It’s a new season and I’m sure there are some new readers out there, so, hi! If this is your first visit to A Thought and a Half, I’m glad you stopped by and I hope this will be the first of many times you peek around here. If you’re a returning visitor, then welcome back!
My favorite question to ask and be asked is, “What’s your story?” It’s become one of the first questions I ask when I meet someone new. I always enjoy a good story, whether I’m telling it or listening to someone else. I’m a writer because I love stories. That’s part of the reason I started my Weekly Sip series — we always have a story to tell, and it’s always more interesting when the honesty comes out.
As Miranda Lambert’s producer said on the ACM Awards a few weeks ago, “Tell the truth. It’s more interesting.” So, with that in mind…
Here are some things you should probably know about me.
Additions to my story, if you will.
I call myself an extroverted introvert. If you’re the Myers Briggs type, that translates to INTJ. I love going out, meeting and talking with new people, but I crave time by myself, too. In fact, I get overwhelmed if I spend too much time in large groups of people. Sometimes I’m the quiet one in the group.
I’ve never read Moby Dick, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre or The Catcher in the Rye. I realized this when the one literature question at trivia night was about Moby Dick and I didn’t have a clue. Does this make me a failure of an English major?
I danced for 12 years (competed for 8), and I refused to wear any amount of makeup or hair product (except for basic hairspray) for at least three years after my last recital. I needed a break. To this day, I use maybe five makeup products.
I own more notebooks and journals than I know what to do with. #WriterProblems
The one food that I just cannot eat raw is tomatoes. I don’t really like them cooked, either. Tomatoes really just aren’t my thing. I also despise cooked greens (spinach, collards, kale, etc.). It’s a texture thing.
On a related note, the only seafood I can tolerate is fried calamari. Weird, I know. I really should eat more fish because it’s healthy. Maybe I’ll learn one day.
I absolutely love fruit, especially apples and berries. It may be my favorite food group.
I would much rather take a shot of whiskey than shotgun a beer.
One of my biggest “before I turn 30” goals is to compete in a standup paddle board race. But first, I kind of need to buy a board.
I’ve recently started watching old romantic comedies that I thought I was too good for when they first came out. My favorites so far are How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Bridget Jones’ Diary. Kate Hudson’s character is my spirit animal.
Sometimes I feel like I spread myself too thin and take on too many projects and work outside of my actual job. But I like to stay busy and keep my creativity flowing, so I don’t mind it all that much. The more writing I can do, and the more people I can inspire through that writing, the better.
I have an absolutely obscene coffee mug collection and I am 100% not sorry about it. I can’t help it; I see a cute or witty coffee mug and I buy it.
Soccer used to be one of my least favorite sports in the world. I didn’t understand it and I didn’t care to. Then I moved to Chattanooga and went to my first Chattanooga FC match, and I absolutely caught the bug. Now CFC is the reason I look forward to summers in this city. We want the cup.
My favorite movie in the entire world is The Sound of Music, and I watch it at least once a week. I can also sing every word to every song. Not well, but I know all the words.
I drink at least one cup of green tea every single day. I keep a stash at my desk at work and at home. I also have some favorite spots around town for tea, like Wildflower Tea Shop & Apothecary.
The next city on my U.S. travel bucket list is Charleston, S.C. I want to take ALL the photos in front of that pineapple fountain.
Now… tell me something I should probably know about YOU!