Friday, September 3, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Kimberly VanderHorst

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.

SME: Well, welcome to INFF!

Kimberly VanderHorst: Thank you!

SME: So, I discussed Canadian chocolate with Stephanie Humphreys a couple weeks ago and she let me in on the joyful secret of Kindersurprises. Any other bits of Canadian culinary secrecy you'd like to share with me... er... with my readers?

Kimberly VanderHorst: Oh, Kindersurprises are luverly. Especially because you distract your child with the toy inside while you steal half their chocolate. The Kinder Bueno bar is even better though. Hazelnut cream, need I say more?

SME: The word Bueno did it for me... I am from the Southwestern US, you realize, and picked up on a few key Spanish words over the years.

Kimberly VanderHorst: We will now have an awkward pause while I try to hide the fact I didn't realize it was Spanish. Cue the elevator music please.

SME: Consider it cued.
I am so pleased you are my INFF guest this week because I have a very exciting proposition for you!

Kimberly VanderHorst: I love exciting propositions! They are infinitely to be preferred to boring ones!

SME: As the number of Canadian INFFers I have continues to grow, I have found myself in need of a INFF Canadian Ambassador... someone to answer those difficult question that come up and make sure I don't say embarrassingly uninformed things about Canada, that kind of thing. What do you say, Kim?

Kimberly VanderHorst: begs the question whether I would consider myself informed or not. I mean, I did live south of the border for four years, am I really *Canadian* enough. Also, are there any perks? Diplomatic immunity, a limo with flags? Do I get a costume of any sort?

SME: Your "international" background would make you that much more qualified for the post. And I guarantee you are more informed than I. Perhaps I could arrange for a stick-figure limo with flags. I'll look into that.

Kimberly VanderHorst: Stick-figure limo AND I get to feel intellectually superior? Sign me up baby!

SME: Score. Consider yourself officially appointed. In fact, your first duty as ambassador will be to answer this crucial question: What is your favorite continent?

Kimberly VanderHorst: North America. So far. I haven't actually left it yet (unless Vancouver Island counts). Plus, as Canadian Ambassador, I feel duty bound to love the place.

SME: There might have been a major Public Relations disaster if you'd picked, say, Antarctica. Phew!

Kimberly VanderHorst: I do like the cold. I confess to being briefly tempted. But there's a shocking chocolate deficiency there!

SME: This is true. You have a made a wise and informed decision, Madame Ambassador. (Wow, how cool is your title?!?!)

Kimberly VanderHorst: Coolest. Title. Ever. I'm going to get business cards just so I can put that on them.

SME: I believe it is time for an INFF game!!

Kimberly VanderHorst: Bring it on!

SME: In honor of September's monthly prize giveaway (a Jane Austen themed journal), I've entitled today's game "Dear Diary."

Kimberly VanderHorst: For some inexplicable reason I suddenly feel nervous. Cold sweat here. Seriously.

SME: I will give you three fictional entry written in the diaries of three fairy tale characters. Correctly identify the characters and you will be crowned INFF champion! Incorrectly identify them and your diplomatic immunity pretty much negates the whole thing, so you win anyway.

Kimberly VanderHorst: I am liking these odds, Sarah. Plus, I'm an expert fairytalian. Totally.

SME: Fabulous!
First entry:
"Dear Diary. I swear, if I have to pick up one more
little towel or tiny pair of socks off the floor, more
than one person in this house is going to be
"grumpy." Men!"

Who wrote that diary entry?

Kimberly VanderHorst: Snow White, the Disneyfied version!

SME: Woot woot!!
Second entry:
"Dear Diary. I discovered two things today.
First, spinning wheels are very boring...
I fell asleep the minute I touched one. Secondly,
waking up to a kiss is actually kind of nice."

Who wrote that diary entry?

Kimberly VanderHorst: A not very demure Sleeping Beauty, otherwise known as Aurora, being named for the dawn, you know.

SME: Oh the things we learn by reading someone's diary!! And, yes, Sleeping Beauty!!
Entry number three:
"Dear Diary. I really need a Canadian Ambassador..."
Wait. That's my diary.

Kimberly VanderHorst: I don't think the world could handle YOUR diary, Sarah.

SME: Okay, here's the real one...
"Dear Diary. I've been thinking about cutting my
hair, but my boyfriend says he'll never see
me again if I do. What's a girl to do?"

Who wrote that entry?

Kimberly VanderHorst: That would be Rapunzel, and I say she should dump the guy. Well, after he springs her from the tower. The nerve of him!

SME: Congratulations, you are now INFF Canadian Ambassador AND INFF Champion!!!

Kimberly VanderHorst: Surely, my marvelousness is unprecedented. I demand a parade. Or, at the very least, a portrait of my awesomeness.

SME: As you wish, Madame Ambassador.

*drawing, drawing, drawing, drawing*

Kimberly VanderHorst: Dude, how cool are those boots? I am muchly pleased and will soon mail you some Kinder chocolate.

SME: *smiles triumphantly*
I believe we have now reached the traditional final question of the interview: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Kimberly VanderHorst: Oh that's easy. 1) It was about me.
2) We got to talk about chocolate.
3) I received Ambassadorial status.
4) You rock.
5) The boots!

SME: Thanks, Madame Ambassador, for being my INFF guest! *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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Angie said...

Congratulations on you Ambassadorial appointment, Kimberley. That was great you guys. (P.S. I want some chocolate!)

Kimberly said...

I was so much funnier in my head. Seriously.

And dude, where's my limo?

Krista said...

Yay, Kim! That was great! And I even loved the awkward elevator music.
Thanks, Sarah!

Karlene said...

That was great! I've met Kimberly IRL & I totally think she's Ambassador quality material. :)

And she's totally my hero for the phrase "expert fairytalian." Can I use that?

Jewel said...

I love Kinder Bueno bars...they had them in Taiwan (where I served my mission) and I got hooked. Amazing. Thanks for making me drool! :)

Annette Lyon said...

I like the flag. It's bueno. :)

Elizabeth Morgan said...

The flag really adds to the picture!


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