Getting to Know You

Last night, my bookclub met (I know what you’re thinking: “Wouldn’t it be nice if Janssen could go more than two minutes without mentioning her bookclub?”).

We just added two new members to replace two that had to drop out, and so we were briefly reviewing the guidelines (“they’re more like guidelines, really. . . “).

Someone mentioned the surveys everyone had filled out when the bookclub began to introduce everyone to each other (and which I’d filled out when I joined later), which I’d completely forgotten about.

I’d told my mom about this survey back nearly three years ago, and she liked the questions so much that she asked me to send her everyone’s answers (even though she didn’t know any of them!) and then had her bookclub fill them out as well.

This morning, I dug mine up again and reread my answers. And here they are (obviously, Ella is no longer six weeks old):

  1. What are three words that capture/describe who you are? Opinionated, efficient, frugal
  2. Where were you raised? Or, with what geographical area do you most self-identify? Las Vegas, NV
  3. Who are your significant others? Husband Bart and new baby Ella (she’s six weeks old)
  4. What do you spend your time doing? Reading, blogging, cooking/baking,
  5. What is your educational background? Please tell us specifically what you’ve studied. I have a BA in History from BYU and a masters in Library Science from UT-Austin.
  6. What is your favorite color? Blue and Black
  7. What is your favorite candy bar? Bounty bars (a British candy bar like an Almond Joy but with no foul Almond on top).
  8. What is your favorite BOOK? The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt and Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
  9. What are your favorite things to do? What are your hobbies? I love to cook and read a lot of cooking magazines/blogs/cookbooks. I also am rather obsessive about my blog.
  10. What is a pet peeve? Oh, so many things. Being late is probably the one that most consistently sets me off. Now I’ll be incredibly paranoid about being late to these meetings. . .
  11. What are you most likely to argue with someone about? I can’t think of something that I couldn’t have a fierce (and differing) opinion about, but probably the most common arguments are about the cleanliness of the house (which makes me sound both more clean and more grumpy than I really am).
  12. Tell us at least one other thing that we haven’t asked about. I was an elementary school librarian in Boston before Ella was born and we moved back to Texas.

Now to go off and read everyone else’s old answers, now that I know them well. . .

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  1. I love posts like this… Just miscellaneous information that lets you know someone a little better. I love that you love Cheaper by the Dozen! 🙂 And Vegas? Too cool.

  2. I love this idea!We should do it in my group. I fairly new to the group but some of them have been meeting for over 20 years. It would still be fun.

    Several years ago I wanted to go back to school and get another degree (my undergrad is Elementary Ed from BYU). Lots of colleges frown on just getting a second bachelor degree for fun, and want you to actually work toward a graduate degree. I could not figure out what I wanted to do, and finally Library Science lit up my mind. It turns out it didn't work out at that time for me – kids, money, etc. – but I'd still like to go back and do it. I'm kind of a dinosaur though. No one really uses a card catalog anymore.

  3. WHat a fun survey. Great way to learn about the members in your book group. My book group consists of college friends and a few others who are friends with them, so we all know each other pretty well. This would be fun for an online book group, though. 🙂

  4. That is a cool idea to do a survey with a book club, I'll definitely be using that idea. Also ever since I started reading your blog I thought you looked familiar, I was a history major at BYU too.

  5. This: "Bounty bars (a British candy bar like an Almond Joy but with no foul Almond on top)." I need to try one. Or five. 🙂

    …and Amazon comes through for me! Added to my wish list.


  6. So cool that you have a library science degree! I would LOVE to do that! Alas, I have to wait for my husband to figure his undergrad before I can ever think of going back to school. 🙂

  7. Getting to know you. Getting to know all about you. Getting to like you. Thank you for getting this song stuck in my head. (Julie Andrews version) LOL Haven't had a Bounty bar since I moved from Michigan. If I remember correctly, it is basically a Mounds bar with milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate, right?

  8. Cheaper by The Dozen is one my favorite books too! I was soooo annoyed when they made the movie "about it" (that was actually nothing like it and should've been named something else so that when I rec the book to people they don't automatically link it to that weird movie). 🙂

  9. I LOVE Bounty bars! I fell in love with them when I was in France one summer. Now that I remember about them, I may need to search them out!!

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