Friday, September 10, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Robyn Warner, aka Mormon Hermit Mom

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.

Robyn Warner, known to the blogging world as mormonhermitmom can be found at her blog, A Hermit Mom's Cave!

SME: Welcome to INFF!

mormonhermitmom: Great to be here!

SME: What was the inspiration behind your handle, "mormon hermit mom"?

mormonhermitmom: I was in a "nursing baby phase" and wanted to "get out more" but it was just a little too hard. When I found a "blogging for dummies" book, I found a way to get out without getting out, and so A Hermit Mom's Cave was born.

SME: And every mother reading this is nodding her head in complete understanding. Being a mom (especially of really young children) is not unlike being the most isolated kind of hermit.

mormonhermitmom: Exactly. And we were living in a bottom floor apartment that felt like a cave at the time. That added to the hermit feeling.

SME: I've been trying think of a mom moniker for myself. My daughter filled out a questionnaire about me in preschool years back. She said my favorite thing to do was "not cook." There's got to be a catchy nickname in there somewhere!

mormonhermitmom: Oh I wish I didn't have to cook. The crock-pot has become my friend.

SME: You and I can now be bosom buddies! We eat out of the crock-pot 4 or 5 times a week. Sometimes I have multiple crock-pots going at one time. It's kind of an addiction.

mormonhermitmom: My hubby got me a second crock-pot for my birthday. I love it! I can do roast and baked potatoes at the same time!

SME: And if you had a third, you could make cobbler for dessert!

mormonhermitmom: Ooooh! That's it. A third crock-pot is going on my Christmas list.

SME: Drop a few not-so-subtle hints and your husband won't have to frantically run around on Christmas Eve trying to figure out what to get you.

mormonhermitmom: Actually, many times he'll come right out and ask - "What do you want for you birthday/anniversary/Mother's Day/Christmas?" and I'll just get a blank look on my face and can't think of anything. I don't know why. Must be moms lose a few brain cells with each kid.

SME: My son once told me that he was pretty sure I was smarter when he was "a little kid." Sadly, I couldn't really argue with him on that.

mormonhermitmom: Thank heavens I have a thirteen year old that knows everything - it takes a lot of stress out of my life.

SME: That explains the reason mom's have teenagers--to make up for the lack of brain function they caused us growing up. Genius.

So I learned something rather
fascinating about you and I've been dying to ask you about it. You are a geocacher! I only recently even learned what that was. What got you started with geocaching?

mormonhermitmom: My inlaws introduced us to it a couple of years ago when we were visiting them. The kids loved trading out little toys in the larger geocaches. I've only become more serious about it since we moved to Utah a few months ago.

SME: Do you maintain your own location, or do you only--"only", as if it's a puny thing--go searching for others'?

mormonhermitmom: So far I only search. To set up a cache means you have to be around to maintain it and find a suitable public place to put it. We've never stayed in one place for more than three years, so I hesitate to hide a cache myself

SME: Plus, searching out caches helps undermine your whole "hermit" thing--not a bad side effect, really.

mormonhermitmom: So true. Now that I'm more serious about geocaching, I have gotten out more. Although I do have a fascination with real caves and we've found a couple of geocaches that were close to some. It's been awesome.

SME: I have to ask (because it's more or less a requirement)... What's your favorite continent?

mormonhermitmom: I'm torn between North America and Europe. If I absolutely had to choose, North America would be first, and Europe a close, close second.

SME: Ah, yes. A difficult choice. If Europe feels slighted, I'll assure them that a close, close second almost counts as a vote. I'm sure that'll make Europe feel better.

mormonhermitmom: Que sera!, Right?

SME: I have a fabulous portrait for you! If you're interested.

mormonhermitmom: Absolutely! I've been anxiously awaiting the reveal!

*whips up a fab portrait though she's done it dozens of times... oh... wait...*

mormonhermitmom: Oh you even got my boots! And I'm so svelte from tromping all over the desert looking for caches too! I love it!

SME: Definitely. And you have a compass... something I never did really master. *sigh*

mormonhermitmom: Thankfully, modern GPS units don't require orienteering skills, or I'd still be out there somewhere.

SME: Let us have a moment of silence in honor of the benefits of modern technology.

mormonhermitmom: *removes hat*

SME: *wipes tear*

mormonhermitmom: *replaces hat*

SME: *blows nose. loudly*

Well, 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.

mormonhermitmom: 1. Because SME is the most awesomest interviewer.
2. Because the hermit got to socialize about crock-pots
3. Because two continents got mentioned
4. Because I got a very flattering portrait.
5. and all I have to do is show my hubby the interview so he'll know exactly what to get me for Christmas without my brain fizzling out.

SME: So it'll be the best blog interview your husband has ever read, too! Score!

mormonhermitmom: That's right! That would have to be reason #6

SME: Well, thanks for being my INFF friend today!

mormonhermitmom: Thank you for having me.

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!

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Angie said...

Kids definitely drain the brain cells. I am down to about nothing myself. Geocaching sound fun!

Lourie said...

I go blank whenever my hubs asks me what I want for Christmas/birthdays etc. I think it is because we think of ourselves last....and that whole brain cell thing too. I love Robyn. She is hilarious!

Kimberly said...

Fabulous interview! As always, INFF makes me giggle.

Elizabeth Morgan said...

The picture is so cool.


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