Sometimes you just need to take a break from thinking. I mean, it’s not like I don’t have a plethora of other things to write about, but a good friend of mine once said, “Write the blog you would want to read.” And while I enjoy writing and reading about serious things, there are SO MANY OTHER THINGS that are just as fun to read. One is “day in the life” posts, where you talk about what you did in a day, and/or what you ate in a day, another is recipe (YAY!) posts, which will EVENTUALLY make their way on here. #pipedreams. Yet another is just plain and simple, get-to-know-random-facts-about-me-style posts that make the faceless person behind the pen (or keyboard) less of an enigma, and more of a real person. Although being both an enigma and an unreal person is fun at times too. I mean this morning I took a quiz that told me that instead of being a person, I was a chioggia beet. Win. Can’t get to be more random or more of an enigma than that.
This idea was stolen from Jillian, and I had so much fun reading, and relating to hers, I decided to do one of my own! Let’s see how well you know me! Peanut butter brownie points to the person who knows the most things!
25 things you probably don’t know about me:
1.) I’m happiest when… I’m drinking the perfect iced latte and am creating something in my kitchen. Fill my nose with herby smells, and my mouth with the perfect ratio of coffee, to syrup, to soy milk. You got the bestest.
2.) …especially if it … adds in my boyfriend making me laugh at the same time or sneaking up behind me for a hug and a kiss… well, now. That just takes the happiness up another notch.
3.) I’ve always wanted to… travel to Ireland and rent a little cottage in the country. Then I’d explore the GREEN and the coastline either on foot or by bike, and sit and enjoy the view from the quiet cottage by night. Perfect.
4.) My family and I… are super close on my Mom’s side, and are also RIDICULOUSLY competitive and game orientated. Dutch Blitz, Settlers, or Pick Two anyone? Just don’t let Aunt Yvonne play Dutch Blitz, Uncle Dave play Settlers, or me play Pick Two… you’ve been warned.
5.) I was a terrible… soccer player. Dear sweet heaven. Ball comes at me —> I stare at ball —> I see people running towards me—> I panic —-> Split second decision time results in A) me kicking the ball any which way in order to get it away from me (even if I score on my own team) so they stop running towards/chasing me (FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP!) or B) me attempting to kick the ball in part A, missing completely and tripping, falling, and/or spraining something. Yep. Gym class in a nutshell.
6.) My first job was… cleaning my grandmother’s house on Saturdays. When I got tired of NEVER “doing it right” and the process of going INSANE, I got a job as an ice cream server. I actually loved that, and did it for seven years. Yes, seven.
7.) I could probably eat baked oatmeal every day. With peanut butter and banana inside, and vanilla greek yogurt on top, please. Thank you. 12 times a day. ALWAYS!
8.) I wish I could… not be afraid of things. I limit myself so much because my fear always gets in the way.
9.) I was born on the same day as… Cassey Ho. Back in my stuck-in-the-ED days this would have been pretty cool, because I used her exercise videos CONSTANTLY. Now, it just annoys me because that time was NOT FUN AT ALL. Plus all her “clean eating” stuff is ridiculous. No such thing as good and bad foods!! Ah well, I’m sure she’s a fine person in real life.
10.) My all-time favorite films are… The Devil Wears Prada. Hands down, Meryl you are legend.
Also in the mix of pretty close but not quite are Leap Year (for all of you with an Ireland/Irishman crush), The Help (Although not as good as the book), and Finding Nemo (SO CUTE!).
11.) I do a pretty mean… Steve Martin in The Pink Panther impression. I also can immitate his clumsiness quite well at times. And I TOTALLY mean to be doing it at the time… ahem.
12.) I’m still mad… that Rory didn’t choose to marry Logan. Seriously, it just wasn’t right. Add it to the list of things like Christina leaving Grey’s Anatomy, and Dan being Gossip Girl. All so wrong.
13.) I met my husband… someday. We’ll see when. Knowing me though, it’ll probably be whilst I was doing something ridiculously accident prone and clumsily.
14.) I always knew I wanted… To live by the ocean, and in a city. I haven’t gotten there yet, other than a brief stint in Vancouver, which only served to strengthen this desire. I am THE HAPPIEST person when I’m near the ocean and can hear the earth breathe and the sea sigh. Not to mention for some reason it soothes my anxiety, and the abundance of fresh shellfish and seafood to cook with is AMAZING!
Gah… I miss it! And I need it one day again! I’ve had a vision of my dream house since I was 10 or 12, and not only are a few rooms very specific, but also it involves french doors leading to a deck with a view of the ocean. Yep. I know what I’ve always wanted.
15.) I’m not afraid to… change my haircut, length, style, or color. I get super bored with it super easy, and while I’m not too impulsive with much else in my life, I tend to always decide on my hair the moment I sit down in the chair and run with whatever sounds good in that second. It’s super fun, creative, and even the worst ones aren’t permanent.
16.) I make the best… oh dear! This is a tough one! I’ve heard I make the best buddha bowls, and those are 100% my own creation the vast majority of the time. I also have a knack for making Middle Eastern Irani/Jewish food… a lot of that is recipe work and spins on recipes though. My buddha bowls are often spins on their types of spice mixes and herb combinations. LOVE MY CUMIN, CILANTRO, AND ZA’ATAR!
17.) I have absolutely no patience for… people who slack at a paid job when there’s work to be done. You can ask my boyfriend, he’s seen it. I CAN’T STAND the knowledge that there’s something that needs doing, that you’re getting paid TO DO, and you’re standing around. If you want to know how to get on my bad side, that’s one of the number one ways to do it.
18.) I always cry when… honestly I have no idea. I’m not un-emotional by any means, but it takes a lot to make me cry typically. The easiest answer would be when I feel emotionally attacked and as if my character as a person is being questioned. Even then I don’t always cry, but that’s the one I’m most consistent at.
19.) I’m a morning person, completely and definitely but I still don’t go to bed before 11. I mean, for many people that’s early too, but 98% unless I’m totally exhausted I just can’t fall asleep before then. However, you want to know a surefire way to MAKE me fall asleep, and it’s putting me in a moving vehicle. I don’t know why, but it can be like 3 in the afternoon and there’s something about it that makes me sleepy. It’s SO HARD to stay awake for a 2-3 hour car ride!
20.) I spent two years… wearing glasses. Or rather, it was around two years. They were really just for reading and when my eyes felt tired, which between grades 10-12 was OFTEN. AND the unfortunate thing was that this was around the same time that I had long hair and a strong affinity towards headbands, and scarves. And then I’d tend to match my glasses TO my headbands, which resulted in an apparently old womanly look, revealed to me by my Calculus teacher who one day decided to call me “Aunt Jemima” when I was answering a question. This doesn’t totally make sense, I just realized, because Aunt Jemima never wore glasses…
But regardless, yep. After that day, I never wore headbands and glasses together again.
It was actually to correct an astigmatism, but miraculously about a year after graduation I went to the eye doctor because I thought I needed new glasses since the ones that I was wearing were getting so hard to see out of! Here I thought I was blind, but the optometrist checked my vision and thought I was lying because my answers to all the lenses etc revealed 20/20 vision. Somehow my astigmatism miraculously corrected itself! Not complaining! The other interesting thing is that I can often tell when I’m getting low in Magnesium (ED side effect I’ve battled on and off with) and might need some injections again, because my vision will start to go blurry just like when I needed the glasses. Found out from the ED specialist that was a slightly rarer but blatant sign of Magnesium deficiency! So cool!
21.) I wish… I had an unconditionally free pass to all David’s Tea. Seriously, I spend SO much money there because I’m a tea addict and they make the best and only ones worth drinking to me. Likewise, an equally fervent desire would be for a Starbucks where I live. The closest one is an hour away by car, and they’re literally the only ones that make my latte’s and frappuccinos EXACTLY how I like them. Although, I feel like if that happened I would probably spend WAY too much money there too, so perhaps it’s a good thing…
22.) At age five, I was deeply in love with… fashion design. I would draw the most elaborate ball gowns on construction paper (of course right in the middle of the page so you would waste a TON of paper) and then cut them out and scotch tape them to my Barbie dolls. Two dimension was where it was at! Then, when I was in the bathtub, I would steal all the washcloths and elastic bands, and wrap them around my Barbies while using the rest of the elastics to create intricate seaming. You have no idea how many hours my Mom spent brushing out all of the Barbie’s hair after each bath because the water made it all tangled and knotted. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a mother’s love.
23.) I believe if people were able to cut out JUDGEMENT and ACCEPT DIVERSITY of race, age, culture, size, shape, appearance, language, opinion, and religion, the world would be a better place. Honestly, what other people do/think/say/feel, etc, is none of your business, and it’s their right and privilege as human beings to be exactly who/what/how they are. If they’re not doing anything that causes harm to others, or things that are morally wrong, it’s not your place to judge or condemn. Simple.
24.) I can’t stand… baths, saunas, or anything else that involves being submerged in a hot steamy place. I don’t know why, but it makes me SO ANXIOUS, I feel like I can’t breathe, and I panic. It is seriously THE WORST thing for me!
25.) Whenever Grey’s Anatomy is on, I watch. This is the closest I get. For one, I BARELY watch TV… like we’re talking a max of 1-2 hours a week typically, and the idea of going more than a week without TV doesn’t phase me at all. Honestly, I literally NEVER, even with Grey’s, watch something when it’s first airing. I think it’s a side effect for not having cable for so long. Even now that we do, I always just wait a day and watch it online without the ads. Grey’s is really the only show that I will diligently watch the next morning. Downton Abbey was kind of the same in its time too.
Hope you enjoyed learning 25 random things about me! I’m curious to know which ones you knew already, and which ones were like, “Well, you’re special… I do mean, stop eating the paste, special.”