hello! this page will tell you some information ABOUT ME. that is why
it is called the ABOUT ME page. i hope you did not get
think that it contained some information about YOU. it's kind of long,
so don't feel obligated to read it all. but i personally love reading
other peoples' "about me" sections. it's interesting to see how other
people choose to present themselves to the internet-at-large! and the
way i choose to present myself is: at length.
i am a 22-year-old (my birthday is 06/21/1985; feel free to send
presents) vagabond. i graduated from grinnell
in 2007, with a b.a. in history and english. i have a
, and some
also i have a fish
. (NOTE: that is a
picture of my old fish trey. i have a new fish trey now but he looks
just like the old one.)
right now i live in the dominican republic as a peace corps volunteer.
politically, i'm pretty liberal and waffle between passionate
involvement and intense disillusionment. i'm also a feminist and a
vegetarian, but not one of the angry ones.
i like school! i love american history. my favorite president is
abraham lincoln and my favorite war is the aroostook war and my
favorite historical figure is probably eleanor roosevelt, but there are
a lot of dead people i admire. i also like to play educational
software. mainly the carmen sandiego games and oregon trail, but i
wouldn't say no to a good game of math blasters once in awhile.
i like reading books! neil gaiman is one of my favorite authors. i have
a website for his book american
this one time my website got turned into a
limited edition book
which i think is kinda cool. other favorite authors include sarah
vowell, david sedaris, mark twain, margaret atwood, lemony snicket,
kurt vonnegut jr, sherman alexie, dave eggers, david foster wallace,
bill bryson, oscar wilde, roald dahl,
louise erdrich, and jk rowling.
sometimes i also like reading fanfiction. once in awhile i also write
some, and when i do i post it here
and maybe also here
i like to read and write fanfiction for x-men
and the west wing
and a few other things.
i like music also! i like tori amos a lot. i'm not one of those crazy
tori fans though. okay, actually i kind of am? but there are definitely
way crazier tori fans than me. i also like paul simon. a lot. another
favorite is stuart
. a few more: the beatles, rachael sage
ben folds, anne
, the indigo girls, regina
spektor, neko case, and jill
. i've also been known to
enjoy the likes of the spice girls, abba, and aqua. (links provided for
the more obscure artists. they are all pretty great, you should check
them out if you like music.)
television, you ask? yes, sometimes. i love the
and its new
counterpart the colbert report
the west wing
although season 7 was a bit disappointing. i've recently gotten into house,
(american version). most
of the cartoons on adult swim are amazing, as is the
, of course. three more:
mystery science theatre 3000
the muppet show
and little britain
(that last one is a british show, and it's probably the funniest thing
ever in the world. i highly recommend tracking down the dvds.) but of
course, i don't actually find time to watch all of these on a regular
basis. i also like to watch the history channel!
theatre? well, i like rent
a lot, though perhaps not as much as i did in high school. i used to
see the show a lot and also megan
and i used to run a fairly popular website for curtis cregan
an actor who used to be in rent but is now in the kids teevee show
hi-5. but we sort of moved past that and now an awesome lady named
cindy runs the site. (curtis is still great, though.) even though i'm
not as into rent
as i used to be, i still post at compulsive
, a rent message board
community. i'm also a mod at rentsecrets
which is the absolute stupidest community i've ever been obsessed with.
i like some other musicals too: urinetown
tick, tick... BOOM!
guys and dolls
et cetera. i do not like andrew lloyd webber.
i don't like serious movies because i have a short attention span for
visual media and serious movies are too long and boring. i cry a lot at
movies. i cried at an
. i like silly
movies included but not limited to: josie
and the pussycats, bill & ted's excellent adventure, spice
, along with kevin
smith movies, james bond movies, and disney channel original movies.
especially high school musical
and high school musical 2.
also any movie alan cumming has been in. also star wars. the end.
i also like to play scrabble! also i have a livejournal. i never update
it, but you can go look at my
if you want. it has
an extensive list of my interests and also some little square pictures.
you can also be my lj friend if you want. friends are nice! my favorite
colors are pink and purple. and brown and grey and black and silver.
but usually not all together. my favorite dinosaur is the T-REX
semester in london
yep! fall semester 2005 i spent abroad in london with the
grinnell-in-london program (gil). it was a great semester, i loved the
city (and the little extra bits of europe i got to see). there are
approximately eight thousand pictures from that semester online at my
. i had an internship with
a publication i like to call "hippie crap news".
i've worked at girl scout camps for three summers working at camp is
seriously the best, funnest, most rewarding thing i've ever done, and
i've met lots of amazing people through it. and i learned how to weave
baskets (poorly) and make lanyards (acceptably) and roll lots of
sleeping bags (superbly and efficiently) and how to identify all the
stars in the summer sky (not really but i did make up a constellation
and teach it to kids; it's called stingy the stingray and it's actually
part of sagittarius). i highly recommend it. working at camp that is,
not inventing constellations and teaching them to kids. or both,
really. ps my camp name is ZELDA.
i went to university high
, aka u-high. my high
school experience was much less traumatic than many people's seem to
have been! especially most dorks. let's be frank, i'm a dork now and i
was a dork in high school, but i had many awesome dorky friends in high
school and it was fun. i was a member of our thespian troupe (doing
backstage work only!) and our state
3rd place champ nerd bowl (aka scholastic bowl) team
wooo nerd bowl!