Monday, January 05, 2009


A few days ago I signed up to participate in an interview of sorts through Jenn’s blog. First, the rules:

1. If you want to participate, leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.” (And your e-mail address, please.)
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Now, on to the questions Jenn asked.

1) What do you want readers of your blog to 'DO' after reading your blog? I think that depends on the post but generally I hope they don’t just read a post and then move on to the next blog, but also to just take a few minutes and think about what I've written. Most of the blogs I read cause me to pause and reflect the words they’ve written. I like to think about how their words make me recall something from my own life experience or think about how I can do something differently in the future. Reading other blogs allows me to consider things I maybe wouldn't have considered in the first place. Sometimes I write posts that are pure fluff, but for the most part I hope I write something that gives those who stop by something to think about. Someting that they can maybe take from my experience and somehow apply it to their own, or at the very least give them a good chuckle.

2) If you could have dinner with four people (dead, alive, famous or not) who would they be? A Jesuit nun, a Methodist minster, an English professor and a 20something who (like me) was in the process of finding out what she wanted from life. Sounds like a joke right? This question was a tough one. There are many famous and non-famous people I would love to have dinner with (Oprah, Barack Obama, Ernest Hemingway, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Princess Diana and many fellow bloggers). However, one of the best meals I have ever shared was with was the four people first listed. The Jesuit nun was an elderly woman who attempted to teach me the French language for four semesters of my college life. The Methodist minister was at the time the campus minister at the college who had been a student of the nun’s as well. The English professor a hilarious Irish woman who always spoke her mind and did things her way regardless of what others thought, and the other 20something like me was a recent college graduate just starting out in the professional world.

I would love to sit down to dinner with these four ladies again because I learned so much from them not just about life, but about myself. They spanned four different generations but we all had very much in common. Each has been a huge impact on my life. Some of the most important lessons they taught me: from the nun I learned patience – not just with others but with myself, it takes a long time to become the person you are meant to be and we never really stop growing and changing; from the Methodist minister – that everyone needs to find what works for them in terms of religion and spirituality, there is no one cookie cutter that fits us all; from the English professor – to go with my gut, if I thought something was right for me that’s what I should do regardless of what others have to say about it; from the fellow 20 something – that the least expected circumstances can change your life, you just have to let it and you never know where you might end up. While I do have a dinner with these women individually, I really think it would be great to have dinner with all four of them at once again. The life lessons and experiences each one brought to the table were amazing, both separate and intertwined.

3) In 2008, what was your biggest achievement, and what was your biggest disappointment? I think my biggest achievement was actually blogging consistently for an entire year. I am notorious for starting a hobby, then getting bored with it and moving on to the next thing. This has been the pattern of my life – piano lessons, knitting, scrapbooking, theater, painting, cross stitching, etc. Even when I started this blog a few years ago it wasn’t something that I kept up with. However, after reading so many other great blogs I vowed to write more often. Now I am at the point that I miss blogging if I haven’t written for a few days. Not only did blogging consistently for a whole year allow me to prove to myself that indeed I could start something and maintain my level of enthusiasm for it longer than 4 or 6 weeks but it also allowed me to “meet” many great people!

The biggest disappointment of the year was a long best time friend deciding to end our 25/26 year friendship without any sort of reason. Personally I would rather have a few very close friends I can really trust than a really long list of acquaintances. My friends are like my family, some of them I am closer to than some of my other family members. Having one of them decide she no longer wanted to be friends hurt me a lot and was incredibly disappointing, especially given our history.

4) If you were President, what's the first thing you would change? My shoes! I dislike wearing high heels (especially for long periods of time) but some instances call for them. I am guessing that an Inauguration would be one of those instances. I am also guessing that it would violate some sort of etiquette rule for the President to be waltzing around all those fabulous Inaugural balls barefoot like I tend to do at most weddings. You better believe that in between the actual swearing in ceremony and the rest of the public appearances that very first day I would totally be rocking some comfy, fuzzy slippers.

5) Would YOU read your blog? Of course!

Now its your turn! Any takers? (Please leave your email so I can email you the questions.)


Kylie said...

Sure, what the heck! I left an interview request for wee-travelings too! I, being a newbie, need all the post ideas I can get! :)


Stacy said...

I'm game :)

Jill said...



Andy said...

Oh, I LOVED the question of the table!!

Also, if you don't have too many requests, feel free to interview me... Kyla's questions were great, but she's a new comer. I'd like to know what one of my LONG-TIME blogger friends wonders about me.

Well, in case you've forgotten :
andy_o_11 {at} hotmail {dot} com

Little Fish said...

Your blog always gives me something to think about and I love the idea of having dinner with all of those interesting people (and I'm jealous)!

And yes, I'll bite... interview me!

Mandy said...

Kylie--awesome, it will be fun!


jillmarie--it is lots of fun...

Andy -- I'll send some questions your way but I cannot possibly top Kyla's...

Little Fish -- I'm glad it makes you think!

Vanessa said...

I just posted my own interview, so I'm not a taker, but I love your answer about changing your shoes if you were the President!

sarah said...

sock it to me (heeheehee)

alexa @clevelandsaplum said...

i'm sad to hear that the friendship hasn't been reconciled.

Jen said...

I love your answers! so it would be great if you interviewed me, pretty please with sugar on top???

Frank said...

Hmmmm...I'm in, just as long as they are particularly awesome questions.

Auburn Kat said...

I LOVE THIS! Of course you know I want to join! =)

As for the four people I would want to have dinner with, there would actually be 6...people who have passed away - my mom, my grandfather and my great uncle..people living - my sister, my dad and my grandmother. I would want all of us to have dinner together.

Cameo said...

interview me! be kind, please?! No, seriously, ask me anything..... EXCEPT if I've made whoopie pies yet (I haven't). lol You have my email don't you?

Princess Pointful said...

I love the answers to both #2 and #4... I think they show two great sides of you (earnest & sincere, and too cute!)

Tiffany said...

ohhhh interview me please!!

Anonymous said...

i would love to play of course! i love crap like that. :)