About Me

Interviewed by Lemmonex

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.

My second interview comes from Lemmonex (you can see the answers to her questions here).

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.

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