Friday, February 12, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Paul Eden

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.)

The first time today's guest and I met was a memorable experience--for him. I have no recollection of this meeting, though I have seen documented video evidence that it did, in fact, occur. A year later we were married, an event I remember quite well. For ten years now (going on 11), we've been livin' the dream as quite possibly the coolest married couple on the planet.

Folks, time to meet the man behind the nut-job who runs this website: my husband, Paul.

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Paul: Thank you, it is nice to finally be interviewed.

SME: I've never actually said this to any of my Friday Friends, but I just can't help myself... You're pretty much totally hot!

Paul: Yeah, I can't help it.

SME: I was gonna ask you on a Valentine's date...

Paul: You mean you're not gonna anymore?

SME: I'm still debating. The possibility of rejection makes me hesitate.

Paul: I would say just do it. Cause if you won't I will.

SME: Whoa, there, cowboy. Maybe we're not all that compatable. Perhaps I should ask you a few probing and incredibly nosy questions first... just to make sure.

Paul: Bring it on.

SME: Favorite dinner?

Paul: Of late, it's been 'Daddy Pizza', but I do really like a good lemon chicken (Rice King in Provo or Hunan Yun in Glendale highly recommended).

SME: Hmmm... the fact that absolutely nothing I cook made it on that list is probably not a point in your favor.
Question #2: Which is the "better" dessert... pie or pudding?

Paul: HELLO, pie all the way.

SME: You are somewhat redeemed.
Question #3: What is your preference... redheads or (doesn't really matter what other option I give you, your answer had better be redheads)

Paul: Definitely redheads. One in particular.

SME: It's like you knew the answer to that one.
Question #4: What's your favorite continent?

Paul: Well, I would love to visit Europe, Brazil was awesome when I was there (really nice people), Asia is so interesting and of course North America.

SME: So, you're kinda indecisive, huh?

Paul: On the contrary, I love them all.

SME: Equal opportunity, I see. I can dig that.
Final "are you my dream guy" question: Who is your favorite author of all time--and you better get this right, buster!

Paul: Sarah M. Eden ( She's awesome! I know her really well. She's actually read her books to me before they are published. I love that. Plus, she writes romances, you know, and I'm her research assistant.

SME: I could use a research assistant, myself. Whaddaya say? Wanna get married?

Paul: I'd love to, but didn't that already get taken care of?

SME: Wait.... I thought you looked familiar!

Paul: You mean you were proposing to someone you didn't know was me?

SME: Um... you've known me how long? One would think you would understand my extremely warped sense of humor by now.

Paul: Just kidding.

SME: So, now that we've established that we are perfect for one another... you wanna play a game?

Paul: Naw

SME: You're fired.
C'mon, game? Or no game?

Paul: Game

SME: Correct.

Paul: Awesome.

SME: This game is entitled "How Well Does Paul Know Sarah?"--and, yes, be very afraid.

Paul: Not fair, but I'm in.

SME: Wonderful. *grins rather alarmingly* Question 1: Which of the following sports did I NOT play during my growing up years?
a.) soccer
b.) field hockey
c.) badminton

Paul: Challenge me. b.

SME: Very good.
Question 2: Which of the following are you NOT allowed to give me for Valentine's Day (according to my own rules)?
a.) chocolates
b.) flowers
c.) power tools

Paul: All of the above.

SME: Ooooh. So close. I have never explicitely stated that power tools are not allowed. They aren't allowed and you would suffer greatly should you choose to gift me power tools for Valentine's Day... but they still weren't listed in the official rules. Tricky, I know. But life isn't always fair.

Paul: It was an implicit restriction. You are really hard to shop for on Valentine's Day by the way.

SME: I like to give you a challenge.

Paul: Thanks. I have to think long and hard each year for your Valentine's present, but you are worth it.

SME: Yes I am.
Question 3: You have been known by many codenames over the years, most of which I invented. Which of the following is not one of those names?
That Guy
b.) Raul
c.) Ed

Paul: a. Those are some great stories.

SME: whahahaha! I have called you all three. You lose. This means you are going to have come up with something spectacular for Valentine's day--not that I planned this or anything in order to secure a fabulous present or anything... ur... um....

Paul: You're tricky. I was not aware of that one.

SME: I know.
Hey. You wanna see your portrait?

Paul: Yeah. I wonder what kind of shoes I'll have.

SME: Alrighty. First I have to draw it...

*drawing, drawing, drawing*

Paul: I can wait.

I like it! I love those slippers. After moving to Utah from Phoenix during the coldest part of the year I have come to appreciate having warm feet.

SME: My feet have yet to be warm. *sigh*
So we've reached that part of the interview--final question. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Paul: 1. I got to banter with my favorite bantering partner
2. I learned a new codename you have for me.
3. We got to talk to each other in the same room without speaking at all.
4. I decided on my favorite continents.
5. I can now say I have been interviewed by my favorite author!

SME: Excellent answers. I suppose you have made up for incorrectly answering my trick questions.
Thanks for being my Friday Friend! (And Happy Valentine's Day!)

Paul: Happy Valentine's Day to you!!! I love you.

SME: psst... right back at ya!
*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!

(This is the point where I would normally tell you that if today's INFF guest gets 5 or more comments, then he or she receives 2 extra entries in February's giveaway. Paul, however, is ineligible seeing as how he is a member of my immediate family and that, somehow, just seems unfair. He probably would disagree, but let's face it, I make the rules on this website.)

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Sare said...


Jalaire said...

I LOVE the drawing. It looks SO much like Paul. You guys are too funny.

Shantel said...

we miss you guys.

Aubrey said...

Hmmm... I was starting to wonder if Paul and I might be perfect for each other until he picked pie over pudding. I guess it's just as well since he's already taken. :)

Jewel said...

Oh, I was cracking up the entire time I read this interview--You are hilarious. That's all. And I REALLY miss your family. Sigh.

Kari Pike said...

very cute! I am so happy you moved up here! Thanks for the smiles on this less than perfcet day!

Rebecca Irvine said...

An interview definitely worth remembering and saving for posterity. Very fun to read, too!

Karlene said...

Very funny!

Julianne said...

Sarah! I'm a friend of Aubrey's and I just wanted to tell you that I love INFF interviews!! You are truly a gifted person and someday... I promise to read your books!(Aubrey raves about them!!) Thanks for showing me a glimpse into your world!


mormonhermitmom said...

That has to be the most romantic interview you've done yet!

Rachael Renee Anderson said...

So fun to learn about your husband. You sound perfect for each other! :)

Valerie Ipson said...

Hey much better than those two Twilight dudes.

Melanie J said...

I was going to say "Aw, cute!" too. Mmm. I'm still going to say it. Awww, cute!

sweetvictorya said...

That was very cute. So what did you get for Valentines?


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