Studioenp: What’s your favourite drink and why?
Liz: Alcohol. Oh, you mean more specifically? OK, I really love a hazy, “juicy” IPA (India Pale Ale) or a well-crafted Pilsner. In wine I prefer a big fat Italian red like Amarone (when I can afford it). I’m a bourbon gal (from Kentucky, natch) but don’t like it mixed unless you really know what you’re doing with a proper Old Fashioned. It’s meant to be sipped, with a single ice cube. Oh but I won’t turn down a nice gin and tonic.
Non-alcoholic: plain water, dark roast coffee, a nice PG Tips cuppa (I lived in England a few years and now crave one right around 3 pm. Everyday), or proper kombucha (not the overly processed kind.)
Studioenp: It all sounds delish! Like, we could drink it by the bucket load. Speaking of buckets… What’s on your bucket list?
Liz: Three weeks in Italy where money is no object. But I did just see this amazing video about a hotel in Kenya where giraffes are allowed to eat through the high windows. While this is no doubt unhealthy for the giraffes, they are my favourite animal so that just got added to the list.
Studioenp: Ha! Saw a picture of giraffes doing that, so maybe it was the same hotel. If you had to eat the same meal every day, what would it be?
Liz: I’m narrowing in on my first full year as a vegetarian and I think I’d eat this amazing recipe for vegetarian enchilada casserole every day if I had to.
Studioenp: Yum yum! What’s your phobia and why?
Liz: Heights. I have no idea why. I’ve never fallen from one or anything but the older I get, the less likely I am to even go up too high on a ladder.
Rodents come in a close second.
Studioenp: Paul is with you on both of those things. Shudder. In your spare time—if you have any!—what’s the thing you do that makes you feel the most you?
Liz: Reading. Or naps. I love naps.
Studioenp: Naps are good. Are you an extrovert or introvert?
Liz: I’m one of those hybrid types. I don’t shy away from public speaking at all and sometimes really enjoy an audience. I used to give tours of the brewery I founded and used to get specific requests that I give them as word got around about how much fun they were. However, sometimes I wake up and think “If I have to ‘people’ today I’m going to scream.” I try to honour those days by steering clear of said people since chances are I’ll be crabby.
Studioenp: Know exactly what you mean. Tell us one thing about yourself that not many people know.
Liz: I’m a preacher’s kid. I don’t consider myself “religious” in the current, pejorative sense of the word but I am a believer and attend church albeit irregularly. I feel that it grounds me in stressful times. I love to sing hymns and listen to comforting, familiar verses, but my church is one of those that marches against injustice, feeds the homeless, and harbours families trying to avoid being deported.
I would never attend any church that didn’t do things like that since that kind of is what Jesus would do. I guess you could say I’m spiritual, believe in God and evolution, and I think the movie Dogma is flipping hilarious so I’d take Alanis Morrisette as my God any day of the week.
Studioenp: Paul likes Dogma. Em finds the quiet of a church very therapeutic, although she hasn’t stepped inside one for many years now. If money were no object, what’s the first thing you’d buy just for yourself?
Liz: A facelift from the set of surgeons who do all of Jane Fonda’s work. Yeah. Shallow. Sue me.
Studioenp: Same for Em—plus a boob job. What’s one outrageous thing you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the courage?
Liz: I was president of the drama club in high school and always believed that I’d tread some boards somewhere as an adult. But adulting (I had kids much earlier than I thought I might—that’s another story, of course) got in my way and I got too busy. I’d like to think I would have been pretty good at it. Who knows? Might still try it.
Studioenp: Yes, it’s never too late! What’s the best thing you’ve ever done?
Liz: As hard as it was and as miserable as I believed myself to be at times while in the midst of it—raising my kids was and still is the best thing I’ve ever done. I had my son when I was twenty-five (see above: “way early”) and fumbled my way through as a young mom with a spouse who was married to his career trajectory (it’s ok. It worked out). I have two daughters as well (the last one a big old “surprise”) so I joke that of my three only one was planned, since when my son turned two, I was possessed by some kind of evolutionary duty and wanted another one so badly I could taste it. It was weird. But my husband passed me in the hall, and bam I was knocked up. (Ok, it wasn’t just that but it’s my way of saying that we are fertile turtles. See: “surprise” #3 kid).
We schlepped these kids through three different countries (see: spousal career trajectory) over the course of seven years, and my job was to keep them balanced and human in the midst of all that chaos. I like to think I did good works there. We returned in time for everyone to experience their drama-filled teenaged years on American soil, and now #1 and only son is about a year from having a PhD in Pharmacology, Planned #2 will graduate with a degree in engineering this December, and Surprise Soccer Star #3 plays her game for a major university and is headed to veterinarian school in two years. Not to take any credit for that but…hell, yeah, I’m taking some credit.
Studioenp: And so you should. Sounds like you’ve had a very full and interesting life so far—long may it continue! Thank you so much for taking the time to be with us today, and we wish you well in all your future endeavours!