All right, I think today would be a good day for a blog tag. I saw this one a while back on Paper Riot, and it looks kinda fun! Fifteen somewhat unusual personal questions that I shall answer forthwith.
1) A nickname you get called
"Kiwi" is the one that's stuck around the longest. I don't know how, but most of my friend groups have managed to stumble across it independent of each other. I guess I'm really reminiscent of a fuzzy fruit? My writing friends also like to call me "The Chosen One" as a joke, which I 100% accept.
2) A strange habit
I mean, I have OCD, so I have a lot of "strange habits" that in fact I have to rein in because they represent a larger and darker issue. They're not the ones you'd probably think of, though, when you think of OCD. Resist stereotypes, children! For me, trichotillomania's the most obvious symptom. Most my compulsions are more mental in nature.
Also, I think I'm addicted to sugar. *shrugs*
3) A weird phobia
Again, not really weird, but more an actual legitimate problem? I suffered from a bad phobia of bees for three or four months when I was nine. It probably had a lot of long-term impacts I'm not even aware of, but it also cemented my OCD. I'm still pretty terrified of bees--the sound of them especially--but it doesn't impact my daily functioning, which means it longer falls within the medical definition of a phobia the way it did then. I discussed that incident a bit in my post about my OCD. These are fun times, my friends.
4) A song you only listen to in private because you're embarrassed about it
Well, almost every song by former Disney/Nickelodeon child stars, even ones that they released in their modern careers, I find embarrassing to listen to. Which is weird, and I have no idea why, but I keep having to delete songs from my music library because I can't stop thinking about how embarrassed they make me feel. I guess it makes me feel immature or something? Or I'm having middle school flashbacks? IDK. I used to love that stuff.
5) A pet peeve
As with many OCD and fibromyalgia patients, I struggle with misophonia, so sounds from chewing and stuff can be really upsetting to me on bad days. I also get triggered with my trichotillomania when I see hair-pulling type behavior. I think my most non-mental-illness pet peeve, though, is when someone's on their phone while I'm hanging out with them. Like, I am right here for you to talk to!
6) A nervous habit
See number two... Also, for a while, I had a trichotillomania-related nervous tick where I'd rub my right eyebrow, as well as a BDD-related tick where I'd pinch at my abdomen, but those have mostly died off.
7) The side of the bed you sleep in
Spartacus the cat likes to curl up in my left armpit for some reason, so I sleep on the right side to give him room.
8) The name of your first stuffed animal
...Do you know how many stuffed animals I had as a kid? I named them all. All of them. They were my fluffy friends. So I have no idea which one was my first. The two I remember are Snowy, a white seal baby who I took to school during second grade (she had a crush on the same guy I did, which I informed him in a love letter I wrote him), and April, a pink bunny and the oldest stuffed animal I still own.
9) What you get at Starbucks
Seeing as I am LDS, the only acceptable answer would be hot chocolate, and also probably a food substance. Perhaps a muffin. IDK, bros, it's definitely not my venue of choice. (PANERA 5EVER.)
10) Your main beauty rule
Create a clean canvas. In other words, concealer and foundation are your friends.
11) The direction you face in the shower
Away from the showerhead, which, I saw on a Buzzfeed poll, is preferred by over two-thirds of people. Keepin' it basic.
12) A weird body skill
The thing I get the most comments on is my ability to extend my elbows backwards. Obviously, their backwards mobility isn't nearly as far as their regular mobility, but it's a decent curve. Some people get really freaked out and some people think it's awesome. Mostly, I find it confusing, because I don't know how to really straighten my arm--it still feels bent to me when it's visually straight.
13) Your favorite comfort food
(No, but like, I'm terrible about eating healthy. I just want hamburgers and french fries and macaroni & cheese and ice cream and candy and hot chocolate all the time.)
14) A word or phrase you use a lot
Though I tend to cycle through linguistic patterns, my favorite curse substitute will always be "potato," and I always overuse intro words like "so," "well," and "anyway." When I find something particularly funny, I'll write or say "lolololololol," because one LOL is not enough. In the current moment, I'm a fan of the Scottish insult "numpty," which is basically the same as "fool," but much more fun to say.
15) The nature of your pajamas
Generally, I wear slightly oversized t-shirts and pajama shorts. #faveoutfit
Yay! Try the tag yourself if you'd like, link your post here, and I'll see all of you again Tuesday. For real this time. I hope. (AHAHAHA.)
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