although when I read the descriptions I can see dashes of me in Indie Girl and Academic Girl. BTW, my husband cooks and does laundry, and you're right, that's HOT.

Posted by: Aimee at April 19, 2005 10:58 AM

It says I'm a hybrid of progressive/girl next door, the latter being more accurate. I guess if I had to define myself I'd be a "mutt", a bit of all of them. By the way, got the book in the mail yesterday, can't wait to start it.

Posted by: Peek at April 19, 2005 11:10 AM

I'm an Academic Girl.

No way was I taking the quiz again! It might say I'm something else. I {heart} books!

Now...how to talk my husband into replacing my Dodge Caravan with a Volvo...

Posted by: Katrina at April 19, 2005 11:18 AM

I found that I had two good answers to several questions, so I took the quiz twice. ;> I came up as Academic Girl the first time, and Granola Girl the second. I have to say, I'm sooo the Academic Girl. Granola Girl makes too many assumptions about people who choose an organic environmentally friendly life - like that we are all vegetarians. I'm not. I have a mostly organic garden, and I compost, but if I didn't live in the city I'd have a hive of bees for local honey (and to pollinate my garden) and free range chickens for eggs and to eat the bugs in my garden. So there you go. Me as a Granola Girl is pretty accurate, but I thought the description was wrong.

Posted by: Christina at April 19, 2005 12:37 PM

Hey, cool, it says I'm an Indie Girl. I like that. Then I took the quiz *pretending* to be Patrick. (Is that so wrong?) So in that case I'm a Progressive Girl. I sent it to him -- we'll see what *he* thinks I am.

Even sexier than a man who does dishes or laundry is a man who cooks *with* you -- and watching him cradle his son brings tears to my eyes. The nice booty and smile and fat paycheck and ability to sprint around the bases are just cake.

Posted by: Julia at April 19, 2005 12:39 PM

Holy cats, I'm pure Girl Next Door. I sort of got a hint when my dream date was the baseball game and the hamburgers, and my fabric was denim, but still, what a comedown after a lifetime of thinking of myself as sophosticated and and progressive! I GUESS it's okay, seeing as how I get to eat cookies and drink coffee and listen to the cat purr....wait. I do that anyway.

Posted by: Jill K at April 19, 2005 3:01 PM

I'm the girl next door. And I actually drive a Chevy Cavalier.

Posted by: SChance at April 19, 2005 4:49 PM

Well, I came up Academic Girl/Progressive Girl. I am not sure that fits me totally. I hope I am not all smarts with no fun. Ya know?

Posted by: Heather at April 19, 2005 10:38 PM

Hey Ms Josilyn -- a combo of progressive girl and indie girl. think i should send this to the wife?

Posted by: debra at April 20, 2005 12:22 AM

I am so Indie Girl! (Which might surprise my colleagues and students, who surely think I am Academic Girl?) I esp. liked the Velvet Underground question--that's a very smart and fun questionnaire. Nice blog, too, BTW; I'm looking forward to getting hold of your novel and reading it. Directed via Beatrice.

Posted by: Jenny D at April 20, 2005 2:31 AM

I got hybrid of Progressive Girl and Girl Next Door which is pretty much spot on. Some of the things are a little americanised but once I managed to translate them to the Brit equivalent they were right.

Posted by: Kitty at April 20, 2005 8:30 AM

Checking back -- Patrick took the test and found me to be a hybrid Progressive-Academic, whereas I came out Indie Girl. So I guess I'm not as smart as he thinks, or more fun...either way, I'm glad he took it.

Posted by: Julia at April 20, 2005 12:58 PM

I am seeing a trend here.. for I am a Progressive Girl/Girl Next Door combo as well. I think that must mean there's certain "types" that like your blog more than others... hmmmmm...sounds like a research project in the making... (can you tell I thought I was going to end up at least partially Academic Girl? Oh, well, bits of them all suit me well I suppose)

Posted by: hiai at April 21, 2005 6:13 PM

I am a Conservative, Right-Wing, Rush Limbaugh listening, Christian, Red State Republican and I fell into the Progressive Girl category????

Posted by: Lisa at June 30, 2005 8:28 PM