June 24, 2016

Get to Know Me

  • The closest I’ve come to breaking a bone is the hairline fracture I was awarded with when trying to ride a bike during a big construction dirt-pile when I didn’t know how to ride a bike. No cast needed.
  • I also think I may have technically broken my nose once when hit in the face with a rebounding basketball as it’s crooked to this day.
  • I can technically sort of ride a bike now, so I can’t say I don’t know how, but it’s only been in the last several months.
  • I have an obsession with dying my hair (myself), and I’m terrified of getting it cut because I rarely like it if it’s more than a trim.
  • I’ve never had a manicure or a pedicure.
  • I drink too much Coca-Cola. But I’ve gotten better at mixing in water! and tea! and coffee! and alcohol…
  • I still won't go for iced tea, Mountain Dew, or even a big glass of milk. 
  • I have horrible sinuses – I think my nose is stuffy more often than it’s clear (I’ve never had an allergy test, though – I don’t know that I would really avoid anything even if I knew).
  • I can eat an ungodly amount of salsa. Any salsa. Make it spicy.
  • I’m 5’3.75”.
  • I have been on steroids multiple times because I have Crohn’s disease – I’ve also had a section of my intestines removed! It was right before senior prom and my dress didn’t fit after they overdosed me (TRIPLE) on steroids so my mom laced it up and I wore a shawl.
  • I once drove all night in the snow with tons of blocked interstates because of a winter storm and fallen trees as it was happening because I was upset – a 3 hour drive took closer to 10. This is a big deal for someone from south Arkansas.
  • I was technically born in Texas – both hospitals were on that side of town.
  • I took piano and painting lessons for years when I was a kid but can barely do much of either anymore.
  • I cannot draw – my proportions are comical – I could almost be a cartoon artist but I would never be able to even have the proportions consistent.
  • Some of my pet peeves include: moochers, passive aggressiveness, people who don’t keep their word (even if they didn’t “promise”), the sound a dry hand wiping sheets smooth makes, when others interpret social anxiety as standoffishness, not resolving conflict.
  • I love the outdoors – camping, hiking, kayaking – but haven’t ever gotten to do much of the extreme of any of those things.
  • I’ve never been floating, which is like sacrilege in Arkansas (but I’ve wanted to badly).
  • I wrote a dystopian novel called WIPED as my senior thesis.
  • I’ve been to France and Canada for weeks each – I’ve also spent a day across the border in Belgium and Germany, and technically Mexico too when I was an itty-bitty. I almost studied abroad in Thailand and for a variety of family issues elected not to go and did not regret it for all the things that unfolded during the time I would have been away.
  • I am officially over my food touching J and have immensely expanded my taste buds.
  • I’m the baby of my family, but I felt a little like an only child without the benefits growing up as my brothers were all 10+ years older than me.
  • The worst pain I’ve ever been in to date was this time my ankles felt like they were on fire for hours and nothing could make it stop – I hadn’t done anything prior, it was out of the blue. Doctors just assumed it was my joints inflamed due to my auto-immune disease. It hurt far worse than my stomachaches.
  • One of my favorite childhood memories is picking wild blackberries with my best friend and taking them to her grandmother to bake a cobbler.
  • I snap backwards – your thumb goes up, my thumb goes down – I didn’t know I taught myself the wrong way until I watched a cartoon and asked why the artists drew the characters snapping “backwards.”
  • When my friends are asked to describe me in one word, genuine comes up the most frequently, followed by things like caring.
  • I have significant social anxiety but will stand up for people and issues I believe in in a heartbeat.
  • I participated in an adult creative writing workshop with my mom and was the only adolescent present.
  • I used to have a pair of zipper earrings I would not take out – and a small men’s fossil watch my brother gave me until it died. I hardly ever wear jewelry now because I don’t have anything with meaning.
  • Wrap skirts, slim-cut harem pants, and Tevas are my favorite articles of clothing - I like to stay comfy. Comfy is the word many would use to describe me.
  • But I buy almost all of my clothes from secondhand places like Plato’s Closet. I used to be a big Goodwill girl but Fayetteville’s selection isn’t the best. 
  • My favorite food as a kid was mashed potatoes - I'd sit around and eat them straight out of the pot all by myself. This may not have changed much. 
  • I went to the same school district K thru 12. I believe graduating class size was 72 and our mascot was the Dragon. 
  • The first homebrew I did that I was in charge of (picking, planning, funding) was a chocolate coconut porter inspired by Oskar Blues Brewery. 
  • I make a lot of meals from other countries without ever knowing what it's supposed to taste like and it keeps me impressed with myself. 
  • Mind of a Chef is one of my favorite cooking shows, but especially the Sean Brock season. Parts Unknown is the show that made me curious about cooking shows.
  • I couldn't run a 5k right now if you asked me to really nicely. 
  • The most I've ever ugly-cried (in a good way) was at my Confirmation when my mom had my friends/family write me dozens of letters and I had absolutely no idea about it. 
  • I love a good surprise but it's hard to "get me." I love surprising others. 
  • Cat's are fine, but I'm definitely a dog person. 
  • One of the worst parts of my chosen career path is the salaries because they limit traveling, which is one of my favorite things. I don't mind living simply!
  • I'm a "highly sensitive" person, as well as emphatic and intuitive. I'm an INFJ!

I'd love to get to know you, too! Comment below, or write a post of your own and link back to me!

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