This interview meme is making the rounds. I asked Allison to interview me and here are my answers. Instructions at the bottom of the page, if you want to play along.
1. How did you and TCBIM meet? From what I've gathered in my investigatory research, he was 20 when you met. There has to be a good story there.
I don't know why it's embarassing, but it is, a bit. We met in a chat room called the Virtual Irish Pub (I don't think it exists any more). We started talking in there and both lied about our ages - he went higher, I went lower - and then started emailing and finally, talking on the phone. It wasn't until I invited him for a visit four or five months later that I discovered he wasn't even of drinking age yet. But he showed up and we had a fantastic time, got all googly-eyed and stupid about each other and three months later, he moved down here permanently. Three months after that, we got married. I don't really recommend moving that quickly - it's been a long getting-to-know-each-other process and we've had a lot of ups and downs, but for the most part, it's been good.
2. As a soon-to-be-graduate of college, what advice would you give me about living in the Real World?
Learn how to manage your money. Learn how to budget and how to live within your means. Don't fritter away your extra money on silly things - try to save some. And never, ever, EVER rely on ANYONE else to provide for you. Make sure you can always support yourself, and you children, should you have any.
3. If you could be any character in any book, who would you be and why? (You can even be a guy, if that helps.)
Hmmm. I'm not sure. There's quite a few characters that I admire, but none of them that I'd want to be all the time. Scarlett O'Hara, for her green eyes and strength. Ruth Jamison, from Fried Green Tomatoes, for her serenity and quiet strength. Mostly, though, Jo March from Little Women. She's so real, so passionate about her writing but struggles thru a lot of things, from being a tomboy to the death of her sister, that she's always been one of the most honest book characters I've ever read. She's never a victim, but she's not a saint either.
4. What do you like most about being a mom?
Honestly, I don't know. There's so many things. And sometimes I can't stand it, to be honest - althought that's more the monotony of laundry, dinner, baths, homework and driving hither and yon than anything. But most of the time, it's just the feeling of contentedness I get when we're together. I love watching them grow and learn things, I love seeing them branch out and getting passionate about things and wanting to share those passions with me. Most of all, I love watching them forge their own identities. It's amazing and awe-inspiring to see them become these little people, to watch their personalities emerge and grow and to get glimpses of the adults they'll be.
5. Who is your inspiration?
Lots of people. People with strength of character, people who stand up for what they believe in without trampling others, people who are living their lives, not just existing. Normal, every day people, mainly.
Here are the instructions:
Leave me a comment saying “interview me.” The first five commenters will be the participants.I will respond by asking you five questions.You will update your blog/site with the answers to the questions.You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.