- What about photojournalism attracts you?
I am a shy person but being behind the camera makes me bold and independent; writing is an outlet for my thoughts and feelings. Photography allows me to focus and writing lets me expand. Together I am at my most creative. I'm not the best photograher or the best writer but I am content in my ability to express myself, bring people into my world and share it at the same time. A good photojournalist draws you in, keeps you interested, teaches you something and makes you feel a part of the experience. Those are my goals.
- How did you meet your husband?
It was a case of several coincidences at work, what I believe to be fate. We are employed by the same huge company...something like 5,000 people on just this one campus and we spend our days in small cubicles. I happened to look up one afternoon 7 years ago to see Karl walk by my cube. I whipped around, poked my head out of the cube to watch him and thought "hey, who is THAT guy?". A few days later in another building we walked past each other in the hallway. I caught a glimpse of his badge -he had a weird last name. A few weeks later, I was temporarily assigned to his group and he came over to ask me some software questions. After that we were inseparable. By the way, we aren't married, at least not yet. Chalk it up to laziness.
- What do you like most about knitting, and what you do like the least?
I'm not good at most crafts...no patience, no creativity, blah. Knitting on the other hand makes me feel extremely crafty and the best part is that there's enough about knitting to keep me busy for years! I love, love, love learning new techniques. There's so much to be done with 2 sticks and some yarn. And I get to wear/use what I make. I feel accomplished. However, there are tedious aspects to it like weaving in ends. That's probably the worst. No new methods there, and it comes at the end of the project. Blecchh.
- Of all your possessions, what do you value the most?
This is a toughie. I want to say that I can do without many of my material goods, but I've carted some around with me for over 20 years. In the end what's going to matter the most to me is how I've lived. The best artifacts of that are my journals and my photos. They're stashed away in a closet but every once in a while I take them out to read and remember. They're priceless.
- If you were stranded on a deserted island (think LOST), what 5 things would you want with you and why?
OK, I've never seen an episode of LOST so I'm not sure if I'm answering this correctly. However, here's what I would want with me:
1) a solar laptop with a satellite internet connection...this doesn't have to be super realistic, right? I can be satisfied being alone on a deserted island if I still have contact with the outside world. In fact, I prefer this in real life some days.
2) a camera - 'nuff said about that.
3) a grill - the easiest way to cook! Or so the guys tell me. A girl's got to eat and I need to learn how to grill anyway. Besides, freshly caught meat and fish taste best on the barbie.
4) toilet paper - trust me on this one. I've been on enough backpacking trips. You don't want to wipe your butt and other private parts with leaves.
5) Karl - because I need someone to cuddle.
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