Pull up a chair & ask me anything

by Kristin on August 3, 2010

in Culture, ideas & paradigms

Photo by Chichacha

As I mentioned in the post “Ten questions for you,” I’m taking a two-week blogging hiatus—the first time I’ve done this since starting Halfway to Normal. Last week I bombarded you with questions, not just because I’m nosy, but because all of you make me think and grow. Who you are matters to me, because it shapes how you think. Now it’s your turn to bombard me. After all, even if you generally like what I chose to write about here, I’m still following my own whims, not yours. This week, if you ask me questions I will respond to them in a post (or posts) later this month. Maybe I’ll even devote an entire post to your question. Deal?

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So many of you have engaged me in conversations and ideas since I started blogging in earnest two years ago. I love when you push me to think, and when you add richness and texture to my stories with your own stories. But I hate that I know so little about most of you (and nothing at all about many of my readers). It makes me wish I could sit down and have a cup of coffee and real conversation with each of you. There’s so much more I would like to know! (Hence last week’s post.)

When you flip the equation, it’s quite possible you already know pretty much everything you’d ever want to know about me (I do sort of spill my heart and head out here). But maybe you’re in that “the more you know, the more you want to know” place. That’s where the former newspaper reporter in me tends to hang out. In the spirit of that type of inquisitive friendship, I’d love to hear the questions you have for me. What would you ask me if we could sit down together over a cup of coffee?

You can ask what I learned about love and marriage through divorce, or about my greatest parenting challenges. You might want to know what movies I like, or how I define a perfect Saturday morning. Or go ahead and ask how I deal with certain messy issues in light of my beliefs and faith, or what I like least about myself. There’s no right or wrong question—I’ll take them all, big or little, serious or light. Ask away!

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  • Robin

    First, I think you should answer the same questions you asked of your readers. I know some of them have been answered in your past posts, but I think it would be interesting nonetheless. In addition, here are some of my own for you:

    1. What is the greatest parenting skill that you learned from your parents?
    2. If you could go back to any past age and do it again (either for a do-over or because you loved it), what age would it be and why?
    3. What is your favorite color?
    4. Let’s say you were given $1 million with two strings attached…you have to give half to charity and spend half on your family. What would you do with it?
    5. Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?
    6. Your house is on fire…your family and pets are all safe…you can grab one thing on your way out. What is it?
    7. Growing up, most of us listen to something our parents say and swear we will never say that to our own children but then one day, we hear ourselves say that very thing! What have you said that you vowed not to? What do you think your children will swear not to repeat that you say now?
    8. If you could own a little piece of land anywhere (besides your current home) where would it be and why?
    9. You have to give up one technological convenience for one year. Would you choose your car, computer, phone, microwave, etc.?
    10. Steven Speilberg is making a movie of your life. Who is playing the role of you? Why?

  • http://themoderngal.blogspot.com The Modern Gal

    I’d talk to you about two things over coffee (well, I’d start with two things, but I imagine we’d go many places from there): How did you get to where you are in your career? and How did you know you were ready to be a mom (or did you know?)?

  • http://divinest-sense.blogspot.com Jen Rose

    Welcome back from vacation! :) Okay, here are a few questions that I thought of…

    1) Maybe you already answered this in a blog post and I should pay attention and go look for it… but… how did the big local-food community dinner project start? Any suggestions for people who might want to start something similar in their own community?
    2) What’s your favorite place in your town? (like a local favorite, the kind of place you’d take visitors…)
    3) Favorite concert ever? (If the answer is Pitchfork or some other such festival, then favorite band you saw there)
    4) What’s the most important step in your writing routine… that is, how do you get in the writing mode?
    5) The all-important question I like to ask when I interview anybody… If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? :)

  • http://www.orangeshirtguy.com Dave Thurston

    How often do you connect with those people that you would call if you had a known finite time to live? Do you want to change that? How?

    Validation through Not-in-real-life-friends-of-the-internet – good, bad, or “everything in moderation”?

    When someone (like Carl Sagan) says, “Don’t you find it odd that the vast majority of children are the same religion as their parents,” how does analytical KT respond? How about emotional KT? Is there a balance?

    Rollerblade, Ride a Rollercoaster, or Relax and Read?

    See the country at 500 feet above sea level in an open cockpit through three weeks or jet to the coast in 4 hours and spend three weeks on the beach?

  • http://www.halfwaytonormal.com Kristin T.

    Hi Robin, The Modern Gal, Jen and Dave. Your questions are so intriguing! Thank you for jumping in. And yes, I will respond to them—it just might take some time. :) These are not questions to be answered flippantly!

  • http://www.halfwaytonormal.com Kristin T.

    Robin, I finally answered the 10 questions! See today’s blog post. I thought that was a good place to start. You provided so many great questions for me—I’m still thinking about the best way to tackle them. How about if I start with 5 of them, then decide what to do from there?
    1. I would say the two greatest parenting skills I learned from my parents are encouraging creativity and listening with compassion.
    2. I touched on this in my “regret” answer (today’s post). I would do-over my first year or two of college. I wasn’t confident enough about who I was and what I was good at to jump into groups and activities that really suited me.
    3. Green—new life, new beginnings, hope.
    5. No, I think lots of things just happen, but I think everything that happens can be redeemed, (which often ends up looking like a “reason”).
    6. My computer. Everything I’ve written, photos, and no comprehensive back-up plan. (I know—gotta fix that.)

    The Modern Gal, good questions. In both cases—my career and motherhood—I can’t say I really had a plan. And I think that’s OK. Maybe it’s best. I think life sort of flows, and presents you with unexpected opportunities and experiences at unexpected times. It’s best to be open to what’s happening around you and inside you, and be ready to jump into something new when the time seems right. For instance, I was open to following a trail of opportunities regarding my copywriting career, which gradually allowed me to build my portfolio and reputation. When the time was right, I followed my gut and jumped into freelance. Later, I followed my gut and started my blog/book writing adventure. When it comes to motherhood, well, I don’t know that you ever feel completely ready in every way. I wouldn’t get too caught up on finding the “perfect time,” but I do think it’s important to build your relationship with a couple before having kids, if you can.

    Jen, thanks for the fun variety of questions! Let’s see…
    1. We took something we cared about (people supporting local farmers and eating together), we found some other people who really cared about those same things, and then we met up to share ideas and devise a plan. It could be as simple as a monthly potluck with the theme “local ingredients.” One of my favorite things about our event, though, is that it brings together a diverse group of people—not just all our regular bff’s and dinner guests. I highly recommend finding a way to make that happen.
    2. I love Cafe Kopi for coffee and conversation, the Esquire for a beer, Bacaro for a dinner date, and Boltini for a night out with friends. And I always take guests to our farmers’ market if they’re here on a Saturday morning. It’s the best.
    3. Oh, this is tough. There are so many concerts I love for so many reasons. I might have to go with Love Is All at the Knitting Factory in New York, or Spoon at Shuba’s in Chicago.
    4. Spending some time on Twitter and/or taking a walk and just thinking, away from the computer.
    5. Fun. For selfish reasons, I’d love to be able to instantly travel anywhere I please. There are so many people I would love to spend time with, if distance wasn’t an issue. For less selfish reasons, I would like to be equipped with a device that replaces greed with compassion.

    Dave, let’s see if I can tackle these. :)
    - There are friends and family who I connect with each week thanks to Twitter and Facebook, but when it comes to *really* connecting, with a good conversation on the phone or face-to-face, I don’t connect with them nearly enough. Maybe I should start by making a list of who those people are, and how often I’d like to connect?
    - I’m not sure I completely understand this question, but I tend to be an “everything in moderation” girl. :)
    - I’ll have to come back to the Carl Sagan question. That could be an entire post!
    - Relax and read. (My very favorite activity is relaxing and talking with a small group of friends.)
    - Hmmm. That’s tough. I think I’d have to say three weeks at the beach, mostly because I love cooking and eating, reading and conversing, napping and playing games. I also think I’m drawn to the stay-in-one-place vacation because as a child, my family did travel and see the entire country—by car, not plane. I wouldn’t trade those childhood experiences, though.