I just turned 28 on Sunday (I get to share a birthday with Our Lady!), and I thought it would be fun to share a few fun random facts about me that I don’t think I’ve shared before. Because blogs exist so you can blather on about yourself, right? Ahem.
1. Earl Grey is my favorite tea. It reminds me of early mornings researching Old French hagiography for my senior thesis, which I found…inexplicably fun. It also reminds me of Caption Picard because I admit to a deep and enduring love for Star Trek TNG. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
2. When I’m sick, I want to watch Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Brigadoon. They are such campy and great musicals. But Daniel didn’t watch them when he was little and he finds Seven Brides absolutely horrifying. I guess it kind of is. Abduct women and get them to fall in love with you? Yeah. Super creepy…..but makes you want to burst into song!
3. I hate watermelon. I know. It’s the best. I’m missing out. I can’t help it.
4. When I was little my life’s ambition was to be Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway.
5. I have a hard time understanding poetry and Russian authors. Doesn’t mean I don’t like them, they’re just hard for me.
6. I’ve always wanted a bunch of kids. I think this desire started when I read Little Men and Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott and imagined tucking little ones in bed who would promptly fall asleep. Then I would check on them and lamplight would fall on their angelic sleeping faces. It’s not exactly how bedtime works around here, in case you were wondering.
7. Felicity is my favorite American Girl, but let’s be real. The Molly books are best.
8. Brideshead Revisited is my favorite novel. Hands down.
9. My freshman year in college my friends and I went to about 234309 bajillion concerts in Austin (and if you’re my parents reading this, just ignore this. I was studying ALL. THE. TIME. Never left my dorm.) One time we got to hang out with Badly Drawn Boy and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Now I only like shows that are over by 8pm and I get to sit down the whole time. Oh well. At least I haven’t succumbed to listening to the terrifying genre of KIDZ MUSIC. It’s sacred music, indie rock, classical, or bluegrass for you, Stewart younglings!
10. I’ve never had cable in my life ever. And I don’t think I’ve missed anything.
11. Much Ado About Nothing is my favorite Shakespeare play.
12. In my former life, I was a ballerina. I was Clara in the Nutcracker one year so…yeah…be super impressed. My feet are still deformed from pointe shoes.
13. I once presented a paper and participated in a panel discussion on Jane Austen at a conference at Notre Dame and Alasdair MacIntyre was there. It’s ok if you don’t know who he is. But I was freaking out because he is an incredible philosopher and writes about Jane Austen and virtue theory in his famous book After Virtue. He asked a few questions, one of the other girls on the panel almost fainted, and then the jokes about smelling salts commenced. It was pretty epic.
14. I’ve always wanted a spinning wheel. I know. Weird. Can’t explain it.
15. If you don’t want to see me cry a lot, don’t watch Little Women with me. Just thinking about the music and the opening credits makes me tear up. My only beef with it is why, oh why, does grown up Amy look so old and NOTHING like young Amy (Kirsten Dunst)?
16. My favorite cocktail is a gin and tonic with extra lime, please.