I decided a couple weeks ago to participate in The Great Interview Experiment. For details on what it is, how it works, and how to participate, go check out the description.
Meanwhile, I'd like to introduce you to Melissa, a New Zealand native who blogs at The Best Nest. Here is our interview:
1. In your "about" section you talk about being a professional student - what is(are) your academic passion(s)?
When I was but a ‘child’ I unblinkingly went to university right out of high school and studied what I loved – at the time. So I graduated with a BA in Sociology and Ancient History. Which I have never used. Or even needed to reference in any sort of paid employment. As I was planning on staying home with our son until he began school I impulsively enrolled in Uni again and began a degree in Accounting. I have a few papers left to go and can already see this may ‘lead’ to further study. ::::ssshhhh:::
2. Why do you blog? What attracts you to it, and keeps you coming back to write?
I began my blog because I had toyed with scrapbooking for my son, but it didn’t really stick. I loved the idea of creating a permanent record, a chronology of our life, that would give Ethan something to look back on, and hopefully laugh at when he is older. I often ask my own parents about little milestones or things that happened when I was young and they don’t remember, these things are important to me and I don’t want to forget them!
3. Do you ever go back and read your blog? If so, what two or three old posts do you find yourself returning to? Why?
I read my blog every day, mostly because I love looking at old pictures of Ethan. I NEVER get tired of it.
I can’t say that i have any favourite posts, because I don’t think I write too too much. I wish I wrote more but hopefully that will come with time and as my blog-confidence grows.
4. What was the biggest adjustment for you when you moved to America? How about when you moved back to NZ?
Oh lord, there were so many strange and weird things that I had to get used to. The biggie would be driving on the OTHER side of the road. The first time I drove by myself I went through a drive-through the wrong way and was wondering how on earth I was going to reach across to take my order! I had a tough time understanding peoples different accents, especially when I moved to the south. People down there may as well have been speaking pig-Latin because it took me so long to get that drawl sorted out! Guns. I hate em. The first time I saw a security guard with a gun in TJ Max I ran out of the shop just in case he slipped and banged his head and went nuts and started shooting. This is one of the main reasons why Dave and I left after Ethan was born.
Moving back home was harder than I ever imagined. I had been away for 6 years. Much had changed in that time. My friends had also had six years to grow and travel and begin their families. It was hard to reconcile the Melissa who had left NZ with the Melissa that had returned. I think I am still working on this to this day actually!
5. I love the name of your blog - any history there?
I thought long and hard about what to call my blog. I am a very impulsive person and wanted so bad to own my own domain and really make the blog my own. But I was patient and one day it finally came. I love the PD Eastman book by the same name. It is such a great story about family and really being thankful for what you have. It just seemed to fit.
6. How did you meet your husband? Was it hard to convince him to come back to New Zealand with you??
My husband is from Jacksonville, FL where I lived, bummed around and surfed for 3 years. We were friends of friends, he was the hot bartender at the local Carrabas, he was sometimes at skate spots where I happened to be shooting. Long story short, he broke up with his long-term girlfriend and moved to California. Never to be seen again.
A year later after a nasty break-up my best buddy Bush packed up her truck, was heading West and called me as she was about to get on the freeway. She made a quick detour to the beach picked me up and we were off. We ended up in San Diego after an amazing road trip across America. This was one of the best weeks of my life, I will never forget it.
Two girls without jobs and a dog do not make for highly attractive prospective tenants, so we were having a hard time finding a place to live. Luckily I had quite a few connections in the skateboarding industry so we headed to Encinitas, a friend got us an apartment and there we laid out hats.
First Saturday night out we were bar-hopping down Highway 101 in Encinitas and Dave was standing in line at the second bar we went to. Unfreakingbelievable. Of all the little beach towns up and down the coast we picked the one he happened to be living in. We have been together ever since.
Convincing him to move to NZ was no too hard. We were living in CA away from all of his family and my family was obviously on the other side of the world – we needed some support and I needed my Mum and Dad. It was exciting for Dave to travel so far away and to a place so different from home (he calls it Opposite Land). That is not to say that he doesn’t get homesick, because he does – but he is loving being in New Zealand and we both appreciate what an amazing place it is to raise children.
Thanks Melissa! It was fun to interview you! I hope you do start writing more - your answers were fun to read and I'd love to see more! ♥
I also did an interview, with a different blogger. I'll link to her when that goes up. Fun!!