Last week, Paul from The Captain’s Speech made this post in which he answered 30 questions that he got tagged in by Bill from A Silly Place. I’m a sucker for these kinds of Q&A posts, and even if I wasn’t specifically tagged, I’ll go ahead and do it likewise!
Here’s getting to know a bit more about me. I also encourage anyone interested to take part in answering the 30 questions. Hope you enjoy!
1. What was your favorite childhood book?
I was obsessed with The Baby-Sitters Club series in elementary school. I remember reading 50 books within my 3rd grade year, which to this day boggles my mind. It’s kind of weird, because looking back, BSC wasn’t anything particular, i.e. your pretty-standard general fiction, but I still read them all. I still have 30 of the 100+ books in the series sitting in my bookshelf collecting dust, and I might get back to them some day.
2. What was your favorite TV show as a child?
Don’t judge me, but up until kindergarten, I LOVED Barney. Then it switched over to Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood up until the age of 10. Anything on PBS was fair game!
3. What book did you read in secret as a kid?
This was when I was older (15-16 years old), but I remember constantly checking out Gravity (in secret) at my local library. It’s an LGBT novel, and it was back when I was still very-much in the closet, but also wanted to learn about my budding sexuality. I was kind of ashamed of it all, but now I’m more comfortable with myself, and Gravity remains one of my favorite YA novels to this day.
4. What album and CD do you love and know by heart?
I have several I know by heart, just because I owned a TON of CDs as a kid. Any of The Cheetah Girls (1 and 2) soundtracks, as well as The Hits– Chapter One by the Backstreet Boys. I was very-much entrenched in the 1990’s and 2000’s music!
5. What book did you hate as a student?
I did not enjoy reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding in 10th grade. I found it boring and violent, which even for my high-school self, I was completely turned-off by. It scared me, and I wouldn’t choose to read it again.
6. What is your all-time favorite movie?
Ratatouille! It offers the perfect blend of comedy, fantasy, Paris, and good cooking. One of the best Pixar films out there, if not the best! I’d watch it over and over again.
7. What song always lifts your mood?
“Every Day” by Rascal Flatts. Very uplifting to get you out of a funk, and the perfect wedding ballad (should one get married some day!).
8. What is the last book you read?
It’s been so long…probably a fanfic on Amazon Kindle. I tend just to read Reddit articles, and the occasional news. I ought to get back into reading actual books, though!
9. Which TV shows have you binge-watched? Why?
A Series of Unfortunate Events, Black Mirror, One Day At a Time…anything from Netflix, really.
10. If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
Penguin! They’ve been my favorite animal since childhood, and I’d love nothing better than to be cuddly, cute, and waddle around all day for a living.
11. What was your most embarrassing moment?
I’ve got many, but the most-recent one was when I went to the doctor for my annual check-up. A nurse gave me a cup for my expected urine test, but she didn’t say outright that I had to pee in the cup: she said that after I went to the bathroom, that I put the cup in the safe-box inside the bathroom.
I didn’t know where my mind was at that moment, but I’d assumed that I had to put the cup in the safe-box while empty, which confused me. So I clarified with her, “so, just put it in, like this…?,” to which she responded, in an amused tone, “no, pee first!” Crazy as it was to say, I still couldn’t believe that I, a full-grown adult, missed that crucial piece of information, of having to collect urine for a URINE test, but I got it done and out as quickly as possible!
12. What famous author would you most like to meet?
Chris Crutcher. One of my favorite YA-novel writers, and the only sports author I’d choose to read. He also has a background in child psychology, which is fascinating; I’d love to pick his brain on the subject at hand!
13. What in your past would you most like to change?
Many things, but in general, I’d say being more aware of how I worded things and acted to people. Not to say that I intentionally hurt them, but looking back, I’d accidentally hurt certain people without being aware that I did. I wish that I had more self-awareness back then.
14. Describe your most profound musical experience.
Hard to pinpoint one, but I’d say one of them would have to be my punk and rap phase in late high school, when I discovered Eminem and Green Day. I hadn’t thought I’d enjoy their music, but I really got into them for a couple of years, and to this day, I don’t mind listening to them when their songs pop up on the radio.
15. What important classic book have you never read?
I’ve never read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. I’d like to, though, after my sister had read it and said she enjoyed it.
16. What is your least favorite food?
Corn. I could never get on-board with it. I’m okay with baby corn, but regular corn (heck, even popcorn) just does not appeal to me. I find it too starchy and bland (without butter).
17. What movie, book, or music always makes you cry?
It takes a lot for me to tear up, but I will say that “Love Someone” by Jason Mraz makes me feel some sort of emotion. If anything, I get happy tears: it’s just that simple, feel-good song that gives you hope that love will come…and it’ll always “come back to you.” ❤
18. What actor or actress do you have a crush on?
Recent crushes (because they change from time to time):
Actor: Chance Perez.
Actress: Priyanka Karki.
19. Would you rather be a vampire or a zombie? Why?
Vampire! I find zombies very unattractive and bland. With vampires, at least you can romanticize them…all the while look good doing so!
20. What book at home would you use to squash a bug?
Anything hardcover, really.
21. Which character would you like to be in Harry Potter?
Sounds a bit of a cop-out, but Hermione Granger. Or Ginny Weasley. Both strong female characters who focus on themselves (e.g. academics, hobbies, personal life) before getting into relationships with their future SOs (Ron and Harry, respectively). Definitely relatable, especially now in adulthood with work and juggling relationships!
22. What song would you most like to sing on stage?
“Shape of My Heart” by the Backstreet Boys. Probably would serenade it (as a joke) to friends and loved ones.
23. Do you like your name? What name would you prefer?
I’m content with my name. I like how it’s common, but not TOO common.
24. What do most people not know about you?
I grew up and lived in Los Angeles, but I’ve never been to Hollywood.
25. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
I’m content living in Los Angeles (and I’ve had my stint living in France), but if I could choose, Canada would be it.
26. If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Back to my time abroad in France.
27. What poems have you memorized? Recite one of them?
“Bright star, were I as steadfast as thou art–/Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night/And watching, with eternal lids apart,/Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite…”
— John Keats, “Bright Star.”
28. Who in your life has made a strong impression on you?
29. Do you have a recurring dream? Describe it.
Yes, I tend to have the sensation of waking up to my alarm, but in fact was a dream in itself. Takes about twice to three times to actually wake up. Kind of mind-tripping!
30. What epitaph would you like on your tombstone?
“With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
Thanks for reading!
— The Finicky Cynic
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