This is my interview of Rachel from Confessions of a True Jersey Girl. She always reads my blog and always comments. Thanks Rachel.
Where do you live?
I live in a little town about ten minutes from Cape may & Wildwood, New Jersey.
What is it like where you live?
It’s nothing short of amazing. I’ve grown up here my entire life… I’m one of those kids that never moved away. I’m just steps to the beach whether I’m at work or at home and that’s pretty cool. Where i live, there isn’t a mall for a solid 45 minutes! We don’t have any chain restaurants like Applebees close to us, you have to go up to the mall for that, and our McDonalds in Wildwood closes in the winter! There’s hardly any traffic, except on the weekends in the summertime when all the tourists head down here. New Jersey has amazing beaches. We have a boardwalk in Wildwood that has amazing rides, arcades and food. We have an old lighthouse down at Cape May Point that’s fun to climb, you can see for miles! Where i live is also about an hour south of Atlantic City. Every once in a while my friends and I will take a drive up there to check out the casinos and go to a really ritzy restaurant. In the summer, there is never a shortage of things to do because Cape May is a tourist spot, so everything here revolves around the summer season. In the winter though, everything, even the McDonalds like I said, shuts down. So in the winter, we rent a lot of movies, do a lot of ice skating at a pond that’s frozen over, and just pray for summer. It really is paradise though!
I know you have a cat. What is your cat like?
Liza is my baby. She’s going to be a year old in august and she weighs 5.5 pounds. She’s the light of my life. She makes me laugh when nothing or no one else ever could. She’s a trouble maker like you wouldn’t believe! She’s always finding her way into a place she shouldn’t be, or getting into something that she shouldn’t be getting herself into. Her favorite place to sleep is on top of the bird cage, how crazy is that? We cover the birds up with a blanket at night, and fold it back during the day. She lays on the blanket just far enough back so the birds can’t get her! I don’t know if you know much about Siamese cats, but she talks… a lot.( ,lkkkkkkkkkkkkkkcbdhalbgurla <—See that? That was her hopping down off the monitor and onto my keyboard! ) Siamese cats make this loud kind of crying noise when they want something or they want attention… when I first got her, it drove me crazy, but now.. I’m used to it. She has me trained well! She’s so smart! She learned how to open doors when she was just a baby! She loves to play, she has these little fuzzy balls with feathers on them that she chases around for hours! She’s got the most amazing blue eyes too!
I have to add in here that I got her from a rescue. I drove 2 1/2 hours to Baltimore, Maryland to get her. I found her online and fell in love. When I went to pick her up, the lady told me that she had gotten her from a shelter in Virginia where she was next in line to be put down. I couldn’t imagine my life without her, and I can’t believe people would do such a thing! If you are looking to adopt a pet, look around in shelters… you’ll be surprised what you’ll find, and those animals would love somewhere warm and safe to go home to!
What is your favorite color? Why?
Pink. Not baby pink, not electric pink, but this exact shade of deep bright magenta (it’s the background color on my page…). Why? Because it’s amazing! It’s noticeable, and pretty, funky and cute all at the same time… a lot like me!
Has anyone ever hurt your feelings? What happened?
Oh my gosh! So many times! growing up, I was the fat kid. I got really sick when i was 4 years old with asthma, and the doctors had to give me steroids. Because of that, I ended up ten years old and 150 pounds, I don’t even weigh that much now! I never was a big eater, but the kids at school automatically assumed that because I was heavy, I over ate. They used to pick on me and call me fatty, Pillsbury, you name it. This one time, I was on the play ground and this boy I knew came up to me, pushed me down and kicked me right in the stomach. I cried for days and begged my mom to never make me go back to school again. But you know what? She made me go back, and I’m better for it. That same boy that knocked me down on the playground asked me out about ten years later… I told him no. That made it all worth it.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
When i was in college, a lady heard me singing and I got offered a job singing Christmas carols around town. It was only for a week and it payed pretty well, so I agreed to do it. When I showed up for my first day, the lady that ran it handed me an elf costume. Tights, slippers, hat… I kid you not, the whole nine yards. Then, she did my makeup ridiculously. I was mortified, but I figured that no one would see me. Boy, was I ever wrong! Photographers and journalists from the local paper practically met us down there and photographed us. We ended up on the front page the week all my friends came home on thanksgiving break! I was mortified, and none of my friends have let me forget it!
What is the best thing you have ever done in your life?
So far, going to college has been the best thing that I have done with my life. I was the first person in my family to go, so that was pretty awesome. I’d like to think that as far as amazing accomplishments go, the best is yet to come!
What is the worst thing you have ever done as an adult?
I’ve made bad calls in the past on a lot of things. But every bad decision that I have made has taught me how and most importantly why to make the right one later on. I wouldn’t say one thing stands out as the WORST thing I have ever done, because I’ve never done anything completely terrible. I’m a boring person.
Has anyone you know died? What did you feel like at the funeral?
I have known three people in my life that have passed away, but I can’t honestly say that I was ever at a funeral. My great grandfather on my moms side, and my great grandmother on my dads side both died when I was young, so my parents didn’t let me go to the funeral… they didn’t think I needed to see that and they wanted me to keep them in my memory as they were, not as they are now. Just last week my grandfather, my dad’s dad, died. He was cremated, and he didn’t want a funeral. He had always told us that funerals were for the living, not for the dead. I was just so sad for my dad, because there was nothing that I could do to make him feel better. I’m still a little sad about it, but every day gets better. He was a wonderful person.
If you were a car, what kind of car would you be? Any vehicle, actually?
I definitely wouldn’t be a car, that’s for sure. One, I’m not a very good driver… And two, the last thing this world needs is one more car! I’d be one of those Vespa scooters. A pink one, since it’s my favorite color. It would have to be the perfect shade though. They are way better for the environment and fill up on very little gas!
I like to ride my bike. What do you like to do?
I love to ride my bike too! But, I love to surf. Growing up at the beach it’s been one of my favorite ways to get away form everything that bothers me. Out there in the water, it’s just you and your board. It’s an amazing feeling! I’ve been going fishing with my dad ever since I was in diapers, so I love getting the chance to go out on the boat and fish for a few hours with my family. My boyfriend is a roller hockey player, so we do that a lot together. I’m terrible, but he always makes me feel like I’m doing a good job. I also love to sing, read girly novels,work on my photography skills, write on my blog, and just be around people that I love!
Do you like black and white or color pictures better?
It depends on what you’re taking the pictures of. I think photos of people are almost always better black and white. There’s more of a charm in black and white photos, there’s an old fashioned feeling to them. I think when you are taking pictures of landscapes, flowers, animals… things like that, black and white pictures just doesn’t do them justice, so… color all the way!
What makes you laugh?
Liza. My friends are probably the most hilarious people that I know, and they are always doing goofy things. I’m in love with Stephen Lynch, he’s a comedian that makes all of his jokes into these hysterical songs. He’s great!
What is the worst kind of illness you have ever had?
When I was 4 years old, I was diagnosed with asthma. I almost had to die for them to make the diagnosis and get me the medicine that I needed. I spent 5 days in the hospital, and was in there for Christmas that year, & I’ve been living with it ever since. It’s a scary thing not being able to breathe, especially when you are young. I’m pretty used to it now, and I know my own body well enough that I can sense when my breathing isn’t right. It gets hard and I get frustrated because there are things that I can’t do, but for the most part, I have it under control. I still have to take medicine every day, and when it gets bad I have to use something that’s called a nebulizer… But it could always be worse!
Editor’s note: This interview was done before Matthew’s blogging break. Liza, the kitty, had her first birthday already. Happy Birthday, Liza!