Friday, January 30, 2015

Q & A With Kaylia Metcalfe Armstrong




Kaylia Metcalfe lives in Fresno where she splits her time being a Stay At home Mom, freelance writer, and community organizer. She enjoys long walks on cloudy beaches, short walks in crowded malls, and laying on the couch watching TV.  She hates avocados, talking in the third person and answering quizzes/questionnaires. She is also a team player, makes the world’s best lasagna, and has something like seventeen crochet projects gathering dust in a closet.  


How long have you lived in the Central Valley?
4 years and counting….


Married or single?
Married. 


Something you like about yourself?
My ability to dance like no one is watching… in public.


Something you dislike about yourself?
My lack of will power when it comes to bread. And bread type products. And cookies. And other desserts.


Character trait in others that you most admire?
Generosity of time and energy


Character trait in others that you most dislike?
Willful arrogance


What is your biggest regret?
Not going to Italy to study abroad when I had the chance.


What are you most passionate about?
My daughter. Also, cookies.


Favorite thing to do in your free time?
Read!


What aggravates you the most?
When technology fails. Or I run out of cookies and I have to admit that I did, in fact, eat all of them. By myself. 


What makes you the happiest?
When people say thank you or bring me cookies.


What are you, quite frankly, over?
Techno music. Raisins in cookies. (WHY??? Just NO!)


What is your biggest challenge?
To keep going even when it feels like I’m moving backwards


What was your favorite decade so far?
This one!


Who is your favorite person to talk to?
Husband


Name a person you know personally who has had the biggest impact on you? My mother


Name a person you don’t know who has had the biggest impact on you?
Alice Walker


The most important lesson you’ve learned so far?
“Messy” is a relative term. 


Besides a phone, what piece of technology can you not live without?
Laptop


What superpower would you most like to have?
Photographic memory


Who would you like to play you in a movie about your life?
Drew Barrymore


What is the best part of your day?
Reading and singing with my daughter


What is your proudest moment?
Getting through labor without killing anyone.


Who did you overlook in your past?
Peers, my own potential.


What have you overcome?
Near blindness, shyness. 


Where your ideal place to live?
Haven’t found it yet


What words do you live by?

Be Nobody’s Darling / Alice Walker

“Be nobody's darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.

Watch the people succumb
To madness
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.

Be an outcast;
Be pleased to walk alone
(Uncool)
Or line the crowded
River beds
With other impetuous
Fools.

Make a merry gathering
On the bank
Where thousands perished
For brave hurt words
They said.

Be nobody's darling;
Be an outcast.
Qualified to live
Among your dead.”

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