I enjoyed reading Tiburon's interview questions so much that I asked her to provide me a list of my own. (I'd love to link to her blog, but since I email my posts from work, I can't ever get the link to work. She's Shark Bait in my blog roll) If anyone is interested in participating in their own interview, send me a request and I'll interview you.
Some of these took lots of thought:
1. I know that you work - what EXACTLY do you do?
I work as a city planner for a local municipality. To say EXACTLY what I do would take hours, but here's a brief rundown:
· Represent the City at Planning Commission meetings - I prepare the reports, do the presentation, and answer questions.
· Meet with the public and/or developers regarding development applications, zoning questions, new businesses, etc (ie. If someone wants to do a subdivision, I help them through the process - start to finish) I spend a lot of time on the phone.
· License all the in-home businesses.
· Make maps (love this part of my job)
· Assign all the addresses to new subdivisions (and any associated changes)
· Research and prepare drafts to amend the Code.
· Work with the census to prepare updates to their maps, and provide new addresses. This is a huge job, being that our city has tripled in size in the past 10 years.
· Right now I am also on a regional planning group's technical advisory committee.
2. How did you get started running?
One thing I never was growing up, is athletic. In fact, from about ages 10-13, I was the antithesis of athleticism: fat and out of shape. I had asthma and bad knees, and used that as an excuse. I hated running more than anything else. In gym class, I would take a doctor's note so that I didn't have to participate in the Presidential Fitness Test mile run.
But then I grew up. I found some medicine to control my asthma and I had surgery on both my knees. Suddenly I realized that I liked physical activities. I started backpacking, and learned to snow and waterski. But, I was still afraid of running.
After I had Brynlee, I was tired of being overweight and out of shape. One day at work I googled "beginner's running plan" and found the couch to 5k in 9 weeks plan on coolrunning dot com. It is a simple walk/jog program that I started doing immediately. I've stuck with it, and never looked back. Someday after a good run, I feel like I could conquer anything.
3. What is your worst childhood memory?
Hmmm - this is a tough one. I think I had a pretty great childhood. Probably the worst thing I remember is actually related to question #2 - that dreaded Presidential Fitness Test. They also tested our body fat with calipers, and I remember that I was the fattest girl in the 5th grade. In fact, I clearly remember how much I weighed that day - and it isn't much less than I weigh today. I lost a lot of weight over that summer, and thankfully was skinny all though high school.
4. What is your most embarrassing moment?
I actually don't get too embarrassed (luckily too, because I'm pretty ungraceful in social situations). Probably the worst thing I can remember also dates back to 5th grade. I was in a new school, after having just moved from
5. Did you go to college? Where? What is your degree in? (ok that is 3 questions - but they are related)
Yes, I graduated from B*Y*U in 1998 with a degree in Planning and Resource Management (imagine that! I actually work in the field I graduated in) and a minor in English. My initial plan was to work for a year and then go to law school. I had even taken the LSAT, and based upon my scores had scholarship offers. But, in the mean time, I got an offer from the city where I'm still working, and I've been here ever since. Eventually I would like to go back to school - either for a law degree or MPA. Maybe someday . . .
This was fun. Thanks Tib!
This was fun. Thanks Tib!