Friday, January 15, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Rebecca Irvine

It's that time of the week:

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

Today's guest is Rebecca Irvine, author of "Family Home Evening Adventures" (CFI 2009) and "Adventures with the Word of God" (CFI 2008). She can be found on the web at her blog and Facebook fan page.

Let's get to know Rebecca!

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Rebecca: Thanks! My pleasure to be here.

SME: As you know, I like to ask really hard-hitting questions. Today is no different. Hard-hitting question #1: What is your favorite dessert?

Rebecca: Good question for someone who is on Weight Watchers! I would have to say coconut cream pie from Marie Callender's.

SME: Yum. I haven't had coconut cream pie in ages!

Rebecca: I just reached goal last year, so maybe I could enjoy a piece now and then again.

SME: You have a book out through Cedar Fort, "Family Home Evening Adventures." Tell us a little about it.
(Just an FYI for those unfamiliar with the
term "Family Home Evening"--the basic idea is that one evening a week is set aside for the family to spend together bonding, having fun and learning/reinforcing the family's values and beliefs.)

Rebecca: Family Home Evening Adventures is a set of 12 FHE lessons based on monthly themes (i.e., for February and Valentine’s Day the theme is ‘Love at Home’). Each theme uses real scriptures and visual aids to teach doctrine in a hands-on, kid-friendly manner.
There are puzzles, games, a mobile, and other fun things to make the lessons interesting and unique. Each lesson also has suggested stories, songs, quotes, and treat ideas to go along with the theme.

SME: Do the lessons have hints for getting your kids to pay attention instead of giggling, pouting, hitting each other, or generally ignoring the entire thing? 'Cause that's how our weekly "adventures" tend to play out.

Rebecca: Actually, in the intro there are a few suggestions about that! But it definitely does not provide a full-proof solution. Even my kids still act up during FHE a lot.

SME: If you could come up with a sure-fire way to get kids to cooperate when they'd rather mess around, you would be an instantaneously wealthy lady! You do your own illustrations. I'm sure you've noticed I'm an artist, as well. (My stick figures are pretty much amazing). Have you always enjoyed drawing?

Rebecca: Actually, no. My brother is an amazingly talented artist, so I have always thought of my abilities as lacking in comparison. But I am enjoying it more lately.

SME: So this is a more recently honed skill?

Rebecca: I have taken a lot of classes over the years, but mostly I have improved over the last five years.

SME: Are there any stick figures in your books? ('Cause I could probably give you some pointers on that).

Rebecca: Some are pretty dang close! You could give me some pointers on shoes.

SME: I do enjoy shoes--drawing them, wearing them, buying them...

Rebecca: Me too! We have a lot in common.

SME: We were destined to be friends.

Rebecca: I think so.

SME: I hope you studied up, 'cause I have a very, very important question for you. What's your favorite continent?

Rebecca: I thought you might ask! I have only ever been on two continents, which narrows it down quite nicely. I would have to say Europe. I served a mission in London and had the best vacation ever in Paris and London two years ago. Love it over there!

SME: My INFF friends really need to quit mentioning the time they've spent in London because I really can't handle the surge of overwhelming jealousy that always follows.

Rebecca: SO sorry!

SME: I'm better now.

Rebecca: Would it help you to know my first day in London I threw up all over my companion? (Jet lag.)

SME: Um, yeah. That would SO happen to me. Except I'd probably throw up out of sheer excitement. (Which is why I should probably travel alone.)

Rebecca: Alone is why my vacation there two years ago was so great.

SME: Well, if you're up for it, I have a little game for us to play.

Rebecca: Absolutely!

SME: It is entitled, "Which Resolution Did Sarah Break First?" I will give you a list of my new years resolutions from years past and you guess which resolution got flushed down the proverbial toilet first.

Rebecca: I always (wink) complete my resolutions, so I will likely stink at this game.

SME: Alright. #1-2008
a.) Exercise five times a week
b.) Write every day
c.) Get at least 5 hours of sleep each night

Rebecca: I would have to go with "a." Who likes to exercise that much?

SME: You. Are. Good. That one didn't last very long AT ALL.

Rebecca: Woohoo!

SME: Okay, #2-2009
a.) Exercise four times a week (Notice I decided to go a little easier on myself)
b.) Write something every day
c.) Get at least 5 hours of sleep each night

Rebecca: Hmmm... this one is tricky. I will guess "c" in case you had a baby recently. Did you?

SME: Nope. My "baby" is almost seven. In 2009, I flunked out on resolution "b" first, although "a" came in a close second, and "c" went up in smoke pretty quickly, too. Wow. This is kind of depressing.

Rebecca: My "baby" turns 7 in 2 weeks. So glad to have my sleep back.

SME: Okay, last but not least... #3-2010 [yep, already "fell off the wagon"]
a.) Exercise at some point each week, and basic housework counts [with age comes wisdom]
b.) Write every day, and Facebook posts count [age/wisdom thing again]
c.) Get at least 5 hours of sleep each night

Rebecca: I will go with "b" this time. I have no idea why.

SME: Oooh. Rebecca you were doing so well. The answer is c. For the record, this resolution is broken every single year at some point in January. It's just usually not the first one to go. Next year the resolution will be 5 hours of sleep each week. That oughta just about cover all the bases.

Rebecca: You poor thing! I can't function on less than 6 hours a night.

SME: I have a lot of practice (years worth of chronic insomnia have some benefits, I guess; but that's a post for a different day).
Rather than dwell on my tendency to make resolutions I historically can't keep and therefore set myself up for a very discouraging month of January year after year, what do you say we jump right to your fabulous portrait?

Rebecca: Maybe you should take a nap first. I don't want you to overdo it!

SME: Insomniacs don't nap.

Rebecca: Learn something new every day...

SME: Pitiful, I know.

*pulls out vast collection of Sharpies and draws to heart's content*

Rebecca: Oooo! Ahhhh! Such talent you have. I have been looking for shoes like those.

SME: I have a pair that I love and the heal broke on the left one. I suppose your portrait is something of a eulogy.

Rebecca: The death of a shoe only means it is time to go buy a new pair.

SME: I like it. That will have to become a mantra of mine.
This brings us to the final question of the interview: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Rebecca: 1. You have great red hair that I envy.
2. We talked about shoes a lot. And found a reason to buy a new pair.
3. I didn't have to do my market research work while I was chatting with you.
4. Fun memories of vomiting re-lived.
5. I got to tell people about "Family Home Evening Adventures."

SME: I can honestly say no one has ever listed vomiting memories as a reason why their interview rocked. Obviously I am covering ground-breaking new territory here. Thanks for stopping by!

Rebecca: You are very welcome. I love reading this series every Friday.

SME: So do I! *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!

(Don't forget--If Rebecca gets 5 or more comments, she gets an additional 2 entries in January's giveaway. Help a girl out! [And you get entered just for commenting.])


Valerie Ipson said...

Another smashing interview! I enjoyed getting to know Rebecca (and you) better.

hopeandme said...

I should get something for being first, don't you think? What a fun interview! I don't throw up very often but my dog does - did. This very morning. Ugh! I draw stick figures that are so bad they look like sticks, so that is not good. Now, shoes, shopping, not necessarily in that order, sounds good. See you later.
Barbara B

mormonhermitmom said...

Nausea and insomnia in the same interview. What could be better than that! :)

Sarah M Eden said...

mormonhermitmom -- my sentiments, exactly!

Kari Pike said...

Great interview! I look forward to meeting Rebecca. I love reading your blog. It gets my day started with a smile! Can't wait to see you next week!

russandkatie said...

looks like a great book!

Aubrey said...

Great interview. And for the record, I'm ready to go to London any time you want... although the two of us would probably end up causing some sort of international incident and getting deported.

Tanya Parker Mills said...

This interview reminded me of how funny you were at Storymakers last year. I'll definitely have to make this a stop on Fridays (at least).

P.S.--Do you ever put clothes on your stick figures (other than shoes)?

Sarah M Eden said...

Tanya - Wasn't the Storymakers conference a hoot?! (I hope you'll be there again this year!) And, no, my stick figures only have shoes--although one did have a cape, and I'm pretty sure Santa had a Santa hat and a pair of red gloves.

Tanya Parker Mills said...

Yes, I'll be there...and congrats on your upcoming book! So, who rated the cape? I want a cape when you interview me. I've always fancied myself kind of like Zorro.

Sarah M Eden said...
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Amie said...

Does ducktape come with the book? I have found it works quite well. They can't touch each other or talk out! Just kidding. It would take too long to tape them all up.

Sarah M Eden said...

Tanya--Zorro, huh? Zorro might require a mask, as well. I would love to interview you--and not just because drawing a Zorro mask would be fun. Shoot me off an email (friends AT sarahmeden DOT com) and we can set it up!!

Sarah M Eden said...

I would just like to say that Aime and I could be sisters. The duct tape idea is exactly the kind of thing I would think of (and for just a split second even consider).
FOR THE RECORD-I have never actually duct taped any of my children.

Sarah M Eden said...

Amie and I could be sisters if I could spell her name correctly. Sorry Amie.

Tanja said...

It is alright that you can't spell her name, Sarah. She loves shoes and I mean she loves them. I envy her collection. I do have one question. How do you even form a coherant thought on 5 hours of sleep? I, not exaggerating, get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. I can't do less. At least that is my excuse.

Lynn Parsons said...

Lol! Now I don't feel so badly about my resolutions! Nice to know people in the same boat.

Rachael Renee Anderson said...

Loved the conversation-style interview. Thanks, Sarah and Rebecca!

Rachel Andersen said...

This is the first time I've read I need a friend Friday. It's a fun blog. Glad to know more about both you and Rebecca.

Rebecca Irvine said...

Thanks again for interviewing me. It looks great!

Melanie J said...

Two sure fire conversation starters: vomit stories and scar stories. I think you should ask more questions about scars. Although I have a toddler with possible lactose intolerance so I'm chock full of puke anecdotes these days.

Sarah M Eden said...

Being lactose intolerant, myself, I can empathize with your little one. Poor kid.

Jewel said...

So GOOD!! I want to go to London, too.

Jamie said...

Her new book sounds amazing. I have her first book and it really is an awesome addition to our FHE library.

Alicia said...

Love you both! I especially love shoes too! Any reason is a good reason to buy a new pair! I love Rebecca's books!

onehm said...

This is the first time for me to visit your blog...found you through Rebecca, and I am LOVING your wit! ;)
What a fun weekly feature!
I love Rebecca and her talents are incredible! Her interview was great too! Thanks for sharing!

Becky said...

Hope you didn't soil your shoes when you lost your lunch, Rebecca! But if you did, you've got that new mantra to turn to! And I learned many a new thing about you Rebecca! But I already knew you were fabulous :)

Great interview, Sarah!! Hope you get some sleep this year & dream up some more winning characters :)


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