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Things you didn’t know you wanted to know…or not

I read a lot of blogs (although I’ve been bad about reading anything lately, blogs or books, because HEY! Christmas is the season of leaving everything to the last second and those little elf haters can all just bite me for planning all throughout the year) and the majority of them are written by women.  And then….there are the men blogs, the daddybloggers…and there are a handful of them that have swept me away on a tidal wave of daddy goodness and show how the game is played from the dad’s side.

Sci-Fi Dad is one of those awesome writers that amuse and entertain on his blog Tales from the Dad Side…oh see how craftily I managed to weave his blog title into my other paragraph?…I am writing genius! HEH.


I read the post where Avitable interviewed Sci-Fi dad and I dared him to interview me.  Which, of course, because he finds me to be terribly fascinating…in a butterfly stabbed through the heart and stuck to a piece of cardboard kind of way…he did.

So, here are the interview questions and my answers.

1. Other than the story I cannot ask you about, share an embarrassing story from your youth.

One of my first jobs was working as a telemarketer, which bordered on the far side of hell. The only thing that made it remotely bearable was the ridiculous infatuation I had with the guy who sat next to me. So, in between calls we would chat and flirt and after we started dating, we’d throw in a little innuendo and…er…friskiness.  What I totally forgot about the process is that each and every call was monitored so they could listen in and see if we were giving the pitches properly and if there’s any way we could improve.

On a Friday, when they usually made us listen to successful pitches and ones that stunk to high hell, they played back one of our more private conversations…TO.EVERY.EMPLOYEE!


Could die?

Oh, you betcha.
2. Does living in Florida seem like your existence plays out in a retirement home?

Not so much where I live now, because Tampa is less of a hot spot for the snow birds and whatnot.  When I lived in Daytona we used to joke that we lived where old people go to die.  The only two places it ever really bothered me was driving behind or near the elderly who so obviously should NOT have a renewed license and on the beach…where the elderly SO OBVIOUSLY should not be allowed to wear thongs.  Seriously, those things should have an age limit.
3. Write a haiku summarizing one of your experiences giving birth.

Agonizing pain

Epidural epic fail

It’s so worth it though
4. Do you think that Peyton’s challenges have brought you and your husband closer, pushed you apart, or a bit of both?

Oh my.  A bit of both.  It sort of went in waves, amazingly we would pull closer when things were rough and then we’d have time to vent the stress during the downtimes and that’s when we’d fight and argue and try to take each other out at the knees….might have been more ME doing the take down, just saying.  We were really shocked to find out that 80% of marriages that face a life-threatening illness end in divorce, so we were hyper aware of that statistic throughout her treatment.  I think knowing that we didn’t want to end up with a healthy child and a destroyed marriage made us work harder to be nicer, more compassionate to each other, more understanding to what the other was going through.

I think it pushed us apart some too because any experience like that changes who you are, it grows parts of you and inevitably you grow in different ways. So we are definitely not the same two people we were going into it.
5. Who does Karl sound most like when he’s singing karaoke?

I have to say that Karl does a completely ROCK ON version of “Come on, Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners and blew us away with his “Creep” by Radiohead…so anyone who can put those two songs into one karaoke experience gets mad props for talent.  Who does he sound most like?  I think it’s more important to think of who’s trying to sound like Karl. Justin Timberlake?  I think we all know who really brought the sexy back.

“Want to be part of it? Follow these instructions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
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.

**6.  I’m adding my own rule to this one that I’ll do interviews for the first 5 bloggers who jump on it…otherwise, there’s the possibility that I’ll spend the next week writing interview questions.  Of course, I may totally be overestimating ya’ll interest in spreading your dirty laundry on the internet…however, we ARE talking about bloggers here.


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13 Comments on “Things you didn’t know you wanted to know…or not”

  1. #1 SciFi Dad
    on Dec 19th, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Thanks for playing.

    The telemarketing story? Niiice. (But still not the good one.)

  2. #2 Karalyn
    on Dec 19th, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Ooh, ooh pick me, pick me!

  3. #3 Jennifer
    on Dec 19th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Considering I waste hours of my life doing those survey things on MySpace that contain nothing more than “omg, did you kiss someone today?” and “do you have a crush on someone? And, like, do they KNOW?” *gasp*

    Please help me step it up a bit. 🙂 I’ll doooooo it.

  4. #4 brittany
    on Dec 19th, 2008 at 11:20 am


  5. #5 Average Girl
    on Dec 19th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Memememememme…I wannnnnt it…..

  6. #6 L
    on Dec 19th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    OH pick me please!!!

  7. #7 Shash
    on Dec 19th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Me? Por Favor?

  8. #8 Carrie
    on Dec 19th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Darn! I’m too late. But if you’re feeling generous?

    Pick me! Pick me!

  9. #9 moosh in indy.
    on Dec 19th, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Heh. I’m just in time sucka. No need to interview me, I lose all humor and get really snarky when it comes to interviews.
    But I’m so lucky to be such a great mommy!!! And you’re so blessed to have such a sweet hubby!!! Here’s a button that leads to nowhere!!!!

  10. #10 D's Mommy
    on Dec 20th, 2008 at 1:53 am

    I don’t have a blog but I’d love to be interviewed! During the day I’m busy w/my 2yr old BUT at night all I do is veg and countdown the days till I get induced (24 days and counting down!! Woo-woo!!) so I surf the net and do silly surveys and what not on MySpace:) I’m game. I’m probably boring too BUT I’m game:)

  11. #11 Jennifer
    on Dec 21st, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Drats…I’m too late! If you do this again, keep me in mind.


  12. #12 motherofbun
    on Dec 21st, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    What a great interview! I had no idea about that marriage stat.

  13. #13 Karl
    on Jan 16th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    You got me. I used to front Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Little known secret.