My teenage years are over. Yesterday (Friday) was my 20th birthday (!!!!) and I am no longer a teen.
This is mildly freaky.
In the tradition of Cait at Paper Fury, I thought I'd do a list of 20 things you didn't know about me in honor of my living 2 decades.
If you've been hanging around here for long enough, you probably know most of these. BUT NOT ALL! So read on to find out my secrets.
1. I like to eat everything - except squash and papaya.
I even like eel. (Have you ever had eel sushi? If not you are MISSING OUT. Seriously.) But my absolute favorite food is Thai food.
2. I am tall, but not tall enough to not be shortest in my immediate family.
The rest of them are giants. When I am at home, my sister likes to call me a shrimp. When I am out in the World, I pleasantly remember that I can see the tops of many people's heads.
3. The household chore I ABHORE is washing dishes (and second is loading the dishwasher because that's almost the same thing).
I will gladly do laundry and UNload the dishwasher, though.
4. I was homeschooled all the way through high school.
It was cool because I got to build volcanoes in my back yard and hatch chickens and build tree houses and go to museums on weekdays when they were empty.
5. This is my favorite number.
Firstly, my birthday is on February 5th, which, in addition to being splendidly alliterative, involves me blessing the number 5 with my birth. Once I won 5th place in a speech competition as a representative of Illinois' 5th district while staying on the 5th floor of the hotel which was just off of the I-55 expressway.
6. My superpower is reading fast.
And my kryptonite is non-narrative writing (textbooks, poetry, philosophical essays). This is why I used to read more than I do now because DANGIT COLLEGE.
7. I have an absolutely gorgeous sister who is remarkably talented at everything she does.
Her latest attempt at taking over every aspect of life is food blogging, which she obviously does just as well as playing piano, acting, sciency lab work stuff, and basically Hermione-ing through her schoolwork.
8. When I grow up, I want to be a doctor.
A pediatrician, to be specific. But also a writer, because who said you had to choose between an enjoyable, sometimes stressful, creative, relatively lucrative job, and an equally enjoyable, sometimes stressful, creative, probably not lucrative job? I choose both.
9. Traveling the world is possibly the best thing, after books.
I've been to the following countries: Japan, Canada (Quebec and Vancouver, so I've covered both ends), the UK (twice!), Italy, France, Costa Rica, and various US states including Hawaii and Alaska. And now I'm living in Denmark! I'd like to go to Australia and somewhere in Africa at some point so I can say I've been to all the continents.
10. I like dark chocolate better than milk chocolate.
If I didn't, I'm afraid my family would disown me. But I don't like it SUPER dark. 80% is nice? So is 75%? My sister eats 100% because she naturally creates her own extra sugar because she is so sweet.
11. I have only DNF'd four books in my life.
They were: Old Curiosity Shop and Bleak House by Charles Dickens (we have a love hate relationship), The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle (I tried twice! Maybe third time's a charm?), and Ben Hur by Lew Wallace (I think I was a bit young). As you can tell, I definitely want to try them all again at some point. DNF does not equal BAD in my book. I have finished some much worse books than those I have DNF'd.
12. I love to sing!
If reading is my sedentary zen activity, singing is my active zen activity. (And to anyone who thinks singing isn't active, my choir literally does stretches before vocal warm ups so that we are physically prepared.)
13. My favorite color is somewhere in the blue/green range.
See, I don't have a favorite color. I have a favorite color palate. And this is it. I especially like the lighter ones.
14. I'm 100% Ukrainian but I have never been to Ukraine.
And neither have my parents. We can speak the language and everything. But we have no family there, so that's why.
15. I wrote my first ever novel (i.e. chapter book) when I was eight.
It involved three children going to visit their great-great-aunt in her mansion where she lived with her butler and her maid and large collection of porcelain rabbits. Her butler was extremely mean and didn't like children but suddenly had a change of heart and gave the oldest girl a porcelain rabbit without the great-great-aunt's permission. It didn't seem to get him in any trouble. I wrapped it up quickly because I realized it had no magic in it and what fun are books without magic in them?
16. My middle name is Antonia.
It's Antonia because my dad thought it was pretty and insisted.
17. The sky makes me unbearably happy.
I don't know why, but this past summer I picked up the habit of gazing at the sky. In the daytime, not at stars. I especially love it when it has clouds, but any sort of sky makes me just overwhelmed by the magnitude and beauty of this world and AGH I CAN'T <3
18. My favorite kind of cake is the really fudgy chocolate kind.
Followed by lemon poppyseed. And carrot.
19. I'm majoring in Chemistry at my University.
Which means - Yes I know how to blow things up. Yes I know how to make luminol to detect blood stains. No I cannot make meth.
20. I have green eyes.
Which makes me a strong candidate for being a YA main character. Though I think I'm more likely that awesome secondary-character friend/sidekick.
Now I have revealed all my secrets! (Or have I?) Tell me 20 or 5 or 100 things about you in the comments!