Sure am! I was in TDX at William and Mary, class of 2010.
Sure am! I was in TDX at William and Mary, class of 2010.
That’s a solid pitch if I’ve ever heard one! I’ll check it out at some point… maybe after I finish the rewatch of Ally McBeal that I just started, because I do like to always be in the middle of a series on Netflix in addition to whatever else I’m watching.
I got tagged in a question meme by siuilaruin, so now it’s story time!
1. What is your earliest memory?
My earliest clear memory is helping my mom murphythespy and my older brother lizardvvizard put up Halloween decorations on the front window of the house where we lived until I was ten. I have no idea which year this was, though. I remember the three of us hanging the decorations and that we (mostly Mom and Jake) were talking about how Madonna the singer probably got her name from Madonna the Virgin Mary. I remember being confused by that, because I didn’t know that the singer lady wasn’t the only person with that name. In my defense, we were not a Christian household.
2. Where do you want your 50th birthday to be held?
I don’t know! I’m generally low-fuss when it comes to birthdays, which I think stems partly from typically having them right before, at, or after the end of the school year. People are usually really busy with schoolwork or graduation plans whenever my birthday rolls around each year. That’s obviously less of a concern as I get older, but it does mean that I never really get that excited about the day. So I don’t really see myself doing anything particularly fancy for my 50th… I guess I’d like to be surrounded by family, but I’ve got no real preference as to where that should be.
3. Whats the most important thing you have to say to yourself exactly one year ago?
Drop Wampar. That’s the language that I worked on (and beat myself up over) for more than a year and a half, and only recently gave up on with relatively little to show for the experience. I’m already further on the new project I switched to than I ever got with Wampar, and I’m in such a better emotional place for the switch too. (It helps that my new advisor is a much better match for my personal research style than my previous one was; the two meetings we’ve had so far have each been immensely productive.) I’m super glad to have finally escaped the old project, but I could and should have done it a lot earlier.
4. What was the last thing you ate?
I just got back from dinner at Byblos, a Lebanese restaurant that all the speakers for today’s sociolinguistics workshop went out to together after the program ended. I had the baked kibbi / bi-saniyyi, which the menu describes as ”Freshly minced lean beef mixed with cracked wheat, flavored with a blend of spices, baked in two layers stuffed with ground beef, sautéed onions and pine nuts.” It was very, very tasty.
5. What was the last music video you watched?
My YouTube history informs me that it was the 2CELLOS cover of the AC/DC song Thunderstruck. It too was very, very tasty.
6. If you could quote only one person for the rest of your life, who would it be?
That’s a really interesting question! Unfortunately, I don’t really feel like I quote people all that often to begin with… I guess I’ll with language attitudes researcher Rosina Lippi-Green, because the work she does on stigmatized language varieties is something that’s absolutely crucial for a wider audience to hear.
7. If you ever have children, where would you like them to grow up?
I have almost no preference in this regard. I mean, I definitely want to have kids someday, but I don’t feel particularly strongly about where I’d like to raise them. Somewhere in America where my partner tinydancergabs and I both enjoy (and feel comfortable) living, but beyond that, I’m not too picky. In my life so far I’ve lived in three relatively different environments — I grew up in a south Florida beach town, I essentially went to college in Colonial Williamsburg, and now I live in the second-biggest city in New York State — and I’ve found things to love about all of them. Where I eventually settle is going to depend more on my partner’s preferences and available job opportunities than anything else.
8. Write the first bit of lyrics you can think of.
One by one, the chains around me unwind
Every day now, I feel that I can leave those years behind
(It’s from the theme song to Ally McBeal, which I just recently started rewatching. Really catchy tune!)
9. When was the last time you saw a theatre performance, what was it? If you’ve never seen one, what would you like to see?
Buffalo has this great program every summer where they put on a Shakespeare play at a free outdoor performance in Delaware Park every night for a few weeks. (Actually they do two of them each summer, a comedy and a tragedy, with a week or so in between to redesign the stage space.) I missed the performance of Measure for Measure this past summer, but I did get to catch their Hamlet, which was pretty good.
10. What is the sleeping position you think you stay in most of the time?
I’m actually really nomadic when I sleep. I switch positions and move all over the bed… It’s not so bad when there’s another person or a large pet to hamper my movement, but I still almost never wake up in the same location or configuration that I went to sleep in.
11. What was the last book you read?
The last book I read cover-to-cover was Fatal Revenant by Stephen R. Donaldson, which is the eighth book in his Thomas Covenant series of fantasy novels. The tenth and final book came out back in the fall, so I’ve been working my way through rereading the first nine before I get to that… which unfortunately has been really slow-going, since a) I haven’t had as much free time as I would like, and b) in the free time that I do have, I’m watching a lot more television these days than I used to. I’ve been trying to carve out more pleasure-reading time for myself, but it’s tough.
Lately I’ve been reading through Naomi Baron’s 2008 book Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World for my new research project, but I haven’t quite finished that one yet.
Those were fun questions, Liz! So now I write 11 of my own and tag 11 people? Okay, here goes:
1. What TV show or book series are you thinking about getting into next?
2. What are some of the ways in which modern technology has noticeably improved your life?
3. What book are you most looking forward to reading to your children? (If you don’t plan to have any / any more children, what book would you most like to see being read to more kids?)
4. If you could change one thing about your high school years, what would it be?
5. What’s your favorite board game?
6. Who or what inspired you to first sign up for Tumblr?
7. What are you proudest of in life?
8. If you from five years ago could meet yourself now, what would the younger you be most surprised to learn?
9. What do you like best about the place where you’re currently living?
10. What would you most like to see get a TV or film adaptation?
11. Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met?
And I tag:
It’s time again
"Tunak Tunak Tun" (Punjabi: ਤੁਣਕ ਤੁਣਕ ਤੁਣ) or "Tunak", is a bhangra/pop love song by Indian artist Daler Mehndi released in 1998. At the time, critics complained that Mehndi’s music was only popular due to his videos that featured beautiful women dancing. Mehndi’s response was to create a video that featured only himself.
also gosh the lyrics to this are actually really sweet & great i never realised
I always tell people the story behind the video and its SO GREAT to see their response to it and how catchy the song is AHHHH
Started watching Leverage the other day, and I hope it keeps getting better. It’s a little formulaic, “Here’s the heist, uh oh, thing went wrong, wait no it didn’t everything is according to plan, brief emotional moment, done,” but I like it. Any of my other followers watch it? lesserjoke maybe?
Sorry, no… I feel like maybe it’s been recommended to me before, but I’ve never seen it myself and it’s not even on my radar right now as something I’m planning to get into. Keep me posted on how you like it, though — I do feel a vague need for some heist-oriented TV to fill the Burn Notice-sized hole in my heart.
do not make decisions at 2 am when you are sad
is that when you came up with your url
Post-apocalyptic Captain America.