Friday, November 30, 2012

things that say a lot about people

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things that say a lot about people:
the way in which they treat the waiter/waitress
how they feel about the weather
whether they dog ear pages or highlight in books
and hands in general
their preferred creative outlet
how much they dread/enjoy talking on the phone
whether or not they drink coffee
if they ever forget to eat
how honest they are with themselves (and others)
if they correct your grammar
and whether or not they get nervous before haircuts.

via :: post idea as seen from carlotta

I read this quote awhile ago, and instantly began to try to decipher what each thing said about a person. Was it good or bad to mark in books? Is it wrong if you don't like to talk on the phone or forget to eat? And then I sat back and realized that this little piece of writing doesn't say what it says about a person, but simply that it does say something. So here is what it says about me, neither good nor bad, just true.

a.) I'm not going to lie, having positive/amusing interactions with people who would otherwise be perfect strangers is one of my favorite things in the world. Most of the time I do my best to be as friendly as possible. Sometimes tease them a little bit, smile, and share a laugh over the fact that Jenn must be spelled with two n's.

b.) My strongest reactions to the weather correlate strongly with how long I have to wait for the bus in the morning on campus. I love waking up to sunlight pouring in my window, humidity makes me cranky, and I firmly believe that some of the greatest adventures happen in the rain.

c.) The thought of marking in books makes me slightly nervous, because they're so precious and must be kept perfect. However, recently I've more strongly desired to mark my favorite passages in my favorite stories. The problem is that a lot of the books I read are borrowed from the library, so it doesn't often happen. My Bible is another story. I underline in it constantly.

d.) My fingernails are probably a testament to my indecisiveness, as they are as often short as they are long, and then short again as one or two break. I always have a desire to paint them when they are long, but like them better painted when they are short, and in general I have a fickle relationship with nail polish anyway because it chips all too soon.

e.) Funny thing, hands are one thing I actually notice about people a lot. I feel like they definitely can add to a person's attractiveness, oddly enough. Lots of times I have pen marks on my palms or fingers. There are a couple scars, most prominently on my left pointer finger's knuckle, where I had to get stitches after cutting it open ice skating. I always wear my aquamarine ring on my right ring finger, though the stone is very light so I tease about changing it to my left and passing it off as a diamond if ever the need arose. I have a writer's bump on my right middle finger and always two hairbands around my right wrist, and my hands are nearly always moving.

f.) I've always been teased that you can tell what mood I'm in by what I'm playing on the piano. I also sing a lot. Writing--gritty deep writing-till-your-hand-is-sore kind of writing--it's good for my soul and it helps me process life, but I don't do it nearly as often as I'd like. Being on stage, acting, theatre is my passion.

g.) When I was little, I loved answering the phone but hated making phone calls. I always made Cassie do the dirty work. Now? I love talking on the phone. I love phone calls. I love calling people, and I love when friends take the time to call me. They are seriously one of my favorite things. Especially with several of my friends moving away and myself getting limited texting, I've come to enjoy them more and more. While in-person conversations will always take first place, being able to hear someone's voice and laugh beats chatting or texting any day.

h.) I drink coffee for three reasons. First, it's yummy. Secondly, as a way of socializing, because who doesn't love getting together over a cup of coffee? The third is more of a psychological reason, because while caffeine does not keep me awake or really affect me at all, when I'm super tired I use it as a pick-me-up. I always drink the most coffee in the fall because of pumpkin flavoring.

i.) I admit, I forget to eat more often than I should. Or maybe it's not that I actually forget to eat, but more that I don't find time to do so. Either way it's hardly preferable.

j.) Honesty is something that is very, very important to me, and I try my best to be honest to other people, especially if they ask me to. I'm also not the best at hiding what I think or feel if I feel the need to say it. Honesty about myself is probably a fifty-fifty shot, because while I won't lie to you, I also generally won't tell everything unless I'm asked specifically about it. Honesty with myself is most difficult, because convincing myself of something without having to put it into direct words is all too easy.

k.) I'm a grammar freak, but I won't correct someone unless they pronounce a word incorrectly. Though I realize it's one of the more annoying things I do, I sometimes correct grammar in writing/chatting/texting, but really only if I just have nothing else to say.

l.) I don't get nervous before haircuts, per se. My hair grows relatively fast and I've never done anything super drastic with it. The best way to describe it would be that I'm just indecisive, and that's why my mom cuts my hair half the time, because she has a better idea of what I want than I can describe to someone else.  I just have to recognize that my curls/frizz will probably not lay the same way twice.

ps--thank you all dearly for the birthday wishes. my sister is just just just wonderful, no? also it's november 30th. happy two years blogoversary to UO yay. :)


  1. This post was a lot of fun to read. Makes me stop and think about what things say a lot about me! o-O yikes. :)
    And I loved the sunset. Sunsets are so beautiful, amazing and never the same!!


  2. this list is awesome. coffee, yes, yes, yes. coffee is my friend. the pictures are beautiful!
    happy two year blogoversary!:)

  3. I felt very judged when it mentioned marking in books. Dogeared, of course, is never acceptable.
    Happy Two Year Milestone.

  4. This blog. Whoa. This blog. I feel like I just stumbled upon a gem! :)

  5. This list is very thought provoking and I thoroughly enjoyed reading through your answers!

  6. loved reading this, soul sister! I feel like I know you even better now :)

  7. I completely agree with you about the hands. I've always noticed people's hands. :P Also - I never mark in books -- too scared to. :P I write the good stuff down elsewhere (or mark very lightly in pencil.) I don't care if other people do it...but my books are special. I dunno. :P

  8. somethings you can't really put into words... how much honesty means in a relationship, at any level, is one of those things i feel. It's extremely comforting knowing that talking to you is real and not what you think I want to hear. knowing I can ask any question and get your honest and wise answer. you're a pretty fantastic friend Jenn

  9. This post makes me feel like I'm being judged on these things. So I guess I'll just go ahead and elaborate a little so you'll have more to judge on.

    I like making conversation with my waitress/waiter if they seem to be in the mood for talking. Those that seem grumpy have no interest in being talked to.

    People that constantly complain about the weather irk me. It'll change again tomorrow, no need to fret!

    I don't know if I've ever highlighted or dog eared a book in my life. I like to keep them looking new for whatever reason.

    I... have fingernails, if that's what this is about... other than that, I don't really know what this is about. They're very short so I can play guitar. The rest of my hands are... uhm.. currently scarred from puppy playing too rough... and... I DON'T KNOW, HOW DO I DESCRIBE MY HANDS?

    Music is my preferred creative outlet, but other kinds of storytelling as well, such as film. know I'm a little awkward on the phone, so I don't necessarily do it all the time... but I don't dread it. either way, its one of those #thingsiwouldntnormallydobutdoforyou.

    Yes. I drink coffee. I work at a coffee shop. It would be depressing if I didn't.

    I sometimes get feeling sick if I don't eat, so even when I'm not hungry I try to make myself eat just so I won't feel bad.

    I like to think I am honest with myself. Sometimes it takes me a while, but eventually I really do sit down and have almost a real conversation with myself where I talk out how I feel and whatever so that I'm no longer in denial about whatever it was. I really really try to be honest with other people because I appreciate it so much when they're honest with me. But I know I don't always succeed as I'd like. There's too much I don't like people to know about me. haha.

    I don't correct grammar because IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER. It's the thought that counts. Right? You'll disagree with me here.

    I usually go into the barber and go "sooo yeah, its a little long." "how would you like it cut?" "you're the professional, go for it." so I guess you could say I don't really freak over my haircut that much.

    k bye.

  10. Oh Jenn... I'm just like you when it comes to grammar. My friends hate texting me, because I always correct their spelling, punctuation, etc.. Hahaha!


  11. you can tell we're sisters because of the hands thing. like I feel like you read my mind the day after i think about something, and then you write it down, and I read it, and I'm like, is this for real? kloveyoubye

  12. This is lovely. Everything about it... :) I'm with you, I am very finicky when it comes to fingernail polish. It just drives me crazy when it chips! Love these pictures!

  13. This post was super enjoyable to read. I just stumbled upon your little corner of the blogging world, and it's always nice to have a list of what some may label as "quirks" {especially relatable ones} as a first impression or introduction. It definitely tells a lot about people. ;)

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