Friday, November 30, 2012
things that say a lot about people
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. :)