Monday, February 15, 2016


A Q&A adapted from the version that appeared in my department newsletter in summer 2015:

What is your favorite leisure activity?:
I’m a big reader. I carry around my Kindle everywhere with me so I can read if I’m standing in a long line, riding on the Metro, or waiting to get an oil change. I used to read before the start of classes in college, and my friend asked, “Don’t you think that makes you seem antisocial?” Maybe, but that doesn’t bother me :)

If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?:
Either Thailand or London: Thailand for the pretty beaches, and London because I’m a complete Anglophile. I considered taking a solo trip to London for my 25th birthday but I knew my parents would not be too supportive of me traveling internationally alone :). Maybe in a year or two.

What is your favorite thing to bake?:
My favorite things to make are the yumyums I enjoy eating :). My favorite things to bake are banana muffins because they’re really tasty and so easy to make. My absolute favorite thing to eat (currently) though are probably Nutella poptarts, but I don’t make them too often because they’re tricky to make.

What is your favorite TV show at the moment?:
My all-time favorite show is Friday Night Lights (I love Kyle Chandler!). I will watch Downton Abbey for as long as it runs – or as long as Lady Mary remains a part of the show :) -- but I like watching reality television (e.g., The Bachelor/Bachelorette) when I want to watch something light to relax.

If you could meet one celebrity who would it be and why?:
Kane of the Kane Show morning radio program, but I think I would be too star struck to say much :). If we’re talking about someone with a broader fan base, I would say Kate Middleton (she seems like a really nice lady!), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (she is a G! And my new idol), or Katie Couric. Fun fact: Katie Couric and I were both crowned Cavalier Daily Earth Mama during our time at the University of Virginia, a title that is the newspaper’s equivalent of prom queen.

What is your favorite funtivity that you’ve planned for the group or participated in?:
The Valentine’s Day breakfast potluck is my favorite funtivity that I hope will be an ongoing tradition for the department :). Also, the department did not celebrate team member birthdays before I came on board, which is completely crazy to me! Every birthday boy or girl deserves cupcakes or donuts on their birthday! (Especially if they’re spending their birthday in the office ;)

Describe your perfect day:
I would wake up early, go to the gym, eat a strawberry and Nutella crepe for lunch, explore D.C., and then go to dinner with someone special.

If you were to get a new bunny, what would he/she look like, and what would you name him/her?:
I want a light grey, lop-eared bunny named Henry with white spots.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?:
Invisibility so I can walk around uninterrupted. A more useful one, though, would be the power to make people respond to my emails in a timely manner without escalation. [Note: this question was answered in a workplace context ;) ]

If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?:
Mr. Darcy (of Jane Austen’s Price & Prejudice), or Lizzie Bennett (who becomes Mrs. Darcy).

Toilet paper: over or under?:
Always over!

Other than food and water, what 3 items would you take to a desert island?:
(1) a grill with a bottomless propane tank (I suspect I would not be too adept at building fires), (2) indestructible, all-weather shoes, and (3) a snorkel.

If you were having a dinner party and could invite three famous people (dead or alive), who would they be?:
(1) Kate Middleton (notice a theme here?), (2) Katie Couric, (3) Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and (4) Kane of the Kane Show. I would love to be a fly on the way for that dinner party.

What is your favorite restaurant?:
Rabieng for Thai food, Curry Mantra for Indian, Sweet Berry for waffles, and Miyagi in Vienna for sushi.

What is your favorite snack food?:
Savory: Harvest Cheddar SunChips. Sweet: Warm chocolate chip cookies.

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