Friday, February 18, 2011

I Need Friends Friday: Rebecca Blevins

(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 Rebecca Blevins. She describes herself as "an LDS (That's "Mormon") vegetarian, homeschooling writer who has an irrational fear of semicolons." Find her on the web at her I Am a Pistachio blog.
Let's get to know Rebecca!
SME: Welcome to INFF!

Rebecca: Hooray! Thank you! It's nice to meet you online after seeing you in person.

SME: I'm much taller online.

Rebecca: I noticed.

SME: I am, however, much cuter in person... it's a trade-off.

Rebecca: Ah. I see. And I got to see you at Storymakers. You were wonderful!

SME: Why, thank you. Storymakers is a highlight every year!

Rebecca: Yes, it was! I hope to go next year.

SME: There's a rumor going around that I will be this year's MC at the Storymakers conference.

Rebecca: I heard that rumor. I like it. I wish I could go--but alas, I live in the Midwest. It's a bit far. You must be the MC two years in a row, then!

SME: Let's start a petition!

Rebecca: I'm down with that! Pass it around this year. You could scrapbook on the clipboards.

SME: Maybe I should pass it around before I MC this year, then if I'm totally lame, it'll be too late for people to change their minds.

Rebecca: I love it! Fantastic idea! But you're forgetting one thing--
I don't think you know how to be lame. It will be awesome!

SME: *fingers crossed*

Rebecca: *toes crossed*

SME: So, tell us a little about yourself, Rebecca.

Rebecca: I thought there weren't going to be any hard questions?

SME: Um....

Rebecca: Let's see. . . I live in Missouri, I'm married with four kids. I love to read, write, cook, and dance in my Zumba classes. I have a big dog. . .

SME: How big?

Rebecca: Have you seen the movie Holes?

SME: Yup. Loved it

Rebecca: My backyard looks like that, because of him.

SME: That is a big dog.

Rebecca: He's about eighty pounds. My daughter fell into one of those holes and had to yell to her brothers to help her out. She was four at the time.

SME: Which means I'd be doomed. Four-year-olds and I are generally pretty close to the same size.

Rebecca: Well. . .she's five now. She'd help you out.

SME: Such a good girl!

Rebecca: Very. She's my only one. Takes after me a lot. She's very. . .maternal, to put it nicely.

SME: My brother's friends called me "Mom" growing up. And they didn't mean it in a nice way.

Rebecca: Haha. I see. Were you the oldest child?

SME: I was the oldest girl. My brother (the one with the obnoxious friends) is 10 months older than I am.

Rebecca: Then I'm sure they needed mothering!

SME: They needed a kick in the pants, is what they needed. Not that I'm still bitter or anything.

Rebecca: I find that many boys need at least one kick in the pants.

SME: Amen, sistah!
So... what's your favorite continent?

Rebecca: I don't need diapers yet.
Wait--you said "continent".

SME: *clears throat to hide a giggle*

Rebecca: Guess what? I wrote a book!

SME: I approve of books.

Rebecca: Then I was afraid to edit it and I didn't want to look at it, so I started another. And that's the end.

SME: I also approve of avoiding editing.

Rebecca: I'm glad you approve of avoiding editing. That makes me feel better.

SME: Just don't tell my editor. (Hi, Kirk!)

Rebecca: Lol! *waves at Kirk*
So. . .I like Australia. But not the scorpions or anything that might bite me.

SME: I approve of you approving of Australia and I approve of you disapproving of scorpions.

Rebecca: Scorpions are creations of God, but they look evil. Maybe that was too controversial.

SME: Speaking of which... no, I can't make a smooth transition out of that. Let's just go abrupt--you wanna play a game?

Rebecca: Sure!

SME: Aaawesome! I've entitled this game... actually I have no title. It's a game about pistachios.

Rebecca: I think I smell where this is going. Carry 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!

Rebecca: I'm trembling with anticipation and fear. . .

SME: That's what I like to hear! Um. I mean... *ahem*
First question:
Which of the following is NOT in the same family as the pistachio?
a. almond
b. mango
c. poison ivy

Rebecca: That's a tough one. If you're allergic to any of them they can make you itch. I heard that mangoes have something in their coating that can irritate your skin right off the tree--or maybe that was something else. I'm going to guess. . .poison ivy?

SME: Ooohhh. So close. Poison Ivy actually IS in the same family as pistachios. Who knew, eh? The correct answer was A. Almonds are not in the same family as pistachios. Random.

Rebecca: Yeah, I completely blew it! Both are green--duh.

SME: That's alright. You have two more chances to redeem yourself
Question #2: The 1940s brought us what essential evolution in pistachio food products?
a. pistachios were first dyed red
b. pistachio ice cream
c. pistachios were genetically engineered to some day take over the world

Rebecca: Are you googling these right now?

SME: No, I did some prep work before the interview! So responsible of me!

Rebecca: You are very responsible. The answer is definitely c. I heard them plotting the other day.

SME: Okay, I'm technically not allowed to confirm nor deny the existence of genetically-altered pistachios. So, for the sake of the INFF title, you'll probably want to go with a different answer.

Rebecca: I'll say. . .pistachio ice cream. That was my grandpa's favorite.

SME: Ding, ding, ding! Absolutely correct!!

Rebecca: Hooray!

SME: Okay. Final question. This one's for all the glory!
Who is the largest producer of pistachios in the world?
a. the US
b. Iran
c. Pistachio, Wisconsin.. their entire economy revolves around the pistachio--it's a risk, but they're willing to take it

Rebecca: I'm going to timidly say--though I want to say Wisconsin--Iran?

SME: It is Iran!!! You are the champion. (Insert your own joke about this championship involving nuttiness)

Rebecca: I am the queen of the nuts.

SME: Well done on the punchline!

Rebecca: What do I win? An avalanche of pistachios?

SME: You got it. Enjoy!

Rebecca: Thank you! *bows*

SME: You also get a portrait! Aren't you lucky.

Rebecca: Oh, yes! I can't wait to see it!

*draws a spectacular portrait*

Rebecca: I'm thin! You're magical, Sarah!

SME: I draw it like I see it, Rebecca.

Rebecca: I look smart. My hair is super cool.
You have a gift.

SME: And I threw in a pair of yellow flip-flops because I'm getting a little desperate for Spring.

Rebecca: Are the shoes made out of pistachios?

SME: Pistachios would have been a nice touch, but I wasn't sure how durable they would be.

Rebecca: The shells are durable, but they might cut my feet, so good call on the flip-flops. Though I don't wear them normally because they don't stay on very well.

SME: That is the magic of stick-figure portraiture--no flip-flop slippage.

Rebecca: True. I will treasure them because you drew them for me.

SME: So... 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.

Rebecca: 5. Because this is my first one, and the first one is the one that's always the best!
4. I got to talk about pistachios.
3. You drew an awesome picture of me.
2.We share a love of Australia and a dislike of scorpions
And the number one reason. . .I got to chat with one of the coolest authors I've had the pleasure of meeting.

SME: And by coolest you mean totally awesome, right?

Rebecca: Yes. Read 'coolest' as 'totally awesome'. They're pronounced the same way.

SME: That's what I figured, but wanted to be sure.

Rebecca: That's totally awesome.

SME: Well, thanks for being my INFF friend!

Rebecca: Thanks for having me over for a visit! I've had a blast!

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!


Alli said...

Nice one Sarah, even though you called my darling hubby obnoxious :) Don't worry, I'll kick him in the pants later today.

Rebecca said...

Thank you Sarah! This was so much fun!

C. K. Bryant said...

ROFL! What a hoot you two are. GREAT interview.

Kimberly said...

That was hilarious! Love love love!

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Fun interview. Loved the book Holes. The movie was okay. Would have been cooler if your dog was in it, Rebecca!

Karen said...

Very humorous. Rebecca must be a good sister, because I still find her wacky and hilarious after all these years. :)
I enjoyed the interview. Thanks!

Cantwell Chaos said...

The interview was awesome! Thank you for the entertainment! I didn't expect anything less, knowing Rebecca. She's a lot of fun to be around!

Rebecca Talley said...

Very entertaining!

She's in the kitchen! said...

Two self-proclaimed as "not normal", and one as "slightly cracked"...come together to delight us all. I love it!

Totally enjoyed by me, Rebecca's mom :D

kbrebes said...

Very cute, you two!

Krista said...

Very fun! Nice to meet Rebecca! And I LOVE pistachios, but never knew any of those facts. Thanks for the lesson.


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