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Interview With My Best Friend

meet my best friend!

Guess what!!  My best friend came to visit me in Iowa! (: Alex flew into Cedar Rapids on Thursday night and just left this morning (crying).  But we had SO much fun catching up and exploring Iowa together!  I thought it would be a perfect time for you all to get to know her, so I decided to conduct a very professional interview. (; There are some fast facts for you to study up on, as well as some questions from Instagram that she answered… and I also threw in some questions of my own just for fun!  Alex very much enjoyed being interviewed (I think), so we really hope you have fun learning more about her!  Without further ado… introducing Alex Hamby!

fast facts!

Favorite color: Periwinkle blue

Favorite movie: She’s The Man

Favorite song: “Holiday” by Green Day or “Brick by Boring Brick” by Paramore

Favorite artist: Paramore

Favorite holiday: Valentine’s Day

Next place you want to visit: California

Dream place to live: Seattle

Most controversial opinion: I think it’s okay for trans people to use either bathroom.  (She also thinks bathrooms should just one big area that’s available for everyone to use, not separate rooms.)

Age: 20

Height: 5’9″

Dream job: Anything with advertising and/or designing

Favorite concert you’ve been to: Definitely Carrie Underwood

Favorite place you’ve visited: Seattle and Vegas

Favorite podcast: Morbid

Love language: Acts of Service – buy me flowers or make dinner or show up to my work, unannounced, with a coffee in hand

Instagram Q+A

What have you been up to?

Working.  I work 6 days a week, and I’m getting ready to start school.  I’ve also been watching a lot of Charmed and SVU.  A LOT of SVU.

Any future plans you want to share?

In the winter, I’ll be starting cosmetology school and moving in with my dad where I’ll be able to redo his whole basement to make it into my own little living center.

What’s your all-time favorite memory?

My cousin Emily and I, when we were kids, would go to my Nana’s house every morning and listen to VH1 and MTV music videos until it was over.  Then we would go upstairs and eat chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I want to be doing nails on the side or as a profession.  I want to live on my own, and that’s about it.  I hope to have visited at least 40 states by then.

What are you most proud of yourself for?

I’m proud of myself for moving out and living on my own, and learning how to budget my money and financing my car.

What’s your dream proposal scenario?

It would be at night overlooking a big city, stargazing, and then he just asks.

My dream wedding would be fairy tale-themed.

No kids.  How am I supposed to be the funny aunt when I have kids?

What is your first memory with me?

We were standing in the gym at Hallett, getting ready to start a game of basketball, and I was crying because my dad lifted you up to make a basket and didn’t lift me up.

What’s your favorite memory with me?

One of my favorite memories was trying to get up onto the fence outside of the softball fields to take a picture, but we couldn’t get up fast enough, and at one point, I ripped a hole in the back of my pants.

What would you say is the ideal job for me (and what do I think is the ideal job for you)?

A: My ideal job for you is something with high-energy and is always changing because you need stimulation, so maybe… maybe, like, an executive assistant of some sort.  But maybe in healthcare somehow, so, like, a hospital manager or administrator so you have stability of working in one place but also high-energy and always something different and always something to do.

M: I feel like your ideal job is hands-on, and you’re actively working with people… indoors.  I think something in digital marketing or advertising, or cosmetology.

3 words to describe each other?

A: Drive, brave, risk-taker

M: Outgoing, bold, energizing (when indoors)

How are we similar, and how are we different?

I think we’re similar in the way that we think about things sometimes… like, we have the same kind of ideologies and similar wants for people and things like that.  But I also think we’re similar in the way that we’re crackheads and in the way that we just want people to live and not fight.  

I think we’re different because you’re more adventurous – you’re more like, “I want to bungee jump off a cliff,” and I’m more like, “How high is the cliff?  How safe is that rope?”  And I also think we’re different because you go out of your way to help people right away, versus I like to make a plan and think it through.  You’re more spontaneous about those kinds of things.

How do you know when you’re ready to move out, and how did you prepare for that?

I knew I was ready to move out when I was already working a lot of my own, and I didn’t feel like my home felt like a home anymore.  And I was just ready to start a new chapter.  There isn’t a way to tell I was ready because I was still scared, but I got a lot of help along the way, so that was nice.  

I started saving half of every paycheck, so I did that for the first couple months, and then my roommate and I started looking for apartments.  We made a lot of lists to describe what we thought we would need, and you pretty much just pick the rest up as you go.

When did you guys lose your v-cards?

A: I was 18, and it was the weekend after the 4th of July.

M: I was 17, and it was at the end of September 2018.

What was your favorite part of my wedding?

I had a good time dancing… I guess you could say my favorite part was the slideshow where I balled like a little baby.  Or the bouquet toss, that was fun.  I guess I just enjoyed your whole wedding; even setting up was fun.

When did you realize Marissa was clinically insane?

Umm… probably when we went to Oregon together.  It also could’ve been when we did “Screenshot for Slap” on Snapchat; that was intense, and I was 5-starred for weeks.

Is Raising Cane’s worth the hype?

It’s not better than Popeye’s… it was good, but it’s not better than Popeye’s.  I’d say it’s slightly better than Chick-fil-A.

Who do you like and dislike from YOU? (Warning: some spoilers are mentioned in our answers!)

A: I love… I actually love Joe.  Love is crazy, but I have a soft spot in my heart for her.  There weren’t too many people from previous seasons that I loved… I didn’t like Peach.  She was irritating.  I also didn’t really like Forty, and I was fine that he died.  Delilah was irritating, too.  You know who I loved?  THEO!  I had no problems with him, expect for the fact that he was potentially going after a married woman with a baby.  I don’t have an opinion on Benji, but I thought the way he died was really funny.

M: I absolutely love Love for no reason; I wish she would’ve lived and Joe hadn’t.  I have a soft spot in my heart for Joe, but I also can’t stand him sometimes.  They were absolutely perfect together, and I will admit, I almost cried during the season finale (why did they have to play “Exile”???).  I also hated Peach.  Maybe an unpopular opinion: Beck was incredibly boring (the first season was the worst out of them all, but it was still so good??).  I was pretty indifferent about Forty, and I hated Candance (sorry, but I could not feel bad for her; she was too irritating).  I loved Theo and Matthew, but honestly, Marianne was kind of annoying.  Dottie and I have a love-hate relationship; she’s incredibly toxic but also so brutally honest and I love that.

Anything else you want to share?

I didn’t go to college right away because I felt like it wasn’t for me at the time.  I don’t think you should be forced to go to college, and I think that’s something your readers should know because there are so many other options!

Also, shoutout to my cat, Mercy.  She takes medicine.

Go follow Alex on Instagram! (: @alex_hamby

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