Who is this Girl From Jupiter Anyway? (aka: 10 More Things About Me)

Concept image of the six most common questions and answers on a signpost.Okay, let me begin by saying that I usually never, ever participate in these blog nomination/chain-letter type games that a lot of other bloggers seem to be into. It’s just not my thing. But I am feeling a bit uninspired this week, so I guess answering these ten simple questions may make for an interesting blog post.

Second thing you should know: I have no intentions of playing by the rules. What rules, you ask? Well, apparently, I’m supposed to follow these rules:

The rules are as follows:
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you and answer their 10 questions
2. Add the badge to your post
3. Write your own 10 questions and tag 10 bloggers to do the same

Okay, I’ll follow rule #1, because it’s only fair. I was nominated to answer these questions by Sandra G at http://datebynumb3r.com/ . So yes, by all means, click the link, check out her blog, and share a piece of life with an honest and sincere blogger who’s stumbling through the ups and downs of single life like so many of us.

As for #3, well, I have no clue whatsoever which bloggers I would nominate to answer any questions I come up with. So that’s not going to happen, either. But to be a good sport and to share a little of my cave-dwelling, clueless life with you all, I’ll answer the questions. Ready? Here we go:

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10 Things About Me

  1. How did you choose your blog’s name?

When I was young, other kids (and people in my family) used to tease me and call me weird, because I spoke funny (aka: English with proper grammar), read a lot of books, had a huge imagination, and was much younger than the other kids in my grade. So I laughed it off, and explained to everyone that the reason I was weird is that I was a changeling child from Jupiter. That probably didn’t help me to fit in, either.

  1. Do you have any other blogs? What are they?

Yes, two other active blogs. But I prefer to keep them segregated.

  1. What’s your day job?

I am a full-time IT student and a part-time IT assistant. It’s a nice little job, and I get a cubicle and dual monitors and everything. I love working in the IT industry and am learning lots of great stuff about the OSI model and Active Directory and network architecture and other things that most of my readers could probably care less about.

  1. What has been your favorite place to live and why?

It’s a toss-up between the San Francisco Bay Area, where I grew up, and a tiny town in the Sierra Nevada mountains, where I spent my first year of college. The first, because those are my stomping grounds, and the Bay Area is just so cool, you know? (Hella cool, even). The tiny mountain town, because I used to wake up every morning to this amazing, gorgeous view of deer running across a meadow, and mountain peaks in the distance. And the smell of pine trees, and the slow, quiet pace…I loved all of that. But I missed things like Target, and movie theaters, and open-minded tolerant people.

  1. What is the last thing you baked?

Oatmeal raisin walnut cookies.

  1. Be physically perfect but feel constantly sick or be obese but feel amazing?

Hard to answer. Because when I used to be really overweight, I was healthy, but I did not feel amazing. I felt far from amazing. My knees hurt, and I felt heavy and slow and not pretty. When I lost 60 pounds, I felt amazing. I’m still healthy, but I love how my body feels now. So it is hard to imagine the reverse being true.

  1. What is one thing about dating that you know now, but wish you had known 5 years ago?

*Blushes* Umm…I still know pretty much nothing about dating. I have gone out on very few dates since becoming single again, and even those were mostly platonic, so truly, I’m kind of clueless. I did not date anyone before meeting my now ex-husband when I was 19 years old. (Well, unless you count the three sweet Christian boyfriends I held hands and giggled with during high school, but we never saw each other outside of school, never went on any actual dates, and I only lightly kissed one. Do you count that as dating?)

Five years ago, I was not thinking about dating, as I was still married. I didn’t enjoy being married at all, but in a way if felt safer than the dating scene. It was like a prison, but at least it was a low-risk, predictable prison (except during the last two nightmarish years). Now, I am single and wonderfully free for the first time in my entire adult life. But now I’m walking tentatively down a strange road, shielding my eyes and ears from the freak show that is the singles dating scene. I’ve tasted enough of it to know that it is just as scary and pointless as I once feared. No thanks. I don’t need it.

  1. What dating sites or apps have you tried (if any)? How were they?

I signed up for eHarmony and Match.com once out of curiosity. It was pointless, because without paying a bunch of money, you can’t even read any messages from men or see their complete profiles or anything. So it was a mildly entertaining waste of time. I deactivated both profiles without ever pursuing anything. Really, even the idea of using one of those sites in earnest makes me feel much more frightened than curious. Maybe it is like skydiving – some people see it as a thrilling and fun adventure. But to me, it is more like dueling with Death and hoping you’ll win. Super scary, and not at all worth the risk.

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do to relax?

Read fiction, marathon-watch TV shows on Netflix or Hulu, watch movies, play The Sims (or other computer games), bake, lie in a hammock under the trees, do handicrafts, write. Add a glass of wine or a cup of earl grey tea or chai, and ahhh…relaxation.

  1. Would you be interested in writing a guest post for my blog? (No pressure here, just curious)

Thanks, but probably not. You’re welcome to reblog whatever you like, though.

 

10 Somewhat Interesting Things About Me (A Random List)

1. When I was a girl, my favorite sandwich was peanut butter, dill pickle, and banana.

Flexitarian: I am not a vegetarian; I just eat like one.

2. When I’m putting gasoline in my minivan, I like to smoosh my face against the windows and make funny faces at my kids.

3. I can’t float on my back in a swimming pool. Every time I try, I sink like a stone. Also, I was second slowest on my middle school swim team.

4. I love to run fast. I take pride in outrunning nearly every woman, and even a great number of men. Sometimes I wish I had become a track and field athlete. Or a professional soccer player. Something fast.

5. I am an almost-vegetarian. There is actually a word for this: a flexitarian. Basically, I only eat meat around 2-3 times per week. After cooking meaty meals for my family, I often prepare a meatless dish for myself.

6. I love to be in nature. If I were a cell phone, then the way to recharge my battery would be a few days in the forest, or at the seashore, or beneath the stars in the desert.

7. If I were to meet a fairy who would grant me just one wish, I would wish for long, shiny, straight black hair. Or maybe money. Being rich may be just as fun as having long, shiny hair to swing around. Really, I can’t imagine being rich, because I don’t much like spending money and wouldn’t exactly know what to do if I suddenly had a lot of it. Well, other than travel a lot and buy a long, shiny black wig. Also, maybe I would build a koi pond.

I wish I had hair exactly like this! (Okay, so shallow, I know)

8. I remember the names of almost every child from my preschool class from 33 years ago. I remember lyrics to hundreds of songs — even songs I only sang a few times as a child. My earliest memories are from when I was not even two years old. Sometimes it is useful to have such a detailed memory. But there are also many things that I wish I could simply forget.

9 Cada dia, me esfuerzo en mejorar mi castellano. Yo miro las noticias, juegos de futbol, programas para niños, y programas ordinarias, incluso telenovelas. Yo escucho la radio en español, cantar canciones, y leer novelas tambien. Desgraciadamente, creo que todavia estoy lejos de hablar con soltura, probablemente porque me faltan las oportunidades de hablar con otras personas.

10. I like to create beautiful things for people. I write stories and poetry. I bake treats, sew quilts, and make beaded jewelry and hand-stamped cards. I like to give away my creations to other people, because I like to think that maybe my gifts may brighten someone’s day,  and that maybe, just maybe, they will be touched enough to pay it forward to others.

The not-so-perfect quilt I am making for one of my sisters for Christmas.