Emily (or Lemony as her boyfriend calls her, isn’t that cute?!?) of Lemony Fresh gets to go first as our “Kind of a Mess Interviews” because Emily is a go-getter. She was the first to return her questionnaire AND she included a picture, which means she read all of it.
If we were in kindergarten and I was the teacher, Emily would have like 5 gold stars on her yellow pinafore right now. Because she’d be wearing a yellow pinafore and it would be ADORABLE.
Fun fact about Emily that you (and she) didn’t know: Emily once stabbed a man who tried to snag a bite of her cheese enchiladas from La Nopalera in Jacksonville, Florida. She’s not ashamed of it.
What would you do with large lottery winnings?
First, pay off my debt, then buy a house somewhere away from work (and buy my parents a house near it), and then take a trip to Paris. After that, I’d be lying if I didn’t say the money would contribute to my fabric and magazine addictions.
What was your very first internet screen name?
Emo1987. I think I was eight or nine. My dad always called me Emo because he thought it was short for Emily. It definitely did not have the same connotations then as it does now. [Editor’s Note: Eight or nine?!? God, I’m old…]
What is your favorite ensemble and what does it say about you?
[Editor’s Note: I must interject here to say that when I saw this question, I totally thought it meant like your favorite cast ensemble, like Friends or something. I, apparently, am kind of dumb. And watch too much TV.]
I don’t think I have an official favorite, but I really love wearing my faux-Mexican dress I bought at Macy’s on my last day of work there. It’s double-gauze and too revealing to wear to work, so to me it says summer and freedom. What does it say about me? I guess that I buy overpriced dresses at Macy’s, but it’s just a fun dress. (I’m wearing it at the zoo last year in my picture!)
What’s your earliest memory from your childhood that you can recall?
Asking my parents if I killed my aunt’s dog because I fed it too many treats. In reality, she had cancer, but I thought I had loved her too much. Not only is this a morbid and depressing first memory, but I think this also says a lot about my guilt issues.
Do you call it “pop,” “soda” or coke?
Soda, but I don’t call it often. I prefer sweet tea or water.
Where would you like to travel?
Paris, the Pacific Northwest, New England. Really anywhere, I haven’t done a whole lot of traveling.
What is your biggest fear?
Being out of control, whether at my job or in a relationship or whatever. Also, I’m pretty damn terrified of lizards.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
Sew, read, bake, eat. In that order usually.
What do you do better than ANYONE else in the world?
Plan and organize. When I was little I would just write lists—of the books I own, the American Girl dolls I wanted, the friends I had. My closet is organized by color, brand, sleeve length, and date I bought it. Right now, I’m planning my birthday party. My birthday’s in September, and it’s only going to be a two-person party. I just love planning.
You can have the beauty, brains and ability from three different famous people. Who are they?
Beauty—Marilyn Monroe (God, what an obvious answer). Brains—Katherine Hepburn. Ability—my mother. That woman can do anything.
If you could ask me (Alyssa) anything, what would it be? How did you become such a great advice-giver (adviser?)? Seriously, every week it baffles me.
Alyssa – I fake it really really well. I also ask for help when I need it. But most of the time the advice is the same: be yourself, own your decisions and don’t be a twat.