I’m going to shake things up a little and do a survey that I saw on Jordan’s blog.
I’ve always been a fan of both reading and doing surveys because (1) who doesn’t like to talk about themselves, let’s be honest, (2) I like learning about other people’s lives and stories, and (3) I get a high off organized lists. Yup.
This survey in particular appeals to me because if you know me, you know one of my most used phrases is “This is my favorite [insert thing here] EVER!!!” When excited, I tend to get hyperbolic and dramatic. What can I say? I really like stuff. I’m a nerd. Which makes me think of this John Green quote which is like the most perfect thing ever:
“[Nerds are] unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it . . when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”
So, I’m going to stop rambling now and get on with this list. I warn you, IT’S LONG. And many of these answers are subject to change at any time. In this moment, however, here are a few of my favorite things. That was an intentional Sound of Music reference because it’s one of my favorites and, fun fact, I used to have a stuffed bunny that sang that song when you pressed a button on it’s foot.
Place: Montreat, North Carolina, the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Dauphin Island, Alabama, and the Whirlpool trails in Oxford… Yeah, okay, I think that’s it. My thin places. I love being outside surrounded by nature. It’s when I feel most like myself and connected to the world around me. #treehugger
Person: My mother, by far. She’s always there and willing to drop everything for me, which is something I will be forever grateful for. She’s the calm presence in my hectic mind and will always be my greatest role model. She is the center of everything and I love her so much.
Color: It was any shade of blue for the longest time, but since December, I’ve been obsessed with purple. Give me all the purple things. (hint, hint)
Food: Growing up, it was angel hair pasta with butter and parmesan cheese or cheddar spinach quiche, but in the past couple years, I’ve become obsessed with sweet potatoes, oatmeal, nut butter, bananas, avocado… Y’all already know. One common theme is that they’re all whole, plant foods and make me feel wonderful. In restaurants, I love a good salmon dish or SUSHI.
Breakfast from last week. Egg white oats mixed with strawberries and banana. Topped with EarthBalance coconut peanut butter. That stuff is nut butter GOLD.
Smell: Bonfire or a good quality vanilla candle. Warm, sultry scents appeal to me the most. They make me feel cozy and happy and all things wonderful.
Book: Okay, this will probably be the hardest question. I can’t pick one. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is my go-to answer. I also love Wish You Well by David Baldacci. As for YA, I’m a huge John Green fan and love everything he’s ever written, especially Looking for Alaska.
Movie: Almost Famous. Said with zero hesitation. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it (on Netflix) then email me (see contact info on blog) and we will discuss it all day.
Music artist: Too hard too hard too hard!!! I’m just gunna say Avett Brothers because I think they’re wonderful people.
Genre of music: Folky, alternative stuff with good lyrics appeals to me the most… And any song that has a good hook. I’m all about the hooks. #lame
Genre of literature: I can’t just pick one. But I love memoirs, realistic fiction, epics, and dystopian. I also have a huge soft spot for young adult literature.
Magazine: I don’t read magazines much anymore but I used to be a huge fan of Nylon and Glamour.
Texture: Anything silky smooth. A soft dog, a cashmere blanket, you get the picture… Clearly I haven’t given much thought to my favorite textures.
Time of day: Definitely mornings. I have a morning routine of waking up, stretching, washing my face, making coffee/breakfast, and checking blogs. It’s my sacred alone time and sets me up for a good day. And it involves coffee and breakfast AKA the only meal that really matters.
Day of the week: Monday or Thursday. One is a fresh start and one is the day before the weekend–it holds exciting possibilities that have yet to disappoint.
Blog: Peanut Butter Fingers or Cup of Jo. Julie at PBF was one of the first blogs I ever read and she is so relatable. I actually screamed out loud alone in my kitchen when she announced she was pregnant like we are best friends. Joanna at Cup of Jo posts really interesting and diverse content. I discover a lot of amazing articles and new facts from reading her blog. She also talks about her family and I just think they are the absolute coolest. A nerdy, authentic kind of cool.
Thing to do when bored: Netflix, read blogs, music, read books, read anything, listen to podcasts… The list goes on. I stay busy.
Celebrity: Amy Poehler and Taylor Swift. Yes, I admit the second one a little guiltily, although I don’t know why. I like her because she seems like a truly good girl and has never said or done anything that’s put her in a negative light. She radiates happiness and love, in my opinion. And her music is catchy as hell. As for Amy? She’s a strong, independent, loving, and FUNNY lady. My favorite type of lady. Read her book Yes, Please. It’s funny and meaningful and inspiring. Also, Leslie Knope.
Drink: La Croix sparkling water and wine. I am such a white girl in this moment. It’s sickening.
Precious stone: Turquoise! I love the color and the way the stone looks when worn as jewelry. Bohemian and rustic and it matches anything.
Animal: Beluga whales, especially babies. They are so ugly it’s cute. When I was little, my dad used to play the guitar and sing to me, “Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea, you swim so wild and you swim so free…” It’s a memory I cherish deeply.
Flower: Sunflower, because I always try to live towards the light ;) I am cheesy as hell.
Time in history: Gatsby era or the 70s. Mostly because I just adore The Great Gatsby and the clothes. As for the 70s, a part of me really wants to be a hippie. I like the simplicity and freedom and looooove, man.
Font: The teacher in me has to say Times New Roman. I am so wild.
TV show: In order… (1) Gilmore Girls (2) Parks and Rec (3) The Office. These people are my best friends.
Play: A Streetcar Named Desire.
Fruit: Banana without a doubt. I can’t remember the last time I went a day without eating one. Apples are a close second. Literally, one of my best friends calls me “Apple Girl.” Cute.
Vegetable: SWEET POTATO HANDS DOWN DUH. Broccoli comin’ up for a close second.
Store: Any bookstore (preferably locally owned), Anthropologie (I never buy anything though because too expensive), Urban Outfitters (see Anthropologie), and TARGET (affordable and they have everything).
Article of clothing you own: My Lululemon Wunder Under leggings, to be honest. Leggings > pants. Those things fit like a second skin and somehow make my butt look better than it is. I won’t mess with magic.
Fashion/style: Bohemian inspired, simplistic, laid-back. I like unique pieces as well as really simple, classic styles.
Workout: As of late, I’ve been really into barre. And I’ve always loved to run.
Quote: Oh God. I’m somebody who is super into quotes so this is HARD. So I’ll just say I don’t have a favorite and give you one I read today and loved:
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner
^^^ why I teach.
Historical figure: That’s proooooobably gunna have to be Jesus. Yeah, I went there. If I said anything else that would be totally blasphemous, right?
Boy’s name: Haven’t given this one much thought, actually… Tobie, Jack, Oliver.
Girl’s name: Harper, Finley, Charley, Margo, Annie.
Ice cream flavor: I’m lactose intolerant but that doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed my fair share of ice cream. Chocolate chip cookie dough and mint chocolate chip are my ultimate faves.
Season: Summer, all the way. I was born in July so I’m a summer baby. Sunshine and warmth makes me happy. I grew up in Florida too, so maybe I’m a little biased.
By the water in Florida with my dada.
Month of the year: July, October, December. Yeah, I’m having trouble just picking one favorite on most of these questions… Does that defeat the purpose?
Memory: Probably being with my family at our house in Dauphin Island, Alabama back in the days when everyone was alive. I know that sounds really depressing but it’s true, haha.
Dessert: Chocolate ANYTHING… A melty, molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream rocks my socks off. Or apple pie, key lime pie, orrrr carrot cake… Okay, I like anything sweet.
Language: English… What can I say? I’m an English major. I love the written word and the nuances of language. And English is all I know how to read…
Thing to learn about: Honestly, anything. I love school and I love learning and I know that sounds a little dorky but I AM A TEACHER. Of course I love to learn. Except math.
Thing about yourself: Even though it can feel like a double-edge sword sometimes, I like my innate ability to feel empathy and compassion. When the feels gets really feely, I remind myself that it’s always be better than apathy. There’s nothing more dangerous than apathy.
There ya have it, folks! 1, 703 words ALL. ABOUT. ME.
All you’ve ever wanted, right? Well, your dreams just came true. Bam.
This was basically a long ramble in list form, so I’m going to link up to Amanda! Have a wonderful Thursday, friends. Oh hey, Thursday. One of my favorite days of the week :)