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Thursday, August 28, 2008

My Own Interview Experiment

You may remember that about a month ago I participated in Neil Kramer's Great Interview Experiment.  Like I've stated before, it's a concept I believe in wholeheartedly.  Everyone is someone and everyone has a story to tell.  I often look at people and wonder "what's their story?"  Like the checkout guy at my favorite grocery store who always makes conversation with my kids tells me every single time to enjoy them while they're young.  Or the Ecuadorian nanny I see at my daughters school who always has her head buried in a classic American novel until the bell rings and she collects her charges.  Even my in-laws have stories I have yet to discover, like what it was like to live in Uganda and be driven out by Idi Amin.  Did they fear for their lives?  Would they like to go back?  You can never tell by looking at someone what path their life has taken and what you might be able to learn from them.

I interviewed Katie from Overflowing Brain.  An interesting woman with an interesting story to tell.  I never heard from the person who was assigned to interview me.  That's OK.  Maybe she pulled up my blog and thought, "oh great, another mommy blogger with a cutesy header.  About Candy Land no less."  I get it.   I write about my kids and my motherhood experience quite a bit.   To someone that doesn't have kids, I imagine they wouldn't find my blog very interesting.  Maybe I am not that interesting to those of you that do have kids.  

But I am more than a cutesy mommy blogger who doles out candy to her impossibly adorable kids and complains about her husband.  I have stories and opinions.  So I am going to interview myself, or rather YOU are going to interview me.  Leave me a question in the comments and I'll do another post answering your questions.  

Maybe you want to know more about my mixed race marriage and how I feel about raising mixed race kids.  I have strong opinions on bottled water versus tap water, want to hear them?  Or perhaps you want to know about how I had been dating my husband for 4 years and was living with him before he even told his parents he had a girlfriend.  I was raised by a single mom who supported us on a nurse's salary in an affluent neighborhood -- there are lots of stories there.   What was I doing on September 11, 2001?   What is it about Bobby Flay that I find so incredibly sexy?  Need more inspiration?  Read my Greatest Hits over there on the right or my 100 Things.

Leave a question anonymously if you must.  Ask whatever you want to know.  Don't be shy.

Or maybe I'm just not that interesting.  I'm OK with that too.  I still find all of you incredibly interesting. 


heartatpreschool said...

If you spent one entire day with each of your kids separately, what would you do with each one?

Average Jane said...

Aaagh! You've just reminded me that I'M supposed to be interviewing you. I swear I'll get some questions to you tomorrow.

Kate said...

I am on that list - and I'm not entirely sure how it's supposed to work either! I thought it all went in order and was waiting to hear from the person that will be interviewing me.... Good to know it doesn't have to work that way.

Here is my question for you: If you could go back to high school and do something differently - what would you change? (and this is pretty open - could be a general attitude or a very specific incident - up to you)

Melissa said...

Well, *I* think you are interesting. Except for the whole not liking sushi thing. What's up with that? Because other than that, and change out "Diet Pepsi" for "Coke Zero", and we're basically cousins. I'm even Lutheran!

Since I have a mixed marriage as well, here's an interesting question for you: What "box" do you check for your children? As in the ethnicity box. And why.

Maura said...

I don't have any kids and I think you're very interesting, so there you go! If people don't want to see any deeper than the candy canes, that's their problem.

Since you put it out there, I am curious about how you handle the differences in culture between your background and your husband's. From what I've heard in stories from various co-workers who share his family's background (in general, of course, since I don't know his specifically), it can be very difficult to not fall in line with cultural expectations.

Also, the female version of boxers or briefs: bikini, briefs or thong? :-D

Anonymous said...

I'm curious about your thoughts on the upcoming election - you don't need to reveal your party affiliation (if any) unless you want to. Just general thoughts on having a woman and a mixed-race man on the major tickets.

anymommy said...

I find you fascinating! Let's do favorites: Favorite book you've ever read? Favorite movie? Favorite place you've visited?

PsychMamma said...

Hmmm....How fun!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

What's one thing you wish you would have done differently in your life?

What's your biggest fear?

What's the hardest thing about being a mom?

What's the best thing about being a mom?

Name one person that you greatly admire and tell us why.

That's all I can think of for now. :-) I think this is a great idea for a way for us to get to know you better!

Mama Ginger Tree said...

Thanks all. These are great questions. I will get to them after my girls birthday party this weekend.