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How the Shit is it Still Only March?

It’s another one of these survey doodads, hip-hip-hooray.

1. If there’s a personal god, what quality would you most like that person to have (and why)?
Can…can they just be Leibniz? If so, that.

2. What’s your death-row meal?

3. Assuming we make it through this outbreak with minimal loss of life, what do you think our big takeaway should be?
Don’t hide the severity of a medical emergency, no matter how bad it makes your country look.

4. Whom do you find yourself missing more than you would’ve predicted?
Sean. I really miss Sean.

5. What brings you the most joy? Not happiness, not contentment — JOY.
Not much brings me joy anymore. Hell, I can’t think of anything that consistently brings me joy right now.

6. Do you find yourself regretting anything you’ve said or done on social media?
Pfft. I regret nothing. P.S., if you go far enough back in this blog, you’ll find some primo r/IAmVerySmart material.

7. What are your favorite and least favorite things about your body and face?
Favorite: nothing
Least favorite: everything
I’m not kidding.

9. How’s the self-isolation affecting your libido?
Hah. What libido?

10. Which three places in the physical universe would you most like to visit?
The sun, Antarctica, Hanover. I know those are pretty “close” given the whole physical universe, but hey. I don’t like to travel.

11. On whom did you have a crush years ago? Have you ever told them?
We all know the Lead saga. We don’t need to go through the Lead saga.

12. How have your religious views changed since you were in high school?
Not at all.

13. If you could change one law, what would it be?
People should be promptly ticketed for not taking care of their sidewalks in the winter. I know there are laws – sort of – that are supposed to motivate people to clean snow/ice/slush off their sidewalks, but I truly think that they should be enforced to the same degree as things like speeding tickets, parking tickets, etc. Think of it this way: if cities waited as long to clean off portions of roads as some people wait to clear their sidewalks, think what a big fit everyone would raise?


You know the drill.

Do you think any of your exs still want to be with you?
Hahahaha, I seriously doubt it.

Has a boyfriend/​​​​​​​​​girlfriend ever put alcohol/drugs before you?
Nope. Not that I know of.

Let’s say you had a baby with the last person you kissed.
That would be rough. Neither of us want kids.

Will this Friday be a good one?
Tomorrow? Who the hell knows. Everything is chaos and fear right now.

When was the last time you completely broke down?
A couple weeks or so ago when I realized that this damn virus was going to fuck up the whole summer (and probably beyond).

Do you know anyone that smokes pot?

Are you nice to the people you dislike?
There aren’t many people I dislike. I don’t interact with them.

Do you have someone you can spill your heart out to?
To an extent, yes.

What are you excited for?
Not much.

Your ex shows up randomly at your house, what do you say?

Is there a person that you would do absolutely anything and everything for?

Does sex mean love?

Have you ever fallen asleep on someone?
Hahaha. Yes.

What’s something you really want right now?

What was the first thing you did this morning?
Probably pet Jazzy. I’m not super coherent in the mornings.

What is your relationship status?
Married to the best man in the world.

What did the last text in your inbox say? From Who.
“Hahahaha” from my mom.

What was the longest time you’ve wasted on a certain person?
Half a year-ish. God, 2008 was a suck hole.

Are you listening to music right now?
No, surprisingly.

Anyone you would like to get things straight with?

What’s in your purse?
I don’t have a purse.

Is your name a common name?
I would say it’s not super common. I remember a lady at the Moscow DMV was named Claudia, but that’s the only “real life” Claudia I think I’ve met.

What is your favorite color out of these 5: Green, yellow, blue, pink, or red?

What are you doing tomorrow?
Walking and not working (it’s my “day off”).

You receive $500 without any reason, what do you spend it on?
Probably clothes. Or broccoli. Or walking shoes.

Where will you be in an hour?
Still here at my compy!

Is anything bothering you right now?

What do you think about math?

How is your mood?
Mild panic.

What time is it?
3:30 AM.

Where’s your phone?
On the bookshelf beside me.

Who was your last text from?
My mom.

Why did you last cry?
Because I’m me and that’s just what I do.

In the past week have you cried?
Oh god yes.

Do you want to see somebody right now?
I miss my mom.

Which is worse for you: being hot, or being cold?
Being cold is basically my default state; I can deal with it. Being too hot sucks.

How many cell phones have you had in your life?
I’d say…six?

Are you happy with the way things are going?
Personally? Sure. As far as the whole world goes? Ha.

Total Eclipse of the BUTT

what’s your favorite way to dress?
As colorfully and obnoxiously as possible. And in comfortable clothes.

if you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
All. All of it.

what movie/game/etc. helps you calm down?
Euro/American Truck Simulator. So calming, yo.

what does your room smell like?

do you like to organize?
I do indeed.

what kind of music would you listen to if you could only choose one?
Like, what genre? That’s a tough one. Electronic, maybe, ‘cause that gives a decently wide range of types of songs.

what color do you think goes best with your personality?
What color is anger? Red? Red.

do you believe in auras?
Sure, why not?

is there someone you have mixed feelings towards?

talk about a story you came up with
Uhhhhhh so I wrote this story in 4th grade about this family of like eleven kids where one of the kids was a super genius and she was hell bent on making a canoe out of soda cans in order to enter it in a canoe race. I wrote it all in a purple journal. It took up the whole journal. It was a weird-ass story, but it was the first and last time I ever wrote a story of that length from start to finish without jumping round.

do you like makeup?
I do indeed. I’m not very good with it; I mainly put on a metric ton of super bright eyeshadow and call it good.

do you prefer space or the ocean?
Ocean, but only if I can stay on top of it (in a ship). I like ships.

if you could pick any planet besides earth, where would you live?

what animal would you keep as a pet, if you could?
Cats are all I need.

what do you think our purpose is in the universe?
To be.

is there a song you can’t handle listening to, even though you like it?
I have trouble with Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters because that song is so heavily associated with Rob and all that garbage that surrounded that whole situation. It’s a great song, though.

what is your favorite thing to learn about?
I like learning about mathematicians and statisticians and/or the history of math and stats.

what country’s history do you find the most interesting?
United States. It’s such a fascinating history in my opinion.

what breakup was the hardest, if you had one?
The one with Rob, ‘cause he wouldn’t go away. Oh my god that was hell.

do you have someone where you can’t decide if you like them romantically or just as a friend?
I used to. 2008, man. 2008.

what instrument do you wish you could master?
I’d love to be good at the cello, ‘cause cellos are beautiful.

how easy is it for you to be honest?
Pretty easy, I’d say. Or am I lying?!?!?!?

do you have any strange interests?
Hah. Hahaha. Um. I don’t know if any *strange* interests, per se. “Unusual” is probably a better descriptor. I like cloud typing. The kilogram. Units of measurement in general. Leibniz. The sun. Wallpaper groups. Mathematical conflicts during the European Age of Enlightenment. That kind of stuff.

do you have any strange fears?
I really don’t like dragonflies. I don’t know if I fear them, but I definitely don’t like them.

when you get angry, how do you show it?
I cry. I yell. I brood. “But Claudia,” you say, “you’re always doing one of those three things!” Exactly.

what do you listen to music on?

earbuds or headphones?
Oh god, headphones please.

do you like light blankets or heavy blankets?
My weighted blanket is so calming. I love him.


What is the closest grocery store to your house?
Safeway, I think.

When was the last time you colored with crayons?
Like, wax crayons? It’s been a long, long time.

Have you ever owned a plant? What was it?
I had a cactus when I was younger. I was never very good with plants.

Have you met anyone famous?
I don’t think so.

What was the worst injury you have ever had?
Whatever the hell I did to my knee/leg in 2017. That’s pretty much the only injury I’ve ever had.

At thanksgiving dinner, what is the first thing you go for?
That broccoli thing my mom and dad always make.

When you were a kid, who was your best pal?
In elementary school it was Anastasia before she moved away. GE before her, too, I guess.

Do you have any special talents?
Ha. “Talents.” No.

Have you ever been to a nursing home?

What kind of job did your mom have when you were growing up?
She did web design and graphic design for the U of I.

Have you ever known anyone that’s been on tv, including you?
Probably. A lot of people have been on TV.

What was the most interesting animal you have seen in the wild?
A bald eagle!

What holiday do you enjoy the most?

What was the first video game you ever played?
Either Doom or Cosmic Osmo, haha.

What is the one thing you own, that if it got lost, you would be bummed?
My iPod. I’m so attached to that little dude. He goes everywhere with me, though, and I’m constantly making sure I have him, so I’d be shocked if I ever lost him.

Do you have a favorite breakfast item?
I don’t eat breakfast. I do like cereal, though. And eggs.

What do you find yourself buying all the time?
Tank tops. Broccoli. Eyeshadow.

When was the last time you got a real letter in the mail?
Christmas. My mom and dad sent Christmas letters, if those count.

Do you have a most prized piece of jewelry?
My wedding ring!

Do you own any board games?

What chore seems the most daunting right now?
Laundry. I hate doing laundry.

Were you born in the state you live in?
Bro, I’m not even in a state right now!

Have you ever lived in a house that has been broken into?
I don’t think so. Though at the other place I lived here in Calgary, one day I came home and my window was wide open. So that’s…suspicious.

What is your favorite cheese?

Who do you know that watches the most sports?
Hahaha, my mom.


If you saw a dog locked in a hot car, what would you do?
If it was a car parked in front of a shop/store/whatev, I’d probably go see if I could find the owner (as long as the dog wasn’t in too much visible distress). Then I’d call the cops and, if necessary, break a window to save the dog.

Is it easy for you to accept help when you need it?
Help is for SUCKERS

Have you ever been in a fashion show?
Haha, nope.

Would you like to be famous?
Can I be famous without having to deal with constant paparazzi? Then yes.

What is your most compulsive habit?
We’re not going to go there, huh?

What do you most strive for in your life: accomplishment, security, love, power, excitement, knowledge, or something else?
Knowledge, I’d say.

How close and warm is your family?
They’re pretty good I suppose. My mom and I are super close.

Does that fact that you have never done a thing before increase or decrease its appeal to you?
Depends on what it is. Bungee jumping? Never done it before, but I have no desire to. Get a tattoo? Never done it before, but getting one sounds coolio.

If your friends start belittling a common acquaintance, would you defend that person?
I’d like to think I’d do better with this now than I used to.

Do you make a special effort to thank someone who does you a favor? How do you react when you aren’t thanked for going out of your way for someone?
I try to. If I do someone a small favor I don’t really mind if they don’t say “thank you,” but if I did something relatively big for them, it irks me a bit, yeah.

Since adolescence, in what 3-year period do you feel you experienced the most personal growth and change?
2007-2010. I don’t know about personal growth, but I really feel like this was my own personal little “Age of Enlightenment” era (especially 2007) because holy damn my knowledge of the world exploded.

When you do something ridiculous, how much does it bother you to have other people notice it and laugh at you?
A lot.

Do you believe in capital punishment?

Do you find it so hard to say “no” that you regulalry do favors you do not want to do?


Hey so remember that survey I do at the end of every year?

LET’S DO IT AGAIN! ‘Cause repetitive content is FUN and ENJOYABLE, right?

What did you do in 2019 that you’d never done before?
HAVE MY OWN OFFICE! I only just got it in September, but that totally counts. I love it so much.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
There will soon be a blog post regarding this!

Did anyone close to you give birth?
For the first time in like five years, none of my old friends have had kids.

Did anyone close to you die?
My grandma on my mom’s side died. I’m not sure if she counts as “close” because we hated each other and I haven’t spoken to her in like a decade, but I guess she is “close” family-wise. So.

What countries did you visit?

What would you like to have in 2020 that you lacked in 2019?
More free time.

What date from 2019 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Can’t think of any.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting that lecturer position. A step above a sessional instructor!

What was your biggest failure?

Did you suffer illness or injury?

What was the best thing you bought?
I have no idea. I can’t remember everything I bought and no single purchase is standing out as the best thing I bought.

Where did most of your money go?
Condo fees. Broccoli. Eyeshadow. Music.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My new job! And teaching calculus. That was bomb.

What song will always remind you of 2019?
Door by Caroline Polachek

What do you wish you’d done less of?

How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas was a few days ago. Went walking/running in the morning, then spent most of the day in SeaTac. Now I’m chilling with my mom!

Did you fall in love in 2019?
I stayed in love in 2019.

How many one-night stands?

What was your favourite TV program?
I don’t know if there were any new shows (“new” as in new to existence or “new” as in new to me”). So Chicago Hope, as always.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

What was the best book you read?
Shamefully, the only book I’ve read is the one I’m (re-)reading now: On the Beach by Nevil Shute. So that one.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
That will be revealed on the 31st!

What was your favourite film of this year?
Probably End Game. I didn’t like it nearly as much as I liked Infinity War and I feel like I liked it less than most people did, but it definitely wasn’t horrible. I enjoyed it—just not as much as I was expecting to.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 31 and spent four hours of the day walking in -15°F weather. Turns out that that would be a preview for the rest of the month of February.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably satisfying?
Not being me.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2019?

What kept you sane?
I think any milligram of sanity I had left at the start of the year has now disintegrated into thin air.

Which celebrity/public figure(s) did you fancy the most?
Leibniz. Always and forever.

Who did you miss?
My mom.

Who was the best new person you met?
Uhhhhhhhhhh I don’t think I met anyone new. John, maybe? Sure. John.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019:
Sometimes good things happen to terrible people.


Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s a survey!

Are you shocked?

One. What is your middle name?
The most common female middle name in the U.S.

Two. What are you passionate about?
Teaching statistics and math, statistics and math, walking, Leibniz, blogging…that kind of stuff.

Three. Zebra or leopard print?
Ugh, neither.

Four. Do you have any fears?

Five. Silver or gold?

Six. Top three places to visit.
Places I’ve been or places that I think would be my top three places to visit?
Top three places I’ve been: Stockholm, DC, California redwoods (I haven’t been a lot of places, haha).
Top three places I think would be my top three places: Antarctica, Hanover, Stockholm.

Seven. How many siblings do you have?

Eight. Where are you from?
The ‘Scow.

Nine. First career you wanted as a child.
I wanted to be an “artist” (as vague as that is).

Ten. What’s your sign?
Aquarius, bitches!

Eleven. Future names of your children.
I do not want children, thanks. HOWEVER, I have considered what I would name my kid(s) should I ever have them. Even though I shall not have them. Actually, I’ve really only ever considered names for boys, ‘cause in this horrible alternate timeline where I’m forced to be a parent, I’ve at least been kind enough to myself to only have boys, ‘cause I don’t think I could handle girls. ANYWAY. The problem (and reason #52354 why I shouldn’t have kids) is I like the names “Victor” and “Hugo” for boys, and if I were to have two boys, I’d probably name them “Victor” and “Hugo” and they and myself would be forever considered to be huge Victor Hugo fans and that’s just…it would be a lifelong issue.
But I do not want children and will never have children, so moot point.
(That was a lot of text, sorry)

Twelve. Do you have any pets?
YUP! We have Jazzy and Franklin, though Franklin is definitely more of Nate’s bird than mine.

Thirteen. What are you listening to right now?
Nothing, actually. Shocking!

Fourteen. Do you believe in fate/destiny?

Fifteen. What are your career goals?
I want to do what I’m doing now, only permanently. In other words, I want this instructor position to turn in to a tenure-track position and then, eventually, tenure. I have no idea if that’s going to happen, but that would be fantastic. A dream come true.

Sixteen. What is your favorite color?

Seventeen. What is your favorite flower?
Flowers don’t do too much for me, probably because I can’t smell them. I’ve always liked sunflowers, though. They’re massive and pretty.

Eighteen. What was the first concert/show you attended?
OK Go.

Nineteen. Something you are working on right now.
Hahaha. A LOT of things. But the “main” thing is my Decade of Music project wrap-up.

Twenty. Have you ever had a near-death experience?
That night at Idler’s Rest with Rob certainly felt like a near-death experience. I was sure we were going to be killed. Creepiest thing that’s ever happened to me.

Twenty-one. Are you a procrastinator or do you get things done early?
I try not to procrastinate, but sometimes it just happens.

Twenty-two. Left or right handed?

Twenty-three. TV Shows you watch regularly.
Lately? Chicago Hope (re-runs are on one of the five stations we get up here, so WOO), Top Chef (we’re watching the old seasons together), and Riverdale.

Twenty-four. Where do you work?
U of C.

Twenty-five. Halloween costume idea for this year?
Halloween is OVER!

Twenty-six. What is your relationship status?

Twenty-seven. Last movie you just watched.
I have no idea what movies we’ve seen recently. I can barely remember what I did yesterday.

Twenty-eight. Your best friend’s name.
I don’t think I have a best friend.

Twenty-nine. A song that’s been stuck in your head.
“It’s a Shame” by First Aid Kit

Thirty. A book you want to read/have recently read.
I don’t even remember the last book I read. HOW SAD IS THAT. The next book I want to (re-)read is Nevil Shute’s On the Beach.


Where is the person who has your heart at the moment?
In bed.

Are you waiting for something?
I’m waiting for the semester to be over so I can go to Moscow. I miss my mom.

On the opposite sex where do you like them to have piercings?
Multiple ear piercings is pretty hot. I like eyebrow rings, too.

Have you ever kissed someone and hated it?
I didn’t hate it, but I certainly didn’t really feel anything from it. I was mostly like, “please don’t let it get any further than this.”

Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
Duh, we’re married.

Would you date someone who smokes?
The smell wouldn’t bother me, but I wouldn’t be a fan of my partner putting themselves at higher risk for all sorts of health issues. Not a fan of second-hand smoke, either. I need these lungs to power through 15-mile walks, yo.

Would you date someone who was addicted to drugs?
What kind of drugs? Weed? Sure. Meth? Probably not.

Have you ever dated someone more than once?
As in…”went on a second date with them” or as in “dated them, broke up, then got back together again?” Yes to the former, no to the latter.

Could you handle a long distance relationship?
Possibly? I’ve never had one before.

If you could go on ONE DATE with any celebrity, who would it be?
Y’all know who I’m going to pick. It’s not even a contest. I know he doesn’t probably actually count as a “celebrity,” but he’s a celebrity to me, dammit.

Do you like cuddling?
Most of the time, yes. But if I’m upset, I do not like to be touched. Like, at all. Get away.

Do you hold grudges?
I do. I try not to, but I’m really freaking good at it, so…

Do you regret dating anyone?
The whole Rob thing was just…no. No thanks.

Hugger or kisser?
Both, I guess?

Missing someone?
I miss Sean. I miss all my old band nerd friends. I miss Annabelle.

Whats the most important thing in a relationship?
Mutual respect.

What would make you break up with someone?
Only once have I been the one initiating the breakup. It was because he 1) was so negative (like, even worse than me); 2) hated my friends; 3) hated everything else; 4) still lived with his clingy, unstable ex and didn’t really see this as an issue. So yeah, it takes quite a bit for me to break up with someone.

Have you ever loved someone who didn’t love you back?
lolololololololololol fuck you

Do you like someone at the moment?

The last person you kissed needs you at 3 am and you have a way to their house – would you go?
Of course. I’m usually up at 3 AM and just happen to live with the last person I kissed, so that’d be easy!

When was the last time you wanted to punch someone in their face?
The last time I looked in the mirror.

What was the last thing you cried about?
I couldn’t get my necklace chain hooked and I basically had a mental breakdown over it. ‘Cause I’m stable like that.

Do you have a friend you can tell stuff to and you’re sure they won’t tell anyone?

What are your plans for the weekend?
Be freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

How many hours did you sleep last night?
Uhhhhhhhh like three?

Have you ever cried while in the shower?
That’s one of the few private places I can go, so yes. I cry a lot in the shower.

Could you go a day without eating?

When was the last time you talked to your number 2?
What is this, MySpace? I don’t know who my “real life” “number 2” would be, sorry.

Do your parents force you to go to church or let you make the decision?
When I was in elementary school, yes, my dad made me go to church on Saturdays. Once I got older, that dissolved pretty quickly.

Is there someone you want to fight?
Not currently.

Do you believe in true love?

When was the last time you were disappointed?
I’m disappointed every time I look in the mirror, so…

Do you miss your past?
I miss different parts of it at different times. I’m a sucker for reminiscing.

What are you doing tonight?
Not much. I have to get up early tomorrow FOR THE LAST TIME THIS SEMESTER to go on my super early walk, so bed has to happen at a somewhat reasonable hour.

Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
Doubt it.

Is there anyone who doesn’t like you?
Most likely. I’m a very dislikeable person.

Who wants a survey? …No one? LET’S DO ONE ANYWAY

You have 10 dollars and need to buy snacks at a gas station:
M&Ms and Red Bull. That’s probably all $10 would get me, haha.

If you were reincarnated as a sea creature, what would you want to be?
A sea anemone. Or an octopus. Or one of those ostentatious and weird deep, deep sea dudes.

Whos your favorite redhead?

What do you order when you’re at IHOP?
Uh…probably pancakes? The one and only time I was in an IHOP was in 2007 with Maddie and her Boise friends. Don’t remember what I ordered.

Last book you read?
Oh god, I don’t know. Isn’t that sad? I haven’t read for pleasure in quite a few years.

Describe your mood.
*makes farting noises with mouth*

Describe the last time you were injured?
The last time I was “seriously” injured was the Leg Incident on August 9, 2017. Apart from that, there’s been nothing but bruises/cuts/the usual human wounds that just appear from living.

Of all your friends, who would you want to be stuck in a well with?
Why would I want to subject one of my friends to the bottom of a well?

Rock concert or symphony?

What is the wallpaper of your cell phone?
One of my drawings.

Favorite Soda?

What type of shirt are you wearing?
Tank top, of course.

If you could only use one form of transportation:

Most recent movie you have watched in theatres?
UHHHHHHHHHHHH Spiderman: Far From Home?

Name an actor/actress/singer you have had the hots for:
I have the hots for Chris Martin’s voice, does that count?

Whats your favorite kind of cake?
German chocolate

What did you have for dinner last night?
Pasta and broccoli

Look to your left, what do you see?
Jazzy in Nate’s chair!

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

Favorite toy as a child?
Art stuff, if that counts.
21. Do you buy your own groceries?
22. Do you think people talk about you behind your back?

Whens the last time you had gummy worms?
Not that long ago, actually.

Whats your favorite fruit?

Do you have a picture of yourself doing a cartwheel?

Do you like running long distances?
I like running, yes! I’m trying to get back into long distances.

Have you ever eaten snow?

What color are your bedsheets?
Do you honestly think I’m observant enough to know the answer to this?

Whats your favorite flower?
I dunno. Sunflowers are cool.

Do you do ballet?

Do you listen to classical music?

What is the 1st TV Theme song that pops in your head?
The Simpsons.

Do you watch Sponge bob?
I used to.

What temperature is it outside right now?

Do people consider you smart?

How many piercings do you have?

Are you signed on AIM?

Have you ever tried gluing your fingers together?
Hahaha, WHY

How do you feel about your family?
They’s cool.

Do you have an iPod?

What time do you go to bed?
11 PM if I have to do one of my 4 AM walks. Somewhere between 4 AM and 6 AM if I don’t.

What CD is currently in your CD player?

What movie do you know every line to?
Mystery Men. I know every line to a lot of other movies, too (‘cause that’s what my brain has decided is important), but I could recite Mystery Men with all the dialogue, inflections, and actions without any trouble at all.

What is your favorite salad dressing?

What do you want for Christmas this year?
No idea.

What family member/friend lives the farthest from you? Where?
Of my “close” family members, it’s my dad down in Boise.

Do you like hugs?

Last time you had butterflies in your stomach?
The last time I engaged in BUTTERFLY CONSUMPTION

What’s the happiest moment/thing/day you can remember?

Last person you hugged?



Who was the last person you held hands with?
My husband.

Are you outgoing or shy?
I’m a shy little bugger.

Who are you looking forward to seeing? Where?

Are you easy to get along with?
I think so; I tend to I avoid confrontation.

If you were drunk would the person you like take care of you?
I think Nate would be utterly confused and disappointed if I ever got drunk, but I bet he’d still take care of me.

What kind of people are you attracted to?
I’ve always found people who are very passionate (like, borderline obsessive) about one or two things to be very attractive. Not sure why.

Do you think you’ll be in a relationship two months from now?
I hope so!

Who from the opposite gender is on your mind?
Leibniz. ‘Cause always Leibniz.

Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable?

Who was the last person you had a deep conversation with?

What does the most recent text that you sent say?

Do you like it when people play with your hair?
I don’t mind it, though no one has played with my hair in a long time.

Do you believe in luck and miracles?

What good thing happened this summer?
I got the job I wanted!

Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?

Do you think there is life on other planets?

Do you still talk to your first crush?

Do you like bubble baths?
If I had to pick bubble bath or bubble-less bath, I would pick the bubble bath.

Do you like your neighbors?
I don’t know any of my neighbors.

What are you bad habits?
Let’s not get into that.

Where would you like to travel?
If I had to travel, I’d pick Antarctica (and Hanover as a second choice). But I’d prefer not to travel at all.

Do you have trust issues?

Favorite part of your daily routine?

What part of your body are you most uncomfortable with?

What do you do when you wake up?

Do you wish your skin was lighter or darker?
I don’t care.

Who are you most comfortable around?
My mom. Nate. Cats.

Have any of your ex’s told you they regret breaking up?
Hahaha. Flashbacks to 2008/2009.

Do you ever want to get married?
Been there, done that!

Is your hair long enough for a pony tail?

Spell your name with your chin.
cloaudiuas (that’s not too bad)

Do you play sports? What sports?
I used to do marching band. It’s a sport, fight me.

Would you rather live without TV or music?

Have you ever liked someone and never told them?

What do you say during awkward silences?
Be silent.

What are your favorite stores to shop in?
Walmart (I’m trash), Goodwill.

What do you want to do after high school?
Exactly what I’m doing now.

Do you believe everyone deserves a second chance?

If you’re being extremely quiet what does it mean?
I’m lost in one of my fantasy worlds. Leave me alone.

Do you smile at strangers?
If I have to.

Trip to outer space or bottom of the ocean?

What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

What are you paranoid about?
Not much, I don’t think.

Have you ever been high?

Have you ever been drunk?

Have you done anything recently that you hope nobody finds out about?
I don’t think so.

What was the colour of the last hoodie you wore?
Man, I don’t know. Olive green?

Ever wished you were someone else?

One thing you wish you could change about yourself?

Favourite makeup brand?
Probably Wet n’ Wild. Good quality + affordable.

Favourite colour?

Favourite food?
Healthy: broccoli
Unhealthy: M&Ms

Last thing you ate?
I had a jolly rancher a little while ago.

First thing you ate this morning?
The jolly rancher I had a little while ago.

Ever won a competition?

Been suspended/expelled?

Been arrested? For what?

Ever been in love?
I currently am!

Tell us the story of your first kiss?
Hahaha. Let’s just say there was drag involved (for both of us), a dance floor, and the song “Sex Tonight.”

Are you hungry right now?

Do you like your tumblr friends more than your real friends?
I don’t have any Tumblr friends. Or hardly any real friends.

Facebook or Twitter?

Twitter or Tumblr?

Are you watching tv right now?

Names of your best friends?
Don’t really have any. Maddie, maybe? Sean?

Craving something? What?

What colour are your towels?
They’re striped.

How many pillows do you sleep with?

Do you sleep with stuffed animals?

How many stuffed animals do you think you have?
One. She’s in a closet somewhere, though.

What colour is your underwear?

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate, unless it’s ice cream. Then vanilla.

Favourite ice cream flavour?

What colour shirt are you wearing?
It’s got a galaxy on it.

What colour pants?
Mostly blue.

Favourite tv show?
Chicago Hope. The fact that it isn’t on DVD is criminal.

Favourite movie?

Favourite character from Finding Nemo?

First person you talked to today?

Last person you talked to today?

Name a person you hate?

Name a person you love?

Is there anyone you want to punch in the face right now?

In a fight with someone?

How many sweatpants do you have?
Hahaha, a lot. But most of them are backup winter walking pants, so they’re stored away in boxes.

How many sweaters/hoodies do you have?
Four or five.

Last movie you watched?
Uhhhhhh I don’t remember.

Favourite actress?
I don’t know if I have one.

Favourite actor?
Not sure if I have one. I’ve been watching a lot of Chicago Hope lately, though, so let’s say Adam Arkin. Tom Hanks is also killer.

Do you tan a lot?
I tan a reasonable amount. I tan before I burn.

Have any pets?
Jazzy! Franklin!

How are you feeling?
Burnt out.

Do you type fast?
100-110 WPM if I concentrate.

Do you regret anything from your past?

Can you spell well?

Do you miss anyone from your past?
I do. I’ve really been missing Sean a lot lately.

Ever been to a bonfire party?

Ever broken someone’s heart?

Have you ever been on a horse?
Probably as a kid.

What should you be doing?

Is something irritating you right now?

Have you ever liked someone so much it hurt?
Haha. Not gonna answer that one.

Who was the last person you cried in front of?

Have you ever been out of your province/state?

Do you play the Wii?
I played it a few times back when I was living with the dudes in the house.

Are you listening to music right now?
No, surprisingly.

Do you like chicken noodle soup?

Do you like Chinese food?
Not particularly.

Favourite book?
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk.

Are you afraid of the dark?

Are you mean?
Meaner than I’d like to be.

Is cheating ever okay?
It is not.

Can you keep white shoes clean?
Ha. No.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Do you believe in true love?

Are you currently bored?
Not particularly.

What makes you happy?
Walking. Teaching. Not being a failure.

Would you change your name?
My name is fine.

What your zodiac sign?

Do you like Subway?
Hellz yeah. Tuna, cheese, mayo, and olives, ‘cause I’m a freak of nature that likes all those things mashed together between bread.

Can you count to one million?
Yes, but why?

Do you sleep with your doors open or closed?
Half the time I sleep on the couch/in my chair/in my office chair/on the floor, so I’m not super picky.

How tall are you?

Curly or Straight hair?

Brunette or Blonde?

Summer or Winter?

Night or Day?

Favourite month?

Are you a vegetarian?
No, but I don’t eat very much meat.

Dark, milk or white chocolate?

Tea or Coffee?

Was today a good day?

Mars or Snickers?

Do you believe in ghosts?

Get the closest book next to you, open it to page 42, what’s the first line on that page?
“Could a set of three vectors in R4 span all of R4? (It’s my old linear algebra textbook, haha.)

Ya sure a survey why not

Where do you go to decompress from the world?
Anywhere where I can be alone. I’m so over dealing with people.

If given $10,000, what would you do with it?
I should save it, but I’d probably end up buying obnoxiously expensive headphones and/or many, many pairs of Kinvaras.

What is one major renovation you would love to make on your house?
Meh. The windows need fixing. Pretty boring.

What is one movie that you love and didn’t expect to love?
Sunshine. I found it at a Bookmans in Tucson and got it simply because I loved a song from the soundtrack. I never expected the movie to be as good as it is.

What is the oldest knick-knack you own and what is its sentimental value?
Probably a little music box from when I was a kid. It’s a little circular thing with a dancing kitty in it. It still works, too, I think.

Do you own any books you keep out of obligation, but actually hate?
I don’t think so?

How many countries have you visited outside of the one you live in now?
Uh…four. Good ol’ ‘Murica, Sweden, Finland, and England.

Have you ever read only part of a book, but claimed you’ve read the whole thing
Probably. I did, however, read the entirety of War and Peace in 7th grade because the guy I liked was trying to do the same thing and I was like “SURELY HE’LL LIKE ME IF I BEST HIM AT THIS REALLY DUMB TASK LOLOLOLOL I’M A GENIUS.”

If you could change your name, what would it be?
Meh. I’m cool with my name.

What is a nickname a former (or present) lover gave you?
Nate just calls me “Love.” It’s wonderful. I’m also “Lizard Wife” on occasion because I produce no body heat.

How do you style your hair? If you just would say “cut” what style is it?
I comb it and hope for the best. I hate my freaking hair and how dumb it looks no matter what I do with it.

How many colors are you wearing now?
Approximately six.

Is there anything that has made you unhappy recently?
Ha. Ha.

What was the last song to get stuck in your head?
Doja Cat’s “Juicy” was stuck in my head during my walk the other day.

What is your least favorite thing to do that you have to do everyday?

Best time of your life?
I enjoyed my time back at the U of I when I was getting my math degree. Teaching + taking classes was enjoyable, especially after I found a group of math nerds to hang out with. Things were good and chill.

What are you most looking forward to in the coming year?
My semester off. Holy crap, I really need it. This burnout is destructive on so many levels.


Pointless internet surveys is part of my blog’s aesthetic. You just don’t get it, man.

[X] Material things mean a lot to you. [I treat material things as if they have souls and feelings like living things. They basically are living things to me. Don’t’ judge.]
[X] The reason you try hard in school is so you are very successful.
[ ] Your parents push you to become very wealthy.
[X] You already live in a moderately-rich climate.
[X] You have a job.
[ ] Money is better than love.
[ ] You want to own your own business.
[X] You go shopping at least once a week. [I buy my stuff like one item at a time, so yeah.]
[ ] You own a car.
[ ] One day you hope to have a very nice house and car.
Total: 5.

[X] You get mostly all A’s in school.
[X] Many people call you very smart or intelligent. [LIARS]
[X] Sometimes you get good grades without even studying
[X] You enjoy learning about the world and everything in it.
[X] You’re a very curious person.
[X] You want to cure cancer or something extraordinary like it.
[X] You believe that you learn something new every day.
[ ] You read a lot.
[X] The internet is a great source of information.
[ ] You always have perfect grammar. [Haha, not always.]
Total: 8.

[ ] Your family is the most important thing in your life.
[ ] You come from a very large family.
[ ] You have at least 3 other siblings.
[ ] Your parents are still married.
[ ] The main goal in your life is to get married and have kids.
[ ] You want at least three children.
[ ] A mini van is your choice of automobile.
[ ] You don’t care about jobs; you want to stay home and take care of your family.
[ ] Your family has a lot of reunions.
[ ] You would die for anyone in your family.
Total: 0, haha.

[ ] You love to flirt.
[ ] You’re a mess without a boyfriend.
[ ] You have had at least 4 boyfriends this year.
[ ] You go on dates every Friday/Saturday night
[X] You love being held/kissed/being romantic.
[ ] You could never only be intimate with one person forever.
[ ] Looks/sex is the main thing you look for in a guy.
[ ] The best date is a candlelit dinner and a long walk on the beach.
[ ] You fall for someone very easily, but not for long.
Total: 1.

[ ] You are very popular in your school.
[ ] It seems you are very easy to get along with.
[ ] You have at least 8 good friends.
[ ] You want to be famous someday from singing/acting/modeling/other
[ ] The best feeling is having everybody around you.
[ ] You’re a very friendly and outgoing person.
[ ] You talk to just about anyone you see or meet.
[ ] You are mainly the life of the party.
[ ] You are in a variety of different clubs/sports in your school.
[ ] No matter where you go, your best friend is always with you.
Total: 0.

[X] You like to create new things.
[X] Many people call you very unique.
[X] You’ve been in a school play.
[X] Art is something you’ve always enjoyed.
[X] You are in the school band.
[X] Music = Life.
[X] You love taking pictures or videotaping. [Giving me a camcorder is a very dangerous thing to do. Ask my mom.]
[X] Crafts are always very fun.
[X] Your wardrobe is always very fun and colorful.
[X] You’d like to get a job that deals with art.
Total: 10.

[X] True love really exists.
[X] So far, you’ve had a very successful love life.
[X] Forget dating at random, you want your soul mate
[ ] Once you find your true love, nothing will stand in the way.
[ ] You’ve only had one boyfriend, or none at all yet.
[ ] Your main goal in life is to get married to your loved one.
[X] Sex is something you hold very sacred, and should only be shared with your love.
[ ] The sweet, romantic boys are your type.
[ ] The best feeling is loving, and being loved back.
[X] You would die for the one you loved.
Total: 5.

[ ] You enjoy helping people.
[ ] You’ve volunteered more than the required amount.
[ ] You would die if someone didn’t like you.
[X] You believe that everyone has good in them.
[X] You want to be the nicest person you can.
[ ] Everyone says it – You’re a sweetheart.
[ ] At Christmas, you enjoy giving presents more than receiving them.
[X] You regularly help people with their homework. [Technically it’s my job, haha.]
[X] You want world peace.
[ ] Little animals are the cutest things in the entire world.
Total: 4.

[ ] Amusement parks are the best ever.
[X] Almost nothing scares you, and if it does, you deal with it anyways.
[ ] You love to try new things.
[ ] Bungee jumping has always been on your list of things to try.
[ ] You love all Xtreme sports.
[ ] Camping is one of your favorite hobbies.
[ ] Your goal in life is to travel the world.
[ ] You love road trips.
[X] You’ve been to another country.
[ ] Other countries’ cultures really interest you.
Total: 2.

[ ] You admit it – you’re gorgeous.
[ ] You would NEVER leave the house without your make-up on
[ ] You’re always getting new hairstyles and dying your hair.
[ ] Getting your nails done is your idea of a good time.
[ ] You would love to become a model.
[ ] You have the perfect body shape.
[ ] Your clothes are always more than perfect.
[ ] You spend the majority of your money on your looks.
[ ] Beauty is pain.
[ ] You’re always tanning, even in the winter.
Total: 0.

Survey Says…

I’m pretty sure I’ve used that title before. Here are two surveys.


1. Have you ever had a great conversation with a complete stranger?
I had a long conversation with a sign spinner when I lived down in Tucson. I was out walking and this dude was just killing it with the spinning. I told him it was impressive and then we just started talking for a while.
2. Where did you go on the very first vacation of your life?
It was probably either St. Louis or the Oregon coast. Probably St. Louis. My mom’s parents used to live there.
3. Open the door of your refrigerator. What is the first thing you see?
4. What is your favorite place in your home?
My chair.
5. If you had wings to fly about the universe, where is the first place you’d land?
I know it’s pretty close to home, but I’d love to experience Jupiter’s storms. Assuming I won’t die, haha.

6. What is the first thing you do when you get in your car?
It’s been a long time since I’ve driven a car, but as a passenger, the first thing I usually do is plug in my iPod so that I can annoy the driver with my music.

7. What is special about the town you live in?
It was just voted the fifth most livable city in the world (and most livable city in North America). Also, river path.

9. If you had created the world in seven days yourself, what would you have created on the First Day?

10. How do you beat the summer heat?
Get nekkid. Pass out in front of a fan. Complain about the heat.

11. Did you enjoy your Senior Year in high school?
Sure, it wasn’t bad. Hooligan time in the hallway at lunch with my friends, trying to convince my physics teacher that Aneel and I were dating, state drama, band + band friends + carpooling all the band friends home after school? Good times. I still wish I would have known what I wanted to do with my life back then, though. I definitely would have taken school more seriously.

12. Who is your favorite First Lady of all time?
That’s…a weird question. Michelle Obama is the one I’m most familiar with and someone who has tried to make a positive lasting impact, so I’ll go with her.

13. Post a link to your first blog post.
Here ya go:
Warning: I was 18 and still in high school and still thought I was hot shit.

14. When was the last time you needed First Aid?
Like…serious “go to the doctor” first aid? 2011.

15. Can you explain what a first down is in football?
Nate has explained it to me many times. My mom has explained it to me many times. I have sat through dozens of U of I football games as a marching band nerd and heard “there’s another Vandal first down!” quite often. But no, I cannot explain what a first down is in football.


1. What is the nearest book to you?  Your Kindle does not count.
Technically it’s the multivariate “Calculus” textbook by Briggs and Cochran.

2. When was the last time you took a “me” vacation?
I guess my Thursdays count for this? On Thursdays I go walking and then just go home. No work. I blast music and sing.

3. How many telephone numbers do you have?
One, unless you count the phone in my office.

4.  If you could fix one thing in the public school system, what is the one thing you would do immediately?
MORE ARTS. Music, specifically.

5. Are you a big tipper?
I am. 20% – 25% in most cases.

6. Do you watch reality shows?
Does Top Chef count? If so, yes. My mom and I used to watch that Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team back when it was on CMT. Is that still a thing?

7. Who is your favorite sports team player?
I really like both Cabrera and McNeil, even though Cabrera is helping the Nationals out now.

8. When was the last time you sat in a church?
My grandma’s funeral on my dad’s side. But the last time I actually attended church for church’s sake was probably back when I was in junior high. Maybe earlier.

9.  Are there any aspects of blogging that annoy you?
There aren’t enough bloggers! I love reading peoples’ blogs, especially if they’re just random snippets of their day or their thoughts. We need more bloggers out there.

10. When someone follows you on their blog or subscribes to your Facebook page, do you automatically follow and subscribe back?
Haha, not usually.


(Not really. Just a plain ol’ survey.)

Think of your last ten kisses, were they with the same person?
Who was the last person you were under a blanket with?
Nate (and Jazzy).

Did anyone see you kiss the last person you kissed?
Who was the last person to call you?
My mom.

Have you ever kissed someone inside a vehicle?

How are you feeling?
Like a failure. As always.

How does your hair look?
Absolutely terrible. As always.

Would you ever try being a vegetarian?
Sure. I don’t eat much meat, so it would be easy to give up.
What do you carry with you at all times?
My external hard drive and USB, which have backups of all my stuff. I’m super paranoid about losing all my stuff.

This time last year, can you remember who you liked?
My husband.

Have you ever gone out of your way to make someone happy?

Any plans for summer?
Working. Panicking. Being sad. The usual.

Do you believe teenagers can fall in love?
Will you be in a relationship next month?
Haha, hopefully.

Does sex mean love?

What are you doing for your next birthday?
Nothing special, hopefully.

If your girlfriend/boyfriend broke up with you tonight, where would you go?
I don’t have a girlfriend or boyfriend. I have upgraded to HUSBAND, yo.

What are you wearing on your feet?

Have you ever had feelings for someone who was seeing someone else?

What are your plans for tomorrow?
Work. Groceries. Baseball.

How old are your siblings, if you have any?
No sibbies.

Is your birthday in less than 6 months?

Would you rather get stuck on an island with your ex or a python?
…what if my ex IS a python? DIDN’T THINK OF THAT, DID YOU

Do you get upset over the opposite sex easily?
I get upset over EVERYTHING easily.

Do you live closer to the desert or a body of water?

In school, are you one of those people who often get nominated for Homecoming courts, etc?



What health problems do you have right now?
None, as far as I know. Unless you count the 2017 Leg Incident, which still hurts every once and a while. Or the migraines, but those are few and far between.

Are you in chronic pain?

What do you take medications for?

What are some health issues you have had in the past?
I had appendicitis when I was 12. Migraines. A few concussions when I was younger, but I don’t know if a concussion is a “medical issue” more than it is an “injury.”

Do you have allergies?
Pineapple and Asthmacort. The weirdest thing about the pineapple allergy is that my dad never believed me when I told him I was allergic to it. Like…why would I lie about that? And why would he doubt me? It’s not a severe allergy by any means, but when I was in elementary school, I was pretty quick to make the connection between having pineapple at lunch and feeling my airway tighten. Not cool.

If so, what are you allergic to?
See above.

Have you ever been to an allergist?
Nope. I “diagnosed” the pineapple allergy on my own, and the asthmacort allergy came about when I had pleurisy. They gave me asthmacort to help improve my breathing. Turns out it does the opposite when you’re allergic to it.

Have you ever been to the ER?
Hahaha. Yes.

Have you ever been treated poorly in the ER?
Have…have you been to Gritman? Incompetence City. That ER I went to in Vancouver wasn’t bad, though.

Have you ever been told your symptoms were anxiety, when they weren’t?
I don’t think so?

What is the most physically painful thing you’ve ever experienced?
Appendicitis hurt pretty badly. I couldn’t stand up straight and it was Puke City. The migraines are pretty bad, too, if I don’t catch them in time.

How many surgeries have you had?

What types of surgery have you had?
I had my appendix out at the end of 6th grade and my wisdom teeth out at the end of 12th grade.

Have you ever been treated poorly by a doctor?
Man, let’s not go into that, huh?

Have you ever had a doctor tried to kill you?
Probably not.

Is your primary care doctor a man or a woman?
I don’t have a primary care doctor. Doctors suck.

Have you had the same primary care doctor your whole life?
See above. And every primary care doctor I had as a kid/teenager sucked.

Are you happy with your current doctor?
Again, see above.

Have you ever seen a specialist for anything?
I saw an ENT who tested my hearing when I was younger. I have a weird thing with my left ear. He don’t work so good. I also saw an ENT (at the same place?) about my lack of smell, though no one really did anything about that ‘cause nobody gives a shit.

What is the most itchiest thing you have ever experienced?
My appendix scars (the biggest one, at least) still itch every once and a while. Though really dry legs itch like hell, too.

Have you ever had a severe itch, that you’d rate a 10?

On a scale of 1-10, what’s the worst physical pain you’ve ever been in?
[insert femur ward joke here]
Uh…7? I dunno.

Have you ever passed out from pain?

Have you ever thrown up from pain?

Do you have any food intolerances? If so, to what?
I don’t think so.

Do you have any food sensitivities? If so, to what?
I don’t know if the pineapple thing is actually an allergy or a sensitivity. But I don’t have gluten sensitivity or anything like that.

What medications are you allergic to?

Do you have acne?
I get pimples every once and a while, but nothing too severe.

Do you take birth control pills?

Are your hormones screwed up?
Ha, probably.

Do you have bad withdrawals from medications?
I don’t think I’ve ever had withdrawal issues.

What are some withdrawal symptoms you’ve had?

What are some bad side effects of medications that you’ve had?
If there’s a side effect, I’ll get it. Let’s just put it that way.

Have you ever gained weight from a medication? If so, how much?
Remeron can go die.

Have you ever had to take Prednisone?

How many hours a sleep do you need?
I can still swing three hours a night for a few nights if I need to.

How many hours a sleep do you get?
2-5, depending on the day.

Do you exercise enough?
I walk 15 miles a day, you tell me.

Do you eat healthy?
Not as healthy as I should.

Are you on a special diet for your health?

Are you trying to lose weight or gain weight?
Whatever my weight is, I’ll still be ugly, so who cares.

Are you a healthy weight?
Last time I checked.

Are you happy with your weight?

Do you take showers or baths?

How often do you shower or bathe?
Less often than I should, haha.

Do you take vitamins? If so, which ones?

What bones have you broken?
None, surprisingly.

What’s the worst physical injury you’ve had?
The concussions. They both happened when I was pretty young; I fell off a slide after defying my parents and climbing on the outside of it rather than going down it the normal way. That was concussion 1. Concussion 2 happened while I was sledding. I was motoring down a hill and ran right into a frozen clod of dirt.

Do you have sensitive skin?

What time of year do you usually get sick?
I get sick once every four years. Seriously. Time me.

What’s the highest fever you’ve ever had?
I was hitting 103 that time I had pleurisy in high school.

Have you ever had the flu?
…maybe? I actually don’t know.

Have you ever had bronchitis?

Have you ever had an ear infection?
Nope. I was one of those kids who never got one.

Do you snore?
I’m not sure. Nate, do I snore?

What pain reliever do you use for cramps?
Ibuprofen. That’s the only thing that works.

Are you afraid of shots?

Have you ever donated blood?
I tried once in high school, but the tech said I was “dangerously anemic” so I didn’t.

Do you do well with shots?
Sure. They’re fine.

What x-rays have you had?
I know I’ve had at least one. We were playing wombat in high school and John chucked the bat right at my shin. I didn’t have a fracture, but that’s what they were afraid of.

What do you keep on hand for emergencies?
My Bottle o’ Pills (Excedrine, Gravol, ibuprofen) and my Swiss army knife. In case I have to cut anything.

Have you ever had a severe allergic reaction?
Not super severe, but severe enough.

Have you ever used an epi pen?

Have you ever been to the ER for a severe allergic reaction?

What’s the worst burn you’ve ever had?
I scalded the hell out of my mouth with some hot tea once. I drank tea in Vancouver because it was warm and it was the only comforting thing I had. Once I had to go to this early morning seminar thing, so I put my tea in one of those insulated coffee mug things and brought it with me. Did you know that those insulated coffee mug things are designed to keep hot things hot for longer than they’d stay hot in an open cup? Apparently I didn’t know that. Took a big swig of it and couldn’t taste anything for like a week.

Do you get nosebleeds?
When it’s dry.

Do you get motion sickness?
Unfortunately, yes.

Do you have scars?

Do you have a sweet tooth?
HAHA yes.

Do you ever crave chocolate?

Do you ever crave cheese?
Cheese is the best.

Do you drink enough water?
Probably not.

How old were you when you started your period?

How old were you when you started going through puberty?

At what time of day do you normally feel your best?
Like 2 AM. I’m weird.

Are you naturally optimistic or pessimistic?
Very pessimistic.

Are you naturally energetic?

Does your mind wander a lot?

Do you know your blood type?
O positive.

Have you ever been taken to the hospital against your will?

End o’ Year Nonsense

Well 2018 was a bag of unwashed dicks.

(That’s not a good thing)

But let’s do the survey thing ‘cause that’s what we do on Dececmber 26th.

What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?
Taught ALL YEAR LONG without a break. It was tough, but it got done.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
There will soon be a blog post regarding this!

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Everybody’s freaking having babies. Chill, y’all.

Did anyone close to you die?

What countries did you visit?

What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?
Once again…job security.

What date from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
None. I have already purged this garbage year from my memory.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
None. I am useless.

What was your biggest failure?
Being me.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
I got sick, as per my “get sick every four years” routine.

What was the best thing you bought?
My Garmin.

Where did most of your money go?
Condo fees. Broccoli. Tank tops. The usual.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Absolutely nothing.

What song will always remind you of 2018?
Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis

What do you wish you’d done less of?

How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas was yesterday. I went walking with Nate in weather that was just a little bit too cold.

Did you fall in love in 2018?
I stayed in love in 2018.

How many one-night stands?

What was your favourite TV program?
The third season of Daredevil was really good.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

What was the best book you read?
I don’t know if I got a chance to read at all this year.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
That will be revealed on the 31st!

What was your favourite film of this year?

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 30. I don’t think I did anything special, because I am 0% special.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably satisfying?
J O B  S E C U R I T Y

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018?

What kept you sane?

Which celebrity/public figure(s) did you fancy the most?
Leibniz. Always and forever.

Who did you miss?
My mom, my dad, and Annabelle.

Who was the best new person you met?
I got to know Katie a little bit. She’s pretty cool.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018:
Life sucks

Well that was depressing.

Are false potatoes imitaters?

I haven’t done a survey in like four days so LET’S GO

Classical: If you were an Olympian god, what would you be known for?
Being obnoxious My endurance? I’d be like “the god of can’t stop won’t stop”

Byzantine: Do you prefer gold or silver accessories?

Medieval: Are you religious?
Not at all.

Gothic: What is your favourite historic building?
Does Big Ben (the tower itself) count? I’ve always liked Big Ben and was glad I got to see it in person once.
(It also has the best Twitter account)

Renaissance: Have you ever had a time in your life when you felt enlightened or changed?
The spring semester of 2007. I was taking just the right set of classes that made me feel like my mind was really opening up to the world and was starting to be able to see a whole bunch of connections that I’d been unable to see prior to that.

Baroque: Do you enjoy the finer things in life?
Meh. I’ll take it if I have it, but I’m cool with not having it.

Rococo: Is your bedroom full of trinkets and pictures? If so, which pictures adorn your walls?
Not the bedroom, but I have a designated “trinket shelf” right next to my computer desk full of all sorts of fun little baubles and things that I’ve designated as important. I only have two pictures (of my own) on the wall: one of Leibniz, one of a chart showing the relationships amongst univariate distributions.

Neoclassicism: If something came back into fashion, what do you hope it would be?
Bell bottoms or bell-bottom-style pants. These freaking skinny jeans and ESPECIALLY this “leggings as everyday pants” garbage needs to stop.

Romanticism: Do you often see things in a positive light?
Ha. No.

Pre-Raphaelite: Which book would you like to see turned into a film?

Impressionism: Do you look for details or take everything in at once?
I try to take everything in at once. It’s all interconnected, after all.

Art Nouveau: When were you last at the theatre?
Like, movie theatre? When we took my mom to see Infinity Wars. Live theatre? Never.

Surrealism: Why does the porcupine think it’s a duck?
Because it can’t see its quills.

Pop Art: Do you enjoy pop culture?
Sure. Though much more on the music/memes side than the celebrities/TV/gossip side.

Contemporary: What did you do today?
Uhhhhh…taught, walked, panicked about the future, wrote basically nothing for NaNo. Not my best day.


Do you think your ex still wants to be with you?
Ha. I seriously doubt any of them do. Which is fine by me! I found my soulmate, after all.

Let’s say you had a baby with the last person you kissed?
Let’s not.

Will this Friday be a good one?
Uhhhhhhhhhh sure.

When was the last time you completely broke down?
Like a month ago, ‘cause I’m pathetic.

Do you know anyone that smokes pot?

Are you nice to the people you dislike?
I don’t know if I really dislike anyone.

Do you have someone you can spill your heart out to?
Mostly, yes.

What are you excited for?
The upcoming semester.

Your ex shows up randomly at your house, what do you say?
Depends on which one. Matt: “HELLO FRIEND!” Aaron: “HELLO FRIEND I THOUGHT YOU WERE DEAD!” Rob: “How the hell did you find my house?”

Is there a person that you would do absolutely anything and everything for?

Does sex mean love?

Have you ever fallen asleep on someone?
Haha. Yup.

What’s something you really want right now?

What was the first thing you did this morning?
I don’t know, that was like 15 hours ago. How am I supposed to remember that?

What is your relationship status?
Happily taken.

What did the last text in your inbox say? From Who.
“OK” from my mom.

What was the longest time you’ve wasted on a certain person?
Too long.

Are you listening to music right now?
No, surprisingly.

Anyone you would like to get things straight with?
There are a few people I’d like to speak to about a few things, but I’m trying to just let it all go.

What’s in your purse?
I don’t have a purse.

Is your name a common name?
Eh. I know that there was a lady that worked in the DMV who had my name, but I don’t know anyone else personally with it.

What is your favorite color out of these 5: Green, yellow, blue, pink, or red?

What are you doing tomorrow?
Screwing around.

You receive $500 without any reason, what do you spend it on?

Where will you be in an hour?
Probably right here.

*slaps roof of blog* This baby can hold so many pointless surveys

German Philosophy ask!

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz : What is the integral part of your personality?
(The fact that this survey started with Leibniz is what made me take it, not going to lie)
(Also, lol integral joke)
Uhhhh…I guess my desire to make incredibly stupid puns? I’m not sure if that counts as part of my personality. I’m also incredibly good at screwing things up, so that can count, too.

Immanuel Kant : How honest are you?
I try to be as honest as possible in most situations.

Critique of Pure Reason : Do people find you boring?
Probably. Especially when they first get to know me. “Oh, she likes statistics, she must be boring as all hell.” But I’m also a useless bag of trash, so I probably really am boring.

a Priori : Are you a fast learner?
I like to think that I am, for most things at least.

a Posteriori : What is the field you are most knowledgeable about?
Stats? Probably stats. Unless Leibniz counts as a “field.”

Synthetic a Posteriori : Do you like to disappear from people’s lives?
I’m really bad at holding onto friendships if that counts. I like to drift through a point in people’s lives, let’s say that.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel : Does your speech get incomprehensible at times?

Young Hegelians : Are you a rebel?
Nah. I like to follow the rules (unless they’re really dumb).

Old Hegelians : Or do you like to keep things in order?
In fact, I get pretty upset when other people don’t follow the rules. Just do what you’re freaking supposed to do. You’re not special.

Arthur Schopenhauer : Do you like to isolate yourself?
People are turd bags and I’d rather be around just a select few. I also just tend to be awkward as hell and don’t like to talk to other people, so it kind of all works out.

The World as Will and Representation : Do you feel like the world is working against you?
Sometimes. Sometimes it feels like everything is just out to get me. But then I remember that my importance in the grand scheme of things (or even just the minor scheme of things) is basically zero, so.

On the Suffering of the World : How do you deal with your pains?
Physical pains? I bitch about it. Emotional/mental pains? I bitch about it more. Existential dread and related pains? I brood.

The Sublime : Would you like to just leave the world and disappear?
Holy crab apples, you have no idea.

Friedrich Nietzsche : Are you the sore thumb?
I am the sore thumb that broke the camel’s back.

Übermensch : Do you work hard?
I try to. I’d say I worked very hard to get where I am right now, at least.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra : If you had the ability to change one, and ONLY ONE thing in the minds of others, what would you change?
Answer I should give: probably something to do with “stop being racist dickholes” or something

Human, All Too Human : Are you alienated?

Schopenhauer as an Educator : Favorite teacher?
Junior high: I really liked my science teacher, Mr. LaFortune.
High school: Mr. Garrett, my band teacher!
College: Either Dr. Woo, because he was ridiculously smart and crazy, or Dr. Abu, because he was so cool and calm and nice.

Karl Marx : Do you believe in change?
I hate it, but I believe in it.

The Communist Manifesto : Left or Right? Or neither?

Das Kapital : Can you manage your money well?
Pfft. “Manage.” I buy stuff I need (and sometimes some extra nonsense) and hope that there’s sufficient money in my account to do so. Does that count? I mean, I’m not doing $500 shopping sprees or anything.

Max Stirner : Are you selfish?
More selfish than I’d like to be, yes.

Gottlob Frege : How are you with maths?
That’s…that’s a complicated question. I don’t find it intuitive in the slightest, but I can power through and make sense of (some of) it.

Rudolf Carnap : Would you try first, think later, or think first, try later?
Think first, try later in most situations.

Ludwig Wittgenstein : Did you finish something grand?
I walked 5,100 miles last year. Is that grand?

Tractatus Philoso-Logicus : How many languages do you know?
Uno and a half. English and I can spell in ASL, so I’mma count it.

The Beetle : Objective or Subjective?

Karl Popper : Favorite branch of science?
Does math count?


1) What was your dream growing up?
I always wanted to go to Antarctica. Always. I still do, but apart from becoming a glaciologist or something and going down there for research, I don’t think there’s any other way I could justify it. The more people that go down there, the more damage occurs.

2) What talent do you wish you had?
Not being a useless bag of trash.

3) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
Water, yo. Or Red Bull.

4) What was the last book you read?
Uhhhhhhhhh jeez. I don’t remember. Fun, huh?

5) Worst Habit?
That’s private.

6) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
Sure, but I don’t have a car, so…

7) What is your favorite sport?

8) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?

9) Worst thing to ever happen to you?

10) Tell me one weird fact about you.
I can fold my entire outer ear into my ear canal. I do so quite often.

11) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?

12) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?

13) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
Depends. Are we committing murder or are we going streaking through a park at 2 AM?

14) Ever been arrested?
Nope. Not even close.

15) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
Probably buy three of those $3000 speakers Try to save it. Maybe buy one speaker?

16) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Think. Walk. Do both at the same time.

17) Biggest pet peeve?
You know I’m going to say the sidewalk thing. Why can’t people treat walking like driving and walk ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SIDEWALK? Is this really that difficult of a concept?

18) In one word, how would you describe yourself?

19) Do you believe in/appreciate romance?
I appreciate it, yes. I don’t expect over the top nonsense or anything like that, but kind, thoughtful little gestures are great. Nate is fantastic at that, haha.


In honor of this being the 12-year anniversary of my high school graduation, let’s do a high school-related survey.

‘Cause why not.

1. Did you date someone from your school?
Ha. Nope.

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?

3. Did you car pool to school?
Before I got my license, my mom drove me to school and I carpooled back home with a bunch of my band geek friends (since band was our last period). I still remember Alan getting out and yelling at that car Jonathan had. That terrible, terrible car.
After I got my license, I was the one driving people home from band.

4. What kind of car did you have?
My mom had a Jeep. I borrowed it.

5. What kind of car do you have now?
I don’t have a car of my own. Never have. I’m cool with that.

6. NOW: It is Friday night…where are you?
At home with Nate. Probably watching baseball.

7. THEN: It is Friday night…where were you then?
Upstairs with my dad. Probably watching King of the Hill or Adult Swim or something.

8. What kind of job did you have in high school?
I didn’t have a job until I was in college.

9. What kind of job do you do now?
I teach stats!

10. Were you a party animal?

11. Were you considered a flirt?
God no.

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
Band geeks 4 lyfe

13. Were you a nerd?
Not as big of a nerd as I am now, but yeah.

14. Did you get suspended from school?

15. Can you sing the fight song?
Haha, nope. Not from high school. College? Yes.

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher?
I really liked Mr. Garrett, my band teacher.

17. Where did you sit during lunch?
We sat in the hall and threw bread at each other like hooligans.

18. What was your school’s full name?
Moscow Senior High School

19. Where did you party the most?
Parties are for squares.

20. What was your school mascot?
A bear? Were we the bears? Can’t remember.

21. Would you do it again?
High school? Eh. Only if I’d have the motivation for school that I had in college.

22. Did you have fun at Prom?
I went with all my friends because Mr. Buttface didn’t want to go with me.

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with?
I haven’t talked to any of my high school friends since like 2007.

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?

25. Do you still talk to people from school?
See #23.

26. What are/were your school’s colors?
Red and black?



Three names you go by, other than your given name:
1. “Hey you”
2. “Bruh”

Three screen names you’ve had:
1. StarPotty
2. AntarcticaFreak
3. Nailpit (this is the only one I still use)

Three things you like about yourself:
1. Not
2. One
3. Thing

Three things you don’t like about yourself:
1. All
2. The
3. Things

Three parts of your heritage:
1. Basque
2. Czech

Three things you are wearing right now:
1. Underwear
2. Bra

Three favorite bands/musical artists:
1. Coldplay
2. Muse
3. Anybody who makes killer mashups

Three favorite songs:
1. Running Away (The Royal Foundry)
2. Infectious (Tobu)
3. Doin’ It Right (Daft Punk)

Three things you want in a relationship:
1. Dicks
2. …Dicks?

Three things about the preferred sex that appeal to you:
1. Macho
2. Macho
3. Man

Three of your favorite hobbies:
1. Answering these surveys in a completely nonsensical manner
2. Answering these surveys in a completely serious manner
3. Making people guess which of the above I’m doing at any given point in a survey

Three things that scare you:
1. Ghosts with a license to kill
2. Spelling the word “license”
3. Scary shit

Three of your everyday essentials:
1. Air
2. Water
3. Cheese

Three places you want to go on vacation:
1. Hanover
2. Antarctica
3. Hanover again

Three careers you have considered/are considering: .

Three things you want to do before you die:
1. Get born
2. Do the livin’
3. Win a Pulitzer

Three things you want to do really badly right now:
1. Fuckin’ sprint around the house, but I am WOUNDED and thus am too scared to do so.
3. Pee.


Hey, so

I haven’t posted a survey in like a week, so let’s GET ON IT.

How long have you been blogging?
Since May 1, 2006. I’m in this for the long haul, dudes.

Did you go to college?

Where have you traveled?
Uhhhhhhh London, Stockholm, and Helsinki for “overseas,” Hawaii and Alaska for “in the US but TOTALLY NOT TOUCHY FEELY LIKE THOSE OTHER GARBAGE STATES,” and Canada.

Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
I don’t think I’ve even ever been told I look like a celebrity. Celebrities are usually attractive and I am…well, unattractive.

What are your three biggest pet peeves?
People who have no sidewalk etiquette
People who misquote movies/TV shows
People in general

What is your favorite movie?

What is your drink of choice; wine, beer, or liquor. Or Water, Soda, Tea?
Water, yo.

What is something you enjoy to do when you have me time?
Thinking. Blogging. I used to draw/write, but I haven’t had time for that in a while.

What is your biggest phobia?
I don’t know if I have one.

Share with us an embarrassing moment of your past?
Existing? Or that “band seminar” incident with Beau, one of the two.

What day would you love to relive again? Why?
July 25, 2009. The reason is private.

If your life was turned into a movie… what actor would your best friend think should play you?
I don’t know if I have a best friend. I have no idea who would play me. Can it be William Shatner?

What are the jobs you had in high school/college/the early years?
Wendy’s employee, custodian for the U of I, in-home caretaker. I also had that lecturer job at the U of I technically while I was in college (getting my math degree), so I guess that counts.

Show us a picture from high school or college.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go?

Where do you see your life 6 and 1/2 years from now?
That’s…a specific distance into the future. Um…hopefully in a secure, permanent position as an instructor at the U of C, still with Nate, still with Jazzy, still walking my toes off every day.

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be and why?
19 wasn’t too bad.

Romney picked Paul Ryan to run as his veep. Any thoughts?
Jesus, this survey is old, isn’t it?

Just skip this one

It’s cold outside and I hate myself and I hate my life so have a survey because I also don’t care about this dumb blog anymore either.

What’s the coolest item you’ve found at a garage sale, flea market, etc.?
I’ve found quite a few snazzy clothes at garage sales, but I can’t think of anything specific right now.

Describe how your day went yesterday.
Terribly. Just like every other day. Go away.

Do you have issues with people entering your personal space? What do you do when your personal space is violated?
I don’t have too much of a personal space, believe it or not, if I’m just at my desk or standing around or whatever. But if I’m walking down the sidewalk and you’re within like 30 feet of me behind me? Fuck off. I don’t like being followed when I’m walking.

What is the one meal recipe you think you’ve mastered?
My penne pasta/broccoli thing. It’s practically the only thing I ever cook.

If you could take back something you did to someone, what would it be?
I would have not overreacted so much to breaking with Matt. Sorry, friend. It was my first relationship and I had yet to be emotionally calibrated by a breakup.

Would you describe yourself as spiritual, religious, or something else?
Neither. I am not religious at all and I don’t really know what people ever really mean when they say they’re “spiritual,” so yeah.

Did you ever receive detention in school? What sort of kid were you in school – bookworm, smart kid, troublemaker, quiet … etc.
I got detention once. 8th grade math. We were doing stuff with perfect squares and I wouldn’t stop making stupid jokes about it (e.g., “why aren’t there perfect rectangles, durrrrrrr”) so my teacher gave me 15 minutes of detention. Other than that I was pretty quiet.

When’s the last time you ran a mile? How often do you exercise?
I ran back in January for the first time since busting up my leg (only for like two miles ‘cause I didn’t want to hurt it), but haven’t run since because shortly after I got back to Calgary I tweaked the leg again and I’m kinda terrified to push it beyond what I normally do.
But I exercise by walking 15 miles a day six (usually) days a week.
Because, you know, that’s not pushing my leg at all.

What would you say to your 16-year-old self, and why?
“End it now.”

What are you avoiding?

Describe a “Hah! I told you so” moment you had recently.
Every damn day looking at the U.S. Government. Which is why I have backed far off news reports except in the very broadest sense.

What’s more important, where you live or what you do for a living? Why?
What you do for a living. I suspect that if you’re happy enough in your job, you can tolerate pretty much any location. Not true for the reverse.

Swear words: Are you pro or con? Why

Paper or plastic? Do you prefer to pack your own groceries?
I either huck everything into my backpack bagless or get plastic, mainly because we use the plastic bags as trash bags in our little bathroom, bedroom, and Jazzy litter box trashcans.

Do you have a shoe fetish? How often do you buy new shoes? Do you ever get rid of a pair of shoes?
I don’t have a shoe fetish. But I buy new walking shoes a lot because I burn through them very quickly. I can usually get them to last about 600-700 miles, which takes me about a month and a half or so. I also have issues getting rid of my old walking shoes. That seems so insulting to them. So I have a giant pile-up of them in my closet.

Do school-age cows eat at a calfeteria?


1. What book are you reading?
Nothing right now, ‘cause I’m a bad person.

3. Favorite board game?
Scrabble is fun. So is Pictionary.

4. Favorite magazine?
Uh…that Running Room magazine I get?

5. Favorite smells?
Go to hell

6. Favorite sounds?
Frisson-inducing music. Jazzy purring.

7. Worst feeling in the world?
Failing. Or running your nails across dry towel fabric (or heavy yarn blankets). I really don’t like that feeling.

8. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up?

9. Favorite fast food place?
Cougar Country or (if it counts) Mongolian BBQ. But I don’t know if the latter counts.

10. Future child’s name?
I will not be having a future child.

11. Finish this statement. “If I had lot of money I’d….?
Give enough of it to my mom so that she could retire.

12. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?

13. Storms – cool or scary?

14. Favorite drink?
15. Finish this statement, “If I had the time I would….”?
Draw more, read more, create more.
16. Do you eat the stems on broccoli?
Ew, no. Give me florets or give me death!
17. If you could dye your hair any color, what would be your choice?
18. Name all the different cities/towns you’ve lived in?
Moscow, Troy, Vancouver, London, Marana, Tucson, Calgary.

Thank you for not asking me to list all the different houses.

19. Favorite sports to watch?

20. One nice thing about the person who sent this to you?
No one sent this to me. I stole it like the thieving thief I am.

21. What’s under your bed?
Cat hair, cat toys, and sometimes a cat.

22. Would you like to be born as yourself again?

23. Morning person, or night owl?
Night owl.

24. Over easy, or sunny side up?
Over easy.

25. Favorite place to relax?
Relaxing is for SQUARES

26. Favorite pie?
Not a pie fan, really.

27. Favorite ice cream flavor?