Saturday 9: My Funny Valentine (1991)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Ms. Kitt sings that her lover is her favorite work of art. Tell us about a piece of artwork you can see from where you’re sitting now. (Yes, that crayon drawing created by your 5-year-old nephew counts.) On the wall right across from me,  I have a piece of calligraphy done by my high-school geometry/trig/pre-calc teacher that I bought at the school’s benefit auction a few years after I graduated. It’s this quote from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.

2) She asks him to not change his hair. When will you next find yourself in the stylist’s chair? Not for a little while. I used some semi-permanent dye to brighten my pink color until I can get it professionally done again, and I also recently had a trim, so I won’t go for another one probably until April.

3) Ms. Kitt always wanted to be a performer and attended the New York School of Performing Arts (aka the “Fame” school). Think back to your high school self. In what ways would you be surprised by how your life turned out? In some ways, it’s exactly what I said I didn’t wanted and would’ve hated in my teens–I wake up before 6 to be at work by 7, I sit at a cubicle, and I watch TV and movies, which fun and easy as it sounds, before Lost happened, I felt like TV was trash. And most of it at the time was, honestly. But I also didn’t want a typical office job and an early start. My job’s definitely not typical, but it still has those elements of a traditional job. But I’ll say too there are some things teenage me would be really happy about. She’d be glad to know I’m happily married, supporting myself, and making money at writing, with a few personal essays floating around the web.

4) Ms. Kitt took over the role of Catwoman on TV’s Batman. Name another Batman villain. Penguin. Poison Ivy. Mr. Freeze. The Joker. Two-Face.

5) Ms. Kitt enjoyed tremendous success performing in Parisian nightclubs. Have you ever been to Paris? I have not, but it’s on the long list of places I’d like to visit.
This is the last Saturday  9 before Valentine’s Day and so this morning we shall focus on the upcoming holiday. 

6) The holiday is also known as The Feast of St. Valentine. Do you have a special meal planned for next Wednesday? Nope. I hate Valentine’s Day, so we don’t celebrate it.

7) The phrase “wear your heart on your sleeve” began in medieval times. On Valentine’s Day, men would celebrate the holiday by displaying their lady love’s name on their sleeves. If you were going to adopt this custom, whose name would you wear? My husband’s.

8) Women buy and send more Valentines than men do. What’s the last greeting card you received? Christmas cards.
9) Men buy and send more roses at Valentine’s Day than women do. What’s your favorite flower? I do love roses. I just think they’re really pretty and classic. But anything different catches my eye. I also know I’m a fan of orchids.

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