Amy over at My Friend Amy’s Blog was hosting an interview meme, and I asked to participate! So here are the questions she sent me, a little late! (I’m the late one, she sent them to me pretty quickly!)
1) What is one of your favorite books you read as a child?
Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising series, to the point where these books remain my some of my favorite books into adulthood. Admittedly, they have some annoying characters, but the thing I loved most about them when I was a kid was that they really made me think. There are subtle connections between different books and different scenes in the same book. Sometimes, one book will refer to something that was described vaguely in another book – I loved hunting for these connections, and I discovered something new every time I read them.
2) If you were stuck in a hostage situation, which fictional character would you want with you?
Hmm…probably Hermione Granger. I’d just make her apparate us out of there! (I’d pick any of the other Harry Potter characters, except I know Hermione would get it right and I wouldn’t end up leaving body parts behind!)
3) What is one of your favorite vacation memories?
Probably the first time my husband (then boyfriend) and I went to New York. I had mentioned early in our relationship that I had wanted to see The Lion King (the musical) for years. He surprised me with a New York trip and Lion King tickets!
4) What is one of the things you are most proud of in your life?
The Hindu Temple in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Back in high school, I was extremely involved with the Indian community in Tulsa. When we were raising money to build the temple, I did whatever I could to help. When we finally built the temple, every time we had a function there, my friends and I would be behind the scenes serving food, decorating, cleaning up, doing anything and everything we could to help out. I also taught dance with a very close friend of mine to younger kids. I’m really proud of the contribution we made to the temple and to the community!
5) If President Obama said you could decide what to do with 100 billion dollars of the stimulus package, what would you designate it to?
I would ask him to put it towards schools. I recognize that the problems with the education system are complex, and throwing money at it isn’t going to solve anything. But public education is so important! I hate the idea that your entire future can be determined, in a large part, by where you go to school. Granted, all schools are never going to be equal. But teachers need to be paid more and crumbling schools need to be rebuilt. Schools need textbooks and computers. Some of our public schools are amazing – I’d love it if some of the stimulus money could go towards at least trying to make them all that way!
Here are the meme rules, in case you want to participate: