Oh, an interview! But I'm not even made up yet.

I got this nifty thing from Delightfully Tacky which is one of my favorite blogs to read! I have seen it circulating around but have been too lazy/busy to actually pursue writing an entry. Here I am, awake at 2am, so FULL SPEED AHEAD!!

The rules for this survey thingy are:

1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you've tagged them.

A photo, eh?
Since I have no makeup and again, it's 2am, I'm opting for a high-contrast cheap photobooth effect via webcam. You love it.

Eleven random things about me....

1.  I can mirror-write and read effectively.  As a kid I got a little obsessed over my left-handedness and researched the crap out of it, until there was nothing left to research. I got particularly involved with learning about Da Vinci, who could write in two opposite directions at the same time. WAY harder than it sounds.  Though I never mastered that, I did master writing full pages with my right hand.  I could probably still pull it off if I needed to.  I have no idea why I got so involved with this as a kid, but left-handedness is still a subject of interest with me and I can name twenty to thirty famous left-handers off the top of my head.

2.  My great-grandmother on my father's side was notoriously known as a witch.  Locals said that she used to read fortunes with a regular deck of playing cards. She successfully (or I have been told by several friends of the family) predicted my aunt Martha's death at 33 years old.  Before I was born, my older sister Susan had an experience with something she referred to as the ghost of this old woman.   I never found out about this until 2011, years after I had my own experience.  I was about eleven at the time.

3.  As a child I looked up to Mr. Spock more than any adult in my life.  I admired his lack of emotion and his deep thirst for information.  As an adult, I still admire both qualities, but I see how important it was for me back then to have a figure that didn't run their entire life entirely based on their raging emotions.

4.  I can't stand ketchup.  This is non-negotiable.  It does not enter my house.  We do not speak of it.  I will never have to smell it on my husband's mouth.  No ketchup allowed.  The end.  If I had a religion, ketchup and the Freemasons would probably be my equivalent of the Antichrist.

5.  Most of the music I listen to is ambient or soundtrack.  I write a lot (that's when I listen to music the most) and I find that lyrics or a lot of tempo change even, can distract my work.  So I put on something that's soothing, haunting, and stimulating all at once.  One of my newer indulges is the Vampire Diaries soundtracks because they're versatile and so emotional, which is a lot like my writing itself.  My go-to classic is the District 9 track, in particular this song which never fails to choke me up, put a lump in my throat, et cetera.  I know composers of movies by name, and sometimes during a new movie I'll blurt out "THAT'S SO-AND-SO!!! AND THE NAME OF THIS SONG IS SO-AND-SO!"  because I've likely heard the song before seeing the movie.

6. Speaking of movies, I have a hard time watching them.  I used to think it was because of my super short attention span, but I realized after watching the last hour or so of Apocalypto, it's because I ingest the movies and really get my heart in them.  Even the really stupid ones.  I am very empathic and I think that movies, with their visual sensory overload, really drive me into some imagination land.  So, for movies like Apocalypto which have sad or melancholy plots and endings, I can get really really depressed for days, even a week at a time.  I have to limit movie-watching.

7.  I am really smell-sensitive. I'm always the person who smells things first.   This can be pretty problematic (I think 70% of my hatred for ketchup is tied to its nasty smell) but I enjoy NOTHING like a good, high-quality hand-dipped incense.  I think it's probably one of my favorite things on earth.

8. I like dogs AND cats. I don't understand why people HAVE to have a preference.  I also like many other animals.  I'm not limited in what I like.  People seem shocked to find that I have a genuine love for both dogs and cats. It's like they expect someone who owns two cats to automatically hate dogs.  Um, no?

9.  I'm a second soprano.  I have been in multiple choirs, starting in foster care (church choir) and moving into women's choir in college.  There's really nothing more beautiful than a choir, as far as sound is concerned.  I would like to get back into choir singing again, but unfortunately most "community" choirs are church choirs and I'm obviously not interested.  I think the happiest I ever was while singing in a choir was this one time in Tennessee, I was like 17 and scared to death because we were the ONLY white family in a black church and the customs, sounds, everything was freaking me out, and mid-song this older black lady yanked on my shoulder and said, "Girl, you can SANG!!! You got the pipes of a black girl!"  I had to laugh, but I realized later just how much of a compliment she meant by it.  It was really boosting to my confidence.

Side note, here's a song we sang one year in college (my favorite of course) I can still remember the lyrics.
The choir singing isn't us. I WISH I had that recorded!  Gyorgy Orban's Mass No. 6

10.  I have huge feet. My dad used to call me "clementine." By third grade I'd already grown out of my mothers size 8 shoes.  These days I wear a 10-11.  I used to have severe issues over this but nowadays I don't really notice it, and neither does anyone else.  (I thank getting rid of some snobby girl friends who remarked about them for years helped.)   In fact, I love my feet.  They help me adventure!!

11. I can do a lot of accents really well. I learned my mafia accent by actually talking to members of the mafia who lived in New Jersey.  (They LOVE Southern accents---who knew?)

Danielle's 11 questions:

1. If money, schooling or time was no obstacle, what career would you choose?
Well duh, writing. But I'd probably expand that to get involved with movies in some way. I'm nosy like that.  Maybe an actress, or a scriptwriter.

2. What’s the one thing you look forward to every day?
Being alive?  No, seriously.  I'm ridiculously humble sometimes and grateful to even just go out to the mailbox and pick up the bills. THAT'S RIGHT, BILLS!!! To be more specific I'd have to say I love spending time with my kitties (totally not crazy cat lady right now) and I love exercising and gaming.

3. What is your number one, all-time, favorite blog?
I....am so not answering this........
I don't even HAVE a favorite.  But my topsofalltime are in my blogroll. Lazy, I know, get over it.

4. Biggest online pet peeve?
It's hard to say.  "Online" is pretty ambiguous.  If you're talking about how people act online, there's not a lot that bothers me about the trolls.  I just ignore them and find them pretty pathetic. I am judgy in that way.  If someone's obviously trolling, in one way or another they expect a response or attention, and shrugging it off seems like the only logical thing to do.  What are you supposed to do, emotionally invest in it?

What really gets annoying especially in the blogsophere and especially with military-related blogs (military wives and moms) I see a lot of passive-aggressive religious stuff and it grinds my gears.  Most of the time it's more ignorance than anything else, but I don't really accept ignorance as an excuse for most things in life.  Like, for example, just today I saw this on someone's blog entry:

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
-1 John 4:8

In a backwards way, that's saying that people can't love unless they know God.  How infuriating of a claim to make, and expect others to "respect" that? Yeah no, I don't think so.  I don't read blogs to read people's scriptures. I want to know about travel, fun, adventure, life.  I don't want to be preached to. I could just as easily turn this blog into a daily rant on atheism, but I don't.   Annnnnnnyway *gets down off soapbox*

5. What is your all-time favorite book?
Odd Thomas (though I can barely read it anymore, too sad) or Something Wicked This Way Comes.

6. What would your “last meal” be?
Something Mediterranean, preferably with salmon and lots of feta.

7. Do you believe in love at first sight?
*Spock voice* That would be illogical, Captain.

8. What would your ideal Sunday morning consist of?
Rain, overcast cloudiness, an open window with my cats in it, incense burning and good music playing, and a lot of writing, coffee, and then shower, yoga, and plans to see the people I love.  All of them.  Which is hard. They're quite spread out.  But this is "ideal" right?

and yes, I'm godless, and yes I do love.  Just thought I'd reiterate that........

9. Why do you blog?
It's just nice to have your own little corner of the web, which is all I intend to do really.  I started this blog to document my 25 before 25 list, but so far it's been more of sharing the things I love and love to do! And that's fine too.  I'm not picky.  :)

10. If you had to choose one color to wear forever, what would you pick?
Black. I'm boring, I know.

11. What is your all-time favorite band?
Led Zeppelin.
And before you get started, they were my favorite band at age 14. My mom hated them, but my dad liked them, so I told mom to buzz off and me and dad had us some jams.

Just like Elizabeth, I refuse to make up new questions.  These are really good and I'm lazy and I'm so attention-deficit that this thing took me like an hour to power through, so I'm not going to torture myself further.

Happy March, everybody!

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