Archives for January 2009


3 Carnations sent me interview questions to answer. If you’d like me to interview you, e-mail me (alliesanswers at gmail dot com) and I’ll send you some questions. And, if anyone has any more questions for me, leave them in comments. I’m open book.Well, I’m a partially open – you can read most of the pages, but the binding hasn’t been cracked – book.

1. Were you always so “green”? Was there a turning point in your life that made you become so eco-friendly?

I grew up recycling and composting, so that seems like the norm to me, not the exception. I’ve always been concerned about the environment, but the research I do for has opened my eyes to so much, and has really enforced my green habits and helped me take things to the next level. The past few years have been an interesting journey in that respect. 

2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?I am an enormous Darwin fan. I saw a documentary about the Galapagos Islands on The Discovery Channel when I was in college in the mid-90’s. I remember my adviser asking me if I’d seen anything good lately in one of our meetings. I was a theatre major, and I’m sure he was asking if I’d seen any good plays, or in the very least an interesting Great Performances on PBS or something. Instead I went on for about twenty minutes about the swimming lizards and the seals and the turtles. After that, I bought this little pocket book of Darwin’s writings on the Galapagos and I used to carry it around with me and read it whenever I was waiting for an appointment or an audition. I must have read it 15-20 times. I’m dying to go to the Galapagos, and if I could live there and be some kind of conservation specialist, I’d be in heaven. Although, I don’t think the dogs would be allowed, and my educational background isn’t suited for a conservation job, so I’m sure it’s not possible. But if anything were possible, I think that’s where I’d go.

3. If you had to eat the same food for breakfast everyday, what would it be?Homemade gluten-free pizza. I don’t think I’d ever get tired of it.

4. What is your greatest pet peeve?People being unkind, and/or thinking they are better than someone else. I’ve been watching a lot of Doctor Who lately, and I love the theme of ordinary people being important – that a person going about his/her life the best they can, honestly and earnestly is what it’s all about. Hate, prejudice, imposing religion or “morals” on another person’sinalienable rights – those are things I can’t stomach or understand. 9 times out of 10, it is easier to be kind and understanding. And, it’s a much more satisfying way to live life.

5. If someone at your work sneezes, do you say bless you? (odd question, admittedly, but I’ve noticed no one but me really does that at my work)I say bless you to sneezing strangers at the grocery store while I’m out running errands. It’s a knee jerk reaction. Someone sneezes, you say bless you! I’ve actually tried to stop doing it, because I get funny looks. Sometimes the sneezer seems either annoyed or amused. But it’s lonely to sneeze when no one says bless you, isn’t it?


This morning, I walked 158 (Stella is 10lbs lighter than we thought she was) pounds of dog. By myself.

How, you may ask, can 140 pounds of me, walk 158 pounds of them, especially when dogs are twice as strong per pound?



That is all.

Mannequin, McCarthy, Cusack, et al

I’m addicted to the Watch Instantly feature on It’s the only way I can bribe myself into doing dishes, folding laundry, making dinner, etc. I also have a burning love of 80’s movies. So, when I found out that I could watch Mannequin on my computer while making dinner on Saturday, I was in heaven. But, after I started watching it, I was horribly disturbed.

As a kid, I was in love with Andrew McCarthy. Mannequin, Class, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire – I watched them all over and over and over again. Andrew McCarthy was almost as good as John Cusack (but who will ever be as good as Lloyd Dobler, you know?). I even remember an awkward interlude on an episode of Muppet Babies where Baby Piggy professed her love for Mr. McCarthy, so I knew I was in good company (and you now know about the odd, Rain Man way my brain absorbs and stores anything in television form). But when I watched Mannequin this time, I was not swooning over Andrew. I kind of wanted to bake him cookies and ask him if he was remembering to eat his veggies. In other words, he looked like an infant.

When the hell did that happen? I know in reality Andrew McCarthy isn’t an infant. In fact, at 46, he’s a totally age appropriate older man who could sweep me off my feet crush. But I have no interest in watching him in Lipstick Jungle (I think it’s canceled now anyway), because it’s not a crappy 80’s movie (which is, after all, my favorite movie genre).

I want my McCarthy fix to come complete with music by Starship, shoulder pads, power suits, and the light-hearted buffoonery of Meshack Taylor. But I want to swoon instead of having maternal thoughts about him. While I was watching, I couldn’t stop thinking that he can’t be getting enough sleep staying up all night cavorting around the department store with Kim Cattrall. Being sleep deprived is a surefire way to get sick, you know.

I think someone should go in and digitally enhance all Brat Pack movies to make the male actors look older so us thirty-somethings can walk down memory lane without feeling weird about it. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to watch Say Anything again. I’m too afraid I’ll have the burning desire to spit in a Kleenex and wipe Lloyd Dobler’s cheeks.