I have never been interviewed. A couple of months ago I wrote an article about my bucket list and shared my dream of meeting Oprah. I think about it frequently while showering. In the same way that some people practice their singing or have arguments with people they would never argue with in real life, I play out my Oprah interview while naked. The excitement can become so distracting, that I happily jump out of said shower without ever touching the soap or rinsing the conditioner out of my hair. I also fantasize about being a guest on one of the many amazing NPR radio shows where the host would ask me about my bestselling book, where on God’s green earth Tooele, Utah is, and how I made it this far. I’m still working on my answers.
I wondered the other day, what would my kids ask me in an interview? They spend more time with me than anyone else and I am sure there are questions they don’t ask. I have a list I would love to ask my mom. So, I asked my 11 year old daughter to come up with ten questions she has always wanted to ask me and never have. While I look forward to the day where I am put on the spot by Oprah or Diane Rehm, this is the most important interview of my life.
1. When do you think a person counts as old?
That has changed throughout my life. When I was your age, I thought 30 was really old, but now at the ripe old age of almost 35, I think 70 is old. When I make it to 70, I have no clue what will be old. Probably 100.
2. Where do you get your sense of humor?
Thanks for the compliment. I think from a lot of our family members. Uncle Glen was one of the first people I remember thinking was a real comedian. He used to make me laugh until my eyes were watering and my belly ached. He had a very dry sense of humor; you would miss it if you weren’t paying attention. Grandma Peck is also very witty and I think we share a self-deprecating humor that I have always found endearing. I also have many friends who inspired my humor and I think most of them are funnier than I am. You know who you are.
3. When did you start calling people “friend”?
When I first read this, I thought you wanted to know when I realized I had friends. Like at 4 years old. But you are talking about how I use it as a name for someone when I am irritated or making a joke, right? For instance, I will be driving and someone will cut me off and I will scream “Nice driving, friend.” It keeps me from swearing so much. I don’t know when I started saying it, but I know my friend Meghan uses it a ton, so we will give her the credit. I have a tendency to pick up phrases and different speech patterns from people I hang out with and really admire. I’m a chameleon in that way.
4. How old were you when you got your first coffee from Starbucks?
Good question!!! Honestly, I was a lot older than you. We didn’t have the money for fancy coffee when I was growing up, so we drank Denny’s coffee or if we were feeling really spendy, a fresh brew from 7-11. At 18, I was more of a local coffee kind of girl so I frequented Beans and Brew or The Coffee Garden. If my memory serves me, which it rarely does, I started my addiction with Starbucks when I moved to Las Vegas at the tender age of 20. So yeah, I have had a problem for about 15 years now.
5. Did you always want to be a writer?
I always loved to write, but I didn’t think I was good enough to make it my career. I was never involved with my school newspaper and I didn’t win any awards for essays I had written, so no, I didn’t always want to be a writer. I was also intimidated by the fact that a lot of authors I read had a Master Degree in English or Literature and I had barely graduated high school. I didn’t find the confidence to pursue writing until this year, after many wonderful friends gave me feedback about my writing and I finally looked at some of my work and thought “Yeah, that’s not bad.”
6. Why did you think you were ready for a puppy?
Just to update our readers, we adopted a puppy two weeks ago after losing our 12 year old Blue Heeler to stomach cancer. I thought I was ready because I had forgotten how hard puppies are to train, especially in the first couple of months. Dad was heartbroken that Colt was gone and we all missed having a dog around. While I have felt overwhelmed, I think it was the best thing for our family. We are dog people.
7. Are you more like a dog or a cat?
I love this question!! Initially, I want to say dog, but I am not as social or as active as a dog, so I am going to have to say a cat. This is weird, because I am not really a cat lover. We have Snowy and she has been a great family pet, but I never liked cats growing up. I am more like a cat because I have an independent nature, I like to be alone, I do my best work at night and I can be really crabby when people I don’t like approach me. Wow, I’m a cat!!
8. What do you love to bake?
I love baking in general, but I think my favorite thing to bake is bread. It’s odd because I hate yeast with a passion and there have been many failed attempts on my part. I love baking zucchini bread, banana bread and Irish soda bread. I also love eating bread more than I love eating cookies or cakes, so it’s more rewarding for me to make a batch of rolls than it is a chocolate cake.
9. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Hawaii, for sure, but I really don’t see myself living there for longer than a couple of years. I love Utah. I love the changing seasons, the mountains and having all of my family and friends close. I think if I could live anywhere for the rest of my life, it would be here. I also love complaining about the snow and getting angry about all the bad drivers. I would miss that.
10. Who is your celebrity crush?
You know I don’t follow celebrities that much. I may end up picking someone who is dead or not even a celebrity anymore. There are a few people I think are attractive, but I am more interested in people who are funny or smart or can make me think about things in a different light. I have had a crush on David Letterman since I was a teenager, but I think a more relevant crush would be John Stewart from The Daily Show. He is funny, insightful, witty and handsome. Don’t tell dad.
A special thanks to my interviewer, Madison Brasher. She is an aspiring actress and foodie who was recently nominated as a Student Body Officer for her 6th grade class.
Mandy Brasher has been married to her partner in crime for thirteen years and together they have two kids. Since then she has changed diapers, potty trained, worked as a barista and organized events for a non-profit. Mandy loves to travel, cook, do yoga and read blogging and working on writing a book. Follow her sass mouth and unexpected adventures.