August 16, 2013

Six Things

I have to admit, I got a little bit way too excited when Betsy tagged me for the Six Things post that is working its way through blogland. I've really enjoyed reading others' takes on all of these questions, and I'm happy to share a little bit more about myself here. Without further ado, here are my six things!

- Tell us about a situation that ended with you feeling really proud of yourself.

I have always loved musical theatre and performing, but it wasn't until midway through high school that I decided to be brave and audition for a big role in our annual musical. While I had started to cultivate my niche in the theatre crowd, breaking into the school musical was a whole new level. I was so nervous! I started taking voice lessons a few months before auditions came around, practiced around the clock, and wished so hard that I would get a bigger role than the chorus. Well, folks, this story has a happy ending because that year I scored the female lead of Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business. :D I was over the moon!!! It felt so good for all of that hard work to have paid off!!

- I always leave conversations thinking, "Oh man, I wish I had said that witty comeback but I came up with it too late!"  When was the last time it happened to you?

 I'm usually pretty good with snappy comebacks, but I struggle with comebacks when I'm caught off-guard. The other day I was walking home from the metro and was talking to my mom on the phone. I passed a couple of teenage boys, who immediately started calling out to me for about the next half block. "Hey, baby, you gonna call me on that phone? Come on, baby! We live in the same neighborhood!" Oh, dear. I would have loved to put my mom on hold, whip around, and lecture those boys on treating women with respect, not to mention the extreme unlikelihood of married ladies calling teenage boys they meet on the street... but let's face it, those sorts of situations are hard to handle. Until then, I will plot my perfect comeback and plan a feminist revolution.

- Someone is giving you a full scholarship and a stipend to get a degree in anything, anywhere you want.  Where would you go and what would you study?

Oh boy, I get to do even more school?? I've actually thought about this before. I've known since the end of high school that I wanted to pursue psychology as a profession, and while there is some stability in having steady plans for my future, I have to admit that I think I missed out on a lot of the fun, learning-for-the-sake-of-learning adventures that can come from having more open plans. So if I could just do a random degree, I think I would step out of my science-and-feelings world, hop on over to Dublin, and get a Master's in Modern Irish History from University College Dublin.... or I'd relocate to NYC, enroll at Columbia, and do a Master's in Human Rights Studies because that sounds pretty badass. I can't decide! Give me all of the degrees, please.

- What did you want to be when you grew up?

So many things! My top two dream jobs, though, were to be an archeologist specializing in Ancient Egypt or to be a novelist. I still hold on to dreams of completing one of the many mini-novels I've started writing over the past few years, but it might be a while before I traipse among the pyramids in Egypt....

- If you could be a fictional character, who would it be?

Probably Meg Murry from the Madeleine L'Engle novels. I loved that she wasn't a perfect, idealized teenager and was able to use her strengths to gradually figure out who she was. She had adventures, loved her family, and always felt very real to me.

- What actor would you choose to play you in a movie about your life?

Anne Hathaway! I have a total soft spot for her. And we were in the same college a cappella group, so I know my girl could rock a solid musical number.... because obviously a movie about my life would need to include several musical numbers.

My questions:

What book or movie best describes how you view life?

Let's talk brunch. If we were to hit up one of DC's finest, what would you be ordering off the menu?

Tell us about a time you surprised yourself (could be in a good or bad way).

If you could live in a different time period, what would it be and why?

What gives you inspiration?

Quick! What's the last thing you Googled?

I hope you enjoyed my six things! Let me know if you've read any other good ones lately!

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