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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Excuse me, is this thing on?

My friend Robyn gave me some questions to answer for a blog interview. I'm very grateful, because I'm still in hibernation and I really needed something to inspire me blog-wise.

1. Which is your favorite season, and why?

Fall. I just love everything about it, and I'm pretty sure I've gone on and on about it here before. I love spicy smells, I love changing leaves, I love the blue, blue sky, I love the perfect weather, I love college football, I love pumpkins, I love Halloween, I love apples.

2. Where did you go on your Honeymoon?

We went to Lake Tahoe for 4 or 5 days and then we went to San Francisco for a few more.

3. Which is your favorite book, and why?

This is a toughie for me to answer. I don't really think I have any one favorite book. I tend to change my "favorite" daily, and usually the most recent great book I read is my favorite.

So, with that in mind, I will say that my current fave is "Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett. I absolutely adored this book (as I know many of you did). I thought the writing was beautiful, and of course, I loved the themes of opera and linguistics. Wonderful story. Go read it if you haven't yet.

4. Describe your favorite outfit.

Well, if I were to describe what I wear most days, it's blue jeans and a casual shirt of some sort. Today it's a red knit shirt with a hood.

But my favorite is to dress up. I'm really not a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, but being a mom sort of necessitates that most days. I would totally wear a dress and heels every day if it were practical.

5. What is your best childhood memory?

I think I really have a hard time with superlatives. Whether or not it's the "best" one, one of the ones I really love thinking about is the time when my grandparents came to visit us. I was 3 or 4 years old and I rode up the canyon with them in the back of their jeep. Just me, no parents came with us. I remember we went to the Provo river somewhere and gathered lots of pretty rocks. I brought them home for my mom and she put them around the trees in our yard. I really treasure that memory, especially since both of those grandparents (and in fact all of my grandparents) are now passed on and I never had a chance to see them very much since they lived far away. I think it was one of the only times I did something with just me and them.

Now, the other part of this meme, is that I can interview you, should you choose to participate. If you want me to, just say "Interview me" in the comments and I will send you some questions.


  1. Oh! Count me in!

    Great answers - and I agree with you on the book thing!

  2. I wish I was a dressing up kind of girl. You can sort of tell that you are.

    I have some really neat memories with my grandparents, too. Especially with the one that I mentioned dying in my last post. He was amazing and one late night when I was maybe 9 or 10 when we were visiting he asked if anyone wanted to go for a walk with him. I. . . didn't, but I felt prompted to go, even though I was wearing sandals and it was freezing outside. I don't remember what we talked about or anything, but I really treasure that alone time with him. Soon after that he got lukemia (bone marrow cancer--is that the same thing?) and would hardly talk to anyone for the next seven years before he died, that memory is sacred for me.

    Also, just reading about fall makes me wish we could go winter, fall summer, this year. (or just skip summer altogether, really. I wouldn't mind.

  3. I think Lake Tahoe is a perfect choice. It is so beautiful there. Have a great week.

  4. I have never read that book. I always keep a short list of faves just for these kinds of questions.

    You can interview me if you want participants!

  5. I've never heard of Bel Canto. I'll have to check it out!

    I've taken a huge, long blog hiatus. Sorry. :( BUT, I'm back now, and I've posted some huge news over on my blog. :)

  6. Oh, and I forgot to say "Interview me!" although I'm pretty sure people who read my blog already know EVERYTHING about me. . .

  7. I used to dress up for exams at the Y. Everyone thought I was crazy. At least they did during finals when everyone was testing. I just felt like I'd do better if I looked awesome. Awesome in a New England prep sort of way.

  8. Go ahead and interview me! Send questions to my work email before 3 today or home email after 3.

    As for Vegas, just let me know either way. If it's a go, we'll have to be more diligent to leave ASAP on Fri. If it's not a go, we can be more lazy in the morning and then go. lol But I figured, maybe we can meet at the temple grounds? There is the pretty temple ground scenery and then it's on the side of the mountain. But no saguaros. Oh well. Vegas is like an ugly Phoenix with a G-string.

  9. I meant be more diligent and leave ASAP on MONDAY. Not Friday. Duh.

  10. For some reason, I would have thought you had an absolutely favorite book.

  11. Another book to add to my "to read" list. (That thing grows much faster than I take titles off it.)

  12. Hey! Unseasonably Warm lady! "Vegas is like an ugly Phoenix with a G-string"?? As a Vegas resident I have just one thing to say about that remark...

    Why didn't I think of it first?? And there is one house right there by the temple that has a yard full of saguaro cacti. In fact, one huge one with three long branches is particularly impressive. For several years, the middle branch outgrew the outer two, so it looked like it was giving the bird to everyone heading to the temple.


    (I love fall and dressing up, too.)

  13. I would say interview me, but I am afraid what you will ask.
    I wish all my shirts had hoods. I love them, I don't know why.

  14. i loved your answers, and you can totally interview me. we missed you last night, i have left over hand outs if you want one.

  15. I am totally a JEAN and t-shirt gal 100% percent except my cowgirl boots and belts are gorgeous! I thought you always looked nice!

  16. I agree with you. Fall is the best season. I love the feeling of it, the activities, the holidays, and decor of it all.

    I would totally dress up everyday if I had the time or energy. Jeremy often asks, why don't you wear this or that anymore. Because.... I always have a kid on my hip, dishwatered hands, and plenty of errands that don't involve personal shopping.

  17. fall is my FAVORITE too!

    and i love hooded shirts/sweatshirts/sweaters. don't know why, since i never wear the hood.

    are you coming to vegas?!?

  18. I would die if I had to wear heels and a dress every day. In fact. I often wonder if jeans will be allowed in heaven.

  19. I'm sort of having a blogging dry-spell, so I'd love it if you'd interview me. :)

  20. I would have a hard time wearing a dress and heels every day but I love that you would want to (if it were practical).

  21. What a nice memory of your grandparents. Are the rocks still around the trees in the backyard? Cool if they are.

  22. Fall is my favorite, too! For all the reasons you mentioned.

    Spring is pretty, too. But growing up in AZ, it never lasted very long. Neither did Fall, but it moved right into winter, which was still cool weather. Moving to Utah has taught me that I'm a much more patient and cheerful person when I'm not hot!

    I'd love an interview! (I'm running out of blogging ideas, which is one reason for my not blogging much recently.)

  23. I am w/ you on the fall season and I'll have to add that bel canto to my list :)

  24. You can "interview me" Good answers and questions.
    Count me in.

  25. I love learning new things about my blogger friends. I'll have to check out that book.

  26. Hey! Thanks for stopping by! I am always amazed when I visit a new blog at how many people are in the comments that I "know". DeNae (I actually do know her...she's my sister), SO, Wendy...crazy!

    I loved your answers! I, personally, love summer. Fall is def a close second though.

    And thank you so much for your encouragement about the HCG thing. I'm sitting here soooooo hungry wondering if I can really do this! Your comment gave me the strength to not eat a bowl of Crunch Berries like I really, really, really want to do!

  27. I love to dress up too.

    But, the second I walk in the door, I can't wait to get into something comfy.

    (you can interview me if you want)

  28. Awesome, you're a Fall Girl, too! Love all the answers! I'll be doing this meme, too so make sure you come by and see my answers... I'm not a dress up girl type, but I so love my high heels!

  29. Mmm-you're making me wish it was fall. Especially when I look outside and see the rotten snow right now.

    You probly didn't realize how many people you'd have to "interview" after this. If you're not sick of that yet-I'll volunteer:)

  30. If you're not sick of interviewing people, I'd love to chat with you :)

    I love fall too. And I LOVED your childhood memory. So purely sweet.