I've gotten behind on the 30 things meme because I am TERRIBLE and a HORRIBLE PERSON oh my GOD. Also I've been doing some fiction writing/world building for something that I don't have a PLOT for but have a lot of BACKGROUND for so maybe I'll just illustrate it as like a dictionary/bestiary possibly with some short stories/vignettes I don't even know.
So now: 30 Things: 8-148) What is your favorite holiday?
9) What is your favorite season?
Autumn. Definitely. Totally. The cool, crisp weather; the season change; the colorful leaves; the approach of winter and end of summer (hot! humid! ARGH NO); the comfort food; the ability to make soups and stews and want to eat them instead of wanting to die because it's hot; etc.10) What are you afraid of?
Haha! Everything? No! I have Anxiety and so pretty much The Entire World scares me to some degree unless it is very very familiar and safe and even then sometimes I feel like the Hand Of God is reaching down to smash me into the ground. TOTALLY FUN, RIGHT? I am very hesitant to try new things, and I'm a little afraid that Niko is just as
cautious. That being said, I also have specific Phobias, and those mainly involve: heights (which yes makes riding an elevated train as my main source of getting-around TOTALLY A THRILL A MINUTE); needles; vomit. I think that's it.11) Do you like trains?
I grew up in a tiny subdivision surrounded by corn and soybean fields, and forest preserve/wetland. It was pretty rural except for our 1 block or so of houses. Like, I didn't grow up on a farm, but I worked with horses one summer between 7th and 8th grade and there was corn and soybeans EVERYWHERE. It was fairly isolated! And sound traveled pretty far. At night, sometimes I'd lie in bed unable to get to sleep, and I'd hear the long low horn of passing high-speed freight train and imagine traveling anywhere, everywhere, escaping SOMEHOW and just getting OUT. The romance of trains has never left me, and I totally love trains and would really like to travel by long distance train more. I am so thrilled to live in a city that has such a great public transit system.12) Do you like your name?
I used to hate my name. Haaaaaaaaaaaaate. It's spelled weird and is kind of harsh (buh and a hard "g" and a hard "d" at the end) and oh yeah, it totally rhymes with "frigid" hur hur hur I HAVE NOT HEARD THAT BEFORE NO YOU ARE VERY CLEVER THANKS SO MUCH. But the alternative was being named Myrna Louise which... I don't know. I try to be a rational person but I think with a name like that I would have turned out very different both mentally/emotionally and physically. MAGICAL THINKING WRT NAMES OK. I think I grew into it and I like it a lot now. (another option would have been Molly; that is the girl name my parents selected for my mom's other two pregnancies that produced boys. One of my best friends in high school was named Molly. It's a lovely name, but that would have been WEIRD.)13) Do you have a pet or pets? What is your ideal pet?
I HAVE NOTHING TO LOVE ME UNCONDITIONALLY. No pets. I grew up with dogs and I really really miss having dogs. I would love to have a dog again. Preferably one that is house trained, obedient, never gets sick or hurt, and can feed and walk itself. Wait. No. Actually, yeah, I'd really for real love to get a dog again. I've thought about getting birds but then... it's unfair to keep a flying creature with a big roaming area in a little cage (and I don't want to clean bird poop off my couch/furniture, so no, I wouldn't let it out to fly about the house); I'm allergic to cats and don't want a box of poop in my house; Nesko is scared of lizards; I am not fond of mice/rats/rodents. I've thought about getting a hedgehog but don't think we can provide a warm enough environment for them, sadly. We tend to live in old, drafty buildings. In a few years, when Niko is older and we're more set financially, I want to adopt a rescue dog, though.14) What TV shows are you currently watching?
We finally got a clear plastic cover for the push buttons on the tv, so we can once again watch TV without Niko turning the tv on/off and changing the channel. LOOK THERE ARE BUTTONS HOLY GOD THEY DO THINGS WHEN YOU TOUCH THEM OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG. We're working our way through Ashes to Ashes
a little more slowly than I'd like. Other than that, I don't watch much tv. PBS sometimes, especially travel shows and Antiques Road Show because I'm a boring nerd. I want to watch Undercovers
but it's on the same night I tutor and Nesko gets home late so I miss it on tv, and then I forget to watch it on the internet. I caught an episode of Raising Hope
which was pretty terrible.