My Life

Those of you who have been around here for, well, forever might remember when Whoorl interviewed me and I did Five Questions: The Interview almost two years ago.  (Really? Two years? What the what?)

The wonderfully fabulous Kristin over at Camels and Chocolate (She is a travel and celebrity writer. Meaning that she gets to travel the world and also interview celebrities.  Then write about it. And get paid to do so. HOW COOL IS THAT?) posted this getting to know you post and I signed up for her interview.  Here are the questions that she fired my way.

1. It’s no big secret: Your photography is amazing. We all know you work in accounting, but do you someday plan to ditch the numbers altogether and take pictures full time?

First of all, I am blushing.  While I have grown a lot since learning how to shoot manually two summers ago, I have so much yet to learn.  Amateur is an understatement. Now to answer your question…

Short answer: Probably not. Long answer: I’m far too practical. It took seven years and a four-day exam to get those initials behind my name. I make a (far more than) decent salary, even working part-time. With the economy the way it is and Matthew’s industry the way it is, I could never give it up. As for the photography side of things, it is a lot more work than it may appear.  It is also more stressful than it might seem when it comes to paying gigs. I am a bit wired in general so throwing in stress makes me a complete and utter head case. I like to keep those episodes to a minimum.

That being said, I also find it a lot of fun (And actually work better under stress (That’s what she said)), so I won’t be giving those gigs up either.

2. Speaking of, it’s a common myth (reality?) that people are either right-brained (creative) or left-brained (logical), but never both. You work with numbers for your job, yet are a highly prolific writer/blogger and photographer in your “downtime.” Were you the product of some highly scientific, secretive, Gregor Mendel genetic experiment that we’ve all yet to find out about?

I am actually an alien.  That explains a lot, doesn’t it?

I think that most people have both logical and creative sides to them but in varying degrees. My logical side is what made me choose a profession that came easily to me intellectually and which also pays the bills.  But accounting in no way fulfills or completes me (Could you imagine if it did? SO SAD). I crave creativity and it makes me happy.  I love trying new things and usually catch on pretty quick. The down side to my hyped-up drive is that I often end up taking on too much. Matthew then has to reign me in and help me choose what I want to focus on.

3. Your three (adorable)(intelligent)(magnetic) children are incapable of taking bad photos (even when sad/mad/crying, they look perfect). Did you train them to be like this through excessive picture-taking, or did they all just pop out of the womb this way?

They, too, are aliens. Things are starting to make even more sense, no?

The truth of the matter is that my children are simply the most adorable, intelligent, magnetic children on the planet. This has nothing to do with me, other than the fact that I had relations with my husband. Nine months later, Huzzah! Beautiful babies!

Graham

Nathan

Emily

4. What sort of things (if any) have happened to/for you since starting Dutch Blitz that still blow your mind?

The main thing has been the friendships that I have made. If you had told me when I started this site almost four years ago (Four years? What the what?) that not only would strangers from around the world read my site, but that I would consider them friends, I would have laughed long and hard. If you had told me that I would fly to another country to attend a conference in order to meet these friends, or that I would take a solo vacation to do more of the same, I would have thought you to be loco.

In addition to the friends, I am part of some great communities that are comprised of great people and neat things. The fact that people actually want to pay me to blather on also blows my mind.

5. You’ve told me before that you haven’t gotten to do as much traveling as you’d like. OK, fine…I’ll take your trio for two weeks, you have an unlimited budget for you and Honey, you’re flying biz class, where do you go?

TWO WEEKS?  You are a saint.

I haven’t been anywhere other than Washington, California and Mexico.  Not even Hawaii.  Seriously. But if you were too hook me up so grandly for two weeks, I think I’d like to head to the other side of the world. I would love to tour Europe and see all of the history. I have always wanted to see Greece as well. An article I read years ago about doing a bicycle tour through the back roads of Italy has always stuck with me. Bike through the countryside all day and then eat all of the pasta (and drink all of the wine) you want that night with no guilt.

Then there is Africa.  I would love to go on some kind of safari…

Um, could you take them for two months?  That would be awesome.

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So! If you would like to join in on the interviewing party, follow these directions:

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me”. Adding that you liked my answers above will win you bonus points and virtual Diet Coke/coffee and chocolate. Or a butt-squeeze, if that is your thing.
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

If you are too shy (or busy, or cool, etc.) to play, why don’t you ask me that burning question about me that has been eating at you? Those of you already playing can ask too. I’ll answer your questions in the comments so that you can get finally kill your curiosity. This could be fun. And possibly, dangerous.

*Illustration by my friend (And California host!) Brenda over at Secret Agent Josephine. She drew it when I guest posted last summer and I love it.  I think it captures us all perfectly.

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  1. Laura February 12, 2009 12:41 am edit

    Wow, this was cool to read. I hope I’m not getting myself in over my head, but I would love for you to interview me!

    Laura’s last blog post..Status: Employed.

  2. Mrs. Wilson February 12, 2009 2:54 am edit

    Oh fun!!

    Alrighty then Miss Angella, interview me!

    I liked your answers, and a butt-squeeze will suffice.

    Mrs. Wilson’s last blog post..This is how we do it in the Wilson house

  3. Karmyn February 12, 2009 5:26 am edit

    Well what the heck! If you’re up for it, interview me! :)

    Karmyn’s last blog post..And the baby phase has officially begun?

  4. Jen February 12, 2009 5:56 am edit

    Oh oh! Interview me! Mostly because I’m curious what you’d even ask. ;)

  5. Jen February 12, 2009 5:57 am edit

    P.S. Where did you get that cool graphic of you and the kids? I want one.

  6. Rhi February 12, 2009 7:38 am edit

    Oh, please interview me. My blog is bored and lonely.

    Also, you’d come to Oregon, RIGHT?!

    Rhi’s last blog post..Friday Bullets: The Return of Lupron Rhi

  7. angella February 12, 2009 7:39 am edit

    I have never been to Oregon. I need to remedy that.

  8. Meg February 12, 2009 7:41 am edit

    I stinking LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE that picture of you and the kids :D
    And the real photos too!
    eeeek, interview me, please!

    Meg’s last blog post..Hairscare

  9. stephanie parnell February 12, 2009 8:44 am edit

    I am incredibly boring person (in my opinion anyway) and am actually nervous to be saying it, but..Interview me!
    What can I say? I enjoy a challenge every now and again.
    And since you asked for butt-kissin’ (grabbin’, whatever.), I have a certain order that I read the blogs in my reader. I always save the best for last (Usually Kristin last, Linda before her, and Leah before that…my top 3) and you have now made my top consist of 4 and are now one of the ones I save for last. :)

    stephanie parnell’s last blog post..Oh You of Little Faith

  10. Sarah February 12, 2009 9:22 am edit

    Hey, I haven’t been to Hawaii either.

    That and I come from an entire family of bean-counters. And now I find them on the Internet. It’s obviously some sort of sick, twisted personality defect I have.

    Anyway, I’ll play along =) The virtual chocolate sounds good, but I’ll take a butt squeeze if you must.

  11. Camels & Chocolate February 12, 2009 9:49 am edit

    I get you on the photography-is-too-much-work-to-become-a-full-time-job thing, as it’s quite similar to freelancing (and before I did that, I worked in-house at magazines for several years just to make the connections). However! I still think with you doing your weddings and whatnot on weekends, you could eventually parlay that into your full-time job…you know, when the kids are gone to college and you’re worn out from all those numbers ;-)

    That SAJ graphic is AWESOME.

  12. Sharon February 12, 2009 9:51 am edit

    I love your travel ideas! Once you catch the bug, it’s virtually impossible to stop. I’ve managed to go somewhere new (even if it is just in BC or Washington) pretty much once every year since I was 19. I hope you do get a chance to see all those places. Europe is lovely, and every person MUST go, if they have the chance.

    Sharon’s last blog post..I may be in a bit over my head

  13. hillary February 12, 2009 11:01 am edit

    ooh! ooh! interview me!

    I thought you did a fantastic job shooting our wedding and if you were stressed, you didn’t show it at all.

    hillary’s last blog post..The Random Aspects Of Our Lives Come Together Once In A While

  14. ali February 12, 2009 11:24 am edit

    i want an ali’s family graphic!

    how did i not realize you wrote for so many different places??!1

    ali’s last blog post..at least i don’t look like Joaquin Phoenix…

  15. Hannah February 12, 2009 12:25 pm edit

    If you have time (after interviewing all the other people who have commented) … interview me! I haven’t done one of these for awhile.

    And if you DO get 2 months vacation sometime, you have to visit NZ! I’d totally drop everything to show you the sights!

    Hannah’s last blog post..School’s back!

  16. teeni February 12, 2009 1:23 pm edit

    I loved reading this. You are so down to earth in all your interactions on the internet that I sometimes forget all the jobs you have in addition to blogging right here! I enjoyed reading and getting to know you a little better. Also, thanks for giving credit to your friend for the drawing because I was going to ask about it – it really does suit you and I LOVE it! :)

    teeni’s last blog post..Blogging Goes to My Head

  17. Kami February 12, 2009 1:57 pm edit

    I have always wondered about those people who are entirely fulfilled being CA’s. I have oft thought there is something wrong with me that I am not.

    Ha!

    Great answers! Loved it!

    Kami’s last blog post..Home from Paradise

  18. Jennifer February 12, 2009 1:59 pm edit

    INTERVIEW ME!! :)

    Angella, you HAVE to go to Italy. I shot a wedding there in May and it was just divine… no bad food, no bad wine. (apparently I’m a poet today!)
    Definitely tour the countryside BUT spend some time in the city also. Rome and Venice are polar opposites and I can’t decide which place I liked better.
    Anywhoo… I could talk about Italy for days…

    Ummm… I don’t have any burning questions but I think it’s awesome that you went to Cali to meet your bloggin’ buddies!

  19. Mrs. Wilson February 12, 2009 2:49 pm edit
  20. Samantha February 12, 2009 2:59 pm edit

    Um, your questions and answers were fabulous. You will love Italy. Go! Even if it’s when the kids are old. And Greece is on my “list” of places I must go. But, I have no desire to ride any donkey, accident prone people do not tempt fate.
    Interview me!

    Samantha’s last blog post..Music(ian) Lust

  21. Ashley February 12, 2009 3:18 pm edit

    I think you probably opened a can of worms very large offering to interview the vastness of your readers. But ok, if you have time interview me :) And if you find the list far too long and need to cut someone, you can cut me…I’m ok with that. Just know that I’ll eternally be wounded but whatever, you need to start somewhere.

    Ok, I’m over it. Great post, I love the idea of travelling Greece (I’ll pass on the butt squeeze thanks) and Europe, it would be fabulous!

    Ashley’s last blog post..The Birth Story

  22. ELizabeth February 12, 2009 3:33 pm edit

    Awesome. Also curious what I’d be asked… however you have about a billion questions to design, so I’ll pass. Enjoyed the read. Great interview, Kristin.

    ELizabeth’s last blog post..Granola Baby

  23. Sharon February 12, 2009 4:02 pm edit

    I forgot to mention earlier that I’d love to be interviewed, if you have the time. :)

    Sharon’s last blog post..I may be in a bit over my head

  24. Victoria February 12, 2009 6:51 pm edit

    I think it’d be fun to be interviewed! :) Although, I don’t need the butt-squeeze! ;)

    Victoria’s last blog post..Mellowing Out

  25. Tamara February 12, 2009 7:16 pm edit

    “That’s what she said” – I LOVE The Office! Great post :)

  26. Michele February 12, 2009 9:23 pm edit

    I LOVE that illustration! It’s awesome!!! Perhaps you should do a little more travelling in BC too :)

  27. Erin February 14, 2009 4:28 pm edit

    I desperately want to go to Kenya on Safari. I’ve wanted to do it since I was 12, and my biggest stress about it was wondering how I would shave my legs every day to look cute in safari shorts. 14 years later I worry more about my son and the MONEY. But alas, one day.

    And I would love to jump on the interview train, if you are so inclined :)

    Erin’s last blog post..Pink and Red Day, and I’m Wearing Green (Looks better with my skin tone.)

  28. Lindsay February 14, 2009 5:22 pm edit

    Interview me please. I like that I have finally found a writer who is a CA and rocks an established blog….I love blogging but accounting pays the bills and everyone at my firm looks at me all crzy like when I mention blogs. Love your work it mom blog…

    Lindsay’s last blog post..Defining the marital roles. Straightening out errant waitresses = my job

  29. Lindsay February 15, 2009 9:05 pm edit

    Thanks Angella! I posted my answers. Have a nice week! I don’t want to mislead you though, I am a C A in progress! 2009 is the big year!

    Lindsay’s last blog post..Defining the marital roles. Straightening out errant waitresses = my job

  30. Amanda February 16, 2009 8:56 am edit

    I’m a few days behind, but I’d love to be interviewed. It will give me a great reason to blog twice in one week. :)

    Amanda’s last blog post..I Am A Teacher

  31. Amanda February 17, 2009 5:36 pm edit

    That was fun…thanks. Hope every one is well soon.

    Amanda’s last blog post..A Little About Me?The Interview

  32. April February 18, 2009 2:16 pm edit

    Yeah, I’m behind too, but this looks like a fun game, so if you’re still up for it, throw some questions my way! :)

    April’s last blog post..Sometimes kisses aren’t what we think

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