Friday, April 29, 2011

I Need Friends Friday: Jessi Young

(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 a simply wonderful human being. Jessi Young grew up in the same neighborhood I did and our families were like peanut butter and jelly--stuck together and quite happy about it! Jessi is a mother with four lovely little girls and a fabulous husband and a flare for drama... on stage, of course. *wink, wink*

Let's get to know the lovely Jessi!

SME: So, welcome to INFF!

Jessi: I feel very special!

SME: As well you should. Every once in a while, my INFF guests are people I already know. I have known you pretty much forever!

Jessi: As long as I can remember... I have no memory of a time when the Millers and the Elys didn't coexist.

SME: We are like the yin to each other's yang.

Jessi: I have nothing funny to say... and now I'm just trying too hard.... but yes, Yin and Yang...

SME: I would have to say that among the highlights of our shared childhood were our summer theater series, where we performed various plays we wrote, blocked & costumed. We, of course, performed them in our living rooms. Talk about classy.

Jessi: Is there any better memory ever? so many comedic moments and yet, I don't think any of the plays were intended to be comedies. Like "Cinderella"... it was like a cross between a nickelodeon road show and an SNL skit...
and when you say "we" blocked and costumed... you are sharing the credit, but you were always the brains behind the outfit...

SME: And by that you mean I was bossy. I'll admit it.

Jessi: Or I mean the only person over the age of 10.

SME: This is true. Age had a lot to do with it. (That's sounds a lot better than "I was Miss Bossypants")

Jessi: Miss Bossypants is a title that I think all oldest sisters hold and maintain through out their lives.
I don't think I even knew what blocking was at that point in my theatrical career

SME: What I think is fabulous... you and I both went on to use what we learned... I write and you do a lot of work helping to stage performances for high schools. Who would have guessed back then?

Jessi: Yes, I don't think anyone would've looked at our performance and been able to imagine the um... um.... Well, I've been able to make a lot out of such a little smidgen of "talent".

SME: I believe what you are saying is, no one watching what we came up with back then would think we would ever have any idea what we were doing. I agree. Completely.

Jessi: But, it all started with you... Miss Bossypants, Talent Scout, Theatrical Coach, and Educator....

SME: Ah... the memories. I especially like how we forced our siblings to participate. Poor kids.
So, do your girls show signs of following in our very impressive footsteps?

Jessi: Absolutely.... they spend a lot of time at the high school with me and they think they belong on stage with the performers.

SME: My daughter quite regularly posts announcements about the plays she will be performing in her room that we are "required" to attend.

Jessi: It is very confusing for them... they can dance and run around with them during rehearsals and then when it is time for the actual performance... well, they have all had a turn at trying to climb up the stairs and do their "favorite part" during the show...

SME: You have to tie them down to keep them off the stage, I bet.

Jessi: It is so fun! Not, tying them down, but seeing them love to perform....

SME: So, Jessi... traditional INFF question: What's your favorite continent?

Jessi: I feel very unqualified... considering I've pretty much only experienced one-- first hand but, I would have to say I've been very interested in South America recently. Documentaries on the Mayans, etc.

SME: South America doesn't have a lot of votes... I'm sure it greatly appreciates the shout-out!

Jessi: Happy to do them the favor...I think a shout out from me probably holds a lot of value

SME: You better believe it does.
Now... I have fantastic game for us, if you're interested!

Jessi: Interested and intimidated... let's do it!

SME: With the big Royal Wedding this week, I have created a game I am calling "Royal Trivia" -- not the most creative title, but whatever -- I'll ask you 3 questions relating to the royal couple & give you three possible answers. Get the answers right and you will be crowned INFF Queen!

Jessi: Wow, I'm like the official Non-Expert on all things Royal Wedding, so this will be perfect!

SME: Perfect!! Non-expertness always makes the games that much more enjoyable.
Alright, question #1: When he is eventually crowned king, HRH Prince William will be the tallest monarch the country has had in how many years?
a) 250
b) 181
c) 704

Jessi: well if everyone is a monarch for about 50-75 yrs. each that would meant that a, 250 years would mean roughly 5 kings/queens- so that isn't too hard to believe... I guess 75 year monarch would be pretty long... especially 250 years ago.

SME: Wow. You just used logic to come up with an answer. That may be an INFF first.

Jessi: I don't know that it did me any good.

SME: It didn't. The answer is C. King Edward I currently holds the record as tallest monarch (at 6'2"). The prince is 6'3". Not too shabby.

Jessi: Wow.

SME: Question #2: How closely related are the royal couple?
a) 3rd Cousins 4 times removed
b) 1st cousins 12 times removed
c) they're getting married---so it can't be too close. Right? Right?!

Jessi: I'm hoping for c. It sounds the least... uh, well, c.

SME: For this question, I would have accepted either B or C. So, ding, ding, ding. You are correct. It all comes down to the last question, then.

Jessi: You are too kind.

SME: Around here I am known as "The Queen of Kindness" (actually, I'm not, I'm just going along with the whole "royal" theme)

Jessi: I'll have to call my mom to find out exactly what 1st cousins 12 times removed even means. You can be Queen of Kindness as long as I become Queen of INFF.

SME: Okay. For the win...
Question #3: After the wedding, between Kate and her stepmother-in-law (Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall) who will have to bow to whom?

a) Kate will have to bow to Camilla
b) Camilla will have to bow to Kate
c) They'll probably just high-five

Jessi: Is this where I get my phone a friend?

SME: *coughs in a way that sounds strangely like "A"*

Jessi: I would think A. And I had already decided, A, so full credit, please????

SME: Oops. *coughs in a way that sounds like "B" (and looks embarrassed)*

Jessi: awwww shucks, I meant b??????

SME: Yes! B!!!

Jessi: I'm queen of BAD LOGIC and you are queen of making jessi say "OUCH.... BURNED"

SME: You win! *cue coronation music and the stately arrival of the INFF crown*

Jessi: How do i look? With the crown and all?

SME: Fabulous!

Jessi: Do i get flowers too? Or is that just beauty pageants?

SME: Perhaps you could have a scepter.
I have a lovely portrait of Your Majesty, if you'd like to peruse it with your royal eye and give it your nod of approval.

Jessi: I'm so completely excited about this... the highlight of my rule thus far.

*draws a portrait worthy of a Royal Portrait Gallery*

Jessi: That is EXACTLY what I'm wearing today too!

SME: Wow. That just changed the entire tone of this interview.

Jessi: The shoes, of course. And I'm ALWAYS wearing my hair.

SME: Phew.

Jessi: So, 2 questions for you!

SME: Okay.

Jessi: How long do we "have ta" wait for another one of your books?

SME: "Seeking Persephone" is slated for release early this fall!

Jessi: That is one that I'm sooo excited to read! Can't wait!

SME: It is a really good book.

Jessi: And one more question.... completely self absorbed/insecure...
Our interview... Was it seinfeld or full house?

SME: Perhaps we can throw that question out to the readers to answer in the comment section--an informal poll, if you will.

Jessi: Oh, the genius of Sarah!

SME: *nods her head in acknowledgment*
Well, one final question for you, the one we always end with: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Jessi: 5. my one year old stayed asleep the whole time!
4. my 4 year old just barely started begging me to get off the computer and get her a treat
3. when is the last time i sat down and had a chat with lifelong friend and amazing author Sarah?? (I think it was at the cave park.)

SME: Ahhh, the cave park!

Jessi: 2. I've been crowned queen of INFF (whether or not I am actually qualified may be challenged, but I'm more than happy to release my birth certificate if Donald asks me very nicely)
1. Oh ya! It is the ONLY blog interview I have ever done. (happy to benefit from Sarah's desperate need of friends)

SME: Amen, sistah! Well, thanks Jessi for joining us for INFF. It's been fab!

Jessi: Completely FAB!

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!


Dandi said...

I personally loved this interview and thought it was hilarious! Way to go. I'm so excited for your next book Sarah!

Angie said...

Love this interview. My cousin and I used to put on plays together too. It was so much fun, and I just laugh thinking about them now.

Franki said...

What a hoot!! The two of you should go on the road...we could all be rich! I just can't think of where you could have gotten all that craziness....signed-"Granny's in the Cellar"

Sarah M Eden said...

Franki - after reading your comment I sang the "Granny's in the Cellar" song to my daughter. Her response...

"Is that a real song?"


Dianna Zaragoza said...

Loved it! Nice shoes!

Arnon said...

The alumni of the old Glendale 7th ward (or Camelot as we like to call it) are very illustrious! You two are living proof. :)


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