Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Sunshine Scribe Wants to Know

Updated below with links to those who I interviewed.


As part of a "tag, you're it" kind of thing, Sunshine Scribe took up Mama T's offer to be interviewed and then paid it forward. So, what the heck, I took her up on the offer. I admit to being a little nervous but these questions look okay. I think I can breathe easily and jump right in...

Sunshine Scribe: What is the worst job you ever had?

Me: I had to think about this one. I've had a lot of "McJobs," but other than the monotony involved, they weren't horrible. I spent almost a year working in a sheet metal fabrication shop after high school. I answered phones, typed up invoices, took orders, etc. The only female in the immediate vicinity, I endured a lot of innuendo, whistles and questions as to whether or not I was wearing my Underalls. After doing that job for 10 months, I was ready to fling myself headlong into college life. But, just now, as I started to type, I remembered the WORST JOB EVER--babysitting a toddler. Two summers in a row, I filled in as a babysitter for a couple when their regular sitter took her vacation. I have to tell you that at 15 & 16, I was completely unprepared and too emotionally immature to handle watching a two year old from 6 am to 6 pm, M-F, for two weeks. The couple were lawyers and worked in Los Angeles, thus the long commute and work day. The money was great but I thought I would go insane. I didn't drive, so I couldn't take her to the park. There was no pool. I don't remember there being much in the way of food for me to eat. Why one year of this didn't convince to stop, there and then, I don't know. I guess the year in between dulled the memory of my wanting to run screaming from the house each and every day. Somewhere, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a woman in her late twenties, answering interview questions on her blog and typing that the worst babysitter she ever had was two consecutive summers when she was a toddler and her regular babysitter went on vacation.

Sunshine Scribe: What is your guilty pleasure?

Me: Oooh, I have so many guilty pleasures. The BBC show Coupling is one. The show has no redeeming qualities whatsoever but I laugh so hard at every episode. Naughty Mary-LUE! There are a variety of Hostess snack foods that fall into the guilty pleasure category: cupcakes, Ding Dongs, lemon pies. Chemical-filled, trans fat-laden, chaotically caloric... the nectar of the gods! I could go on and on, but I think I'll quit with Dick Francis novels. They are the reading equivalent of fluffy, pink cotton candy--so yummy and dissolves in an instant. I've read so many that I can't keep the plots straight in my mind, but that's okay because I read them over and over again. Whenever I'm bored and more serious literary offerings are not appealing, I pick my dear, sweet Francis and I know that I'll be finished with it in a couple of hours.

Sunshine Scribe: What will you be doing 10 years from now?

Me: Having completed my Master's, I'll be teaching Reading Development at the local community college, where I will be a most beloved teacher. Most. Beloved. That income will allow Paul to take a job which does not require so much traveling. Colin will be finished with his college education and (fingers crossed) be at the start of a satisfactory career. Marley will be nearing the end of high school and will NOT, I repeat, will NOT be one of the Mean Girls. We will still live in this area and will finally have a small house, decorated as much as I can manage, in an Arts and Crafts style--sort of. I will have either a Harlequin Great Dane or an Irish Wolfhound. My friends who were foolish enough to move out of the area, will have come back and all live in a one mile radius, my house being in the center. I will be completely over my fear of flying and during the summers, Paul and I will travel to parts of Canada, Ireland, England and who knows where else.

Sunshine Scribe: What do you like most about blogging?

Me: The community. Blogging keeps me company. Blogging provides a sounding board for me. Blogging brings affirmation. While I began blogging to process some grief and to get in the habit of writing, the community aspect of it does my heart good.

Sunshine Scribe: What do you like least about blogging?

Me: Two things:

1) The tendency for hot topics to be addressed ad nauseum. In What is the What by Dave Eggers, he describes a conference of Sudanese refugees in America. Each Sudanese has such a strong desire to be heard that the conference takes forever and often each person spends most of their time reiterating what someone else has already said. I think that the ability to have your own space to say whatever you want is one of the appeals of blogging but sometimes I get tired of one more post about (fill in the blank).

2) Blogging brings out a lot of my old insecurities. I don't write as well as... My ideas aren't as brilliant as... So and So never comments on my blog... It becomes a little paralyzing at times. A big struggle for me in high school and parts of college was feeling like everyone's second best friend, the person you call after your best friend tells you she's busy. (Insert the world's tiniest violin, playing just for meeeeeeeeeee!) I want to be clear that this is my struggle. This is in no way a message I get from the blogs neighborhoods I visit.

Thanks Sunshine Scribe. It's been a pleasure being interviewed by you.

(I sooooo have in my head right now a line from The Last Remake of Beau Geste where Ann-Margret tells the gentlemen in her bed: "It's been a business doing pleasure with you." That movie probably qualifies as another guilty pleasure.)


In the interest of paying it forward myself (to follow Sunshine Scribe's most excellent example), if you want to be interviewed, email me at aseveremary at pacbell dot net. I will send you questions which you can answer on your own blog. If you don't have your own blog, I will post them here, if you wish.


The few, the brave, the interviewed:

Beck
atypical

Coming soon:

Julie

15 comments:

atypical said...

We even came into contact with this meme simultaneously....

I suppose I shall go ahead and ask you to interview me (though I have already gotten myself into it with Oddmix, so we shall see whether I manage to do a good job of answering questions.

I definitely agree with your negative points to blogging.

I was soooooo happy to see a new entry from you today. Did you separate your blocks of time in the new laundry sorter? If you found the secret to effective time management, you will pass it along, won't you?

Mary-LUE said...

I shall wait to see what questions OddMix asks so I don't repeat him.

That's a good idea for time sorting. Alas, I just neglected my children and hogged the computer so Colin couldn't do his homework!

atypical said...

well see, that sounds like perfect time management to me. You have to give them plenty of subject matter for the "little books" they will write when they grow up. It is a parent's duty!

-t

meredith said...

Thanks for sharing, I can relate to your responses.

Sandra said...

Great Answers! Really, really great.

I especially loved the picture you painted of your life 10 years from now and agree with you 110% about what you like least about blogging answer. I think I'd write the same thing if I were answering it.

Thanks so very, much for playing along Mar. "It's been a pleasure doing business with you."

Beck said...

Hey, you should interview me!
I know what you mean about blogging making me insecure - if someone suddenly stops commenting at my place, I'm suddenly thrown into a tizzy.

ECR said...

This is a great meme. It's a way to share information you might never think of jotting down otherwise. I enjoyed your ideas, as always.

I participated in this meme already and then spent yesterday coming up with a whole bunch of questions for others, and it was truly fun. Now I get to sit back and read the responses.

Julie Pippert said...

I like these interviews going around. It's interesting to me what questions people ask, and even more interesting the replies.

I like the community, and then I also get worried I have slipped into groupthink because, for example, I wrote a post (thinking it's so fresh! so original!) and then I surf and see three other people put up one on a similar topic. Sometimes I go ahead (can't waste effort) and other times, it sits for months (or forever, who can say) in drafts. LOL

Babysitting can be a nightmare. I often found the parents more so than the kids, though.

I dream of an arts and crafts house too. :)

Tabba said...

I've only been by this way a few times, but reading your answers really helped me a "feel", ya know? Great answers...
I could completely relate to your answers in regards to the blogging question. It's like you were right inside my head.
Thanks for sharing the answers!

Aliki2006 said...

I really liked your answers--and this meme.

I've always wanted a Great Dane, too--a harlequin one!

daisies said...

loved your answers ~ what a fun read and when you come to canada, you will of course find your way to my living room :)

i think we all feel insecure about our blogging at times, comes and goes in waves ...

Pieces said...

I completely agree with the beating-of-a-dead-horse feelings when a hot topic is going around. Especially since they are usually issues that can't be solved quickly or easily and I end up feeling frustrated and unhappy.

Great interview!

atypical said...

P.S. I have to say, Mary, that you are one heck of an interviewer (along with being a pretty darn good interviewee).

MarillaAnne said...

Mary, I'll come back and leave intelligent thoughts later. Must nap. But I would really enjoy answering interview questions from you. You know ... in a few more days.

ttyl

ewe are here said...

Great interview!

And naughty pleasures often help get me through the week ... yours are fun!