1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me." Or something to that effect.
2. I will respond by asking you five questions of an intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal. My choice.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post. (Time permitting)
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, ask them five questions (Time permitting)
so many things i don't really know about you. so i will ask questions that won't give me direct information but help me to form my own sort of opinion, cause what else matters.
1) how do you feel about being the subject of a photograph both during and after. this is a pretty complex subject for most people even if they don't think about it very much
It depends on the photograph. If someone's taking a candid shot during a party, and I'm eating something or making a weird face, it makes me uncomfortable. If I'm being deliberately posed for an AJ shot, it's usually fine. If I'm being deliberately posed for an anonymous shot (e.g. "girl with sunflowers" or something), it's awesome...maybe my favorite kind. I like modeling because the drawings are anonymous, but I still see myself in the sketches. Any photographs of AJ in her element (kiteflying, riding mules, skydiving) are great because it feels like solid evidence of how I define myself. I like being photographs by professional photographers with an artsy bent (like Spad) because they capture me in a creative, honest way that I don't usually see. Professional portrait photographers try to pigeonhole me and it doesn't fly.
2) rate yourself on some prettiness scale or another. you choose.
Uh, on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being Heather Graham), I think I rate about a 6 in overall appearance. I feel like I have a lot of good physical qualities that don't necessarily add up totally well. I really love my hair. I don't have a figure that's considered very good in this era, but would have been great in Botticelli's time. My complexion is iffy and my face is a little weird, and my backside is not small, but I like my curves. My legs have nice shapes but odd skin. Even so, I'm totally comfortable with most of that, and even though I don't consider myself incredibly attractive to other people or by common standards, I still please myself in the mirror.
3) of all the childhood pets that have been with you in life and then left are there any that you're so signifcantly better from learning how you need to deal with loss and things like it that you feel it's for the best that they are gone now, on that basis? explain.
My life has been shaped very little by pets. Our dog, Muffy, died when I was about 7, and I don't remember her well. After that, I had a long succession of small rodents (hamster, hamster, rat, rat, rat) that I was not very attached to, plus a part-time turtle and some part-time doves. My most recent encounters have been annoyances, as with the dog I live with that barks a lot in the mornings, the incontinent housecats, and my brother's cancerous rats that I got stuck with when he moved to the dorms. It's made me less squeamish about handling dead things.
4) where are you in ten years? what are you doing? what is the biggest thing in your life at that point that you feel you'd like to have had a chance to go back and do over?
Ten years from now, I'll probably be entrenched in a job that I hope I find enjoyable and gratifying...maybe something involving botany and conservation, or maybe something tied in with SAS. mountain_child and I will be married. We might have a child or two. Geographically, I don't know where I'll be. I could be settled down somewhere in the western US (Washington? Oregon? Colorado?) or somewhere else entirely (New Zealand? Kenya?). It's hard to identify what I'm going to regret 10 years from now (jeez, spadoink!), although I can say I'm still very interested in getting a Ph.D someday, and I may regret my decision to not do it immediately following my Masters (I'm tired).
5) has your opinion of yourself dramatically changed because of the amount of attention your blogging on the trip put on you? do you find yourself encountering the world/people differently now?
My blog was only popular while I was writing it, and since I'm not contributing to it at the moment, those readers have largely drifted away. I also did not make it known that this is my primary blog because I don't want most of my family reading this personal stuff, so none of those readers could really make the leap over here. I also think my blog got a lot of attention because of the subject matter (SAS, and other people's kids), not necessarily me. More than anything, the good feedback on my writing style was really warming, and made me feel that I could choose to do something similar in a professional sense if the opportunity came along. My perceptions about the world haven't been changed by my blog...I already knew there were a lot of wonderful people out there. Unless you're asking about the change in my perceptions following SAS, which is one question over the limit. Nyah!