It Isn’t Every Day…

by Stefani on 18-December-2008

You know what's funny? 

I mean besides three mini knights with plastic swords in their drawers running around calling me "my lady" and slobbering on my hand?

Knights In Shining Fleece and Plastic

It's funny that I used to be a publicist and yet I've never actually been interviewed myself. 

It was my JOB to land people interviews and then train them to handle their time with the media. Back in the Fast Company tech boom, I actually got paid ridiculous sums to spend entire days coaching techies on what to wear on camera  and how to sit and how to answer questions, even if they happen to be exactly the questions that you hoped wouldn't come up. 

Still, I never had to sit in the hot seat myself. 

Crazy right? 

I was like the PE coach who sips her coffee on the sidelines while her students run laps. 

Don't ask me how I got into that line of work. I'm still not exactly sure. I went to school to become an elementary school teacher, and before I knew what happened I was hawking software companies to the Wall Street Journal. Go figure. 

Needless to say, when dear Molly of Mommycoddle asked to interview me for her Bushel and a Peck column on Momformation, I was equal parts thrilled and nervous. 

Me? Give an interview? What on earth would I have to say?

I would surely have dug up my old media training notes, if they weren't in a big box, pushed WAY back in the dark creepy attic that formerly housed the you know whats

But, because it was Molly and because it's not everyday, actually it's not EVER, that I get to say that I'm being interviewed, I jumped at the chance. 

You can see the results here

You can also see, pretty darn quickly, that I neglected to remember one of my cardinal rules of interviewee strategy… make your point and shut up. Do NOT blather on. 

Please. Blather is one of my middle names. (The other is Pie)

It was too darn much fun being interviewed. I might have to do that more often, especially if it involves Molly. I'm certain that anything we did together would be fun. I could probably even scrub toilets with Molly and still manage to have a good time. 

Besides, particularly given my current crafty, merry-making slump, it's awfully nice to be considered even marginally worthy of the title "Creative Mom". 


"Creative" is not one of those nice ways of saying something that isn't so nice at all, is it? It's not like "special" is it? 

No, don't answer that. 

Go and have a look, but you might want to pack a lunch. It will take you a while to wade through it all. 

If you make it to the end, you might even get a few hints of the good things to come, down 'round Blue Yonder way in the new year. 

Relyn December 18, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Oh. I loved your interview. As soon as I finish here I am heading back over to follow all the linky-love. Am so excited to see all you have planned for next year.

amanda o December 19, 2008 at 5:30 am

wow…i can’t wait to read it!

oh, and the mini knights…adoreable

molly December 19, 2008 at 7:15 am

“Go and have a look, but you might want to pack a lunch…” you are SO funny!!!

I loved every word, that’s why I couldn’t bear to edit any of it!!!

I’d scrub toilets with you any day….

Liz December 19, 2008 at 7:30 am

I can relate to the that feeling about being called “creative.” Around Christmas I sometimes feel it’s another word for stingy or tight-pocketed. Or it could just be my own insecurities that I am playing the home-made/creative card too often and should just buy the damn starbucks gift card.

jenny December 19, 2008 at 12:16 pm

the interview was great. I’m still waiting for the quilting link to load. 😛 dial-up. My 4yo loves quilts and just started his first crazy patch. If we every get it done grandma will be so proud to see a tradition carry on.

Diane December 19, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Stefani Blather Pie is a gorgeous name…


kristi December 19, 2008 at 1:20 pm

congrats stef – I cannot wait to read your book for James

Carrie December 19, 2008 at 7:48 pm

I enjoyed your interview and all the links. And I didn’t think it was too long. Just right! Your book seems like such a good idea for your son. Good luck finishing it!

Anne December 19, 2008 at 8:35 pm

A very nice interview and some exciting things for you coming up!

Thimbleina December 21, 2008 at 12:24 am

Great interview. I am so inspired by some of the things that you have said/linked to.

Relyn December 21, 2008 at 2:24 pm

There is nothing like a dress up box. (I did enjoy that interview, by the way.) My daughter has one that is so full we often have to purge and straighten. I am dying to find a way to incorporate a dress up box into a public school second grade classroom. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

melissa December 21, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Thanks for the interview. I really like the way you described yourself as being “stingy with time”. This has been a huge downfall in our family because we are all so busy catching up with people and going places that we never have time for anything at home ( hence the reason for the Christmas pudding still not boiled and its almost Christmas day). I think that its going to be a New Year resolution for our family, the only problem is my 3 girls are so used to it now they expect us to go out all the time ……

Jen December 25, 2008 at 4:12 am

Merry Christmas! Hope you guys are having a wonderful day! Well, I hope you’re not having it yet, ’cause it’s 7:11 here which means it’s just after 6 there – bleah! 😀

maya December 28, 2008 at 1:27 am

That was a great interview! I love that you linked to Molly – over at a Foothill Home Companion. I actually found her through you & our families have become fast “real-life” friends. It’s amazing how we can find our folks these days, isn’t it? Thanks for the hook-up Stefani! ps- I’ll be interviewing you myself, shortly, to find out how old Ryder was when you were able to start doing lessons with the other guys with some ease….

global mama December 29, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Wonderful interview! There were so many little nuggets of inspiration that I will have to go back & check it out again later. I especially like how you describe yourself as a “dabbler” in crafts – thank you for that! I sometimes feel intimidated by the whole universe of crafty-ness out there, but your words are giving me encouragement to just try things & have fun with it. Thanks!

Ansley December 29, 2008 at 7:56 pm

happy holidays to you and yours!
hope to ‘see’ you in the new year

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