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Skinny Dip with Lisa Bullard

Turn Left at the CowWhat keeps you up at night?

I don’t need any­thing to keep me up at night—I am almost always up at night no mat­ter what! When I have morn­ing oblig­a­tions, I force myself to go to bed at a rea­son­able time. But when I have a few days in a row where I don’t have to get up “ear­ly,” my bed­time slips to a lat­er and lat­er time—until I am reg­u­lar­ly stay­ing up until 3:00 or 4:00 in the morn­ing. The very ear­ly morn­ing hours (before I have been to bed) are a very cre­ative time for me. But very ear­ly morn­ing hours AFTER I have been to bed—on days I have to get up super-early—are a night­mare!

What is your proud­est career moment?

See­ing my name on the cov­er of a book for the first time (it was my pic­ture book Not Enough Beds!) still ranks as one of the biggest thrills of my life. I deter­mined in 5th grade that some­day I would become a pub­lished author, and I was real­ly proud to have made that dream come true.

Describe  your favorite pair of paja­mas ever

When I was a lit­tle girl, my grand­ma gave me a light-blue night­gown that had light-blue fake fur around the neck and the bot­tom of the sleeves. I thought it was the most glam­orous thing I had ever owned, and I wore it until it was in tat­ters.

In what Olympic sport would you like to win a gold medal?

I grew up in the north­ern part of Min­neso­ta, where I took fig­ure skat­ing lessons and skat­ed in ice shows. I would love to win a gold medal in fig­ure skating—it’s such a beau­ti­ful and ath­let­ic sport!

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

I don’t know if it was brave or stu­pid, but I did scare off a bad guy when I was in col­lege. I was on a trip to Europe with class­mates, and some of us were walk­ing through the Lon­don sub­way sys­tem late at night when a guy start­ed in our direc­tion in a men­ac­ing fash­ion. Rather than run­ning away, which prob­a­bly would have been the smart thing to do, I threw myself in front of my com­pan­ions, lift­ed my chin, and growled at him. He took one look at me mak­ing my “Dude, I’m scari­er than you are” face and ran off. I’ve since fig­ured out that I can be very brave when I’m pro­tect­ing oth­er peo­ple, but not nec­es­sar­i­ly when it’s just about me!

What’s the first book you remem­ber read­ing?

I think it might have been Snow by Roy McK­ie and P.D. East­man, one of Dr. Seuss’ Begin­ner Books. It was def­i­nite­ly from that series. I was real­ly proud that I could read the entire book to my mom, but my teacher secret­ly told her that rather than actu­al­ly read­ing, I had mem­o­rized the whole book and was recit­ing it back.

What TV show can’t you turn off?

I like goofy things, so I am a huge fan of Fnd­ing Big­foot—noth­ing makes me laugh hard­er than watch­ing those true believ­ers (and one skep­tic) roam­ing through the woods, howl­ing and knock­ing on trees in the hopes of attract­ing the atten­tion of Big­foots (and yes, that is a cor­rect plur­al usage). There is some­thing about the seek­ers’ wide-eyed cer­tain­ty that some­day Big­foot will show up for the cam­eras that I can’t resist.


One Response to Skinny Dip with Lisa Bullard

  1. David LaRochelle April 5, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

    That night­gown sounds fab­u­lous, Lisa!

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