Where were you born? Middle of the Mitten (Lansing, MI)
You recently moved from Michigan to the D.C. area for your new job, what do you like about your new home?
DC does have a few things going for it (in spite of crack-addicted former mayors). I love the museums and how easy it is to get to places like Philly and the Eastern Shore. I'm also developing a serious passion for Annapolis and the funky bookstores of D.C. And I also like the Metro - public transportation doesn't suck.
What do you miss about Michigan?
I miss elephant ears, driving fast in the left lane, low humidity, Indian summer, Meijer, cider mills, Sunday brunch with the gang, Sunday dinners with the family and the cottage.
What did you want to be when you grew up? A lawyer. But then I got to college and HATED the advisor (he looked like a cross between Cousin It and Jabba the Hut). So now I work in nonprofit after touring a handful of other professions.
What were mealtimes like for you as a child? Really very "Leave it to Beaver". We all ate dinner together, around a table. Mom is a great cook and Dad would randomly quiz us from the dictionary. Ok, that sounds dorky. But it was fun.
I know that you enjoy fine dining and gourmet foods. How much cooking do you do yourself? Do you have any signature dishes?
With my travel schedule, I haven't had a chance to cook in ages. However, I make a mean cheese fondue. Truth be told, I love to cook but only really like to do so for a crowd. The daily stuff is boring so I tend to eat very simple things at home.
Did you ever like any of your school photos? I hate all photos of me.
What was your first date like? My first real date was to Homecoming my freshman year of high school. I went with my best friend's older brother. It was meh.
What is in your vegetable bin? Nothing. I've been on the road for work since the beginning of August.
You are a fountain Coke aficionado. Where is your favorite place to buy one?
McDonald's. BK pop is foul, plus the lids don't fit right. I'm pretty sure that a large fountain Coke can cure cancer. Or at least, a New Orleans hangover!
What color is your car? Silver.
Are you having a good hair day? Yes.
What is your favorite perfume? Clinique's Aromatics Elixir
Are there any beauty products you can't live without?
Of course (said the closet product junkie)! Cherry chapstick, Clinique oil-free retexturing lotion, Lorac neutralizing base, Bonne Bell gel bronzer, Aveda's Foot Relief, Cetaphil cleanser, Avon's bubble bath, Frizz-Ease, T-Gel, Rosebud Salve, Carmex... the list goes on for days. Half of my linen closet has been taken over by my product collection.
What is your middle name? Ann
What type of books do you like to read? Mysteries
Seen any good movies lately?
They played "Alamo" on the red-eye from San Francisco to BWI. Seriously, I haven't seen anything in ages but want to see "Garden State" soon. I'm home for the next 10 days so anything's possible.
What is your favorite type of cookie? These totally amazing cookies that the Green Tuna makes from rotten fruit. Seriously... they are the best in the whole world and she makes special batches for me without the coconut as I'm allergic.
Are you talking about Tuna's persimmon cookies?
Why yes. And Tuna's already scoping out the fruit section at Meijer for persimmons. She'll have a whole bag for me when I'm home for Thanksgiving!
Who would you like to see featured on the next Spotlight? Hamster Ranger would be great!
Enjoy your time at home Julie, and thanks for spending some of it with me!