Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ten Facts About Me

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is Ten Facts About Me and they can be either bookish or not. I can't think of many bookish things about me you wouldn't already know, and since I don't talk about myself much I'm going to go with random facts about my life. And maybe a couple of book-related things to round it out.

1. Although I live in the Boston area now, I grew up in a tiny little town on the coast of Maine.

2. My father was a lobster fisherman when I was a kid, so although we didn't have a lot of money we ate lobster frequently. It took me many years to realize this wasn't the norm.

3. Like the rest of my family, I continue put jelly on top of my grilled cheese. Because it is delicious.

4. I'm afraid of German Shepherds, but more afraid of bees.

5. I've never had a manicure in my life. I've also never had a professional massage. I'm sure either would be lovely, but I just can't be bothered to make an appointment and drag myself to it.

6. A few years ago I took a helicopter flying lesson, which was pretty amazing. If you had told me ten years ago that I would do it, I would not have believed you because I hate flying. But apparently I just hate flying in planes.

7. I was vegetarian for a long time - probably 15 years or so. I've never thought that it was wrong to eat animals, but that the way we produce meat in our society is very wrong. My feelings on this topic have not changed. I also have strong feelings about animal welfare and the use of animals in research.

8. When I was in college I spent a semester in Glasgow, Scotland. I'm glad I went, but I would have gotten so much more out of it had I gone when I was older. It's only recently that I've really come to appreciate international travel. (Also, I can never donate blood again because I spent more than 3 months in the UK. Crazy.)

9. Although I'm a librarian and a voracious reader, I wasn't an English major. WHAT. I KNOW! I majored in Government (which is what my college called political science) and minored in Russian language and literature. So, that's my literature, I guess.

10. I have a written list of everything I've read since mid-2000. I don't update it every time I finish a book anymore, but I go through periodically and make sure they're all on there. After the zombie apocalypse I won't have access to my Goodreads account, so.

So there you have it! A random collection of semi-interesting factoids about me. Did anything surprise you?


Jen Cristalli said...

Drag yourself to a massage. Right. Now. Seriously. It's not dragging, it should be running. Manicures you can live without. But get on your Groupon app and GET IT DONE. Trust me on this one.

I just visited Boston for the first time in April! It was fun, definitely a cute city!


iloveheartlandX said...

I've never had a manicure either!
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Anonymous said...

Professional manicures are overrated...my mother in law gets me a gift certificate every so often and I have to force myself to schedule an appointment and go so she didn't waste her money. So are you not a vegetarian anymore? I've been one for almost 15 years myself and the idea of going back someday doesn't seem all that appealing to me, but I'm always curious about why people decide to eat meat again because I don't feel like I can totally foreclose the option.

3goodrats said...

I once had a gift certificate to some spa place and just couldn't manage to set a time to schedule anything because it felt like a chore. I went back to eating seafood first (I really love seafood), but then just got really lazy I guess? And also started doing some international travel and really wanted to try all the foods, and....I don't know. I still prefer vegetarian foods and I always think that if I had a personal chef I could probably *easily* be vegan. I love vegetables but I hate chopping.

Anonymous said...

Chopping is The Worst. I buy way more pre-diced stuff than I should because I'm so much more likely to actually eat my veggies, and veggies with preservatives are better than no veggies at all. Probably?

Lindsay said...

I spent about 10 years not eating much meat, but 5 years or so ago I started slowly eating it again -- and let me tell you, I love me a burger nowadays! My husband is a huge carnivore so he was part of my reintroduction to the world of meat, but also I love to travel and it was such a bummer to not be able to try regional foods. It's so much more freeing to be able to eat anywhere now and know I'll be able to find something! Like you, I hate the way meat is produced in our country (though that didn't have much to do with why I stopped eating it in the first place; at 14 or 15 I didn't know much about that). When we lived in Ohio (where we just moved from) we found a wonderful butcher shop with all local meat. It tasted so much better and I felt better about eating it.

I think manicures and pedicures are overrated, but a massage on the other hand... Sign me right up! If we ever have tons of extra money just laying around, I'm going to get massages a couple times a month!