Friday, February 5, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Victoria Allred

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 Victoria Allred. I first met Victoria in 2002--we attended the same church. My family and I moved across town, but a couple years later, her family moved to the same area and we were once again church-buddies. I happen to think Victoria is a fantastic lady and I think you'll agree!

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Victoria Allred: Thanks for having me

SME: First question--and this is crucial--What was your favorite candy you used to get with Valentines at school?

Victoria Allred: I loved the conversation hearts. I liked to form sentences with them.

SME: I always felt they were sorely lacking in modifying phrases. Perhaps that was a clue that being a writer was in my future.

Victoria Allred: Yeah it was a problem, but it was fun to eat them anyway. Now I prefer good chocolate.

SME: The taste buds do mature, thankfully.

Victoria Allred: They do. I like brussel sprouts now.

SME: Mine aren't quite that mature. I've reached the bell peppers and cauliflower level of maturity.

Victoria Allred: Those are yummy too. Actually, I do like vegetables. And they don't need to be covered in cheese or ranch to be enjoyed.


Victoria: Although cheese and ranch makes them better.

SME: Yea. Did you notice the silence... I didn't want to admit that I rather like the cheese topping.

Victoria Allred: We often use cheese to get the boys to eat them.

SME: We use that same underhanded parenting technique.
And now for the classic INFF question: What's your favorite continent?

Victoria Allred: I've been thinking about that one. I've been around North America, however I'd have to say Europe because I want to visit and see as many countries as possible. It's kinda like states here--close enough to see a bunch.

SME: Europe has had quite a few votes.

Victoria Allred: Yeah I noticed that in your recap. And I was thinking about changing to help out one of the lesser chosen continents, but then it would not have been my favorite.

SME: If your up for it, I have a game to play--one which is not only a little random but also very timely.

Victoria Allred: okay, I like games.

SME: Tuesday was Groundhog Day--a holiday I have never fully understood. I remember as a child coloring pictures of really big rodents at the beginning of February and our teacher saying something about winter lasting 6 more weeks. Arizona doesn't really have a winter. It didn't seem like a really big deal.
In honor of Groundhog Day (the holiday, not the movie), I have invented yet another game: "Punxsutawney Phil Really Needs An Easier Name"!
I will ask you three trivia questions about the world's most famous groundhog. Choose the right answers and you will be the INFF champion!

Victoria Allred: OK. This sounds hard!

SME: 1.) What is the ratio of "Phil seeing his shadow" to "Phil not seeing his shadow"?
a.) 99:15
b.) 57:57
c.) Phil refuses to reveal this highly classified information

Victoria Allred: Since we don't have winter in AZ, I am going to guess low. B

SME: OOOhhhh. The answer was A. Apparently Phil sees his shadow A LOT!

Victoria Allred: Although I don't know if he really sees his shadow or if that's something the media makes up to selll Groundhog toys.

SME: I don't place a whole lot of confidence in the shadow thing.

Victoria Allred: Why can't it be if a dog sees his shadow or if a tree has a shadow?

SME: Apparently groundhogs have an in with someone in authority.
Question 2.) If Phil sees his shadow, as he did on Tuesday, this is supposed to mean...
a.) 6 more weeks of Winter
b.) Spring is just around the corner
c.) Phil does not need to report for his annual eye exam

Victoria Allred: 6 more weeks of winter.

SME: Absolutely correct!!
3.) Which of the following have fellow weather prognosticators (great word, eh?) NOT actually say about Phil?
a.) CNN meteorologist, Chad Meyers: Phil is correct only 39% of the time.
b.) US National Oceanic and Atmostpheric Administration: Phil has "no predictive skill"
c.) Jealous Meterologists Anonymous: Phil is nothing more than the reality tv pseudo-celebrity of the weather world, and it's time his fifteen minutes of fame came to an end!

Victoria Allred: B.

SME: Actually, there is no "Jealous Meterologists Anonymous", so their quote is the fake one. So, C.

Victoria Allred: Oh I was thinking I was choosing the true one.

SME: I wondered, 'cause I was pretty sure that "quote" was just ridiculous enough. *sigh* You did get the essential one correct though. You now know that there are 6 more weeks of winter.

Now on to the part of the interview when I draw a portrait of my new friend. You.

Victoria Allred: How fun.

*SME demonstrates her highly-honed artistic skills*

Victoria Allred: oh wow. You even got my bangs. I love how thin I am. I look like I lost 100 pounds.

SME: That is my favorite part about stick figure portraits--everyone is happy with their figure. (Except Mr. Darcy, he grumbled.)

Victoria Allred: He didn't seem to like anything anyway. I noticed you gave me flats. Is that cuz I am tall and shouldn't wear heels?

SME: Um, I figured if I put you in heels, I wouldn't be able to see your face and that would make the portrait harder to draw.

Victoria Allred: That's quite possible. I think I have almost a foot on you. (In height not an actual foot.)

SME: Final question: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Victoria Allred: 1) my first ever.
2) Got to talk about the next holiday - Valentine's
3) Got to talk about food
4) Learned the word prognosticators
5) Got a new pair of pink shoes (well kinda)

SME: Prognosticator is a wonderful word!

Victoria Allred: 6) made a new friend. I know you said 5 but some people only give you 4. (Although I was already your friend so that might not count.)

SME: That almost makes up for Mr. Darcy--he only gave me 2, I think.
Thanks for stopping by and being my Friday Friend!

Victoria Allred: Anytime.

SME: *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 Victoria gets 5 or more comments, she gets an additional 2 entries in January's giveaway!)


mormonhermitmom said...

I love the word "prognosticator" too, and all it's variations!

Melanie J said...

As much as I love holidays, I can't embrace Groundhog Day.'s probably because it's the only rodent themed one, so there you go.

Ms. Flores said...

That is one of our vocabulary words in 5th grade- prognostication! The kids love it.

Anna said...

I'm not real fond of Groundhog's Day the holiday. But I do enjoy the movie.

Karlene said...

I always plan to make a big celebration of Groundhog Day, and then every year I forget. I think it's because it's in Feb, when the world is still all gray and drab. Can we move it to August? There are no holidays in August, you know.

Tanja said...

I agree iwth Melanie. I can't get into groundhog day. It actually just depresses me. Sad thought considering it all revolves around a rodent seeing his shadow. I don't believe in it, but all the same I am always disapointed when I have 6 more weeks of winter. When will the cold be done? When will warm sunny days, filled with pool sitting and park visiting come back?

sweetvictorya said...

I wanted to comment that I linked this interview on both my blog and FB.


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