Warning: Mardra is a blogger/author/speaker who has forgotten how to give short answers and rarely commits to anything without a prelude of some sort. 

So how about some fun questions:

Who is your favorite Muppet? 

First, my prelude: I Love the Facebook Induced “quizzes” like Which (fill in the blank) are you? Several years ago I took that quiz and it said that I am Janice, You know, the lead guitarist in the Muppet Mahem band. I felt pretty good about that. She’s cool. That doesn’t answer the question though, does it? It’s a hard question. Alright already! I choose Grover. I love him as a waiter (“Charlie, we got a live one here!”) I love him as his alter-ego, Super Grover! He’s lovable even when he is scared or frusterated (which I am a lot and wish I was still adorable). My favorite book as a kid was, The Monster at the End of this Book. And in this clip with John, well what is not to love: 

What song do you sing in the shower? 

I don’t sing in the shower; I sing in the Bar. Favorites to sing in the bar are: Counting Blue Cars by Dishwalla, Dreams by Fleetwood Mac, and umm, whatever Kamikaze Karaoke sends at me. 

What’s your favorite food?

A really good steak, I wish it wasn’t, but it is. For now. 

How do you relax? 

What’s that? Hmm. Not my area of specialty. Let’s go with Music. And lately, wii Monopoly with my husband. But that’ll change soon because I taught him all my tricks and now he beats me too often. And that is not relaxing! 

Along with some issue questions:

What do you think about DS-Connect?

I think it’s a great idea. I hope it meets its missions of connecting people to doctors, each other, and researchers to help those with Down syndrome and their families. Sure, I see all the potential scary side effects (Have you read any of my speculative fiction?) but I remain in the present and hopeful. I have to.

How do you feel about sheltered workshops?

Seriously? Start here and read for about 30 minutes. Go ahead. I’ll wait. 

Where do you see your loved one living after age 30?

It took me about 22 years to start living in the present with Marcus, so ask me again in five years. 

What is one thing you want the world to know about your son? 

Marcus so often see the best in others, he brings it out in those he loves as well strangers; the world is a better place because he is in it.