Self Interview 2016, Part 1

  1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called? My name is Tennille, so during the course of my lifetime I’ve had a variety of nicknames. Ten, Toenail, TJ, Nille, TennillaMobilla (thanks to my Dad for that one), T, and T-Nelly. I honestly prefer to be called Tennille OR Ten. My name is weird enough without making changes to it.
  2. What books on your shelf are begging to be read? I have TWO books on my shelf that haven’t been read as of yet, and it’s because I just purchased them. The first is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and the second is Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt.  I love the feeling of curiosity about a new book–not knowing if it’s even going to be good; it’s a bit like dating, except you can throw the book away or sell the book if it’s not one that holds your interest!  All of the other books on my shelf have been read and re-read many times. They’re really like old friends at this point.
  3. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like? I doodle occasionally; I’m not a frequent doodler unless I’m in a meeting and I can’t stay focused. When I do get my doodle on, it’s mostly geometric patterns, faces, or flowers.
  4. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and Turn? Try to get up and do something productive? I toss and turn, sigh, get frustrated, watch TV, read a book…..whatever I can to fall asleep. If I can’t sleep I’ll either get up and do something or I’ll put on an audiobook.
  5. How many days could you last in solitary confinement? How would you do it? I really enjoy being by myself, but I don’t know that I could last a long time in a small space without anything to do. I think I’d start over-thinking about the past and it would eventually drive me absolutely crazy. I’d give it a maximum or two hours.
  6. Do you save old greeting cards and letters? Throw them away? I sometimes save greeting cards; it just depends on who the card is from. I still have the last birthday card that my Grandma Johnson ever sent me–the $20 that was inside didn’t last quite as long, I’m afraid.
  7. Who is the biggest pack rat you know? This question could get me killed. (Laughs.) In the interest of staying alive, let’s move to the next one.
  8. When making an entrance into a party, do you make your presence known? Do you slip in and look for someone you know? Do you sneak in quietly and find a safe spot to roost? I don’t really like to make my presence known at a party. I just walk in and join the festivities–I make the rounds looking for people I know and then I stay in a comfortable area where I can “people watch.” I think people watching is sometimes the best part of the party.
  9. What is your strongest sense? If you had to give one up, which would it be? My strongest sense is probably my eyesight, followed by my hearing. I couldn’t give either of those up, as I’m a musician and those are pretty crucial. If I had to give up a sense, I would probably give up taste. It would be difficult, but not as difficult as losing sight or hearing, and I’d lose some weight if I couldn’t enjoy my food.
  10. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror? I look at myself in the mirror several times a day, usually I’m washing my hands.
  11. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child? I can’t really think of anything “deep” at the moment–I can only think of misheard song lyrics, mainly in The Little Mermaid. There’s a part when Ariel sings “bright young women, sick of swimming” and I always thought she was singing “pregnant women, sick of swimming.” Oops.
  12. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up? I really enjoy my “me time”. It’s just an hour or so when I write/draw/paint/read and clear my head.
  13. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know? I’m lucky to have really kind people in my life–it’s easier to pick out who is the biggest jerk.
  14. How often do you read the newspaper? Which paper? Which sections? I don’t read the newspaper, but sometimes I read the Houston Chronicle online ( I just don’t have the time to devote to reading the full paper. I have time to check out articles here and there.
  15. Which animals scare you most? Why? I don’t like snakes (danger noodles) and I definitely don’t like spiders. Those aren’t really animals, but they are scary for sure.
  16. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on? I hate conflict and avoid it at all cost. It takes SO much for me to admit that something is wrong and talk to someone if I have a problem, but I do it if I have to. If something’s bothered me for a while I will eventually talk to the person about it.
  17. What was the most recent compliment you’ve received and savoured? I don’t know about savouring it, but after running two rehearsals of middle school All-Region members, one student from another school came up to me and said “I think you’re the most fun orchestra teacher I’ve ever had.” That really made me happy. I was glad to be able to make rehearsal a good experience for that student.
  18. What is something about yourself that you hope will change, but probably never will? I hope that someday I fall in love and that love is returned fully….and that we’ll be together until this life is over. Perhaps that’s a little cheesy, but a girl can hope.
  19. Are you a creature of habit? I am somewhat a creature of habit. I go to work every day, I run errands, I watch TV, I go to bed. That’s my life MOST days (and I’m okay with it), but occasionally I’ll feel spontaneous and throw a wrench in the usual plans.

20. Are you high maintenance? Explain. Am I high maintenance on a normal basis? I don’t think I am. There are certain situations where I can lean that way, like if something is changing big time I need time to prepare mentally. (Change is not fun!!)  In my relationships, I’d say I can lean toward high maintenance. I expect time, communication, closeness….if I don’t get those things I tend to feel really unhappy in a relationship. That being said, I don’t expect ALL of my guy’s time….I like having time to myself as well. I don’t expect fancy things or constant dates. Sometimes I just like to snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie together.

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