day twenty-eight: emily

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emily e.

Emily Ellis, the librarian.  That is what my husband calls her.  She also is referred to as big Emily (sorry Em…my kids do not find you fat, I promise) to differentiate her from my daughter.  They are both named Emily Marie and we didn’t, technically, name baby girl after Emily.  But, let’s just say, when we thought of her name we also didn’t say, “Oh no!  I know someone by that name and would never name my child that!”  You’re welcome, Emily, for that great compliment.

Emily is, in fact, a librarian at Greenwood Public Library.  She is the head of reference and teen services and apparently a pretty famous lady as far as librarians go.  I found that out this summer when she came and spoke at a conference at our little library.  To me, she is my quirky friend that always has a huge smile, is quick to laugh and usually has a recent funny–and probably awkward–story.  I admire her adventuresome spirit because she gets anxious about situations but still goes out into the world and faces her fears.

Emily is a friend of mine from college.  I met her my senior year and she was a sophomore.  I’m sure there are a lot of stories that I could share with you, but I think I’ll save Emily and myself the embarrassment.  Let’s just say that we always have fun together, there are lots of laughs and if you ever get your hair stuck to a giant velcro wall, Emily will help you out.  She lives on the south side of Indy and I live two hours north and so we don’t see each other much.  I did see her this past weekend because a group of us went to a concert together to see a little group called NeedtoBreathe.  On the drive there, she was cornered and had no choice, I told her I was going to interview her.  I think she said something like, “yay!  I’m going to be on The Tulip!”  She’s easily excited.  It really isn’t that big of a deal.

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Where did you grow up?  “Southport, IN”

Where did you go to school?  “Southport, Southport, Southport”  That was hard.  And you graduated from U of I with what degree?  “History major with a minor in religion and then I went to IUPUI to get my masters degree in library and science information.”  I think being a history major would have been so interesting–but the term papers would have killed me.

Have you ever taken a personality test?  “Like the MBTI one?”  Yeah.  “I did.  I remember I was in the middle of everything but I leaned slightly towards being an extrovert.”  Really?!  “Yes I think that is because of the last six years working with teenagers.”  Well I guess teenagers will either pull you out of your shell or make you go and hide in your home and never come out again.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?  “an archaeologist–I wanted to be the next Howard Carter.”  Ok, I wanted to be an archaeologist, too, but obviously not with as much zeal as you.  Who is Howard Carter?  “He discovered King Tut’s tomb.”  I feel as if I should have known that–leave it to a librarian to make you feel dumb 😉

Tell me something interesting about the last movie you watched.  “It was The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon.  The plot scares me a bit…but I want a hat that I can travel through time with.”  Well who wouldn’t want that hat?

What were you doing 10 years ago?  “I was a senior in college and writing my history thesis about the Battle of Yorktown and why we would have lost the Revolutionary War without the French.”  Ah, the college years.  “I miss them.  I miss Friday Late Nights.”  Those were a lot of fun!  I miss being around everyone…we had such great times.

What is your favorite song right now?  “Still Into You by Paramore–I sing it very loudly in the car.  very loudly.”  Oh please record yourself for your blog.  I need to see–and hear this!

What was your favorite vacation?  “My Mexico trip.  It was the most relaxing and I drove a poor Mayan tour guide mad with all of my questions at an archaeology site.”  What did you love about the trip?  “We ate a lot of shrimp and fish tacos and sat by the pool.  We went to Chichen Itza and got to see a cenote (an underground river).  I did not get into that water, though.  There were too many things living in it that you couldn’t see.”

What trip has exceeded your expectations?  “Disney World.  I would like to live in Magic Kingdom and wear Mickey Mouse ears all of the time.”  I agree.  And for anyone who hasn’t been there, they wouldn’t understand and might scoff.  But just go, you’ll get it.  The place is–well–magical.  “I also thought my brother and I would kill each other but we didn’t.”  Who can be mad at Disney?

What is your current hobby?  “blogging–I feel like I blog a lot.”  You do.  I know they are sort of geared towards librarians but I love your blogs.

What do you love about blogging?  “I get to show people my personality in a different way.  I get to be creative and talk about what I want to without being judged.  At least, I don’t feel judged by the five faithful people who read my blog.”  Well I and the other four love what you write.  You should check out The Gnoming Librarian.  I especially love her Tuesday posts.  She also blogs at The Librarian Way.

What book are you reading right now? Scorch by Gina Damico.  I love it.  It is about teenage reapers and it is very punny and sarcastic.”  For those that have read The Fault in Our Stars, Emily is the one who told me about that great book.  She knows her stuff.

Tell me something about yourself that people would find surprising.  “I have no idea.   I once saw Barry Manilow in concert and I didn’t get kicked out for laughing.  I didn’t know I was seeing him until we got there.”  Um, how?  “My mom and I were visiting my aunt in California and she said she had a surprise for us.  She took us to Universal City Walk and I thought that was going to be cool.  Then she said that wasn’t it and we arrived at a concert venue that said ‘Barry Manilow–One Night Only’.  I remember my mom saying, ‘Emily keep your mouth shut.  Do not say anything.’  He’s actually a very good entertainer and wears lots of sequins.”  –at this point, I’m laughing too much to speak.  oh Emily.

If you weren’t afraid, what would you do?  “I would sing back up on stage.  Of course, not only would I have to conquer my fears, I’d also have to conquer being tone-deaf and rhythmically challenged.”  Ok, so why not be the lead singer?  “Oh I don’t want all of the attention.”  oh my goodness 🙂  But if you weren’t afraid?  “Oh right, ok well if I wasn’t afraid, tone-deaf or rhythmically challenged, I’d be a rock star.”  Got it.

So what has been your favorite concert to go to?  “That’s a hard one because we’ve been to so many great ones.  I’d say Mumford & Sons.  But then there was the Lifehouse one where they called us out on our dancing.  And the NTB/Will Hoge one where we were super excited and hyped up on cold meds.”  Ah yes–high on cold medicine.  You are definitely one beat away from being a rock star.

What has been your most life changing moment?  “Probably our first trip to Europe.”  The one in 2002?  “Yes, it instilled in me the travel bug.  I saw how big the world was outside of Indiana.  And even though we got lost a few times, we didn’t panic.”  I’m sure seeing me in London had something to do with it, too.  or not.  but just maybe.

Finish this sentence.  Before I die, I want to….“Do you want a serious answer or not?”  Either one.  “I want to go to an alien festival in Roswell, NM.  That’s my non serious answer.”  What is your serious answer?  “I want to see the colosseum in Rome.”


Thanks Emily for not jumping out of the car when I said I wanted to interview you!  And tomorrow there will be another car interview.  Stay tuned to hear about my friend Lindsey.


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