Friday, June 11, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Katy Bickerstaff

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 Katy Bickerstaff. She is a regular contributor at Mormon Mommy Blogs and maintains her own blog, as well. She's a fun gal, a great mom and a fabulous lady I met during my many, many years in Arizona.

Let's get to know Katy.

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Katy Bickerstaff: thank you! Glad to be here!

SME: In true INFF tradition I will begin by discussing the most important topic. Food.

Katy Bickerstaff: Food is good.

SME: What was the most scrumptious thing you ate today?

Katy Bickerstaff: Ummmm.....cherrios. This has not been one of my best "food days."

SME: Wow. That's kind of pathetic. Let me rephrase that question: What was the most scrumptious thing you wish you ate today?

Katy Bickerstaff: cheesecake....always cheesecake.

SME: Amazingly enough, I quite often have that same wish. Perhaps if we both wish hard enough.... cheesecake from heaven! huh? huh? c'mon. It could happen.

Katy Bickerstaff: Modern day Manna......

SME: Amen. I could totally live on that for 40 years. Totally.

Katy Bickerstaff: Did you get any yet?

SME: Nope. Cheesecake drought over here right now.

Katy Bickerstaff: neither.

SME: One of us isn't wishing hard enough. *ahem*

Katy Bickerstaff: My bad.

SME: Work on that, Katy. 'Cause I need me some cheesecake.
So... it was almost 90* here today and it made me thinking longingly of Arizona--in February.

Katy Bickerstaff: Well I'll take your 90 degrees and raise ya 20 more.

SME: Get me some heaven-sent cheesecake and maybe I'll trade you weather forecasts.

Katy Bickerstaff: Ohhhhh.....only if you promise to take it back when winter comes around.

SME: You know what they say about beggars being choosers.

Katy Bickerstaff: I cannot fathom driving in snow.

SME: Definitely a steep learning curve on that. I'm still trying to figure that out.

Katy Bickerstaff: I don't know how people do it. That and eat gross stuff like..... oysters!

SME: *gag*

Katy Bickerstaff: Exactly!

SME: I'm not a fan, either. (cue angry emails from the oyster lobby)

Katy Bickerstaff: I don't think Oysters appreciate being eaten and all.

SME: See, we're just looking out for the poor innocent oysters.

Katy Bickerstaff: I mean, it's one thing to take their pearls...but to then eat them...well that's just a little too greedy, if you ask me.

SME: On a more serious note... Okay, let's face it, there are no serious notes at INFF... On a different note: how long have you been a blogger?

Katy Bickerstaff: A serious one? Or a general one?

SME: *shrugs* I just ask the questions, I don't actually know what they mean.

Katy Bickerstaff: Ha! I started my blog about 4 years ago at the urging of my older sister. Then recently, after I had my 3rd baby, I really got into writing posts almost daily.

SME: What is it about blogging that appeals to you?

Katy Bickerstaff: First and foremost...the family history aspect of it. I plan on turning all of my blog posts into a book for my family to have

SME: Very cool.

Katy Bickerstaff:'s such a great way for me to process my thoughts...crazy as they are sometimes. I find myself feeling a sense of freedom, you know? Being able to write what you feel without judgement.

SME: Writing can be very cathartic, for sure.

Katy Bickerstaff: I want my children to know what I was like at this stage in my life. Heaven knows I will be completely deranged when I'm old and gray.

SME: I'm pretty much deranged right now. So, too late I guess

Katy Bickerstaff: Why do you write Sarah?

SME: In the words of Lord Byron "If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad." Without writing, I would be certifiably insane. Guaranteed.

Katy Bickerstaff: Wow.

SME: Ask pretty much any novelist and they'll tell you that they have stories and characters constantly running through their minds and if they don't write to get them out, they'll go crazy.
(Now that every non-writer reading this is a little worried about my mental stability...) What's your favorite continent?

Katy Bickerstaff: I love Canada. But that's not a continent. Can we pretend it is for the sake of my answer? Pretty please?

SME: Sure. I'm not a snob when it comes to continents.

Katy Bickerstaff: I would love to travel all over that country if I could. Ever since I saw the movie "Anne of Green Gables" I've longed to go to Prince Edward Island.

SME: I actually spent a couple hours just the other day planning a fictional trip to Vancouver. *sigh* Some day. Of course, I've been saying that about England for 10 years now.

Katy Bickerstaff: Oh, I do that all the time. I find all the spots I would hit and find hotels and everything.... We have such lofty and I.

SME: It helps take a little of the sting out when you realize "Wait. I'm too poor to travel."

Katy Bickerstaff: Completely.

SME: Are you up for a little game?

Katy Bickerstaff: oh yeah! Wait.... Does it involve anything illegal?

SME: Nothing illegal. I promise. Although, it may be illegal in Canada. Not sure on that one. *waits expectantly for Kimberly VanderHorst and Rachel Starr Thomson to offer their Canadian wisdom*
The Mounties could interrupt at any moment.

Katy Bickerstaff: Oh....I'm drooling now. I love Mounties! Okay....sorry...back to the game.

SME: This is a game which has made multiple appearances at INFF--because it is one of my favs!! We're gonna play "Rapid-fire Q&A" in which I ask you a question and you have to give the first answer that pops into your head. No explanations or reasons allowed.

Katy Bickerstaff: Nice.

SME: Dream job?

Katy Bickerstaff: Dancer

SME: Favorite subject in school?

Katy Bickerstaff: English

SME: Dream vacation spot?

Katy Bickerstaff: Anywhere in Canada! duh!:)

SME: Favorite fairy tale?

Katy Bickerstaff: Cinderella

SME: Favorite child? Just kidding! Favorite elementary school teacher?

Katy Bickerstaff: Mrs. Houy

SME: Favorite season?

Katy Bickerstaff: Fall

SME: If you could be a competitor on any television reality show, which one would you choose?

Katy Bickerstaff: America's Best Dance Crew

SME: Least favorite smell?

Katy Bickerstaff: stinky throw up

SME: Favorite Christmas goodie? (only 6 months away!)

Katy Bickerstaff: divinity

SME: And lastly, favorite "little thing" your husband does for you?

Katy Bickerstaff: mows the lawn did I do?

SME: Congratulations. You answered every question right. That makes you the INFF champion!!

Katy Bickerstaff: YES!!!!!!!

SME: Woo-woo!

Katy Bickerstaff: As if I couldn't get any cooler right now!

SME: Oh, you're about to get crazy cool. We're headed to the portrait gallery!!

*draws a wicked-cool portrait*

Katy Bickerstaff: I look so good! You can tell I've been going to the Gym for the last couple of months.

SME: Look at the definition and toning. Good on ya.

Katy Bickerstaff: Nice shoes.

SME: Umm... the exact shoes I am wearing. Right. Now.

Katy Bickerstaff: Really? Do they come in a size 8?

SME: I don't know. See, I have to shop in the little girls section. It's embarrasing. But I got these Vans in the boys section. Not bad.

Katy Bickerstaff: I had a friend that loved to wear boys jeans instead of girl jeans because the waist was more forgiving. Besides...boy clothes look better on girls than the other way around. :)

SME: This is true.
I do believe that brings us to the final question of the interview. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Katy Bickerstaff: 5. The questions were so laid back and easy going.
4. Cheesecake was discussed as a possible weather forecast for tonight.
3. This is the first self portrait I'd had made of myself since six flags when I was a teenager. And that one was too cartoonish for me.
2. I discovered our mutual love for "fantasy vacationing".
1. I got to spend chat time with a really cool gal named Sarah Eden.

Katy Bickerstaff: You don't have a "garden" in your back yard by chance, do you? :)

SME: Good one. The Garden of Eden. Everyone got that, right?

Katy Bickerstaff: I try.

SME: Thanks for being my INFF friend, Katy!

Katy Bickerstaff: No prob! Until we chat again Sarah! Remember who you are!

*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!

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M. Gray said...

Ooo! I want to go to the land of Anne of Green Gables. My dad is Canadian--so I'm half. Does that make us automatic friends?

Karlene said...

Great interview! Do you have a link to Katy's blog? I'd like to visit. Did I miss it?

Kimberly said...

Ooo...forget Vancouver, let's get together a group vacation to PEI! One of our neighbours actually IS a Mountie so I'm sure I've got an in with them. He loves my muffins (umm...literally, okay, get your minds out of the gutter) and I'm sure I could persuade him to look the other way with a batch of my pumpkin pecan...

Thanks for the linky. I've been in a sour mood lately and that sweetened things right up! Fabulously entertaining interview too. These posts are becoming the highlight of my Fridays (that says more about my life than I probably want to have said...).

Sarah M Eden said...

Karlene - Thanks for pointing that out. Something weird happened in the code and her intro wasn't showing up in the interview. It's there now!

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Great interview, although now I have a crazy urge to go make a cheesecake. If you're going to visit Canada, don't forget Alberta. We'll treat you to Banff and the Calgary Stampede. :)

Shantel said...

I love it! Two of my most favoriest people. Topped with Cheesecake. This just made my miss everyone. I am really hormonal lately. So I cried, and craved cheesecake at the same time. Its all good.

Heather B. Moore said...

Cheesecake . . .

Angie said...

Now I want cheesecake!

Krista said...

Maybe it's like everyone jumping at the same time in the stalled elevator... We all need to wish for cheesecake at the same time! One... two... three!

Donna Hatch said...

Ahhhh. Prince Edward Island. I, too, am a fan. Let's have an author's retreat there and have someone else foot the bill...and eat tons of cheesecake. Seriously, I want some right now. Cheesecake, I mean. I might have to wait on the trip. Pneumonia really puts a dampener on traveling plans...uh, wishes.

Braden said...

Love it! You make these so much fun, Sarah. Very clever and creative.


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