- What was your favorite Halloween costume that you dressed up as when you were little, and why?
One year my mom made a Little Mermaid costume for me by hand. Of course, we lived in a cold climate, so it actually had long sleeves, and lo and behold no real fins. I also had an itchy red wig, and even though that part made me cry, I loved the costume. I was also the tooth fairy once, which I would love to do again!
- What is a song (or song lyric) that you really identify with?
Although this isn’t the perfect interpretation of this question, this was my first reaction: My favorite song lyric is from Michael Buble’s “Everything.” “…And I can’t believe that I’m your man, and I get to kiss you baby just because I can, whatever comes our way, oh, we’ll see it through, cause you know that’s what our love can do.” For some reason, this line can conjure up a single tear for me, and it just really speaks to me when a man can show such passion (and I’m not speaking about Michael Buble in particular, but rather, any man who can express himself like that).
- If you could have a different name, what would you like it to be? (and no, you can’t say Freckles 🙂
Well, I LOVE my actual name. But I suppose if I had to choose a new one, I would like it to be something exotic, like Gisele or Brigitte. Of course, it might be fun to actually BE exotic to go along with the name!
- If someone handed you a blank plane ticket (they don’t exist, but you get the idea) where would you go, and why?
Currently, I’m in the mood for Moscow. Not that I’m a big fan of Stalin, Rasputin, or the czar (any of them), there’s some romance in the idea of Russian royalty, and I think St. Basil’s is absolutely gorgeous.
- What is the one thing that always makes you smile?
Watching Mad About You. I know this sounds odd, but I see Paul and Jamie as the quintessential couple. They squabble, but at the end of the day they can’t keep their hands off each other. I have often found myself just smiling throughout the entire show, not just during the funny quips.
- What are you most proud of in your life?
I am most proud of my optimism. Every now and then I can get bogged down by the little things (i.e. question 12), but I make sure to appreciate all that I have. I count the little victories. I live for the small joys in life. I believe people are inherently good; it’s just the bad apples that make the news.
- If you could have any job in the whole world, what would it be
I’d like to start an idea company. I think of a lot of ideas, and I’m good at brainstorming solutions. Companies and individuals could come to me with a conundrum, and pay based on the “tier” of idea they want (top-tier is obviously worth more, but not in everyone’s budget). I have not yet figured out how to guarantee that my ideas are good or that they’ll really work when put into reality. That’s still latent in my brain somewhere.
Otherwise I’d like to host a show on Travel Channel. Many of my goals are related to travel, and I’d rather “invest” in those life experiences than in an expensive car or a huge house.
- What is the one job that you wouldn’t do for any amount of money?
Crime scene investigator. I LOATHE being scared. I don’t watch scary movies, I don’t watch CSI, I don’t go on scary rides. Although I know you can become desensitized fast to what you’d be exposed to, I’d probably get some serious psychological issues, including severe paranoia.
- What is your best memory of Christmas as a kid?
I act like a kid every Christmas, and always will, but I would have to say my favorite childhood memory is when my parents told me on Christmas that we would be going to Hawaii for my 9th birthday (just 3 weeks later), and they said I could bring a friend. The best part was running next door to ask my good friend Karissa if she could come with us (her parents had already said yes before we told her), who then flipped out with excitement.
- If you could have a superpower, what would you want it to be, and why?
I would like the ability to show people how what they do affects others, in the short and long-term. I think that could be a really powerful tool that this world needs.
- What is your favorite board game, and why?
I love playing Scattergories. I get a kick out of thinking of some obscure answer that no one else would ever think of.
- What really stresses you out, and how do you handle it?
I get really stressed out about making sure I plan a perfect party. I’ve had to learn that the perfect parties happen organically and you can’t always plan out the best moments. Plus, to be perfectly honest, even if you plan the best party in the world, you can’t always count on others to bother showing up. Remember: you are NEVER the only one to cancel.
- If you were a cookie, what kind of cookie would you be?
A no-bake cookie. Hot and fresh in under 30 minutes!