Friday, January 30, 2009


I was interviewed by one of my favorite bloggers, Lisa over at Lemon Gloria this week. It just sounded like too much fun in her interview post so I figured, what the heck?

So here goes:

1. I know that while you're in Switzerland you're not working outside the house (and I do realize that being a mom to Marion and soon to baby-to-be is a full time job)...but do you miss having a job outside the house? And if so, what do you miss about it?
Oh yes, I definitely miss having a job outside of the house. I miss the stimulation of my work and the adult interaction of my job that I received on a regular basis. When I went back to work after having Marion, I went part time and I loved it. It was the best of both worlds. I was able to use my degree, do something I enjoyed, but still have time with Marion during the week by ourselves. I definitely think I'll try to work part time again when we move back to the States.

2. If and when you splurge, what kinds of things to you splurge on?
Spa services. This is a definite weakness of mine. Facials, massages, pedicures... ahhhhhh. I have yet to find a spa in Zurich. Brian is thrilled.

If I can't indulge at a spa, we like to go out to eat. If we are really feeling fancy, we will splurge on a nice dinner out and a babysitter.

How boring do we sound? Hahaha.

3. Has being a mother changed your perspective on the world in any way? Or changed how you see yourself in the world?
Absolutely, my perspective has changed. Before I had Marion I had a tendency to sweat the small stuff. So much so that one year in college both my husband and a good friend told me about a book called "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff." They weren't joking.

But since having Marion I've definitely mellowed. I don't sweat the small stuff as much as I used to and, sometimes, I manage not to at all. I've learned that there are always bigger things to deal with and that this to shall pass.

Aside from that, I also have a very hard time reading any news pertaining to young children being hurt. I never realized how many stories there are in the media like this before having a child and now become emotional if I read any of them. There are some sick people in this world.

4. What's the most unusual thing you've learned/come across while living in Switzerland?
Zurich Street Parade, without a doubt. It is truly something that is indescribable, unique to Zurich, and should really be experienced. And we were there before the party really began!

5. If you had to choose a flavor of ice cream that most fits your personality, what kind do you think you would you be? Feel free to make one up if necessary.
Hmmmm, this one is a toughie for me. I'm a literal person, straight forward, and direct. When you first meet me I can be shy but once you get to know me I am an open book. I enjoy math and the sciences but also love to create pottery and knit. I am funny, loyal, stubborn, and sarcastic. And I can be sensitive, but I don't wear my emotions on my sleeve.

So I'll go with vanilla ice cream with kiwi. A little bit of ordinary with a side of unexpected.

Now it might be your turn! If you are interested in being interviewed, here are the rules.
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. Be sure you link back to the original post.
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.


ToadMama said...

Interview me. That was fun Ms. Vanilla Kiwi. What a great answer, by the way. (-:

Anonymous said...


Seriously...vanilla kiwi?!?!
Sweet and tart.

Might have to try that one night!

Lisa said...

I really enjoyed reading this. I love how motherhood changed your perspective to a more mellow one. I'd be delighted if that happened to me. And I love the vanilla-kiwi answer. Love it.

Jessica said...

Interview me!!! ;)

That ice cream answer was genius. I was thinking vanilla about myself but then I thought that would be too boring... vanilla with kiwi. Genius.

What did you do professionally before Switzerland?

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mrsmac said...

kathy- thanks! that was by far the toughest question for me.

colleen- did you try it?

lisa- thank you! here's to being mellow! :-)

jessica- i was/am a mechanical engineer. i worked in HVAC design.

Swiss Miss said...

Cool Idea! Interview Me too :)

mrsmac said...

Swiss Miss- I would love to! But I can't find an email address for you in your profile. Can you send me an email so I can send you your interview questions?