I already did the 25 things meme, but I'm doing it again. Because I'm bored, and because Facebook people keep tagging me. Wooooo. You get two for the price of one! Although it's free, so... yay? :
1. I often listen to the same song over and over and over. Sometimes I'll listen to the same song 3 times on my way to and from work and lunch, so that's 12 times a day right there.
2. I find it much easier and faster to bond with animals than people. I can develop a healthy, happy friendship with a cat or dog in a matter of hours, whereas with people, it usually takes at least a few days before I can really call them a friend, not just an acquaintance.
3. I have a very weak sense of smell.
4. I always wanted a brother, and I remember being very angry when I found out I was getting a sister instead.
5. I think smoking is absolutely repulsive, and I have to keep reminding myself not to think less of people just because they have one bad habit.
6. I got appendicitis a few days after my 18th birthday and missed the last week of high school. It was a horrible experience, especially since I have a severe aversion to anything medical and had to have surgery. But then, I found out just how awesome my friends were. Some of them went around getting people to sign cards for me, and my speech and comp class made a video for me. When we had that dinner cruise thing, a lot of people (even people I rarely talked to) came over and asked how I was doing. It almost restored my faith in humanity.
7. I love to cook, but I don't cook if it's just for me. Since I'm the only person in my house (I'm sure my cats would love it if I cooked for them, but no), I rarely cook any more. Sigh.
8. I have Tourette Syndrome, but I don't have coprolalia (the constant, random swearing that's stereotypically associated with TS, even though only 15% of people with TS have that symptom). Sometimes, I like to pretend I have it though, because it's funny. One time I was at the airport with my dad and sister, and my sister wanted to get some girl magazine (like Cosmo or whatever). My dad said, "don't get that magazine, all they talk about is sex!" My sister got really embarrassed and said, "Dad, don't say that!" So started walking around saying "Sex! Sex! Lesbian! Sex!" My dad told me to stop it, and when I said "But I have Tourette Syndrome," he said, "You can't use that!"
9. I have never watched "The Office" (even though people have told me I should), but I say "that's what she said" all the time.
10. Although I'll be friends with pretty much anyone who seems interested, I generally get along better with younger people. They're usually more fun and interesting. I like weird, nerdy teenagers a lot. Some of the coolest people I know are weird, nerdy teenagers. I guess that's good, since young adult fantasy is what I like to write. ("Young adult fantasy" sounds kind of creepy and pedophilic...)
11. When I was in 3rd grade, I lived in Florida and took a transfer bus to a school in another county that had a gifted program. So every morning, while I was waiting at the local school for the transfer bus to come, I would hunt for snails in the bushes. When I found one, I would bring it to school with me. I named them all some name that began with W (probably Walter or Wilbur or something like that), and I would keep them in my desk (I think I'd eventually set them loose outside). It cracks me up, just thinking about my teacher's reaction when she kept finding snails in my desk.
12. I really like figure drawing. I haven't taken any classes in a while, but it's a very intense experience. I want to draw more, but I would feel way too awkward saying "Hey, would you mind getting naked and lying around for 3 hours while I stare at you and draw pictures?" (Even though I know several people who would probably do it.) It's much less awkward when you're in a group.
13. I love trashy reality dating shows. The trashier the better. Even though I generally hate and avoid tension of any kind, there's something so hilarious about a couple of skanky whores getting into a catfight over some brain-dead famous guy who's twice their age and not really attractive. Some of the women look like drag queens, which makes it even more amusing. I know these shows are rotting my brain, but they make me feel good about myself.
14. I love small businesses and restaurants where the owners make an effort to get to know you. It makes going out in public less agonizing.
15. The vast majority of my DVDs are rated either G or R. I love kid movies, and I love questionable, controversial movies that may or may not contain nudity.
16. I get incredibly anxious when I hear about anything dealing with sexual abuse. Whether I'm watching something, reading, or talking to another person, when the issue of sexual abuse comes up, I want to curl up into a little ball and go hide somewhere. It really, really bothers me.
17. I'm really interested in learning about other places and cultures (America is so boring), and I want to see more of the world. Unfortunately, having an incurable social phobia (and a lack of money) makes this difficult. I did manage to get out of the country and visit Iceland and Denmark over the summer, and I loved it.
18. Roughly half my friends are bisexual. Variety is the spice of life, eh?
19. I hate Valentine's Day, mostly because mushy romantic stuff makes me very uncomfortable, and there's PINK everywhere. I can't stand pink. However, I did like celebrating Derek's birthday at Compadres back when we all lived in Meadville, and the post-V-day chocolate sales are almost as awesome as the post-Easter chocolate sales.
20. One of the most influential books of my life was a children's book called "Six Dogs, Twenty-three Cats, Forty-five Mice, and One Hundred Sixteen Spiders." It's about a young woman named Annie Tree who has a house full of animals, and whenever her friend Priscilla Wickett comes over for tea and cake, she ends up running away.
21. I regret the things I haven't done a lot more than the things I have done.
22. I feel really old whenever someone my age gets married or has a kid. It makes me feel like most of them are turning into grownups, when I'm still stuck in childhood. I do not want to grow up. I do not want to stick to the status quo (*sings* no no nooooo). I may have a job and a house, but I'm still the same little kid who loves cartoons and macaroni and cheese.
23. On that note, sometimes I wonder what kind of parent I'd be like if hell ever freezes over and I end up breeding. I think I would either treat the kid like it was a cat, leave the kid to his/her own devices in his/her room all day, or just hand the kid over to the father (another scary thought) until the age of 6 or so (which I would probably do anyway, because babies are gross, and there's no way I'm gonna change diapers, especially several times a day!). Then once the kid turned into a teenager, I would try to be his/her friend, but by then s/he'd hate me for being a horrible parent. Yeah... it's probably best that I'm a cat lady.
24. I really like learning about psychology, especially studying mental illnesses and neurological disorders. I find it all really fascinating, and I love watching interviews and reading case studies.
25. When I was really young, I would "headbang" all the time. When I went to bed, I'd lie on my stomach, turn my head to the side, and whack my head against the mattress. Sometimes I'd hum or sing a monotonous tone to myself, and it usually helped me fall asleep. I'd also whack my head/back while sitting in chairs. (I really annoyed some guy on an airplane once, and he asked me to stop because I was sloshing his drink everywhere.) I finally stopped the summer I was 13, when I was away at camp. Some of my cabinmates woke me up in the middle of the night because I was headbanging and singing in my sleep. I got really embarrassed and stopped doing it completely. I kind of wonder how all that headbanging affected my brain, and maybe that's one of the reasons I'm so weird...