My WonderTwin answered these questions, and she amazing and inspiring. So now, I must answer them too. I’m also hoping that answering these questions will help the words and letters in my head get moving and swirling around like they usually are because my head is feeling a little stuck or stopped up, and I can’t seem to get any words out.
Let’s give it a go:
- Are you young at heart or an old soul? I’ve been called both, and fairly recently. My sister and brother always joke that I’m old because I’m close to 30 (gasp!), and I’m so much older than them. (I’m about 5 years older than my sister and 10 years older than my brother). I listen to NPR during my 45 minute to 1 hour commute during the week, and my sister and I carpool two days a week. My sister said listening to NPR really makes me old. Listening to NPR on the way to work also makes me cry. So, I’m old and I’m young. Yes, that’s possible.
- Tell me about a movie/song/TV show/play/book that has changed your life. You know that Radiohead song called “Creep”? Well, that song. Whenever a situation doesn’t seem right or isn’t right, I hear these specific words in my head: “I’m a weirdo / What the hell am I doing here? / I don’t belong here…” It began playing in my head during my Calculus 1 class when I was at Baylor University my freshman year, and it was at that exact moment that I realized I had to transfer to a different school. Baylor just wasn’t for me, and it wasn’t where I was supposed to be. A similar moment occurred with the ex who argued with my sister a lot and the ex who cheated on me – these are obvious moments. Recurrent, subtle moments happened countless times with my ex-fiance. It happens when I don’t fit in somewhere, when I’m feeling uncomfortable, or when my anxiety is running high. It’s like a weird sixth sense thing my mind does to me.
- What holiday do you most look forward to? My birthday. No, it’s true. My birthday is a holiday. I was born September 1, which in 1985 was a Sunday and was, actually, Labor Day. I always celebrate my birthday on Labor Day weekend, all weekend. So, there.
- You have the TV on, but you’re not really watching. What channel is the TV on? The Travel Channel, HGTV, or Comedy Central – if I even have the TV on, that is.
- You know at least one person named Michael. Tell us about him. I know an awesome guy named Mikey. Does that count?
- Name a TV series you didn’t enjoy until after it ended. I really can’t think of anything. Lonesome Dove, mayhaps? I know it’s a miniseries, but I really love it.
- What’s your “quirkiest” habit? Umm, where do I start and how much do you want to read about that?!
- Is it possible for guys and girls to be just friends? I’ve been just friends with a lot of guys, so yeah.
- You win a scratch-off lottery game that gives you $2000 a week (after taxes) for the rest of your life. Do you keep your job? My job as a student? Yes, because now I can study ALL THE THINGS. My job as a graduate assistant? I’d totally keep it until I couldn’t anymore. My job with The Band? I’d never quit that. Ever.
- What is the nicest compliment you’ve ever been given? Whenever someone compliments one of my creative and/or intellectual endeavors. Those are the best ones.
- What was the longest car ride you’ve ever taken? The road trip my sister, brother, and I took for spring break back in 2010. We drove from Dallas to Carlsbad, NM, to Roswell to Alamogordo and the White Sands National Monument to Albuquerque to the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert to the Grand Canyon to Kanab, Utah, to the grandparents in Utah and ALL the way back to Dallas. Ha. SO much driving.
- Describe a person that inspires you. My peeps in The Band. Those who leave a piece of love and themselves in everything they do and everywhere they go. Those who have compassion and love for their fellow human beings.
- Give me the story of your life in six words. Love. Compassion. Freedom. Laughter. Becoming. Learning.