Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Don't tag me, bro! [Edited to add questions]

Seriously, though, go for it if you want... I just like making bad jokes.

Anyhow. Shane, who blogs at the wonderfully hilarious and openly honest blog Argyle State of Mind tagged me, so I guess it's my turn to share and share alike.

11 Facts About Me
(1) When I was in kindergarden, I was sent to the principal's office because I was reading on such a higher level than all of the other students in my class. I had read a poem to my teacher about April Fool's Day, so she had me read it to the principal. Apparently, the principal pointed out words to me because she thought my parents had me memorize the poem.

(2) My paternal grandmother, who I never met, gave birth to twin boys on my dad's second birthday. Neither twin made it. I often wonder what life would be like with twin uncles, and how it might have changed some of the things that happened later in my dad's life and even my own.

(3) I'm going to be twenty-two next Thursday, and I've never gotten my ears pierced, gotten a tattoo, broken a bone, or had a cavity.  I have had stitches, though, and I've come close to breaking my thumb and wrist (two separate incidents).

(4) I've been Tweeted to by a few celebrities, including: Alimi Ballard (NUMB3RS; also retweeted me), Cheryl Heuton (NUMB3RS co-creator), Styx, PostSecret (was actually a retweet), Helen Popkin (MSNBC), Bill Prady (creator of Big Bang Theory), Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory), and Michael
Ausiello (writer for EW).

(5) Collecting autographs is one of my strange hobbies. I have them from Bowling for Soup, Green River Ordinance, Gaye Adegbalola, Tommy Shaw from Styx (initials only, though, my dad caught his water bottle when it was thrown off stage), Eric Carle, Christopher Paul Curtis, Frank Warren, Tommie Smith, Mr. McFeeley, Michele Michaels, David Roche, Jessica Mendoza, and Alimi Ballard.

(6) Similar to #4, I've also received an email from Dane Cook.

(7) I've been told more times than I can count that my handwriting looks more like a font than actual handwriting.

(8) In 7th grade, I was in the county spelling bee and the word I missed was "posse."

(9) I didn't get any academic scholarships to fund my undergraduate education, but in the time I've been at my university, I've won two $500 scholarships just by attending an event (once sophomore year, once this year).

(10) Even though I have been 'of age' for almost a year, I hardly drink at all. I spent my 21st birthday in New York City, and even then, I didn't drink. I've never really seen the appeal. I'll try drinks, but I'm not a huge fan of most...except for the occasional Cherry Lime Flips at Red Robin (which is ironic because I don't like most cherry-flavored things).

(11) Despite there being some things I would change about my job as an RA, I love the vast majority of it. As I type this, one of my residents is playing Beatles songs on his cello. How awesome is that?

11 Questions from Shane that are actually from Tina
(1) If you could go back and change one thing that happened in your life, what would it be?
I would probably spend more time with my great-aunt and great-grandma when they were still alive.  They both lived incredibly long lives, which I'm eternally grateful for, but I wish I could have told them how much they mean(t) to me and what an impact they had on my life (and still do).

(2) What is your astrological sign, and how does it reflect your personality?
I'm a Pisces. According to the website I looked at for what a Pisces is *supposed* to be like, the personality is modest and unassuming; generous, honest, unselfish and trusting; and scholarly, but do not like showing off knowledge. From what people have told me about me, I'd say this fits pretty well.

(3) Which would you give up for the rest of your life: sex or food?
Well, considering that you can only last so long without food, I think the answer here is pretty obvious.

(4) If you had to choose between killing the person you love to save the world or killing the rest of the world to save the person you love, which would you do?
I'd have to say saving the rest of the world.  Despite this, I could never see myself causing harm to anyone.

(5) What is the most valuable lesson you have ever learned, and who taught it to you?
"Whatever happened, happened."  I have the TV show Lost to thank for this one.  I'm beginning to realize that things beyond my control are going to happen in my life, some good, some bad, and it's all for the best.  I can't let the bad define my future, but I can adapt to see how it could possibly be a good.

(6) If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
If I had to change my name, I'd probably go with Eleanor.  It's one of the names my parents were considering naming me, after one of my grandmothers, and they would have called me Ellen or Ellie.  I love the name.  (I do like my real name though.)

(7) If you could get a degree in anything without having to worry about finding a job in that field, what would you get a degree in?
Hmm. I've considered studying a lot of things, from education to law to medicine to archaeology.  I'm actually pretty content with what I'm studying now, but if I could change it, I would have added some classes in law and leadership studies.

(8) What do/did you study in college and what will/did do you do with your degree?
I'm currently in the last few months of attaining my Bachelor's degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology (which, in a nutshell, is the psychology of the workplace).  I originally considered going into Management or Human Resources.

However, I am now looking to attain my Master's in Student Affairs Administration.  My goal with that degree is to work as a Residence Hall Director for a few years and then move into admissions or career counseling on the higher education level.  (But that could always change.  Life has a funny way of doing that when you least expect it.)

(9) What song/movie/food/book is your guilty pleasure?
- Song:  I don't have too many guilty pleasure songs, but one of my absolute favorites is the song "Send Me on My Way," by Rusted Root.  It reminds me of the movie Matilda, which I also adore.  It's just one of those 'happy' songs.
- Movie:  I also don't have any guilty movie pleasures per se, but I love Up, Shrek, and Juno.
- Food:  Just about anything with peanut butter in it - Reese's cups, fluffernutters, buckeyes, etc.  I'm a peanut butter fiend.  I've been known to eat an entire bag of Reese's cups by myself in less than two days.
- Book:  I don't know if you'd call it a guilty pleasure, but I've read the book The Firm by John Grisham more times than I can count. Even though I know what's going to happen at the end, I still
love reading it.

(10) You have a fortune that will make or break your country's economical state. Would you give it to your own country to prevent a decade of substandard welfare, or would you give it to a Third World country to start a lifetime of quality living?
I would give the money to a third world country.  There's poverty everywhere, but seeing how much of a positive impact something can have on so many people, at least to me, is incredibly inspiring and worthwhile.

(11) How would you spend your last day on earth?
I'd want to spend it with friends and family, just having that last day together.  I would also want to find a way to thank all of the people who have had an impact on my life somehow.  Whether it was just a single piece of advice they'd once given me or a more profound impact, I'd want them to know what that meant to me.  (Perhaps this is why I have a very similar goal on my bucket list)

11 9 Tagged People
Admittedly, I don't follow too many blogs that do tag-ish things, but here are some awesome people nonetheless! (Also, the two that are in italics are actually Tumblrs, but who's being formal about this anyway?)
- Michael @ Badass Geek
- Clayton @ Dad to Libbs
- Stephanie @ A Few French Fries Short of a Happy Meal
- Dakota @ Koda-no
- Amy @ Losereality
- Cherie @ Refractions/Pink Nightmare
- Jon @ Sort of Sorting Through
- Sarah @ Shades of Shayes
- Melissa @ 20 Going on 80

My Questions for Those Tagged
(1) What were/are your favorite and least favorite courses in college? Why?
(2) If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
(3) If money wasn't a deciding factor, where would your dream vacation be?
(4) What is your favorite book?
(5) If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
(6) What three bands would you love to see at one concert? (They don't have to be actively performing, still together, etc.)
(7) Do you have any quirky habits?
(8) Do you have any phobias?
(9) Do you prefer being with a large or small group of friends?
(10) Would you rather teach young children or college students?
(11) If you could volunteer for any charitable organization, what would it be and why?


  1. I hope that I learn a valuable lesson from LOST by the end of the season. Lol. Neat little tidbits in your post!

    1. There are always lessons to be learned from Lost. You'll discover them as you go and see how truly applicable they are to life - it's one of the things I love about the show.

  2. Soooo...am I supposed to answer Shane's questions that are really from Tina, too? Or are you going to give us 11 questions to answer? Lol.

  3. I kinda like the above questions, so I'd say go for those... Unless you want me to write new ones?

  4. I mean, it's entirely up to you. But I think in the original rules you're supposed to write your own questions.