"Let’s Get Personal" with Brooke

By brookeduckart

Hello, my name is Brooke Duckart and this is my 200th RECord! Woah. And here are my responses for the "Let’s Get Personal" Collaboration (666195)

If you had to pick one song to listen to on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
"Swing Life Away" by Rise Against

Name your top ten favorite films (no more, no less, no ties):
The task of choosing a top ten "favorites" is impossible, but here are ten films I love that come to my mind first:

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Run Lola Run
Silence of the Lambs
Mary and Max
Monsters, Inc.
Mulholland Drive

If you could hang out with any Hitrecorder for the day, who would it be?
I think it would be Amber (adhgraphicdesign) because since I have joined HitRECord, from day one, she was not only the first to respond to my RECords but she has continued to be the most supportive and encouraging response to this day. She is always the first to contribute to my collaborations, eager to reMIX RECords as soon as I upload them, leaves encouraging comments, and her enthusiasm for the site in general is contagious. She also seems very genuine, so I am sure she is a total sweetheart in person.

What is your current favorite Hitrecord Record (not your own) :
Video - "Into Midnight" by MarieIv (461887)
Image - "raindrops" by Mirtle (571375)
Audio - "Yes, We're Sinking" by eaneikciv (443495)
Text - "Red Hood; Sharp Teeth" by Flockofwords (380616)
Album - "Watercolor Textures" by mnghali (326002)
Collaboration - "Little Red Riding Hood" by RegularJoe (610464)

Name at least one physical attribute that sets you apart from others:
I have webbed-toes, on both feet.

If you had to live the life of a villain for the day, who would you choose?
Cat Woman (Batman), though "villain" is subjective with her at times.

If you could have a drink with anyone in the world, who would it be?
If Jim Henson were still alive, he'd be my top choice without hesitation, but if I need to choose someone currently living...I think getting a drink with our boss, RegularJoe, would be pretty fucking rad.

Would you rather live in our world, Middle Earth, Alice's Wonderland, or some other crazy world?
Our world. It is already an adventure.

Aliens or Predators?

What's the earliest, most vivid memory you have?
Around when I was first able to walk, and just barely speaking a handful of words, I discovered "hiding" and became the worst small child to take to any public place. My mom would need to always be holding me because if there was even a split second where she wasn't paying attention to me I would jet-off and hide. My mom said she even found me once hiding in the way back of a grocery shelf, actually behind the products. A mother's worst nightmare, right?

Well, my first memory is surrounded by clothes (most likely hiding in a clothes rack of some sort) and peeking out to see where my mom was. I can actually recall this ridiculous sense of accomplishment to this new sense of power as I was probably thinking something like, "I am hiding. Mommy doesn't know where I am." And I also recall feeling the instant flip on my emotions, the intense panic when I couldn't see her anywhere. I started balling,"Mommy?!" I can still close my eyes and feel that sense of crying so hard you cannot breathe; crying as loud as a child possibly can with every once of my energy. A very vivid memory.

Though, I cannot say that this moment was a lesson. I was only a Toddler after all, so it didn't change my behavior. I still continued to hide and freak out in the like manner multiple times afterward.

What's your favorite number and why?
Though these numbers would never win me the lottery (or maybe they would, but I never play the lottery - ha!) I love repeating numbers. I have a strange connection with repeating 2s in particular, that I don't really understand, so maybe 22 is my favorite number(?) Though, I really love numbers in succession too, like if I happen to look at the clock when it says 12:34 - it makes me smile.

Do you have any superstitions or idiosyncrasies?
I still make a wish whenever I "catch" 11:11 on a clock, I have since I was a small child. It has stuck with me as a little habit.

The superstition about 11:11 that I grew up with was that you can't wait for 11:11 to happen, that is cheating. If you happened to "catch" 11:11 then you can quickly make a wish and you have to look away from the clock. You cannot look back at the clock until you are positive the clock has clicked onward to 11:12 or so. If you don't wait long enough, which is hard to do when you are an excited child, and you look back upon the clock that still says 11:11, not only does your wish not come true but possibly the opposite will arise. Oh, and when you made a wish it had to be to yourself, no one else could hear it, and even if your wish came true you could never share your magical involvement or the wish would fall apart.

I have had many "wishes" come true in my life, but I can never share them with you - tee hee! ;^)

If you've seen Inception, do you think he's awake in the end, or not?
I gladly except the ambiguity of that ending. It satisfies me not to know, and it makes me reevaluate my definition of "awake."

What's the most appealing scent to you?
I love and have worn "vanilla" as my scent since I was in Middle School. I fell in love with it the moment I smelled Vanilla Extract while baking cookies with my grandma. I even have some old friends (that have since moved away) that will call or email just to say that they smelled vanilla that day and instantly thought of, and missed, me. Literally, sweet.

What is your favorite book?
It is a really simple read with big images and obvious metaphor, but I adore it - "Hope for the flowers" words and pictures by Trina Paulus

What animal would you be if you had to be one?
A fox.

Who has made the biggest impression on your life?
My husband, Nicholas (explained further in my "strangest" moment answer.)

You're about to die and you have one wish. Your wish cannot be to save your life and it will affect everyone you leave behind. What's your wish?
As much as I want to say that I'd wish for something grandiose, something that would affect my loved ones positively for their futures... I think there would be an immediacy to my last moments that would simply have me wishing for the right words to put my loved ones at peace with my passing, and that my last moments with them would be full of love.

What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I can honestly say that I experienced "Love at First Sight" when I first saw my husband. It is the strangest thing, because it is unbelievably hard to articulate exactly what it was like. You can argue that it was chemicals, that we both had a heightened attraction to one another instantly, and I will not disagree with you on that - he was(is) gorgeous! However, I "knew" that  I would spend the rest of my life with him... THAT isn't just attraction. I cannot explain how I looked at him and I just knew.

To put into perspective just how strange this moment really was for me: up to that very moment, I had been stubborn in disagreeing with the idea of staying with one single person for your lifetime. I wasn't afraid of commitment, in fact the opposite, I loved to be with someone for as long as we could make it last, as long as we could make it work, as long as we were in love... but I didn't believe in "the one" that would come along and I'd be completely satisfied and thrilled to stay with them forever. I honestly didn't believe in marriage. Additionally, I strongly believe that sexuality is fluid, and by proxy so are companions. I thought that if I did eventually choose to remain with a partner it would most likely be with a woman, later in my life, when I had "slowed-down."

So, when I saw him, I was terrified.

I felt like I had unintentionally fallen into a cliché. I even fought it at first, continued seeing someone else and tried to avoid him. But every time I was around him, just merely across the room from him, I experienced that sense again. This general sense of comfort and peace in his presence, that sort of "I am finally home" feeling. It threw my whole philosophy out the window.

Fast forward to today, we have now been together 11+ years, 6+ of those "married," which is something I swore I would never do... but I cannot imagine a life without him in it every day. <3


Created: Feb 22, 2012


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