Repeat questions can be fun, but they can also be tedious. Here are some answers to the most common questions I get.
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Q: What’s your name?
A: Cecilia. CJ is fine.
Q: Where are you from?
Q: Where do you live?
A: Stockholm, capital of Sweden, and that’s about as specific as I’d like to be.
Q: Do you live alone?
A: I live with my boyfriend Simon and our pets, Sniff and Rambo.
Q: How old are you?
A: I was born in 1984.
Q: Aren’t you too old for [insert anything fun] – shouldn’t you be [insert something boring]?
A: No. And I would appreciate if you stopped submitting this question every time we speak, Mom.
Q: Where is [insert name]?
A: If someone who used to be featured a lot is featured less or not at all, we probably fell out of touch. Working the night shift for ten years, this normally happens when you go back to ”regular” hours and routines. Or they died, and you just missed it. Shame on you.
Q: What’s Rambo?
A: Rambo is your standard teddy guinea pig, bought at the pet store, holding no fancy pedigree,
Q: Why does Rambo live by himself?
A: Guinea-pigs are herd animals and should never live without a companion. This might shorten their lifespan and/or make them depressed. Rambo had a little sister, who died in 2014. We talked to the vet, and they thought it’d be better if Rambo lived alone, instead of having to be re-introduced to a younger guinea-pig. He gets regular check-ups at the vet and stays with us in the living room so he’s never alone, except at night. He’s already lived longer than most guinea-pigs, and will most likely live until he’s 8-10 years. He’s also rather spoiled, so there’s really no reason to worry too much.
Q: Do you have a job?
A: Yes, I do, though currently I’m on a study leave.
Q: What do you study?
A: I’m studying to become a paralegal at Påhlmans Handelsinstitut in Stockholm, class of ’17.
Q: What’s a paralegal?
A: A qualified legal administrator who aides lawyers and legal experts. We handle the paperwork, they get the credit.
Q: Should I become a paralegal?
A: I don’t know. If you want to learn how to interpret and enforce the law and legal system, sure. If you want to change the legal system, become a politican instead.
WEBSITE & BLOGG
Q: Are all your entries translated?
A: No, they’re not. Sometimes I add a short translation below (that usually turns into a long speil that’s got nothing to do with the Swedish text), marked with a US flag. I have plans to categorize the English entries so they’ll only be a mouse click away on the top menu. We’ll see
if when that happens.
Q: What camera do you use?
A: It says in the menu on the left that I use Nikon D3200, but I actually use my crappy mobile camera 99% of the time. I own a Nikon D3200, though.
Q: When are you going to finish [insert story]?
A: Dude, I have no idea. When I have the time, whenever the hell that might be.
Q: What program do you use to create [insert website or graphics]?
A: I’m old-school. The website is hand-coded from scratch in Notepad, while WordPress handles the layout of the blog. I originally wanted it to look like the old blog on LiveJournal, but eventually gave up. Any graphics that look more advanced than a Paint-job was made in Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro back when I had time to actually make graphics (around 2009).
A: Self-taught. Boo-ya!
Q: Do you play on PC or console?
A: Strictly console gameplay on Nintendo Wii U or Nintendo DS. We also have a PS4 and a gaming PC that Simon uses for Battlefield etc. I tried the PS4 once because of the Arkham Knight release, but I gave it up after five minutes. I’ve never touched the PC, and I’m not sure I’m allowed to even if I wanted to.
Q: What games do you play?
A: I play platform games – often the old classic SNES versions if I can find them. Super Mario and Donkey Kong can be found in the Nintendo Store, but I’m still on the look-out for things like the Mickey Mouse title The Magical Quest and Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose. I also play racing games, and I’m trying to be friends with the Wii Balance Board and Wii Fit Plus.
Q: What’s your favorite game?
A: I like the new versions of Donkey Kong (even though I hate the motion controls) and Mario Kart is always a crowd pleaser, but going back to the nostalgia, I would say Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest. Recent releases I looked forward to were LEGO Jurassic World and Super Mario Maker. SMM kind of owns my life now.
Q: Why do you call yourself a gamer when you only play Mario games?
A: That’s not really true, though. Sometimes I play Candy Crush.
Q: Why do you call yourself a gamer? Aren’t you a gamergirl?
A: Put whatever label you want on it, it doesn’t really affect my gameplay either way.
Q: Girls can’t play video games.
A: That’s not a question.
Q: Who’s better, Batman or Superman? (Fine, no one actually submitted this question, I just really want to answer it.)
A: Batman, because he struggled to become Batman. Superman was literally born with his powers. Lame.
Q: What’s your favorite dinosaur? (Fine, fine, no one asked this EITHER, but it’s my FAQ and I’ll do whatever I want with it.)
A: This is probably the most common answer ever, but I’m very partial to the T-Rex. I think Jurassic Park is to blame, for making it the constant hero, even if they did kill Toby Ziegler in the second installment. My favorite herbivore is triceratops. It would be parasaurolophus, if I could pronounce it.