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The Return of the Interview Meme
1. Leave a comment saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I'll reply and give you five questions to answer.
3. You'll update your LJ with the five questions answered.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5. You ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed. And it just keeps going, and going, and going (hopefully!)

Interview from mscongeniality:

</i>1) What is your favorite dish to cook? What about its preparation do you enjoy?</i>

This is a harder question for me than you might think. Aside from my favorite husband, I really don't have a favorite anything. Everything else depends on my mood. I have different reasons for enjoying different things. The things that I probably most enjoy preparing are things that I never get to do. I really enjoy doing fancy appetizers, for example, but it's probably been 8 years since I've really done that because the time just isn't there to do it, even if I try to plan the time into my schedule. I was shocked to find out last December that I really enjoy preparing Chinese Food. It was fantastic because I basically had to prepare in advance piles of vegetables, chicken, spices, and sauces. MOst of the dishes I made required similar basic ingredients, so I just had to pull it all together. But after I had all the prep done, I just tossed everything into the wok and it all came out perfectly every time. My favorite thing to make, not surprisingly, was the fried wontons. I enjoyed that in particular because the filling was easy to make, but forming all the wontons was fairly labor intensive, but I got to be artistic. And besides... they were YUMMY. But those are rare occasions (I've only made Chinese food once). What I like to prepare least are the day-to-day meals. It seems like my life revolves around shabbos (shabbos cooking in particular). So it would be easier to say that though I don't have a favorite *dish* to prepare, I *do* have a favorite meal to prepare. I love Shabbos dinner. On Tuesday or so I starting thinking of my menu and who my shabbos guests will be. On Wednesday (if I'm lucky) I do whatever shopping I need to do. On Thursday I try to get the bulk of the cooking out of the way (at least the most time-intensive stuff like the fish). Friday all the finishing touches get done and all I have to do is keep it warm until dinner-time. Saturday-Monday is devoted to cleaning up the kitchen. Then it all starts over again. This is probably why I can't stand the day-to-day meal planning (and therefore do very little of it). But it's very satisfying to see my shabbos meal come together despite time constraints and such. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm punting your question. ;)

2) What question/comment about your religion irks you beyond all reason?

It drives me batty that people assume that Orthodoxy oppresses or marginalizes me because I'm a woman. It's one thing to say, "Orthodoxy makes me feel marginalized." It's quite another thing to say, "Orthodoxy marginalizes you and all other women. You just don't think so because you're brainwashed."

For more info, see this post of mine: http://www.livejournal.com/users/estherchaya/109708.html?view=892300#t892300

3) What one piece of advice do I most need to hear?

You sure you want me to answer that? **
After conferring with my husband, we're torn. So I'll give you both (but I'm not going to say who came up with which):
1. You'll be a much happier camper if you stop feeling like the whole world is conspiring against you every time something goes wrong. That's just sort of how it works, unfortunately. Things go wrong.
2. Finish your degree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We don't care what it takes, or what sacrifices you have to make along the way. You're so damn close and your life/career/happiness/etc. will improve almost immediately upon completion!

Both are easy for us to say. And obviously not everything works out the way we'd like it to. And we don't always follow our own advice. So take it with a grain of salt. Except the degree part. Get your damn degree!!!

4) What is your favorite book and why?

nope. won't do it. I don't pick favorites.

5) What the hell is up with all that panelling and contact paper? ;-)

Heaven only knows. It's just horrifying. G-d willing it's all going away eventually.

**Not responsible for advice not taken.

Current Mood: okay okay

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hopeness From: hopeness Date: August 29th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
ooh ooh oooh, me. I love this meme.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)

This is hard...

1. As your conversion nears completion, do you feel any differently about your life than you did, say, a year ago?
2. What is your best quality?
3. Where were you born? If it is someplace different from where you are living now, how did you end up where you are now?
4. What kinds of books do you like to read? If you don't like to read at all, what kinds of movies do you like?
5. What one living person would you like to meet and why?
death_eater_m From: death_eater_m Date: August 29th, 2004 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Interview me. Totally
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)

will you get this if I respond here?

1. You and I seem to have made a similar journey through Judaism (Conservative Conversion then Orthodox). What first attracted you to Judaism? What changed and led you toward Orthodoxy? (yes, I know that was two questions... suffer! It's my interview!)
2. Since you own a french horn and a flute, presumably you play (or played) them. How long have you played them and in what context? (high school band, college, etc)
3. What is one of your favorite books from childhood/adolescence?
4. What hobby do you think I should take up in my copious spare time (*cough*, *cough*)?
5. What one thing in your life, aside from geography, do you wish you could change?
beaniekins From: beaniekins Date: August 29th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, question number 3 is a good one. There should be a separate meme for that! Like, "Give me the advice you think I most need." And people could even do it anonymously so that the receiver doesn't know who to be pissed off at!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 29th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is such a meme. I've seen it around, but I'm afraid to use it liberally. ;)
beaniekins From: beaniekins Date: August 29th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it is a little daunting. hehe But you could always disable anonymous posting and then you'd know who said what, which would probably make more people a little more tactful than they might be. Or make it friends only...and filter anyone out you didn't want advice from. hehe
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
1. What initially attracted you to Rebecca? That is, what made you first think you wanted to "make your move"?
2. When did you realize you wanted to marry Rebecca? Was there any particular thing that clinched it?
3. Who says you're too short? ;)
4. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
5. What is your best characteristic?
beaniekins From: beaniekins Date: August 29th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok, I'm breaking down. Boredom sucks. Interview me.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
1. Did you give in and go to work yet, or are you sticking to your word and not stepping foot in the door one single second before September 1?
2. Within the realm of reality, what job would you most like to have?
3. What is your greatest weakness?
4. When are we going to start learning again?
5. And just for you: What one piece of advice do I most need to hear? (you can be candid)
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
for some reason, you're the hardest. Hrm.

1. What is your favorite game to play, and why?
2. How did you discover zipcars?
3. Name a person whom you respect. What did they do to earn your respect?
4. What is your favorite pizza topping? Do you even like pizza?
5. Do you think you and I have anything in common? If so, what? (no, I'm not saying I think we do or don't have anything in common. I'm just curious)
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: August 31st, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you're up for it, I'm up for an interview. :-) No guarantees about how soon it'll be done though...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 1st, 2004 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
1. What are the most rewarding aspects of parenthood for you?
2. What part of parenthood did no one warn you about that you wish you'd known ahead of time? (I'd ask if it would have changed your mind about parenthood, but I'm guessing the answer is no)
3. If you had an hour of leisure time sans-kids and sans-husband, how would you occupy yourself?
4. What about your life would shock your best friend from high school? (if you're still in touch with your best friend from high school then the question should be more like... what about your life now would your best friend from high school not have anticipated?)
5. How did you get involved with Partners in Torah? What is the most rewarding aspect of your participation in PiT?
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