Monday, February 16, 2009

Oooh, oooh! Pick Me!

Laura of Are We Nearly There Yet, Mummy? agreed to my incessant begging and bribing request for her to interview me. So without further ado...

1. You’ve lived all over the world. Which was your favourite home and why?

I loved living in that cardboard house out by the airport. You know. The one with the old rusting shopping cart in front. It was SO much better than Ghana.

But seriously, my favorite place to live was Damascus, Syria. The food is fabulous, the weather was pleasant, I could walk to work and the gym and the souk, and the Syrians are the most genuinely friendly people I have met. And it was safe. Because military regimes suck for the people who live under them, but they're great for foreigners. Which is sad.

2. I remember one of your children tattooing himself with a pen. Do you have any tattoos and what are they? If not, what would you have?

Yes, when my eldest son tattooed his younger brother. Good times. No, I have no tattoos. I am actually terrified of pain. But I have given birth to 4 children with no medication.

My sister, on the other hand, has two tattoos. And only one child. With meds.

I think that means we're both warped.

3. This morning I resorted to doing something I said I would never do. All out of baby wipes I gave my child a lick wash with a tissue. What child rearing line have you crossed?

I never cross lines when child rearing. My children are all perfect and I am mother of the year as evidenced by any one of the following: when I videotaped my child's terror and posted it on the internet, or when one of them (not the teenager) got drunk, or the fact that my boys wear tights.

See. Just as I said. Perfect.

4. You work with pre-schoolers. Are you mad?

"We're all mad here."

Yes, you probably must be a little mad to work with children of any age. I also teach teenagers (12-17) and they are difficult in their own right. The biggest difference I can see between the two is that the teenagers mostly participate because they think they have to, because they have been through so much school up to this point where participation was mandatory. Preschoolers don't yet do this. They mostly have to be coerced into participating.

The other thing I have learned: the bad kids ALWAYS come to class.

5. When your children have flown the nest what will you do with yourself?

More time for blogging!

I will cook gourmet meals every night without having to hear about how this is "Yuck!" (my husband is better behaved than that. My house will be perpetually clean with only a little bit of dust occasionally. I will own white furniture. I will own furniture.

In the next couple of years I will begin working on my Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. This is what I want to do when I grow up.

Here’s the directions:

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.


  1. Wow, I admire the fact that you've lived so many places. I would have loved to at least have spent (after college) a year or two in another country but I was too much of a scardie cat to do it.

  2. Interview me (unless you don't want to risk it...)

    When you have got the gourmet-a-day routine running give me a bell.

  3. Love it - especially the Blaise vs Bee Movie .. which is wrong

  4. I'm with you on the no tattoo but unmedicated childbirth thing. I think there are different kinds of pain.

    As for that little post-kids fatasy you goot going there? Ha! The cooking, maybe. The spotless house, no way. Besides, they'll only bring around grandkids to mess it up.

  5. you forgot a step in your directions/instructions on the interview requests...I would have to create a blog FIRST right? No fair i want to be interviewed and to come up with quippy answers...I jsut don't have the time/energy/interesting enough life to maintain a blog int eh long term...

  6. Wow Syria! That is pretty cool.

    I hope you have better luck with your Masters degree as soon as I passed mine in Education I moved here and haven't worked as a teacher since.

    I will take a chance and be interviewed.

  7. Hee! Great interview! I'm too boring to volunteer to be interviewed, but I'd like to see what other folks have to say!

  8. ...and you can invite all your bloggy friends to dinner.

    Damascus, huh? You exotic wretch...

  9. Oh, Marriage and Family Therapy! I can so see this. How perfect.

    You always make me grin at my monitor, you know.

    But I've never kissed the monitor. So we're all good. Not at all stalkerish.

  10. You never fail to crack me up!...and we're here in DC...finally..and I feel like I haven't blogged in I'll play...interview me...

  11. I would love to live overseas, too. Spouse works for a large multinational, and has been offered some opportunities, but we could never get them to fly. Sigh...

    And if you want, you can interview me! I so need blog fodder...:)


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