You are never going to believe what happened to me.
I MISSED an opportunity to get interviewed by the freaking NEW YORK TIMES!
Yeah. Missed it.
I was sick. And didn’t check my email for two weeks.
Within that time a reporter contacted me about my rant about that Glamour article.
He wanted to talk to me further about it as it had to do with a story he was working on.
Too bad that by the time I responded the article had JUST run on that very day. (I believe you have to login to the NY Times in order to view his article… which SUCKS.)
Needless to say, I was disappointed.
I mean. The New York Times.
I don’t know… maybe I am thinking it is a way bigger deal than it really is.
But still. The New. York. Times.
Anyhow. That interview was missed but I was NOT going to miss the next one coming down the pike. And although this person didn’t seek me out, (I actually, pathetically, sought herout to do this interview) I still wanted to see what it was like to be the answer-er of questions. Gracias Brillig!
Be warned. This is LONG.
But I Prah.Miss. that I will keep you entertained and you will learn a lot of things about me.
Have I ever let you down before?
That’s what I thought.
Now sit back and read.
1. If you could pick one person to have lunch with and then sit down and blog together, who would it be?
I would for sure pick my real friend Jen.
I haven’t seen this girl in THREE freaking years and I miss her terribly. She is my friend that tells me like it is no matter what. I love that about her. And did I already say that I miss her sooo sooo much? She has a blog, but rarely posts. And if I could have lunch with her I would MAKE her post about how our favorite restaurant Manuel’s is seriously the BEST Mexican food this side of the border. And after that we would go get pedicures together. Because that is what we do.
2. You are an AMAZING blog designer–and I can say that because I see your name all over the place and I’ve just been through your portfolio. And you taught yourself???? Tell us how you managed that and what you think is the coolest thing you’ve learned to do.
First of all, thank you for the compliment. Since I haven’t been designing (thanks to the disaster that is my foot) I have definitely felt the void. I really loved what I did. And I think that is how I managed to teach myself. I really wanted to know how to design pages for the web. So I started a blog. This blog, that you are reading right now, is almost two years old. And all because I wanted to learn to design web pages. I dissected a blogger design, bought some books, and just started playing. I was very frustrated at first because there was a lot of trial and error. Eventually I knew enough to write my own code. And that is what I think is the coolest thing that I’ve learned. I don’t just take someone else’s code and stick in graphics. My code is my code. End of story. I know what every stinking html tag does and how each and every html tag can screw up your web page if it is put in incorrectly. At the end of the day, though, it isn’t the code that makes me happy. It is seeing a pretty page that made someone else happy. Let’s face it. The internet can be a very ugly place. I want to change that.
3. Simon and Helene–are those family names? (I’M JUST KIDDING!!!) I think the names are ADORABLE! What is your child-naming process? Did you already know what you were going to name them before you had them, or did you just play it by ear? Do you have a list of names for future offspring?
You’re lucky you were “kidding” about the “family name” comment.
I was about to throw. down!
My child naming process? Very simple. I stick to one baby name book.
Circa 1969 baby!
It’s a book that my parents used back in the day and I stole it from them.
I would read that book cover to cover every night for the entire pregnancy. It helped me sleep better. While reading the book I would call names out to Tyson who would most assuredly veto 99% of them. Of the ones that both of us would like, which ended up being about four, we would end up debating over them for the last month of my pregnancy. With both kids we ended up not being able to name them until we met them in person.
We knew that Simon was a Simon the very first second we saw him.
think it was something in his cry that confirmed it. However, it took us a good three or four hours to name Helene. Basically, we were so traumatized by the labor and delivery that it took us that long to get our crap together. If you don’t want to read about it, let’s just say it was a very traumatic experience for everyone involved. While I was in my hospital bed trying to figure out what had just happened to me and my new baby, Tyson was across the room with our daughter. He suddenly laughed out loud and said, “She looks exactly like you. She even makes your faces. She is so pretty. She is gorgeous. I think we should name her ‘Helene’.” His logic was that “Helene” was the prettiest name of the ones that we had gone to the hospital with and since our little girl was beyond gorgeous it just seemed fitting to give her the prettiest name possible.
Wow. This is turning out to be a freaking long answer. I probably could have gotten by with saying that we waited to see our kids before we named them. End of story.
But. You also mentioned something of future offspring. Sadly, we have no other names in mind because we are about ninety-FIVE percent sure that we are done having kids.
Yeah. I’m sad about it, to be sure. But I don’t feel that it would be very responsible to have more kids given my health situation. Who knows, though. Things could change. Maybe I’ll be healed soon enough. But as of right now, I don’t see my health situation getting better as I get older. I actually just found out that I have to get another round of six sympathetic nerve blocks. And I can’t talk about it anymore otherwise I will start crying while looking at my computer screen. Which is the epitome of pathetic-ness.
4. I’ve seen your wedding pics (gorgeous!) but I haven’t yet figured out why you were in Hawaii. So I guess my question is, why were you in Hawaii? Are you going back any time soon?
Why Hawaii? That, my dear, is a very common question. One of which I usually say, “Why NOT Hawaii?” But we all know that that is just an evasive answer because I really don’t want to tell you the real reason. However. There isn’t much on this blog that I keep “secret”, so I’ll tell you…. most of the reason, anyway! The biggest reason that we were married in Hawaii is because we didn’t want a huge wedding. I really don’t like big crowds of people and both Tyson and I come from very large families. I literally got sick every time I thought of being in a blaring white dress in front of hundreds of people. My family has history in Hawaii and I felt that it would be very appropriate to have the most important day of my life take place there. I knew that if we went to Hawaii my wedding would have less than forty people in attendance. Loved that. I also knew that if there were less people around, Tyson and I would be able to feel all of the important feelings associated with a wedding day. We had ZERO stress on that Tuesday in Laie. And that is why our pictures look the way they do.
As for going back anytime soon…. I have no idea. I hope to go back very soon. I hope we go back next week! We had thought that on our fifth anniversary we would go back. But we decided to buy our second house instead. Damn us for being “responsible”!
5. Okay, you just dropped the BYU bombshell on me!!! What’s going on with that? Why are you looking into it? If you go, what are your goals and what do you want to study?
Ah, BYU. Yes. For those that don’t know, I was recently accepted at BYU. I really, really want to finish my education. I received my associates degree when I was 26 years old and six weeks away from giving birth to Helene. That is how serious I am about finishing. I’ll even go to school while pregnant and relatively “old”. Which I think shows MAJOR commitment.
Anyhow. I, as well as Tyson, am anxious to get my degree. Mainly because if something were to ever happen to Tyson I would like to have a solid foundation to fall back on. We are seriously considering this big move. I love our house and I like where we live so it would be very hard to leave. But recently I’ve decided that my career of choice is going to be in pharmacy. I. Know. Nello the Pharmacist! Who would have thought?? Well. That just goes to show how little all of you know about me. Ever since I’ve made this decision I’ve been really itching to start. To get it done. It will take me two years to finish my bachelors in biology as well as all the pre-requisites, and then it will be another four years for me to get through pharmacy school. I’m sure to some of you that seems like a long time. But to me it really seems like nothing. I mean by that time Simon will be ten and Helene will be eight. They will still be SOOOO young. So that is that. We will be deciding soon what we are going to do…. and I may or may not keep you all posted!
And that is my interview.
I hope you weren’t bored or disappointed that you took so much time out of your day to read all of that.
Apparently now it is my turn to interview.
A direct quote from Brillig:
“And then, oh queen of taglessness, you have to offer to interview your readers when you are done answering your questions! Have fun! Thanks for playing!”
So there is my official offer.
I will interview ONE person. I just don’t have the foot power to interview several. So the first person who asks is the one who will get my prying questions. And I PROMISE to get you the questions asap. (But I’m going to be out of town until the middle of next week… so be patient.)
And I love that although Brillig has only been reading my blog for a month or so, she knows that I’m not a tagger. I think that is SO. funny. I’m glad to know that I am ever so transparent on this blog. Mission Completion!!