Unpopular Opinions Post

Hello, hello! It’s April 1st. I would ask what your plans are for the month, but they’re probably the same as mine: avoid people and stay at home. A better question is how are you doing? Are you staying productive or are you going stir crazy? I’ve wavered between productivity and doing nothing. Between bouts of binging Britbox with Dad, I managed to finish my major revisions on DS1 and read more books than usual (11 so far this year). I’ve also been stalking social media more than I was. Apparently, people are super bored because my Facebook newsfeed is becoming more about food and games again instead of politics. One of the little games floating among my friends is the Unpopular Opinion post where you list five popular things that you don’t like. They’ve added a twist where you also include five unpopular things that you do like. So, I thought I’d steal it for my blog this week!

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Five popular things I don’t like:

1. Dr. Pepper. As someone from Texas, I’m not entirely sure I’m supposed to admit this, but I’d rather drink sweet tea than DP and I don’t care for that either. Just give me a Pepsi or a Mexican Coke, please.

2. The Office. I’ve seen bits and pieces of it and I just don’t get it. Nothing I’ve seen from it has been funny or entertaining. Same with Friends and Seinfeld and Brooklyn 99. Maybe my funny radar is broken. I don’t know.

3. Olive Garden. The bread sticks are okay, but everything else is… not good. I guess maybe if it didn’t claim to be Italian it might be okay, but no. It’s not good. I can’t think of any redeeming features even if I don’t think of it as Italian.

4. Gift cards. Okay, it’s not technically that I don’t like them as much as it is that I forget they exist. If I’m shopping online, I don’t think about them unless they’re right in front of me. And when they’re for specific stores, I remember them when I’m at the store, but they’re always at home. It’s frustrating. But I have managed to spend the majority of the ones I had forgotten about and found last year.

5. Starbucks. I drink it because it’s pretty much the only coffee place around here, but it’s always disappointing. I think I’m out of gift cards for it, so I’ll stick with having Dad make me coffee when the mood strikes.

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Five unpopular things I do like:

1. Nickelback. I don’t really know why they’re so unpopular in some groups, but I like them. You know you secretly do too. Especially their older stuff. Don’t lie. You can sing along.

2. Anchovies. Also, sardines and pickled herring and lox. I also like obscene amounts of garlic. I’m weird. Judge me all you want.

3. Puns. I like stupid jokes. You should really know that by now.

4. Being alone. I like my own company. I like not having to worry if I’m annoying someone with my choice of entertainment. I like not having to talk if I don’t want to. It’s nice being by myself.

5. Not being on the phone 24/7. I don’t call people. I do text but it’s rare for a conversation to last more than a half hour at a time. And I hate using it for internet stuff. I use it to read when I’m away from the computer and I might scroll through Facebook occasionally. But if I’m out and about, I’d rather people watch and socialize a little bit.

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Feel free to play along here in the comments or on my social media pages!

15 Things About Me That You Never Wanted To Know

Howdy, howdy!  As some of you might know, tomorrow (January 12th) is my birthday.  I’ll be 31, or for those of you who have gerascophobia (the fear of aging), it’ll be my third 29th.  Birthdays around here are quiet events that usually consist of a nice dinner with friends.  This year, the destination is Texas de Brazil!  Yummy!  I’ll make sure to do a full report on that next week.  This week, I thought I would share a list of 15 things about myself that you may or may not already know.  I was going to do 31 and make it a whole nod to my age thing, but no one’s that interested in me.

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1. My current diagnosis is Ulrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (UCMD), but it’s not my first.  There was Floppy Baby Syndrome, which I was supposed to grow out of.  When that didn’t happen, it was Congenital Myopathy.  I didn’t grow out of that either, so I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2 (SMA2), which came with a series of death guesstimates that never panned out.  That was all by the time I was five.  I was 23 or so when they decided SMA2 was definitely wrong and tested for UCMD (a relatively new disease at the time).  The doctors swear UCMD is the correct one, though.  We’ll see what happens.

2. I like Nickelback.  Make fun of me all you want, but they aren’t a bad group.  They’re not my favorite or anything, but I never really understood why they’re so hated.

3. I don’t have a favorite TV show.  I have shows I love, but if you asked me to pick one I like best, I couldn’t even narrow it down.

4. I’m a firm believer that “growing up” and “acting your age” are scams developed by people who aren’t young at heart.  Besides, I’ve never been this age.  I don’t know what it’s supposed to be like.

5. My favorite things about the Christmas season (aside from family and joy and all of that) are eggnog and peppermint bark.

6. I’m quietly competitive.  I try not to compete with people for things, but when it happens, I will silently plot your overthrow.

7. One of my favorite memories from my time at SMU was when my physics teacher decided to make class grades “public.”  There was a spreadsheet on the class website with our grades listed under nicknames.  I swapped back and forth with a guy (I overheard the guy tell a classmate his nickname, so I know it wasn’t the other female in class) for top marks as the semester went on, ultimately earning the highest grade.  That was the best motivation ever.

8. I started listening to James Blunt and Lifehouse and sappy music in general for a male.  I keep listening to it because I’m apparently a big old softy who enjoys that kind of stuff.

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9. I can go weeks or more without talking to people.  It doesn’t mean that I don’t like you.  And I don’t avoid people very often unless I’ve had too much social interaction (a rare occurrence).  I’ll answer you if you message me.  I’m just really bad at keeping in touch.

10. My favorite colors are purple and green.  My favorite color combination is purple with black and silver.  Most people don’t seem to know about the green part.  It’s weird.

11. I have to drink booze through a straw.  I don’t really understand why this amazes people, but it does.

12. I want to go to Japan some day.  There are other places I would like to visit, but Japan will always be at the top of my list.

13. A friend once told me that she loved me because I would tell her the blunt truth and she’d still walk away feeling special, even if I was telling her she was doing something idiotic.  She’s not the only one who has said something similar.  I guess it’s a weird talent I have.

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14. I don’t read nearly as much as I should.  I know writers are expected to read a lot, but I don’t.  It’s just not that high on my list of priorities, so I tend to keep putting it off.

15. I’d love to move to the northeast.  Somewhere on the water.  Closer to my Stonecoast people.  I really miss Maine, especially while residency is going on, like right now.

I’ll stop boring you!  Feel free to share some facts about yourself in the comments or on my social media pages.  See you next week!