Ok, I got sent these interview questions about 5 minutes ago – I even watched them being written! That is because they were sent by my girlfriend, Bethany.

1. If you could live anywhere you wanted, where would
it be and why?

Tucson, Arizona. That’s my hometown, and I think it’s the most beautiful place in the country. Barring that… wherever Bethany happens to be!

2. What are the benefits/drawbacks of coming from a
large family?

Benefits: Lots of playmates, growing up (although, in my case, the next-oldest is almost 4+ years younger, and I’m the oldest), you learn a lot about parenting by watching so many examples, and you have a fun time when you’re all together for family dinners and/or get-togethers.

Drawbacks: Sharing rooms, financial shortcomings at times, and being blamed for stuff your siblings did 😀 I really have never thought of the drawbacks, other than that. I’m from a large family, and my parents are both from large families. I’ve always vaguely pitied small families, for some mildly obscure reason. I can’t really say why. That’s about the extent I’ve thought about it previously.

3. How has music affected your life?

Music has been a big part of just about every aspect of my life. I’ve been singing since preschool choirs, and my mother was a children’s choir director my entire life. She’s recently moved up to music director for our whole church, now. I’ve been in, or around music for pretty much forever, and I absolutely adore singing. I really can’t say, exactly, how it affects my life, though. It’s just… interwoven with it, I suppose. I can’t imagine life without music, and I have a hard time imagining what it would be like. I hope that answers the question.

4. What food do you wish your girlfriend would learn
to make?

I wonder if this is a trick question…

Seriously, though. Something called Chicken and Rice Casserole, from a cookbook of my mom’s. It’s probably my favorite dish. I’ll teach it to her soon, though, so no worries 😀

5. What family member has most impacted your life and

Oh, man. I don’t know how to answer this one. Different family members have impacted me more in different areas of my life, really. Steve was always my best friend, my Dad gave me my love of reading and for the sciences, and my Mom has always cultivated my love for music, as well as culture in general.

I’m close to my other siblings in different ways, but Steve and I are probably the closest. I really don’t know how to answer this other than that.