May 09, 2012

Geek of the Week: Meet Annika

It's a special Wednesday edition this week!

What's your name?

Where are you from?

What does it mean to you to be a geek/nerd?
Being a geek means to be passionate about something to an extend that may be regarded slightly obsessive-compulsive by other people (i.e., non-geeks). It means knowing a lot about your chosen something and wanting to learn even more about your area of geekiness. It probably also means that you have a collection or two of some kind.

What are 2–5 things you're particularly passionate about?
It's tough to narrow it down, but my main passions probably are:

1. Food
2. Pearl Jam
3. The Lord Of The Rings
4. Etiquette

Why are you passionate about these things?
FOOD—Well, first of all food is what keeps humankind alive. Secondly, cooking has been a hobby I've had since I was a kid. I remember helping my Mama make Christmas cookies, my Papa taking me for a tour of the industrial kitchen he works in, and me asking my Oma for various recipes that I still have today. I love cooking and baking for people and trying new recipes. I love exploring new taste combinations, visiting fancy restaurants and when I travel, I check out the local eateries and delicacies before I pay any attention to the more obvious sights. I love learning new food terms or preparation methods and usually end up lecturing people (Hi, husband!) on these.
Ed. note: I wish I was this passionate about food! Doesn't she make it all sound so beautiful?

PEARL JAM—Eddie Vedder, his voice, their music, the vibe during their concerts (I have been to 5). Is all.

LOTR—The book was my first encounter with the fantasy genre and I adored the magical world which Tolkien created, and his imagination. I have read it several times. I was so glad that the movies lived up to my expectations. When the third one came out, my friend and I went to see it and the two previous ones as a triple feature. I have the extended versions as a box set and have just recently re-watched them all. The same friend and I went to a fantasy festival in the Netherlands to meet the actor who played Haldir. We still quote to each other from the movie and have already arranged to try and catch the premiere of The Hobbit this December. And while we're talking about food: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper?

ETIQUETTE—I think that the world would be a better place if everyone just minded their manners. I always give up my seat when necessary, hold open doors and say "Bless You." I have also been known to reprimand people for tossing away their sweet wrappers in the street or spitting on the sidewalk. I feel it's a fight for a lost cause, though ...

Do you have any special or hidden talents?
I can fall asleep anywhere.

What was your favorite book/movie/TV show/other from 2011?
I really enjoyed the Game Of Thrones books and love the BBC's Being Human. And Masterchef is a must!

What book/movie/TV show/other are you most looking forward to in 2012?
The Hobbit!

Do you have a "go-to" karaoke/Rock Band song? What is it?
"American Pie"

What are three websites you like to visit every day?

Do you have a blog/website/Twitter name/etc. that you'd like to share?

Any additional comments or thoughts?
Thank you for nourishing the geek in me, Mandy! You are my nerdy role model!
Ed. note: Aww! That means so much, Annika!

Annika's bonus questions:

What's your favorite comfort food to have or make for others when you or they are sick?
I think you cannot go wrong with chicken soup (except if the sick person is vegetarian, of course, in which case I would probably cook them a minestrone). Ideally, I'd make the soup with a fresh broth, using a free-range organic chicken, lots of organic carrots, peas, cubes of red pepper and that pasta that is shaped like little stars. I'd sprinkle fresh parsley on top and serve (or get served) the soup in a deep bowl set on a tray with a big spoon, a cloth napkin and a small vase with a flower in it.
Ed. note: Good gracious, I need to be sick in London!

Out of all of the races in LotR—man, elf, hobbit, orc, etc—which would you rather be? Why?
I have thought about this before, and I think I'd be pretty comfortable as a hobbit. To be one of the race of men would be a bit boring, elves carry too much of a burden what with the eternal life and always being so poised, dwarves seem to be looked down on a bit by everybody (ha-ha!) and never really see the light of day, and orcs are just too mean. Hobbits are good-natured, love music and food (like me), get to live in the countryside, enjoy gardening, stories and a good party. Not having to shave my legs any longer would be a bonus!

Thanks, Annika, for being a Geek of the Week!

If you'd like to be a future GotW, please email me.


  1. I'm so happy being here, Mandy! Thanks so much for encouraging me to be one of your geeks! x

  2. Love it! This was a super great interview, and Annika is maybe the most beautiful geek ever!