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Taken verbatim from meredith_eats - thanks for the insightful questions!

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
3. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

PS blogspot friends are also welcome!



1. What misconceptions do people have about you because of your faith?

People assume that:

I’m white
I’m conservative
I’m from Utah
I want to convert everyone
I love Donnie and Marie
I went to BYU
I served a mission
I’m married to another Mormon
I’m narrow-minded and anti-intellectual
I support polygamy/am a polygamous wife

ALL WRONG!

2. What's your best sex tip? (hey, you signed up for creepy and personal)

(Of course I could come up with a rated PG-13 sex tip.)

Don’t think about being fat or how you look otherwise – heck, he’s happy that you’re nekkid (took me a long time to get that one in my head)

Corollary to the above – keep the lights on!

3. When did you start loving Harry Potter? Was it when you read the first book or sometime later? What is it that you love about it?

I didn’t read any of the books until #5 came out in 2003. Then I really got into it when I started reading fanfiction and literary analysis such as on hp_essays. It helps that MoBob is just as into them. I love reading them because there are so many layers to unearth in an easy to read format and yet treat some really universal (if coded) themes like class issues, race, prejudice, terrorism, etc.

4. What are some of the unforeseen difficulties of marriage and how did/do you deal with them?

I think the biggest hurdle will be once we have kids (if ever) – the religion question. I’m more religious/practicing than MoBob. He comes from a region that’s famously secular (Ouarzazate in southern Morocco) so I don’t think he’ll go jihadi on me. But religion is an important part of his identity and I’m sure he’ll want to make Fridays just as busy as Sundays.

5. When I think of each trip I've taken, one or two particularly strong memories always rise to the surface. What are yours?

I would have to say living in Morocco on September 11th, 2001. I really felt...American. I also realized that in my grief for my country it was Mohamed I wanted to comfort me and no one else.

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On April 25th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC), mokey4 commented:
i've done this before. but i'll do it again!
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On April 25th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

1. what skills did you gain/improve in grad school that you use regularly at work?

2. what do you think about when you row?

3. if you had to live in the DC 'burbs, where would you pick and why?

4. what was it like to visit Ghana after you'd been a PCV there?

5. how would you define a "Jewish feminist"?
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On April 25th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC), meredith_eats commented:
It's only fair to give as good as you get.

Interview me :)

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On April 25th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Okey-dokey!

1. How do you think PC will be different from your other overseas experiences?

2. Are Okie stereotypes justified?

3. How do you create a sense of “home” when you are traveling?

4. Would you fall in love with someone who’s never left the US/doesn’t have a passport?

5. And finally:
Is there really "world enough and time"?
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On April 25th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Hit me!
I'm not shy...

Di
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On April 25th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Re: Hit me!
OK, baby. Here we go:

1. How does working in Basel differ from working in NYC?

2. Can Scott kayak in Switzerland?

3. What would you do if the missionaries came or the bishop called?

4. Of the Scaries you haven't met, which one would you like most to meet? (apart from me of course!)

5. What is your favorite Mormon dating memory?
On April 26th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Re: Hit me!
1. How does working in Basel differ from working in NYC?

In almost every possible way... Here is more formal, more structured, more hierarchical, many more 'unwritten rules,' far fewer powerful/senior women. The only way it's really the same is one aspect I love - which is the outdoors/outside-your-house life - the cafes and bars and restaurants, with outdoor spaces for nice weather. Oh, and public transportation.

2. Can Scott kayak in Switzerland?

CAN, yes, but hasn't done so yet. He only brought his whitewater kayak, and my sea kayak is in the states still, so we don't have one of those to use. He has lately been itching to do some canoeing, so we'll see. He's spent most of his time hiking, biking, and SKIING - his favorite by far.

3. What would you do if the missionaries came or the bishop called?

If is not the question here - they have called us, apparently just a couple of weeks ago (how DO they find us???). Scott was home and answered the phone and someone (not sure if it was missionaries or bishop or what) and they asked if they could come visit, and Scott quickly said thanks but no thanks. I think living in Utah finished him off. But he also knows that I would be really stressed if the mo's showed up again, so he was looking out for me as well. :-) There are a mostly swiss mo's here, and not all that many american ones, so the church is mostly in german (this from my sister, who went to church once when she was visiting). I can't imagine swiss people being overly pushy and repeatedly calling/making guerrilla visits, even if they're also mo's, so I think Scott might have done the trick with his brief phone conversation.

4. Of the Scaries you haven't met, which one would you like most to meet? (apart from me of course!)

You, for sure - and not just cuz I'm commenting on your blog. :-) Seriously, I have always wanted to meet you in person. I have also never met Robyn in person, but I don't feel like I know her 'electronically' as well as you - she is quieter maybe, or she doesn't have a blog? I don't know... I know JaneAnne, Mary Ellen, Janet and Adriana all very well, Cherie pretty well, too - but haven't seen her in years, have met Lara just a couple of times - I do hope we manage to all meet up at some point!!

5. What is your favorite Mormon dating memory?

Argh - NONE of them really. I didn't do much mormon dating - the no-mos always liked me better, and vice versa. My 'favorite' thing about dating mormon boys was how they got paranoid that you wanted to get married 5 minutes after you met them...OR THEY wanted to get married 5 minutes after you met them. Ack. I much prefer where I ended up. :-)

Thanks - that was fun!
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On April 26th, 2006 09:28 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
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That WAS fun - thanks for responding!

You, for sure - and not just cuz I'm commenting on your blog. :-) Seriously, I have always wanted to meet you in person. I have also never met Robyn in person, but I don't feel like I know her 'electronically' as well as you - she is quieter maybe, or she doesn't have a blog? I don't know... I know JaneAnne, Mary Ellen, Janet and Adriana all very well, Cherie pretty well, too - but haven't seen her in years, have met Lara just a couple of times - I do hope we manage to all meet up at some point!!

Me too! Funny to think that you and Lara are the closest to me geographically.

I've only met Adriana once (though we keep in touch) and never met Cherie. Robyn I knew in DC - she's quiet electronically but fun in person.

Anyway, feel free to reciprocate!
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