Having moved away, I have only had the chance to see good Minnesotan friend Elizabeth Burke for a couple hours one December day in the past year. But after reading this latest interview, it sounds like the way things are going over at that Burke-Assmann house, chances are I wouldn’t be seeing a lot of Liz if we were still in Minneapolis! From new babies to new houses, I should be thankful Liz managed to find time to answer this silly blog interview!

1. Hello Elizabeth, how are you today?

I am doing very well. Feeling very honored your readers have requested an update on my life. Hopefully this puts an end to all the letters you’ve been getting.

2. Congratulations on the purchase of your new house! Tell us about your new abode and why it’s an improvement over the Eagan house.

It’s so great. The house itself is such a huge improvement from a townhouse. We have more space, a deck, a big yard and a secret room behind a revolving bookshelf. Living on the west side of the cities has been a great improvement as well. With a baby who still cries in the car it’s so much better to be 30 minutes closer to most family and friends. I’m just in heaven.

3. How is motherhood going? Are things becoming easier?

Motherhood is finally getting better. It was miserable at first. I wished I was Leah’s aunt instead of her mom. I mean, I loved her like crazy but I really didn’t want to have to take full responsibility of her. But now that she’s done being nasty, I enjoy being her mom. I’m still getting used to the shock of not being able to do anything for myself (go to the gym, go to target, take a shower) without asking someone else for help with Leah, but it is much better. When I look at parenthood minute by minute its really hard and I wonder why anyone chooses to put themselves through it. But then when I step back and look at the big picture it’s amazing and worth every second.

4. How are you enjoying being a stay-at-home mom instead of the 9-to-5 grind at an office job?

Grind. I didn’t know grind until I had a baby. I am thankful for the opportunity to be the one to raise Leah every day, but working full time is a joke compared to being a stay at home mom. I had no idea. I am still convinced it will get to be much easier when she is a little older, but maybe I’ll look back in two years and laugh at this comment. Probably.

5. Have you picked up on any good daytime TV now that you’re usually home during the day?

Unfortunately, I don’t get to watch too much TV but I have learned that ABC Family has ridiculously inappropriate shows for a family. Leah will not be allowed to watch that channel.

6. What are the funniest or weirdest things Leah does?


7. Do you miss the Metrodome?

Just the Hormel Row of Fame. I never got to be a weiner winner.

8. After my debut at Valleyfair in 2002, we have now known each other for over ten years. Who from the Valleyfair days surprises you the most that you both are and are not in contact with anymore?

Great question. I am surprised that Casey and I are not in touch anymore. He is one of my favorite people and we did stay in touch until about 2004. But after he moved to New York and the days of Omaha road trips came to an end, we fell out of touch. It’s his birthday on the 4th of July!

I am surprised to be back in touch with Rose Reynolds! I always loved Rose but we never did much outside of work. And her living in New Mexico makes it even less likely we would be in touch. But babies bring people together! It’s been great catching up with her.

9. What do you think are the chances you’ll ever make it to Austin to visit the Glanzers?

Chances before I had a baby: 100%. Chances after I had a baby: 6%. Again, it’s all about having to ask someone else for help with your baby to do anything for yourself. The longer you stay in Austin and the older Leah gets, the higher that percentage gets. I want to visit!

10. I just overheard a co-worker say he was driving his family from Texas to Tennessee and then Florida and back to visit different aunts over 4th of July in the family station wagon. If you were forced to make this road trip with him and his family, what would you do to pass the time?

I thought you might ask me this. I’d probably ask you to make me a long list of “would you rather”s and spend hours rattling them off to your coworker and his family and insist we discuss each one thoroughly. Starting with one involving mopping floors of arcades with naked valleyfair employees.

11. Do you think there will be any additions to the Burke-Assmann family anytime soon, whether it is humans or felines?

Definitely no felines. Or canines. I can’t imagine anyone else needing one second of my time right now. And humans are on hold now, too. The idea of having another baby isn’t as crazy as it felt a few months ago, but I’m still not taking any maternity clothes out of storage.

12. Well thanks for joining us today, Liz! Any closing remarks?

Screw Celine Dion!