The Crush Blog is back and better than ever. Well, maybe it’s worse, but let’s try to be positive here. Anyway, after a year’s hiatus (read: jail term) I’m back on the hunt for crushworthy Chicagoans. This time however, I’ll make sure to stay 300 yards away.
September's Crush: Emilie Syberg
Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana.
Profession: Elementary school office manager/school nurse/runner of Drama Club/stern-but-loving taskmaster in regards to Untucked Shirts, Running in the Hall, Illegal Wearing of Nail Polish
Hobbies: Writing. Reading. Weighing my options. Dancing like no one is watching.
What drew you to working in an academic environment?
When I started my current job, I had just started teaching a high school poetry workshop through After School Matters, so it all dovetailed nicely in terms of general schoolishness. And at this point, it's hard to imagine not working someplace where, at any given moment, a five year-old could wander into my office and require my assistance with anything from a nosebleed to heartbreak. I love them bunches.
Are the children really our future?
Are they ever. So be good to those babies.
What's your favorite thing about Chicago?
Aside from its perennially friendly Midwestern vibe, my favorite thing about Chicago is the Nature Walk in the Field Museum. Where else can you gain access to so many delightfully strange examples of taxidermy?
What's your least favorite thing about Chicago?
Years ago, I read an article about how scientists had calculated the most depressing day of the year using a variety of data points; I believe they came up with January 8. The picture accompanying the article was of a woman waiting for the bus in the winter. In Chicago. So. That.
Describe your perfect day:
I had the perfect day once, and it involved a snow day, my best friend, and the viewing--in its entirety--of the Anne of Green Gables PBS miniseries.
Relationship Deal breaker?
It's such a simple thing, and the good Lord knows we can all work on being better listeners, but it is a-m-a-z-i-n-g when I'm on a date with someone and have an entire evening's worth of conversation where it literally doesn't occur to them to ask me a single question. They deliver themselves of a monologue, I listen? Yaaaay! Gotta have some dialogue.
Who was your first crush?
I can’t remember his name, but everyone in my first grade class was crazypants into him. Dreamboat city, as I recall.
Why are you crushworthy?
Legs for days.
Any questions for me?
Is this call being traced?
Bio: When she's not dealing with nosebleeds, Emilie Syberg writes very small plays for her blog, Pocket Plays, and items of literary business for Gapers Block. Once a year, she remembers a vow she once made to memorize the name of every country in the world. One of these years, she'll do it.
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for sites like Pop Matters and
afterellen.com Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," was called “poetic and heartrending” by ALA Booklist. Sarah is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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