From the US. Living/teaching in Korea since August 2011. Accounts of the various ways I humiliate myself, tales of my terrible dating life, some k-indie I enjoy, and lots of penguins and cats. Honestly, it's mostly penguins and cats.
Yay! I was tagged by bentlesthebumblebuttking. I love answering questions and reading the answers to these questions (the more unnecessarily long, the better!) even if I take forever to actually do it.^^ I’m still working on figuring out nice things to say about myself, so it might be awhile on those…
1. Most-loved/longest-owned piece of clothing. You know, the item that is maybe worn into shabbiness but you just can’t trash. What is it?
When I was in high school/early college, I painted a bunch of t-shirts for myself because I couldn’t ever find clothes that I liked in my hometown and I was very squarely still in the jeans-and-t-shirts-only phase of my life. They were mostly of musicians I liked and stuff like that. I STILL have all of them and still wear them to this day. (They were all made between 2003-2006). (Actually, the shirt I’m wearing with my bunny skirt that I just posted is one of them!)
2. Your absolutely favorite perfume?
I don’t have one. I’ve always been kind of overwhelmed by the varieties and how expensive it is, so I never really buy it and just use ones I’m gifted by people. I guess I tend to like floral scents though? Maybe? (Actually, I secretly love those cotton candy/other sweet scent body sprays, but avoid them because those were strictly intended for middle school girls in the late 1990s/early 2000s.)
3. With which of the Harry Potter trio do you most identify? Why?
Hermione! I was always really good at school and never quite fit in, so I feel closest to her. Unlike her, I was really quiet and shy, but that still resulted in many people assuming I was stuck up.
4. A trait, physical or emotional or otherwise, a significant other absolutely must posses for you to be interested.
I’m going to go with open-mindedness. Or ability to listen well. Or sense of humor. Nevermind, this is too hard, so the trait I choose is that they must have the ability to penguin.
5. Most unusual item in your handbag?
Penguin? (Actually, it’s a usb, so it’s not really that unusual.) I’ve been keeping my purse really organized lately, so there’s nothing very unusual in there anymore.
6. Socks or barefoot?
Socks. Unless there are wet things around. Wet socks are the worst. (But if other people’s feet are going to be touching me, I’d prefer barefoot, unless the socks are brand new and completely clean. Feet are disgusting. Don’t ever touch me with your feet.)
7. What is your favorite kind of tree?
I don’t have one, but if I had to choose, I’d probably go with redbud trees. When we were growing up, my parents always planted a tree in our yard for each one of us kids. My tree at both of the houses I lived in was a redbud tree. Their pretty pink flowers are nice and unique.^^
Lily? I don’t really have one of these either. Or maybe that fake photoshopped flower you see on tumblr sometimes that’s an orchid that looks like a skull. Oh! Actually, I choose sunflowers. They’re the Kansas state flower, so I feel all warm and fuzzy inside whenever I see one outside of Kansas.
9. You can remove one thing from the world completely. Forever. What do you eliminate? Why?
People. I had a lot of other ideas, but people seem to be the common thread in all of it that makes everything else awful. (Although eliminating greed or prejudice would also probably help with a lot of things, so if people aren’t an option, I choose one of those.)
10. Least favorite flavor. Why?
I really really dislike black licorice. I’m not a fan of a lot of bitter flavors in general, but that one’s particularly bad. (But actually, I’m much more picky about texture than I am flavor.)
11. You can know a new language fluently. Only one. What do you choose?
Spanish! I would really like to learn Spanish and become as fluent as possible (given how late I’d be starting). Aside from how purely useful it would be, given that I’ll probably spend most of my life in the US, I really regret not taking the opportunities I had to learn it when I was younger. My current plan for after I leave Korea is to move to Mexico for 6 mo/a year and study Spanish/travel. (My dad’s family is Mexican, so that’s why I would specifically choose Mexico.)
Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
Facebook has just informed me that the last guy I dated in the US (we dated for about a year) got married this weekend. THIS IS SUPER WEIRD. Weird. Super weird.
I don’t have any desire to get married anytime soon and honestly can’t really see myself getting married anytime within the next 5 years (and sure as hell don’t have any desire to get married to that dude), but still. It’s weird to see people you’ve had actual relationships with getting married.
I was thinking about giving Ok Cupid one more shot, but I don’t know. It seems even more sad now.
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