Hiiiiiiiiiii beautiful people of the interwebz! I know I have some new readers, so if you’re new here, WELCOME! I hope you like my lil corner of the internet. It is weird and cool and dank and musty. You’ll get used to the smell soon enough!
Since I have some new readers, I thought I would do a post with a little bit of info about me. If you know me IRL you probably know a lot of this stuff, but some of it you might not. It is all random stuff in random order, so READ ON FEARLESS WARRIORS!
- I have a scar on my left eyebrow.
(LOL at this super up close picture of my face)
Listen up people, I don’t cut my eyebrow to look gangster or cool or whatever. For years, I have had people straight up ask me why I cut my eyebrow the way I do. I don’t cut it, it is a scar. When I was young (maybe 2 or 3?) I fell down the stairs and cracked my head open. My older sister and I were being babysat and our babysitter forgot to put the baby gate at the stop of the staircase back up after we went upstairs. So yes, I took a tumble. And I screamed bloody murder all the way to the hospital to get stitched up. Hair doesn’t grow in the spot where my scar is, so that’s why it looks the way it does. I used to hate how it looked and people would always ask me why it looks the way it does. My mom used to make me pencil it in when I was a teenager because she thought it looked better. That’s when I started to own it! It looks badass and it makes me who I am. And if I ever commit a crime, they will definitely be able to identify me! I’d like to think it has kept me from committing crimes over the years 🙂
- My least favorite state is Indiana.
No offense to my homies out there from Indiana, but when I lived there it was my own personal hell. I moved there my junior year of high school after living in Dallas, Texas for 8 years. My whole life was back in Dallas and I spent some of the most depressing times of my life in Indiana. I went an entire year without friends and I ate lunch by myself every single day at school. I don’t recall ever feeling as lonely as I did when I lived there. It was a very sad and dark two years of my life. There’s also not much in Indiana, lots of corn fields. When I got accepted to college out of state, I was elated. I was so ready to leave Indiana. I have never gone back and I don’t plan to.
- I’m obsessed with Jack Black.
He’s my favorite. If I had to marry a man, I would want him to be just like Jack Black. He makes me laugh endlessly and I basically wanted to be him when I was a kid. Not going to lie, I still kinda want to be him. I remember when I first got an iPod, Tenacious D’s album was the first one I bought on iTunes.
- I tried skiing once and I hated it.
I’m a pretty athletic person and I always have been, and there are very few sports that I try that I don’t like. Skiing was one of them. I took ski lessons a few years ago when my family went to Colorado for Christmas. I spent all day on the mountain trying to master the bunny slope. I also left all my money at the bottom of the hill with my sisters, so I wasn’t able to eat all day. So when it came time to conquer the first green slope I’d ever done, I basically fell down the mountain with a little skiing here and there. When I got to the bottom of the mountain, I threw up. Altitude sickness mixed with low blood sugar and exhaustion from skiing all day got me. I’m sure if I tried again, I would like it better, but it scarred me. You’re probably sensing a theme here, I hold grudges!
- I was in love with my college roommate.
I didn’t come out until I was 22, but in the back of my mind all throughout college I had this suspicion that maybe I wasn’t straight. I think I was just royally confused, but my roommate freshman year and I had been best friends since 8th grade. We lived a street away from each other growing up in Dallas, and we helped each other through some really difficult times in our lives. When we got accepted to the same college, we decided to room together. For the first couple weeks, we were inseparable. We did everything together. Then she got a boyfriend and I didn’t like him, I didn’t think he was good enough for her. And quite frankly I was jealous. At the time I didn’t know I was in love with her, I just knew that I felt like I was losing my best friend. Our friendship only declined from there and we had a huge falling out. She ended up moving out and moving in with her boyfriend and this caused a huge rift in our friend group. I remember crying to one of my best friends at the time and asking him, “Why does this feel like a break up?” When I saw her around campus after our falling out, we were cordial, but we were never close again. When I realized I was gay years later, it donned on me why it felt like a break up. I was so in love with her. I don’t hold any ill feelings toward her, we were so young then and I was still trying to figure myself out. I believe her and her college boyfriend are still together today!
- I have 2 sisters.
Yes, I am a middle child! And I am so stereotypically a middle child. The black sheep. All my family members are pretty similar personality wise, but of course I’m the different one. I love it now, but when I was younger I didn’t. My sisters are awesome. My older sister is only 2 years older than me, but we weren’t really that close growing up. When she went off to college, we finally got close and we kind of learned to bond over having similar experiences growing up (dealing with our parents lol). My little sister is 8 years younger than me, and she’s going off to college in the fall. She’s my little nugget and I couldn’t be more proud of the person she has become. I always wished for brothers growing up, but I’m glad I have sisters. They kick serious butt.
- I watched a documentary called Half the Sky in college and it inspired me to become a teacher.
I changed my major twice in college. I went into college wanting to be a history major and possibly teach or work as a historian. I took one history class and was so bored that I knew I couldn’t withstand 4 years of those classes. To be honest, it was a huge freshman survey of American history class and probably not representative of how all history classes go, but I was just kind of shell shocked. So I changed my major to Multimedia Journalism. I was into it for a while because I love writing obviously. But I quickly realized Journalism is a hard field to break into. I wanted to get a job straight out of college, and I knew it would be difficult as a journalism major. As I was doing some soul searching, I watched a documentary called Half the Sky. It is a documentary about education in third world countries with emphasis on how crappy education for women is and I was so moved by it. It felt like I finally knew what I needed and wanted to do. There’s also a book that goes with the documentary that I later read and it just solidified my decision.
- My first real job was working at a theme park
When I was in high school, I played competitive sports so I had to travel on the weekends and I spent most of my hours after school at practices or doing homework. I was fortunate enough to not have a job in high school other than babysitting and petsitting occasionally. The summer after my freshman year of college, I returned home for the summer and got a summer job. A theme park near my family’s home was hiring, so I decided to apply. Little did I know, it would be an eventful summer. The theme park was small and had an “old western” theme. I spent 12 hours shifts on my feet in the hot summer sun operating rides. I spent a lot of time quelling upset guests (No ma’am your two year old cannot ride the bumper cars) and cleaning up puke. I worked with a lot of high school students and at the time I was 19, so I felt a little old to be doing what I was doing. My managers were all around the same age as me and most of them had been working at the park for years. It was like their own little world and it functioned very much like a high school. I quit after the summer was over and still every time we pass it in the car my mom jokes that they’re hiring for the summer. I don’t think it is very funny.
- People used to always ask me if I was adopted.
My mom is a stone cold ginger people. And she has a soul…I think. I look nothing like my mother. My sisters and I all have dark features and take after our father (Pakistani genes be strong yo!). When we were growing up, my dad wasn’t around a lot. He was always on business trips, so my mom was always with us. She picked us up from school and took us to all our sporting events. Sometimes people never met my dad, so they always thought I was adopted. I remember when I was a freshman in high school, someone I’d gone to school with since third grade saw my dad for the first time and asked me who it was. When I replied it was my dad, their jaw dropped to the floor and they exclaimed to me that they always thought I was adopted because in the seven years they knew me, they’d never once seen him. It was almost like he was an urban legend.
- I used to be a vegetarian, but I quit so I could join the Peace Corps.
My last year of college, I decided I wanted to join the Peace Corps. For those of you that don’t know, the Peace Corps is intense. It is 2 years in a developing country, living the life of a local person and trying to help the community. I went through the rigorous interview process and managed to get accepted into the program. I was all set to spend my two years in Morocco teaching English. Some of you don’t know that I did my last semester of college in Costa Rica (student teaching), so I spent 5 months in a foreign country and was set to leave for Morocco two weeks after I returned from Costa Rica. At the time, I had a serious girlfriend (my ex) and was homesick. I decided to forego my Peace Corps stint while I was still in Costa Rica. I just couldn’t see myself being home for two weeks and then leaving for two years. The Peace Corps allows vegetarians into the program, but they warn you that you might have to break your vegetarianism because in developing countries you often don’t have a choice with what food is available to you. I was a vegetarian for 3 years for ethical and health reasons, but gave it up to join the Peace Corps. When I ended up not going to Morocco, I never transitioned back. I’ve been thinking about giving it another try lately though.
- I always order ginger ale on airplanes.
I have no idea why. I just do. My stomach doesn’t hurt. I just order it.
- When I’m drunk (especially if I’m drinking by myself), I always have the urge to online shop or buy plane tickets.
This is another oddity. If I am drinking alone or maybe with one other person, I am always tempted to go online shopping. Everything I buy is always justified in the moment, but later on I get a delivery and I’m like wait, when did I order this? Or I check my email the next morning and it says, “Pack your bags you’re going to Kentucky!” I’ve bought shoes, music festival tickets, flights, and lots of random things on Amazon. That’s what Amazon wish lists are for right? I guess I should make myself a “If you’re drunk, buy this…” list. I can’t say I ever regret purchasing what I do though, most of the time it was stuff I was holding out on anyway. And I never go too overboard, which is good. Hopefully this is something I will grow out of!
- I am super intrigued by tall women.
I’m 5 feet 4 inches tall. Women who are nearly 6 feet or above just really intrigue me. It isn’t really even a physical attraction, I’m just very curious about tall women. Maybe it is because I’ve never had a lot of tall female friends and all my female family members are short? I don’t really know where it comes from, I just see a tall woman and I’m very drawn to her. Think of all the things she can see from up there! Think of all the things she can reach!
- I will try any food, but I’m not a super adventurous eater.
I have definitely branched out as far as eating goes. When I was a kid, I used to just eat grilled cheese and pasta. That was it. Mostly because my mom is a super picky eater, so if she didn’t like something I decided I didn’t like it either. Funny how that goes, right? As I’ve grown up, I have become much more accustomed to trying new foods, but I still have a long way to go. I am very much a creature of habit and I know what I like, but if someone asks me to try something I always will. I won’t always like it or want to try it again, but I will try anything once.
- My two favorite shows of all time are The Office and Broad City.
Do I even need to explain this? I’ve watched every season of The Office at least 20 or 30 times. I can basically recite the lines and I still laugh at it. It will always be my favorite. I’ve watched all of the seasons of Broad City a few times, but it is one of the only shows besides The Office that I can watch over and over and never get tired of. The writing on both shows is just too phenomenal and hilarious to not love them.
- I’ve seen the band, Alabama Shakes, 6 times in concert.
They are one of my favorite bands of all time. I’ve seen them in festival settings and intimate concert halls. They are phenomenal every.single. time. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to be Brittany Howard. I mean, c’mon. She’s so badass.
- When I was a kid, I used to tell people I wanted to be a fire dog when I grew up.
For a good couple of years, I told people I wanted to be a dalmatian dog when I grew up. I was obsessed with dogs when I was younger (who am I kidding, I still am!) and super obsessed with 101 Dalmatians. I wore the VHS tape out and wore 101 Dalmatian pajamas to bed every night. I also had a lot fire truck toys (so gay) and every single one came with a little dalmatian dog to ride on the truck, so that is where it came from. I used to be embarrassed about it, but now I think it’s incredibly cute. I can just imagine little me telling people I want to be a fire dog when I grew up and completely believing I could become a dog.
- I went to a Christian summer camp when I was growing up with my Jewish best friend.
This is so silly to me now. I’m not a religious person and I never really have been, but there was a summer camp I went to while I was growing up that was super duper Christian. I’m talking worship songs and bible study and people getting saved. Everyone my age in my area went to it, so of course I wanted to go. It was the cool thing to do, and my best friend growing up was Jewish. And of course she wanted to go too, so she came with me every summer I went. It seems so silly looking back on it because they were really trying to indoctrinate us with Christianity and we were young (middle school age), so we ate that shit up.
- I write poetry.
Maybe I’ll post some sometime. Just maybe. My poetry is really personal and I feel like it is an extension of myself, so reading my poetry is like knowing me and all my feels. Which is extremely intimidating to me. But being vulnerable is good for me, so maybe I’ll post some of it sometime! MAYBE.
- I got a D in Logic and Critical Thinking in college.
GUYS. It was the hardest class I’ve ever taken. Even Advanced Grammar wasn’t as difficult as this class. I had to take it for my degree plan and there was nothing I could take to substitute for it. But luckily it wasn’t part of my degree plan that I had to get a C or higher in this particular course, like many of the other courses on my degree plan. Logic and Critical Thinking was like math with words. If you guys know anything about me, know this: I am terrible at math. Like so bad. It is part of the reason I decided to be an English teacher. I love words, but not when they are formulaic and technical like math. I sucked so bad at logic and critical thinking. I even went to a tutor for it and still only managed to get a D for my final grade. It was the lowest final grade I ever got. I have such an abstract mind that this course did nothing for me and made me go a little coo coo bananas. SO glad I didn’t have to retake it.
Hopefully this list helped you get to know me a little bit more! If you guys end up liking this type of post, I will do more like this. Let me know in the comments!