I don't remember how I found this, but I did: the Great Interview Experiment. It's pretty easy, but really fun to do. All you do is sign up via the comments section. Neil, the brain behind the idea, then sends you the contact details of the person who commented before you and you send them a short questionnaire. He also sends your details to the person who comments after you and you get to answer their questions.
I was lucky enough to have the chance to interview Jenny from NeuroClassyMom. I read through her blog and its archives (yeah, OK, I didn't read all of it, obviously, but enough to get a feeling for the blog and to decide that yeah, she sounded like a cool person to interview. I wasn't wrong!), thought up some questions and sent them off.
In record time (how are people so organised?), the answers came flying back - and it's now taken me almost 3 days to get this post up... Did I ever mention that I'm disorganised?
So, without further ado, I present Jenny:
Well, funny you should ask number one...
1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE France and everything French! I'm a bit infatuated by it, to say the least. But, I've never been there. It's like a childhood crush, except on an entire country. I would love to live there, at least for a period of time. I can see myself having a new beginning there one day - or a second home, if I ever win the lottery. (Which I highly doubt will ever happen, since I don't play the lottery!)
2. What's your favourite music from the 1980s?
I love 80s music. I've always thought I wasn't really born at the right time - I can see myself living in many different decades for many different reasons. The 80s - I love the music and I can TOTALLY rock the 80s dance moves! (Which, admittedly, isn't saying much.) I listened to *A LOT* of Madonna, the Bangles, and various others. I like pretty much anything I can sing and dance with...which is pretty much all 80s music! :)
3. If someone forced you to sit and watch the two Twilight films back-to-back, what would your reaction be?
I would be OK with that. I'm am not, by any means, a "Twilight Head". I haven't read the books, and I finally saw the first movie this summer. It was definitely a movie that lingered with me after it was over. I love romantic movies. Plus, even with the dead vampire make-up, Robert/Edward was pretty easy on the eyes. I haven't seen New Moon yet, but am looking forward to seeing it. I've heard lots of good things about it! Just this past week, I bought a copy of Twilight and decided to read it. However, I haven't gotten past the first handful of pages yet. I don't know if I will make it. The movie is competing in my mind and (shhh!!) I'm not that impressed with the writing. (No offense!) But, we'll see...I'll give it the good college try!
4. If you could ask one person who is totally unavailable in reality for advice, who would it be and why?
This is, by far, the toughest question. (I skipped it and came back to it.) I think perhaps Audrey Hepburn. She wasn't perfect, of course, but I think we all would agree her life was "successful". She was a loving mother, a beautiful woman, incredibly talented, a humanitarian, and - most obviously - an enduring classic. She was a true lady, yet she thought for herself and must have been quite courageous to do everything she did in such a Man's World. I want to be just like her when I grow up.
5. What famous person (or people) are you most often compared to, and do you find this flattering?
My aunt used to always say I looked like Brooke Shields. My great-grandmother used to call me her "little Elizabeth Taylor". My boss says I am "SO" Reese Witherspoon (not the hair - which is really a bummer. She has such great hair!). One lady I met at a workshop said I looked "just like" Kelly Preston. (I seriously doubt that.) All of those comparisons definitely flatter me.
Then, one day, my brother said I reminded him of Sandra Bullock...in All About Steve. That did NOT flatter me! Her character definitely came across as a bit of a nutjob. (Which really may not be too off the mark, come to think of it...)
6. What's your favourite musical?
So hard to say - I love musicals! I've never seen a bad one! I was completely moved by Cabaret. I couldn't stop talking about it all night after the show, and for days afterwards. I love it when authors & playwrights embed deeper meanings and plots like that. Entertaining my mind on more than one level. I also love Into the Woods. I think stories that manipulate familiar characters and plots are charming and quirky....and I loved the music, of course. And, I also honestly loved Lion King! I was so impressed with the technical aspects of the production - the puppetry, costume design, lighting, etc. I was so impressed with the actors' abilities to "be" animals without seeming like they were "playing" animals. All in all, I can't choose just one favorite! I love so many!
7. What's on your Christmas list this year?
My Christmas list???
a new coffee maker - red, please
gift cards to Joann's, Michael's, etc. for craft/sewing supplies
gift cards for Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. for home projects (repainting, reflooring, and more)
gift cards to Amazon - BOOKS, BOOKS, AND MORE BOOKS!
a docking station
salt and pepper shaker (just broke my salt shaker at Thanksgiving meal)
new glasses for my kitchen (I keep breaking them!!)
and, one true "wish list" item: a Cricut machine. I can't justify the expense AT ALL, but would LOVE to have one!!!
Terribly exciting, isn't it? ;)
Thank you for interviewing me. I'll have to interview you sometime, even though that's not the way the game goes. I'd love to hear about your adventures and experiences in France!!!
And there you go. Doesn't she sound lovely? And she loves musicals! A girl after my own heart...
As for the questionnaire for me, I've been promised it around the end of the week. I'll keep you posted!
In true techno-idiot fashion, the link to Jenny's blog of course doesn't work. This has nothing to go with her, all to do with me and my ineptitude. Strangely, if you click on the message in the error message, you do get to her blog, so the link isn't that bad, but still. I'm going to give it another go here, now, but am not holding out much hope... But persevere, people, her blog is lovely and full of sweet Christmas memories today...
Neurotic, Yet Classy