It was my nineteenth birthday yesterday! Yayyyyyyyyyy!
So in honor of that, I'm sharing another 25 things about me.
1) I gravitate towards slightly off-beat and talented people. My friends and crushes almost always fit this description. I need a little weirdness to get me out of my shell, and since I'm weird, more inside of me than outwardly, it works out very well. I also love talented people, both because they're fun to have around and are usually passionate, but also because I kinda gravitate towards power. I guess the logic goes, if I don't end up personally making a difference in the world, I'll have done it secondarily through my wondrous friends.
2) I used to be a dancer. I took dance lessons for twelve years, starting when I was three. I've taken ballet, jazz, tap, modern, Irish, ballroom, and hip hop. My fave was hip hop; my least fave was modern. I had to quit when I got fibromyalgia, but it's not my great love or anything, so that's okay.
3) As open as I am, I have a hard time with trust. I have no issues with telling people all about me, meaning I don't really have secrets. That's why a blog works for me. Despite my openness, my interest in people, and my deep loyalty to my friends, I don't fully trust many others. I always have that instinct in my head, waiting for them to turn around and hurt me. I guess "trust" for me is about whether I'm open to and care about your response to my confessions. Most the time, I'll tell all, but I won't open my heart up to feel about it, you know?
4) I don't like walking in front of people. I think that's the trust thing again. I'd rather walk behind or next to people, herding them or whatever, because if they're behind me they could stab me in the back, I guess? I don't like bowing on stage for the same reason. I want my eyes on that audience.
5) I like chocolate. A lot. I'm one of those people who has double chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and double chocolate fudge ice cream for my birthday. Chocolate is the flavor of life!
6) I stink at being an adult. The first time I ever really bought stuff for myself was this last Christmas, with my guy friends on a thrift store jag. I needed my voice teacher's help to get a work study job. I can't cook. I pretty much don't ever want to do anything practical ever. People are shocked at how little I know about most life skills.
7) One kind of writing I don't consider myself good at is journalism. I can't be brief and factual enough for that. Creative essays and blog posts like I do here, sure. Stuff about my life and my experience and my knowledge. Reporting? No. (Ironically, I work for a newspaper.) I'm also not too great with writing short stories, although I've done a few.
8) I still primarily watch Nickelodeon and Disney. You kind of saw that in an earlier post, but we'll pretend this counts as new info. I'm sensitive about sex and violence and all, so I like cute G/PG teen stuff. Like House of Anubis, or Victorious. I do really like Once Upon a Time, though.
9) I pronounce the word "crayon" like "crown". I don't technically have an accent, because New Mexican/Coloradan English is pure American English. But I do tend to mispronounce certain words, mostly because I've only read them, not heard them. In this case, however, I just don't like saying "cray-owwwwwn."
10) I'm very good at picking the canonical ship when I'm reading. There are only a few exceptions, where the author did a remarkable job of twisting the story around so I couldn't guess which one was endgame. I admire those books for that.
11) There are very few books that have actually made me cry even though I cry at just about every movie I see. One of those lucky books is actually by a friend of mine, whom I've mentioned a lot on this blog, Julia. The other few just had an incredible emotional impact on me, like Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, which wins the record for the most cries.
12) I used to want to be a teacher, among other things. "Teacher" was what I settled into as I left elementary school, but in high school, I realized I wasn't that interested in teaching after all. I think it requires too much commitment that I can't give if I'm having my writing career. So I just want to be a writer, and that's all. I'm looking into doing copyediting and such to tide me over, but yeah.
13) I need girl company to talk about girl stuff, and our relationships tend to be closer and more devoted, but I prefer to hang out with guys. Hence me going Christmas shopping (and a ton of other things) with a group of guys rather than girls.
14) I probably owe people hundreds of dollars at this point because they're always just giving me stuff. Buying things for me, handing money over when I don't have it, and then telling me not to bother paying back. It psychs me out. People aren't supposed to be nice, not when it comes to money.
15) I think money is evil, by the way. We should totally have a trade system. Or something.
16) I write in a diary every day, and I've done it since I was in first grade. I'm now on my 63rd.
17) I have never seen a musical live and in person. You know this from my bucket list, but hey. It's a terrible tragedy, one that I ought to mend someday. I watch movies of musicals. I've seen plays, and even one opera, when I was forced to. But never a live musical.
18) I try not to drink milk or water. I just can't stand how tasteless they are.
19) I'm gluten-intolerant. Funny how that hasn't come up yet... well, I guess it did in a College 101 post, but we'll ignore that. It's connected to the fibromyalgia, and it makes eating here at ASU very difficult, not in the least because of my related carb addiction. You can actually tell when I've been home based off of the variable thickness of my fingernails.
20) My elbows are double-jointed. People either find this very disturbing or very cool. For me, it's just normal.
21) I'm one of those friends who gives love life advice but hasn't actually been in a relationship.
22) I like Star Wars, similarly to all the fantasy/sci-fi novels I'm crazy about. It's my style.
23) The only celebrity I've ever been compared to is Gennifer Goodwin, the one who plays Snow White on Once Upon a Time. I was told I'm a blond version of her. I'm not sure how accurate that is, but I feel complimented.
24) I have awful vision. I used to wear glasses, but they didn't suit me, so now I wear contacts. I will never wear glasses again, ever, if I can help it. I need corrective help pretty bad, though, because before I first got glasses, in first grade, I actually thought people's eyes were black holes. Boy, was it a surprise to realize otherwise!
25) I sing in my room all the time, as loudly and happily as that kind of thing warrants. It annoys my family to death when I'm at home. At college, there's no one to hear, and I am freeeeeee.
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