What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
As a recent college graduate, I am working to pay off student loans
- can I get an "amen"?! Fortunately, I am doing what I love:
teaching. I am currently teaching GED prep courses for the
Department of Corrections at two different locations. It's not the
type of teaching I want to do long term, but it has taught me a lot
about the art of education and handling people, presenting unique
challenges and offering opportunities to work through them. It has
also humbled me in understanding what I don't know, filling in the
gaps of my own education. There is no learning like teaching!
Working towards greater self-knowledge and wisdom is very important
to me. I am continually striving for greater understanding of
myself in terms of me and myself in relation to others.
I am also practicing gratitude, particularly when life is
difficult, or things don't turn out the way I want or expect them
I am anxiously awaiting word from the Peace Corps. Service is
something I value. Being given the chance to serve others and be a
part of something bigger on a small scale is tremendous. Here's
hoping. . . In the event that I do not get accepted, graduate
school is the path I will take. Researching programs and some
really amazing institutions has been equally exciting. Great things
are happening and heading my way.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Academia. School is where I thrive.
I am great at listening. It's a skill that I have put time and
Middle English, working on my Old English and Old Norse
Literature and analysis.
Compassion and empathy.
I am also really good at trying new things (emphasis on the
"trying" part. There is no guarantee that I will actually be good
at the thing I'm trying).
The first things people usually notice about me
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As of right now, my hair since it is so short.
The tattoo on my forearm (my first visible one).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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So many great books that I have had the opportunity to read!
"Everything is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer
"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas
"The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer
"The Hidden Reality" By Brian Greene
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury
"The Sand Child" by Tahar ben Jelloun
"1984" by George Orwell
Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Parallel Worlds" by Michio Kaku
And so on and so forth. There are far too many to list here.
I really love film. Some of my favorites are:
Waking Life by Richard Linklater
A Single Man by Tom ford
The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen by Terry Gilliam
The Cure by Peter Horton
Doomsday Book by Pil-Sung Yim and Kim Jee-Woon
Ong Bak by Prachya Pinkaew
Arsenic and Old Lace by Frank Capra
Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock
They Live by John Carpenter
Day of the Dead by George Romero
I don't watch much television, but the shows that I do like
The Daily Show with John Stewart
Star Trek (I'm an Original Series kind of person)
Freaks and Geeks
Musical tastes include, but are not limited to:
João Gilberto (I have recently become aware of how much my life has
been lacking Bossonova. How could I have been so blind?!)
The Righteous Brothers
Tears for Fears
I Sank Molly Brown
Cold War Kids
Death Cab for Cutie
Balkan Beat Box
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
I love to cook. It's therapeutic in so many ways for me, whether
it's done by myself or with others or for others.
My favorite cuisine is Ethiopian. I also enjoy Indian, Thai,
Vietnamese, Lebanese, Greek, Italian, Mexican. Basically anything.
I love sushi. I also enjoy vegan foods and gluten-free foods and
often experiment with them in the kitchen. Can we talk about
desserts, please? Carrot cake (especially from Tony's Market),
cheesecake, Spring Fling (from The Market in Denver), tres leches
cake, pecan pie, my pistachio cranberry white chocolate fudge,
Nutella, and bitter chocolates. These are all so amazing.
I really love beer. Deeply.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
My wonderful friends and family.
My unending gratitude to be alive as I know it!
Beer. Really good beer.
The Universe (and other potential universes and dimensions)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
This answer varies. Sometimes I spend Fridays with a friend, or a
group of friends. Sometimes I reserve it for time to myself to
write. It is important for me to have silence in my life. This
world is so noisy and distractions abound. I need silence to
refocus, reconnect, and think.
Friday nights sometimes include my telescope, the stars, the moon,
space in between, and my own awe.
Movies are also a plus on Friday nights. I am not a club-goer or
party-er. I prefer intimate settings with people I am close with.
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