Getting to know you, getting to know all about you

I saw this little Q&A on modern homebody (my new favorite blog, go check it out!) and thought it fit perfectly with my "make new friends" resolution... internet friends count too, I think! Well, it's my resolution, so I can make them count. If you have a blog and want to join in the chain of friendliness, here's how:

1. If you want to participate, leave me a comment on this post saying, "Interview me." (And your e-mail address, please.)
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.

Courtney came up with some fun questions, so here we go!

1. one trip to anywhere in the world: where would you go, what would you do, how long would you stay?

I've been on a huge Africa kick lately, so I'd definitely go there. Go on safari, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (and ahem, get in shape first), and definitely Morocco! I hate rushed trips, so maybe three or four months?

2. best place to go for inspiration?

The coffee shop! I'm a Northwest girl for sure. Doesn't have to be Starbucks though. I love the smell of the espresso beans and people watching. I can always get a ton of writing done there (for work or for fun) in like no time at all. When I was in college I'd go get coffee and write for my creative fiction class... too many funny conversations and people to turn into characters.

3. last meal?

Not sure if this is supposed to be the last meal I ate or the hopeful last meal I will eat... The last thing I ate today was a plain fat free yogurt and an english muffin with marionberry jam for breakfast this morning. For the last meal I'll have EVER, I'd like a steak (I'm a vegetarian, so that's bad), my dad's oven-baked macaroni and cheese, a few onion rings, and some kind of apple/caramel/crumble/crust dessert with hand-whipped cream. Hmm, no wonder I had to join Weight Watchers...

4. funniest or most embarrassing thing you did publicly as a kid? feel free to post pictures!

Well I was the crying girl all through elementary school, and that was embarrassing enough. But once I fell on the playground while running at full tilt (second grade, probably), and just bit it. Face first onto the sandy ground, just as all the kids from every class came running out for recess. I got sand up my nose, in my mouth, in my eyes, and all over my turquoise stretch pants and sweatshirt. Naturally, I cried. Now it's kind of funny, but thankfully there are no pictures!

5. most successful moment as an artist. however you define it.

My college capstone project presentation (in creative writing), when my professor introduced me, he said he wished he could write dialogue as well as I could. Even though I was really really nervous to go read my short story to 40 people, that felt really good to hear and gave me an extra boost of confidence in my talent as a writer.

Thanks Courtney, this was fun! Anyone else want to try?