30 Things: 8-14

Saturday, 2 October 2010 22:42
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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: 8-14

8) 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 nervous 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.
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30 Things: #7

Thursday, 23 September 2010 23:48
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7) What's the first book you remember reading?

I started reading on my own when I was 3 years old, which is about the same age one of my brothers at least (I have two brothers, both of whom are very intelligent) and many of my friends learned to read. I don't really remember a time I couldn't read.

One of the first books I read was something about boy and girl siblings (white, blond, blue-eyed of course... it was from the 1950s but wasn't quite Dick and Jane) going to the Zoo.

I entered Kindergarten and the classroom had a copy of that book. I excitedly told my teacher that it was one of my favorites and I loved reading it, and she responded something about how much fun it was to look at pictures and be read to.

Then we started learning the letters of the alphabet, one letter a day. It was kind of like having fingernails pulled out one by one. I was reading at a 3rd grade level and bored out of my damn mind.

But that zoo book was awesome.

Little Swimmers was another early favorite, and Little Lost Angel was busted out at Christmas Time.
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6) What color are your eyes? Do you wear glasses or contact lenses? Do you wear colored lenses that change your eye color? Would you rather have a different eye color?

My eyes are a light grey/green color. They are light enough that they pick up and reflect color and light around me so look different depending on what I'm wearing, how bright it is, etc.

I do wear glasses. I'm very nearsighted and also have astigmatism and I really rely on them to, you know, function. I've tried contact lenses in the past but my eyes get really dry with them, and I have a lot of trouble getting them in/out.

I like my eye color just fine and if I were going to get tinted lenses they'd be red or reflective silver or something unearthly like that.
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5) What is your favorite part of your body?

Right now, I remain constantly impressed by how much my feet have changed since I stopped forcing them into too-small too-narrow shoes. It's not like I was a stiletto queen or anything, just that I have very wide feet and it wasn't until I was in high school that I was able to find any sort of shoe that fit at all. My toes are, now, a completely different shape. They are straight and not crammed together, my gait is better, my balance is better, the bones of my feet don't hurt as much as they used to.

I love the way my body is able to bounce back.

I also love my eye shape and color, the new curly bits in my hair (big chunks of hair fell out about 6 months after I gave birth, and that hair grew back in slightly coarser and much more prone to curling), and that my nails have stopped splitting and peeling. At least for now. And my dimples. Love those guys. And my Frida Kahlo eyebrows. Ok, they don't meet in the middle quite as much as hers did, but they are formidable.
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30 Things: #4

Saturday, 18 September 2010 11:36
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4) What is your ideal meal?

It's one eaten with family and friends who I love.

Food-wise it'd either be really great pizza and Mexican or Greek Coke followed by tiramisu, or else avgo lemano soup, saganaki, and the swordfish shish-ke-babs at Greek Islands. I don't normally like fish, but ho man, their swordfish is excellent. Baklava for dessert.
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3) What did you eat for your last meal?

I had leftover pepperoni pizza, a can of coke, and a fist full of dayquil. Pizza and coke is my go-to comfort food, especially when I'm sick (which I am. again. fffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.)

My favorite pizza is Giordano's Deep Dish; second to that is this place called Nick's that does East Coast style pizza and mostly I like them because 1) the staff is super nice and friendly, 2) my best friend and I used to order from them like once a week and it was A Thing. Ahhhhh, memories. Nesko likes super thin pizzas of the kind you get in bars. It's a mixed marriage. I love him despite his flawed tastes in pizza.
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30 things: #2

Thursday, 16 September 2010 13:42
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2) If you could live anywhere at all, where would you live?

I love where I live now, but if money/geography/reality were not an issue I'd love to live:

1) In a sweet huge apartment in Edgewater close to where we lived just before this place. It was super conveniently located to public transit, grocery stores, drug stores, and a beach. And a really nice playground. Parking was a butt, though. But, the beach! And an express bus to Lincoln Park Zoo!

2) Downtown Chicago (things will be great! When you're DOWN! TOWN!), possibly near some friends of ours who live on Printer's Row. That's so, so expensive, though. Just as a comparison: They pay more for a one bedroom no dining room than my in-laws charge for a 3 bedroom 2 bath with dining room and sunroom out here in Albany Park. Realestate! Location location location!

3) In Melbourne, Australia. My mom and I visited some friends there the summer after I graduated 8th grade and I felt instantly at home and felt homesick after we returned to the States. It was so, so beautiful. We went there in July, I'd probably feel different about Australia in the summer. But dang, I loved it. I still want to return.

4) Montenegro. Nesko's family owns property (including a house) out there, and every so often we talk about moving overseas, possibly forever. I've seen photos and it's a beautiful country.
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30 things: #1

Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:35
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1) Where do you live?

I live in a ~~vintage~~ brick 2-flat in a cool neighborhood in Chicago. It's a 3br 1ba with washer and dryer in the unit, in the enclosed back porch. We have a sun room, too, and a fireplace that doesn't work but we're discussing 1) opening it back up or 2) getting a gas insert. My in-laws own the building, so we have leeway in Doing Things to the place, including painting. I adore our neighborhood and like the building a lot as well (although if I could, I'd add another bathroom and some more closets) although, being an old building, it has its issues. We have tentative plans to take out the central heat and get the radiators working again, and then redoing the kitchen. Eventually, we are going to gut this apartment because the walls are in bad shape. I'm looking forward to what this apartment will eventually look like... it will be a gem!

30 Things

Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:06
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Here's a meme asking 30 questions about yourself. Answer in as much or as little detail as you want, over as many days as you want.

1) Where do you live?

2) If you could live anywhere at all, where would you live?

3) What did you eat for your last meal?

4) What is your ideal meal?

5) What is your favorite part of your body?

6) What color are your eyes? Do you wear glasses or contact lenses? Do you wear colored lenses that change your eye color? Would you rather have a different eye color?

7) What's the first book you remember reading?

8) What is your favorite holiday?

9) What is your favorite season?

10) What are you afraid of?

11) Do you like trains?

12) Do you like your name?

13) Do you have a pet or pets? What is your ideal pet?

14) What TV shows are you currently watching?

15) Got any podcasts to recommend?

16) Got any webcomics to recommend?

17) Pickles: sweet or dill?

18) Toilet paper: over or under?

19) Do you recycle?

20) Oxford commas, or not?

21) What's your favorite gender-neutral pronoun?

22) What are you wearing RIGHT NOW?

23) What's one of your favorite articles of clothing, ever?

24) What is one thing that you want? Anything at all. No limits.

25) What is one thing that you made and are proud of?

26) What's the last thing you failed at?

27) How quickly do put away clean laundry?

28) Have you ever used a neti pot?

29) Do you know how to swim? Did you ever have swimming lessons?

30) What color ink do you prefer writing with?
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