In the not too distant past I had been a regular board and tabletop game player--I volunteered for IELLO at GenCon demoing games, I played D&D every couple weeks, and I even got to do beta testing for unreleased cards for an Ashes expansion shortly after the game first came out.
I liked to ride my bike a lot too, along the riverside trails in more rural areas outside of where I had been living in Pittsburgh, PA, and sometimes I'd ride my bike commuting downtown to work as well.
I was also regularly involved with the local rock music scene--I'm no musician myself but I would go out to local shows at least a few times a month. Not too long ago too I was finally able to see Brand New in concert in New York, which was pretty awesome, especially since they played with Kevin Devine and The Front Bottoms which is totally my dream lineup.
Due to rare complications from this already rare condition I am in truly debilitating and constant pain...I cannot stand in one place or sit for more than a few seconds without extreme pain and my feet and legs turning purple which, I know, doesn't make me the best candidate for a traditional date!
So for now I can only walk short distances or lie down (I walk 2 miles twice a day for exercise while the rest of my day is spent in bed). I have gone to multiple high level doctors regarding my pain condition but none of them have had any solid or optimistic answers, so I really have no choice but to continue trying different prescription "cocktails" of medications that might help to control my pain. The first one they tried me on ended me up in the emergency room, so we'll just have to see how this goes!
Also, of course, on top of everything else going on with me medically regarding pain and junk like that, my AVM can still re-rupture at anytime and it won't be fully "fixed" by the radiation treatment that was done on it for a few years yet!
So I think it's pretty fair to say that I'm not really *doing* too much with my life these days outside of seeing multiple different doctors and specialists on a regular basis. My mom has even had to quit her job and sell her house to take care of me full time which I truly could not be more grateful for.
Just to be super clear, I can no longer work because of my condition for the foreseeable future. Prior to the brain hemorrhage I had been a proxy solicitor and had been trying to get a job at BNY Mellon since they have a large office in Pittsburgh where I was living.
In lieu of working, I'm spending lots of time playing brain games on my 3DS and Lumosity games online to help with my cognitive deficiencies from the brain hemorrhage. I'm definitely getting better every day though, so that's something positive!
House of Leaves (the last book I read before my AVM rupture as it would be), The Last Unicorn (I love the movie too), Veins, The Last of the Just, Sputnik Sweetheart, Cloud Atlas
I'm not the hugest movie fan, I must admit, but to try to pick a few of varying genre that I really like I'll go with Dancer in the Dark, Blue Velvet, Anchorman (lol), Nashville, and Across the Universe. I guess to be more general I tend to like musicals, non-slapstick humor, and creepy/depressing (but not scary) stuff.
Rick and Morty, Buffy (and Angel, and Dollhouse), Community, Hunter x Hunter, Bee and Puppycat (if that counts), Adventure Time, Twin Peaks, Sherlock, Last Week Tonight
Lana del Rey, Conor Oberst, Kevin Devine, Barry Manilow (I've been lucky enough to see him live twice *swoons*), Brand New, Modern Baseball, Little Green Cars, The Black Keys, Counting Crows, The Decemberists, Foxing, The Front Bottoms, Garth Brooks, Matchbox Twenty, Josh Groban
I used to be really into exceptionally spicy stuff, but unforunately my stomach decided to become super delicate following my month-long ICU stay in 2015. Because of this, I now like to stick with just plain natural protein foods like nuts and meat and vegetables. As far as more "fun" stuff goes I do love green tea ice cream on occasion and I often have an herbal tea in the afternoon as a little pick-me-up as well :P
2. Music (I can't believe I only found out about Discover Weekly on Spotify fairly recently...)
3. The nearby ocean
6. My absurdly huge collection of nail polish (even though I don't use it anymore)
...you *aren't* super into Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, and Back to the Future (I feel like I'm the only one sometimes from reading profiles on here)!
...and you should *definitely* message me if you're also on Team Instinct and you'd be down to take over some gyms in El Segundo with me!