The Questions Project: Rose McManus

Rose McManus and I became friends after she Facebook messaged me because of a blog post I wrote. I’m super happy she messaged me because she’s a rad individual. She’s a magazine writing major with a minor in business and a shnazzy Instagram. We (attempt) to get breakfast every Thursday at 6:45 am. It’s great – when we wake up.

1. What was the last picture you took with your phone?
A picture of my bike on the side of the road up on Route W, about 6 miles north of town. I biked there earlier and took the picture.

Picture taken by Rose McManus. This was after she wiped out. Hence why the bike is like that. (jk, she didn't wipe out.)

Picture taken by Rose McManus. This was after she wiped out. Hence why the bike is like that. (jk, she didn’t wipe out.)

2. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?
Four times. Zero tickets.

3. What’s your heritage?
Mostly American.

4. What was the last lie you told?
“I need to spend $4 on coffee today.” A lie I told myself today.

5. What’s the weirdest prank you’ve ever done?
My friend Elena and I used to steal traffic cones. Once, when we had collected enough, we blocked off the entrances to our high school with cones. I don’t pull many pranks.

6. Do you trust anyone with your life?
Myself, my parents.

7. Describe the perfect pizza.
Has cheese on it. Crust, probably. Toppings, yes. And sauce. Baked, preferably.

8. What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?
“How am I not more hungover?”

9. You discover that your wonderful one year old child is because of a mix up at the hospital and not yours. would you want to exchange the child to correct the mistake?
Terrible mistake here. No. How did I even end up with a one year old? Hospital keeps them both, like a “you break it, you bought it” policy. I leave with zero children & reclaim my life. Phew.

10. Would you be willing to lie to a court for a close friend if it meant saving your friend from going to prison for life?
I’m not much of a liar.

11. Would you be willing to eat a bowl of crickets for money?
No but thanks for offering but no.

12. If you could have anyone locked in a room so you could torment them for a day, whom would you choose and how would you torment them?
Shelby Mann, and I’d torment her by cooking breakfast foods and making her smell them without eating them. But eventually I’d let her have some.

13. If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be?
100. If being 100 isn’t bad, then I know I can handle all the ages in between.

14. Who was the last person you sang to and what did you sing?
I sing-talk to myself a lot. It’s like a musical narration of my thoughts.

15. What question do you hate being asked?
“Are you sure?”

16. If you could have only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ice cream. My dentist would love me.

17. How do you start a conversation?
By turning around and running in the opposite direction.

18. If you had a brainwashing machine who would you use it on?
Men in power.

19. Have you ever eaten a crayon? What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten?
This is two questions in one. I refuse to answer.

20. Are you still learning who you are?
Every day, in the sense that who I am is constantly changing.

21. What’re you afraid of?
The dark. Spiders. Roller coasters. Loneliness. Dick Cheney.

22. Do you dance?
No. Yes. Only with a drink in my hand.

23. What’s the weirdest thing about you?
I always smell candy wrappers after unwrapping them but before eating the candy, because a long time ago I convinced myself that I was “wasting smells” if I didn’t do this.

24. What’s the most normal thing about you?
I like candy and ice cream.

25. What are your thoughts on honesty?
“Honesty is the best policy.” Really. I prefer straightforward, simple truth (even if it hurts a little) to convoluted lies, half-lies or lies of omission. I’m a terrible liar, mostly because it makes me uncomfortable.

26. What do you want your tombstone to say?
“She burned in hell.”

27. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Everything I do and say.

28. What feels like love to you?
I believe the closest action to love is forgiveness.

29. What’s a skill you’d like to learn and why?
Self-defense. No matter how independent a woman becomes professionally, financially, emotionally, or spiritually, she can often still be brought down by the hand of a man. Physical strength is empowering.

30. How would your friends describe you?
If I heard my friends describing me, I probably wouldn’t know who they were talking about.

Per usual: keep your Internet ready for next week’s The Questions Project. And if you want to be featured, hit me up.

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