The Great Interview Experiment

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A few weeks ago I ran across a couple of blogs that were involved in The Great Interview Experiment. Essentially, the point is that there are a lot of bloggers out there and this is a nice way of getting to know other bloggers that you might not already know. You sign up and the person who signed up right before you will interview you, and then you interview the person who signed up after you. For the most part it's random, which is a nice opportunity to find new blogs and get to know their writers.

I signed up and am being interviewed by Mama Ginger Tree and I've already interviewed Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas, which is what I'm going to post here in a minute. If you've not heard about the Great Interview Experiment, I encourage you to look. It's really kind of neat and I know that both of these ladies that I've had the pleasure of "meeting" have been great. I'm actually going to be guest posting for Mama Ginger Tree soon, because, I'm a little bit crazy, so be sure to check back there (I'll link it, don't worry).

Anyways, enough describing of what's going to happen, how about we just go onto the main event? Getting to know Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas

Blog related questions:
1. You wrote early on that "Fear and Parenting" isn't your first blog- so when did you begin blogging and why?

I started blogging as a creative outlet to vent my frustration about an extramarital affair I was having with the President. Oh, I wish I was that cool.

Really, my first blog was about three years ago. Mainly a family thing. I did a food blog for awhile. Both died from neglect.

2. There's a big divide between bloggers whose families know about their blog and those who keep their family out completely. Which side are you on? Do your family/friends know about your blog?

Yes and no. Obviously Homer's in on the gig, as are a handful or two of my friends. My big bro knows about it, but has been warned that it's not exactly G-rated stuff. I think my mom knows I blog, but is too afraid of the interwebs to look. My MIL reads Homer's blog, so it stands to reason that she's stumbled onto mine.

I am a bit careful about how I self-promote. The RW friends that I tell know and love me in spite of who I am. They can see past a snarky post for what it is and still return my calls.

3. Have you met any other bloggers or made other internet connections through your blogging experiences?

Short of the aforementioned RW friends who knew me before Fear and Parenting, all of the connections I've made in the blogosphere have remained electronic. I've had private plurks with some and conversations via e-mail with others, but no in-person connections although, I really want to meet Lindsay Ferrier of Suburban Turmoil and Rebecca Wolfe Girls Gone child in person. It would be like sitting in homeroom with the homecoming queen on one side and the cool rocker chick on the other. It's my version of The Breakfast Club on the blogosphere.

Las Vegas related questions:
4. You speak very highly of Las Vegas and we know all the reasons you love it, but if you could live anywhere else in the world (disregarding cost and language barriers) where would it be, and why?

If I had my pick, I would pull a Steve Perry and live in my city by the ba-ay. Yep. Give me pea-soup fog, a rainbow flag, a bowl of chili in a sourdough bowl and the best calves west of the Mississipi (have you seen the hills!) and I'd be as happy as a pig in slop. San Francisco – it's not just for BlogHer anymore.

5. What is the most difficult thing about living in Las Vegas?

Frankly, the hardest thing about living in Vegas is the people bitching about living in Vegas. The last time I checked, this wasn't Berlin circa 1962. There's no wall keeping you here. If you don't like it, go. If you like it enough, shut your pie hole, get your boots on with me and let's fix what you can't stand about it.

Family/parenting related questions:
6. In reading your blog I can't help but notice that you seem to have a lot of wildlife- lizards, turtles (or is it tortoises?)- so what's the total count? How many, what kinds and how did you come to have such a collection?

Oh dear. You really want to know? I lost count, but it's fair to say that the reptile room in my house and what's in my backyard represents more herpetological biodiversity than most zoos. We have lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. Nothing venomous. All legal.

How did I get them? I married a biologist. He brings his work home with him sometimes (or at least he used to. He ran out of room). Some people get creeped out, but hey, the way I see it, it's a lot more interesting than marrying an accountant and having to dust calculators. Besides, who needs a bounce house or a clown? My kids give their friends tours of our "zoo" at birthday parties and always have the coolest crap for "show and tell."

7. If you could only teach your kids one value/lesson, what would it be and why?

Passion. Find the issues/causes/ideals and people in your life that make your pulse race and put the fire in your belly. These passions will drive you, sustain you and mold you into the person you are meant to be.

8. What's your biggest fear as a parent?

Three words: Losing my kids.

9. What is the best part about parenting? Anything that stands out that no one told you before you had kids?

You know, no one warned me that it would be this much fun. I know it sounds cheesy, but, at the end of the day, I have a blast with my kids. I had great parents and they busted their tails to give us a good life. That said, it always looked hard. It was hard. My mom seemed to be so focused on getting everything perfect that she lost her sense of fun in my childhood. She's getting that back with my kids. After all, she can spoil them and send them back. I have to undo her damage now (in more ways than one) and she gets the last laugh.

10. Are you finished having kids or do you think you might add more to the family?

Elvis has left the building. Store's closed. We're done. I know it disappointed my Catholic in-laws, but given my MIL's challenge of having Homer as a surprise at 40+ (with four teenagers under her roof), I think, deep-down, she cheered us on when he had his appointment with a bag o' frozen peas.

For us, zero population growth starts at home. Big families are for some people, but I'm not willing to lose my man-on-man defensive advantage. More than two, they start ganging up on you.

YOU related questions:
11. When you were in kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up? How far from what do now is that?

As long as I could remember, I knew I wanted kids and I wanted to work outside of the home. Where the paycheck came from has varied from the stereotypical little girl aspirations (e.g., teacher, nurse, etc.) to some unusual choices like being in the first female professional basketball league (not because I was good, but because I was a tall kid and everyone told me I should play) and doing stand-up comedy.

My career now is pretty far away from all of those things. I suppose that I get to exorcise my comedy demons on my blog.

The one constant is that I always envisioned having two hilariously smart toehead kids and a supportive husband who would help me make my dreams come true. That I got in spades.

12. You limit your kids tv time, but what about you? Tv watcher or no? What're your favorite shows?

TV is white noise to me. My brain can't just focus on one thing at a time. I need to catch up on my DVR/TiVo bank while blogging, folding laundry, etc. What's in the queue? (in no particular order)
• Deadliest Catch
• Ace of Cakes
• Project Runway
• Amazing Race
• Shear Genius
• Masterpiece Theater
• Paranormal State
• Ghost Hunters/Ghost Hunters International
• ER
• Heroes

Notice a trend? Yep, I'm a reality junkie. It can drive Homer out of a room faster than a diarrhea diaper, but it's my guilty pleasure. After all, it's all just Nova with weirder people.

13. You do a lot of activities with your kids, what are your favorite non-kid related hobbies?

Hmmmm. You should see the cool sweater I knit from my dead cat's hair. It's my way of keeping a little bit of him with me all the time. It's great, especially when I'm fighting a cold from those over air-conditioned casinos I hang out in.

If you think that's cool, you should see what I can do with laundry lint and baby drool. (Wow, that rhymed. I am some sort of poet.)

14. What's one thing we should know about you that we might not know from what you've written to date?

Never ever take me too seriously. Regardless of what you read, always know that my heart is in the right place – at the bottom of a dark, icy chasm.

15. Just to be sure, were there any questions you were hoping to answer that I didn't ask?

I was really hoping for something super-deep, like what's the meaning of life, who would I most like to have dinner with, or what's my favorite curse word. For the record, the answers are: love, Tom Colichio, and nothing makes me smile than "asshat."

That's all folks. A big thanks to Fear and Parenting for taking on my questions and sharing a little about herself here for us!


Anonymous said...

Thanks again for the interview. It was a lot of fun!

Ness said...

Enjoyed that post, Katie. But I don't think I'm interviewing material...ignorance is bliss you I do think it's a great concept that I might subscribe to someday.

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