Where do you live? What is like where you live?
I recently moved to a small-ish town in Georgia. I love it here; there
are fields and livestock but Starbucks and Target, too. I often refer
to it as the perfect Big Little Town. We’re in the middle of the worst
drought the area has seen in 100 years, too, but this week has been
rainy. The advantage of a drought is that you don’t mind so much when
it finally rains.
I know you just moved. Where did you live before? Which house do
you like better?
I used to live in New Hampshire. My new house beats the old house,
hands down. For one thing, we have a pool here (and weather warm
enough to use it more than a month a year). For another, I have my own
office in this house (and in the old one, I just had a corner of the
family room). Finally, in this house the kids can make a lot more
noise without me getting mad, because the sound-proofing between the
upstairs and the downstairs is phenomenal.
What is like being a writer?
It’s tons of fun. I get paid to make stuff up or just write down what
I think. How lucky is that??
You’ve been blogging a long time. What made you want to start blogging?
I actually started blogging because I was sad, and I wanted to stop
feeling so sad all the time. Writing things down had helped me in the
past. And I’d always been pretty good at making other people laugh,
and it turns out that you can’t make people laugh and not end up
laughing, yourself. Blogging is my story of my journey, but it’s also
the greatest reminder in the world not to take things too seriously.
What is it like being a mom?
It’s even better than being a writer. My kids delight me and infuriate
me and prove to me that God does indeed have a wicked sense of humor.
What is your favorite TV show?
Hmmmm. That’s hard. With the WGA strike on I’ve been watching much
less TV. I absolutely love (and miss) The Office. And the original
Iron Chef (not Iron Chef America, but the Japanese version) was my
favorite for years.
I know you guys like The Mythbusters. What is your favorite
episode? I like all of the airplane myths.
We adore Mythbusters. My favorite episode thus far is probably the
Myth Evolution one where they tried to figure out if a ninja could
slap a bullet away. That’s also the one where they tested whether or
not an airbag could break your thumbs if your hands were in the 10 and
2 position on a steering wheel. (I like anything where they play with
ballistics gel. My son always says “THEY’RE MAKING A JELL-O PERSON!”)
When we lived in Colorado, I had to fly to see my dad in CA. Was it
hard to let your kids go on a plane to visit their dad?
My kids are actually too little to fly alone, so thus far we’ve either
driven them back home or their dad has flown with them. It’s always
hard to have them gone, though. I miss them a lot when they’re not
What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
One time when I was in first or second grade, in all of my little-kid
wisdom I decided that underpants were unnecessary if I was wearing
pants. (Don’t ask me how this came about. I was a weird little kid.)
So, I stopped wearing underwear. Until the day the crotch seam split
on my pants when the teacher was making us sit cross-legged in a
circle on the floor. Whoops!
What happens to you when you eat sugar? A lot of sugar?
If I eat a moderate amount of sugar, I get happy! Sugar! Yum! If I eat
a lot of sugar, I get hyper and obnoxious. And then later I get a
What is the most disturbing thing you have ever seen? (Was it that
huge spider you found on your porch?)
Ha! That spider on my porch was pretty bad, yes, but at least it was
outside. Down here in Georgia we’ve had some palmetto bugs INSIDE and
that was much worse. But definitely the worst thing I’ve ever seen was
when the kids and I were in a car accident and my daughter’s head got
split open pretty badly. (She’s fine now and barely has a scar. But it
was pretty awful-looking.)
What is the worst injury you have ever gotten?
I’ve been lucky enough to have very few injuries; I’ve never even
broken a bone! I did fall while jumping on my bed when I was about
four (kids: don’t jump on the bed) and gashed my arm so deeply that it
didn’t even bleed. My mom had to take me to the emergency room. I
still have the scar, over 30 years later.
What is your favorite place just to go and enjoy life?
I’m much less about places and more about who I’m with, actually. But
given a choice, I’ll always pick somewhere with clear blue water and a
nice sandy beach. 🙂
What is the funniest word you have ever heard?
Mastication, because it sounds dirty but it just means chewing. (Are
you sure that you’re the 10-year-old boy, and not me?)
Do you have any special talents?
I can make a clover with my tongue. And wiggle my ears. At the same
time, even. Also, I’m a decent singer and cook. (I like to do those at
the same time, too.)