1) What is the most ridiculous thing you have spent more than $10 on?
The Mr. Whipstir. It’s the new, futuristic way to whisk! I was recently on vacation picking up groceries in Meijer and actually stopped in the cooking section to watch an infomercial-y and super-cheesy demo of this magical cooking tool. And, yes, I got a Jr. Whipstir FOR FREE! TODAY ONLY! $19.99!
2) What is a nerdy thing about you? (E.g., are you a Star Wars buff? Do you know a stupid amount about a particular book, period of history or hobby?)
I’m a giant, huge nerd when it comes to Harry Potter. I was definitely an adult when the series came out, and I was instantly hooked. I blubbered my way through book seven when it first came out and have a not-so-secret wish to go to Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.
On an unrelated but equally nerdy note, I have played an obscene amount of Super Mario Bros. games in my lifetime. I mean, what else are you going to do when you’re eight months pregnant with the world’s largest twins?!?
3) What is your favorite meal to cook for someone else?
Seared scallops in a brown butter sauce with lemon and capers.
4) How did you get here? What was it about Curiosity that sparked your interest?
I loved the entrepreneurial feel of the company and the chance to build something from the ground up. Heck, there were only 11 people, and we only had two accounts when I got here a million years ago, so it reminded me very much of the Silicon Valley startup world I had been part of in the late 90s.
5) Tell us a memorable story of yourself when you were a kid. It can be funny, surprising, warm and fuzzy, whatever. Just make it a good one.
Back in the third grade at our annual spring carnival, I won a goldfish, as did my best friend. She spent the night at my house, and, while cleaning the fishbowl, I accidentally washed my creatively named fish “Goldie” right down the drain. Momentarily stunned, I quickly determined that it was only fair that my friend also put hers down the drain so that neither of us had a fish. And so she did. Now before you start calling me a coldhearted murderer, I truly believed that the fish were just going down the drain to live a happy life in the pond in our backyard, but, yeah, maybe not my finest moment!
6) Brownies, cookies, cake. Rank them and explain your reasoning.
7) What was your favorite story when you were a kid? What did you like so much about it?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. See response to question 2. I also read the entire Little House series about a dozen times, and my sister and I used to play “prairie girls” in the yard to while away the summer. Darn that Nellie Oleson.
8) What do you love most about summer? What do you hate most?
Love: Catching lightning bugs and going on picnics with my kids. And going swimming with my kids and laughing at them pee in the grass instead of the swimming pool because it’s summer, and I said they could, and it’s better than having them pee IN the pool.
Hate: Mosquitoes. They eat me alive, because I’m so irresistibly sweet, no doubt.
9) Where would you spend an extended vacation? Explain.
Italy is at the top of my travel wishlist (the food! the culture!), but seriously, I’m game to travel pretty much anywhere that isn’t prohibited by the government. Paris and San Francisco are two of my very favorite places in the world.
10) What is your favorite movie genre to see in a theater, specifically?
Big action movies are fun now that my kids are a little older and we can actually venture out beyond animated G-rated flicks—we LOVED Wonder Woman this summer!