i’ve "bean" interviewed

Today I am the subject of an interview by Ally Bean of Crazy Dust In My Coffee. Ally had been questioned by J of Thinking About… and then as part of “The Interview Meme,” she offered to send questions others if they chose to accept the challenge.

I did, and here are Ally’s questions and my responses:

Question: What part of your day do you enjoy the most?

The early morning. If you would’ve told me five years ago that I’d respond as such, I would’ve thought you’d been hitting the sauce, but I’ve come to love the fresh morning air, the silence, the hope and potential that each day holds. And of course my morning routine and, these days, my iced coffee.

Question: What is your opinion of the color yellow?

I love it in all shades, but not for all purposes. I’m not fond of any shade of yellow for a car, but my house is pale yellow, which I find charming on a home. I don’t wear much yellow, and if I do, it’s also of the pale persuasion (like me), and I *love* yellow legal pads. If I had my druthers, I’d have the walls of my (as yet to be developed) home office painted yellow. It’s in discussion.

Question: What is the dumbest pair of shoes that you’ve ever worn out in public?

Anything with the slightest heel in my hilly village full of cobblestone streets.

Question: Just how creative are you?

Sooooo creative? I do think outside the box, and I’m decent at most artsy type things like drawing, painting, music, etc., but I’d love to be much better at all of them. My to-learn/to-improve list is a long one.

Question: What quotation(s) and/or motivational phrase(s) do you live by?

Two major ones: (1) Everything happens for a reason. My grandmother told me this when I was very young, and it’s gotten me through many a tough time; and (2) Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Doesn’t get more simple and true than that.

Now here are the rules of this interview meme:

1. Leave me a comment saying “Interview me.” (If you don’t feel comfortable putting your e-mail address in the comments, please directly send me a message to the address on my sidebar.)

2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.

3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Come on, you know you want to play!

And now some entirely unrelated photos.

P happens to be painting the school where I work, but he’s in a part of it that I had never seen before–this place is huge with dormitories and everything.

So the other day I embarrassed P to no end casually took some shots around his work area this week.

Buon weekend!


[tags]memes, interviews, soverato, calabria, ionian sea[/tags]

31 Beans of Wisdom to “i’ve "bean" interviewed”
  1. Annika

    Great interview!

    My dream car is a bright canary yellow Fiat Punto. Does that make me a bad person in your eyes? 😀 I just get so happy when I see them, like little rays of sunshine running down the street.

    Hey, don’t judge me. We all have our different standards, ok? 🙂

    This sounds like fun, I wanna play too! Interview me!

  2. Gil

    What a beautiful school and right on the seashore!!

  3. sognatrice

    Oh, Annika, I think you’d look *fabulous* in a yellow Fiat Punto! I don’t think badly of yellow cars (or the people in them) in general; they’re just not for me. Probably b/c yellow isn’t a flattering color on me anyway 😉

    Your questions are on the way!

  4. sognatrice

    Gil, it *is* such a gorgeous school (did I mention before that it’s because it’s run by priests and not public?). It’s not *right* on the beach, but it’s pretty close, and the views are amazing, as you can see.

  5. cheeky

    I’d like to schedule an interview. Feels like I’m applying for a position.

    I, too, follow the same in life.
    Things do happen for a reason and do unto others. . .

    I’m sure P was blushing 🙂

  6. sognatrice

    Cheeky, the best part about this interview is that you’ve already got the job 😉 Your questions are on the way!

    Also, I’d like to add to my final answer in the interview because I’ve just read a post at Britt-Arnhild’s House in the Woods that included these words: “Live simply so that others may simply live.”

    Now I have more words to live by.

  7. Ally Bean

    Thanks for being such a good interviewee! I like how you describe your feelings about yellow because I feel the same way about it, but have never thought through the distinction between liking a color and using a color in real life.

    My mother always said that everything happens for a reason. Good advice, isnt’ it?

    And “live simply so that others may simply live” is perfect. Nice addition to your last answer.

  8. Texas Espresso

    I love that first picture – just that line of blue is breathtaking! You can interview me – Im not that interesting though =)

    Buon Weekend!

  9. Wanderlust Scarlett

    Yellow is a fabulous color. My grandma had an obnoxiously bright yellow kitchen that I adored, when the california morning sun hit it… swwwwwwwwwwwwwweet!!!
    Also, I’m a lover of lemonade; which is yellow and falls into one of many life rules I have:

    Always buy lemonade from any kid selling it.

    Interviews? How fun! I am IN! please send me questions… I think you still have my email, if not, it’s on my profile.

    BTW – tomorrow there is a mass doggie wedding here in denver… I have a blog on that, that you might enjoy.


  10. Wanderlust Scarlett

    OOPS… forgot…

    I LOVE the pics, it looks like that where you live? UH!

    WOW – Can I only say, you are blessed, lady. Really truly blessed.

    I’m visiting Italy ASAP.


  11. Cavu

    I’d like to do an interview. I don’t really know you, so make up whatever questions you fancy.

  12. sognatrice

    Ally, praise from the interviewer! Woohoo! I’m happy you’re happy with it 🙂

    TexasEspresso, your questions should be in your inbox!

    Chris&Erin, it was perfect timing that I found those words today in time to add them. I just love that saying.

    Scarlett, your questions should have arrived by now. I have to say despite living amongst lemons, I’m not a huge fan–too bitter and acidic for my sweet tooth 😉

    Cavu, I’ve left you a message at your place–I’m looking forward to getting to know you, so I’m going to have to come up with some good ones. Pressure!

  13. Rebecca

    mmmmmm I am sorry to admit it, but yellow cars are a little difficult for me!

  14. Shan

    I don’t get the yellow car thing either. I love it in my kitchen though.

    An interview sounds like fun. Mark me down for one.

    Love the pictures. Actually my friend and I were just talking today about what lovely pictures you take.

  15. Wanderlust Scarlett

    Sognatrice, thanks for the interview, that was SO much fun!
    Here are my answers:


    I would love to read others, if they are so inclined to post them… ahhhem.


  16. Catherine

    Ah, I love the interview meme! Such a great way to “meet” each other. I’ve been surprised at how often the color yellow comes up, though. That’s three times recently, that I’ve counted it. Am I missing something?

  17. Louise

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the view in those pictures…..WOW you live there?? i am just a tad jealous!!! how do you get any work done??

    Loved reading the interview, feel free to interview me!! do I need to be nervous???

  18. sognatrice

    Rebecca, I’m not sure what it is about yellow cars, but it might be the school bus effect 😉

    Shan, same here on the kitchen! I’m going to have lots of yellow in my new(er) one. I knew my ears were ringing before for some reason, and now I know it’s because you were talking about me! So long as it’s positive 🙂 You’re questions are on their way.

    Scarlett, thanks for playing! Your answers are great; I’ll list everyone’s interviews here when they’re done 🙂

    Catherine, strange about the color yellow appearing and reappearing. Must be controversial!

    Louise, luckily that’s not the view from my house or actual classroom, otherwise it’d be rough…although my own view from my work area at home isn’t all that bad, but you adjust 😉 No need to be nervous–your questions should be arriving soon 🙂

  19. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    I love the color yellow as well. It reminds of two of my favorite places in the world, the Caribbean and Italy.

  20. Texas Espresso

    I’ve done it! here’s my link

    thanks for the fun

  21. Rebecca

    Interview me away…I need some inspiration

  22. heartinsanfrancisco

    Nice interview. I like yellow, too. It’s such a happy color, and would be great for your study.

    We used to have a VW Bug that was pale yellow with sunroof. It was a great beach vehicle.

    Lovely photos. You live in such a beautiful place.

  23. Milva

    I painted my kitchen and diningroom yellow and I’ve never regretted it! Great pics by the way…I’d love to wake up to that view everyday!

    Okay, I want to play…Interview me!

  24. sognatrice

    NYC, yellow is happy, but even happier when it links you to your favorite places 🙂

    TexasEspresso, woohoo! Thanks for playing!

    HeartinSF, thank you much; I hope the yellow walls are OK’d for me 🙂

    Rebecca, Milva, your questions are on the way!

  25. sognatrice

    Oops, wrote too soon. Rebecca and Milva, can you send me an email at bleedingespresso (dot) sognatrice (at) gmail (dot) com, and I’ll send off your questions? Grazie 🙂

  26. sognatrice

    So far, the following interviewees have posted their answers:


    Texas Espresso

    Wanderlust Scarlett

    If anyone else has posted, let me know!

  27. Yes is a World

    interview me!

    dewo82 at gmail dot com

    yay! this is such a fun idea

  28. sognatrice

    Yes, your questions have been sent.

    Meanwhile, three more interviews to report:




    There’s still time to play for anyone who is interested!

  29. Candace Dempsey

    Your grandma sounds just like my grandma.

    Go ahead, interview me.

  30. cheeky

    I finally completed my interview.

  31. sognatrice

    And here is the link to Cheeky’s interview.

    Thanks for playing!

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