28.2.13

five things


I was tagged by Natalie to write five things about myself. If you read this, please picture a shrug after every point. I’m not that fascinating!

About the pictures in this post: today I was looking at a photo blog that I really enjoy, Hawaiian Coconut, which collects photos by Emily Faulstich (one of the founders of Wildfox), who is now based in South Africa, when I saw my blog’s name listed here! What a treat! Thank you, Emily. I’ve included a few of my favourite of her photos with this post. They can be a silent sixth item about what I wish my life looked like. It certainly wouldn’t be raining slush in my dream life, but there would be quite a few Byredo candles, pink candy, plenty of Veuve, and palm trees. And so, so many roses.



1. I don’t enjoy cooking or baking at all. I find it tedious and if I’m preparing food all I can think of are all the things I would so much rather be doing with my time. Unfortunately for me, I love eating fresh, good food and I prefer eating at home than at a restaurant. Fortunately for me, Geoff does most/all of the cooking (he makes lovely meals with beautiful ingredients such as farro and mushrooms and black kale and caramelized onions). Incidentally, I haven’t eaten meat in over a year. It’s not for any particular reason; I just don’t think I need it, and not buying it certainly keeps grocery costs down. I do eat fish and seafood from time to time, because when I was a vegetarian years ago I really missed it and broke years of vegetarianism for a tuna sandwich. Too bad I don’t live on the ocean.


2. I was engaged to my first boyfriend when I was in my early twenties. I don’t talk about this because it’s not a big deal and I rarely think about it (it was so long ago!). At that time I thought it would be romantic to be married young, the first of all our friends. But it felt wrong. It was the greatest and most true “It's not you (or marriage, or marriage at a young age), it’s me.”


3. When I was in high school I went through a period of being, I don’t know, religion-curious? I went to a few different meetings, including one for a very sexual, science-fiction based religion. I pitched it as a story for a teen publication I worked for at the time. I took some friends with me and we ran out of there at the end, laughing breathlessly, because we thought for sure there would be an orgy (!) and we were just kids. I am no longer curious.


4. I left journalism school after two miserable years so I could study Latin and read a lot of books and think about them (so much more enjoyable than calling people at City Hall for interviews, especially at 19. I cried on the phone a lot). 



5. I love lists of things that people are into, or not into. My favourite Beatle is George. I love movies set in New York in the 1970s (Taxi Driver, Dog Day Afternoon, Panic in Needle Park). One of my favourite things at the moment is an audiobook of Lolita narrated by Jeremy Irons. I could watch an episode of Seinfeld every day. I use the public library three times a week.



(This last one is Turkish Delight ice cream. Are you kidding me)

38 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the mention! That is awesome. I am a big fan of your blog as well. I also laughed out loud about number three.

    -Courtney

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  2. I love reading lists of people's likes/dislikes too.

    It's a good thing you mentioned that there's an audiobook of Lolita narrated by Jeremy Irons at the end of that post because I may not have read the rest... off to find a copy right now!

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    1. Yes, hope you found it! He is amazing at narration. I didn't mind the movie version that he was in, but obviously the book is better...

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  3. these all made me laugh, and i did picture a shrug after each one. or did i myself shrug? not sure. i enjoyed it, nonetheless.

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  4. Thank you for this little peek into your life. Seinfeld and the public library, yes.

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  5. Thanks for sharing the five things about you, it made me think about my early twenties and my particular and unique experiences from the past 10-15 years. What a flashback! :))

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    1. It's all still so fresh! Although I just realized that I can't remember the names of a single one of my high school English teachers, so maybe things have slid away.

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  6. oh this was GOOD. no shrugging on this end.

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  7. I really need to sign up to use the library more. You just reminded me.

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  8. OMG - that ice cream!

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  9. This was a lovely post. I love to read what you write. And the pictures are stunning.

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I love her photos.

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  10. this was lovely. i love that audio book. and yes, a seinfeld a day.
    what is the second last photo?

    X

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    1. Thanks! That photo is of a candle.

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  11. I love this so much & it made me miss you! xo

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  12. love hearing more about you - great stories xx

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  13. Emily Faulstich1.3.13

    What yes!! You're my favorite and now you posted about me. The best thing ever.

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  14. I was on such a big 1970s Al Pacino kick after I watched The Godfather for the first time a couple of summers ago. I immediately scooped up everything with him from that era. I couldn't help buying Dog Day Afternoon on dvd and its still one of my top favorite movies.

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    1. Oh MAN, The Godfather is the best! And yeah, Dog Day Afternoon is so strange and so wonderful and I wish there were a thousand movies just like it. I'd watch them all!

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  15. I can completely relate to No.4! I studied journalism at university and by my second year I knew I was doing the wrong thing, unfortunately when I realised this I also came down with glandular fever and by the time I came back to it after taking time off I was convinced to stick it out. I was happy to come out of it with a degree, but it's not helped me in what I want to do... and I didn't enjoy the time I was studying it.

    Also, my fella is the main cook out of him and I haha and I prefer it that way too! My favourite Beatle is also George - 'I'm Happy Just To Dance With You' being one of my favourite Beatle songs ever.

    Great, interesting post. Love it when bloggers get more personal!

    Poppy Coburn

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    1. I have so many reasons why journalism school didn't work out for me, but I think really the main reason is that I was way too young, fresh out of high school, and I didn't really have the confidence for it. Funny, I felt so alone at the time but I've since met so many others like us.

      So glad you enjoyed!

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  16. I feel like maybe I've talked to you about this before already, but I was also a miserable journalism student also. I loved the idea of writing, but it somehow slipped my mind that I'm incredibly shy and interviews would be terrifying?

    George is my favourite, too.

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    1. If we talked about it, I've forgotten, but yes, it was such a rude awakening!

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  17. ahhhh i loved this post.

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  18. Goregous selection....

    http://www.frenchinlosangeles.com/

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  19. That ice cream looks out of this world!

    http://pinkrabbitfoot.blogspot.com

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