Kind of a Mess Interviews: Emily of Lemony Fresh

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.

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17 comments on “Kind of a Mess Interviews: Emily of Lemony Fresh

  1. Emily
    May 12, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    I’m famous! Thanks so much Alyssa!

  2. Zan
    May 12, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    You’re famous and fabulous! Also – I’m not scared of lizards, but I agree that they are super creepy. Ick.

    • kindofamess
      May 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

      Lizards are grossy and nasty.

      Know what’s worse? Horny toads. They freak me out…

  3. Nicole
    May 12, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    When I read “ensemble,” I totally thought of clothes too. I’m glad I’m not the only one. Which, by the way, that dress is gorgeous! and it is soooo summery.

    And your first screen name is awesome.

  4. Ms. Bunny
    May 12, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Yay first interview! I love it. I love dresses that just scream summer, that can’t be worn to work. I would live in them if I could.

  5. Ali
    May 12, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Gold stars to Emily!

    Also, YES to the list making. My favorite new toy is my iPhone, because it’s SO easy to keep track of my lists! Books and websites I want to read, book reviews of ones I’ve already read, names for the baby, people to invite to this or that party, things I want for my birthday, questions to ask the doctor…

    Unfortunately, even with all that, I’m a pretty terrible planner.

  6. lizzie
    May 12, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    uhm. EMILY! is that the fort worth zoo? it looks like it….

    DUDE my childhood memories are all morbid and creepy…i try to keep those shoved way down there in the “repressed memories” file I have. You should get one.

    • kindofamess
      May 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

      It better NOW be the Fort Worth Zoo because that would mean that she’s in Texas and has not come to play with us at all. And THAT would be terrible.

      • Emily
        May 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

        Okay, I’m going to step in now so no one is angry at me….

        It’s the Jacksonville Zoo. They have random animal statues and I insisted on taking pictures with all of them. My friend compared me to a toddler.

        • kindofamess
          May 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

          GOOD. And we wouldn’t have been mad, just demanded that you come have beer with us…

          And um, you mean you’re NOT supposed to climb all over giant animal sculptures and take pictures? Well then, what the heck are they there for!??

  7. ElfPuddle
    May 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Yay for famous Emilys (Emilies?)~

    Yes, lizards are creepy. Especially when you’re the one in charge of feeding them. Meal worms are worse than lizards. (*shiver*)

    • Madge
      May 13, 2011 at 6:55 am #

      Man, i was about to say that lizards aren’t so bad (they lack gross slime) but then the feeding of lizards totally icked me out.

      and i was eating my lunch as i read this 😦

      • Emily
        May 13, 2011 at 7:03 am #

        It’s not even the giant lizards that need feeding that only freak me out, but even just the little teeny ones running around the South give me the heebie jeebies. If I found one in my house when I lived in Florida, I’d completely freak out and shut myself in another room. Even if it was already dead.

  8. Lauren
    May 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Oh My! Emily! You are kicking my ass in the game of awesome. I’m pretty sure Alyssa had to bug me at least three times about the survey. I am in Awe of you. 🙂 AND YOU SEW? Eff that, I’m done. 😉

  9. d-day
    May 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    yay Emily! this was really cool to read. I am suuuper impressed by your closet organization in particular. I can barely keep my stuff on HANGERS, much less in that kind of order. teach me!!

    • Emily
      May 13, 2011 at 7:03 am #

      Haha, just have extreme OCD, or be a Virgo. Done!

  10. Jo
    May 13, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Lemony is ADORABLE!

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