25 Things You Don’t Know about Me

IMG_2200It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving and everyone is gone. I am bored. Just spent 45 minutes re-reading an old US Weekly, hence the inspiration for this exercise. It’s especially challenging because I’m shamelessly open and most people know almost everything about me. Here goes:

  1. I attended 9 schools between preschool and senior year of high school. It became increasingly difficult to make friends with each passing school.
  2. I’ve never seen the Wizard of Oz or The Matrix.
  3. I grew up in a 100+-year-old farmhouse until age 8. The basement was filled with rats and black snakes and my dad would threaten to lock us in there if we didn’t finish our dinners.
  4. I had my first kiss when I was 16. It was in a car.
  5. I’m good at making decisions, and good at procrastinating.
  6. If I had to choose a last meal, it would be grilled cheese and root beer.
  7. I don’t like buying or receiving presents.
  8. I’ve watched the entirety of Parks and Recreation at least a dozen times, no exaggeration.
  9. The happiest day of my life was being published in the New York Times. It was especially meaningful because it had nothing to do with anyone else.
  10. I cried when I saw the movie Bridesmaids because I was a maid of honor at the time and I related way too much to Kristen Wiig’s character.
  11. I used to be a pathological liar when I was a kid, and even told several kids on a playground that both my parents had died. Surprised karma didn’t come for me on that one.
  12. I can’t watch scary movies because if I do, I have to sleep with the lights on for days.
  13. I believe in ghosts and past lives.
  14. I wasn’t brought up with any religion but have experimented with Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity. I took parts of all those religions and that’s what I follow.
  15. Kids used to taunt me when I was younger by calling me “Tara-rist.” This was before 9-11, but it still sucked.
  16. I hate to admit it, but I am addicted to my phone and it is gross.
  17. I think the Great Gatsby and Atonement are the two most perfect novels written.
  18. I don’t think I would ever get plastic surgery but if I did, I would get liposuction.
  19. One of my favorite things to do is eat in bed.
  20. If I could travel to one place, it would be Southeast Asia.
  21. Liz Lemon is my #goals.
  22. My favorite word is loquacious. My least favorite word is moist.
  23. I sleep ~10 hours most nights. It’s… problematic.
  24. My grandma, Nijoon, is one of my favorite people in the world. But lately I’ve had to come to terms with some of her shortcomings. It’s been tough.
  25. I’m perpetually trying to lose 20 pounds.

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