May 16, 2007

8 Things About Me

I've really enjoyed reading everyone's replies to this meme, so I thought I'd give it a try as well. So, here it goes - 8 things about me you didn't know before:

  1. I don't know how to ride a bike. I never had the chance to learn as a child, and this really saddens me, because I imagine bike riding to be so much fun. A while ago my boyfriend tried to teach me, but with no success - I'd fall down the moment he let go of me! I'm determined to learn one day, though, so I can stop eyeing everyone who rides bikes past me with envy and be able to enjoy another one of life's little pleasures myself.

  2. I am left-handed, but when I entered elementary school my teacher insisted that I had to write with my right hand. She was a nice old lady and she meant well, but as a result of this, I do everything with my left hand except writing, and my handwriting is appalling. All through my school years my teachers threatened me with, "Next time I won't correct your assignment!", but thankfully that never actually happened. I think that with time they came to understand it wasn't really my fault.

  3. Next semester I'm going to study in England, thanks to an exchange program. My boyfriend got accepted into the same university, so he's going too. I'm really, really excited about this in general, and particularly about catching a train one weekend and fulfilling my dream of visiting Scotland at last.
  1. I was a psychology major for four years before I switched to English, because I could no longer ignore the fact that that really wasn't what I wanted to do with my life. I was, in fact, only one internship away from graduating. Almost everyone tells me how irresponsible of me it was to switch my major at that point, but I actually think it was the most responsible thing I could have done. I didn't quit before the internship out of laziness - it was because I knew that I would be getting out there in the "real world" at least, and I would be expected to play a role I couldn't possible play. I was not a psychologist at heart, and so I knew it would be reckless of me to deal with real problems and real people without being completely dedicated to it. So I switched my major, and now I often feel that I'm a bit behind in life, but at least I'm finally studying something I truly love.

  2. I collect concert setlist. Live music is one of my passions, and often after a show I ask the roadies for the setlist. I have a total of 39, by artists like Nick Cave, The Cure, Sigur Rós, The Arcade Fire, Billy Corgan, Rufus Wainwright, etc.

  3. Sufjan Stevens is my favourite musician. His music means more to me than I can possible explain. Inside his songs I feel at home. I got to see him live once (and to meet him too, actually), and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

  4. I don't make new friends easily, and I didn't make many friends through my school years. I met most of my closest friends (and my boyfriend) through internet message boards. Some of these friends I've met in person, others I haven't because they live too far away, but they still remain more important to me than people I see every day.

  5. I love cats, I always have. I have 4 cats and I love them all, but there's one I'm particularly close to. He's more like a dog than a cat, really. He comes to me when I call his name, he sleeps in my room almost every night, he meows outside my window for me to let him in, he climbs onto my lap when I'm reading and prepares to sleep over my book, he keeps me company, he purrs when he sees me. I love him.


  1. Wow, you just listed all of my favorite band (minus The Arcade Fire). Crazy! I think that it's very responsible of you to switch to English and your never behind in life in my opinion. I'm 26 and just getting out of school and will probably go back for my PhD eventually. I'm of the opinion that if your happy with what you're doing, then you're where you need to be in life. I'm a leftie too!

  2. Many congratulations to both you and your boyfriend on your acceptance to study abroad this next semester! What a great experience.

    From what you said, I do think you made the right choice for you in choosing to study English. Sometimes it's hard to know your path ahead of time. Both my husband and I are examples of that ourselves--although me to a lesser degree.

    My mother was forced to become right handed although she was born left. She does a lot of things still with her left hand (like throw balls), but she writes with her right hand. My father, also a lefty, also faced the prejudice against lefthanders, but he was very stubborn and the teachers had no luck switching him. They did force him to learn to write with a straight wrist though. I am also a lefty, by the way--and very proud of it. :-)

  3. Chris, thanks. I do know in my heart that I did the right thing, but I'm so used to people looking down on me for it that it's good to see someone understanding my choice for once.

    literary feline, thanks! I do think it will be a very great experience. And what I said to Chris goes to you too.

    Left-handed people were given a hard time until some years go. Hopefully, from what I can see, the situation is changing, and there seems to be less prejudice and less attempts and forceful "conversions".

  4. As my answers to the meme might indicate - I know what you mean regarding feeling a bit "behind in life", having spent ages doing things my heart wasn't in. I'm learning to tune out the naysayers. :) Sounds to me like you did exactly the right thing - the fact that you are doing what you love is worth a great deal more than doing something people approve of.

    Great answers, and your cat sounds lovely.

  5. I think I'm learning as well. It doesn't bother me much at all anymore. Still, it's nice to see that there are people out there who understand. Thank you for your words.

  6. We have the bike riding thing in common. I'm surprised that in this day and age of divulging everything that tons of other people haven't mentioned it.


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