If you don’t read her, you really should. Need proof? Read this.
Now without further ado, behold Hilly (and my mad interviewing skillz):
1) Where the hell is your about page?
It’s right here! Okay okay, to be fair, I created it *after* you asked me this question because I wanted to be able to say I made an About Page just for you! The truth is that I took down my About Page right after I got separated and moved to Florida because I honestly had no idea what I was “about” at the time. It’s amazing how loss of any kind can mess with your mind so much that you forget that even though some of your outside forces have changed, who you are on the inside basically remains the same. I spent too much time in my marriage letting both him and the marriage define me and now, I define myself. It was actually awesome to go write my About Page last weekend and have it be way easy peasy lemon squeezy. Thanks for asking this question…you pushed me in a good direction!
2) What is the best book you ever read? Fiction? Non-Fiction?
These questions are always the hardest because for me “best” is always subjective and is ever-changing with my mood and what I’m going through in my life. I will have to say that there are two works of Fiction that have always stuck with me and they are classics. I love both Of Mice and Men and Jane Eyre for very different reasons, obviously. Even though they both are about very different things, there’s a twistiness about their insides that speaks to me. As far as Non-Fiction goes, this is going to make me sound soooo uncool but I cannot stand Non-Fiction books in general. I know that’s a very broad statement so let me backtrack…I don’t generally prefer Non-Fiction even though I will read something if I get in the mood. I generally go for books that will help my guts like The Purpose Driven Life or The Four Agreements. I think the best work of Non-Fiction I’ve ever read though has to be The Bible, which some would argue is Fiction. To me, it’s not.
3) What is your favorite movie of all time and why?
Dude, again with the favorites! I kid, I kid…mostly. I was just having a discussion about this with a group of people the other day and we decided that it’s really hard to say you have a favorite movie because really, each genre that exists is so different. I mean, I can watch Pride & Prejudice (Colin Firth BBC version), Gone With the Wind, and The Wizard of Oz over and over again and never tire of them. When I’m in a chick flick mood, Bridget does it for me every time. When I’m in the mood for horror, I have a penchant for those Hellraiser dudes even though the acting in those movies is horrible! When I am in the mood for a musical, I put on Grease or Into the Woods. I guess if I really truly had to pick a favorite though, it would be Pulp Fiction. Or maybe The Princess Bride. Or maybe Moulin Rouge. Yikes! Actually, if I really seriously totally have to pick ONE? Amélie.
4) Name your top three albums of all time.
Ahhhh, okay…this one will be a wee bit easier. Mostly. I mean, you are totally having me define myself here today! It’s all crazy for a girl who normally just talks about emotional bullshit.
1. Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes
2. Depeche Mode – Black Celebration
3. Sarah Brightman – Eden
5) If you were sentenced to death what would you choose for your last meal?
I’d probably be too nervous to eat but if I had to? Crispy chicken tacos (made with an oily-ass shell), dripping with cheese and meat then a nice filet mignon that melted in mah mouth followed by the most decadent chocolate lava cake ever made. Oh, and a diet coke.
6) Why do you blog?
I think that the main reason I blog is that I like the sense of community and the friendships that come from knowing someone so intimately. I know people from all different walks of life, different careers, different relationship choices, etc and it is so amazing to see that deep down inside, most of us are the same. We have the same needs, wants and feelings on a base level. I’m always inspired when people write me to thank me for being so open about this divorce process and moving forward because they too are going through it and had no idea that someone out there was feeling exactly the same way. The second reason that I blog is purely therapeutic. I can’t afford a therapist so I just sit down and write whatever emotions come to me and let that all flow into whatever I have to say on any given day. I sometimes (but not often) worry that people who read my blog think that they only emotions I have are the ones that get expressed here when the reality is that I probably pour way more confusion and sadness or anger or whatever onto this blog so that it’s NOT in my soul.
7) What is your favorite blog? (No fair saying one of your own)
Um yeah, way to get me in trouble, Sarah! I was going to go to my Google Reader and start comparing and contrasting the blogs that I read so that I could make an informed decision and not hurt anyone’s feeling but…fuck it. I will just go with the first blog that popped into my head when I read this. I love Faiqa’s blog, Native Born. She is such an amazing and intelligent woman with a fortitude like none I’ve ever seen before. She has a way with words that draws you in and makes you feel like she’s talking specifically to you. She’s just got a way about her (thanks Billy Joel). These are two of my favorite posts she has written: She Didn’t *Have* To Ask For Her Heart In A Box and Upsy Daisy In The Bed Of Roses. But don’t just read the ones I like…read them all!
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You can read where Natalie interviewed me on her blog The Bobby Pin.