From The Collective.
Why were you given your particular name?
I'm guessing that my parents just liked the name Deborah. And there is the precedent of the truly awesome woman named Deborah in the Bible (Judges 4-5). But my secret theory (which won't be particularly secret if it's posted on my blog, and also my mom reads my blog anyway) is that my mom wanted to name me after her favorite heroine (Harriet Vane) of her favorite writer (Dorothy Sayers) but couldn't bring herself to burden me with the name of Harriet so she picked Harriet's middle name (revealed to be Deborah in Gaudy Night for sure, perhaps in other books as well) instead.
What is your favorite thing to do?
Have long earnest talks with close friends, while sipping a frappucino and nibbling a yummy treat.
What is your favorite food?
I can't pick just one, but I really like sweet potatoes and guavas.
What is your favorite book?
Again, I can't pick just one. But a book that I truly enjoyed and that influenced me in a profound way is a pithy volume by the name of A Child's History of the World. It was part of my 4th grade Calvert curriculum, and it awakened in me a profound longing for and fascination with the world of antiquity, particularly the languages, literatures, and cultures thereof.
What is your favorite candy bar?
Oh wow, this is hard. It depends on my mood. Butterfingers is often a good choice, or peanut or dark chocolate M&Ms.
What is your favorite cookie?
Fresh-baked homemade chocolate chip cookie.
What is your favorite sport?
To watch or to play? I like to both view and participate (even if I'm not any good) in dancesport, hockey, and football (soccer to some people).
What is your favorite song?
Oh, so difficult! But really, one song that never fails to reach deep into my soul is the overture to Rossini's Barber of Seville.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Wife mama writer scholar journalist theologian archaeologist scientist inventor musician singer songwriter dancer advocate for the vulnerable.
What place would you like to visit?
Classical sites in Turkey, Greece, and Italy.
What is your favorite thing about your mom?
She is amazing and a great role model, because she is dedicated to doing her best at the tasks that God has given her, and she is passionate about things that she believes in.
What is your favorite thing about yourself? What are three adjectives that best describe you?
My favorite thing about myself? Oddly enough, it's also my least favorite thing about myself. I'm actually pretty good at a lot of stuff. The sad part is that I'm not really great at anything. Three adjectives that describe me? Loyal, determined, chilly (as in, I get cold a lot).
In five years, what kind of person will you be?
I don't know but if I had to guess: Exhausted. I'd like to be more organized and disciplined, though.
In ten years, what kind of person will you be?
Even more organized and disciplined! Also, (I hope) probably I will be the kind of person who can be resilient and meet any situation with maturity and a good sense of humor.