Question #20

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Question #20

Have you ever wanted to be something other than an Erin? If so, what?

Erin #1:

When I was little I was always kind of bummed about the name Erin.  I always wanted to be sparkle or jewel or crystal... very odd. And then in middle school, I wanted my name to be Charli.  And then in high school, I went to Louisa for part of my senior year. I have slowly grown into my name, and I have sort of come to think that it suits me in a way no other name could.  For a long time I wished I had a different name because I felt like I could not stand out without it, and what I realize is that it sort of works the opposite. Erin is sort of common, almost plain but I am not and I am the one that makes the name so much more.

 

Erin #2:

I have wanted to be something else, but not sure what would fit me. I've never thought I was a good fit for Erin, but people have been telling me it's the only name that fits.

 

Erin #3:

Not really. I felt a little left out as a kid because all my friends had -ie names (Jenny, Margie, Marnie, etc.) and I couldn't do that with mine, but I never minded the name itself.

 

Erin #4:

Nope. I can't trade who I am so I learn to love it.

 

Erin #5 (Me):            

When I was in junior high I briefly wanted to be an Erika, but I’ve always harbored a secret desire to be a Kate. For the most part though, I am very happy being an Erin.

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Question #19

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Question #19

Favorite genre of book?

Post photo by Abhi Sharma

 

Erin #1:

Teen drama...Goth Vampire novels... its a toss up between those two.

 

Erin #2:

I like most genres since I studied English in college I have grown to appreciate any book as long as it's intriguing. I usually go for comedies, historical works, or historical fictions.

 

Erin #3:

Non-ficition, usually political commentary.

 

Erin #4:

Action

 

Erin #5 (Me):            

This is a hard question for me because I think I lean toward literary fiction rather than a specific genre. I used to love sci-fi/horror/thrillers like Stephen King and Dean Koontz’ books, but my tastes have changed a lot over the years. When I want to relax with a book that doesn’t tax my brain too much, I usually choose a good mystery. I read just about everything though.

 

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Question #18 Shoes

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Question #18 Shoes

Describe the most comfortable shoes you own.

Erin #1:

I have two... the first is a set of Brooks running shoes that I got special molded inserts for and that's absolutely changed the game of exercise, but that's more about the inserts than the shoes.  The most comfortable shoes I currently own are these knee-high slightly wedged Jambu leather boots. They look very legend of Zelda or kinda hunger games esque. Sort of a lot going on, but they are the most comfortable thing I own so I end up wearing them all the time.  Perfect for my aesthetic.

 

Erin #2:

A pair of Nike running shoes. They are soft and made to cushion each step. They are light-weight. The two downsides are the laces won't stay tied and the knitted-cloth material allows for water to drench my feet if it's raining or snowing.

 

Erin #3:

I have a pair of Crocs I wear around the house like slippers. :) They're brown and white.

 

Erin #4:

Tan moccasins with a bow

 

Erin #5 (Me):

I have a pair of brown suede Mary Janes— they are Earth shoes that I purchased from a TV shopping network more than a decade ago. I had never bought shoes that cost that much before, but I had a lot of foot pain and was looking for anything that would work. The bejeweled lady on the shopping network promised these were the most comfortable shoes I would ever own. And they were. Unfortunately, they are about at the end of their life.

 

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Question #17 Pens or pencils?

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Question #17 Pens or pencils?

 

Erin #1: Pens.  Always.  G-2 Pilot preferred.

Erin #2: Pens. Specifically, sharpie's fine tip. They don't smear, which is amazing since I'm left-handed.

Erin #3: Pens.

Erin #4: Pencils

Erin #5 (Me):    Pencils. Generals Cedar Pointe #2 pencils—the come pre-sharpened, and I always have a stash on my desk.

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Question #16

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Question #16

What is your most vivid or favorite memory from childhood?

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Erin #1:

I have a lot of them... I guess the first that pops into mind is. When I was only about 3 or 4 I was in ballet and we had a recital.  We were wearing this outfits my grandma had made. They were all white with like a plaid stomach and red and green tutu and shoulders.  So much glitter. And in this dance there was a part where all the dancers were sitting on stools in a line. And there was one little boy in the middle.  And he pulled my ponytail during the dance, after which I was supposed to turn and then chase him around. And of course I loved that, because I thought he was so cute.  Typical me, chasing down the cute boys with fierce eyes and a big smile.

 

Erin #2:

I think the most vivid memory is the door destruction mentioned in response to question 3. Everyone in my family likes to bring it up to new people and I have to try to defend my actions.

 

Erin #3:

The one and only family vacation we ever took, sailing my dad's boat from Chicago to Holland, Michigan.

 

Erin #4:

Winning national beam champion

 

Erin #5 (Me):            

I have a memory of being around five and lying in an orange or red tent  with one of my cousins. The sun is shining through the fabric giving the light a 70s photograph look. . It’s hot and my hair and clothes are stuck to me. I’m in that in between state of sleep and awake. I can hear voices outside- my parents and aunts and uncles. I hear my grandmother’s distinctive laugh. I think we are in the park. I get the sense we were napping in there to keep the sun off of us, but I remember still feeling the tightness on my nose of a sunburn. Not sure if it’s a real memory or not.

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Question #15

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Question #15

The first line of the book you are currently reading. If you aren't reading a book, the first line of the report, article, flyer, billboard, etc.

Erin #1

"Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town."

Erin #2

The book is the one I'm proofreading, so I can't legally share that one. The book right next to me: "a man sits in a room, manipulating his kneecaps."   -Bonk by Mary Roach

 

Erin #3  

No Answer

 

Erin #4

"truly when I was a kid back in the fifties I believed that all of life could be like one long and perfect summer day."

 

Erin #5 (Me)

“My father grew up in a log cabin in Taylorsville, Kentucky.”

-My Father the Pornographer, A Memoir by Chris Offutt

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Question #14 Alternate Future

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Question #14 Alternate Future

If you were told you needed to quit your job today and find another career, what would it be?

 

Erin #1:

Dream life? Wedding planner or own my own bed and breakfast.  Reality? Food service.

Erin #2:

I would be a writer or editor. I'm currently proofreading on the side, hoping to eventually make that a career.

Erin #3:

Something in the non-profit/advocacy sector.

Erin #4:

cosmetologist

Erin #5 (Me):

First off, I wouldn’t need anybody to force me to quit my day job. I’d be on that in a heartbeat. My dream career would be as an editor at a small independent book publisher. Reading all day (good or bad) collaborating with authors to get their best work, and helping to polish manuscripts. I know this job doesn’t exist in the real world, at least not for me, but I can dream.

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Question #13 Hands

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Question #13 Hands

Describe your hands.

 

Erin #1:

Knobby joints, but soft and small. Short nails, chipped black polish.  Tons of rings. Strong, sharp, rounded movements.

Erin #2:

My mom calls my fingers alien. My hands are long and somewhat slender. I worked outside for a year and couldn't wear gloves, so I ended up with frost bite. I now have issues with circulation and gauging temperatures.

Erin #3:

I have "man hands" and hate having long fingernails, so my nails are always trimmed short and I never wear nail polish. The only jewelry I wear daily is a gold claddaugh ring on my right ring finger.

Erin #4:

Clammy, rough

Erin #5 (Me):

My hands have always seemed a little masculine to me. My palms are wide and my fingers kind of thick. I have hairy knuckles and freckles. The last year I’ve gotten some age spots and my already flimsy nails have gotten more brittle. My cuticles are torn and I have a small hang nail on my left pointer finger. I wear a simple silver wedding band on my left ring finger that is too big and slips around when my hand are cold. My tips of my pinky fingers turn inward at the top joint and my right middle finger has a thick callous where my pencil sits when I write. They aren’t pretty, but they’re strong and soft.

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Question #12 Sock It To Me

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Question #12 Sock It To Me

Ankle socks, tube socks, trouser socks, no socks?

 

Erin #1:

Ankle, preferably black or multi colored

Erin #2:

I have a pretty large collection of socks. I'll wear any of the listed, but I prefer the short socks that can't be seen over the shoe.

Erin #3:

No socks.

Erin #4:

Ankle socks

Erin #5 (Me):

No socks. I like socks in theory, but I prefer to be barefoot- no socks and no shoes.

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Question #6

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Question #6

Do you hate chores? Can you choose just one? I know, it's hard. What's the one chore you absolutely hate doing?

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