Sydney's Twenty Questions
I was a kid that didn’t stick to a whole lot of activities when I was growing up. I had a year of ballet, a few years of softball. In Junior High I played Volleyball and Basketball for my school, but there were so few girls that if I didn’t play it would be extra difficult for there to be a team. I played the flute from probably 4th grade until Senior year in High School, where I played in the Symphonic Band, did Flag Corp in Marching band, was in choir and swing choir. High School is where my love of theatre started to flourish.
#2 Soup or salad?
I definitely eat more salads than I do soups. I love all of the toppings you can throw on there and make it interesting or to fit your mood.
#3 Villain or hero?
Villains are far more interesting to watch and analyze. Some of my favorite characters are villains - I love all of the quirky, strange villains on “Gotham”, but Batman is my favorite comic book-turned cartoon/movie/TV Show. I’ll watch nearly any Batman-themed entertainment through.
#4 Morning person or nightowl?
Is midmorning to mid afternoon person an option? I love sleep, so whenever possible, I’ll get between 8 - 10 hours. I enjoy being awake when the sun is up.
#5 Mountains or beaches?
I didn’t initially come to Chicago for the incredible lake views or skyline, but I’ve really come to love them. Being from Lincoln, NE, which is very flat and very landlocked, having water nearby has been really lovely. So at the moment, I’m going to choose beaches.
#6 Suggest a straight play that kids should check out:
I just saw “Dog Man: The Musical”. (Cheating her a bit since it's a musical and not a straight play!) I listened to the music and it’s super fun, although sometimes a little strange. I’ve never read the books, and I am thinking that maybe I need to.
#7 What’s a piece of advice someone gave to you, that’s stuck with you?
My Great Aunt Bernie told me told catch my dreams and don’t let them go while looking out a car window about to take off, I can still see her face and her body language in the moment she told me that.
#8 What’s a book that’s stuck with you?
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I remember the delight of reading this story. I also love Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from Trader Joe’s
Chicken in a Biscuit Crackers
#10 Describe your favorite mug.
I have a few. One is painted by my grandmother on my dad’s side that I newly acquired at this past Christmas from my mom. Another is a rather small mug that has a picture of a geometric rooster on the side of it that I imagine was used by my grandpa on my mom’s side. Another is a dark blue mug with Mt. Rushmore on either side from a vacation my family took. My favorite travel mug is one that my brother Jack gave me with the Wonder Woman symbol on the side. I also have a dream that I will repurpose all of my broken mugs as succulent planters. This dream, though within reach, has yet to come to fruition.
#11 If you were going to live somewhere other than Chicago, where would it be and why would you live there?
I would probably be in Lincoln, NE because that’s where most of my family lives.
#12 What’s your favorite fairytale? Why?
My favorite adaptation of the Cinderella story is an Algonquin Indian folklore called The Rough-Face Girl. I loved the pictures, the focus on internal beauty and the perception of the world that the young girl in the story has.
I would travel a lot and eat all at all of the very best restaurants.
#14 Tell us about your favorite non-artist job.
I was the Cane’s Love Coordinator at Raising Cane’s in Lincoln, NE where I got to show appreciation for the staff and figure out reasons to celebrate at work. It was a super enjoyable gig just trying to add more fun and cheer into a restaurant that really cared about it’s employees, and my managers were super awesome to work with.
#15 What’s the household chore that you would avoid forever if you could?
If my bathroom could be magically clean 100% of the time, that would be awesome.
#16 How do you like to spend a rainy day?
I enjoy spending rainy days being indoors, either reading, doing yoga, singing or sleeping.
#17 What’s your favorite holiday? How do you celebrate it?
I love Halloween. I love seeing everyone’s costumes, and I loved taking my younger siblings trick-or-treating. I grew up in Nebraska where cinnamon rolls and chili are a thing, and we always had this as a meal on Halloween.
#18 What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a country singer, backup singer or a nurse.
#19 What’s your favorite kids’ movie?
My favorite movies with kids in them are “Adventures in Babysitting” and “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead”. As for movies whose primary audience is children, my current favorites are the Toy Story series, Tarzan and Frozen II. My favorite movies as a child included Pooh’s Grand Adventure, Barney’s Great Adventure and The Adventures of Scamper the Penguin. I’m literally just realizing that all of my favorite movies as a kid had “adventure” in the title.
#20 What’s your biggest moment of 2019?
My biggest moment of 2019 is shared with my now husband - we got married in July!