Today I'm excited to share my interview with my awesome "cousin-in-law" Ms. Lindsey Special! Lindsey is Scott's cousin on his dad's side, and she's just plain cool. She's engaged to an equally cool guy, and they are getting married this summer - Scott and I are psyched to watch them make it officially official!
After the jump!
1) What is your name, and who are you?
Lindsey Special - I am a sister, daughter, and fiance to some really great people. I try to be creative, adventurous, and a feminist as often as I can throughout the day.
2) How do you know Kate?
I know Kate because she married a great man - my cousin, Scott. And got the best last name on the planet that day!
3) Tell me about a typical day in your life.
I think it has become pretty standard as I get older. Wake up at 6am, hit the snooze, continue to hit the snooze button for the next half hour while I bargain with myself how much I really need to get ready and how long it will take. Finally get up and drive to work so far north I feel like I am in Wisconsin. Work like crazy from about 7:45-5/5:30pm, drive home, make dinner with Jamey or go out to eat. When it is nice out we like to take a walk after dinner, or we watch TV and relax, or read, or lately we work on some wedding odds and ends here and there. Generally we lay pretty low Mon-Thurs. Boring! :)
4) What’s the most challenging part of your life (could be a pet peeve, a work or family issue, whatever).
I think struggling with 'what I want to do when I grow up' and feeling settled and apply at a job. I keep bouncing around and not really finding that click. I think it is a struggle between wanting to pay my bills and be comfortable vs taking a risk, or doing something that I like that doesn't pay that great. We spend so much of our lives working, I just want to do something that I don't completely dread in the morning and tat also leaves me enough time to create an active and fulfilling life outside of work.
5) What are you likely to be doing at 8pm on a Saturday night?
It could be anything! I could be out to dinner on a date with Jamey, or with some friends, or at a bar, or at my friends' houses catching up and seeing their kids, or hanging out in a friends WI home after skiing, or meeting my mom and dad out somewhere around our places. You might find me eating dinner and watching a movie at home with Jamey, or out with my sisters and/or cousins. Generally I am always doing something different!
6) Paint me a picture of your life in five years.
I can't even tell you what my life will be like in 1 year! That's what I love about life - anything can happen. Wherever I am I would like to be more content in my career and more financially stable. And happy!!
7) If you could be given any gift, what would it be?
The gift of knowing how to speak every (or close to it) language. Is that a gift? I think so. Imagine how cool it would be if you could travel anywhere and fully communicate with anyone? Think of the amazing things you would learn, jobs you could have and people you could meet.
8) What part of your morning routine do you consider essential?
Going to the bathroom and brushing my teeth! I usually wear makeup to work and do my hair, but it isn't essential to me. I feel more confident if I have done this, but it isn't necessary. Plus, I never wear that much makeup to work anyway, so I think that if I didn't it wouldn't be too weird. I wish that part of my routine was going to the gym, but I already leave for work pretty early, I would have to be at the gym at about 4:30am - no way!
9) What one deceased person would you like an hour with?
I'm going to answer that in 2 parts because I think it is only fair to separate this between someone you know and a famous person. ;) If I get to pick family I have a hard time choosing between my grandma June and my grandpa Special. My grandma June was really close with all her grandchildren and I would love to get to tell her all that's happened in my life. But my grandpa Special died when I was pretty young, and was always quiet and I feel like I don't know him that well. I'd love an hour to get to talk to him as an adult and learn more about him. So, sorry, but I can't choose! Now. If I was picking a deceased celebrity I would choose Elvis because I think he would just be a lot of fun to meet and talk to. Have you ever been to Graceland? It's so crazy!
10) If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you guy and why? Have you been there before?
I would go to Japan. It is a place that I have always wanted to go to. I'd love to go to a city like Tokyo or Osaka and then to smaller villages. I am fascinated by the culture and the people and think it would be so amazing to see. It is so different than the United States, I just think it would be such a great experience.
11) You have ten minutes to give a speech to college seniors. What do you talk about?
In reality, I would hate doing this. I hate speeches, and in my mind I don't place myself too far removed from graduating college, even though it was almost 10 years ago! BUT if I had to I guess I would talk about how there is a whole world outside of their campus and that once you leave school people aren't going to care what sorority or fraternity they were or weren't in or how much they partied, etc. I would also tell them to always be true to themselves and that will make you the most happy. And to not listen too much to advice because no one has it all figured out. Oh, and that their bodies will honestly start to feel foreign to them around 28 (sorry, Kate!).
12) What is your all-time favorite song?
This may be really strange, but I don't have one. I like music and can listen to and appreciate all of it (except screamo) but I don't have one song that is an all time fav. Music changes so much and so do my tastes, there are many songs that I love and I think it depends on my mood and what I am doing for me to have a favorite at the moment.
13) If you weren’t in your current occupation, what would you like to do?
To be honest, I feel like I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I would love to be a travel writer or have a travel show or something. Basically something that would pay me to travel all over the world and see and try new things. Otherwise, I would like to be an advice columnist. Like Dear Prudy on Slate. Or I would like to be the voice on a cartoon. That would be pretty cool. Oh! Or, strangely, I have always wanted to design and sell stationary and cards.
14) Tell me about your family.
My family is hilarious. I am lucky to have a mom and dad that have been a part of our lives and have been supportive our whole lives. I have two sisters that are completely different and yet so similar at the same time. We are all loyal and I know I can go to anyone in my family with anything and they would be 100% supportive. My sisters are my inspirations and I want to be more like both of them. My parents are my teachers and my support system and cheerleaders. I know that those four people are always looking out for me all the time. I am very lucky.
15) What do you “know now” that you wish you “knew then”?
In high school I was somewhat to very worried about doing well and being involved so that I could get in to a good college. I've always been a worrier and that time in my life was no different. So I wish I "knew then" that high school is the best time to act (somewhat) crazy and you get a clean slate afterwards - pending how permanent those crazy things were. So I wish I would have shaved my head and got more piercings and maybe even partied harder. I don't think I would have ever lost the sight of who I was and wouldn't have gone completely crazy, but with a career it's too hard to do those things now. Oh. And I would go back and somehow use my knowledge to get myself tons of money now. Duh. Don't worry, I'd totally share! :)
If you're interested in participating, please send your answers to kate@katespecial dot com. Thank you!