Well, I lived at home for almost the first half of my service, so I saved up a little tiny bit of money before I moved out (I still had car, insurance, cell, etc. bills when I lived at home). Then, when I did move out, I haggled down my sublease, was very careful with my AC, didn't buy any new clothes/shoes. I ended up having to get food stamps because it was impossible to eat on what I was making. I used to go "shopping" when I was at my parents house, and come home with a couple of rolls of toilet paper, a box of crackers, and some hotel shampoo. I was fortunate that my parents lived in the same city, as I could always go over there to eat if I needed to, and they were very supportive of me emotionally and financially, paid my insurance, and helped with my car payment one month.
2. If you had the resources, where would you want to live and what would you do there?
I don't know where I'd want to live. Some place with good education and a nice climate. Perhaps the research triangle area. Almost definitely the US. I'd want to do something to make a difference, probably start a volunteer program.
3. Which of your sisters did you get along with better when you were younger and why? Has this changed at all as you've grown?
Hmm. By the time Deborah was a "person" who had coherent thoughts, Vivi had pretty much already moved out, so we never had all three of us at home to take sides or anything. So I have my "Vivi was my sister" time and my "Deborah was my sister" time. I think Vivi and I had more in common and were closer in age. Then again, Deborah and I also have things in common, and we get along fairly well, too. It's pretty balanced. I can say that whenever anyone moved out, we got along better. When Vivi moved out, she and I got along better, and when I moved out, Deborah and I got along better. All four of us get along pretty well now, but being in cramped quarters with them for a week can still be taxing.
4. Would you dye your hair platinum blonde and chemically straighten it for $5,000?
Heck yeah. Assuming there were no stipulations that I had to keep my hair like that for a certain amount of time, definitely.
5. What's your favorite book in the world? And, your favorite poem if you've got one.
The Harry Potter series is like one book with seven installments, and that's my favorite. If it's got to be one book.... Cheaper by the Dozen. I don't really like poetry, but I suppose I've got a certain love for "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.