Friday, April 27, 2012

I Need Friends Friday: Amy McArthur

(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 friend is the lovely Amy McArthur. She's a wife, a mom, a reader, and, I discovered, a fabulous person. I should perhaps warn you, we're about to engage in a lot of "Mom Talk." You have been warned.

SME - Welcome to I Need Friends Friday!

Amy McArthur - My husband is standing over my shoulder and making me very nervous.

SME - Doesn't he know this is a "No Boys Allowed" club right now??

Amy McArthur - I have made that clear, to no avail.

SME - Tell him we're going to talk about shoes and chick flicks and potty training. That might scare him off.

Amy McArthur - Sounds great, except for the potty training. I HATE potty training.

SME - I have been out of the potty training phase for 6 years and I still have nightmares about it. *shudders*

Amy McArthur - I still have one more to go.... Excuse me while I blow my nose and wipe my tears at the mere thought.... I envy you.

SME - My youngest was also my hardest. If I so much as suggested she use the potty, she would look me dead in the eye, stick her chin out defiantly and "go" right there in front of me, no matter where we were.
I guess what I'm saying is, if that child can be trained, any child can.

Amy McArthur - Oh... wow. If it makes you feel better I was THIS close to having 3 kids in diapers because my oldest girl refused to cooperate. She was almost 4. and when I went to the hospital to have baby number 4 she still wasn't potty trained.
Thankfully, Grandma had taken care of it before I got home from the hospital. Too close for comfort.

SME - And the baby I'm sure wouldn't cooperate and wait to make its debut until after the oldest figured that out. Babies are so stubborn!

Amy McArthur - I know, right?!

SME - And, on the topic of child-indused insanity, I have a child who is a "hair cutter," something I know you know all about.

Amy McArthur - Hee hee... I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.
That was a laugh of insanity by the way... not amusement.

SME - Oh, I recognized the Mom-Crazy laugh. I know it well, my friend. My daughter has cut her own hair 13 times.

Amy McArthur - NO WAY!
You are not making me feel better. I was hoping this would kind of be a one time thing.

SME - My dearest child has finally reached the point where she will come find me and say, "I have the urge, Mom. I have the urge." And that means it's time to take her to the salon to get a new haircut.

Amy McArthur - Hmmm.. I'll have to teach my kids that phrase. Right now we have neighbor kids telling their parents about how the McArthurs have scissors at that house.... I'm losing friends rapidly.

SME - That is my one comfort--she has never cut anyone else's hair. *knocks on wood*

Amy McArthur - I'll knock too... you need it.
13 times? for real? I'm still laughing... it could always be worse.... and it's nice not to be the person people say that about.

SME - Yep. Her record was three times in a single month. I even hid the scissors, she just managed to find them again. Sometimes I don't think I will survive raising that child.

Amy McArthur - We could run away to some kid-free country and try to be human beings again... what would that be like?

SME - I don't even know. Bliss. Utter bliss. (although given enough time, we might actually miss the little munchkins.)

Amy McArthur - I suppose... but sometimes I like to imagine...

SME - The imagining is what keeps me sane.

Amy McArthur - Some people say it's an escape... I say it's a coping skill… emphasis on skill.

SME - I have my suspicions that we have officially lost all of the male readers of this interview.

Amy McArthur - I can hear them snoring.

SME - So, Amy McArthur, what is your favorite continent?

Amy McArthur - Definitely North America... I have very little experience with the other 6... none, actually.

SME - I'm a fan of North America, myself. Other than Australia, I can say it's the only continent that I can name every country it contains off the top of my head.

Amy McArthur - True. Yet another reason to love it. The list is very long.

SME - I have a fabulous portrait of you, if you're interested in seeing it.

Amy McArthur - interested? I'm dying to see it.

Amy McArthur - wow... is that a bow in my hair?

SME - It's a lovely hair decoration of some kind or another. Bow. Clip. Ya know, something cool.

Amy McArthur - Very cool.... probably a clip I picked up off the floor while I was cleaning, and just put it in my hair and forgot about it until after I had spoken publicly or something... hypothetically of course. You nailed it.

SME - Dude. I've done that. And then forgot I was wearing something on my head and answered the door. The things moms endure, I'm telling ya!

Amy McArthur - It's a brutal profession.

SME - Could you imagine the worker's compensation claims we could file. Sheesh.

Amy McArthur - The world can't afford us.

SME - That is the quote of the day, my friend. "Moms: The world can't afford us."
Of course, out of context it makes no sense whatsoever.

Amy McArthur - Wow, now you're quoting me... who cares if it makes sense?

SME - More or less my life philosophy: "Who cares if it makes sense"

Amy McArthur - As long as it makes sense to me.... I have a similar life motto, it comes between "do it tomorrow" and "you can never have too many napkins."

SME - I do believe 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.
Amy McArthur - 5-I met my mother twin, who also puts random things in her hair, has difficult to potty train children, and has even worse children hair-cutting-stories than me.
4-It's also my 1st blog interview... 1st is the best right?
3-I got to "talk" to one of my favorite authors, ever! (Does that give me extra credit if it really is true?)
2-I was quoted by one of my favorite authors. A dream come true, for sure.
1- I didn't mess it up too bad, I think.

SME - Mess it up? Not at all. Two moms talking about their children--what's to mess up?

Amy McArthur - True. It's the recipe for greatness. Everyone knows that. But few can pull it off the way we just did.

SME - Amen, sistah.
Well, thanks for joining us for INFF!

Amy McArthur - You bet. Hope you haven't lost you male audience for good on my account.

SME - *fingers crossed* Well, that's INFF for today. *cue exit music* Join us next week when I'll make a new 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!


Annette Larsen said...

Amy! I can't believe you didn't tell me you were going to do this. My jealousy abounds...
I just got to watch a chat between one of my favorite authors and one of my favorite people. What could be better?

Donna K. Weaver said...

I love these posts. Oh, and another way to get rid of guys fast is for women to start sharing childbirth stories. Works every time.

Julie Daines said...

Ha! That was hilarious. (I think I say that every time.) I can't believe your daughter cut her hair 13 times! Yikes!

It's so Fluffy! said...

Love it! My step-sister cut my hair when I was 18. She had her spurts of mischievousness...15 being the beginning of her lifelong spurt. I was on the phone with my boyfriend, at the time. The only way she would've been able to get close enough to me with scissors! She was more than a typical younger sister when boys were involved. Sarah I LOVE your books! I just found out about your books a week or so ago. I can't put them down! My first read was Friends & Foes. I'm now on Seeking Persephone. You are an amazing author! Love your wit and knowledge! Cannot say enough good things about your writing! LOVE! Please never ever stop writing! I just can't get enough!

Karen Adair said...

Oh. My. Heavens. I so needed this today. Hilarious. Simply hilarious. But what did I expect when I visited your site today? I can always count on you for some warm wit, Sarah. Amy, you're a hoot. Totally and completely. Good luck with the potty training it took a while too with my youngest who is 8 and refuses to let me cut her hair. :) Life as a mother....ahhhhh.


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