23 Fun Facts About Me: A Birthday Post

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I write a lot about a lot of things. I tend towards deep thought and poetic language. But today is my birthday and this post is just for fun. So rather than some heartfelt reflection, here are 23 fun facts about me in honor of my 23rd birthday:

  1. Sneezing while driving is my biggest fear. Because I sneeze a lot. If you know me at all, you'll have witnessed some of the most ridiculous sneezing fits possibly anywhere on earth - it's not uncommon for me to sneeze ten times in a row. So I am actually terrified of sneezing when I'm driving, because it's a solid fifteen seconds of chaos. Jesus take the wheel.
  2. I really like the Myers-Briggs personality test. I am very much an INFJ, and learning my type explained a lot about me. Part of it is that I am an introvert, but I sometimes present as an extrovert when people first meet me because I love people and investing in new relationships. INFJ strengths include creativity and insight, but struggles include perfectionism and significant sensitivity.
  3. I also recently took the Enneagram test for the first time, and was typed as a Two. Apparently it's the personality type that wants to help everyone all of the time, and tends to get burned out when self care gets thrown out the window in pursuit of a good cause. Who would have thought?
  4. I didn't like social studies in elementary school, but I have a degree in history with a minor in human geography. I accidentally spent four years studying all the things my ten-year-old self hated. Go figure.
  5. I started playing the piano when I was six years old, and have taught myself the guitar and mandolin. I'm quite proficient on the piano, and can play well enough to fake guitar and mandolin in a worship band, but the violin is a different story. I got a violin when I was a teenager, but I am TERRIBLE at it and never progressed past the phase where it sounds like something is dying a slow painful death.
  6. A few years ago, a couple of friends and I decided we were going to marathon the Harry Potter movies. All 20+ hours of them. It was a fun experience, 4am coffee boost and all, but I don't know that I feel the need to marathon anything that long in one sitting again.
  7. Despite being the most accident-prone child I knew, I never actually broke a bone or needed stitches growing up. Most impressively, I got a black eye when I was seven from an incident with a snowmobile and a barn. There's a reason that your parents tell you to wear a helmet, kids.
  8. I have lived in five places in the last five years. I hate moving with a burning, fiery passion and I would really love to find somewhere that I feel I can settle in for more than a year at a time.
  9. When I was sixteen, I ended up in St Johns, Newfoundland in a pub with two of my high school teachers eating cod tongue, a local delicacy. We were there for a student leadership conference, and it was significantly less edgy than it sounds - but it makes for a great story.
  10. Politics fascinate me. When I was in high school I participated in a program called Encounters with Canada, and attended the politics-themed week with about one hundred other students. Justin Trudeau (pre-Prime Minister) spoke to us and we all got to meet him. It was a great time, and there are still people I keep in touch with from there.
  11. Coffee is definitely my drink of choice, and I usually drink a French press before I go to work in the morning. I've liked coffee for as long as I can remember, but my parents made me wait until I was twelve to start drinking coffee regularly, because it'll stunt your growth or something.
  12. I produced a small collection of poetry called detritus last year as part of a course I took, which focuses on the bits and pieces of life that make us who we are, and I am massively proud of it.
  13. I have more dresses than pairs of pants. By a significant margin. People ask me why I would be dressed 'so fancy,' as though I'm that concerned about my appearance. But most of the time, the answer is just that I didn't want to wear pants.
  14. My favorite music tends to be stuff that most people consider to be 'sad.' But I think there's a lot of beauty and depth in sad songs so I don't really notice most of the time.
  15. I recently adopted a cat named Evan. She's not a kitten, but she sure acts like she could be. We're working on some things. Likes: hugs, sleeping on my head, yelling at me if I'm not paying enough attention to her. Dislikes: car rides, people making noise in the apartment building hallway, sitting still.
  16. I like movies a lot, but rarely watch them unless I'm with other people. So I've never seen Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, or any number of other iconic movies that people reference regularly. (Someone come watch these with me!)
  17. One of the only good things about the days being short in the winter is that I get to watch the sun rise most mornings. I have developed a slight obsession with them, and almost half the photos on my phone are of one sunrise or another.
  18. Roller coasters are my favorite. Upside down? Great. Ridiculously high? Awesome. The wilder and scarier, the better. Going to an amusement park with all the thrill rides is one of the best kinds of holiday.
  19. I'm currently working on a novel based around some pretty crazy events that happened in my family a few generations back. It's got a long way to go, but I haven't been this excited about a fiction project for a long time.
  20. Cooking is one of my favorite things, and I really enjoy trying to make new things and feeding friends and family. I rarely cook from a recipe, though, which has occasionally led to some interesting results.
  21. If you've ever sent me a postcard, it's probably on my wall. I have a big wall covered with postcards from all over the world in my office, and keep every piece of handwritten correspondence I receive.
  22. I once memorized 26 bible verses (with their references) at summer camp in two days and won a helicopter ride as a result because I am strangely competitive about things like that.
  23. I like to listen to podcasts and talk radio (looking at you, CBC) when I'm grocery shopping or driving places, but I need to find some new ones - hit me up with some podcast recommendations to fuel my future shopping trips!

Stay tuned for a return to regular posts again later next week. Thanks for reading, and thanks for being a part of my life!