Monday, April 02, 2007

Interview and Accolades

Beck posted an interview that someone initiated with her. She said in closing that if anyone wanted interview questions that she would send some personal questions to anyone who wanted them. I figured that I might not do a very good job answering the questions, but that she would do a good job asking them, so I said that I was game. If you would like me to interview you, leave a comment and I will give you your own set.

1. You're having Shakespeare over for dinner tonight! Which one other person from history do you invite with him?

Mel Gibson.

No, it's not just because I had a page from the 1991 People's Most Beautiful People up on the wall in my dorm room. It's because I think that Shakespeare would like to see what has been done with Shakespeare since he's been gone. Mel was Hamlet, after all.

2. If you had to pick a new first name, which one would you choose and why?


That's a good question, being that Jennifer was THE name of the 1970's. In the fifth grade there were three or four of us in my class. As a child, I was always bummed that I couldn't buy the personalized stickers or shoelaces that were all the rage--not because my name was Jaquilla and it didn't exist, but because they were always sold out. As an adult, I'm fine with it now, even though in a large Adult Sunday School class a few years ago, of the 40 or 50 couples, there were five Jennifer's. Moving to the Northeast helped a lot. Within my whole church (which is honestly not much bigger than the class that I was a part of back then), I am the only Jennifer.

But the question is if I had to pick a new first name. . . I don't really know. Why don't you all pick a new name for me. What do you think?

3. Which actress - past or present - should play you in the movie of your life?


There is not a strong physical resemblance to Elizabeth Shue, but I think she has the right blend of natural homeyness and spark to pull it off.

4. Which physical characteristic of yourself most resembles your mother or father?


I have my mother's eyes and my father's ears.

5. In which way do your kids most look like you?

My daughter also has the "Insert my maiden name here" ears (which go back at least as far as my father's father) and my son who really does favor my husband, looks a bit like me when I was his age as well--perhaps it's the eyes.



Jennifer
at Life is Not a Cereal left me a comment that she had nominated me for the Thinking Blogger award. I write about things that make me think--books, the Bible, my kids, my role as mom, so I'm glad that my little thoughts spark some thoughts in others as well.

This award has some rules:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think

2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme (this is my note here--that I tried to track it back and couldn't really find the exact origin and the original link--if someone knows, leave a comment!)

3. Optional: Proudly display the Thinking Blogger Award with a link to the post you wrote. There are two versions of the award:
Silver
or Gold




5 Bloggers who Make Me Think:

Beck at Frog and Toad are Still Friends--other than making me think about what I might name myself, she also examines that role of Mom in an introspective and yet humorous way.

Big Mama
is not just all about the laughs. I mean, yes, she does make me think about whether or not I really want to eat the fourth brownie, but she also makes me think about relationships and the importance of the people in our lives (and oh yeah, she makes me think more about Texas Aggie sports, which makes me sound smart when my husband is talking about them).

Katrina at Callapidder Days is a thoughtful writer. She, too, might be funny or instructive, but her illustrations often stay with me long after I've read them (I still think of her words about grocery store--sacking and cell phones--as well as being a thermostat in my home, and oh yeah, buying--or not buying--books).

Rachelle at Seek First the Kingdom writes about books, church, writing, marriage. Most of what she says causes me to say, "Yeah she is right about that," or "I have to read that book" (and she's always right on those.

Katherine at Raising Five--By sharing her personal triumphs and shortcomings she helps me to see how important the role of mother is, but she manages to delivery the message without burdening me with guilt that I'm doing it all wrong and there's no hope for me at all.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yennifer or Danielle seem like great names to change to!!

Beck said...

I like your answers! And you always look like a Deborah to me.

Rachelle said...

Jennifer -- thanks for mentioning my blog! Today I'm not doing much "thinking." My brain is too foggy from our California trip.

Love your interview! I don't know what your new name could be. But funny, I thought about this lately because when I'm at Starbucks and they ask me my name to write on the cup, I have started to say "Amy." I came up with it out of the blue, because it's short, easy to understand and easy to spell. I got so tired of making those poor baristas struggle over writing my name! So feel free to call me Amy if you're too lazy to write Rachelle.

Heidi said...

Congratulations on your Thinking Blogger award!

I would love a few interview questions. I've been reading The Art of Civilized Conversation, and this seems to go right along with the theme. :)

angeleyes Blue said...

My name was also popular in the 60's but it is so PLAIN! I was never just Pam but always Pam S because there were so many of us in class. Funny thing is my son is not Kevin but Kevin T.

I remember moving to a new state when he was in kindergarten (it was mid year) He came home from his first day of school and told me that he had to bring 36 cupcakes to school the next day.

I was upset as we hadn't even unpacked yet and WHY WERE WE responsible for snack the next day? Come to find out the it wasn't Kevin T but Kevin E.

The two boys were fast friends for years.

I tried changing my name when I was younger but PJ or Pammy Jean never fit.

Lauren S. said...

It's so funny about names! When I was a child, there were no other Laurens. I wanted a more common name. I was always disappointed because I couldn't find personalized items with my name on them. Now, Lauren is a very popular name, but I am too old for a Hello Kitty brush with my name on it. :) I would love some interview questions when you have time. What a fun idea!

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Hey, Jennifer, I was coming over here to nominate YOU for the thinker award. Sheesh, you have to be quick around here! I'll figure out a way to throw you in there somehow anyway. Thanks for "thinking" of me! And yes, there is hope for all of us!

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

Jennifer, as a child of the 70's I had many friends and Jennifer, Jen, Jenny and so on :)

I was named after the bionic woman, Lindsay Wagoner.

Dad said...

Definitely as far back as Papa #####'s (my Grandfather) ears.
Brings back the memories of the family reunion a few years ago when I counted twenty something decendants with Papa's ears.
Poor Amanda.
Love

Beck said...

Oh, Jennifer! Thank you so much for the award! Your words mean so much to me - thank you.

Beck said...

Oh, Jennifer! Thank you so much for the award! Your words mean so much to me - thank you.

Katrina said...

Thank you so much for nominating me! Especially since I have not been feeling much like a "thinking blogger" lately. You're so sweet!

Also, when I was in high school, a friend and I made it our goal to watch every Mel Gibson movie ever made. We never quite accomplished that goal, but I just loved him.

Dianne said...

You just seem like a Jennifer! I know what you mean though - Dianne seems to be that popular kind of name too - so much so that I was forced to go by "Dee" in our dept. for a while b/c there were 3 of us. Grrr. Jennifer sounds smart and vivacious, just how I picture you!

Shalee said...

Love the answers, Jennifer.

I would have had a hard time picking between Mel or Kenneth Branaugh... Kenneth has well produced and performed in a number of Shakespeare plays.

And I can't grasp another name for you... Diana or a derivative of Elizabeth may work for you, Beth, Lizzy...

mchampion said...

You are exactly a Jennifer. There is nothing else that you could be.

Me, I grew up thinking that all the Martha's in the world were very old. But my dad was upset that I even would think of changing my name. It makes me unique these days.

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