Thursday, January 15, 2009

An interview with MaryT

Mary T of Work of the Poet offered up an interview to whoever was willing. I took a chance. :)

1. I notice you list "green living" and frugal living" in your interests in your Blogger profile. What sort of things can you suggest for others to live a green, frugal life?
There are so many green, frugal options now that it's mind boggling. The first thing to know is, you can be green and frugal. Many frugal choices are also environmentally sound. You can also be either green or frugal, but not both.

One trick is to start small. Pick something in your life that you really want to work on (say, eating healthier). Focus on that; explore the options. Educate yourself on the differences between "all natural" and "organic." See what's available to you that's locally grown. Buying in-season can be both green and frugal.

Understand that green and frugal are lifestyle choices. There will always be someone "greener" or more frugal. There will also be people who are not nearly as green or frugal as you. Be aware of the choices you make, and make the choices that work for your life.

2. Do you read fiction and what authors do you read? What was the last book you read and really enjoyed?
I read lots of fiction. For awhile I was on a strictly Nora Roberts diet for fiction, but I'm branching out again. I'm just finishing Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which is very entertaining. I'll be reviewing it shortly after I finish.

3. How did you come up with the name "endomental" for your blog? And what does it mean to you?
I've worked with the medical community for years and some things just stick. "Endo" is a medical prefix for "inside" (endoscope: a scope that goes inside you). Endomental is a made-up word (so far as I know) that means "inside the mind." The blog is a peek at whatever is going on inside my mind when I find something interesting.

4. Where do you get your design ideas (Seen on your other blog "enviro-mental")?
Poor enviro-mental has been very neglected lately. I usually find my ideas from other design blogs, online stores and poking around the net. Occasionally I'll find something interesting out in the world, but I travel much faster through the "series of tubes."

5. I understand you visited NYC recently. Did you enjoy it? Who accompanied you? What did you do?
I love New York. The grit, the style, the attitude. There's noplace like it on earth, and few places with the desire - or the guts - to try. A couple of years ago, I embarked on 101 Things in 1,001 Days. One of my 101 things was to visit New York at Christmas, when it's at its most magical. Since this was the last Christmas before the 1,001 Days is up, it was do-or-die this year. My son (age 20) and I went, and only for a couple of hours. But I saw my absolutely favorite Christmas decoration of all time: the Herald Angels in Rockefeller Center.

Want to play too? Here's how:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."

2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).

3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.


  1. Erika, that was really great! Thanks for answering my questions. Now I know a lot more about you! I was really curious about the name of your blog! And I'll certainly return to read your review of the book you're reading! Again thanks for playing along! :)

  2. What an interesting concept! If you'd like to interview me, that'd be cool.