Surveys Are Like Sock Drawers.

So I really hope I’m not making this up, but I’m puh-retty sure I heard this one saying one time about how you can tell a lot about a person by the state of their sock drawer..?  (Confession: this might have been on Veggie Tales.)

I really like it when bloggers take or make surveys.  Yeah, you can learn a lot about someone through their regularly scheduled (or, in my case, wonderfully erratic) posting, but surveys pose the deep questions, man; they probe people for all these little delicious bits and pieces you would have never known about them otherwise.

sock drawer

So surveys are like sock drawers.  Just for all y’all, since I love ya so much, I took a trip into the dank abyss and snapped a photo.  Any psychologists in the audience?  I’m sure this is a veritable peep into my soul.  Let’s see, we have…a massive bag of leftover Halloween candy…socks that haven’t fit since I was 6…old bottles of nail polish, a beanbag, dirt, grime, pine needles, miscellaneous hodgepodge…a baby doll bottle…several dead spiders…

*clears throat nervously*

I’m really in the survey-taking kinda mood right now, but incidentally…I’m not, actually.  No pre-existing surveys, at any rate.  I just want to tell you guys random facts about myself, so I think I’ll pass it off under the guise of creating my own survey! and you guys can participate as well, either in the comments (answer your favorite questions!) or on your own blogs!  Link up!  Let’s have a party!

Favorite type of workout?  Oh, gosh and golly.  Why do I pick such hard questions?  I guess if I’m being totally honest, I like a leisurely but looong bike ride.  Walks are nice too.  Pretty scenic, none too aerobic.

Favorite type of cheese (or cheeze)?  Parmigiano reggiano, definitely.  It does contain rennet :(, but…I make the exception because…it’s delicious.

You’re on death row but they have allowed you to choose a most extravagant last meal.  What is it?  A hot fudge brownie sundae the size of my torso.


Favorite variable to use in an algebra problem?  I must confess I’m pretty traditional.  I love x.  In fact it always really bugs me when a variable is t or y or something if there’s not already an x in the problem.  Please just stick with x.

Favorite outfit?  I’m mainly just including this question because I just got a really cute outfit from ModCloth with a pretty yellow cardigan, a typewriter-patterend tee, and wedges.  Look.

typewriter outfit

Hashtag selfie swag.  We’ll try to ignore how atrocious I am at taking selfies.  Also, from this rather awkward angle, you can’t tell that the paper coming out of the typewriter ironically says “laptop”, which is one of the best parts of the shirt.  Alas.

This is literally my only outfit that looks like…an outfit, and I normally haven’t got an ounce of fashion sense, so I’m really hoping someone else will take this survey and give me some inspiration.  Pretty please?

Favorite caffeinated beverage?  For me it really depends.  If I need a lot of caffeine then I’ll drink some coffee (black, I don’t mind), and I do like coffee, but tea offers so much more variety! I really like chai spice in the morning.

oooh tea is so dramatic

oooh tea is so dramatic

One of your favorite fictional characters has shown up on your doorstep, ready to take you on the adventure of a lifetime.  Who are they, and where do you go?  It’s the Doctor.  Preferably the tenth incarnation, though I wouldn’t say no to 9.  I suppose we go to Barcelona. 🙂


Any tattoos you’d like?  I feel like this says a lot about a person.  I am actually DYING to come of age and have full autonomy over my body and write sompin’ pretty on it.  (Please do not suddenly go into cardiac arrest, grandparents reading this.)  I’d like a few, actually, probably on my back, literary ones; lines from poems that speak to me and that come back to me a lot or inside references to favorite works.  After reading Good Omens, I really want “ineffability and all that” somewhere, like along a collarbone.  Some Sarah Kay lines, too, like “this world is made of sugar” (from one of my favorite spoken word poems of all time, B.)  And I absolutely PROMISE to the adults in my life that I won’t be rash about this; I think my rule will be that if I still love a line or a quote as much as I did when I first read it 1-2 years later, then it can go somewhere on my person. 🙂 I hope to gradually amass a little collection of my favorite words.  I’ve given this a good deal of thought, and yes I KNOW they will be with me forever and I KNOW I will become elderly and they will sag and spot but HOPEFULLY only people I really trust are going to be seeing my back when I’m in my 70s-80s and onwards.  ALSO, if I get really fit and well-toned before getting said tattoos, it will be a good incentive to keep the muscle definition, since if I let it turn back into flab the tattoos will warp. 😉

(I’m not a huge fan of needles or blood [gah, blood especially], so this is an odd little yearning on my part, but incidentally I am a fan of meaningful and beautiful body art.  Huh.  Who woulda thought…)

Hair color?  Would you ever dye it?  Chop it all off?  Brown.  Some people say it’s blonde but then I look at them funny.HAIR! 004have chopped it all off before!  Well, not all off, but, you know, most of it.HAIR!! 005

I don’t know about dyeing it.  I’m really envious of those lovely ladies who are rockin’ blue or red locks, but, deep down, I know I’m not meant to be one of them.  It would be cool to have orange hair but not very socially acceptable and I am not deep enough into don’t-give-a-crap mode to go for it.  I am thinking about getting highlights once it gets longer, though.

Favorite smell?  Just-baked brownies, vanilla extract, old books.  (That was three.  Whoopsies.)

DSCN3806.jpgFavorite sound?  Laughter (certain people’s especially), Citrus whistling (as long as it’s not the middle of the night), little kids with adorable lisps reading aloud, pages of a book turning, pens scratching paper, marbles rolling across a hardwood floor, meadowlark song.  That was too many.  Whoopsies.


For anyone interested in taking the survey themselves, here are the questions, in order:

  1. Favorite type of workout?
  2. Favorite type of cheese (or cheeze)?
  3. Last meal.
  4. Favorite variable to use in an algebra problem?
  5. Favorite outfit?
  6. Favorite caffeinated beverage?
  7. One of your favorite fictional characters has shown up on your doorstep ready to take you on the adventure of a lifetime. Who are they, and where do you go?
  8. Any tattoos you’d like?
  9. Hair color? Would you ever dye it? Chop it all off?
  10. Favorite smell?
  11. Favorite sound?

Also, you gotta show us your sock drawer.  😉  No straightening up beforehand, that’s cheating.

A good breakaway from the monotony of “what’s your dream vacation?”-type surveys, methinks.  🙂  I’m really dying to know what everyone’s favorite variable is.


Dear, dear, dear

My apologies for the long blogging hiatus.  My birthday and the holidays are coming up so I’ve been busy–and I just “wasn’t feeling” blogging.  I know from experience that if I try to post while I’m not in the mood it’s going to be crap.

BUT I also know from experience that if I let myself take TOO long a break from blogging I’ll never get going again!  And then you guys would worry about whatever happened to me…

So today I started doing bloggy stuff again and checking my comments, and found out I’d been nominated for the Liebster Award by Shona of Absolute Frankness.

I did a silent fist-pump, then proceeded to check out her blog.  I’d never heard of her before!

Her blog is dedicated, as the name would imply, to being absolutely frank.  About everything.  Basically making sure that she never once even unfolds a rose-colored blindfold.  The cynical, darkly-humorous, depressing-poetry-writing side of me can definitely side with this.  I’m kind of opposite of this, however; I try to make my blog optimistic, and I do like to think that The Girl in the Orange is a place where people can come and get a little extra shot of happiness in their day, because, as Shona says, sometimes life truly does suck.  (How’s that for optimism?)  But Absolute Frankness is such a refreshing take on blogging, and I can definitely admire her for being okay with talking about the darker aspects of life, the elephants in the room, and so I’ll be sure to keep tabs on the blog.  Check it out!

Google Translate (no shame!) informed me that Liebster is German for ‘dear’, ‘dearest’, or ‘my favorite’.  You can never really trust Google Translate, so I do hope I got this right.  Otherwise the title of this post would be just…lame.

And the rules for accepting this award are as follows:

1) Post eleven facts about yourself
2) Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated
3) Choose eleven people to give this award to (with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post
4) Go to their page and tell them

So, eleven facts about moi.

I can do this.  (And I must ask, why eleven?)

1.  On the weekends when I’m too lazy to put in my contacts, I have big square nerd glasses, along with braces.  And you wondered why I haven’t ever posted any pictures of myself, didn’t you?

2.  Sometimes in class I’ll realize I’m whistling to myself or muttering “Pretty bird!!” under my breath.  Such is the fate of an enthusiastic cockatiel owner.  And I wondered why people always turn to stare at me.

3.  I faint/puke at the sight or mention of blood.

4.  When I’m studying for a math test, I put a (bad) tune to my notes and sing them out loud.  “The perpendicular bisector conjeeeec-tuure!!”

5.  I stink at drawing.  Or any form of art that involves fine motor coordination.

6.  I play viola and guitar and sing, though it’s hard to do them at the same time.

7.  I actually like vanilla better than chocolate, but it doesn’t come in powder or bar form and therefore it is much less convenient.

8.  My best ideas for poems come to me at two in the morning, so I keep a notebook and pencil on my nightstand.  Unfortunately, I can’t turn on my light in the middle of the night or else my bird will have night frights, so the ends of my stanzas always


down at the


and sometimes they run into other stanzas too.

9.  Once I awoke with the feeling that I had written something really clever in said notebook the night previously, but when I eagerly opened it I had penned only:

cat sheep or rather, an almost-butterfly

An almost-butterfly does sound rather poetic, but I still have no idea what it had to do with a cat or a sheep, or why I crossed those out.

10.  I make pancakes almost every weekend, but my maple syrup bottle is still nearly full because I prefer to keep the pancakes in the freezer and simply eat them as snacks throughout the week.  Yup.  Frozen pancakes.

11.  I’m probably the only teenager in the history of the world who insists that no cakes, cookies, or other delicacies be baked for her coming birthday.  Yup, I’ma hit up froyo.

And now, to answer Shona’s questions:

1. What’s your favorite smell?

Oh, I have many.  I’m an extremely olfactorily-oriented person; I smell everything.  (But don’t read too much into that.)  I guess, in no particular order, they are: freshly baked brownies, freshly baked bread, books, pizza, and parrots (if you burrow your nose in their feathers they smell like peanuts!).

2.  Would you rather go to Swansea or Portsmouth?


(pauses, consults Google maps)

Oh, those are places in the UK!  Well, howdy, from across the pond!

Um…Portsmouth..?  It’s got a cooler name…

3.  Savory pancakes or classic lemon and sugar?

Haha, that’s funny.  Cuz I was just talking about…pancakes…ha…ha…

Is that another UK thing?  I’ve never had pancakes with lemon OR sugar.

Do you guys not drench your pancakes in maple syrup?

I vote maple syrup.  Even though that was not one of the choices.

Maple syrup should always be a choice.

4.  What did you have for lunch today?

Um…some “beef” stroganoff made with Trader Joe’s Beefless Ground Beef, condensed portobello mushroom soup, and farfalle pasta.  Also, a salad with a highly addictive white balsamic/honey vinaigrette and some Lentil Flatbread (see the Food section of my last Monthly Recap) crumbled into the mix.

5. What was the last book you read?

Insurgent, by Veronica Roth.  It’s kind of scary how similar the novel I’m writing is to the Divergent series.

6.  Would you live in an Enchanted Forest?

That depends.  What are my other options?

Is my only other option the real world?  …Then, yes, I probably would.  But I would want to take my laptop, and my bird.

7.  If you were a Fairy Queen what would you be queen of?

Inspiration.  There’s so many perfectly good people that faithfully sit down to write every day, but sometimes your muse deserts you.  I would fight this horrid crime and serve as a backup muse for writers everywhere, drifting into their ears whenever they experience the dreaded Writer’s Block.

8.  Would you like to live in the countryside or the city?

I really don’t know.  A couple of years ago, I would have said countryside, hands down, but now I’m not so sure.  Cities are kind of beautiful, in their own special way–just one awesome mess of humanity.  I love it.

Until you step in cigarettes and gum and then you wish you were in the countryside.

But then you get lonely.  would get lonely, at any rate.  I am a self-professed introverted extrovert; I have to be surrounded by people, but I’m happy when they leave me alone.

9.  What’s the best Christmas movie?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, circa ancient times.  You can’t argue with clay abominable snowmen.

10.  Do you wear hats at all?

Hats are very useful for hiding awful hair and managing to look stylish at the same time, and I occasionally wear them for this purpose.  Now that I’ve got a pixie cut, I can’t very well wear a baseball cap, or else my semi-feminine facial characteristics start to appear questionable…

11.  Would you have brought the ring to Mordor or let Sam do it for you?

I’ve never read The Lord of the Rings.  I tried, but I unwisely chose to try to read it out loud to my bird.  It’s not the kind of book you read out loud, with all the Sam and Ham Gamgees and Bilbo Baggins from Bag-End and all.  But I’m gonna be proactive here and say I’ll bring it myself.

My questions for my nominees:

1.  What did you have for breakfast?  Do you, by any chance, have a picture? #nerdalert

2.  When you read a book, what point-of-view do you like to read?  (eg, first person, third person, omniscient)

3.  If someone you loved started trying to convince you that there were extraterrestrial beings in your closet, would you side with them or turn them into an asylum?

4.  If you could make it rain ANYTHING, what kind of precipitation would you like?

5.  What is your preferred method of exercise?  (running, CrossFit, yoga, etc)

6.  Coffee or tea?

7.  Chocolate or vanilla?

8.  Would you rather have to sprinkle hot pepper on every food you ate, or chocolate chips?

9.  If you were to die in the morning, what would your last meal be?  (Don’t confine it to “dinner” foods!)

10.  Frozen yogurt or ice cream?

11.  What is a charitable cause you vehemently stand behind?

And, finally, my nominees:


The Breaded Blog (nothing to do with bread or food, for that matter…)

Harley Bird

You will notice that three nominees is not equal to eleven nominees.  I will commend you for your astute observation, then explain: At the moment I don’t follow a LOT of wordpress blogs–a good number, but not a lot–and it felt false to give the award to a blogger who I haven’t been following and enjoying for a while.  Most of the bloggers that fall into that category I’ve already previously nominated for the Sunshine Award, and it felt cheesy and clingy to nominate the same blogger for two different awards.  Lastly, my internet search for blogs worthy of the award was taking me upwards of two hours, and I value my retinas and mental health.  So, my consensus is this: as I discover more blogs I would like to nominate, they will be posted on here over time.  🙂