Wednesday, September 19, 2007

It's all about me

A while ago I was tagged by the lovely Carlene of knitsquirrel. My job is to tell you eight interesting things about myself. I've been thinking about it for a bit, in order to cut down on redundancy and come up with all sorts of different types of facts (though most of them still have to do with things that I like, or enjoy doing). Anyway, here goes.

1. I discovered recently that I tend to laugh hysterically immediately after something scary happens. I don't mean scary in the sense of scary movies, it's more like things that could have caused me severe bodily harm. For example, I've been in multiple near-misses involving my bicycle and other people or other people's bicycles (and one time, a door), and immediately following the swerve to avoid these things, I break out in maniacal laughter. It's strange, and I can't help it.

2. I think that the best way to get to know someone is to spend time with them at the house they grew up in (bonus if you can get some time with their family too). It really adds context to a person, and I've been all over the country visiting friends to see what their houses and families are like.

3. Plant nerd alert: I've decided that I want my future children to have Latin plant names incorporated into their names. My favorite of the moment is the genus name for maple: Acer. My first little boy will have Acer as his middle name, and we will call him Ace. It will be awesome, and he will love it. Maybe.

4. One of my top five favorite things to do (other than eat ice cream) is to watch movies outdoors, preferably on huge screens. When I was studying abroad in Hawaii, my friends and I spent every Sunday night on Waikiki beach where they set up a huge movie screen and played free movies. But one of my favorite outdoor movie events was last year when I watched Rocky while sitting with my friends on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Classic.

5. I have a bordering-on-unhealthy obsession with Dolly Parton. The woman, her music, and her movies.

6. I don't see the point of flowers that have no scent. Why? Though I have been warming up to gerbera daisies lately.

7. I once put a 200 pound female sea turtle in a headlock. It was during an internship in Hawaii where I was monitoring the nesting activity of Hawksbill sea turtles, and we had to tag her before she got back down to the water. Despite my iron grip, she proceeded to drag me down the beach, carrying me away like I was a fly on her nose. We eventually threw a towel over her head to calm her down and tagged her, but I had visions of being dragged down into the sea and spending the rest of my life as a mermaid, coming up only to sun myself on the black sand beaches of Hawaii.

8. Finally, I love eating foods that require a lot of effort to actually eat. I'm not talking about preparation, but the actual act of eating them. For example, pomegranates (which are starting to ripen about now!), clementines/satsuma oranges, and crab legs. I love the process of peeling away the outer skin to get to the good stuff. I'm not sure exactly why, maybe it's because it feels like I earned it after all that effort.


Carlene said...

Yay, you did it! Very cool stuff; and I love the word/name Acer, because Japanese maples are my favorite trees. I hope you get to have a little boy.

Also, the turtle story is bizarre. There doesn't happen to be video, does there?

cookiecrumb said...

Aw, man, that was sweet.

GentleWhoadie9000 said...

You forgot about artichokes!

Era said...

*Gasp* How could I forget?! Yes, add artichokes to number 8. Although they are slightly different because you get rewarded with each leaf that you tear off, as opposed to the other ones where you can't eat the skin and just have to work to get it off. But I think it still counts.