About Me

Interviewed by Zipcode

This is the fourth installment of the “Interview Zan” series. (I’ve already received five requests for interviews, so unfortunately…no more requests! However, because I’m mean and unfair like that, if you’re interested in sending me five questions to answer, I’ll be glad to do so. I’m enjoying this series!)

My fourth interview comes from Zipcode [blog no longer active].

1. Have you always been into fitness? What is your favorite activity to keep you into shape?

Honestly, for most of my life I never gave fitness a lot of thought. If we were doing physical activities in my church group, or if I was running around outside with my sisters, that’s just what I did. I joined a gym when I was in my late teens, but I only went a few times. (And I was charged monthly for two years after that. Luckily the charge was only about $16 per month — thanks to it being a small, ladies-only gym in Richmond.)

I’d never purposefully lifted any kind of weight heavier than a 5-lb. dumbbell (which doesn’t even count, since it was a halfhearted attempt and never on a regular basis) until July 2007. For a more detailed explanation of how I got interested in fitness, read this post about how fitness changed my life.

My favorite activities are walking and weight-lifting. Walking, because I don’t mind doing it anywhere, at any time (unless I’m wearing uncomfortable shoes). Weight-lifting because it makes me feel strong, and capable, and it’s changed the shape of my body.

2. Have you ever gotten in trouble with the law?

Do you mean “for real” in trouble? Or “fake” in trouble with someone who works in law enforcement?

(Oh, silly me, of course you meant the former. Too bad, because the second option would have been a much more interesting story…)

The only “for real” trouble I’ve ever been in with the law was traffic-related. Running a red light, speeding, that kind of thing. The last time I got a ticket was years and years ago, though. (The last time I got pulled over, on Thanksgiving day, the officer let me go. I think it’s because I utilized The Almost-Hysterical Girl Voice.)

3. Are you in your dream profession? If not, what would you like to do?

I’m an Executive Assistant. I doubt many people in my profession would say they’re in their dream job, but all things considered, I don’t have anything to complain about. My job is low-stress for the most part; I’m recognized and thanked for what I do; I have some great coworkers; very good benefits; I receive a salary that allows me to pay my bills, spend on entertainment, and still have some left over to put in savings.

However, I don’t plan to be an Executive Assistant for the rest of my life. It’s working for me for right now, but if I have an epiphany, or a new opportunity comes my way that I just can’t turn down — I’d certainly take advantage of it.

4. Where would you like to travel to this year?

I’d love to get out of the U.S. this year. I haven’t decided for sure which countries this trip will include, but I have options. (I know people in the Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, and Japan, and I’ve been invited to join a few friends for a trip to Rome this summer.)

5. Have you ever seen Monty Pythons Holy Grail? If so, what is your Quest? If not, go rent it this weekend!

Never seen it! If you have a copy and want to lend it out, I’ll be happy to oblige. Not this weekend, though — I’m spending the night in Richmond tomorrow night, have a hair appointment Saturday afternoon, plans for Saturday night back in Alexandria, and a Super Bowl get-together on Sunday afternoon.

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