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?


  1. Great answers! I’ve never had gluten free pizza, but as much as I love “regular” pizza, I don’t think I could eat it for breakfast everyday. Lunch, maybe. :)

    I love that you get looks from sneezing strangers!

  2. I can’t believe someone would get annoyed because you said “bless you” when they sneezed. It’s just a pleasantry, people!

    I would LOVE to go to the Galapagos. Let’s organize a trip! (Because everyone is rolling in money right now, right?)

  3. For what it’s worth, I say “bless you” to people on the subway. That’s such a callous energy there that they don’t even bother giving looks.

  4. I went through a phase where I decided it just wasn’t my place to pass blessings off on people, but I couldn’t keep it up. I just don’t feel right if someone sneezes and I don’t say anything.

    I remember reading one time about volunteer positions on Midway Island. It was through NOAA or some other scientific organization. You have to be able to spend a whole summer there, I think. It’s not the Galapagos, but’s it’s even more remote!

  5. I liked your answer about the Galapagos Islands. It is the most incredible living museum of evolutionary changes, with a huge variety of exotic species (birds, land animals, plants) not seen anywhere else.

    The majority of Galapagos Animals are unique in the world and can only be seen in this group of beautiful Islands.

    Galapagos Islands Guide

  6. Pizza for breakfast???? Every day???? Wow! I haven’t had pizza since I gave up wheat so maybe I should try gluten-free. Not that I am a big pizza fan.

    I’d have cheese (Roquefort if forced to choose one cheese) every day for breakfast if forced to stick to one food. Imagine how fat I would get?

    I always say bless you. I think British people do tend to say it, even to strangers.

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