A formative force in my childhood was, at age twelve, seeing a production of Animal Farm--the ballet. Another was at age nine, learning that my middle name was Ellen not Mellon. I came home with what I'd thought was my full name signed on a painting, my mother eventually stopped laughing and corrected me.
Random fact: I organize my books by color.
Also sometimes at my day job I get to play with Legos--I spent part of today figuring out how to diagram the parts of the retina with blocks (it'd be much easier if 90% of the blocks weren't one of two shades of green).
Once upon a time I was fluent in Italian, but lack of use these past couple years has rendered me rusty. In an attempt to amend the problem I recently enrolled in a conversational Italian class. Other than that, my fall/winter has been filled with cooking epic meals with friends (we frequently watch Game of Thrones and make viking food), attempting to learn to swing dance, editing Wikipedia articles for kicks, and swimming.
I very much like to build and make things. I'd gotten out of the habit for a bit, this is being remedied by my internship ("Make this stuffed animal into a creepy puppet, okay, now make these severed limbs look real...") and some of the classes I've been taking around town. Metal working? Yes. Hovercraft building contest? Hell yes! <--yes, it hovered, awesome, no?
*Update: wooden glasses are currently out of commission (crunched under foot), no worries, they will be fixed in the not too distant future.
Movies: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Wristcutters, Precious, Going Postal, Milk, Johnny Dangerously, Dogma, Santa Sangre, Rent, Philadelphia, Eternal Sunshine, Fight Club, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and 1960s musicals (my dad is a big fan, it rubbed off).
Music: Magnetic Fields, The Dresden Dolls, Foxy Shazam, CAKE, Bright Eyes, Michael Jackson, Jesus and Mary Chain, Stevie Wonder, Carl Carlton, Adam and the Ants,, World Inferno, The Cure, Earth Wind and Fire, Mavis Staples.
TV: Law and Order, House of Cards, Nip/Tuck, Mythbusters, Criminal Minds, Roseanne, Sherlock (BBC version), Game of Thrones.
Foods: Italian, Indian, and Korean are all fantastic, but I'll try anything once, i.e. I've tried snails, moose head stew, chicken feet and muktuk (go ahead and ask what it is).
Other favorite things
Favorite classes: Rocket building (practical physics?) Catapult (even less practical physics), Sitcom writing (for two weeks my homework was to watch South Park)
Podcasts: The Savage Lovecast.
When I was eleven I leaned against a wall, slipped and accidentally pulled a fire alarm.
Once back when I was an alter server I threw up spectacularly during a rather important part of the mass. Worse, I stood there frozen for over a minute until my Mom came up to shoo me away. Worse still, a week later a little old lady told me (publicaly) that I "throw up very gracefully."
Goofy/geeky/kinky/crafty (as in the type who likes to build things, not the sneaky sort) guys are especially encouraged.
Lastly, there badly needs to be more Scrabble in my life. We should play.