As I mentioned in the first interview yesterday: I volunteered on a few blogs for people to ask me questions, so I’ll post my answers over the next few days.
1. What is the best thing about having a unique name?
First off, my name isn’t short for Alexandria. I’ve mentioned this a few times on my blog, but new readers tend to assume this is the case — so I have to bring it up once in a while.
The best thing? My name sparks a lot of comments and conversations. (However, if a random person I’ll probably never talk to again thinks I’ve just introduced myself as “Andrea,” I don’t bother to correct them. I’ve answered to that name many times over the years.)
I disliked my name when I was little. I was shy and I didn’t want to stand out from the rest of the kids. I wanted my name to be something normal, like Jennifer. It took me a few years, but now I like it. It sets me apart.
2. What is the most rewarding thing about your partnership with BlogHer?
Writing for BlogHer forces me to write about topics I wouldn’t make time for on a normal basis. Writing about these topics also means that I’m thinking about these topics, if that makes sense — I have to ask myself how I feel about something and then flesh out those feelings in a cohesive way through my writing. There have definitely been times when I’d rather do something else on my designated posting date, but I always get it done and I’m always proud of the results.
3. The best restaurant in Alexandria?
I don’t know if it’s the best restaurant (I freely admit there are plenty of restaurants I haven’t been to yet), but my favorite restaurant in Alexandria is Mai Thai. I’ve been there with a number of locals and also out-of-town visitors, and everyone has enjoyed it.
4. What is your most despised food?
Rather than something obscure, I think a despised food would have to be something you come across on a regular basis. In my case, that would be raw tomatoes. I like cooked tomatoes, as long as they’re mixed into soups and stews. I also like tomato-based sauces. But eating them raw? No way. (Which is funny, because I like most other fruits and vegetables.) If I forget to ask for them to be taken off my food at restaurants, I’ll pick them out of sandwiches, salads, and even burritos (the tiny diced ones) before I start eating.
(Something else I can’t stand? Watermelon. I’ve tried it a number of times since I was a kid, and I’ve never gotten past my dislike for it.)
5. Tell your readers something about you that will surprise them.
If I had the nerve, I’d learn to ride a motorcycle.