Friday, February 09, 2007

The Thorne Interviews #1 - Emi

Thorne: Hello, Gentle Readers. As many of you already know, my name is Thorne. And I'd like to welcome you to the first in my series of "Interviews of the Treehouse".

Thorne: I thought I would begin my series of interviews with a person you haven't seen on either Miranda Wandering, or the blog of Gage the Bunny, but one that neither of those blogs could exist without. You see, managing everything here at the Treehouse takes an incredible level of creativity, resourcefulness, exceptional time management skills, as well as impeccable organizational ability.

Wendy (behind camera): Aww, thanks Thorne.

Thorne: None of which being traits that Wendy possesses...

Wendy (behind camera): HEY!

Thorne: ...and so, Wendy hired one of the most important people in the entire Treehouse, her own personal assistant. May I introduce to you now, Ms. Emi Aurelian.

Emi: Hi.

Thorne: Hi Emi. Thanks for joining us.

Emi: Thank you, It's great to be here.

Thorne: So Emi, you're not originally from Colorado. Can you tell us a little bit about where you're from and your background?

Emi: Sure, Thorne. Um... I'm originally from Japan, though I don't really remember much about that time. I then moved to Florida, where I lived with a lovely family. When Wendy put out on the internet that she was looking to hire a personal assistant, I applied for the job and got it. And here I am.

Thorne: And how do you like Colorado so far?

Emi: It's okay. I've never seen snow before, and there's been an awful lot of it.

Thorne: Indeed.

Thorne: Have you had any specialized training that would have prepared you to have the unlimited patience that it would take to work for someone as completely disorganized as Wendy?

Wendy (behind camera): HEY!!!!

Emi: (laugh) Well, I had a kid sister in Florida that taught me a lot about patience. Good kid though. And Wendy's a great boss, so it hasn't been difficult working for her at all. She's a very "hands off" kind of boss, which I really appreciate. It's much harder to work for someone who is constantly double checking you and doubting your skill.

Thorne: Well, you seem to handle things very well, Emi. How do you like working with all the various denizens of the Treehouse? Are they a strange bunch?

Emi: They're not so bad. Each and every person here at the Treehouse is individual and has their own "things". So far I haven't met anyone I didn't like. It's an interesting situation, having such a varied group of individuals all coming together and getting along as well as they do.

Thorne: Do you have much to do with the "hiring" process?

Emi: Well, Wendy and Trygve have final say, of course, on anyone's entrance to the Treehouse. I get to review the applications, and I do the preliminary interviews. If I don't feel someone would fit in here, Wendy will listen and so far we've never disagreed.

Thorne: And you're also the one who handles any personal problems between members of the Treehouse crew?

Emi: I tend to be the one people come to with their problems, and I do tend to step in as a mediator when necessary. But it's very rare that it comes down to that.

Thorne: How much do you help Wendy with the day to day activities of the Treehouse?

Emi: I try as much as I can, but it's a huge house, and it's a lot to keep track of. Wendy is very busy, and it can sometimes be difficult for her to get to everything. You know?

Thorne: Like the laundry pile that's rumored to have a lost village of tinies living in it?

Wendy (behind camera): What? Why you!

Emi: (smile) Um... I feel that we have no comment on that at this time. I have to say, though, that Trygve has been incredibly helpful, and I've found him to be very easy going and great to work with. I'm very fortunate to have the great employers that I do.

Thorne: Okay Emi, questions stolen directly from "In the Actors' Studio". Ready?

Emi: Sure thing.

Thorne: What is your favorite word?

Emi: Love.

Thorne: What is your least favorite word?

Emi: Goodbye.

Thorne: What turns you on (creatively, spiritually or emotionally)?

Emi: The dawning of a new day, all that potential. I love mornings.

Thorne: What turns you off?

Emi: Bias, hatred and preconceived notions.

Thorne: What sound do you love?

Emi: Birds chirping and running water.

Thorne: What sound do you hate?

Emi: Heavy traffic with honking horns.

Thorne: When do you think Wendy will actually get around do doing any laundry?

Wendy (behind camera): THORNE! Oh you are....

Emi: (laughing)

Thorne: Well, that appears to be all the time we have tonight.

Wendy (behind camera): (muttering) Oh you are definitely out of time, Mister!

Thorne: I would like to thank my guest, the lovely Emi Aurelian. And I would like to thank you, Gentle Readers for joining us. Please join us next time for our National Geographic special edition, where I take an armed expedition into the dangerous territory of Wendy's closet, searching for the lost tribe of Laudricus.

Wendy (behind camera): Oh, that is IT!

Thorne: Farewell, Gentle Readers! Be Well!


Thorne and Guest: Emi Aurelian


  1. Hey Wendy, this was a good way to start the day, with a cup of hot coffee while reading Thorne's interview with Emi. I nearly spilled my coffee laughing when it came to the part of the lost village in the closet. Emi's quite a gal, and oh Thorne what a guy.

  2. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Wendy, I LOVED this! What a fantastic way to intro all of your family. Have you tried tags yet? Organizing the entries by tags means all of the interviews could be found listed together which would be a great help in keeping track of the individual's backgrounds and personalities. Loving it...your work is so fresh and creative.


  3. (giggle, giggle, giggle). Thorne is quite the character. Emi is lovely. Can't wait for the next interview. Great way to start the day, BTW.