If you’ve been around, you know who I am, you know my story. I’ve blogged for close to 14 years *gasp* and it seems silly to write an introductory post, but my readership has considerably changed over time (and so have my posts) and I haven’t really introduced myself (or updated my ‘About me’ page, ahem) in quite a while. I am also part of a new blogger group on Facebook, so when I saw Jessie’s post a little while ago, I thought it would be a great idea to jump on the bandwagon (especially because Jessie is one of my newer blog friends, too) and re-introduce myself to any new readers.
You probably know already that my name is San, which is short for Sandra, and only people on the Internet really call me that. You’re welcome to call me San oder Sandra, but not Sandy. That is a no-go.
I grew up in Germany, but have lived in California for almost 15 years. I have a (fraternal) twin sister and I am super-close with my family. How I have managed to live so far away from them for such a long time is still a bit of a mystery to me.
I studied geography, English and Physical Education in college. I then spent an exchange semester at a UC school, met (my now-husband) J and got ‘stuck’ here in the US of A. Voluntarily, I might add. J and I live in Northern California and have been married for 10 years now. And this, my friends, seems crazy-unbelievable. No kids and not pets in our house (as of yet).
I love running, the outdoors, reading, baking + cooking, and doing things with my hands (knitting, crocheting, crafting – you name it.)
Now let’s have some fun with some very random questions!
Q : Can you recommend a good wine?
A : You wish! But no. You’ll be appalled to hear that I am not really a wine drinker or beer drinker for that matter. (And I come from the land of good beer – so, what does it mean!!?). Unfortunately, I can’t give you any good recommendations (unless you want me to get my Dad involved, who is a wine connoisseur. Let me know.).
Q : Do you enjoy shopping?
A : If you are talking about the fact of acquiring new things, yes. I do like to shop occasionally. If you’re talking about the act of going to the mall and multiple different stores, nope. I do like grocery shopping, though (which I hear is a rare thing).
Q : How do you take your coffee?
A : ⅓ of milk and a splash of (original) creamer. That is pretty much the only way I will have coffee. I mean, besides the occasional fancy drink from a coffee shop that I won’t try to replicate at home.
Q : Which would you rather do: wash the dishes, mow the lawn, vacuum the house or clean the bathroom?
A : I prefer to do the dishes. Everything kitchen-related doesn’t bother me when it comes to chores. The rest of the house, meh.
Q : Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?
A : I’d probably say my eye-sight (J would agree). I often spot little details that go unnoticed by other people. I also spot – without fail – any cats in our neighborhood.
Q : What was your first job?
A : My very first job was babysitting (whose wasn’t?), and then I worked at my neighbor’s veterinarian practice during the summer breaks. I loved working with animals and always thought I wanted to become a vet, but I learned pretty quickly that I wasn’t cut out for the job (too much heartbreak).
Q : What’s a random factoid about yourself?
A : I am sort of ambidextrous. I can’t really write with my left hand, but I will randomly eat with the spoon/fork in my left hand sometimes. I also trained long jump in college consistently using my right leg as the takeoff leg and then – on exam day – I used my left leg (without really noticing) and achieved a better result than in training. Funny how that works. I also had a stronger backhand in tennis and would switch between right and left hand hitting in softball.
Q : What did you want to be when you were a kiddo?
A : I wanted to become a vet. I never had a pet growing up, but I always loved animals and wanted to work with them. As mentioned above, though, I wasn’t cut out to work with sick animals. It was too much heartache and performing surgeries was not something I wanted to do full-time. Then I wanted to become a teacher. I actually got my degree in teaching and then changed my mind when I moved to the US. But did you notice how everything I studied is represented in my life: I work as a geographer, live in an English-speaking country, and still pursue sports (in my free time).
Q : What’s something you wish you could change about yourself?
A : I wish I could let go of things (and people) more easily. I am not someone who holds a grudge for very long, but I have a very hard time to come to terms with rejection, fall outs, or disagreements with other people, especially when I feel I was unfairly accused of something I didn’t do or intended. I keep thinking about it over and over and try to figure out why things went sour.
Q : If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life?
A : Fresh bread with gouda, tomatoes, and onions.
Now, its your turn – ask me a question and teach me something about you I didn’t know!
And also, welcome new readers!