Note from the editor: Hey Everyone, Ryan here. Typically speaking Heather interviews everyone on our team before she publishes these cool interviews. But she though it would be kind of weird to interview herself. At the very least it would be super meta.
So it’s my pleasure to introduce to you the first person I ever hired, Heather. She jumped on board without hesitation. I was drowning, and she came in and started contributing right away. I didn’t even know what I needed help with, so the fact that she was able to contribute in a meaningful way with little to no direction speaks volumes about the type of employee and friend she is.
She’s also a Seattle Seahawks fan, which I’m willing to overlook for today only. Meet Heather and be sure to follow and say hi to her on Twitter!
What knowledge/experience do you have that brought you to WPSC?
Funny story…compared to the rest of the team, I’m a total WordPress novice. I’ve dabbled in blogging, but that’s about it. What I do bring is lots of editorial, organizational and getting sh*t done experience. I’ve worked in retail, been a waitress, been a legal assistant and even worked in corporate real estate.
What’s your dream vacation destination?
Cinque Terre or Santorini. I’ve only been on the Meditteranean once and it was cold and rainy. I was in Nice, France and it was a holiday – so all the restaurants were closed.
Except McDonalds. So I ate at McDonalds in France and I actually cried, hand to Jesus. Bitter, bitter disappointment.
I need a redo, and I want to go back and bask in the sun and eat all the things.
If you had 24 hours by yourself with no distractions, how would you spend it?
Here’s the thing about having 24 hours with no distractions…I wouldn’t know what to do with myself! So I’d probably sit around and drink a pot of coffee while I tried to plan what to do with my free 24 hours. Then I’d look at the clock and freak out because I’ve been sitting drinking coffee for five hours and 12 minutes.
Really though? I’d check into a hotel that has room service by myself. And nobody can call me unless it’s life or death. Note to my family: this does not include not being able to locate the television remote.
What are the worst and best jobs you’ve ever had and why?
I’ll start with the worst. I’ve had some bad ones, but I had actually blocked this one from my memory till right this moment, it was so awful.
I worked at an after hours answering service for doctors. I might have lasted a month there, if that. I’ve generally got a pretty thick skin, but getting yelled at my someone who is looking for a refill on a controlled substance because they ‘lost it’ or it ‘was stolen’ is pretty much the worst.
A close second was working in insurance defense. That’s pretty was soul killing, but I did learn that I needed REALLY good auto insurance, always, with tons of uninsured motorist coverage.
My best job, besides this one (natch), was in corporate real estate for a very large coffee company that shall remain nameless. The perks (#dadjoke) were awesome. There were coffee stations on each floor where you could make whatever coffee drink you wanted, all day long. If you know me, you know that this is how I imagine Heaven. Also, it sounds super nerdy, but I really loved helping negotiate deals and poring over contracts.
Editor’s Note: The qualifying statement about this being your best job was a nice touch, especially with your employee review coming up.
What inspires you?
My family. My husband who inspires me constantly with how much he’s accomplished. My kids, who are ridiculous and hilarious and infuriating and brilliant.
And my parents. They’ve set an incredible example of what it means to be honest, hardworking and just good people.
What is the the most unexpected/shameful song in your playlist?
I have a lot of questionable Swedish pop, and not even as legit as Abba. I’m talking about Roxette…and Ace of Base.
Who would play you in WPSC, the Movie?
Back in the day, I was told I looked like the girl in Cocktail or Adventures in Babysitting. Which is the same person. Elisabeth Shue. I’ll go with that, even if it’s delusional and no one has said it for fifteen years.
If I could make money off my knowledge of useless pop culture trivia…I’d still work here. Because how much money could you make off of that anyway? But I am a freakish vault of random facts of no use.
I also roll my ankles all the time and recover in about five minutes. Which comes in handy seeing that I’m incredibly klutzy.
What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Write a novel. I once had great aspirations of being a writer. Now, I’m lucky to get a blog post in now and then.
Binge watching shows on Netflix. Right now I’m in the middle of The X-Files. Before that it was Fuller House. Shut up.
My fave binge watches have been, in no particular order: The Killing, Call the Midwife, Bloodline, Twin Peaks and Gossip Girl (Chuck Bass 4EVER).
Oh, and Halt and Catch Fire, because Lee Pace is ridiculously good.
Best new tech – favorite gadget?
I’m kind of obsessed with the Amazon Echo. I love being able to yell at something across the room and have it obey. Nothing else in my life does this, kids and dogs included.
Side note: my kids are obsessed with it too and I find random and weird grocery lists they’ve added.
If I went with what I just ate, it’d be super boring, so I’ll go with what my last meal ever on earth would be if I got to choose…and that would have to be really amazing Greek food. And I’d want everything…spanakopita, gyro, agvolemono soup, dolma, and so garlicky it’ll kick your ass tzatziki with some fresh pita. And of course, baklava.
Favorite place on the planet.
The San Juan Islands in Washington State on a perfectly warm day, with access to a boat and crab pot full of Dungeness.
Hey, it’s Ryan again. If you have any questions for Heather, be sure to hit her up in the comments! Have you liked getting to know our team?