(Sorry, I just had to! Credit)
I’ve been seeing these going around for a while and now that Geeky Muslimah of Troublesome Thirties has nominated me, I feel like I’ve been initiated into a secret club… that all of a sudden has no members. Thank you for nominating me, Geeky Muslimah! Who says academics live in ivory towers? Not she, that is for sure!
11 Facts About Me
- I am afraid of fish.
- I’ve been told by pretty much all my teachers and friends (although my sister is still in denial) that I have perfect handwriting.
- I love to sing and have been in various choirs throughout my life. The funny thing is, I still don’t know how to read music.
- I wanted to be a lawyer once upon a time ago, then an animator, then a chemical engineer, then a journalist for like a day, then a lawyer again, then a person with a PhD, and now I would like to be a “writer.”
- I majored in Economics as an undergrad. I went to a really, really small liberal arts university in the suburbs of Chicago which allowed that to be possible.
- A lot of people say they love chocolate, but I dream of chocolate. Literally, all my dreams are dessert-related.
- I never learned to ride a two-wheeler.
- For the longest time, I was deathly afraid of open staircases (and escalators, for that matter!). I would refuse to climb them, thinking I would fall through the cracks. Which is hilarious thinking about it now, because I was a chubby kid. If anything, I’d get stuck.
- Oh yeah, I used to be severely overweight for most of my life. At my highest at the age of 18, I was close to 220 pounds (I’m 5’2″). Between 2006-2009, I lost over 100 pounds. I’ve been battling with those fickle “last” 10 pounds ever since.
- I have over 10 years of French language instruction (albeit, intermittent) and to this day, the only thing I can say with confidence is “Je voudrais le gâteau au chocolat!” (Actually, did I say that right?)
- I love Richard Simmons, like for real.
Geeky Muslimah asks
- What motivated you to blog? I began blogging for the first time in 2003, before it was a thing. It served as a much-needed outlet for all my emo teenage frustrations. But what really kept me going were the fellow bloggers, some of whom became my friends (Shout out to Laura, whom I am trying to get to blog again!). When I decided to blog again earlier this year, it was because I again needed an outlet for my new life changes (marriage, new home, change in employment). And I really missed that sense of community! You, reading this, are the reason why I’m still here.
- What do you wish you could experience, but probably never will? Being a Broadway actress or a Bollywood playback singer. At first I thought, being a man. But honestly, I wouldn’t want to be a man. As nostalgic as I can get, I don’t really want to go back in time – but I have to admit, being able to witness Prophet Muhammad (saw) and to be a companion, that would be pretty amazing! Don’t you just love the range of my answers?
- What is your favourite book genre? I like contemporary literary fiction, written from the perspective of minority (female!) or other underrepresented voices. Is that a genre?
- If you could acquire a superpower, what would it be? A part of me wants to say telepathy, but that could soon become a curse, if Professor X is any indication. The ability to absorb knowledge without much effort?
- What is your favourite desert? CHOCOLATE CAAAAAAKE! But I recently had Chocolate Bread Pudding and now I don’t know. Seriously, I am having a crisis here, people! What does this development mean for the future of this blog?
- If you could abolish one thing, what would it be? Arrogance, in all facets of the term.
- What is your biggest pet peeve? Untidiness. I didn’t think I had inherited this from my dad. Marriage is very educational, folks.
- What is the greatest experience you’ve had so far in your life? Graduating from the University of Chicago. I am not even kidding. It still seems like a dream.
- What is your biggest regret so far? Not spending more time with my maternal grandmother. She was the only one who lived long enough to see her grandchildren. I wish I could go back in time and tell her that I love her. I don’t think I ever did.
- What is your greatest hope for the future? That my children are grateful for having me as their mother – for loving them as they are, being a good model of character, but also never limiting their dreams. This sounds kinda selfish, I know. I’m being realistic though. A mother’s love is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever witnessed. It’s what keeps me going in a world that at times seems not worth it.
- What is the wildest thing your imagination ever came up with? Corin. My sister’s alter-ego.
My Questions for You – Yes, YOU!
I’m supposed to nominate 11 other less-known blogs, but since all my regular blogger friends have either already been nominated or have over 200 followers (also, I don’t want to leave anyone out), I’m asking anyone who reads this post to answer my questions. If you comment, you must answer! Even if you’ve never commented before, ANSWER! Please? Thank you!
- What is your favourite dessert?
- What is your favourite animal? (Sorry, had to!)
- If you could choose any career and could switch this second, what would it be?
- If you could be any literary figure, who would you be?
- What is one thing that is/was extremely popular that you simply cannot stand?
- What was your favourite show as a child?
- What is the one thing you like most about yourself? Heck, list ’em ALL out!
- If you were to go back in time and had to switch places with another person, who would it be?
- What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
- If you were to lose either the ability to speak or write, what would you choose?
- If an alien were to come down to earth, what would you say to it to convince them that earth is THE place to be?
Thanks for making it to the end! :)