This Sunday is May’s birthday. So first everyone wish her a Happy Birthday! Second, in our birthday months we always like to do something a little special. So we thought it would be fun to interview each other. I, June, interviewed May to find out everything you ever wanted to know about her. Well, maybe not really but there are some interesting tidbits here.
The following is not an accurate and completely editorialized interview of my interview with May. June’s comments are in pink italics.
So give me your stats – I am married to Bob. I have two sons and two daughters and a labradoodle named Sawyer. I am in the process of moving permanently to Charleston, South Carolina but right now have a home there and in the northwest suburbs of Chicago (If anyone is looking for a new home, May’s house is gorgeous and you should look at it). I am a yoga teacher currently on sabbatical, an interior designer that is currently working on my new home, a blogger who is hoping to take over the blogosphere, a corporate and regular wife and a mom.
When and why did you become a yoga teacher? I became a yoga teacher in 1998. I was going through a difficult time in my life (divorce) and a friend suggested that I try yoga. After my first class I was hooked and a year later decided that I wanted to teach. I completed a two year program that studied both the philosophy and the teaching of yoga. I know May had to do a residency for her yoga program and it was an all vegetarian diet at the yoga center which meant lots and lots of beans. At the airport waiting for her flight home, May ate the best burger and drank the best beer she ever had in her whole life.
What is your favorite yoga pose? Child’s pose is my favorite because you can do it anywhere and anytime. It releases tension in the body. I also like headstand because it allows me to the look at the world from a different perspective. It really depends on my mood.
Everyone has a favorite holiday but what is your second favorite holiday? Christmas is my second favorite holiday because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
What is your favorite season? My favorite season is summer although I also really really like Fall (unlike June who hates Fall).
What do you look forward to in the summer? I look forward to being in my garden and playing in the dirt and just being outside in general. This summer is a little different because I am selling a house, packing it up and moving to Charleston, South Carolina. (June now has her fingers in her ears singing La La La because she doesn’t want to hear about May moving.)
What is one thing that you are good at that no one else in your family is good at? Organizing. (I’ve been subject to her organizing when she helped me clean my closet. She is good but mean, very mean.)
What is one of your pet peeves? When people don’t clean up after themselves. (Are you guys noticing a theme? Just so everyone knows, May’s nickname is Monica after the Friends character who needs to clean and cleans even after other people have cleaned because it’s not clean enough.)
What is one thing that you are not good at that you wish you could do better? Math. I was terrible at geometry. I had to have tutoring sessions with the teacher and took it pass/fail. The teacher agreed to pass me if I promised never to have a career that involved anything with math. (I hear you Sister.)
What do you do for fun? Biking ( Bob and I biked over 500 miles last summer), trying new restaurants (especially in my new city), reading and cooking.
What are some of your favorite childhood books? Boxcar children, Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, and of course Little Women.
What are some favorite books as an adult? The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. A writer goes to Scotland to do research for her book and she begins to experience some of the parts of her research. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, and the Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Honestly, there are so many favorites!!
What are some of your favorite TV shows? Outlander, The Crown, any Masterpiece series show, The Walking Dead and Younger (I agree with a lot of those but The Walking Dead. Scary.)
What are some of your favorite movies? Gone With The Wind (she and her mom often say to each other, “We’ll worry about it tomorrow, Scarlett”), Star Wars, Jaws, ET, any movie with Audrey Hepburn. I also like foreign films.
What is one weird or unusual thing about you? I have always enjoyed listening to classical music when I cook or bake. I used to have a little radio in my kitchen and I would turn on the classical station while I was cooking. The classical music relaxes and inspires me in the kitchen.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I would like to know the future. As a structured and organized person if I knew the future I could prepare for it. (Umm, May do you remember that we are all about living in the present moment? ) I also would like to be able to fly.
Thank you May for allowing me to interview you and ask you some crazy questions. I wish you the happiest of birthdays and so many blessings in the upcoming year. I am so going to miss you when you move away from me. I have already missed you this winter. It’s good thing we don’t get charged by the text because we would literally go broke. I love you my dear friend. –June
Today you are you that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you. -Dr. Seuss