Name Change Friday Five

1. Is the name you have now the same name that’s on your birth certificate? If not, what’s changed?
My last name. I added 6 letters and a hyphen when I got married.

2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?
I’d probably change it to a more Irish-sounding name or use my saint’s name (Maire).

3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)
Jennifer = Donovan song
Erin = Irish-American chica

4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
Ummmm… are we talking nicknames here or names that I think are just really stupid?

5. Is the analysis of your name at kabalarians.com accurate? How or how isn’t it?
Accurate: generous, understanding, candid (problematically), strong tendency for temper and self-pity, originality, creativity. The health stuff is also fairly accurate.
Inaccurate: I’m actually very diplomatic and I do usually finish what I start, contrary to what Kabalarians says about me.

Interview Meme (II): More Questions

Here are the questions for the people who replied to my post from the 9th. To conserve space, there’s no space in between the questions, so please read the numbers carefully. Yes, 3 4 of you have the same question #2 — it’s something I’m curious about.

For Chris:
1.) What do you love most about living in Seattle? What do you dislike most?
2.) What is your impression of what I would be like in real life if you were to meet me?
3.) OK… testimony time. What brought you to Jesus and then to the Episcopal Church (and yes, you have to answer this one fully)?
4.) Name your three favorite hymns, 2 favorite Scripture passages, and one favorite spiritual practice and explain why you chose them. (It can be a one sentence answer for each.)
5.) What do you think is the most serious problem that the Church is facing?

For Jake:
1.) You’ve lived all or most of your life in Colorado and now you’re doing grad stuff in Arkansas? How do the cultures in each place differ?
2.) What is your impression of what I would be like in real life if you were to meet me?
3.) Flash forward to the future when you are married and have kids. What would be the two things you’d want for them?
4.) Describe your ideal church.
5.) What is the most powerful spiritual experience that you’ve had?

For Rick:
1.) I know that you’re a computer geek because you work for the same company as my mommy. In college, why did you choose computer science over any other discipline?
2.) What is your impression of what I would be like in real life if you were to meet me?
3.) Have you been to a liturgical church? If you have, what were your impressions? If you haven’t, what do you think the experience would do for your spiritual life?
4.) What are your favorite hymns and why?
5.) Describe your perfect cup of coffee.

For Jon:
1.) Describe your ideal church service combining elements of Lutheranism, Anglicanism, Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and your other eccentric interests.
2.) Having met me on the ancient date of March 14, 2000, how was I different from what you expected? How have I changed in the three years since then?
3.) After we adopt Freyja and Edda, what do you expect our next cats will be like?
4.) What was your best memory from our wedding?
5.) What is your best memory of our boys from when they were kittens?

For Richard:
1.) What is the story behind the cats you own?
2.) What is your impression of what I would be like in real life if you were to meet me?
3.) What is the most profound spiritual moment that you have had?
4.) What are your stereotypes of Americans as we tend to think of y’all as igloo-dwelling, beaver-and-moose-spotting, Mountie-loving, eco-friendly, America-lite, and way too polite for your own good?
5.) What is your hope for the direction in which your blog is going?

For Sarah:
1.) What led you to study the classics as opposed to any other discipline?
2.) What is your favorite piece that you’ve played on viola? Why did you choose the viola instead of something like the flute?
3.) What has been your most profound spiritual experience?
4.) How is Monroe culturally different from Maryland? What are some things that you like and dislike about each place?
5.) Describe your perfect worship service.

Enjoy!