I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. Come join me. #nablopomo2023
As promised, I am catching up on some questions that you guys previously submitted through my ASK SAN ANYTHING! Google form. I apologize for dropping the ball on these but better late than never.
Without further ado… more random things about me.
What are 3-5 things on your “bucket list” — even if you don’t actually have a bucket list?
I actually don’t have an official bucket list (maybe I should write one?), but of course, I can come up with a few things that would make it onto such a list.
- visit Iceland
- visit my good penfriend-turned-IRL friend in Sydney, Australia
- a cross-country road trip
- run a marathon
- get a piano and play again
Do you have any bad habits?
One of my bad habits is that I leave the driver’s seat in my preferred position, which makes it hard for my husband to get behind the wheel when he’s the one who uses the car next. I am trying to remember to move the seat back when I exit the car after I drive it, but it’s a struggle.
What are the best and worst things about your job?
The best thing about my job is that I get to look at maps/3D models all day long. Okay, I am slightly exaggerating, there’s also a lot of Excel spreadsheet work and data management involved, but most of my work is “visual” and I love it.
The worst thing is how our funding works. I basically have to estimate how long a specific task will take (which is very hard to do in science), then account for every single hour that I worked, and charge it to each specific project. It can get very tedious and stressful.
What are your desert island foods?
Bread, cheese, apples.
If you could have one food-related item flown in fresh each day from Germany (the same thing every day) what would it be?
Is this a trick question? Fresh rolls. Every single morning.
What’s your favorite German beer?
Well, you’ll be surprised to hear that I don’t really drink beer. (I KNOW.)
Funny story: At my 16th birthday party, a friend challenged me to finish a glass of Altbier (ale). To answer your immediate question: yes, we’re allowed to drink beer when we turn 16 in Germany, and no, I did not want to drink it. I managed to drink it over the course of the night but thought it was nasty. I was told that I would get used to it and that I would eventually like it if I kept drinking it. To this day, the rationale behind this statement is not at all apparent to me. Why should I keep drinking something that doesn’t taste good to me in hopes of eventually liking it?
Anyway, I will say that I have on occasion had a beer in the last few years. My favorite is “Früh Kölsch” from a Cologne Brewery.
If you could live anywhere in the world (money is not an issue), where would it be?
I’d love to live in Boston.
What television shows/podcasts are must see/must hear for you?
Oh boy, I probably avoided that question until now because I am the last person to ask for television show or podcast recommendations. I hardly ever listen to Podcasts (although I occasionally enjoy listening to “This American Life” and I have listened to Stephany’s “The Friendship Paradox” podcast, and a few others, but I haven’t kept up with any of them. Not because they weren’t good (THEY ARE!), but because podcasts just don’t make it to the top of my priority list.) The same goes for television shows. I don’t watch a lot of shows – the most recent one I have watched from start to finish was “Schitt’s Creek”, and my forever go-to series is reruns of “Friends”. (I AM SO SAD ABOUT MATTHEW PERRY!)
Do you have any plants in your house? I’m a newbie plant lover, and I’m always curious about others’ take on plants!
I do have some plants, but I am not an expert in plant keeping. I do well with cacti. Haha. Unfortunately, our duplex doesn’t get a lot of light in the living room (where I have most of my plants) and it’s a challenge for me to keep them alive (even though I tried to pick plants that do well in low-light areas). I have a pothos, a fiddle leaf fig, and a lily.
What’s your favourite shared activity to do with Jon?
I love going for walks with Jon. It always gives us the opportunity to connect and talk. We also love to cook (and eat) together. Our relationship wouldn’t have happened if we both hadn’t loved food.
If you could pick a dream job and have all the skills necessary to be proficient at it, what would that be? (e.g. if you selected “be a famous rockstar” you’d be able to sing/play an instrument etc, so there are NO limitations based on current location/age/ability).
I’d love to be a travel photographer.
What’s your favourite holiday?
Christmas. I have very fond memories of Christmases at home with my family growing up and I also just love the whole holiday season.