Heather of Blog, Blah, Blah did a cool interview meme the other day, and invited her readers to participate. Basically, she asks me three questions, and I respond in my own blog, then invite my readers to participate. The rules say that if you want to be interviewed by me, just leave a comment saying so (with your email address), and I'll send you questions.
Without further ado, here goes!
1. I know you have recently taken up residence in North Carolina. What's your favorite part of living in NC? What do you miss most about your old home?
My favorite part of living in NC is the natural beauty of it. Don't get me wrong--CA has remarkably beautiful places to visit--Yosemite, the northern coast, Napa Valley, etc. But NC's beauty is where you live. Forests line the freeway I commute on. Flowers bloom everywhere. There are rivers and lakes and ponds all over the place. What I miss most about CA is my friends, and the state's comprehensive recycling programs. That, and living next to a major airport where you can get a direct flight to Europe. Which leads me to...
2. I saw on your blog that you are going to England next year. What do you most want to see and what would you be okay not seeing if you ran out of time and had to scratch something off the list?
The top of my list is the Tower Bridge Key Ceremony. Apparently you have to write in advance for tickets, so relatively few people get to see it. From what I've read, it's steeped in tradition centuries old, and quite the spectacle. If I run out of time, the first thing to be scratched off would be a museum. I know that the British National Museum is a must-see according to all the guide books, but while I find art somewhat interesting, it would definitely take a back seat to something like the flea market on Portobello Road, or a day trip to Stonehenge.
3. I liked the question that was posed to me and so I am also going to ask it of you: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your 19-year-old self?
That's a tricky question. A few years ago, I would have said without a doubt that I'd tell my 19-year-old self to not take the easy road majoring in history, and instead hunker down and major in math, because it would have given me more, better paying career options. But I might not have become a teacher, which means I would have never met my best friend, and that would be awful. Although, I might have met a husband instead, but really you can never know. And frankly, I am very satisfied with my career right now, so there are no regrets.
So since the math major advice is not something I would give myself any longer, instead I would tell myself to live life more fully, to experience more things. I lived in San Diego for three years in college and never went to Sea World. I lived in New Hampshire for three months and barely explored beyond my dorm room. I lived a mile from the beach in LA for a year and only went once. Lately I've tried to be more adventurous and I think that having a blog has really helped me try new things, if for no other reason than to report back on how they went.
I hope I did your interview questions justice, Heather. If anyone wants to be "interviewed" by me, just leave a comment and I'll ask you some questions. It's fun!