Yay for CDP Exchange! I’m mostly excited to ‘meet’ some new internet people. I recently started staying home and my friend circle was already sort of small, so I’m hoping this will help me branch out a bit. This will be a multi-part series, more than likely, as I’m hastily preparing to travel to Wisconsin to visit my ailing grandfather. Seeing as I’m 22 weeks pregnant, and my co-passengers are my 2 1/2 year old, my overbearing mother, and stubborn brother, a 10 hour car ride is a bit anxiety-inducing at this point. I’m trying to do all the things in the 34 hours I have until departure.
What was your favorite food when you were a child? Probably baked potatoes or pickles. I was VERY picky as a kid (my mom was too, so she never made/bought anything she didn’t like), so I really didn’t have much variety. The pickles thing is funny, though. My best friend in elementary school loved pickles as well, so during sleepovers we would dip pickles in ketchup as a snack.
What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? Probably any song by Damien Rice or the Weepies. I went through a really bad break-up that DR helped me get through, and then a handful of years later was in that embarrassing emo stage where one minute I would want a happy song, and the next a sad, and the Weepies fit the bill perfectly. Our wedding favor was a mix CD, and we actually included a Weepies song on there.
What is one of your favorite quotes? “Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.”
-Dickens, Great Expectations I spent MANY years of my life being told by many people that I was too sensitive or that I had thin skin. Both true things. However, I’m finally at the point in my life that I’ve accepted who I am, and really value how my emotions shape me. I spent a few years trying to not cry or be as emotional, and I was basically pretending to be someone other than myself.
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Indoor: Reading, hands down. That and sleeping, I suppose. Outdoor: I used to be a fairly avid runner, but that dried up a year or so ago trying to juggle twenty-million things. I now really enjoy gardening, though I’m really crappy at keeping things alive.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Cleaning the toilets, emptying the silverware out of the dishwasher, and constantly having to hound my family members to pick their clutter up off the damn floors! (I found a 18 hour old bath towel in my stepdaughter’s closet on the floor, stinking up the joint, and I’m always moving my husband’s razor back to the bathroom from the oddest places)
What is your favorite form of exercise? Running. I ran cross-country in HS and since then, it’s always the most effective way that I can push myself, get healthier, or burn stress. I find I somewhat enjoy some Jillian videos, but I can’t take too much repetition.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? I’m a fall person all the way. I HATE summer humidity, and there are so many things about fall that just make me so cheery. The cool weather, the drinks (cider!), tailgating season, chunky sweaters are all part of my happy place. Month? Probably May. My husband is an accountant, so we spend the months before in a complete whirlwind. May seems a slow-motion month, and I am better at remembering to really enjoy how important time is for all the good things in life.
What’s your least favorite mode of transportation? Biking. This is only because I live in a suburban area, so imagining a bike as an actual mode of transportation is slightly horrifying.
What is your favorite body part? My hair and my eyes. I’m a natural loose-curled brunette, and I seem to live in the land of ‘straight blondes are where it’s at’ so I like that it is a visual reminder to people that I’m different. I have very deep brown eyes, which isn’t especially common either, it seems. From the time I was a young kiddo, I get so many compliments on how gorgeous my eyes are (thank heavens, I hope it draws them away from the acne I think I’ll never rid myself of)
What sound do you love? I love the sound of waves lapping and waves hitting the shore. I’m a Pisces, and LOVE the water. I also find the sound of the El trains in Chicago quite comforting. I went to school in the north suburbs before I failed out/got super depressed, and visited the city quite often. The clanking on the tracks, the hustle and bustle of people…it all reminds me of being a small speck in a giant world. I would always get so giddy standing on the platform as the train would approach, and the gust of wind would flurry my hair and made me feel so alive.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? I’d pay off all our debts, and give my little brother some money. Then, I’d go back to finish school and get my degree. I finally have intellectual pursuits I feel passionate about, and I want to show my kids that finishing something you believe in is vital character development, and I also want to enrich and contribute to my community in better ways. Then I’d do all the silly adult things, such as money for college for the kids, investments, retirement planning (I’m a worry wart and grew up with fiscally unsound parents, so I’m trying to break that cycle). At that point, I’d think about a new house on some land, so we had room to run and play, and so I could have some bad-ass chickens to hang out and produce eggs for me. My lottery splurge? Either a vacation property in Hawaii or Colorado.
If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavor, what would it be? Animal: Penguin. I don’t know the reasoning of how it came to be, but forever now I’ve been pretty convinced they are the most phenomenal animal alive. Drink: Hmmm…so many choices! Maybe a spiked, warm, apple cider? Ice Cream: When not pregnant, I’m a chocolate addict. Think Ben & Jerry’s Brownie Batter, but with more choclatey chunks thrown in. Currently, however, strawberry cheesecake is where it’s at. The strawberries offset the sometimes too-rich quality of cheesecake. DQ Strawberry Cheesequake? Friend, I’m there, just as long as they throw in some more crust pieces.
If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be? Maybe not the best answer, but I’d want to be able to not only know what someone else was thinking, but why. I try really hard not to wear judgy pants, but when my brain seems to work SO differently than everyone else, I wish I could peek inside their brain and understand their process. I like to be able to understand everything, so man would this help me worry about so many less things (at least, hypothetically it would. Realistically, I know I would probably end up even more confused).
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Two of my favorite books ever are Little Women, and The Giver. I always identified with Jo growing up, because I’ve always been a voracious reader. Asher, on the other hand, is burdened with so much but has such insight into how things could be different. I don’t profess to have his wisdom (nor will I ever) but it always reminds me to think critically about lots of different situations, and that sometimes dissent can be a wonderful thing (as well as differences, but that’s obvious).