Friday, November 19, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Karen Adair

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 INFF guest is Karen Adair. Karen describes herself thus, "I’ve always loved to write, especially for teenagers. I have seven children, so I get plenty of fodder from them as well as a lot of beta readers. So on top of being a student, I have the joy of being a Mom and a writer as well. I have a great life!!!" How can you not want to be friends with someone like that?

Karen can be found online at her website:

Let's get to know Karen!

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Karen: Thanks! It's great to be here.

SME: Here's the question I've asked every Friday Friend for the past couple months (and this'll be the last time I ask it with Thanksgiving next week).. Pumpkin pie or Apple?

Karen: Oh, you had to start with a hard one. Um...I'd have to say Pumpkin. With whipped cream of course.

SME: One more vote for Pumpkin. I'll have to tally the votes and see which pie won!
Other than the whipped cream... er, I mean pie... Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving Day food?

Karen: Oh, that's any easy one. Shrimp cocktail. It's a family favorite, though I don't know why or how shrimp made its way into Thanksgiving.

SME: So, shrimp cocktail, huh? I can honestly say I've never had that at Thanksgiving

Karen: I hadn't either till I married my husband. Now I'm hooked. On both of them. :)

SME: Did the shrimp cocktail tradition come from his family? Or is it one you started together?

Karen: That was a family tradition he grew up with.

SME: Fun!

Karen: It keeps our tummies busy while the turkey is cooking. We're very impatient eaters.

SME: Amen, sistah!
So I was perusing your website and learned that you have begun attending the University of Houston. True?

Karen: Yes. Very true.

SME: What inspired you to pursue that?

Karen: The night my husband and I got engaged we realized that there wouldn't be enough money for both of us to pursue college at once. So I put my education on hold to see him through. Little did I know he'd be getting a PhD. So oh so many years later here I am.

SME: I have always said there is no age limit on education. Good for you for sticking with that goal, too many people don't. What are you studying?

Karen: I'm an English major and was just admitted into the Creative Writing Concentration this month.

SME: Fabulous!! I loved my English classes, though I wish I'd taken more writing classes. Feel free to pass on any amazing tidbits you pick up along the way

Karen: Will do. In fact, that would probably make for some good blog postings. Hmmmm....

SME: How very convenient that I have provided a link to your blog!

Karen: Well, there you go!

SME: So, are you up for a game? 'Cause I have one for you if you're interested.

Karen: Always. I have seven kids after all.

SME: I pondered many deep, important topics on which I might ask you trivia questions (because trivia's what my games are all about). In the end, though, I stuck with tradition and picked a topic of very little long term importance.

Karen: Hahaha. Awesome.

SME: Today's game is entitled "That's The Long and Short of It... Well the Short of It, Anyway." That's right... all your questions will be about short people, some of my favorite people in the world.

Karen: Right on!

SME: I'll ask you three questions. Pick the right answer from the choices I give you and you'll be the INFF Champion!

Karen: Sweet.

SME: Question #1: The shortest US President was James Madison. How tall was he?
A. 5'4"
B. 5'8"
C. No one knows. He kept lying about it

Karen: I'll guess A.

SME: ding, ding, ding! You are correct!

Karen: Oh yeah!!! Sweetness!

SME: Question #2: According to French researcher Marcel D'Unan, how tall was Napoleon Bonaparte?
A. 5'2"
B. 5'5"
C. Taller than I am and, therefore, I would have thought he was pretty darn tall

Karen: Oh my goodness, I should know this one. I like C, but I think it's B.

SME: B is correct! (Although C is arguably correct, as well). I guess 5'5" is kinda small, but I somehow expected him to be ridiculously tiny.

Karen: My daughter is 5 ft on the nose. We do short trivia here. Just sayin'
She'd say 5'5'' was tall.

SME: I'm 4'11", so I get that. 5'5" seems tall to me.
Okay, last question: According to the Centers for Disease Control, I would be "average height" if I were...
A. 12 years old
B. 14 years old

C. Standing on a really tall box

Karen:'re killing me with the C's today. I would have to say A though.

SME: *sighs* Yup. If I were a 12-year-old I would be just about average height. So I just need to start hanging out with a bunch of 10-year-olds and I'd be really tall.

Karen: We all look up to you. Don't worry.

SME: Hey, you had 3 answers correct out of 3! That makes you the INFF Champion!!

Karen: WOOOOO HOOOO! Oh yes!

SME: So, INFF Champion, would you like to see your fantastic portrait?

Karen: You betcha.

*draws an amazing portrait*

Karen: Niiiiiiiice. I especially love the boots!

SME: You are in Texas. The boots seemed a good fit

Karen: They actually look like the pair I own. :) Good job!

SME: 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.

Karen: 1. It was a nice break from doing homework.
2. I got a self-portrait. Never had one done of me before.
3. Talking with you has been a definite perk.
4. It's my first interview so that definitely makes me feel good.
5. I now have the title champion attached to my name. Definite awesomeness!

SME: Wahoo! Thanks, Karen, for being my Friday Friend.

Karen: Thank YOU friend! What a fun time I've had

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!

PS!!! Leave a comment and you'll be entered in November's Fantastic Giveaway!

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Joan Sowards said...

Fun interview! Best wishes to you Karen in school and your writing. Sarah, love your sense of humor. :-)

Amanda said...

I posted a link to this post on fb.

Oh--and does it count for the giveaway if I suggested someone for INFF who wasn't myself? If not, I'm happy to volunteer for INFF someday.

Tanya Parker Mills said...

Sarah, I can't believe you didn't dig into Karen's nom de plume. Fun interview, nonetheless, and how very big of you to own up to your size. (I know...groan, groan.)

Valerie Ipson said...

My husband's family does the shrimp cocktail thing for Thanksgiving, too. It's the only thing we MUST have.

And I want to be you, Karen. I aspire to finish my college degree in English someday.

Monica said...

Well done, my friend! I love watching your success (even from a distance)!

Angie said...

LOL. I am shorter than Napoleon too. Long live short people! Good luck with school, Karen.

mormonhermitmom said...

"Short people got...nobody.." DANG IT! yet another song I won't get out of your head. Your interviews seem to be good for that...
:) Kidding. Well done!

Heather B. Moore said...

You guys are funny!

We have shrimp cocktail too (my grandmother's recipe).

Taffy said...

Another good interview!

We have shrimp on Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. And sometimes on Easter. And Groundhog Day.

Krista said...

Fun interview! I admire Carrie's dedication to getting that degree! Good luck! Sarah, charming as ever. with or without a really tall box.

Kari Pike said...

Great always! I enjoyed getting to know more about Karen. My parents do the shrimp cocktail tradition too! very fun!

Karen said...

Thanks everyone for such fabulous comments and well wishes!!! Everyone needs to have a friend like Sarah. And friends like all the rest of you!!!


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